Linux is growing fast and a lot of people are switching from Windows and OS X. There are tons of very useful software available for Linux but sometimes it is not real easy to find.
LinuxAppFinder not only lets you find Linux apps for any certain task, but also lists Linux alternatives for any Windows or OS X application. You can search for a software or browse the listings in alphabetical order. For almost every Windows or OS X software, there are 3-4 Linux alternatives listed. Just click on the one you like to see more details and instructions on how to install.
If you don’t find the software you are looking for, you can make a request through the forums. A regularly updated news sections is also there to keep you informed of new and upcoming Linux apps.
Linux has a cool list of applications. Today, I will talk about the most widely used application, the terminal. The terminal is always required whenever we move out of the premises of inbuilt applications and installed softwares. These three terminals have one thing in common. They can be launched with a single click, and they fly-roll out of the top panel just like in Quake, or UT.
Tilda is a terminal which comes up on a special keystroke. It is one of those game type console screens with no border and a “roll out from top” startup. At just 300 KB it is a really cool geek-terminal resting on your desktop. Tilda can be customized for a transparent background also. It has support for tabs as well.
Guake is another drop down terminal much like Tilda. One good thing about Guake is that it has been bundled for a number of Linux distros, so there are more chances of it running for your distro. Guake homepage.
Yakuake is a real game style terminal with the actual roll-out effect found in games. the scrolling is smooth and it supports a tabbed interface as well. Yakuake is available for KDE only. For more information and dowlnoad, visit Yakuake homepage.
Well, so now that you have the list,let me know which of those you are planing to use. Tilda is my first choice though.
Ever wanted to create a video tutorial in Linux? You have tried every software on the Internet and they do give results but far from good? Check this out, RecordMyDesktop is what you need.
recordmydesktop is pretty simple to use. It has a CLI (command line interface) design but also has a GUI called “the gtk-recordmydesktop".
RecordMyDesktop is an open source software and is available free of cost.
It uses py-gtk and py-qt34 (the python graphics toolkits for windowing) for the front-end and C language for the back-end. The video is saved in ogg format, and the software has support for recording sounds as well.
The recording is fully customizable and the GUI rests on the panel-tray as a record toggle button.
Every storage media has a shelf-life. In most cases it is just a few years. Loosing precious data due to damaged media can be a devastating experience. But even if Windows File Copy fails, all hope is not lost. You can still salvage your data using tools like RoadKil’s Unstoppable Copier.
RoadKil’s Unstoppable Copier works on all media including Hard Disks and Optical Disks. Unlike Windows, Unstoppable Copier doesn’t give up when it encounters an unreadable bit. It will attempt to read the damaged portion multiple times. In case your media is badly damaged and the data can’t be read, it moves on to the next bit. Unstoppable Copier reads as much of your data as possible and then pieces them together. This technique works especially well with multimedia content. Even if some of the data is damaged beyond recovery, you would still be able to play the video or audio(with a few frame skips).
Unstoppable Copier also provides a few other advanced options like Batch Processing mode and File Copy automation which advanced users will appreciate. You can use it as a daily backup software by creating a batch transfer and running it as a commandline script.
RoadKil’s Unstoppable Copier obviously has its limitations. It can’t recover something which no longer exists. However it works quite well on partially damaged disks (especially for multimedia files). Unstoppable Copier works on hard disks with bad sectors as well as scratched optical disks (CD/DVD) and is available for both Windows and Linux.
Cron jobs are basically scheduled tasks for Linux based OS, that are supposed to run at certain intervals, users can manually add cron jobs to their system by using the command crontab eand editing the file to add new cron job.
However not many people are familiar with the syntax of Crontab, to help them out there is a excellent service that will allow users to generate the syntax, by providing with a wizard interface.
You can use the wizard to get the syntax for the cron by inputting the command name and choosing the frequency you want to run it at.
Once you have selected the settings, click on Create Crontab Line button, the service will automatically generate the syntax for the cron.
You can then copy the syntax and use the command crontab eto edit cron jobs and insert the new syntax. Can’t get any simpler than this.
There are quite a few laptop recovery software available in the market. Unfortunately, most of them are expensive and often require installation of additional hardware. Recently, we came across a possibly viable alternative called Prey.
The concept behind Prey is really simple. Basically, Prey works by monitoring a specified URL (such as http://stolen.techie-buzz.com/prey.txt). If it exists, Prey assumes that your laptop has been stolen and starts its sleuth activities. It collects a wide range of data on the user including
Status of the computer
List of Running Programs
Network and Wi-Fi information
Screenshot of the Desktop
Picture of the Thief (if the laptop has a camera)
The data is collected at regular intervals and sent to you via email. In order for this to work you also need to set up a SMTP server. Don’t worry if you don’t have one; you can simply use Gmail.
There is a big downside to software based laptop recovery solutions like Prey – they become useless if the thief simply formats the system. However, many thieves tend to dig around the stolen system in search of private data like credit card numbers before formatting – giving Prey enough time to do its work. Prey can’t compete with hardware based laptop recovery solutions, but is worth a try because it consumes minimal system resources and if you are lucky it may just save the day.
Fedora the popular Linux distro has finally released Fedora 11 an update over Fedora 10 which was just released around 7 months ago, this new release includes several changes to Fedora Desktop among other things.
Surprise yourself with a list of songs from your favorite genre and those that match in frequency. GJay is a smart playlist creator, which will search your collection of songs, gather information about each song, using – the frequency ‘fingerprint’ methodology and beats per minute, and create a smart playlist of songs that match in frequency and beats.
You can describe and rank your music and assign each song a color. GJay then builds a playlist based on the characteristics you’ve set for each song. You also have option to set the relative importance of various features between songs. GJay will match all the features and build a playlist of songs matching your highest priority.
GJay is still emerging, so do not expect something extraordinary, but it does manage the job pretty efficiently.
To create a playlist:
> Create a list and copy all the songs into it.
> If you’ve set rules then songs below the set rating will be cut-off
> Choose the starting song randomly, either by user or by color.
Follow the instructions step by step as mentioned on GJay’s site :
(*) Pick a random subset of the working list. The random subset’s size varies by the user’s randomness parameter; the more random the playlist, the fewer songs in this subset.
Sort this subset with a ranking algorithm. The most appropriate song to go next in the list will be first in the list. Each factor is weighted by its user-defined importance. If a factor is marked as maintain, we calculate the difference between a given song and the first song in the playlist; otherwise, the most recently added song to the playlist is used for comparison.
Linux commands are not that easy, however there are websites which come up with brilliant tutorials that make learning Linux that more easier, just like our Linux Tips have been useful in the past, the Geek Stuff has been coming up with useful tips and tricks that would help make you a better Linux user.
This time around the Geek Stuff has come up with 15 Practical Linux Find Command examples, and mind you the find command can be pretty useful, when you need to search files, locate text in files or more.
Many good softwares are either too costly or simply unaffordable, but that does not mean every good software out there requires you to shell out absurd amounts of money. There are 100s and 1000s of softwares that are completely free and perform as good as if not better than their paid counterparts.
This is the 700th post for us and we thought to make it worthwhile for you. In this post we will look at more than 35 amazing softwares that can be used for different purposes and are absolutely free to use. These softwares provide you solutions that make your computing life much better without costing you a penny.
I asked a couple of months earlier if PuTTY can get any Snazzier? I am going to have to take that back and admit that it just did. And more.
PuTTY is one of the most loved tool for anyone connecting to a Linux or Unix server from Windows. It helps to easily save connection information and its properties in an easy to use interface. But, it has stayed with that basic functionality for years.
Earlier, we looked at how PuTTY Tray enhanced its usability a little by being able to minimize it to the system tray as well as give it a nice icon to identify. The only gripe I had with it was the lack of a tabbed interface in an otherwise awesome tool.
If you’ve tried Linux before, chances are you found this frustrating. The NumLock key on your keyboard is by default OFF when Linux boots. There’s a way to enable NumLock key stay in the ON state when Linux starts up.
Here’s how to do it if you’re in Ubuntu:
Using the shell, install NumLockX by typing this command
$ sudo apt-get install numlockx
Otherwise you can download the tarball from here, compile and install it by executing the following set of commands from the directory where the tarball was extracted:
Reboot, you should see that the NumLock key is on by default.
If you dual boot with Windows and Linux, and have data spread across different partitions on Linux and Windows, you should be really in for some issues.
It happens so sometimes you need to access your files on Linux partitions from Windows, and you realize it isn’t possible easily. Not really, with these tools in hand – it’s very easy for you to access files on your Linux partitions from Windows: