A Complete Guide to Windows 8 Release Preview – Requirements, Installation, Screenshots

Well, yes, Windows 8 Release Preview has been released. As Microsoft reimagines Windows, here is your chance to take it for a spin on a variety of form factors, including the new generation of touch devices. Let’s dive into the details, and get started.


  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster                 
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB  (64-bit)                
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)                
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver                

Of course, you will need a tablet or a monitor that supports multi-touch for the touch experience on Windows 8. The OS requires a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768 to access the Windows Store and at least 1366 x 768 to snap apps.


Windows 8 Release Preview is available in 14 languages – Arabic, English, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish. The Windows 8 Release Preview Setup program will automatically detect your current language selection. If you don’t have one of these languages selected, you can choose the language you want to download.

Microsoft has surprisingly allowed for upgrades to Windows 8 Release Preview from all Windows versions going back to as far as Windows XP. If you are upgrading from an earlier preview version of Windows 8, while your files will be saved in a Windows.old folder, it would be otherwise a clean installation with nothing else preserved.  In the most seamless upgrade experience of all, while upgrading from Windows 7, all programs, Windows settings, and User accounts and files are retained. From Windows Vista, you lose the installed programs and from Windows XP, you lose everything except the User accounts and files.

How To Install VLC 1.1.6 In Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

The VideoLAN Project has released a new version of its very popular media player – VLC. The new release, VLC 1.1.6, is an incremental update from the previous version and has a few new features.

Although mainly a bug fix update, VLC 1.1.6 has some improvements from the last realease. These improvements in VLC 1.1.6 include:

  • Improvements in KDE and PulseAudio integration
  • Faster WebM/VP8 decoding
  • Support for MPC SV7/SV8 on Windows and MacOS builds
  • Improvements in visualisations and interfaces

Beside these, there are also a few minor improvements such as updated codecs, security updates in demuxer and codecs, better subtitles and an updated language translation.

The VLC available in the main Ubuntu repository has not been updated to this new release yet. However, Ferramosca Roberto has already made the new version available in his PPA. The build is, however, available only for Ubuntu 10.10 at the time of writing this.

So, to install VLC 1.1.6 in Ubuntu 10.10, follow these steps:

1. Open the Terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal). If you are using Kubuntu, you will need Konsole. To open the Konsole in Kubuntu, press ALT+F2 to open KRunner and type “konsole“.

2. Now we need to add the PPA. To do this, execute the command given below in the Terminal/Konsole.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ferramroberto/vlc

3. After the PPA has been added, update the software list with:

$ sudo apt-get update

4. Finally install VLC 1.1.6 with the command given below

$ sudo apt-get install vlc mozilla-plugin-vlc

After installation, you will find VLC under Applications > Video & Sound > VLC. In Kubuntu, you can use the KRunner again to launch it.

Install Swype on Nokia N8

Swype is the most revolutionary innovation in mobile text input systems since T9. It works by allowing you to “swype” your fingers on a virtual keyboard to form words instead of typing out letters. It has been one of the major reasons behind the success of touchscreen Android phones. A few weeks back, Nokia announced Swype for Symbian devices. It is available in the Ovi Store for only a few devices now.

One of the Swype supported devices is the Nokia C7. It is suite similar to the Nokia N8, but has a more rounded design and sports slightly lower hardware specs.

If you have a Nokia N8, Nokia is planning to launch a version of Swype for the Nokia N8 pretty soon.

But if you can’t wait to try it out on your new Nokia N8, you can use the C7 version of Sqype. It works perfectly well in the N8, atleast in the landscape mode. In the portrait mode, it doesn’t. Nokia and Swype are probably working on a portrait version which might be released in the future.

To Install Swype on the Nokia N8, just go to http://store.ovi.com/content/58438/ and select your phone model as a Nokia C7. Install Swype on your N8 and have fun swyping.

To Install Swype on a Nokia C7, just do the same.

Swype on Nokia N8

via: NokiaMobile

Install Flash 10.1 on All Android 2.2 Phones

Nexus One users can install Flash 10.1 directly from the Android Market. For the others, well, there was a complex process that you needed to follow in order to install Flash 10.1 on your devices. It involved rooting your phone and installing a Cyanogen build on it.

Flash 10.1 on Android 2.2

Not anymore! You can now install Flash 10.1 on your phone running Android 2.2 Froyo directly by installing the Flash APK on it. You can download the Flash 10.1 APK here and install it. It doesn’t even require a rooted phone.

Download Flash 10.1 APK for Android 2.2

via DroidLife

Ubiquity With A New Look Coming In Ubuntu 10.10

According to Evan Dandrea of Canonical, Ubiquity in Ubuntu 10.10 will have a completely revamped and more-beginner-friendly interface. Ubiquity is the name for the installer used in Ubuntu.

This is what Evan said to Softpedia:

While the visual changes form a large portion of the work, some major pieces infrastructure will be added or changed to support things like running installation tasks in parallel and the Geonames place name service.

A big change in the new Ubiquity, other than the interface, is the introduction of “paralleling  task” functionality. What this will do is that the installation process will be divided into  parallel  processes so that when the user is entering information like time zone, name etc., the  installation  can continue in the background. This will speed up the  installation  process.

Here are some screenshots of the new Ubiquity for Ubuntu 10.10:

This is the first step of the new installer. Here you can specify if you want to download updates from the internet during the  installation  and if you want non-open-source software like Flash, audio and video codecs etc. are to be installed.

This is the Hard Disk partitioner. You can specify the partition or the amount of space to be used for the Ubuntu installation.

This is the final step of the installation. You can specify your username, password etc. here. An option to take your picture with a webcam will also be included in time for Ubuntu 10.10.

You can see more screenshots and read more at Softpedia.

Install Transmission 2.0 In Ubuntu

Transmission is the default bit torrent client in Ubuntu. It is one of my favorite bit torrent clients. Its simple interface is the thing I like the most about Transmission. Although it many seem inferior compared to some other bit torrent clients, it is still a very good client and has all the features most people would need.

With the release of Transmission 2.0, it has just become a lot better. Transmission 2.0 has a number of improvements/changes from the previous version. These includes:

  • More lightweight and faster startup time.
  • “Local peer discovery” to discover peers in the local network.
  • Better tracker announcement.
  • Use of IEC standards.

If you are using Ubuntu, here is how you can install it:

Open the Terminal.

Add the PPA ppa:transmissionbt/ppa with the command:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:transmissionbt/ppa

Then update the software list with

$ sudo apt-get update

Finally upgrade with the command

$ sudo apt-get upgrade

Or, if you want to upgrade only Transmission execute  (the above command will update the whole system)

$ sudo apt-get install transmission

[via Tech Drive-In]

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:

How To Install VirtualBox 3.2 In Ubuntu

VirtualBox 3.2 was released a couple of days back, as Oracle VirtualBox 3.2, with some exciting new features. It has not yet come to the official Ubuntu repository, but you can install it from the VirtualBox Repository. Here is how to do it:

  • Open the Terminal/Konsole. (In GNOME Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal. In KDE, bring up the KRunner with ALT+F2 and type “konsole“.)
  • Open /etc/apt/sources.list for editing with the command:
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Note: If you are in KDE, replace gedit with kate in the command above.

  • In the file source.list, add one of the following, whichever is appropriate:

For Lucid (10.04):

deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian lucid non-free

For Karmic (9.10):

deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian karmic non-free

Save and exit.

  • Install the GPG key with the command:
wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
  • Now update the software source and install VirtualBox 3.2 with the commands:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install virtualbox-3.2
  • Finally install dkms with:
sudo apt-get install dkms

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”.