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Dell offers a confusing choice between Windows and Ubuntu

Dell is known to have offered both Windows and Ubuntu on its laptops for quite some time. This page at Dell tells you how you should choose between Windows and Ubuntu and the details on the page are quite shady.

To start with, the first few lines say,

WHICH OPERATING SYSTEM SHOULD I CHOOSE ?

UBUNTU is not a Microsoft Windows operating system – and is not compatible with Microsoft Office programs – so it is important you make the right choice:

How do you make the right choice? Does that mean you make the right choice by choosing Microsoft Windows, which is compatible with Microsoft Office programs?

Here are the top three reasons to go for Windows:

Choose WINDOWS if:

  • You are already using WINDOWS programs (e.g. Microsoft Office, ITunes etc.) and want to continue using them
  • You are familiar with WINDOWS and do not want to learn new programs for email, word-processing etc.
  • You are new to using computers

Seriously, should Windows users always go for Windows? How does that make sense? Ubuntu has OpenOffice.org and Songbird. I accept that they are not as feature rich as their paid counterparts, but they work just fine!

As far as new programs for mail and word processing are concerned, Thunderbird and OpenOffice are quite similar to Outlook and MS Word! Finally, let us do some math here. There are two kinds of people here, one who are new to computers and the second kind who are using them already. The first and the last points want a larger part of these two kinds to be stuck with Windows forever!

Having fun so far? You have not seen the better part. Here are the reasons to use Ubuntu:

Choose UBUNTU if:

  • You do not plan to use Microsoft WINDOWS
  • You are interested in open source programming

I do plan to use Windows and Ubuntu both and yes, half of the people I know who use Ubuntu have setup a dual boot. Usersmay or may not be interested in Open Source programming. Linux is not just for programmers! It is not a programing language. It is an Operating System.

Please do not confuse Dell, if you cannot convince. Have a look at the page here.

Jolicloud users, get ready for an HTML5 User Interface

Jolicloud is a popular Ubuntu Netbook Remix fork and takes things a step further up by creating an awesome UI based on HTML5.  HTML5 has extensive support for creating awesome apps and the new launcher in Jolicloud, version 1.0 has been created completely in HTML5.

Jolicloud has come a long way and has released remarkable distros with the release of each of Ubuntu Netbook Remix. This time though, they are going for cloud storage and synchronization across all machines on which Jolicloud is installed. This makes installing apps, an install once and use anywhere phenomenon. Equally, files can be shared using Dropbox and other file sharing services.

The app center has over 700 apps for you to check out. Moreover, it comes pre-installed with apps for Gmail, Skype, Twitter and Firefox. This makes Jolicloud a better Netbook OS. The updates should start rolling out next week.

See this video to have a better view of the new look and features.

Cant see the video? Watch it at YouTube here.
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Install Epic Browser In Ubuntu With Wine

If you read Techie Buzz regularly, the Epic web browser will need no introduction. It has gotten  a great review from Pallab and I was curious about it. I decided to try it out, but unfortunately there is no Linux version available; not even the source was available (I don’t know if it is open source or not.)  If you want to try out Epic, but are restricted to Ubuntu for whatever reason, read on.

First, download Epic for Windows. You can go to the website and download it or if you like console, here is the command: (I  recommend  the console.)

cd ~
wget http://http.cdnlayer.com/href/epic-setup.exe

We are going to use Wine to run it in Ubuntu. The latest version of Wine is Wine 1.2, but the stable version is not available in the PPA yet. However, Wine 1.2 RC 7 is already available. I have been using it and it is quite stable. So add the Ubuntu Wine PPA, ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa, and install Wine.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine

After you have installed Wine, to install Epic, execute the commands below:

Note: Change the argument of cd to the appropriate download location if you downloaded it from the browser.

cd ~
wine epic-setup.exe

You will get the installation options. Finish the installation as you would if you were in Windows.

After the installation is finished, you will find Epic under  Applications ->  Wine ->  Programs ->  Epic.

Epic runs very well under Wine. I have been using it for almost one day and have not encountered any problem while using it. Being based on Firefox, it is a bit slow for my liking. Another complaint that I have is the background pictures – they are very distracting. Otherwise, it is a fine browser and those used to Firefox should have no problem using it under Wine in Ubuntu.

Plugin Support Added To Ubuntu Software Center

The Ubuntu Software Center for Maverick just keeps getting and better. Today a new version, Ubuntu Software Center 2.1.5, has just been released. While it does not have much visual change to offer compared to  the earlier versions, it has some new features underneath.

The biggest and most interesting new feature is probably the introduction of plugins support. The plugins support in the Ubuntu Software Center is needed for the OneConf integration which will be introduced in Maverick Meerkat.

OneConf is a rather interesting feature that will be introduced in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. Using OneConf users can save their application related informations with their Ubuntu One account, and can sync that information with other systems if needed.

As I have mentioned above not much has changed in terms of the look. Nonetheless, there are still a few changes. The installation dates for the installed applications are nor indicated below the application name. The application screenshot is also made a bit smaller and you will also notice that the history section is also a bit more organized.

You can see the complete changelog here and, if you want to try it out in Lucid, here is the installation  instructions.

FOSS Friday | WordPress vs. Thesis, Mandriva Drags on and Ubuntu keeps getting Better

This week in FOSS, we see a variety of happenings. As always, Ubuntu is generating buzz with the latest Unity theme and Mandriva Linux, which appeared dead earlier has resurrected.

GPL causes tension between WordPress and Thesis creator DIY Themes

GPL has some confusing rules and terms. WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg has accused Chris Pearson of  DIY Themes for GPL infringement. He has raised an issue citing that WordPress is released under GPL and Thesis is based around WordPress but is closed.

However, Chris Pearson has a strong defense pointing out that WordPress is like a platform and Thesis is based around WordPress but does not inherit any code from it. That makes it free of any GPL bindings. However, upsetting WordPress creators will land Thesis in an uncomfortable position.

Read more.

Mandriva comes back, planning to stay afloat for now

Mandriva Linux went into oblivion a few months ago when the company behind it shut down. However, some organizations depended on Mandriva for their business and decided to bring Mandriva back on track.

Therefore, Mandriva will live for now. However, it will be distributed exclusively and will be available on OEMs from now onwards.

Read more.

Unity Ubuntu theme aims for features

Unity theme for Ubuntu will be available from the next version onwards and has an impressive lightweight interface. However, the folks at Ubuntu have decided to focus on features and functionality of the theme now. With that in mind, the theme sports new features like Quicklists and global search.

Read more.

Pinguy OS – Another Ubuntu Fork

Update: A 32-bit version of Pinguy OS is now  available. Download link at the end of the article.

Yes there is another fork of Ubuntu in town and it is called Pinguy OS.

Pinguy OS is based on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and is built to have more eye-candy (CoverGloobus, Gloobus Preview, GNOME Do, Docky) than Ubuntu and to be a little bit more user friendly. For example, .iso files open with Basero Disc Burner and not in Archive Manager as it does in Ubuntu.

Pinguy OS is available only for 64-bit syatems. Unlike Ubuntu, as soon as you finish  installation  you can straight away start listening to music or watch video as all the audio and video codecs are included during the installation. It also comes with Flash and Java. Some minor annoyances in Ubuntu are also fixed in Pinguy OS. These include wireless problems, Gwibber’s Facebook problem and Flash Video in full screen. Even Samba and Upnp are all set up and ready to be used.

Pinguy OS comes with Elementary-Nautilus with plugins to fetch album art from the web. Elementary is the default theme.

All in all Pinguy OS is not much different from Ubuntu. It is based on a stable OS. So it should be stable enough. Its default list of applications also looks very good. It consists of a lot of applications which I usually use (and I am sure that many others too use them).

So, for a complete noob, Pinguy OS may be useful. However, I will not recommend it to anyone over Ubuntu. The problem with Pinguy OS as I see right now is that there is just one person behind it and I do not think only one person can maintain a distro properly. Yes it is based on Ubuntu and you can use the Ubuntu PPAs; but the question is “Will there be new releases like in Ubuntu?” Moreover, most of the changes in Pinguy OS can be done in Ubuntu too very easily. So for now hold on to your Ubuntu installation until Pinguy OS really differentiates itself from Ubuntu.

However, if you are interested, go ahead and download it. If you do try it out, let us know your opinion.

Download Pinguy OS

[source: Ubuntu Geek]

REMnux, an Ubuntu Fork to Reverse Engineer Malware

REMnux is a nifty security tool based on Ubuntu. It is essentially a stripped down version of Ubuntu to create a sandbox environment and test for exploits remotely. The  official website defines REMnux as,

REMnux is a lightweight Linux distribution for assisting malware analysts in reverse-engineering malicious software. The distribution is based on  Ubuntu and is maintained by Lenny Zeltser.

REMnux comes pre-loaded with an array of security related tools to check network activity, check memory activity and to debug and understand code execution.

The features of REMnux are best explained as,

REMnux is also useful for analyzing web-based malware, such as malicious JavaScript, Java programs, and Flash files. It also has tools for  analyzing malicious documents, such as Microsoft Office and Adobe PDF files, and utilities for reversing malware through memory forensics. In these cases, malware may be loaded onto REMnux and analyzed directly on the REMnux system without requiring other systems to be present in the lab.

Setting up of virtual environments is an essential step in checking security hacks and REMnux does exactly that. The download is a VMware virtual machine file, which is actually a stripped down version of Ubuntu. Adobe and JavaScript vulnerability scanning tools are available by default making this an excellent tester for browser security.

Try REMnux  here.

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.

FOSS Friday: Ubuntu, Ubuntu And Some More Ubuntu News!

Welcome to FOSS Friday, where we look at what has been happening in the world of Free and Open Source Software.

News

Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 2 Released

The second alpha of Ubuntu 10.10 has been released. It does not differ much from the first alpha visually but it came with some new features underneath. One big feature that it came with is the support for Btrfs. It also has a new application and file menu with the Unity interface.

Read More Here

Ubuntu Installed In Nexus One and HTC HD2

The guys at NexusOneHacks.net  have installed Ubuntu in Nexus One without destroying the Android system. And in a related news, the hackers at the XDA Forums have succeeded in installing Ubuntu in HTC HD2. Looks like everyone want to have Ubuntu on their smartphone.

Read More Here & Here

Wine 1.2 Reaches Its Sixth Release Candidate

The release of Wine 1.2 is long overdue. However, the developers are working hard on it and they have released the 6th release candidate. It features a lot of bug fixes and is quite usable.

Read More Here

Kubuntu Netbook Remix Discontinued

The Kubuntu Team have decided to merge Kubuntu Netbook Remix into Kubuntu Desktop. This means that the Kubuntu Netbook Remix brand has been discontinued although, netbook support will still continue.

Read More Here

New Ubuntu Fonts To Be Available For Public Testing On 8th August

Canonical Design has released new fonts for Ubuntu 10.10. It is currently in a private beta and only Ubuntu members have access to it. However, it will be available for public testing from 8th August.

Read More Here

Tips & Tricks

Install Transmission 2.0 In Ubuntu

Transmission is the default bit torrent client for Ubuntu. Transmission 2.0 has been released with new features. Click on the link below to learn how to install it.

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Get Faster Download Speeds for Ubuntu Packages with Synaptic

Ubuntu has a great network of mirrors all over the world, allowing you to download updates from a server geographically close to wherever you are. However, in the age of broadband, the speed of your connection and ….

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How To Compile rekonq 0.5 In Kubuntu

rekonq, the KDE web-browser which is going to replace Konqueror in Kubuntu 10.10, has just got its first stable release as rekonq 0.5. Right now, it is available only as a source and binaries are not yet available …..

Read More Here

With this we conclude this week’s FOSS Friday.

Installing Ubuntu In Nexus One

The guys at NexusOneHacks.net have managed to install and run Ubuntu in Nexus One. And best of all they have installed it in such a way that it will not destroy the existing Android system on the phone. This means that the Nexus One can still be used as a phone.

Not only have they managed to get Ubuntu up and running in Nexus One, they have also posted a video showing how you too can do it if you have a Nexus One.

Here is the video:

If you are brave or  adventurous  enough to try this, head over to NexusOneHacks.net. They have the full instructions on how to do it.