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Install Gnome 3 Shell in Ubuntu Karmic Koala [How To]

The Gnome 3 desktop for Linux is planned to be released in early 2010. But you can experience it in Ubuntu Karmic Koala through Gnome 3 Shell. We will show, how you can try out all the features of Gnome 3 thorugh Gnome 3 Shell.

Here is a screenshot of Gnome 3 shell:

Gnome 3 Shell

Step by step instructions:

  1. Open a Terminal and run this command to install the Gnome Shell:
  2. sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

  3. After the installation is complete, you can start it by running the following command in the Terminal:
  4. gnome-shell --replace

  5. If your graphics is rendered by the Intel GPU and you are getting a blank screen after running the previous command, you can fix it by running this command in the Terminal:
  6. export GNOME_SHELL_DISABLE_TFP=1

Note: Gnome Shell is still in the development stage and there is always a possibility that if may break some parts of your Ubuntu installation. We do not take any responsibility for that, and request you to try it on your own risk.

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Firefox 3.6 RC1 Officially Released

The new Release Candidate build of Firefox 3.6, codenamed “Namoroka”, is now available for download from the official FirefoxMozilla website.

Softpedia was already providing a preview version of Firefox 3.6 RC1, since January 6th 2010. After that, it also offered nightly testing version of Firefox RC1. Mozilla had earlier stated that, it was hoping to release the post-Beta variant of Firefox 3.6 on 8th January, 2010. And indeed, the developers have been able to release it on schedule.

You can go ahead and download Firefox 3.6 RC1 now.

According to our sources, Firefox 3.6 web milestone is nearing completion and is expected to be launched later this month, by the end of January 2010. Current users of Firefox 3.6 Beta will receive notices of the automatic upgrades to the Release Candidate stage over the coming few days.

Mozilla had delivered five Beta builds of Firefox 3.6 and the developers were trying their best to roll out the final release of Firefox 3.6 in November 2009, a month after the launch of Windows 7. But it was postponed due to various severe bugs that needed to be resolved.

Install a FTP server in Windows 7 [How To]

If you already have a web server up and running, installing a FTP server along with it has many advantages. Using a FTP server, you can transfer files to and from your web server very easily.

We will show you, how you can install a FTP server in Windows 7. The FTP server installed in this way, will work perfectly fine with Windows IIS server.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Click and goto Start> Control Panel> Programs. Then click on Turn Windows features on or off.Installing FTP server in Windows 7
  2. Now you will get a list of many features. Each feature can be installed or uninstalled. You have to locate the option for Internet Information Services (IIS), and select FTP server. Click on Ok and wait for the installation to complete; it will take a considerable amount of time.Installing FTP server in Windows 7
  3. Now your FTP server will be installed. If you need to check that your FTP server is working properly or not, you can do so using a FTP client like Filezilla. To check, open your FTP client and try connecting to the server with following details:
    Hostname: localhost
    Port no: 21

If you have repeated the steps mentioned above correctly, you will have an easy and working FTP server installed in Windows 7.

For more useful How-To articles, keep checking Techie-Buzz regularly.

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Get Free openSUSE 11.2 DVDs [How To]

openSUSE

If you’re looking for Linux distro DVDs for events or groups, developers at openSUSE at providing it for free.

As quoted on the official site:

If you’re looking for openSUSE 11.2 DVDs for events or groups, we have plenty in stock. We’re happy to send openSUSE 11.2 DVDs to openSUSE Ambassadors and folks running FLOSS/Linux events.

Update: The following information is no longer in use, you might directly want to visit opensuse.org to find out on how you can get Free operSUSE DVDs.

The best way to get your hands on some openSUSE DVDs right away is to send me an email directly (email removed) and be sure to include the following information, bold is required:

  • Your name
  • Name of the person receiving the discs (if different)
  • Full address including postal code, country, etc.
  • Telephone number of the contact person receiving the discs.
  • Reason for the request.
  • The number of discs requested.
  • The deadline for the request, if any.
  • Any special instructions or helpful info for customs.
  • To get your own set of openSUSE 11.2 DVDs for free, follow the instructions, as quoted above. Also, send your request email with a clear subject line like Request 100 openSUSE 11.2 DVDs for FOSDEMor similar, to avoid any confusions and to avoid getting into SPAM box in email. The developers have requested that if possible, you should make requests at least two weeks in advance.

    About the DVDs:

    The openSUSE 11.2 Promo DVDs that you will get for free, are dual-sided discs with both the 32-bit and 64-bit promo DVD images on them.

    Wine 1.1.36 Released, More Bugs Fixed

    Wine Windows Emulator for Linux

    Wine is a Windows emulator for Linux OS, which enables you to run various native Windows programs and applications, like games, mp3 players, torrent clients and so on inside Linux, without the need of any technical knowledge. Linux enthusiasts use Wine to run those Windows applications inside Linux, for whom Linux counterparts are tough to find.

    The new development release of   Wine, Wine 1.1.36 is now available for download. You can download it from the official development site.

    The source for this development release is available from these locations:

    http://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/system/emulators/wine/wine-1.1.36.tar.bz2

    http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/wine/wine-1.1.36.tar.bz2

    The new features in this release include:

    • Completion of the 16-bit separation.
    • Improved Shader Model 4 support.
    • A ton of memory leak fixes.
    • Improved debugging support for MinGW.
    • A number of MSHTML fixes.
    • Various bug fixes.

    You can find more about complete list of bug fixes and change log from here.

    Firefox for Maemo “Fennec”: RC2 Released

    Firefox for Maemo: "Fennec"
    Firefox for Maemo: "Fennec"

    The second release candidate (RC2) of Firefox for Maemo, is now available for download. This new version has resolved some major performance issues that were affecting the Nokia N900. It also includes the latest version of the layout engine Gecko 1.9.2 RC1. It is the same version on which, soon-to-be-released Firefox 3.6 RC1 is based on.

    Firefox for mobile, is currently supported on Nokia’s Maemo platform. It is available for download on the Nokia N900. You can download it from Firefox.com/mobile.

    If the RC1 of Fennec is already installed on your Nokia N900 or N810, you will receive a software update shortly. Also, you can point your mobile browser to http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/m/ and download the update from there. This new release candidate includes a number of improvements in navigation, user interface, synchronization   and privacy as well as security.

    You can also use and experiment with Firefox for mobile on your desktop. This will enable you to   provide feedback; to build your own add-ons, and get involved.
    You can read the complete change-log and details about Firefox for mobile RC2 https://www.mozilla.com/en-US/mobile/1.0/releasenotes/

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    Skype Soon Coming to TV Sets

    Skype in Internet enabled TV sets
    Skype in Internet enabled TV sets

    Soon you   will have something new to watch on the living room TV: your relatives and friends from around the globe.

    Panasonic and LG electronics, two of the top television manufacturers, announced at Consumer Electronics Show 2010 (CES 2010), that they are integrating the free online calling service Skype into their Internet-connected high-definition televisions.

    Panasonic is providing a line up of plasma televisions that revolves around the company’s 3D-compatible TC-PVT25 series,TC-PG25 series, and the TC-PG20 series. To make all the internet services easier to access, these set of TV series will have a pair of USB ports that you can connect to an optional Wi-Fi dongle or to an external keyboard. The feature to integrate a keyboard with a television is significant. Similar to any other HDTV announced at the CES 2010 show, plasma or LCD, all of the Panasonic plasmas qualify for Energy Star 4.0. This surely means less power consumption, more savings and a greener environment for the users.

    The Skype service on a TV will work similarly as it does on a PC, but with some limitations posed by current technology and consumer budget. A TV program will pause playing once you make or answer a Skype call; this is because the processors integrated in television sets are not yet powerful enough to allow people to chat and watch a TV show simultaneously.

    Panasonic which based in Japan, and LG, based in South Korea, will sell specially designed Web cameras for their Skype-enabled TV sets, which should cost $100 to $200. These cameras will be customized for the wide range of distances between the TV and viewers.

    Until now, TVs that have the capability to connect to internet, have been able to access only a limited number of online services, for example: Yahoo widgets that offer weather and news updates, or streaming movie service from Netflix. TV makers are now trying to change the identity of the primary screen in the house, by adding more internet services and making a television set more like a personal computer.

    Digia @Web – New Web Browser for Maemo and Symbian Touch Devices

    Digia @Web Mobile Browser
    Digia @Web Mobile Browser

    We have spotted a new and promising web browser for Symbian and Maemo mobile devices.

    Digia @Web is a modern and touch enabled web browser for mobile devices. Digia @Web is currently available for Symbian s60 5th edition and Maemo mobile devices for free.

    Some of the user interface features of the browser are:

    • Full finger touch UI.
    • Automatic full screen browsing via auto-hiding controls.
    • Multiple browser windows.
    • Page rotation for portrait and landscape browsing.
    • Multiple zoom levels.
    • Password manager.
    • Intelligent Bookmark functionality (auto-sorting).
    • URL auto-complete (from history).
    • Page loading in progress’ indicator.
    • Text select for copy/paste.
    • RSS feeds.

    The browser engine on which Digia @Web is based on supports HTML 4.01. Some more features of the browser engine are:

    • True web page rendering.
    • JavaScript(tm) 1.5.
    • HTTP 1.1 with support for secure and non-secure browsing.
    • HTTP cache and cookies.
    • AJAX support.
    • Flash content support.
    • Netscape compatible Plug-in interface.

    The current list of mobile devices that this browser supports include Nokia 5230, Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic, Nokia 5530 Xpressmusic, Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia X6, Sony Ericsson Satio and Samsung i8910 HD.

    You can download this app from http://bit.ly/6ktjeK .

    While there is a very strong competition between mobile browsers in the market, Opera seems to be a clear winner for now. Previously, we had covered the   Opera mobile in detail. We have also covered the much awaited “Fennec” browser from Mozilla Firefox, which seems to be a strong competitor to Opera for now.

    What do you think about Digia @Web ? Do let us know with your comments.

    Unnamed Sony Ericsson QWERTY Phone [Leaked Pics]

    Unnamed Sony Ericsson QWERTY Phone
    Unnamed Sony Ericsson QWERTY Phone

    Now, here is a photo of a Sony Ericsson phone we haven’t seen before. This unnamed Sony Ericsson phone was spotted by someone randomly. As GSM Arena points out, this looks a lot like a previously leaked Sony Ericsson handset called the Kurara, which did not has a keyboard. But the Kurara does have an 8 megapixel camera and 600Mhz processor.

    It looks like a Sony Ericsson Kurara, but has a QWERTY keyboard. This just might be a new entry into Sony Ericsson’s U series. The Sony Ericsson Kurara and this phone do not have much in common, besides the obvious similarities in looks. From the screen it is clear enough that it runs Symbian S60 5th edition.

    According to SEMC, the handset we are looking at is called the Kanna and features a 3.2″ 360×640 display, Wi-Fi, 8.1 megapixel camera, and shoots video in full 720p. They say, it is going be announced on February 14th at Mobile World Congress.

    Stay tuned for more updates on Techie-Buzz.

    Shocking Fact: Twitter has More Uptime than Facebook

    Facebook v/s Twitter
    Facebook v/s Twitter

    Twitter is almost as famous for its downtime, as it is for anything else. So the fact that Twitter had more uptime than Facebook last week, shows how well it is maintaining its servers. Indeed a shocking fact !

    Last week, Twitter had uptime of 97.97 percent of the time, beating out even Facebook’s availability of 97.22 percent, according to benchmarks published by AlertSite . The only site in the benchmark with better uptime was YouTube, with 99.13 percent availability during the week.

    But you should not compare Facebook for its downtime with Twitter. Facebook is a much more complicated site with 350 million members and an estimated 438 million unique visitors a month worldwide, versus 60 million for Twitter, yet its response times are the fastest. And Facebook is providing photos, videos, and apps, while Twitter only has text messages and avatar images. MySpace lags in this measure with an average response time of 6.8 seconds, three times slower than Facebook.

    Unlock Secret God Mode in Windows 7 [How To]

    God Mode is not a special mode in Windows 7. God Mode in simple words, is a folder packed with shortcuts to just about every settings change and administrative function in Windows 7. Everything you will find in the Action Center, Backup and Restore, Autorun, Desktop Gadgets, Devices and Printers, is all stored at one central location, in God Mode folder. God Mode folder is one central location for easy access of all the features in Windows 7.

    We will show you here, how to unlock and create a God Mode folder in 2 easy steps, in WIndows 7. Follow these steps:

    • Create a new folder anywhere (in any partition and inside any folder)
    • Rename the folder and paste in the following text: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

    That’s it ! Now you will have a new folder named “GodMode”, with control panel icon on it. This folder is very handy for easy access. You can access shortcut to every feature in that folder by typing a few letters into the search box on your start menu.

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    SnagIt for Mac (Beta) is out, Looks Impressive

    SnagIt for Mac
    SnagIt for Mac

    There are many screen-capture applications for Mac like Skitch, but Mac users have long been waiting for a screenshot app for Mac, which match the capabilities of SnagIt for Windows. SnagIt is basically a screen-capture application program, that creates an image of what you see on your computer monitor.

    SnagIt for Windows, is undoubtedly the most advanced and user-friendly screen-capture software application. SnagIt has officially unveiled the Beta version of SnagIt, for taking screenshots on a Mac. The interface is very different from the Windows counterpart, but that is understandable considering that the Windows version uses the Office 2007 Ribbon UI that Microsoft has not made available for Mac applications.

    You can download free Beta version of SnagIt for Mac from here.

    Techie-Buzz Verdict:

    It offers an all-in-one capture mode that tries to detect whether you want to grab the full screen, a window, a specific region, or even a scrolling area. Many small things are worth appreciating, like the small magnified window when capturing a region. The awesome thing about the magnified window is that it does not actually appear until your cursor isn’t moving much on the screen. That makes sense because when your cursor is only moving a few pixels at a time is when you are probably trying to get a pixel-perfect screenshot, and that is when you need the magnified area.
    Overall, there are a lot of nice touches in the app. You can use keyboard shortcuts, the Menubar icon, or the hide-away window to initiate a capture. SnagIt for Mac is not full-featured yet though, and you will notice that as soon as you click on the Effectstab where all you will see is a Coming soonmessage. The things that are available work very well though.

    Techie-Buzz Rating: 3/5

    Nexus One “Google Phone”, From Rumor to Reality: The Complete Coverage

    We, at Techie-buzz, were doing an evaluation of all the significant tech events that happened in 2009. Authors had different opinions about the biggest and most influential event we witnessed this year. But everyone agreed the biggest showdown of the year, surrounding rumors, was the much hyped Google “Nexus One” phone.

    We chased Nexus One, right from the beginning, till its official announcement. Here are the events on how the Google “Nexus One” Phone was born out of rumors and went on to become a reality.

    December 1, 2009

    As soon as the rumors surfaced by Gizmodo that Google is secretly building a phone, that will also be branded by its name,   we were one of the first to report it on Techie-Buzz. People had various guesses like: it will be manufactured by Samsung and it will be running Chrome OS.

    There were many fake aka “leaked” pics and videos, that surfaced similar to these:

    Google Phone
    Google Phone
    Google Phone
    Google Phone
    Google Phone
    Google Phone
    Google Phone
    Google Phone

    These rumors did not surface on their own. Google had long pending plans about this phone. Google first developed Android: the hottest and one of the best OS for portable devices that the open source community has to offer, and then Google voice: which filled the long pending dream of users about the ideal VOIP (voice-over-internet-telephony). What was the next product expected from the company? Maybe one high-end phone with all the bare basics for today’s power user: a fast processor, bluetooth, bigger ram, wi-fi, camera, touch enabled UI, and yes, one that can compete with the killer iPhone, that overshadowed the cellphone history of this decade.

    Chinese Pirates Hacked Ubuntu to Look Like Windows XP

    Infamous Chinese software pirates were not much happy with just copying Windows XP, so they moved their interests to hacking Ubuntu to look like Windows XP. With a Windows XP look-alike we do not mean just a theme or a shell replacement, going by what we experienced, Ylmf OS is a pixel-perfect copycat of Windows XP, but based on Ubuntu Linux.

    Ylmf OS
    Ylmf OS

    Ylmf OS is the closest Windows XP look, that Linux can ever get to. The link that we have provided, to the homepage of Ylmf OS, is converted from Chinese to English. This OS is based on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala. Most of the Chinese fonts are integrated into Ylmf, so an English language user cannot expect to use it right away.

    If you want to download and install Ylmf OS, you can download it from here.

    Some of the Screenshots

    (Yes even we were surprised !) :

    Ylmf OS
    Ylmf OS
    Ylmf OS
    Ylmf OS
    Ylmf OS
    Ylmf OS
    Ylmf OS
    Ylmf OS

    Techie-Buzz Verdict:

    As we have already stated, Ylmf OS is the closest look Linux can get, of Windows XP.   Ylmf OS also integrates the latest and stable OpenOffice 3.1, for complete portability with MS Office. It also integrates classic Windows theme, so that users can feel more close to Windows user interface. It also integrates stable version on Wine emulator. It has SMplayer for media playback. For internet browsing, it has latest version of Firefox. aMule, Filezilla and Pidgin are also integrated. If we put all of these features together, it is a complete and stable Linux distro that is perfect for use, even for a Windows user. We looked at Ylmf OS from two viewpoints: 1. As a Linux distro: Perfect, as it is based on stable architecture of Ubuntu Linux, plus it provides users with Windows XP look and feel. 2. As pirated/ripped Windows XP: As far as we know, Microsoft cannot sue the developers of Ylmf OS, as it is completely based on Ubuntu Linux, which itself promotes modifications and copying. But, if the developers have ported/hacked some code from Windows XP, to bring such a close look to Linux, they are in trouble. Earlier as reported in Clonedinchina, a developer had landed in jail for 3.5 years for Tomato Garden Windows XP, a pirated version of Windows XP. We at Techie-Buzz, never promote Piracy.

    Techie-Buzz Rating:4/5

    Achievements of Open-Source Products in 2009

    Open Source
    Open Source

    From the launch of Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, to the continued improvements in Firefox, open source products achieved a lot in 2009. While established products like OpenOffice continued to flourish, we saw the emergence of new and promising contenders like Chrome OS. Here is a highlight on what open source community, as a whole achieved this year:

    Drupal

    Drupal
    Drupal

    The Drupal content management system runs Whitehouse.gov and dozens of other high-profile Web sites. Acquia, a startup in charge of commercializing Drupal, has received more than $18 million in venture capital to date, which is testimony the success of Drupal.

    Ubuntu

    Ubuntu
    Ubuntu

    In October, Canonical released Ubuntu 9.10, code-named “Karmic Koala,” which enables companies to build their own cloud computing environments on their own servers and hardware. As it has done with desktop and server Linux, Canonical aims to take a pioneering role in cloud computing, and this release is the first step in that direction.

    Git

    Git
    Git

    Git, a distributed version control system created by Linus Torvalds to manage the Linux kernel, has very quickly entered the mainstream since its creation less than 3 years ago. The documentation that comes with Git describes it as “a fast, scalable, distributed revision control system with an unusually rich command set”.

    SUSE Studio

    SUSE Studio
    SUSE Studio

    Novell launched Suse Studio in July as part of its Suse Appliance Program. So far, Linux users and developers are impressed with what Suse Studio brings to them, in terms of simplicity and functionality.

    Chrome OS

    Chrome OS
    Chrome OS

    Unveiled in July, Chrome OS, an open-source system that initially will be targeted at netbooks, is Google’s bid to offer a fast, lightweight and secure way to find information online. Google released Chrome OS to open source in November and revealed its intention to partner with as-yet-unknown hardware vendors to bring Chrome OS-powered netbooks to market in time for next year’s holiday season.

    OpenOffice

    Open Office
    Open Office

    In October, OpenOffice.org proudly declared that more than 100 million visitors had clicked on the Web site’s ‘Download OpenOffice.org’ button since version 3.0 of the software was released in October 2008. OpenOffice is being adopted by more and more users because of its increased interoperability with Microsoft Office.

    Firefox

    Firefox
    Firefox

    Mozilla’s Firefox Web browser passed the one billion download. No need to talk about its speed and performance, which always continues to be better.