Mar

31

Posted by : Arun | On : March 31, 2007

WineHQ has released Wine 0.9.34. This release includes

- Support for Xcursor.

- A range of fixes for various installers.

- New builtin xcopy tool.

- The usual assortment of Direct3D fixes.

- and lots of bug fixes.

Mar

29

Posted by : Arun | On : March 29, 2007

Microsoft has issued a security advisory for Vulnerability in Windows Animated Cursor Handling. According to Microsoft, the vulnerability lies in the way Microsoft Windows handles animated cursor (.ani) files. In order for this attack to be carried out, a user must either visit a Web site that contains a Web page that is used to exploit the vulnerability or view a specially crafted e-mail message or email attachment sent to them by an attacker.

As a best practice, avoid using Windows and Internet Explorer (not possible always). If possible use other browsers and operating systems.

 

Mar

29

Posted by : Arun | On : March 29, 2007

Billreminder is a simple bill tracking application for Ubuntu. I installed it and started using it. Installation was simple and it’s pretty easy to use. To install Billreminder, Click here and click on download Billreminder. Once downloaded, double click the file and untar the file to a folder (say Billreminder). Open a terminal (Application -> Accessories -> Terminal) and type

cd Billreminder (press the enter key)

sudo python setup.py install (press the enter key)

Once the installation is complete, try running the application by typing

billreminder (press the enter key)

If you get an error saying “Please install pynotify” then enter the following command in the terminal:

sudo apt-get install python-notify

Start the application again by typing billreminder. It should start now. The application is pretty simple to use. Bill reminder installations adds the notifier to the system startup automatically. I added a bill reminder and it’s supposed to notify me tomorrow. I’ll know if it works or not tomorrow

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Update: I have attached the screenshot of bill reminder notifier. It notifies you when you start the system. I’m not sure about the notification frequency though.

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Mar

29

Posted by : Arun | On : March 29, 2007

Not happy with the number of security holes and bugs created by Internet Explorer in desktops and laptops, Microsoft has released another browser for mobile devices. The browser code named Deepfish is available as a technology preview from Microsoft Live Labs. Currently, the technology preview does not support ActiveX controls, AJAX, cookies, Javascript, and HTTP POST.

To install Deepfish in your smartphone or pocket PC, download Deepfish first. Once downloaded, connect your mobile device to the PC. Start ActiveSync and run the Deepfish installer you downloaded. Once the installation is complete, you can launch it by clicking the Deepfish icon from the Programs directory of your device.

For more information about Deepfish, read the FAQ.

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(Image source: Deepfish)

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Mar

28

Posted by : Arun | On : March 28, 2007

Dell is finally going to sell pre-installed Linux desktops and laptops after users feedback on Dell’s Idea Storm. Currently Dell offers Linux on its servers and precision workstations. Dell will provide an update in the coming weeks that includes detailed information on which systems they will offer, their testing and certification efforts, and the Linux distribution(s) that will be available. I hope Canonical will talk with Dell to get Ubuntu preinstalled. I knew Dell will preinstall Red Hat and SUSE. I would like to see Ubuntu also in that group. Anyhow, It’s a good decision by Dell, but I’m not sure how they are going handle Microsoft’s pressure. It’s well known that Microsoft pressured Dell before to drop the idea of selling Linux. Let’s wait and see.

Mar

28

Posted by : Arun | On : March 28, 2007

Yahoo announced that it’s offering unlimited storage to everyone starting May 2007.

 

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Mar

27

Posted by : Arun | On : March 27, 2007

You might have read my earlier article about moving to OpenSuSe from Kubuntu. I couldn’t resist the temptation to move back to Kubuntu. I didn’t see anything wrong with OpenSUSE, but I wasn’t comfortable using that compared to (K)Ubuntu, so I downloaded the latest Kubuntu Feisty Fawn beta and burnt it in a CD.

I restarted my laptop, put the Kubuntu CD in and booted from the live CD. For my surprise, the live CD worked just fine without modifying the xorg file. This is the first time the live CD worked. It didn’t work even when Feisty Fawn was in Alpha stage.

Another cool thing that worked with (K)ubuntu Feisty beta that didn’t work before was the wireless connection. With Dapper, Edgy and Feisty Alpha, the wireless connection didn’t work with Live CDs, so I had to have an Ethernet connection in order to install (K)Ubuntu. No more. With Kubuntu beta (must be the same with Ubuntu too), the wireless connection works with Live CD, so you don’t have to have Ethernet connection to install the base system and update.

Once I installed and logged in, I installed the ATI driver (fglrx) through adept. I thought, once installed, Kubuntu would automatically use that the next time I boot my system, but it didn’t. It used the mesa driver. I had to manually reconfigure the xserver to use fglrx instead of mesa. It would be nice if they can fix this before the final release.

I forgot to check if the automatic codec suggestion and installation work. I installed the codecs before I played any media file. Once everything was setup, I replaced the default Kubuntu menu with Kickoff menu (similar to OpenSUSE). All you have to do is download the Kickoff menu from here. It’s a deb file, so open a terminal and type sudo dpkg -i thefilename, after you downloaded the file. It’ll install the file. Once installed, log out and log back in. The original Kubuntu menu will be replaced by the Kickoff menu. If you don’t want the Kickoff menu, then you can revert back by right clicking on the Kickoff menu and select restore KDE menu.

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(Image source: Softpedia)

I had encountered another hiccup during the update process. When I updated my system after I logged in the first time, Kubuntu updated the Linux kernel to 2.6.20-13. When I rebooted the system with the new kernel, the wireless connection didn’t work. I read in the Ubuntu forum that linux-restricted-modules-generic package was not updated. gradedcheese gave a simple solution to fix that problem for Intel 3945 wireless cards. It might fix other cards too, but I’m not sure. This is what you have to do to fix it. Open a terminal. Type the following commands one by one:

sudo cp /sbin/ipw3945d-2.6.20-12-generic /sbin/ipw3945d-`uname -r` (press Enter)
sudo modprobe ipw3945 (press enter)
sudo /sbin/ipw3945d-`uname -r` (press enter)

Once you issue those 3 commands, your wireless connection should start working. It started working for me without rebooting.

I then installed all my favorite applications including Firestarter, GIMP (GIMP is not included by default in Kubuntu Feisty beta) etc. I was back to normal activity within an hour. Hats off to (K)Ubuntu team.

I would appreciate if someone can point me to howtos on installing XGL and Beryl for ATI Radeon cards in Kubunt Feisty Fawn. I’m a happy user now.

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Mar

27

Posted by : Arun | On : March 27, 2007

You can now use your wordpress.com account as OpenID. OpenID is an open, decentralized, free framework for user-centric digital identity. The first piece of the OpenID framework is authentication — how you prove ownership of a URI.

If you go to a website that requires you to have OpenID to leave comments, then you can use your wordpress.com URL as the sign in ID.

You can learn more about how to use your wordpress.com account as OpenID here.

 

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Mar

26

Posted by : Arun | On : March 26, 2007

Techworld reports that according to the U.K. government, servers with Linux installed are greener than those running Windows. The reasons are, open source software has lower hardware requirements and needs less frequent hardware refreshes.

The government says “for equivalent open source and Microsoft Windows systems, the open source system will require less memory and a slower processor speed for the same functionality.” It points out that Windows needs a hardware refresh every three to four years, while a Linux box might need a new platform as infrequently as every six to eight years – half as often.

“Open Source operating systems such as Linux do not usually have the regular major upgrades that are a feature of Windows, and thus do not have the requirement that goes with these upgrades for a new or upgraded computer to run them.”

The report then concludes that the reduction in hardware demands brings environmental benefits, because it translates into lower energy requirements and less waste, “reducing landfill requirements and costs arising from disposal of redundant equipment.”

Wake up, people using Windows!!!

 

Mar

23

Posted by : Arun | On : March 23, 2007

Ubuntu has released the beta version of Ubuntu Feisty Fawn. Some of the new/improved features in the beta are (most of them were polished from alpha releases):

  1. Migration assistant: Built into the installer is the new migration-assistant, which helps you move your data from your old OS into Ubuntu.
  2. New Games: Sudoku and Chess
  3. Disk Usage Analyzer: you can easily view your disk usage stastics in a more intuitive manner.
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  5. Easy Codec Installation has been implemented
  6. Networking Improvements
  7. Feisty’s kernel is VMI enabled, for improved performance when running on VMware hypervisors.
  8. In order to make Help more accessible, a brand new Help Center with a easier to use interface that is more stylish.

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