Category Archives: Open Source Software

Ubuntu for Tablet PCs Coming Soon

Ubuntu has already been successful on the desktop and netbook PC and is on a prospective roadmap. This growth continues as Ubuntu extends from beyond these conventional platforms and aims to capture the next big thing: tablets PCs.

The iPad drive has already shown us how much people love tablet PCs and Ubuntu sees this as the ripe time to jump into the all new Tablet PC market. With this, Ubuntu will compete with the likes of iOS, Android and Meego.

The only news currently known about this project is that it will have a touchscreen interface and will be based on the Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat.

Ubuntu is the most successful Linux distro amongst regular users who are not too involved in the development front. A Tablet powered by Ubuntu will appeal to all kinds of people ranging from students to journalists.

It will definitely be no match for the business model of the iPad though, with an open source technology powering it, prices of any tablet based on this will automatically come down. This will be a big attraction and might just be the USP of such a tablet.

The tablet is expected to make an appearance sometime next year and will be powered by an ARM processor and a Pixel Qi display.

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Fluffy Linux – For Those Who Like Pink, Bunnies And Unicorn

Pink, Bunnies and Unicorns are what you will most probably find in a little girl’s room and certainly not in a Linux distro. But now there is Fluffy Linux with all the pink-ness (if there is such a word), bunnies, unicorn and, of course, fluffiness you can find. Here is a screenshot to make everything clear:

Like Hannah Montana Linux before it, Fluffy Linux is not exactly a completely new linux distribution. It is actually Kubuntu with a customized theme and apps which are modified to make them look “fluffier” and more pink.

Fluffy Linux came into being at this year’s KDE MM + Edu Sprint. It actually started out as a theme for Parley. This is what Herald Sitter, one of the two people behind Fluffy, has to say about Fluffy:

Fluffy will introduce Linux and the idea of Free/Libre Open Source Software to everyone who enjoys a pink,fluffy and good looking desktop.  Fluffy is not about writing letters or doing one’s taxes,  Fluffy is about enjoying Linux and KDE software in the best way possible. It replaces a boring computer with a world of wonders and imagination, where everything seems to be alive and an amazing graphical experience is waiting around every corner.
A world of unicorns and bunnies and fluffyness.

Fluffy Linux is certainly not for me. What do you think?

You can ge more pictures at Herald’s blog.

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Alpha 1 Released

Canonical has released the first of four Alphas of Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. As it has been released just after weeks after the Lucid release, it is not very much different from Lucid from the outside. The only notable change may be the History Tab in the Software Center.

As this is an Alpha, it is considered not safe for use in production machines. Anyway if you want to try it out you can download it from http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/10.10/alpha-1/ and install it.

In case you decided to test it out, do let us know how it feels.

[image credit: Web Upd8]

Equinox Ubuntu Themes – Awesome!

We all love a new theme once in a while to spice up our (boring) Ubuntu desktop. Equinox is a set of two themes for Ubuntu designed by Matthieu James for Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. All I can say about the themes is that they look amazing! Take a look yourself:

Equiniox comes in two themes – a light one and a dark one. The light one is called Equinox Ambient and the dark one is called Equinox Radient. Personally I prefer the light one as the dark one looks too much like the default Ubuntu Lucid theme.

To use the Equinox themes, you need to have the Equinox engine. You can download it from here.

Once you have the Equinox engine, you can then download the theme (download links: 32-bit 64-bit).

Linux Powers 91% Of The World’s Top 500 Fastest Supercomputers

The Top 500 Project lists the 500 fastest supercomputers in the world biannually. They have released this year’s list and in terms of the operating system used it is Linux all the way with more than 90% of the supercomputers running on Linux.

It is not surprising that Linux is generally preferred in supercomputers but the percentage (91%) is surprising.

Hers is a  diagrammatic  representation of the data. The larger boxes represents more powerful systems.

You can view this diagram and others like country-wise breakup , manufature-wise breakup etc in an interactive form at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10187248.stm.

In case you want the actual numerical breakup of the Operating System Family, here it is:

And here is the Operating System breakdown:

Ubuntu 10.04 LAMP Server Deployed In 5 Minutes [Video]

Just to prove Ubuntu’s ease of use (and to settle some score) dooratthe deployed an Ubuntu 10.04 LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP) Server in 5 minutes and made a video of the installation. This video just goes to show how easy it is to use Ubuntu even on a server.

In just 5 minutes he did a complete install of Ubuntu 10.04, create a user, select SSH and the LAMP stack for install  options, and fully update the installation, including kernel, then perform a reboot, and a very quick  ‘ab’ benchmark against the installed apache.

Click on the image below to watch. (Be warned that it is a huge GIF image.)

For those interested, here are some details. This deployment was done in VirtualBox, with the CD image stored remotely on the storage server, not  locally. Specifications are single cpu, 1G of ram, bridged networking to eth0, and 12M of display memory.

Amarok 2.3.1 “The Bell” Released

Amarok is one of the best music players available for Linux (and a personal favorite of mine, if I may add). Although is is a KDE application, it has a loyal following even from GNOME users.

Well there is a good news. Amarok 2.3.1, codenamed “The Bell” has been released a few hours ago. Here is a brief list of what it has to offer:

  • Automated Playlist Generator which helps you create playlists based on criteria like song length or file size.
  • Two new applets have been added for the Context View. The Upcoming Events applet shows concerts and events that the currently playing artist is participating in and the Similar Artists applet uses the Last.fm database to show similar artist and makes the ones in your collection directly playable.
  • Cover fetching has seen a lot of improvements and we added support for the new system tray protocol.
  • Improved responsiveness when expanding/collapsing items in the collection browser.
  • Lots of bug fixes!!

You can get the official release announcement and the changelog at kde.org.

Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" Code Freeze In Place, Alpha 1 Coming Thursday

Barely a few weeks after Canonical released Ubuntu 10.04 aka Lucid Lynx, they already announced plans for Ubuntu 10.10 aka Maverick Meerkat, with a release schedule aimed to launch Meerkat in October 2010.

With the increased frenzy around the new build, there is some good news now that the initial codebase for Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat has been frozen, which means that no more major changes will go into the latest build and Alpha 1 of Meerkat will see the light of day as scheduled on Thursday, June 3, 2010.

The freeze for Maverick Alpha 1 happened ahead of schedule and was announced in the Ubuntu developers newsletter. The announcement states:

Hello fellow Ubuntu developers,

the Meerkat wants to stick its head out to the world the first time!  We
haven’t really started landing new features from ourselves yet, but the first
milestone is important for testing the new kernel on a variety of hardware, as
well as the result of the autosyncs from Debian and first wave of merges and
package updates.

Between tomorrow and Thursday, the developers will iron out the bugs in the existing codebase and prepare the build for the first milestone in the schedule. So, rest assured you will be able to say hello to Maverick Meerkat soon enough.

Are you excited about Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat? Will you be trying out the Alpha?

Ubuntu 10.04 Supports iPhone OS Out of the Box

Ubuntu 10.04 is finally out of the box compatible with iPhone. It needs no hacks or tweaks and identifies the iPhone as a plugged in device bringing up options to import music and images. This was made possible with updates in the libraries of libimobiledevice and usbmuxd/gtkpod which are also present in Fedora and Mandriva that will get equal benefits.

Not only that, you can also browse most of the files on your iPhone and if it your iPhone jailbroken, you can see all those files. You can also check out this Ubuntu help page on accessing iPhone data on Ubuntu thought, this needs your iPhone to be jailbroken and you can do an array of otherwise restricted things after that.

This comes in as a great relief as Apple had encrypted its library database  from Firmware version 2.x onwards and any transferred file failed to be recognized. This changed with Firmware version 3.x as support for iPhone rolled in natively with the release of this new firmware. The help page writes,

Lucid natively supports both iPhone and iPod Touch 1G, 2G, 3G and 3GS models  (iPad should be too) running up to firmware 3.1.3 without the need to jailbreak. This is due to the GNOME 2.30  libimobiledevice support.

(Via: iphonelife)

Install KOffice 2.2 In (K)Ubuntu 10.04

A few days back, we wrote about the release of KOffice 2.2 and promised that we will tell you as soon as it is available for installation in (K)Ubuntu. Well, the Kubuntu Community has just announced that KOffice 2.2 is available for (K)Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.

KOffice 2.2 is currently available in the lucid-backport. To enable the lucid-backport, you have to check the “Unsupported Updates”. Here is how to do it in Ubuntu and Kubuntu:

For Ubuntu 10.04

  • Go to System -> Administration -> Software Sources.
  • In Software Sources, go to the tab Update.
  • Enable Unsupported updates.

For Kubuntu 10.04

  • Press ALT + F2, to bring up the KRunner.
  • Type “software sources“. You will probably get Software Sources even before you have finished typing it. Click on that.
  • Go to the tan Updates and enable Unsupported updates.

After enabling the lucid-backport, open the Terminal, or Konsole in Kubuntu. Then execute the commands given below:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install koffice

Before, we finish here are a few screenshots: