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Install The Ubuntu Font On Windows Or Mac [Free Font Download]

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This is gonna be a quickie. If you’ve installed the latest Ubuntu 10.10, loved the new default Ubuntu font and want to have the same font available on your other systems running Windows or Mac, you may look no further. The Ubuntu font, which is actually a family of fonts, is not only royalty free and open source, but also gratis. It is an open-type ttf based font family, designed by renowned font foundry Dalton Maag, which is based in London.

If you’ve come to believe that Ubuntu is bad at typography, this is the moment where you should give it another chance.

Download the Ubuntu Font [Take the link for the zip file, in the second β line]

Ubuntu 10.10 is Unleashed

There’s been a lot of buzz concerning the newest version of the Ubuntu operating system. I checked their website today and found out that it’s officially released. It make sense that they’d cut it loose on today of all days (10-10-2010).

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You can go to Ubuntu.com to check out all the nice features. Before you do, take a look below. Here are most of the articles we’ve posted concerning this version as it went through development.


Ubuntu 10.10 First OS to Have Indian Rupee Symbol

Ubuntu 10.10 will be the first OS to get the Indian Rupee Symbol Font. The new Indian Rupee Symbol is now part of the Ubuntu Font.

Ubuntu Shipit is Open for 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

Ubuntu lovers are eagerly waiting for the next release of 10.10 Maverick Meerkat and to make things even better, Shipit, which provides free delivery of CDs for Ubuntu releases, is open for pre-orders.

Download Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Release Candidate

With the final stable release only a few days away, we can safely try out the release candidate as it marks a final development release. So, most of the features should be complete.

Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud: a Better Insight into Features

Canonical has a high level of experience and expertise in providing cloud computing solutions with the Ubuntu cloud. It has been running the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud service for too long now and offers security as well as a cost effective solution.

The Ubuntu 10.10 Countdown Banners Are Now Available

The official Ubuntu 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat” countdown banners are now available. These banners were chosen by the Ubuntu-Art Team from a number of user contributed designs.

Rythmbox To Remain As Default Music Player In Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10

The plan to have Banshee as the default music player in Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 has been postponed. Rhythmbox will remain as the default for now.

Ubuntu Software Center Continues To Make Great Improvements

The Ubuntu Software Center now handles the installation of .deb files. The first paid application has also been added to it.

Ubuntu 10.10 Beta Released

Ubuntu 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat” Beta has been released. Read on for the new features and the download links.

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Mandriva Claims It Is Still Alive, We Say It Is In A Never Ending Limbo

The future of Mandriva is unclear and it is more likely to die alone. However, recently, the Mandriva project has claimed that it still has some blood left to fight. To have a better picture, here is a series of events that usurped this reaction.

Firstly, Mandriva is almost regarded as dead by many and this notion is fueled by the birth of Mageia, a fork of Mandriva that also claims Mandriva’s death and has declared itself as the successor. It already claims support from earlier employees and this you can see more on this fork at its  official website.

The Mandriva mailing list gets serious on this matter and a direct question is posed. This can be found  here.

Mandriva has responded by saying that it is going strong and will now focus on the ARM architecture for tablets and low-power PCs. It is also developing a cloud solution and is hiring around twenty developers in Brazil. The statement on the official blog appeared  here. According to it, Mandriva has recovered from a huge debt.

The question to ask here is whether Mandriva is actually in a state to continue or it is trying to cling to some false hopes. As far as I know, it was acquired by Linagora and we covered it a few days ago too. What is the guarantee that this this situation will not repeat? Will it at all be able to handle the situation in future? What led Mandriva to make this resurrection? Until these questions are answered, I doubt Mandriva will get back its reliability.

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Red Hat Becomes the First Billion Dollar Open Source Company

Open Source has been a much advocated part of the tech industry and is extremely popular for its ideology. However, there was a general belief of lack of profits from Open Source business and there was no top-notch Open Source company to prove this wrong.

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Red Hat is out to set a record by becoming the first billion dollar Open Source Company in the world leaving Oracle behind in the competition. Almost 20% of the one billion alone comes from this quarter’s profits and Red Hat is performing remarkably well in its business. The overall revenue itself has increased by 20% and Red Hat is showing signs of immense growth.

The closest competitor Oracle’s cheap stunts have failed to impress customers enough. We all know of the cheap RHEL knockoff  it was trying to sell. Oracle is doing it once again and this time, it has claimed that the new Linux it has developed is 75% faster than RHEL. However, we know how benchmarks can be manipulated and I mean technically.

Charlie Peters, Red Hat’s Executive VP and CFO says,

Our revenue and operating income growth continued this quarter with strong double digit gains in both, despite the foreign currency head wind. It is clear that our value proposition is resonating with customers.

It feels god to see that at least one Open Source company is going strong.

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Boxee Box Home Entertainment System – Available for Pre-Order

boxee-logoBoxee is a social media service that started out as freeware for creating HTPCs (Home Theater PCs) that can run on Windows, Mac and Linux. They’ve partnered up with the famous D-Link company, which is better known for manufacturing routers, to create the Boxee Box.

The Boxee Box is a basically a small computer (set top box) that joins your TV to your internet connection. It allows you to play media files from your home network or tons of content off the internet. You’ll find thousands of popular TV shows, movies and music in addition to many of the popular sites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Pandora.

Here’s what the Boxee site says about this new product.

    • Play what you normally watch on your computer   (whether it is on the Internet or your home network) on your TV
    • Tailor the Internet experience to a huge flat screen
    • Do it in full HD, 1080p with 5.1 surround whenever possible
    • Share the stuff you watch with your friends and see what they are watching
    • Use a simple remote rather than a keyboard and mouse

What’s it look like? What’s in it?

It looks odd to me. Here’s a peek at it.

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It comes with a unique RF remote controller that has navigation buttons on one side, and a qwerty keypad on the other side.

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They promise that the Boxee Box is easy to set up. In general, you plug it into the outlet, connect it to your TV, then Boxee pops in to tell you how to connect to the internet via your home network. If you have a previous Boxee account, it will import all of your settings and services.

Here’s what the some of the screens look like.

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I was not able to find out what operating system that they use in the box, but it runs on the the Intel CE4100 system-on-a-chip, which is a new Atom style processor. Here are the system specs quoted at Amazon.

• Dimensions (LxWxH): 4.5″ x 4.5″ x 4.6″

• Language Support: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

• Network Protocol Support: IPV4, ARP, TCP, UDP, ICMP, DHCP Client, DNS Client, DDNS Client, HTTP Server, Samba Client, RTP/RTMP, VPN: PPTP, DLNA 1.5 (DMP)

• Wireless: 802.11n/g/b

• Ports: HDMI 1.3, 10/100 Fast Ethernet, 2x USB 2.0, Optical Audio (S/PDIF), Analog Audio (RCA L/R)

• Memory Card Support: SD, SDHC up to 32GB, MMC

• Audio Formats: MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AIF/AIFF, AC3/AAC, OGG, FLAC, DTS, Dolby Digital/Dolby True HD

• Video Formats: Adobe Flash 10.1, FLV/On2 VP6 (FLV/FV4/M4V), H.264 AVC (TS/AVI/MKV/MOV/M2TS/MP4), VC-1 (TS/AVI/MKV/WMV), MPEG-1 (DAT/MPG/MPEG), MPEG-2 (MPG/MPEG/VOB/TS/TP/ISO/IFO), MPEG-4 (MP4/AVI/MOV), DivX 3/4/5/6 (AVI/MKV), Xvid (AVI/MKV), WMV9 (WMV/ASF/DVR-MS)

• Image Formats: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF

• Playlist Formats: M3U, PLS, WPL

• Subtitle Formats: SRT, SUB, SSA, SMI, ASS

• Supported Resolutions: H.264: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps; WMV9/VC-1: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps; MPEG4: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps; MPEG2: 1080p at 30 fps, 1080i at 60 fps

• Two-Sided RF Remote: with 4-way navigation and full QWERTY keypad

Where to get it?

The Boxee Box is available as a pre-order for $199.00, exclusively at Amazon (in the US) and Best Buy / Future Shop (in Canada). The units are scheduled to start shipping in November and the cost will increase to around $230.

You can download the Windows, Mac and Linux software here.

Conclusion

I have a feeling that the Boxee Box will do well, but they have some stiff competition coming from Google TV, Apple TV and even Microsoft. I think they’d do much better at a price point closer to $100.

Download Songbird 1.8.0 For Linux

Songbird 1.8.0 has been released under the codename “Orbital” for Mac OS X and Windows. The new release has a number of improvements in terms of performance and some new features, like support for USB storage device class. The number of supported devices have also been increased.

Songbird is no longer officially supported in Linux. But, through community effort, Songbird 1.8.0 is also available for Linux; without any support, of course.

To use Songbird 1.8.0, open the terminal and download the version.

For 32-bit:

wget http://download.songbirdnest.com/installer/linux/i686/Songbird_1.8.0-1800_linux-i686.tar.gz

For 64-bit:

wget http://download.songbirdnest.com/installer/linux/x86_64/Songbird_1.8.0-1800_linux-x86_64.tar.gz

Then, extract the tarball.

For 32-bit:

tar -xzf Songbird_1.8.0-1800_linux-i686.tar.gz

For 64-bit:

tar -xzf Songbird_1.8.0-1800_linux-x86_64.tar.gz

Make the file executable.

cd Songbird
chmod u+x singbird

Then, open your file browser, go inside the Songbird folder and double-click on a file named “songbird” to launch Songbird.

Or, you can just do this from the command line:

./songbird

Installing Google Voice And Video Chat in openSUSE

Earlier, Google rolled out an update which added Linux support for Google Talk’s Voice and Video chat. Unfortunately, the update has been packaged only a debian deb file. Fortunately, Jigish Gohil, more popularly known as “CyberOrg” in the openSUSE community has a solution.

The debian package is a archive consisting of the required libraries and a cron job, Jigish has extracted the files and rolled it into a tarball. To install, just download the tarball and extract it to the root folder. To do so, open the Terminal.

Switch to the root user:

su root

Next, use tar to extract and move the files

tar jxvf /path/to/downloaded/file/google-talkplugin.tar.bz2 -C /

Replace /path/to/downloaded/file with the location at which you downloaded the file. Restart your browsers, and you should be ready to start talking!

Update:

Google now provides an RPM package, just head over to the Download page and select the required file.

Ancient Kernel Hole in Linux fixed after Two Months of reporting

An ancient kernel hole in Linux, which has been present from 2003, was recently closed after constant nagging and bug reports. The problem was with the X server using a huge stack that has a good chance of running into an adjacent heap memory.

The same vulnerability was cited earlier and was brought to the notice of the Linux security team a number of times but they turned a deaf ear to it each time. Only recently, they have taken this seriously and Torvalds has finally fixed this bug. However, the bugfix itself requires a further fix and the complete change will appear in the next stable update of the Linux kernel. As for those running a development version, it is available for download  here.

Torvalds has implemented a guard between the stack and the heap so that the stack does not overrun the heap memory in any case. However, people everywhere are frowning upon the time of two months this problem took to be fixed, after the first citation and the first formal reporting. Linux has been held in high esteem for its security and this matter has earned Linux some bad name already.

Keith Packard, an X.org hacker was also working on a fix for this but his code was rejected by Torvalds as it violated some internal VM rules. The vulnerability was of an extremely serious nature.  As Rutkowska puts it,

While it isn’t a direct remote exploit, it only takes one vulnerable X client (web browser, PDF viewer, etc.) to turn it into something that is remotely exploitable.

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Google Brings Voice And Video Chat to Linux

After a long, long time – Google finally has introduced Voice & Video chat for Linux. Now while trying to start a Voice or Video chat, instead of showing “This system is not supported” – you get redirected to Google’s Chat download page.

Clicking on the “Install button” will  prompt you to download the Debian package file.

Google Video Chat package download

Once saved, just double click on the file to launch the package manager, and click  on install to Install the plugin.

Google Talk Video Chat Plugin

Once installed, just restart your browser and you’re all set to start video chatting in Linux!

The bad news that currently, only debs are packaged, which means RPM based distro users will have to wait a little bit longer.

Linux will get Native ZFS Support from September this Year

ZFS is an excellent file system when we consider integrity. The first non-commercial availability of ZFS came with OpenSolaris and then, it was made available on some Linux distributions with FUSE technology. However, ZFS has not been natively available on Linux because it is released under the CDDL license while Linux is under the GNU GPL license. For going hand in hand, it would have to clear these licensing issues.

Up until now, it was possible to use ZFS only in user-space with compromised performance using FUSE technology. This method was reported to have an adverse effect on the lifetime of the hard disk in some circumstances. Very recently, there has been a drive to port ZFS to Linux and there are many companies working on this.

KQ Infotech is one such company, which is working on a fully functional port of ZFS on Linux that will be independent of FUSE. It is expected to run in the kernel and support more options than current implementations. The better news is that, they are close to reaching this goal and there is a good chance of seeing a Linux release with native ZFS.

This development will fire up a new area of development for application developers and we will probably see a Linux implementation of the extremely popular Time Machine of MAC OS-X that is based on DTrace. In short, the ZFS file system and its snapshot feature makes implementing DTrace easier in Linux.

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Apparently, Steam on Linux was just a Rumor, Says Valve Marketing VP

A few months ago, Phoronix posted an article saying that Valve is working on a  Steam version for Linux. This got the Linux community excited and people speculated about the development of state of the art games on the Linux platform too. However, this joy did not last long as Valve has now put an end to the rumor. Valve confirmed that there is no Steam for Linux being developed and has not mentioned of any future developments on this either.

Steam is a complete platform of flagship game technologies and Valve values its ownership of Steam. It has released two big hits Counter Strike and Half Life based on the same Valve engine. The engine is extremely customizable and powers the award winning game Portal.

However, Doug Lombardi, the Marketing VP of Valve has confirmed to gameindustry.biz that they are not working on any Linux version of steam.

Now, Linux users who were too excited about this will not get to play any Counter Strike or Half Life on their Linux powered rigs. On the other hand, Valve has planned to release Steam for Mac as it can generate good revenues.  However, when Phoronix reported this earlier; they posted  some evidence that cannot be ignored totally.

Did they start building for Linux and left it midway? Are those traces of changes made in some files? Clearly, something is cooking at Valve and it smells good. Just that, Mr. Lombardi is not ready to spill the beans about it yet.

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Highly Critical Vulnerability In The Linux Kernel Fixed

Today a very dangerous bug privilege escalation bug in the Linux kernel has been fixed. The bug allows an underprivileged process to run with the root privilege from any application with a GUI.

It affected the x86_32 and x86_64 platforms and was reported to the X.org security team, who then referred it to the team handling the kernel.

The vulnerability was discovered by Rafal Wojtczuk of Invisible Things Lab. This is how Joanna Rutkowska, the founder of Invisible Things Lab, describes it:

The attack allows a (unpriviliged) user process that has access to the X server (so, any GUI application) to unconditionally escalate to root (but again, it doesn’t take advantage of any bug in the X server!). In other words: any GUI application (think e.g. sandboxed PDF viewer), if compromised (e.g. via malicious PDF document) can bypass all the Linux fancy security mechanisms, and escalate to root, and compromise the whole system. The attack allows even to escape from the SELinux’s “sandbox -X” jail.

All the Linux kernel since 2.6 are vulnerable according to Rutkowska. Linux kernel 2.6.0 was introduced in December 2003. So, this means that the vulnerability has been around for almost seven years.

Linus Torvalds has already released a patch to fix this and it has been pushed upstream recently into stable kernel.

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uTorrent promises to appear on Linux Soon

Transmission, QBittorent and Deluge are the only working torrent clients for Linux with a proper GUI. They have been developed extremely slowly and have failed to become a hot choice for users. Most people end up using Transmission because there is not much of a choice.

utorrentHowever, this is about to change soon. uTorrent developers have announced on their Windows forum that they will release a version for Linux soon that will provide many extra features over Transmission.

However, many users still prefer Transmission and are skeptic about uTorrent as clearly seen in the comments received on this post at  OMG!UBUNTU. However, some uTorrent enthusiasts are already using it on Wine.

Now, uTorrent is the cleanest client on Windows. It has no adware or crapware with it and comes in a small size amounting in a few hundred KBs. Transmission on Linux is the highly acclaimed and lightweight client. They both are close competitors and the developers at uTorrent are well aware of this. Thus, it is expected of them to create an impressive client. No release date has been mentioned yet in any of the discussions.

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BrowserLinux Now Offers Chrome Browser

chrome-ico In December of last year, we told you about BrowserLinux, a very small operating system that has one basic purpose, providing a web browser. The older versions contained only Firefox, but now you can get versions which use Firefox or Google Chrome. That’s good news for those of us who prefer Google’s web browser. At this point you might be wondering why you’d want to use BrowserLinux. Below are a few details that might convince you to give it a try.

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Size matters

How would you like to run an entire operating system from a 128mb flash card or USB thumb drive? With BrowserLinux, it’s quite easy to do. It’s offered as a Live CD (ISO file) download and is less that 80mb in size. You could burn the ISO file to a CD, but SD cards and USB sticks are so easy to carry around. Here’s an easy way to create a bootable flash or USB drive.

Your PC is unchanged

Since BrowserLinux was designed to run only as a Live CD (or bootable flash/USB), you don’t have to worry that your PC will get messed up. No matter what OS is already installed, BrowserLinux won’t make any changes to it.

Infection Free

The bad guys don’t seem to care about Linux. While Windows operating systems get infected by the thousands every day, it’s very unlikely you’ll find a website or email attachment that can infect your BrowserLinux system.  If something weird happens, you can simply shut down without saving by killing the power. Any problems you had during your surfing won’t be there the next time you reboot. That makes it almost bullet-proof and an ideal system to take with you on the road.

Public Library or Internet Cafe

This might also be a good OS for Public Libraries or Internet Cafes to use. All they’d have to do it take out the hard drive, slip in a Live CD and set the BIOS to boot from CD. No changes could ever be made to the PCs that are set up that way. With so many cool web applications and online office suites available, who needs the hassle of installing, constantly updating, and paying for buggy software like MS Office. Finally, BrowserLinux will run fine on older PCs. That makes a computer running from this Live CD, the ultimate low cost, maintenance free system.

Simplicity

The developer of BrowserLinux says:

If you want an operating system for editing movies, writing letters or printing spreadsheets: don’t use Browserlinux. Browserlinux is for browsing the web.

The most difficult task to getting this OS on the web is connecting to a Wifi network. However, even that’s no big deal. All you have to do is hit the Menu button, choose Network, then choose Wireless. It will scan the area for Wifi hotspots you can connect to.

Download

http://www.browserlinux.com/

Highly Recommended

If you have your own tips on using Linux or it’s problems, be sure to comment below or email me.


Shutter Version 0.86.3 adds support for Ubuntu One

Linux has few good screenshot apps and Shutter is one of them. It allows us to capture screenshots of the whole screen, a particular application, a region or any menu. Apart from that, it can also apply some effects and draw shapes on the captured image to create illustrations. The best thing about Shutter is that it allows complete control with GUI without any scary command line controls.

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Shutter version 0.86.3 has brought a new feature. From now on, we can synchronize the captured screenshots on our Ubuntu One cloud storage.

Ubuntu One is a storage application and service operated by Canonical Ltd. and currently in public beta. The service enables users to store and sync files in a Canonical Managed Cloud.

The latest feature of publishing at Ubuntu One cloud works only for Ubuntu 10.04 or later. The support can be added by running:

sudo apt-get install libnet-dbus-glib-perl

from the terminal.

Other changes in the recent version of Shutter, include a new icon set and some  bug-fixes. Romario, at the release announcement page, has answered some comments. From there, it is evident that the next imminent feature is the ability to capture screenshots of scrolling windows and to capture a screen area repeatedly with a predefined delay. This can make Shutter an excellent tool for creating step-by-step tutorials.

(Shutter about Page)
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