Linux Tips - Information for Using Linux Wed, 03 Mar 2010 01:47:35 +0000 en hourly 1 Me Menu & Gwibber Wed, 03 Mar 2010 01:47:35 +0000 Clair Ching Post from: New Linux User

]]> For those who are looking forward to Ubuntu 10.04, Me Menu and Gwibber are both being improved at this time. The exciting thing about Gwibber is that the user interface looks much better and it looks more usable too. I personally like that there are now different columns being used in Gwibber to show different kinds of information. In the screenshot shown in the article about Gwibber and Me Menu, the layout is pretty good. It shows that there is a way for you to see all the replies to you, the ones you searched for, and home. It sort of reminds Tweetdeck but not quite. In the article, it is noted that there is also a compact view for Gwibber. The Me Menu is nifty as you could post status messages simultaneously to your social networks via Gwibber. Lots of explanation on the article about Gwibber and Me Menu. Including notes on the design of the user interface and stuff like that.

In other news, there’s a GNOME user/superfan, Ken Hess. He’s trying out KDE and here’s his opinion on KDE: he’s still a GNOME fan but he appreciates what the developers have done with KDE. And I’d have to agree that the startup speed is better than I remembered, the social networking widgets are pretty good, and there’s the netbook interface. Having used some of the widgets, I actually enjoyed the experience as I don’t always have to refresh my browser just to see the latest tweets. The Plasma Netbook interface is something I have yet to try and I am actually looking forward to it when the time comes for Lucid Lynx to be released. Though there are those who hate widgets, I have to admit some of them aren’t bad, but it’s how you use them. If you end up using too many widgets, that will surely make your desktop quite messy.

I’m still looking for other details regarding KDE’s Plasma Netbook interface as well as other updates on the other distros. I’ve got to admit though that Ubuntu 10.04 is an LTS release so I am looking forward to it.

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]]> 1 Plasma Netbook Sun, 28 Feb 2010 18:02:08 +0000 Clair Ching Post from: New Linux User

]]> KDE on your netbook. Sounds pretty. The eye-catching style of KDE 4.3 is growing on me, actually. And so I am beginning to wonder how it would be like to use it instead of GNOME. Heading to the KDE page on the Plasma Netbook made me drool. The interface for KDE on the netbook has the SAL acronym which stands for Search and Launch. Sounds like something I’d definitely use. The reason why I love using GNOME-Do is that the launcher just lets me search for stuff instead of looking for them in their supposed exact location. And now KDE will adopt such an interface. Coolness.

Interestingly enough, they made an application switching widget on the top left corner. Aside from that, this particular flavor of KDE makes it easier for users to access social networking and microblogging services quickly. There are also widgets that you could put into pages. Whatever widgets you want, you could manage them via pages.

If you are loving KDE, then we both have something to look forward to in Lucid Lynx’s release this April. The preview was released with Ubuntu 9.10. There are quite a number of limitations to the design of plasma netbook. Some of them regarding screen size and how icons look on them, others are related to the size of the applications when launched. There are also customizations that are lacking. However, there’s only one way to know if it’s ok despite the limitations.

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]]> 0 Of Widgets and Applets Sun, 28 Feb 2010 17:26:09 +0000 Clair Ching Post from: New Linux User

]]> Some of the things that make KDE and GNOME awesome are the widgets and applets that they have. As well as some related applications. I’ve been using KDE almost exclusively on my older laptop at work and I’ve become pretty much accustomed to KDE there. In fact, I miss using KDE from time to time.

So which KDE widgets do I like a lot?

As for GNOME…

Come to think of it, I don’t use much applets on GNOME except for those that are already available on the GNOME panel when I installed Ubuntu.

What applets and widgets do you have on KDE or GNOME? Why do you like having them? Do you have any recommendations?

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]]> 0 Tonido for Sharing Stuff Sun, 28 Feb 2010 17:00:47 +0000 Clair Ching Post from: New Linux User

]]> I learned about Tonido from Scribbles and Snaps’ blog entry non two open source tools for photographers. It was stated there that Tonido is a tool which you could use to share photos with other people from your desktop without having to upload them to a different service. Although it is possible to share them online too.

So what’s with Tonido?

It’s one heck of an all-around server but a lot of the things you want to share, you don’t have to upload via FTP clients and stuff like that. First you just install Tonido on your computer. Then run the script for Tonido. Once you run the script, your web browser will be launched and you will be asked to enter your preferred Tonido ID and you could check if it’s available. Once you set that, you could start playing around with the settings of Tonido. You could start adding files for sharing, as well as start blogging.

What does Tonido have?

I think that for those who feel constrained with Dropbox’s file sharing/syncing options, maybe Tonido is the other option you have. I don’t mind sharing music and videos in Dropbox but there are times when I’d rather just let my friends view my files in a gallery form with no fuss whatsoever. In any case, you could also create user groups in Tonido. There is a Tonido Admin for that. You could create new users and user groups. These will be handy when you are sharing a lot of files to different groups of people.

So yeah, this looks like an interesting application because it lets you do all these things and more.

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]]> 0 Ubuntu on ARM Sun, 28 Feb 2010 16:19:50 +0000 Clair Ching Post from: New Linux User

]]> Familiar with how the Ubuntu Netbook Remix looks like? The screenshot on this article about Ubuntu on ARM-based devices made me think it was UNR. They’re designing a new user interface that looks quite like UNR. There’s a challenge with regards to graphics drivers and so far they’ve found a different interface to be the possible solution. The new interface will be using Enlightenment Foundation Libraries. This interface is also said to be based on Edje. The sample themes are beautiful and they are said to be possible to create even if you don’t have a lot of programming background. That simply sounds awesome.

What’s the big deal with using the EFL for the launcher for netbooks?

It means that even if your machine does not have the 3D hardware for the awesome effects, it will be fine. That’s why it’s great for ARM-based devices. Even though it’s targeted towards ARM-based devices, it doesn’t mean x86 netbooks, etc. cannot use it. Of course it’s possible to use it. No need for 3D acceleration and yet you still get the fancy goodies.

Ah yes, more options for netbook users. I heard (read) about KDE for netbooks too. So when the release candidates are out, looks like I’m going to download them and try them from the USB drive first before making up my mind. This EFL-based launcher looks great and I’d love to test KDE on my netbook too. Just because I am curious about its performance and stuff.

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]]> 0 Lubuntu 10.04 is Looking Good Sun, 28 Feb 2010 16:00:00 +0000 Clair Ching Post from: New Linux User

]]> Speaking of Ubuntu, the Ubuntu derivative with LXDE as a default desktop environment looks great. I just started looking at some of the screenshots of Lubuntu 10.04. There are screenshots from Alpha 3 and Alpha 4. Looks like I might consider upgrading to Lubuntu 10.04 instead of the Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Why? The screenshots I saw convinced me that LXDE in its netbook session mode is a good option. Although I’d have to see if it could be used permanently because it does look nifty.

Lubuntu 10.04 will have the following applications as deaults:

The new login screen looks beautiful too.

In any case, I am once again looking for other options for my netbook. I like vanilla OpenBox but because my sister’s been borrowing my netbook often on weekends, I’d like her to have a better user experience. Lubuntu could help in making her think that the desktop doesn’t feel too crowded as GNOME is using two panels and sometimes they seem to occupy so much space. I’d also like her to feel that it’s not so clunky and slow. I’ve used LXDE before and it was ok. Kinda reminded me of XFCE way back. The plans for Lubuntu are on this wiki page.

Any netbook news from you folks?  I don’t mind if it’s not Lubuntu.  But it sure would be interesting to hear from you about your experience using it.  I am curious but I can’t always try everything I’d like to all the time.  Maybe I’d wait for the official release from the looks of things.

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]]> 0 Inspiring Young Linux Geekettes Sun, 28 Feb 2010 14:02:32 +0000 Clair Ching Post from: New Linux User

]]> If you’ve been using Linux and having doubts that you could make a difference, then take a look at this article about three young Linux and free and open source geekettes at the Linux Expo. How young are they? They’re 8 and 12 years of age. Mirano Cafiero and Saskia and Malakai Wade were able to talk about technologies they use such as GIMP, Tux Paint, OLPC XO and Open Shot. These girls use the OLPC XO to do digital paintings as well as collaborate on stories.

You don’t have to be an adult nor a man to be an advocate of Linux and free and open source software. You just have to be someone who’s familiar with these applications as well as the philosophies and related technologies. It could be quite overwhelming, yes. But if you’re someone who has immersed himself/herself in software and is not afraid to try different things, you will be fine.

What I love about these young girls is that they are confident about themselves. They did not hesitate to share what they know with other people. I’ve seen people who are knowledgeable but are terribly afraid of others because they might be criticized or they’re afraid that other people might know more things. I personally think it’s ok if other people do know more than you. If you get a chance to share knowledge with other people, let others do the same thing. ;) It’s how you would all end up learning together through the demonstrations and discussions that will help you grow in skill and knowledge.

For parents, I hope that you will also foster an environment of learning for your children and let them explore different kinds of software. You could also boost up their confidence if ever you do let them shine when the opportunity arises.

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]]> 0 Offline Dictionary – Artha Sun, 28 Feb 2010 13:15:54 +0000 Clair Ching Post from: New Linux User

]]> As someone who writes blog entries, documentation, and stories, I find myself having to consult the dictionary from time to time. Especially when there are words I don’t use often and they are the more appropriate words to use. Fortunately, there’s an offline dictionary application. It’s called Artha.

What’s awesome about Artha?

Well, for starters, it’s available even when you’re offline. Also, the graphical user interface on this dictionary application is pretty good too. There is a space for entering the word you are searching for. And if you make a mistake in spelling it, you could also see the suggestions for the proper spelling of the word. If you’re not sure at all, then just select one of them and click the word. You will be shown the meaning and its usage. At the bottom, there are several tabs too. They show the synonyms, antonyms, derivatives, attribute of information and similar words.

And as Bigbrovar’s blog entry said, its notification feature is awesome. I tried it out by switching it on and then highlighting some words and then pressing the hot keys for it. It’s nifty because it does give me the definition of the highlighted word. That’s a great feature.

So if you’re wondering how to get this cool dictionary application, you could check it’s Sourceforge download page for Artha. Debian and Fedora have packages available for them. Else, you could get the source code via the subversion repository.

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]]> 2 Ubuntu 10.04’s Upcoming Features Sun, 28 Feb 2010 12:09:05 +0000 Clair Ching Post from: New Linux User

]]> So earlier, I posted about Ubuntu’s upcoming support for the iPod Touch as well as the iPhone. That’s something cool. Aside from the support for the iPod Touch and iPhone, there are other interesting features coming to Ubuntu such as:

The MeMenu is something that some users might love and some user might hate it. Why? It is a feature that makes it easy for people to go and broadcast things on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. It also gives you an overview of what’s going on in those social networks. Some people who love being connected might love this feature but there are those who’d wonder why the heck would you want this from the panel? I personally use a Twitter widget on KDE so this is one thing I’d appreciate.

Facebook now has support for XMPP and so you could actually try it out on your chat client such as Pidgin and in Ubuntu Lucid Lynx, you could also have Facebook chat on Empathy. ;) There are people I only get to chat with on Facebook so I’d rather use this chat feature on either Empathy or Pidgin. Quite nifty, really.

Better sound control — finally! I’ve found it quite limited so I’ve got something to look forward to. And there’s also a way for us to control Skype’s sound options too.

Thanks to starryhope for the scoop on these upcoming features.

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]]> 0 Transmission and Frostwire Sun, 28 Feb 2010 04:11:41 +0000 Clair Ching Post from: New Linux User

]]> Just when I wanted to know if there are other torrent client on Linux, there is a listing of the torrent clients on Linux. Thanks to! And amazingly enough their list gives us an idea of how much RAM these torrent clients consume.

By default I am using Transmission in Ubuntu. I never really bothered checking how much RAM it uses but compared to a whole lot of them, it uses way less RAM at 10 MB. No wonder I hardly feel it running in the background. I like using it because of the settings it has like setting the speed limit, as well as giving priority to certain files.

There is this one torrent client I got interested in. It’s called Frostwire. It’s said to be compatible with iTunes. Now there are magnet torrent links support here too. As a torrent client, you not only see the percentage of the files downloaded but the size too. Turns out a lightweight, core version of Azureus is powering this torrent client in Frostwire. From the Frostwire site, you even get a link to legal downloads on I’m probably giving it a try this week and see if I find it nifty. Looks like there are quite a number of Frostwire users online so there’s plenty of sources of help.

Happy downloading, folks!

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