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Checking out Linux.com for the first time.

All I can say is, great job with the new site.  Linux.com is finally the portal to Linux that it should have been over a decade ago. 

Thanks!

 

How to Install Flock on Ubuntu

This is the quick-and-dirty way to install Flock on Ubuntu and it involves installation to the /home folder.  This will allow the browser to update using regular user permissions; ie the user will not have to run this browser as root (sudo) to update the program.  It will update similarly to the way it updates in Windows.

  1. Download the browser from here.
  2. Copy the downloaded tar file to your /home directory.
  3. Right-click on the archive, and choose "extract here".
  4. A folder will be created in the /home directory.
  5. To create an entry in your menu, (I'm assuming the user is using Gnome), right click on the application menu, navigate to the "internet" menu, and click "new item".  In this "item", name it.  Then click on "browse" to create a command for it.  Go to /home/flock and click on "flock-browser".  Click "open" and the command box will be populated.  To create an icon for this menu item, click on the launchpad looking thing-o button.  This opens a window that shows you the available icons.  The proper icon won't be there, so click on "browse".  Go to /home/flock again, and this time, click on the folder labeled "icons".  Click "open" and now you'll be able to pick which icon you want.  You can further customize this by adding a saying like "Browse the social web" or something.
  6. You're pretty much done.  All that needs to be done is to grab all the plugins from Firefox and copy them to Flock.  To do this, type this command: "sudo ln -s /usr/lib/firefox/plugins /home/flock/plugins".
  7. You're done! Now you should be able to use Flock just like Firefox.  Don't forget to sign in to your blog, twitter, flickr, facebook, etc so you can use it to it's fullest.  I also recommend going to the Mozilla Addons page to get adblock, flashblock and other addons you can't live without.  Also, you can go here and get flock-only extensions.
And there you have it.  Please see this post for some more information on installation.  If you do it this way, however, you won't be able to update via the automatic updater unless you run it as root.
 

Netbooks and Linux

I managed to get an Acer Aspire One a couple months back for £150 brand new.  I was interested to see what Acer's Linpus Lite was like and what I found was shocking.

Acer's edition of Linpus Lite is a horrifically simplified interface, almost as if it were designed for children.  A few big icons in 4 categories, and that's it.  I never did find out if I could actually install anything else.  I was also astonished to find that Firefox was only version 2, and so was OpenOffice.  Overall, it was a very disappointing experience, and naturally I wiped the whole thing off and installed the awesome Ubuntu Netbook Remix.

Now I can begin to understand why so many consumers have returned their Linux netbooks and asked for Windows instead: because the version of Linux they were given was awful!  I cringe at the thought of the number of people who finally decided to give Linux a try, and their first and only experience of using it was Linpus.  Linux's reputation must have taken a beating.  I'm quite sure that the returns would have been dramatically reduced if UNR had been installed instead.  It's far more user-friendly, looks better, performs better, comes with a lot more software, is more configurable and has a huge repository of software to install at the user's will.

 I really hope Acer will ditch the monstrosity they currently use and help restore Linux's reputation to that of a fast, stable, agile and capable platform.

On a related point, I'm also disappointed with many manufacturers who offer Linux netbooks with a lower spec than their Windows counterparts.  They half the memory, or offer 8Gb SSD harddrive instead of 120Gb, or exclude Bluetooth.  Why?  Linux may not be as resource-hungry as Windows, but the public's impression will be that they won't be getting a good machine if they buy a Linux version.  No wonder Windows has won the netbook market: the industry has failed to deliver the right spec and the right OS.

 

Windows 7

A few boring hours today so I decided to give the Windows 7 RC a shot. I've never really used Vista and while I use Win XP at work, this was all a rather new experience to me. Since it is currently free-as-in-beer until March or so (which is a looong time in the beer world) I didn't feel that bad about embracing the monopolists for a short while.

 So after roughly an hour of installation including partitioning and updating I  booted into Windows 7. Frankly, my first impression was that it seems pretty good. I know there's been a lot of flaming over this, but the interface reminds me a great deal of KDE4 and that's entirely a good thing in my book. Still haven't figured out how to disable that annoying double-click-to-do-anything feauture though. 

First problem: No sound. Woo, 

I've heard a lot about it looking and feeling similar to KDE4, and since I've been following that project for quite some time 

 

Product Test: HP F4283 MFP (Multi-Function Printer)

HP F4283 PrinterHere is a quick test and first impressions of the HP F4283 printer on Ubuntu.

 Set-up

The set-up process takes less then 10 minutes - most of which is spent getting rid of all the sticky stuff :-)

Before plugging it into your computer, turn on the power and install the cartridges. The supplied cartridges is (apparently) 1/3 of the normal capacity - according to the sales person. I'll just take their word for it for now.

After the cartridges are installed, an alignment page is print automatically. You take this page and put it in the scanner. Press the scan button on the print and the printer does the alignment (it makes weird noises - I think this is normal).

Now plug it into your computer.

Configuration

Ubuntu Printer Set-upIn Ubuntu (9.04 64-Bit) a window will pop-up. Everything was detected automatically. You can just hit the appropriate button to produce the standard Ubuntu print test page.

This whole process took the greater part of like 10 seconds!

Scanning

On the Gnome menu, go to "Applications -> Graphics" and you should find the XSane option near the bottom of the list. Click on it and wait about 15 to 20 seconds to detect the scanner.

The first scan was a no brainer - can it get any easier then this?

 

 


Quality

The print quality is acceptable for me for documents, but I wouldn't print photos on this printer just yet. The Ubuntu test page showed slight imperfections in the various colour boxes but it's acceptable for day to day use in office document production.

The scanner is acceptable as well. I mostly use it to prep hard documents for faxing anyway, so my expectations are rather low. Yet, the scanned image was supprisingly high quality.

Conclusion

For the price I paid (ZAR499 - just over US$60) was money well spent for me. I am very happy so far.

HP F4283 Product Page

 

Wont be good

With new Linux.Com we got many opportunity for share our experiences. Blogs, groups, submitting articles. all of these good. But one thing about the site will be problem. "Guru Wars" because some of pll want the rewards so badly, they can simply take every unneccesary steps for being number one. This kind ranking systems can be huge problem for our community.

Make c/p and post unlimited blog entries

Join all groups

Be everyones friend

Send some sort answers to all topics at the forums(yeah, gg^^, yow yow)

and be number one! Linux.Com can continue this race, but they must make some changes for the  safety of our minds :D First of all they should close the ranking system to members with this ppl wont know whats their status. Second they should remove guru status from the main page. I really dont care whose ranking better. If they are good i can read their work by myself.

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Ceyhun Alyesil

 

10 days till Fedora 11

Fedora 11 Leonidas has many new features:
  • 20- second startup
  • New versions of desktop environments: Gnome 2.26, KDE 4.2, XFCE 4.6
  • New versions of desktop applications: Firefox 3.5, OpenOffice.org 3.1
  • New package format- rpm 4.7
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    Keyboard shortcut for Gwibber

    I've recently joined Twitter and its great! I installed Gwibber and its a nifty client. Being the rodent averse person I am, I had to find a way to have a keyboard shortcut for this trivial task. So, what did I do? I wrote this:

    #!/bin/bash

    ppath=/usr/bin/gwibber
    prg=Gwibber
    prgstr=gwibber
    if [ -z "$(ps -eaf |grep -i $ppath|grep -v grep)" ] ; then
        nohup $prgstr &
        sleep 1
    fi
    [ -z "$(wmctrl -l |grep -i $prg|grep -v grep)" ] && $prgstr
    wmctrl -a "${prg}"

    This launches Gwibber if its already not running. Otherwise, it just brings the window to the foreground. Best part of Gwibber is, it ensures you only have one instance running so this works even when Gwibber is iconified on gnome-panel.Bless you wmctrl

    My HP Laptop had an "Information" key which was lying idle. So, I fired up "xev", got the keycode, assigned it to a virtual key (F21 in this case) and attached the above script to it in Compiz! So now, I just need to press one key to check my Twitter feeds :)

     Next step, modify it to work as a toggle key...

     

    Hallo Linux.com

    Hallo Lieber Leser,

    du bist also auf einen weiteren Blog eines Linux-Nerds gestoßen und möchtest wissen wer ich bin? Eigentlich niemand besonderes. Ausser du siehst das vielleicht etwas anders: ich bin Schüler aus Rheinland-Pfalz, beshäftige mich in meiner Freizeit sehr viel mit Linux und möchte hier einfach einen Blog starten, der das Leiden eines jungen Linuxnutzers beschreibt. Ich bin fest von der benutzbarkeit von Linux überzeugt - und damit meine ich für jeden benutzbar - aber es tauchen doch immer noch ein paar Fehler auf, für die es Lösungen braucht: und die stelle ich hier vor ;-)

     Ich habe zwei Linuxsysteme: einen Desktop (Dell Dimension 3100)  und ein Netbook (Lenovo s10e)

    Mein Desktop ist so konfiguriert: 2GB RAM und eine 160GB Festplatte, darauf ein 64bit Ubuntu Linux in der aktuellen Version (Jaunty Jackalope)

    Auf meinem Netbook läuft mit 1,5GB RAM und einer 160GB Festplatte eine 32bit  Jaunty Installation.

    Diese beiden Systeme perfekt miteinander zusammen spielen zu lassen ist nicht schwer, aber sie genau das tun zu lassen was ich will, dass ist die Kunst darin Linux zu benutzen. Dabei meine ich nicht einfache Aussehensanpassungen, nein, ich rede von einer konfigurierbarkeit, wie sie ein Windowsnutzer niemals erleben könnte. Das erfordert etwas Erfahrung - und diese versuche ich hier zu teilen.

     

    The first post

    I always waste the first post like this.
     

    Congratulations Linux.com!

    Well i think this website its quite impressive and renewing. More interactive and openminded. Well done!
     
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