May

10

Posted by : Arun | On : May 10, 2011

Good news for Linux users including me. :) Netflix is ready to release a plugin for Chrome browser and Chrome OS. The plugin will enable streaming of Netflix via HTML5 technology rather than using Microsoft’s crappy Silverlight plugin. Hooray!!!

Source: thechromesource.

 

May

10

Posted by : Arun | On : May 10, 2011

Here is an article that explains how to fix the suspend/hibernate problem with Ubuntu 10.10, but some users reported success with Ubuntu 11.04 also.

Fix Ubuntu 10.10 suspend/hibernate bug

 

Apr

28

Posted by : Arun | On : April 28, 2011

Ubuntu team has released their latest OS, Ubuntu 11.04 code named Natty Narwhal. This version of Ubuntu brings a new desktop interface named Unity. Unity brings a whole new interface to Ubuntu 11.04, but you can always go back to GNOME if you don’t like it. I would say get used to it since GNOME may not be one of the options in Ubuntu 11.10. Here are some new features and applications in Ubuntu 11.04.

  • Launcher provides an easy access to the tools and applications you most frequently use. You can add and remove apps and keep track of your open windows.
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  • Dash offers a great way to get to your shortcuts and search for more apps and programs.
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  • workspaces tool gives you a really easy way to view and move between multiple windows and applications.
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  • Ubuntu 11.04 comes with Firefox 4.
  • Comes with the latest version of Libre office.
  • Access and update your Facebook and Twitter accounts straight from the desktop with Ubuntu’s Me Menu. You can connect to all your favourite chat channels and make updates through a single window.
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  • With Gwibber, you can see all your microblogging feeds in one place.
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  • Banshee is the default music player in Ubuntu now.
  • Sync your music with Ubuntu One and stream your entire collection to your iPhone, Android or Windows mobile. (Paid version)
  • Ubuntu One Music Store to buy songs.
  • You can control the music player directly from the sound menu.
  • Shotwell is the default photo organizer.
  • Pitivi is the default video editor.
  • Ubuntu software center is fine tuned to include ratings, user comments etc.

You can download Ubuntu 11.04 from here.

Apr

06

Posted by : Arun | On : April 6, 2011

Skype has released Skype 2.2 beta for Linux. There is no huge functionality change or new features with this release. Skype 2.2 beta adds the following:

  • Skype Access – Skype Access lets you connect to paid WiFi hotspots around the globe easily and to pay for them with Skype credits.
  • Support for call waiting and holding
  • Improved audio/video quality in calls

In addition to those minor features, there are some bug fixes and improvements. If you are planning to install this in the new Ubuntu 11.04 beta, you may be out of luck. Skype failed to install for some in the new beta and a bug is logged. You can check the status of the bug and for a workaround here. You can download Skype 2.2 beta from here.

There are some known issues with this release. To get a list and how to fix them, check here.

It’s quite disappointing that they took so long to add these minor features and not trying to get this on par with Windows and Mac versions. Linux fragmentation is partly to blame and Skype doesn’t want to invest a lot into Linux development due to low percentage of users using Linux.

Oct

29

Posted by : Arun | On : October 29, 2010

The Linux Foundation is offering a platinum rewards Linux credit card for those who want to support the Linux Foundation. The Linux Foundation is partnering with CardPartner, Inc. to offer the affinity Linux credit card through UMB Bank. For every card activation, the Linux Foundation will receive $50 as well as a percentage of every purchase made with the Linux credit card.

According to the foundation, All funds from the Visa card program will go directly toward providing community technical events and providing travel grants for open source community members in order to accelerate Linux innovation.

Linux credit card members can earn bonus points redeemable towards free merchandise, airline tickets, and more at hundreds of online and neighborhood retailers.

Other important card member features include:

  • No annual fee
  • Low Introductory APR
  • Purchase protection
  • Zero liability protection for unauthorized purchases
  • Emergency cash and card replacement
  • Lost/stolen card reporting service
  • 24-hour roadside assistance
  • Warranty manager service
  • Lost luggage replacement

The Linux credit card is only available to U.S. residents. For more information, check Linux Foundation website.

 

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Oct

28

Posted by : Arun | On : October 28, 2010

Russia is planning to develop their own operating system following the path of China and India (announced recently that they are planning to develop their own OS). Russia wants to develop their own OS based on Linux OS in order to avoid their dependence on Windows and to increase the security. Moving fr0m Windows will help Russia to reduce the cost and increase the security. Russia will earmark $5 million to develop the national software system. Similar concerns about achieving technological independence prompted the Russian military to create the GLONASS satellite navigation system in the 1980s, to compete with the US Global Positioning System (GPS) and competition in the future from Europe’s Galileo.

Source: Google News.

Aug

24

Posted by : Arun | On : August 24, 2010

I wrote about how McAfee sucks with their Linux support and how to install the Firefox addon using Mac link more than a year back. That doesn’t work anymore since that gives you a Mac installation file. I finally found a way to install the siteadvisor addon to Firefox in Linux. Go to this link and click “Download Siteadvisor now for Firefox” button. In the next page, click I agree to these terms and conditions and click “Download Siteadvisor” button. You will then get a yellow bar at the top with a message “Firefox prevented this site from asking you to install software on your computer” and you will see a button to the right labeled Allow. Click Allow and add that site to the list. Click the Download Siteadvisor button again, if the addon install window doesn’t pop up. The addon was working at this time of writing, but who knows what would happen next. McAfee might take it down or since Intel has bought McAfee, they might get the support back to Linux.

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Aug

20

Posted by : Arun | On : August 20, 2010

Google has finally released a plugin to make voice and video calls through Google chat in GMail for Linux. Though this was available in Windows for quite sometime, it is now finally available for Linux and there is a deb package for Ubuntu users. What this means is, Linux users can now do voice chat and video chat through GMail chat window. RPM version for Fedora based systems will be available soon.

The reason why it took so long to get this to Linux, according to Google is:

This release required significant engineering to develop an all-new video rendering solution and an all-new PulseAudio-based audio handler, along with work to support 64-bit and countless webcam compatibility tests. We spent a lot of effort to make it fully feature-complete, with all the same goodies as the Windows and Mac versions

It’s hard to believe that it took Google engineers several months to get it to work when so many of them are using Ubuntu based Linux. It’s the same story with Picasa. They released a Windows based version of Picasa to run with Wine in Linux (with some tweaking) and called it Linux version and then they stopped releasing that too saying there were not many users using that. I’m not sure where Google stands in terms of supporting Linux (which it uses for it’s internal work/search functionalities).

Credit: OMG! Ubuntu.

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May

25

Posted by : Arun | On : May 25, 2010

Google has released their first stable release of Google Chrome for Linux and Mac. The stable release brings the following features:

  • Sync bookmarks across multiple computers
  • Sync browser preferences including themes, homepage, startup settings, web content settings, preferred language & page zoom settings across multiple computers.
  • Extension can be enabled to work with incognito (private browsing) mode through extension manager.
  • Includes HTML5 featuers like Geolocation APIs, App Cache, web sockets and file drag and drop. 

If you’re already using Chrome for Windows, Mac or Linux, you’ll be auto-updated to this latest release.


Credit: Chrome Blog.

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May

12

Posted by : Arun | On : May 12, 2010

MooBella is an ice cream vending machine which runs on Linux. The MooBella is build around off-the-shelf pc hardware and it runs red-hat linux, even it user interface is based on a firefox browser. The machine has a wireless satellite connection available so it can be remotely managed. The machine has a 15-inch flat-panel touchscreen interface. You can read more about it here.
Through Download Squad.

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