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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Nice Touch - How Ubuntu Karmic Koala Handles USB Flash Drive

If you insert a usb flash drive, Gnome in Ubuntu Karmic Koala will pop-up an icon at your desktop. This is a Mac-like default behaviour of Gnome desktop, but Karmic has more. If you right-click the drive icon, a pop-up menu that shows up will present you whether to 'Unmount' the device or  'Safely remove the drive'. These choices seems redundant, but I think it is a smart design. If you click 'Unmount', the drive icon where disappear from the desktop, but the drive icon will still be available through Nautilus. If you want to remount the drive, all you have to do is click the icon at Nautilus, the icon would then re-appear at your desktop.


If you select 'Safely remove drive', the icon would disappear both from the desktop and Nautilus, and you can plug-out your device from the usb bay.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Myths of Linux Distros and Microsoft Linux

Myths of Linux Distributions and other operating systems ...
shermann wrote in sourcecode.de: SSH Sessions to all my Unix Boxes and especially to Linux Boxes never threw
me out from the system, when compressing files. Even with an IO load higher then the Mount Everest. Result of this: Server broke, application crashed. ... Full story http://www.sourcecode.de/content/myths-linux-distributions-and-other-operating-systems

Microsoft Linux: Why one free software advocate wants it
Dark Atheist wrote in OSNN Forum: A lot of open source advocates like to rage against the machine at Microsoft, but when a former Microsoft Research employee says that Windows 7 won't. Read the full story here http://www.osnn.net/green-room/98848-microsoft-linux-why-one-free-software-advocate-wants.html

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Microsoft Should Run Linux

.An ex-Microsoft employee said in Tom's Hardware Guide that Microsoft Should Run Linux.
Should Microsoft just give up the whole Windows business and switch over to
a Linux codebase? A former Microsoft Research employee thinks so. ... Full story here http://www.tomshardware.com/news/microsoft-windows-7-linux-ubuntu,9008.html

In Search For Microsoft Linux

Bob Mottram asked an intriguing question in The Streeb-Greebling Diaries: Should Microsoft make a Linux distro?
He further wrote: It's a good question, and some people might say that they already have a Linux distro in the form of their deal with Novell. It seems fairly certain that Windows 7 will be successful in the sense that it maintains Microsoft's market ... Read full story here http://streebgreebling.blogspot.com/2009/11/should-microsoft-make-linux-distro.html

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Skype for Linux

Skype is working on open source VoIP UI.
Skype announced that it is working on an open source UI layer for its Linux VoIP client. Although apparently not fully open source, the upcoming version of ... Read more on http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS3797058147.html

Linux Marketing, Mandriva 2010, Lenovo and Chrome OS.

Tech-no-media: Desktop Linux needs salesmen!
Erlik from tech-no-media.com said many Linux enthusiast are despairing of the low uptake of desktop Linux and its poor availability in high street shops. This is especially frustrating because most of the people using desktop Linux would consider it to be a superior ... Read on http://www.tech-no-media.com/2009/11/desktop-linux-needs-salesmen.html


The Official Mandriva Blog » Blog Archive » Mandriva Linux 2010 is ...
ennael said we believe a linux distribution should reflect open source diversity. Mandriva Linux is the only distribution including both KDE (4.3.2), GNOME (2.28.1) all integrated. Your hardware is a bit old: use light environment LXDE. ...
http://blog.mandriva.com/2009/11/04/mandriva-linux-2010-is-out/


Starting services at boot in Linux
Jack Wallen explains about services at boot Linux: There are plenty of times when you may want to add a new service to start when your Linux machine boots. Or you may want to stop a service from starting upon. Read more on http://www.ghacks.net/2009/11/04/starting-services-at-boot-in-linux/

Lenovo rubbishes Linux but confirms looking at Chrome OS
Jet Sun wrote: Lenovo has put the boot into Linux netbooks, saying that the introduction of Windows 7 makes the gap even wider than before. Howard Locker, director of . . . Read more on http://www.netbookchoice.com/2009/11/04/lenovo-rubbishes-linux-but-confirms-looking-at-chrome-os/


Linux Dairy Council Steps to the Plate...
From Blog of helios: Many of us are stumbling around, trying to find the best way to get Desktop
Linux into the awareness of the average computer user. There are millions of us already and I am fairly certain that even the most generous stats pertaining to ... http://linuxlock.blogspot.com/2009/11/linux-dairy-council-steps-to-plate.html

Create a Linux Mint 7 USB Flash Drive from CD | USB from Pen Drive Linux: How to Create a Linux Mint 7 Flash Drive using Ubuntu's USB Startup Disk Creator while running from the Linux Mint 7 Live CD. Linux Mint 7 is a remix based on Ubuntu 9 that includes integrated media codecs and a face lift. ... Read more http://www.pendrivelinux.com/create-a-linux-mint-7-usb-flash-drive-from-cd/

Linux for grandma & grandpa

From the Computerworld
So, I put desktop Linux on her laptop and ever since then I've had a lot fewer late night calls. What's that? Linux is much too complicated and techie for ... Read on if you are too curious http://blogs.computerworld.com/15040/linux_for_grandma_grandpa

Linux share of netbooks surging, not sagging, says analyst

From the Computerworld
By Eric Lai Computerworld - Reports that the Linux netbook is dead or dying
are incorrect, at least globally, according to an analyst firm. ... Read more here http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9140343/Linux_s_share_of_netbooks_surging_not_sagging_says_analyst?taxonomyId=89

Symantec Backs Up Linux
Enterprise Storage Forum
Paul Shread said that Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC) is adding Linux support to its Backup Exec System Recovery solution for small businesses. Backup Exec
System Recovery ... Read more http://www.enterprisestorageforum.com/continuity/news/article.php/3846941

Windows 7 or Ubuntu 9.10 – battle of the operating systems
From the guardian.co.uk
It's worth checking to see if Linux drivers exist for your printer and other key peripherals. Windows has always had issues with drivers. ... Find out more if you are curious here http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/nov/04/windows-7-ubuntu-910-battle

Linux News: Handheld Devices: Sony Ericsson Starts Some Early Buzz ...

Handset maker Sony Ericsson on Tuesday announced the new Xperia X10 smartphone. It will run on the Android 1.6 mobile operating system, also known as "Donut." The Xperia X10 will begin shipping to select markets next year.
<http://www.linuxinsider.com/rsstory/68543.html>

Samba, Repetitive Strain Injury, Graphics, Skype ln Linux, etc

Connect to your Samba server from Linux
By Jack Wallen
I have written a few articles on Samba here on Ghacks. And most people know
how to connect to Samba shares via Windows. Generally speaking (when all is set up.
<http://www.ghacks.net/2009/11/04/connect-to-your-samba-server-from-linux/>
gHacks technology news
<http://www.ghacks.net/>

Linux / Windows Application For Prevention Of RSI (Repetitive ...
By Vivek Gite
Want to read Linux tips and tricks, but don't have time to check our blog
everyday? Subscribe to our daily email newsletter to make sure you don't
miss a single tip/tricks. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here! ...
<http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/repetitive-strain-injury-prevention-software.html>
nixCraft Linux Sys Admin Blog
<http://www.cyberciti.biz/>

2009 Linux Graphics Survey - openSUSE Forums
By microchip8
For the past two years we have hosted an annual Linux Graphics Survey in
which we ask well over 20000 users each time their video card preferences,
<http://forums.opensuse.org/tech-news/424719-2009-linux-graphics-survey.html>
openSUSE Forums
<http://forums.opensuse.org/>

Keynote comparison: Linux or Windows
By ble
Keynoters Shawn Powers and Steve Ballmer made the bold statements about how
software relates to the economy in September 2009. They differ on which
kind of software brings the most economic benefit: Linux.
<http://whatwillweuse.com/2009/11/03/keynote-comparison-linux-or-windows/>
What Will We Use on June 30, 2011?
<http://whatwillweuse.com/>

Social Networking Watch: Skype Goes Open Source For Linux? Not Quite.
By Mark Brooks
MASHABLE – Nov 2 – In order to clarify rumors about Skype becoming open
source for Linux, representatives posted an entry on the Skype for Linux
blog. They stated that an open source version of the Linux client is in...
<http://www.socialnetworkingwatch.com/2009/11/skype-goes-open-source-for-linux-not-quite.html>
Social Networking Watch
<http://www.socialnetworkingwatch.com/>

Enabling Kernel Mode Setting (KMS) in Debian Linux kernel | Debian ...
By cj2003
Some of you must have heard about a new feature that got introduced since
2.6.29 Linux kernel known as Kernel Mode Setting (KMS).I will not go into
the details.
<http://www.debian-news.net/2009/11/03/enabling-kernel-mode-setting-kms-in-debian-linux-kernel/>
Debian-News.net - Your one stop...
<http://www.debian-news.net/>

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mozilla releases Firefox 3.6 beta

Users can download a copy of the program for PCs, Macs and Linux from
Mozilla's website. Firefox 3.6 beta is built on the Gecko 1.9.2 web layout
engine Read more ...

Another Failure of Linux's Karmic Koala

Because of Windows 7 slowness many users decide to choose Linux as a free and usable alternative. There are a lot of distributions of Linux and
Ubuntu ...
<http://www.thelatestnews.in/another-failure-of-linux%E2%80%99s-karmic-koala/21261.html>

Linux gets its own version of Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery

Search Storage Symantec has released a new version of its bare-metal restore software that adds support for Linux servers and tightens integration for centralized ...
<http://searchstorage.techtarget.com.au/news/36802-Linux-gets-its-own-version-of-Symantec-Backup-Exec-System-Recovery>

Bug in latest Linux gives untrusted users root access

A software developer has uncovered a bug in most versions of Linux that
could allow untrusted users to gain complete control over the open-source
operating ...
<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/03/linux_kernel_vulnerability/>

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

How To Activate Sony Ericsson MD300 Mobile Broadband USB Modem in Ubuntu Linux

Download package md300config_1-1ubuntu2_all_1.deb
    Install it by typing this command at the terminal: 
      sudo dpkg -i md300config_1-1ubuntu2_all_1.deb
      (or double-click on it to install it using GDebi)


      Copy and paste the following lines of codes into a new file in your favorite text editor save it to your /home/USERNAME/ directory as .wvdial.conf (beware of the dot in front of the filename). Change the accesspointname, username, and password according to the instruction from your operator. If the system do not require a username and password, then leave the line as it is.




      #### .wvdial.conf

      [Dialer Defaults]
      Modem = /dev/ttyACM1
      ISDN = off
      Modem Type = Analog Modem
      Baud = 460800
      Init = ATZ
      Init2 = AT+cgreg=1
      Init3 = AT
      Init4 = AT &F &D2 &C1 E0 V1 S0=0
      Init5 = AT+IFC=2,2
      Init6 = ATS0=0
      Init7 = AT+cfun=1
      Init8 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
      Init9 = ATZ+cgdcont=1,"IP","AccessPointName"
      Phone = *99***1#
      Phone1 =
      Phone2 =
      Phone3 =
      Phone4 =
      Dial Prefix =
      Dial Attempts = 1
      Dial Command = ATM1L3DT
      Ask Password = off
      Password = '
      Username = '
      Auto Reconnect = on
      Abort on Busy = off
      Carrier Check = on
      Check Def Route = on
      Abort on No Dialtone = on
      Stupid Mode = on
      Idle Seconds = 0
      Auto DNS = on
      ;Minimize = off
      ;Dock = off
      ;Do NOT edit this file by hand!
      ##### End of .wvdial.conf



      If you have not done so, install gnome-ppp package using synaptic or type the following command at the terminal:
      sudo aptitude install gnome-ppp
      Now fire-up gnome-ppp (It's on the Internet SubMenu), connect your MD300 to your computer, wait a few second to let your Ubuntu identify the new device (nothing will show up, but you can see the messages with dmesg command at the terminal). Now click Setup button and then Detect Button, close the Setup Dialog and Click Connect.