Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Review : Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex whats new in it?

Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex will release its first beta on October 2nd and final release on 30th October 2008 whats new in it?
You can track upcoming changes on Launchpad and Ubuntu. There is no huge, revolutionary changes. There is new version of X.org server and Linux kernel.

There is also a new Network Manager namely 3G support. It promis advanced autoconfig features PPP and PPPOE.

Introduce a Guest Account, yes it is a great security solution (Guest have no access to other users’ files and they cannot save any files permanently).

Another nice feature is a new encrypted private directory (~/Private). There is no access to Other users to it (chmod 700).

A cleaner has been introduced for cleaning spare packages, old kernels and post-upgrades.

Ubuntu installation from USB pendrives is possible.

Faster start with reduced startup script.

Automatic installation of drivers will download and install drivers automatically, and it includes more graphics cards, wireless devices and printers.

GUI for font configuration.

Lot of other features Like Tabs in Nautilus , Fast application search in Synaptic, BIOS Software RAID/FakeRAID support, more Flash support, PackageKit integration, better power management, improvements in spell checking and menu structure.

LIveDVD for Linux games

A collection of games should be shown to directly run from a Bootable DVD without the user in need to know about Linux or care about his system.This distribution based on ArchLinux. It is designed for intel x86 architecturewith 512 MB memory. It Includes including Glest, BzFLag, Nexuiz, Sauerbraten, Enemy Territory, Torcs, Tremulous, Warsow, True Combat, Elite and World of Padman. Now The linuX-gamers.net live DVD 0.9.4 released. The linuX-gamers live DVD image is available for download via BitTorrent:lg-live-0.9.4.iso (3,118MB).visit the project's home page for more details.

Debian and Ubuntu Linux Package Management

Debian and Ubuntu Linux Package Management

Update package list

apt-get update

Update Full System

Apt-get upgrade

Install new software from package repository

Apt-get install pkg

Install new software from package file

dpkg -i pkg

Update existing software

apt-get install pkg

Remove unwanted software

apt-get remove pkg

Search by package name

apt-cache search pkg

Search by string

apt-cache search string

List installed packages

dpkg -l

List repositories

cat /etc/apt/sources.list

Add /Remove repository

edit /etc/apt/sources.list

Monday, September 29, 2008

Music in Ubuntu Linux : Best Audio Tools for Ubuntu Linux

Play and Manage Music in Linux
Rhythmbox is a music software originally inspired by Apple's iTunes. It is based on the powerful GStreamer media framework. It included in the default installation of ubuntu. Play, rip, and burn audio CDs, Display audio visualizations.

Audacious is a lightweight audio player with a WinAmp/XMMS-like skin type GUI. It supports popular audio formats. Spectrum analyzer, Oscilloscope and voiceprint visualizations are built in.

Amarok is an audio player for KDE offering lot of features

Banshee is music playback and management software for Gnome. It can use to Listen internet radio with the ability to add custom stations. Rip CDs, Burn CDs, either as MP3s or as conventional audio CDs

Editing and Recording Music in Linux
Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editing and recording software. It is sourceforge award winning Software. It Record from microphone, line input, or other sources. Dub over existing tracks to create multi-track recordings. 16 channels can record at once (need multi-channel hardware). Level meters can monitor volume levels. Easy editing with Cut, Copy, Paste, and Delete. Edit and mix an unlimited number of tracks. Change the pitch without altering the tempo, can remove hiss, hum and other noices, built in effects includes Echo,Phaser,Wahwah,Reverse. Record and edit 16-bit, 24-bit, and 32-bit samples.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Windows Software Alternatives for Ubuntu Linux - Part1

Windows Software Linux Alternative
Adobe Acrobat Pro
- PDFedit
Adobe Acrobat Reader - Adobe reader, evince, KPDF, ocular
Adobe Photoshop - Gimp, Gimpshop, Krita, Cinepaint
Adobe Pagemaker - Scribus
Yahoo Messenger - Pidgin
AVI Cutter - avidemux, Cinelerra
Download Manager - GWGET, Kget
Internet Explorer - firefox, opera, konqueror
Microsoft Access - Mysql,
Microsoft excel - openoffice.org spreadsheet, Gnumeric
Microsoft word - openoffice.org wordprocessor, Kword, Abiword
Microsoft One Note - Tomboy

Microsoft Powerpoint - openoffice.org impress Kpresenter
Nero Burning Rom - Brasero, K3b, Nero Linux
Windows Media Player - Mplayer, VLC Player
Omni page and AbbyFine Reader - kooka, Chandler

Reiew : Anti-virus Softwares for Linux

AMaVis (e-mail Virus Scanner) It scans e-mail attachments for viruses using third-party virus scanners available for Linux. It Supports courier, exim, qmail, postfix, and sendmail. Built-in defense against Denial of Service (DoS) attacks
sudo apt-get install amavis-stats

Avast! It is an anti-virus program from ALWIL Software based in Prague. This is a freeware for home users and non-commercial use only. It is a good software for virus protection, with built-in anti-spyware and anti-rootkit security. Work on all modern linux distributions. It scans archives like rar, tgz, zip, gzip, tar, iso, rpm etc.

AVG Free AVG Free for Linux is a commercial-grade antivirus software. It can be used on a single computer and is used for private, non-commercial use only. AVG Free has both command line and a graphical front end are available. It provides frequent updation and total professional security.

ClamAV Clam AntiVirus designed especially for e-mail scanning on mail gateways.It provides a number of utilities including a flexible and scalable multi-threaded daemon, a command line scanner and advanced tool for automatic database updates. The core of the package is an anti-virus engine available in a form of shared library.Built-in support for document formats including MS Office and MacOffice files, PDF, HTML and RTF. It supports archives like rar, tgz, zip, gzip, tar, iso, rpm etc
sudo apt-get install clamav

How-To: Change Default Display Manager in Ubuntu 8.04

A display manager is a program that gives a graphical login screen and starts an X server session. Desktop environment KDE comes with Display manager kdm(KDM) and GNOME come with display manager gdm (GNOME).

Some time a user installs two or more desktop environments like kdm and gdm as display managers, and sometimes it's possible for the user to change default display manager . This can be done easily by using the command dpkg-reconfigure .

For example, if you installed KDE then GNOME, and the default display manager remained GDM, if you want change it use the following command : sudo dpkg-reconfigure kdm

The following commands can use for other display managers

dpkg-reconfigure gdm
dpkg-reconfigure xdm

If only one display manager is installed, the command will not respond.

Great Quotes from Richard Stallman and Linus Torvalds

1. “Software is like sex: it's better when it's free.”
-Linus Torvalds
2. "Once GNU is written, everyone will be able to obtain good system software free, just like air."
-Richard M. Stallman
3. "When it comes to software, I much prefer free software, because I have very seldom seen a program that has worked well enough for my needs, and having sources available can be a
-Linus Torvalds
"To be able to choose between proprietary software packages is to be able to choose your master. Freedom means not having a master. And in the area of computing, freedom means not using proprietary software."
-Richard M. Stallman
"I'm doing a free operating system just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu for 386 (486) AT clones."
-Linus Torvalds
“If you focus your mind on the freedom and community that you can build by staying firm, you will find the strength to do it.”
-Richard M. Stallman

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Man page for Baby ( Linux Jock) Having no sex content


BABY - create new process from two parent processes

BABY sex [ name ]

/usr/5bin/BABY [ -sex ] [ -name ]

The System V version of this command is available with the Sys-
tem V software installation option. Refer to Installing
SunOS 4.1 for information on how to install and invoke BABY.

BABY is initiated when one parent process polls another server
process through a socket connection (BSD) or through pipes in the
system V implementation. BABY runs at a low priority for approximately
40 weeks then terminates with heavy system load. Most systems require
constant monitoring when BABY reaches it's final stages of execution.

Older implementations of BABY required that the initiating
process not be present at the time of completion, In these versions
the initiating process is awakened and notified of the results upon
completion. Modern versions allow both parent processes to be active
during the final stages of BABY.

example% BABY -sex m -name vishnu


option indicating type of process created.

process identification to be attached to the new process.

Successful execution of the BABY(1) results in new process
being created and named. Parent processes then typically
broadcast messages to all other processes informing them of their
new status in the system.

The SLEEP command may not work on either parent processes for some
time afterward, as new BABY processes constantly send interrupts
which must be handled by one or more parent.

BABY processes upon being created may frequently dump
in /tmp requiring /tmp to be cleaned out frequently by one
of the parent processes.

The original AT&T version was provided without instructions
regarding the created process, this remains in current implementations.

cigars(6) dump(5) cry(3)


FSF version of BABY where none of the authors will accept
responsibility for anything.


baby -sex F -name Manju vishnu Dileep

Completed successfully at the St. Joseph Medical Center on
November 2, at 3:31 P.M. after about 20 hours of labour.
New Mom Manju is doing fine and will come home in about 2 days.
More information can be gotten from Dad by e-mail or by
calling the new baby hotline @931-XXXX. Celebrations can
probably begin in about 18 years.

Sun Release 4.1 Last change: Just when I got home from the hospital.

From Free software daily

Dual Boot Live DVD ELPICX with Ubuntu and Fedora

Elpicx is a dual boot live DVD with ubuntu 8.04 and Fedora 9 KDE . It includes a collection of reference cards, test simulators, study notes and exercises for the Linux Professional Institute certification exam. It best for students preparing any certification in Linux. Originally it is a germen distribution but English version also available. Now elpicx 2.0 is available. Download English version (1483MB)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Benchmarking Softwares for ubuntu linux

Some Benchmarking tools used in Linux

1. Dbench
dbench is a filesystem benchmark that generates load patterns similar to those of the commercial Netbench benchmark. tbench is for TCP benchmarking.
sudo apt-get install dbench

2. Netperf
Network Performance benchmarking tool. It can be used to measure the performance of many different types of networking. It measures TCP and UDP via BSD Sockets for both IPv4 and IPv, DLPI, Unix Domain Sockets and SCTP for both IPv4 and IPv6 1.
sudo apt-get install netperf

3. Bonnie++
This is a benchmark suite that is aimed at performing a number of simple tests of hard drive and file system performance. now version 1.03 is available.Bonnie++ was based on the code for Bonnie by Tim Bray.
apt-get install bonnie++

4. Xbench
A graphical benchmarking program for measuring, tuning and comparing X windows server performance.

5. Iozone
Iozone is a filesystem benchmark tool. The benchmark generates and measures a different file operations. Iozone is useful for performing a broad filesystem analys.
apt-get install iozone3

6. lmbench
This is a simple and portable benchmarking tool, which analyzes memory, cpu of a system.
apt-get install lmbench

7. unixbench
A fundamental high-level Linux benchmark suite, Unixbench integrates CPU and file I/O tests, as well as system behavior under various user loads.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

How to make Your Own Ubuntu Live CD using remastersys


Remastersys is a tool that can be used to make ubuntu livecd and also it can make a full system backup including personal data to a live cd or dvd that you can use anywhere and and it can install at any time. It can make your own distributable copy with all the softwares installed in your system (eg:java,flashplayer, codecs, fonts, mysql, apache, php etc) can share with your friends. This will not have any of your personal user data in it.

Add the following line to your /etc/apt/sources.list

deb http://www.remastersys.klikit-linux.com/repository remastersys/

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install remastersys

run remastersys-gui and make your live cd

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hacking and Network Troubleshooting tools for Ubuntu Linux

Linux supports tons of tools and utilities for scanning network vulnerabilities, cracking passwords and possibility of intrusions. Please always keep in mind that these tools are not for harm a system, but for protect them.

1. john the ripper

John the Ripper is a fast password cracker, currently available for many flavors of Unix (11 are officially supported), Windows, DOS, BeOS, and OpenVMS. Its primary purpose is to detect weak Unix passwords. It is the most popular password testing/breaking programs as it combines a number of password crackers into one package, automatically detect password hash types. Besides several crypt(3) password hash types most commonly found on various Unix flavors, supported out of the box are Kerberos AFS and Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 LM hashes, plus several more with contributed patches.

2. Nmap (Network Mapper)

Nmap is great and it is my favorite network security scanner. It is used to discover computers and services on a computer network. It is useful tool for Network Administrators for tasks such as network inventory, managing service upgrade schedules, and monitoring host or service uptime. Nmap determine what hosts are available on the network, what services (application name and version) those hosts are offering, what operating systems (and OS versions) they are running, what type of packet filters/firewalls are in use, and dozens of other characteristics. It was designed to rapidly scan large networks, but works fine against single hosts. Nmap runs on all major computer operating systems, and both console and graphical versions are available.

3. Nessue

The Nessus® vulnerability scanner, is the world-leader in active scanners, featuring high speed discovery, configuration auditing, asset profiling, sensitive data discovery and vulnerability analysis of your security posture.
Its detect vulnerabilities on the tested systems such as:

-Vulnerabilities that allow a remote cracker to control or access sensitive data on a system.
-Misconfiguration (e.g. open mail relay, missing patches, etc).
-Default passwords, a few common passwords, and blank/absent passwords on some system accounts. Nessus can also call Hydra (an external tool) to launch a dictionary attack.
-DoS attack against the TCP/IP stack by using mangled packets

4. chkrootkit

chkrootkit(Check Rootkit) is a common Unix-based program intended to help network administrators check their system for known rootkits. It is a Linux shell script. It is better to use from a clean LIVECD. It is listed in the Top 100 Network Security tools released by insecure.org

5. Kismet

Kismet is an 802.11 layer2 wireless network detector, sniffer, and intrusion detection system. Kismet will work with any wireless card which supports raw monitoring (rfmon) mode, and can sniff 802.11b, 802.11a, and 802.11g traffic.

It passively collecting packets and detecting standard named networks, detecting hidden networks. It also detects sniffing programs including NetStumbler,and number of other wireless network attacks.

6. Netcat

Netcat is a computer networking utility for reading from and writing to network connections on TCP and UDP.


tcptrack is a sniffer which displays information about TCP connections it sees on a network interface.

Lot of others are available snort, hping, tcpdump, wireshark, sniffit, nwatch, nast, rkhunter

Hacking Tools for linux and Make your own live CD will publish soon

I am preparing Some articles for my blog it will publish soon, My Internet connection having some trouble and system under cleaning from unwanted softwares.

1. Hacking and Network testing tools for Ubuntu Linux

2. Make Your own Ubuntu Live CD with remastersys

3. More linux basic commands

and more........

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Linux command Help

This will introducing the very basic and very essential Linux commands .

Moving around in the file system
Command Action
pwd "Print working directory" - show where you're in.
ls List the contents of a dir.
ls -l List the contents of a dir in detail
ls -a List all files, including hidden files.
cd Change directory.
cd .. Go to the parent directory.
Examining files
Command Action
file Determine the type of a file.
cat Concatenate a file.
less View text files and paginate them.
Manipulating files and directories
Command Action
cp Copy a file.
cp -i Copy a file and ask before overwriting.
cp -r Copy a directory with its contents.
mv Move or rename a file.
mv -i Move or rename a file and ask before overwriting.
rm Remove a file.
rm -r Remove a directory with its contents.
rm -i Ask before removing a file. Good to use with the -r option.
mkdir Make a directory.
rmdir Remove an empty directory.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Browsing without History and threat from spyware and virus in High Risk sites Using UBUNTU LIVE CD

Browsing without History and threat in High Risk sites Using UBUNTU LIVE CD

You can easily configure ADSL using ubuntu live cd.
Now you can boot with UBUNTU LIVE CD and browse safely.
When You Power Off, all of your browser history will be removed and no evidence will be there.
Safely browse with out the threat from spyware, adware , virus.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Howto install Ubuntu Tweak for ubuntu 8.04

Ubuntu Tweak 0.3.5 released. More info from the developers site here

Ubuntu Tweak is an application designed to configure Gnome in Ubuntu and provides features require you to edit config files and use gconf to alter some internal settings.

It provides some useful desktop and system options that the default desktop installation doesn't provide.

At present, It is only designed for Ubuntu GNOME Desktop, and often follows the newest Ubuntu distribution.

Features of Ubuntu Tweak

  • View of Basic System Information(Distribution, Kernel, CPU, Memory, etc.)
  • GNOME Session Control
  • Auto Start Program Control
  • Show/Hide and Change Splash screen
  • Show/Hide desktop icons or Mounted Volumes
  • Show/Hide/Rename Computer, Home, Trash icon or Network icon
  • Tweak Metacity Window Manager’s Style and Behavior
  • Compiz Fusion settings, Screen Edge Settings, Window Effects Settings, Menu Effect Settins
  • GNOME Panel Settings
  • Nautilus Settings
  • Advanced Power Management Settings
  • System Security Settings
  • Ability to Create your own Shortcut Hotkeys
  • Added more third party sources and applications.
  • Third Party feature now support GPG Key automatic import
  • & more!

Howto Install Ubuntu Tweak:

Simply add the repository via System->Administration->Software Sources then click third party repositories and copy/paste these lines:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/tualatrix/ubuntu hardy main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/tualatrix/ubuntu hardy main

Reload the repository and simply click here to install within your browser if you have apturl installed
You can also search synaptic for ubuntu-tweak or:
sudo apt-get update && apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

Desktop Environments / window managers Ubuntu 8.04

I will give you some Desktop Environment/ window manager installations in addition with popular Gnome and KDE for ubuntu.

1. Xfce - Type : sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

If You have RAM between 128 and 256 MB KDE and Gnome are too slow, Now you can prefer Xface it is lightweight. Xubuntu comes with Xface as default

2. Blackbox - Type: sudo apt-get install blackbox

Blackbox is an original window manager, sharing no code with any others. It's designed to be fairly small and minimal, making it particularly suited to less powerful computers.
Official Blackbox site

3. Fluxbox - Type: sudo apt-get install fluxbox

Fluxbox is developed from version 0.61.1 of Blackbox, and retains theme compatibility with it, whilst adding numerous extra features. Another powerful feature is the keygrabber tool for configuring keyboard shortcuts.
4. FVWM - Type: sudo apt-get install fvwm

Fvwm, developed by Robert Nation, Fvwm was designed to minimize memory usage, provide a 3-D look and provide a simple virtual desktop.
It is a very good window manager.
5. WindowMaker - sudo apt-get install wmaker

Window Maker is a window manager that emulates the NeXT interface.

Features of Window Maker include:

  • Application dock with drag and drop support
  • Pinnable menus
  • Gradient rendered window decorations
  • Multiple workspaces
  • Graphical configuration tool
6. Icewm - Type: sudo apt-get install icewm

IceWM is a window manager which has been coded from scratch for speed and flexibility. It shares no code with other window managers.
It comes with several default themes, including Motif, GTK, OS/2 Warp and Windows xp etc
IceWM is extremely configurable and includes some small taskbar applets for common things, such as APM, network, CPU, mail status and a clock
7. Afterstep - Type: sudo apt-get install afterstep

AfterStep is based on Fvwm

Major changes from Fvwm are:

  1. NeXTSTEP-alike title bar, title buttons, borders and corners.
  2. NeXTSTEP style menu. However the menus are not controlled by applications, they are more of pop-up service lists on the root window.
  3. NeXTSTEP style icons. These styles are hard-coded in the program, thought to be good for a consistent look of NeXTSTEP interface.
8. E17; E17 is one of the best desktop manager, for installation:

Open terminal, and type: sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list and then, add this following code:

# dunnewind e17 repository for Ubuntu Hardy
deb http://e17.dunnewind.net/ubuntu hardy e17

After those code added, you need to type this also at the terminal:

wget http://lut1n.ifrance.com/repo_key.asc
-O- | sudo apt-key add -

After that, close the source.list from the terminal, and type this following code again at the terminal: sudo apt-get install e17

If you need to install the media player that based from E17 that named eclair,

sudo apt-get install eclair

And that settled in the e17

Lot of other window managers are available for linux Metacity, Sawfish, Compiz, Openbox, Eclipse and more............ Click Here

How to Install Google Chrome in Linux Ubuntu 8.04

Google Chrome not released yet for Linux, but there's other way to install google chrome in ubuntu by using wine. And this is the tutorial to install Google Chrome in Ubuntu by using Wine.

1.First You have to install Wine
sudo apt-get install wine

2. You need to download and install winetricks, use this code:
If you have crossoveroffice that is better
wget http://www.kegel.com/wine/winetricks
sudo cp winetricks /usr/sbin
3. You need to install some chrome dependency software like flash player like riched20 riched30 flash
(sudo apt-get install
ubuntu-restricted-extras will install flash and other essentials)

You can install allfonts if you want(this is only an optional software): winetricks allfonts

4. After successfully installed all things that you need to install, you can download the google chrome now by typing;

5. Install the chrome, and follow the instructions,

6. After the install is finished, you won't be able to use Chrome it requires some changes. Close it and open Google Chrome.desktop icon created on your Desktop with your favorite editor . Make sure your add --new-http --in-process-plugins , at the end of this line:

When you open the icon in editor it looks like

Exec=env WINEPREFIX="/home/shibu/.wine" wine "C:\\windows\\profiles\\shibu\\Local Settings\\Application Data\\Google\\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe"

Change it to

Exec=env WINEPREFIX="/home/shibu/.wine" wine "C:\\windows\\profiles\\shibu\\Local Settings\\Application Data\\Google\\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe" --new-http --in-process-plugins

Save the file!

NOTE: shibu is my username, you will have something like /home/yourusername/.wine

7. Now, go to your desktop and start your google chrome!

IF you can't find and change the above

You can try, the command line like this:

export WINEPREFIX="/home/user/.wine"

wine "/home/user/.wine/drive_c/windows/profiles/user/Local Settings/Application Data/Google/Chrome/Application/chrome.exe" --new-http --in-process-plugins &

(replace "user" with your account)
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Upgrade ubuntu to Intrepid Ibex

To upgrade from Ubuntu 8.04, run "update-manager -d" using the update-manager package from hardy.

This is still an alpha release. Do' try to install in critical machines. The final stable version will be released in October 2008.

Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex released Alpha

Ubuntu already announced Intrepid Ibex is the next generation of Hardy Heron. Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex will be release in October 2008. Intrepid Ibex have some major changes including layout changes. You can download alpha version from here
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/intrepid/alpha-1/ (Ubuntu) it does not include LIVE CD image that will be in alpha 2 not yet released

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Linux hosting with Ubuntu VPS

Ubuntu's vast user community and continual development have made it a primary contender on the Linux desktop scene - Ubuntu Virtual Privet Servers (VPS) hosting is also an ideal candidate for maintaining a VNC remote desktop.

As a web hosting solution, Ubuntu has also proven itself to be popular and robust. Built upon the Debian distribution's package management system and "secure by default" philosophy, Ubuntu shares Debian's reputation for stability and reliability.

Linux hosting providers offers ubuntu vps with several recent versions of Ubuntu (including preconfigured LAMP and Ruby on Rails templates). Some versions of Ubuntu have been selected as LTS releases - these versions will be maintained with security updates by the Ubuntu developer community for years to come.

Linux web hosting with Apache2

To install linux web hosting you can install apache2

sudo apt-get install apache2

and put your home page in /var/www folder

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Compare Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 8

Google has designed an almost completely new Web browser. In fact, other than the core rendering engine – which is based on the open source WebKit standard of Safari fame – everything in Google Chrome. The current versions of Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer, individual Web page tabs are hosted in a single process , single crashed tab can easily take down the entire browser application. Chrome seeks to eliminate this problem by isolating each tab within its own application process, then leveraging the built-in memory protection capabilities of modern multitasking operating systems to keep code and data in a failing tab from stopping on other processes.

Internet Explorer 8 takes Microsoft's creaking browser architecture and injects it with some much needed life. The sturdier, multiprocess design means that most crashes will be isolated to a single tab, while the new "porn mode" and quick-access tools (Accelerators, Web Slices) make browsing more efficient. IE 8's hefty system requirements could slow adoption until Windows 7 debuts late next year.

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LINUX GUI Text Editors

nano is a small text-based (launched from the command line) text editor. It's top on our list for many reasons. A clone of the older Pico editor, nano can be used to easily view and edit files.

gedit is the official text editor of the GNOME desktop environment. Though not the most glamorous of text editors. It has the basic features like -- spell check, word count and search and replace. Its features can be extended with plugins.


If you prefer KDE, and do a lot of text editing, I would recommend looking beyond the standard Kate or Kwrite applications.

Geany is a graphical application designed to be lightweight, and install with only the GTK2 runtime libraries as a dependency.

Cream is interesting, because it's more a set of nice macros than a full-fledged text editor. It is a descendant of the Vi/Vim editors. Cream puts a familiar look on the Vim editor, making it accessible to new users. Basic features include spell check, bookmarks, code folding, and find and replace. Advanced features allow for different keyboard mappings, text color themes, and word completion. Cream is a good choice.


Gobby is a collaborative text editor. (It is also available for Windows, OS X and UNIX.) It connects computers on a network . It allows for the creation of multiple documents, dragging and dropping of documents, and has an IRC-style chat interface, so you can discuss any changes in real-time. Originally designed for programming collaboration, group editing of other types of documents is also possible. It's a neat application for offices that have a mix of software platforms.

Linux Text Editors

Editor Description
ed Original UNIX line-based editor, useful in scripts
emacs GNU editor and fully integrated user environment
ex Powerful line-based editor (integrated with vi)
gawk GNU awk, powerful text editor for records containing fields
sed Stream-oriented (non-interactive) line-based editor
vi Classic screen-based editor for UNIX
vim Vi IMproved, enhanced support for programmers

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

HTML EDITORS FOR LINUX (Quanta, Bluefish, TinyMCE, Amaya and KompoZer)

Creating a website has become more easier these days, thanks to the more powerful HTML editors. In Linux you can try some of the best Free and Open-source HTML editors.

Quanta Plus
Quanta Plus, originally called Quanta, is a web IDE for HTML, XHTML, CSS, XML, PHP

TinyMCE, also known as the Tiny Moxiecode Content Editor, is a platform-independent web-based JavaScript/HTML WYSIWYG editor TinyMCE is designed to easily integrate with content management systems, such as Mambo, e107, Drupal, WordPress and Joomla!

Bluefish, as described on its project home page, is a powerful editor for web designers, with many options to write HTML, PHP, JAVASCRIPT, CSS etc.

Amaya is web authoring tool with browsing abilities, created by a structured editor project at INRIA, a French national research institution, and later adopted by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Amaya started as an HTML + CSS style sheets editor. It was then extended to support XML and an increasing number of XML applications .

KompoZer is a WYSIWYG HTML Editor based on Nvu. It was favorably compared to Adobe Dreamweaver.


Unlike most other web site / HTML editors SCREEM does not provide a WYSIWYG display of pages. Instead you are presented with the raw html source in its editor window. SCREEM also lends itself to being a versatile XML editing package

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

OLED (Organic LED) will replace liquid crystal display (LCD)

Organic semiconductor or "plastic" LEDs are important because they are much cheaper and easier to fabricate than existing inorganic LEDs (which can be made of compounds of gallium, arsenic, indium, and other inorganic materials). Some inorganic LEDs can convert 47% to 64% of incoming electricity into white light rather than waste heat, but are hindered by high costs.

Organic LEDs' greatest promise is not in lighting, but to replace liquid crystal display (LCD) technology in modern televisions and computer screens. Organic LEDs will be much cheaper, can be made on flexible materials, have a wider viewing angle and color range, and will be more energy efficient than LCDs

Monday, September 1, 2008

How to install Python plugins in GIMP ubuntu hardy

GUI Method

Copy your .py file into the directory .gimp2.4/plug-ins . This is a hidden directory, you don’t see it in the file browser. With Nautilus you can toggle the display of the hidden files with Ctrl-H.

Then make the file executable by right clicking, selecting “Properties” from the menu and activate “Execute” in the permissions tab.

If GIMP was running, restart it.

command line

Enter this:

cp myfile.py ~/.gimp2.4/plug-ins
chmod a+x ~/.gimp2.4/plug-ins/myplugin.py

Restart GIMP

Work With Linux Partitions From Windows

If you have dual-boot Windows and Linux? I think you know about different file systems that the two operating systems used and the difficulty in transferring files between the two. While most modern Linux operating systems can read and write to Windows file systems (NTFS and FAT/FAT32), Windows can’t read or write to Linux file systems (Ext2 and Ext3).

If you want to access your files from both operating systems you could just save everything to a Windows-readable partition is the easiest and safest way

Otherwise you can use the following third party software. I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!

Explore2fs, DiskInternals Linux Reader, and the Ext2 Installable File System For Windows.

Make PDF Directly (Print Directly to PDF) in ubuntu 8.04

1. Install the cups-pdf package using: sudo aptitude install cups-pdf
2. Select “New Printer”
3. Select “Print into PDF file” with the device URI of “cups-pdf:/”
4. Select “Generic”
5. Select “PDF file generator”
6. Assign a name. “PDF” should be sufficient.
7. Select “Apply”

Check with

System--> Administration --> Printing

You can find a PDF entry