What To Expect From KDE Plasma Netbook 4.5?

KDE Plasma Netbook Shell  first  made an  appearance  with KDE SC 4.4. The second version is already on its way with KDE SC 4.5. KDE developer Marco Martin, gave a brief preview of what to expect from the KDE Plasma Netbook Shell 4.5.

Here it is:

Faster!

The Shell has been receiving a lot attention to make it faster. The Shell, along with the Launch and Search activities, have undergone several optimizations. This should make the interface a lot faster and responsive.

Newspaper

All the Plasma scroll areas, uses brand new code  to handle the touch and the flicking in a much better way. To improve both the looks and the usability of it, the widgets now appear perfectly aligned in a 2×2 grid, although you can still create a custom number of rows and columns. Interacting with widget will make it expand to take up to the whole screen height, so offering a “maximized” view of it.

Search and Launch

A different way to fetch the data used in the menus is being used to make it more accurate.

Drag and Drop

Drag and drop support has been added extensively to make the interface more intuitive and touch-screen friendly.

Marco also published a couple of videos showing some of the things mentioned above:

[via www.notmart.org]

Chromium Now Supports WebM Videos

Google has just released its VP8 video codec it acquired a few days back as WebM. This acquisition came with the acquisition of On2, which was an expert in video compression technology.

As expected, the Chromium browser on Ubuntu now supports this new video codec. To try a WebM video, you will need to install the latest daily build from the Chromium daily build PPA at launchpad. The fastest rising Opera web browser also introduced support for WebM videos recently.

The added advantage in WebM videos, as spotted by d00d @OMG!Ubuntu is that the CPU usage for WebM decoding is minimal compared to Adobe Flash. This would make it ideal for mobile devices as well. He has also provided a link for you to try out some WebM videos on YouTube.

Now that a proper video converter is out with support for WebM videos, we expect to see this video format take over the world of online videos, in the next few months.

Skype Added In Official Ubuntu Repository

Skype is finally coming in the Official Ubuntu 10.04 Partners Repository. The build process has already been finished and is awaiting approval in the NEW queue.

To install it, you have to enable the partner repository. To do this go to System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager. In the Synaptic Package Manager, go to Edit -> Repositories. In the Software Sources windows, go to the tab Other Software and check http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu lucid partner and close the window.

Then, open the Terminal and execute:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skype

[via WebUpd8]

Download Opera With WebM Support [Ubuntu]

Yesterday, Google has released WebM, the open source, royalty-free video format based on the VP8 codec. Opera Labs has already released a WebM supported version for its Opera Browser.

Here is what you need to get it in Ubuntu:

Open the Terminal.

  • Execute the command below to download it:

For 32-bit

wget http://snapshot.opera.com/webm/opera-10.54-21867-webm.i386.linux.tar.bz2

For 64-bit

wget http://snapshot.opera.com/webm/opera-10.54-21867-webm.x86_64.linux.tar.bz2
  • Extract using the command:

For 32-bit

tar xjvf opera-10.54-21867-webm.i386.linux.tar.bz2

For 64-bit

tar xjvf opera-10.54-21867-webm.x86_64.linux.tar.bz2
  • Close the terminal and go to the extracted folder (opera-10.54-21867-webm.i386.linux).
  • Double click on the file called “opera”. In the dialog, choose “Run”.

Is Arch Linux Faster Than Ubuntu? Not Really!

It is often claimed that Arch Linux is faster than Ubuntu. So, the guys over at Phoronix, decided to test if it is really true.

They put Ubuntu 10.04 against Arch Linux 2010.5 using their Phoronix Test Suite. They did a clean installation of Arch 2010.5 and Ubuntu 10.04. They also tested an Ubuntu 10.04 installation upgraded with the Maverick (10.10) packages.

They found out that both are have almost the identical performance. The only test where the performance of Arch Linux is significantly faster than Ubuntu was with the OpenGL test. However this is just because Arch Linux does not use Compiz by default when an accelerated OpenGL driver is available.

[image via Phoronix]

There were also some performance difference in the SQLite and Apache test. However, this is due to the different kernels that the two distros uses.

All in all, this demonstrates that Arch is somewhat faster than Ubuntu but not by much.

You can see the full test result over at Phoronix.

Sheldon Cooper: Ubuntu User

The Big Bang Theory has become my top favorite series from the time it started. The Big Bang Theory starring a group of four friends, all of whom have unusual habits has been a hit with the student and the geek culture.

The humor is something that only geeks get and that makes them feel special and exclusive.

Well, if you are a Linux fan and you have not noticed, Sheldon Cooper, the self-proclaimed genius and truest nerd on The Big Bang Theory has been seen using Ubuntu.

See for yourself in this video.

(Via: Seilo @ Geeky Ogre)

Linux Kernel 2.6.34 Released

Linus Torvalds has announced the release of the Linux Kernel version 2.6.34 on Sunday this week. This new kernel has come after months of development and Linus made the release announcement at the unofficial Linux Kernel Mailing List  lkml.org. He wrote,

Nothing very interesting here, which is just how I like it. Various random
fixes all over, nothing really stands out. Pretty much all of it is one-
or few-liners, I think the biggest patch in the last week was fixing some
semantics for the new SR-IOV VF netlink interface. And even that wasn't
a _big_ patch by any means.

So 2.6.34 is out, and the merge window is thus officially open.

The new Linux Kernel, version 2.6.34 has a new LogFS file-system file system, a faster networking support on KVM virtualization, updates on Btrfs file-system and many other GPU driver updates.

A complete list of changes can be found here.

Now that Kernel 2.6.34 is out,  developers  are focusing on bug fixes and the next kernel 2.6.35. Plans for the next kernel include improved support for ATI graphics and Intel H.264 video acceleration.

Linus Torvalds has decided to take some rest for a day or two now that a new milestone is reached. Though, it is not long before he gets back to work in full form. A list of bugs has already appeared on the release post which will surely give him the Monday morning blues.

(Via: Phoronix)

Ubuntu Is NOT replacing Firefox with Google Chrome. Its Chromium!

Word have been spreading around that Ubuntu is replacing Firefox with Google Chrome for Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. This “news” seem to have started out with a post at ubergizmo, which TechCrunch picked up and then posted (refering to Ubuntu Netbook Edition with the no-longer-in-use name Ubuntu Netbook Remix). With Neowin too joining in with a post today, it is spreading like wildfire.

However the truth is that it is not Google Chrome which may replace Firefox; it is Chromium. (We wrote about it four days ago.)While Google has released most of the Chrome code to the Chromium Project, Chrome still has some closed-source codes and come packaged with proprietary software (Flash). Anyone with even a slight understanding of the Ubuntu Philosophy (and Licensing) would understand that Ubuntu can never have Google Chrome as a default application.

Two days ago, when this misinformation has just started spreading, Ubuntu Developer Jorge Castro wrote a blog post clarifying that it is not Chrome but Chromium that they are considering as a replacement for Firefox in UNE 10.10. Unfortunately his message did not go through. This is what he wrote:

I’d like to clarify some things about our session on default applications and Chromium.

  • Chrome and Chromium are not the same thing. Chrome is a non-free build of the Chromium project.
  • It is impossible for us to ship Google Chrome as a default web browser without compromising  our beliefs. You can read more about our licensing and how that relates  here.

I hope that clears things up, you’ll be hearing more updates in the usual development channels from the Desktop team as the cycle progresses.

Hopefully, this post in clears things up. :)

Download Linux Mint 9 Isadora

Linux Mint 9 is done. An official announcement is still pending; however, all the ISOs are now available for download.

Linux-Mint-9

Mint is an operating system designed to be completely functional out of the box. Linux Mint 9, which is based on Ubuntu 10.04, is in some ways, a refined version of an already excellent distro. Check out the videos embedded below to see Isadora in action.

via NevermoarTV

Linux Mint boasts of a host of new and improved features including a new software manager, backup tool, tweaked interface, improved update manager and Mint4Win.

CD as well as DVD images for Linux Mint 9 are available. The DVD version is just about 100 MB larger than the CD version and simply includes additional wallpapers and packages such as Sun Java, Samba and ttf-DejaVu, which could not fit into the CD.

[ Download Linux Mint 9 ]

How To Install EiskaltDC++ [Ubuntu 9.10 and Ubuntu 10.04]

EiskaltDC++ is a DC++ alternative to the old Linuxdcpp client. It has a rather nice interface and has a few more functions than Linuxdcpp.

EiskaltDC++ is a program for UNIX-like systems that uses the Direct Connect and ADC protocol. It is compatible with other DC clients, such as the original DC from Neomodus, DC++ and derivatives. EiskaltDC++ also interoperates with all common DC hub software.

To install EiskaltDC++ in Ubuntu 10.04 or Ubuntu 9.10, open terminal follow the folloeing steps:

Add the PPA with the command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tehnick/tehnick

Update the program list with the command:

sudo apt-get update

Finally, install EiskaltDC++ with the command:

For stable version:

sudo apt-get install eiskaltdcpp

For unstable version:

sudo apt-get install eiskaltdcpp-unstable