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bytwoelectric, January 7, 2010
This book is a perfect introduction to Ubuntu. It provides good information for beginners. Additionally, those who are already familiar with Linux systems will find that the book is very informative. Even if you're very familiar with Ubuntu you will find some insightful information, and this book might be useful on your bookshelf.

On the other hand, the 3rd edition covers older versions of Ubuntu, so you'd better get the 4th edition! http://www.amazon.com/Official-Ubuntu-Book-Benjamin-Mako/dp/0137021208

It even comes with Ubuntu on a DVD!
bytwoelectric, January 6, 2010
This is a netbook does what you need it to do. It's 1.6 GHz CPU is tough enough to churn through lightweight applications, and it can also handle some of the more heavy applications like multimedia-processing with GIMP or Blender (although the 10 inch screen might limit these applications). Acer Aspire models with names beginning with L and ending with A (plus a letter for color), come with Linpus Linux Lite, a variant of Fedora 8!

My friend was pleased that he could watch movies when he went to a coffeeshop--the framerate is not shabby! This netbook can also run OpenOffice, which means that you can do all your word processing.
bytwoelectric, January 6, 2010
Qemu runs on many different platforms, from ARM to x86 to Power PC to AMD 64. It allows you to run operating systems inside others.

The best thing about Qemu is that it allows you to create a 'PC-on-a-USB-stick'. That means that if you're unable to gain Admin rights to a computer, you can still run Linux on it! Unfortunately Qemu a little bit slower if run without hardware acceleration, which requires admin rights. Many other virtual machine software, such as VirtualBox and Xen, uses some of Qemu's drivers. It's a really useful emulator, and does things that many other virtualisation approaches can't do. Also, it's LGPL. Great application!
bytwoelectric, January 6, 2010
StarDict is a well thought out dictionary. Although XDXF is a standard open source dictionary format, StarDict uses the special StarDict format, which means it's not as easy to use if you're interested in integrating it with other dictionaries. On the other hand, it is straightforward to convert to and from StarDict format, and there are free converters available.

StarDict is easy to install and there are thousands of dictionaries available. There is no StarDict plugin for Firefox, so you need to switch back and forth between the two if you're going to look up words while surfing the Internet.
bytwoelectric, January 6, 2010
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Although Linux doesn't get many viruses due to its monolithic kernel, AVG makes a server edition of its AV software. The main reason you might like to use this is because although a virus on your Linux server most likely won't hurt you, others who get an infected file from you will probably be disappointed. Therefore you can use AVG AV Server Edition to protect them. Unfortunately, it is only free for non-commercial uses, so that pretty much rules out many possible applications of it. ClamAV might be a free substitute if that's an issue, although overall AVG seems to be a little better constructed than ClamAV.
bytwoelectric, January 6, 2010
Gargoyle allows you to participate in interactive fiction. The main website is http://ccxvii.net/gargoyle/. It isn't so easy to install in Ubuntu or pretty much any Linux distro because it's not in the official repositories.
As a result, you would need to download it from: http://code.google.com/p/garglk/

There is a good tutorial about installing Gargoyle:
http://daniel-bartholomew.com/wordpress/2009/06/gargoyle-on-ubuntu/
bytwoelectric, January 6, 2010
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Have you ever had problems with printing? Not with Linux, because CUPS really makes it effortless. Although CUPS is now owned by Apple, it's GNU licensed, so that means that it's free. You can even contribute to CUPS, although I think it's difficult now as CUPS is already a very mature project.

Website: www.cups.org
bytwoelectric, January 6, 2010
Opera is really a great browser. Opera Mini runs on small devices like mobile handsets or your old computer. It's fast and can even speed up your browsing by reducing the quality of images if you like. It's also the only browser that lets you get on IRC out of the box.
bytwoelectric, January 6, 2010
Looking for a way to IM? Then Kopete is there! It works very well with many different IM networks. The drawback it has is that it doesn't offer all features that can be used in IMs such as animated avatars. But if you're interested in chatting and not in the superficial eye candy, then look no further and open Kopete.

It's also good for IRC, something that many IM clients lack.
bytwoelectric, January 6, 2010
DOSBox allows you to run DOS again. Though Microsoft's VirtualPC might be a better choice if you need to recreate DOS very exactly, DOSBox does provide support to Linux in a way that Microsoft dares not do. It's perfect for those old DOS games that you have like Lode Runner! And many DOS business applications can also run in it!
bytwoelectric, January 6, 2010
Plain and simple: Firefox is the best for browsing!
bytwoelectric, January 6, 2010
I had been using Thunderbird for many years. It's very nice, and can be customized with the addition of plugins much like Firefox. But I really have to say that Thunderbird 3.0 is even better. I can't recommend it more highly!
bytwoelectric, January 6, 2010
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Apache was created by people who wanted to deploy great web servers. As a result of its successes, Apache is held up as the example to show that open projects are propelled when the users are also the developers. Apache really makes great servers!
bytwoelectric, January 6, 2010
There are two versions of VirtualBox, the open version and the closed version. Actually, the open version works quite well. I think that VMWare Player, which is also free, is very similar to VirtualBox. It's hard to say which one is better than the other. The advantage of VirtualBox is that it's open source, so the community is more together, and they can help you through your problems.
bytwoelectric, January 6, 2010
Netbeans IDE
Netbeans 6.7 is really a great IDE! It works smoothly, and you have a lot of control yet a simple interface.

A great feature of it is Kenai, which allows you to publish your projects and recruit members.

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