Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Torrent Site Roundup.

This is our Christmas roundup of great torrent sites for you to enjoy. Sit back drink some eggnog and check out the cool features and content these sites have to offer. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. If you know of another great torrent site just list it in the comments section below. Thanks.

Mininova - The Ultimate Bittorent Source

Demonoid - Private but you can download the latest torrents even without registration

ScrapeTorrent - Searches several popular torrent sites

SeedPeer - It has a verified torrent section

ISOhunt - Comprehensive bittorent search

Torrent Reactor - The most active torrents on the web

BTjunkie - Large bittorent search

Torrent Scan - Another search engine of popular torrent sites

Sumo Torrent - Fresh torrent source

Torrentz - Nice bittorent search

Torrent Box - A very good source

Fenopy - Yet another site for torrents

Share Reactor - Indexes bittorent and edonkey P2P

Torrent Matrix - Latest bittorent files

Bitenova - Add comments and rate torrents

Spynova - Indexes torrents

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Top 5 Linux Wallpapers

Demonoid is back online.

Demonoid is a popular and amazing torrent website. It is finally back after months of being offline. Hopefully the new administrator will make the Demonoid site as notorious as it was before. Click here to visit the Demonoid tracker site.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Keep up with the many distros.

Distrowatch is a great site to keep up with the many distributions of Linux that are available. They are nicely organized and you can see which ones are becoming popular. Each Linux distro has different strengths and it is important to choose the one that suits your needs the most. It is nice to have a website that keeps track of various distributions that you can install and learn more about. Check out Distrowatch.com and put the fun back into computing.

Distrowatch website.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

They know our weakness.

Free and Open Source video editor

Kdenlive is a free and open source video editor for Linux. Its goal is flexibility and ease of use. Kdenlive supports major video formats and 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratios. It is licensed under the GNU general public license version 2. The latest stable release is 0.76 as of October 8, 2009. There are many audio and video effects ranging from volume adjustment to video blurring. Check out Kdenlive for yourself at their website.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The growth of Linux in developing regions.

Since I started my Blog I noticed an interesting trend. A lot of the readers and individuals who link to my Blog are from developing regions around the world such as China, India, Indonesia and Central/South America. However, most of the time when I am writing about Linux I am concentrating on the North American and European market and there is a huge audience that I am not targeting mainly due to the fact that I don't know much about these regions. One thing is for sure though, while the adoption of Linux is surely increasing in the "West", the future of Linux growth will certainly come from the developing world as well.

China has more internet users than the United States even though the penetration of the internet is high in the U.S. but is still low in China. This means that China has a huge growth potential in this area. Most of us are aware that China uses a lot of pirated software but in recent years the government has been trying to crack down on it. So the trend that is occurring now is that instead of people and businesses purchasing genuine copies of Windows, they are switching to Linux. This might be both a cost issue and the fact that Linux is a great alternative to Windows. With its huge population of 1.3 billion people, the Chinese market will definitely increase the presence of Linux in the world. Even the Chinese government has its own version of Linux because they like the fact that they can see the source code of Linux for political and security reasons...

Indonesia and India are other countries that are linking to my Blog as there seems to be interest about Linux in these countries as well. This might stem from Linux being cost effective or having low hardware requirements. Just like China, these countries have a large population. Indonesia has 240 million people and India has 1.1 billion. There is a huge growth potential because the penetration of the internet is still very low as well.

Even though majority of the time I am focusing on the North American and European market there is a huge Linux user base in other regions of the globe as well. China, India and Indonesia all have a viable Linux market and in the future it will surely increase. The growth of Linux is occurring in the "West" but the developing world will also play a huge role in this trend.

Are you from Asia or are you knowledgeable about the region? What can you tell us about the adoption of Linux? Are people using Linux for political reasons, cost effectiveness or low hardware requirement reasons? What is the trend in the school system, government or private sphere? As more people will purchase computers and connect to the internet, do you think they will use open source or proprietary operating system?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Freedom to choose

I like open source software but I think that the Linux community shouldn't try to force every application to be open source. The important thing about Linux is that we have the freedom to choose. We can choose from many different Linux distributions and applications. We as users get to say what we want installed on our computers and what we don't. However, forcing everyone to use open source software is against the idea of freedom to choose. Everyone should have a choice and if you are running Linux and you choose to run proprietary software that is your option. Linux is about choice and freedom and I think we shouldn't take that away from anyone. Even from the people who are supporting proprietary software. The Linux community needs to be a little bit more tolerant of other users as well. Linux is open source but you can run a lot of proprietary software on it. It seems that some applications especially very technical ones will never be open source. Personally I wish everything was open source but I don't want to force it on people. Lets be tolerant of proprietary software on Linux and also users freedom to choose what they want installed on their computers.

Uruguay has provided Linux laptops for students

Primary school children who didn't have computers received a Linux laptop from the government. This is a nice way to minimize the digital divide between people. Technology is important in today's society and especially in education. It is important to teach children how to use computers from an early age. Having Linux running on the laptops is pretty nice too. They can learn about open source software as well. Check out the article here.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Dropbox, a nice way to store files online.

Dropbox is a great service for online file backup. It integrates well with your desktop. All you have to do is drag and drop your files into a folder and automatically it will sync and store your files online. This is a great way to keep your files accessible from anywhere and you can even use your browser to upload files. Other great features are collaborating on a file between several users and syncing a file on multiple computers. Dropbox gives you 2 GB of space for free and you can upgrade if you need additional space. Dropbox works on Linux, Windows, Mac OS X and iPhone. Visit the dropbox site to learn more.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The best video player out there!

VLC media player is a great application that works on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. It is by far one of the best video players out there. It can play various video file formats as well as DVD's, CD's, VCD's.  VLC media player is free to download and use. It was initially released in 2001 by a group at Ecole Centrale Paris and since then has become very popular. Today, it is an open source project and anyone can contribute to it from around the world. It is amazing how many different audio and video codecs this application can handle. This is definitely a good media player for watching videos off the Internet. It is licensed under the GNU general public license. If you are looking for a great video player for your computer then VLC media player is it. Check out their website for more information, skins and to download the application.

Website for VLC media player.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

This Linux thing is getting out of hand.

People are slowly realising that Linux is out there. They might not be installing it en masse but they are aware of it. Ten years ago if you asked someone on the street what is Linux most people would not have a clue. However, today this does not seem to be the case anymore. People know that Linux is an operating system. They might not be well informed about it or know where to get it but it is in their vocabulary. This is definitely a good thing. Slowly Linux is getting into people's consciousness even without the huge marketing of large corporations such as Microsoft and Apple computers. There is much more debate going on about Linux. Many forums, Blogs and websites dedicated to the subject. More people are trying Linux out on their systems and the good news is a lot of people are sticking with it. They are realizing that it is a very good operating system with tons of applications. The year 2010 might not be the year of the Linux desktop but as I wrote in my previous article it doesn't matter at all. The spread of Linux will not come in one year but it will be a gradual transition. Each year few more people install it and stick with it. Then they tell their friends and so on. Right now Linux is about 2% of the desktop computer market and is definitely on the increase. It is an emerging market and is changing the computer industry. Open Source has a lot of potential and is a revolution in itself. This Linux thing is getting out of hand. People are actually realising that it is a great alternative to Windows and Mac OS. They are installing Linux and sticking with it. The future for Linux looks very bright and promising.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The best anti-virus.

Last week my mom forwarded an email to me and I started to laugh. The email was to warn me about a virus that is spreading and destroying peoples data. I called my mom and told her that she does not have to worry. I explained that this virus is for Windows OS and she is running Ubuntu for over a year. Even if she downloaded it she wouldn't be able to run it and the virus would not know what to do on the Linux platform.  My mom is not very technically savvy but she is happy with using Linux. I installed her system and made sure that it is easy to use. I explained to her that the best anti-virus software is Linux.

I always thought that this virus thing was mostly just fear installed in people. Every time you go to a store you see McAfee or Norton Antivirus. The sales people are trying to scare you into purchasing their products. The bottom line is to make money of the fear of users. I am not sure if the anti-virus products are still the same as they used to be in the past but I remember them always popping up. Somehow, I always thought of the anti-virus software as a freaking virus itself. Always needing something, taking my computer resources and being a horrible nuisance. Just get off my screen!

Like a lot of things in our society, all you have to do is instill fear into people and then sell them products to protect themselves. Antivirus software is big business and the industry is very good at scaring the common computer user. Most viruses could be avoided just by following simple common sense rules. Anyways, my mom found out that she is immune to majority of viruses that are out there and that her precious data is safe for now. The way Linux is created makes it difficult for viruses to function. Linux is the best anti-virus software.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Students, you don't need Microsoft Office.

It is hilarious to be in a computer store when students are going back to school. College and University students think that they need the latest Macbook pro and that they have to purchase all this additional software. Most of the students do not need the latest and the most powerfull computers. They never use them to their full potential and they spend tons of money that they usually do not have. The back to school season is about hype and buying into certain brands. Mac computers are expensive and spending all this money seems to be ridiculous. Especially today when school tuition and books are so expensive. However, there are tons of alternatives for students to save money for themselves. You can look into buying a PC which is several hundreds of dollars cheaper and will do the same thing as a Mac. Another big business during back to school season is software. You probably noticed that when you go to a store to purchase a computer every sales person is pushing on you additional products. Most of this is software or extra warranty. However, the most important software for students is an office suite. Microsoft Office is overpriced but you can choose Openoffice which is a great alternative and is completely free. It is not a trick or a free 60 day trial that will expire on you. Anyone can download it and use it on their computer. Most of the functionality of Openoffice are more than any student will ever need. Openoffice is also compatible with Microsoft Office formats. This free office suite works on Linux, Windows and Mac OS. You can save a lot of money by choosing free software instead of expensive applications that are being pushed on you by sales people. The whole point of College or University is to make you think outside of the box and to see things differently. Do not be pressured by the marketing of large corporations that tell you that you need an expensive laptop, software and additional warranties. Try to look for alternatives such as openoffice and save your money for things that really matter. Visit the Openoffice website to learn more or to download their office suite.

Openshot video editor

OpenShot is a video editor for Linux. The project was started by Jonathan Thomas in 2008. The goal of OpenShot is to be a free, stable and user friendly video editor. It is licensed under GNU general public license. OpenShot supports many video and audio file formats. You can resize, trim and cut clips. There are also video transitions with real time previews and many other features. To download OpenShot or to learn more about the application go to their website.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Neverball, fun game.

Neverball is a nice game where you tilt the floor with your mouse. By tilting the floor you direct the ball towards a certain direction. There are lots of cool levels and they get harder as you play. A time limit is imposed so not only do you have to balance the ball but also watch your time. The game is very addictive and fun. Graphics are 3D and the physics are also pretty cool. Neverball works on Linux, Windows and Mac OS. Check out Neverball website here.

Synapse IM

Synapse is a relatively new instant messenger client for Linux. It is still in the alpha stage but looks very nice. There doesn't seem to be any updates on the site so I am not sure what is going on. Hopefully the project is still being worked on. Check out the Synapse IM website here.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Power to the user.

One great thing about Linux is that it gives a tremendous amount of power to the user. With Linux you choose one of the many great distributions that fits your needs. You can choose a distro that is filled with software or one that is lean and basic. You can modify almost anything on Linux from the GUI to the code itself. It all depends on your level of expertise or the amount of work you would like to put in. If you are just a casual Linux user there are many distributions that will work right out of the box. Others require some tweaking and setting up. However, the most important thing is that no one dictates to you what you can or cannot do. You can modify and edit almost everything. You can even create your own flavour of Linux if you choose to. The end user has a huge amount of power with Linux. No constraints or limitations, just pure freedom. With proprietary software and operating systems you do not have this freedom. You are limited by the company behind them and they are the ones who dictate the rules to you. Linux is about empowering the user and giving them freedom and choice over their software. This is crucial because a lot of companies will not take the user interests as a priority but they will rather concantrate on the amount of money a product can earn them. They will try to get as much from the user as possible and only give as little as they have to. The more limitations and constraints they place on you, the more you become dependent on their software and brand. They want to lock you in so that you will have no choice but to stay with their brand and continue to use their applications. The cost of proprietary software is high and some are just a huge money grab. It is important not to give the power to the companies but instead to the users of a product. Linux is excellent in this because the user has tremendous power. Freedom and open source are a great concept.

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Tip for Software companies.

It amazes me that so many times people who are in charge of large and small software companies make dumb decisions. They get nice salaries but often make decisions that come back and bite them. One good strategy for any large or small company that is lagging behind on the PC or Mac OS market is to create software for GNU/Linux. Linux is growing as a platform and has millions of users. This is an emerging market with great potential. Linux still lacks certain software, especially professional applications such as video editing and many others. There are several projects that found a huge following under the GNU/Linux platform but were not as popular under Windows or Mac OS. It is a great strategy to start creating software for GNU/Linux to gain an advantage over your competition and to gain market share. Also, to be the first in an emerging market such as Linux can prove to be very advantages and beneficial in the long run. Software companies should get their foot into the door of  the Linux world before other large companies come along and reap a lot of benefits.

There are a lot of arguments that might be limiting software companies to get into Linux. One is that the GNU/Linux platform market share is too small and not worth getting into. However, because Linux is growing and gaining momentum you could find yourself left behind while other great software projects will take over your market. It is essential to be there before your competition. Currently, the Linux market is around 2% on the desktop but that is definitely increasing. The first company into an emerging market usually has the upper hand.

Another argument is that GNU/Linux is open source and there is not much money in it. It is true that Linux is open source and majority of the applications are as well. However, Linux runs proprietary software and there are many that are popular. Certain professional software will probably never be open source but the need is still there and people are willing to pay. Users of Linux have money and are willing to buy software that is of an excellent quality and will enable them to create professional projects, because they are still saving money in the long run.

In conclusion, the GNU/Linux platform is growing and it is beneficial for large and small software creators to get into the market before their competition does. This will give them an upper hand and will give them a new market to flourish in. Many people who use Linux are willing to purchase proprietary and open source software, especially if it is of a good quality and for professional use. Just because the Linux market is only 2%, it should not be overlooked, as it is an emerging market with great growth potential. Many applications have found popularity under GNU/Linux while not being so successful on Windows or the Mac OS platform.

What software companies do you think could get an upper hand or a business advantage if they started creating their software for GNU/Linux?

The Spread of Linux

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Cheese Webcam Application

With Cheese you can use your webcam to take pictures and videos. It is open source licensed under the GNU general public license and was created by Daniel G. Siegel in 2007. There are also many effects that you can apply to your videos and pictures. Since version 2.22.0 Cheese is part of the Gnome project. It is a nice little application if you have a webcam and want to share your videos and pictures with friends. Check out their website.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Why have you switched to GNU/Linux?

There are many reasons to switch to GNU/Linux. When I started out with computers Microsoft Windows already came pre-installed. I was not aware that another platform was possible. I used Windows but later on I started questioning it. A lot of the applications that came with Windows were a 30 day trial that expired or required me to purchase a full version just to use something that I though was basic. Also, I couldn't use certain files that I wanted to. I searched for alternatives and I installed Openoffice.org, VLC media player, GIMP later on Firefox and additional free and open source software. I was amazed how good these applications were. I questioned how come these applications didn't come pre-installed on my desktop? Why does Microsoft Windows bombard you with all these things you don't want or need? It seems like Microsoft was using their monopoly to push you into a certain product or direction. I was happy with my new software and learned about open source. I wanted other people to know about these alternatives and that they are available to them. However, even though I replaced a lot of the software to free and open source the platform I was still using was Microsoft Windows. I started to search for an alternative. I looked into Mac's but they were not for me. Then, I stumbled upon GNU/Linux and thought the idea of an open source operating system was amazing. I tried out several distributions and was impressed. It took me a while to understand how things work but then I liked the fact that I learned so much about computers. For the last seven years I have been using Linux and am very happy with it. I like the freedom it gives me and that I can modify almost anything on it. I am free from Microsoft Windows and I get to choose which software I want to install on my computer.

I would like this article to be more interactive and hear your opinion as to why you have switched to GNU/Linux. Did you do it for politics, cost, freedom, open source or other? How did you come to learn about Linux and what is your impression of it? Would you recommend it to other people? Let us know in the comments section below.

Slackware Linux

Slackware is a free and open source operating system. It is one of the earliest and currently maintained distribution of GNU/Linux. Slackware was released in 1993 and the creator is Patrick Volkerding. Slackware is one of the most "Unix" like Linux distributions. The focus is on design stability and simplicity. The latest release version of Slackware is 13.0. The Slackware distribution is definitely not the most user friendly for beginners but it is a very good distro. If you are looking to expand your knowledge of GNU/Linux than try out Slackware. It has a long history and a very strong following. Slackware is reliable, stable and has good performance. The latest release 13.0 has support for 64 bit architecture. The installation is text based and Slackware uses the KDE 4.0 graphical desktop enviornment. To download Slackware go to their website. Just don't forget that it is not the most user friendly distribution to start off with for new people to GNU/Linux.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mac computers are restrictive.

Now that University classes have started I see a lot of students with new Apple laptops. It seems that half of the student population own a Mac. Few years back you would never see so many Apple computers as you do today on campus. Mac's are definitely very popular especially with the University crowd. I do understand that Apple is very good at marketing their products. There is a big appeal to the Apple brand as cool and chic. I am amazed how huge Mac's have become. It seems that a lot of people want to get their hands on these sleek and aesthetically attractive computers. In a certain way I am happy that Apple is having such success because they are taking market share away from Microsoft Windows. However, I am not sure if this is all a good thing. The GNU/Linux community is always getting at Microsoft and we seldom talk about Apple. I personally think that Apple computers might be a bad direction that we are heading into. Yes, Mac's are very cool and stylish but coming from the free and open source software community Apple is wrong on many levels. Most of the Apple software is proprietary, expensive and restrictive to the user. Not only is Apple very protective about its market they often mistreat others who would like a chance as well. They have banned a lot of applications from the app store for the most ridiculous reasons. The success of Apple computers is good in a certain way but detrimental to the free and open source community. Apple not only creates its own software but also all the hardware. It controls almost everything in the manufacturing process. Microsoft Windows on the other hand is just an operating system and the hardware is provided from someone else. This distributes the power to several companies.

Personally I am not very happy that people are easily manipulated and are jumping on the fad of having a Mac. It does not give them freedom as an end user and costs way too much. A person is buying into the brand rather than actual need of the user. There are amazing PC laptop computers that you can buy for $600 comparing to Apple latops that are usually around $1300 and more. Apple computers are overpriced, proprietary, restrictive and protectionist. This might not be a good direction to be heading into. Could Apple prove to be even more restrictive and opressive than Microsoft?

I would like to hear your opinion on the success of Apple. It seems that Mac's are selling like hot cakes and the market share is increasing quite a bit. Do you think this is good or a bad thing for the free and open source community?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds was born in Helsinki, Finland Dec. 28, 1969. He was the creator of the Linux kernel which he started in 1991. Linus released the kernel under GNU GPL. Today he is the linux project coordinator. He personally wrote about 2% of the Linux kernel himself but there are thousands of people who contribute. He has been called the benevelont dictator of Linux. He is not as political as Richard Stallman and usually focuses on the workings of the Linux kernel rather than free and open source software politics. Torvalds is the one who also chose the Penguin as a mascot for Linux. Linus owns the trademark for Linux in the U.S. Torvalds also has his own blog and you can check it out here. It is nice that Linus has released his kernel under the GNU GPL. He even mentioned that releasing the Linux Kernel under the GNU general public license is one of the best things he did. Thank you Linus for starting the Linux kernel project.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Top IM clients for Linux.

Instant Messaging is an easy and convenient way to stay in touch with people. Here is a list of good IM applications for GNU/Linux.

Kopete - Multi protocol support

Pidgin - Universal chat client

Emesene - Great MSN messenger client

Empathy -  Supports text, voice and video

aMSN - free and open source MSN messenger client

Mercury - Java/MSN application

Psi - Cross platform Jabber Client

Kmess - Another MSN messenger for Linux

Skype - Instant Messaging and VOIP

If you know of others that are good please leave them in the comments section below.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Its about the market share.

Some people argue that the market share of an OS is not very important and that we should not try to switch people over to GNU/Linux. They argue that the GNU/Linux project is fine with the small market share it currently has. According to me, the market share of an OS is very crucial and we need to get more people on board.

The Linux market share today is around two percent on desktop computers and slowly growing. In contrast, Windows is around eighty eight percent and Mac OS is nine percent. The more people use a particular OS the more they all benefit as a community. GNU/Linux has been marginalized for a very long time because its market share is negligible. Software and hardware manufacturers were able to ignore Linux in the past but today things seem to be shifting slightly. Now that GNU/Linux is being adopted by more users you can see that companies and people are taking notice. A lot more software and hardware is being created for GNU/Linux and people are realizing that there is a huge potential in this expanding market.

If GNU/Linux would be able to get a larger market share on the desktop, lets say around ten or fifteen percent, it would be a huge win for the community. Not only would it show that we are doing something right but companies would have to create software and hardware that is compatible with Linux. The larger the market share, the more support for the operating system we would have. People would demand certain products for Linux and companies would have no choice but to oblige or lose to competition. With a larger market share we would have more clout and leverage against large and established companies. There is power in numbers and this applies to GNU/Linux as well.

Currently we are still hoping for certain companies to produce their products for Linux. However, if we would have a larger market share then these companies would be competing and trying very hard to be on the GNU/Linux platform.

The good news is that Linux is slowly growing and a lot more individuals are starting to switch over. They are realizing that GNU/Linux is a good operating system and that it is suitable for the average user. Now, all we need is to gain a larger market share so that companies realize that Linux is a strong force in the computer industry. The larger we are the more attention we get. The market share of GNU/Linux is important and hopefully it will continue to increase.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

How to convert non-techies to Linux.

Linux has come a long way and today it is ready to be used by non technical users as well. A lot of individuals are not happy with Windows and are looking for an alternative. The problem is that because these users are not very interested in computers, they are not aware of Linux as an alternative. These people are also a little skeptical and nervous when they are going to change their computer OS to something new. They are worried that they will not know how to use it and that it will be too difficult to learn. There are some drawbacks to Linux and it is important that you let the user know. However, Linux is ready for the mass market and for the non technical users.

To start off you need to choose a distribution that is easy to use for a newcomer. If you choose a very difficult one that needs a lot of tweaking and setting up, they will get disappointed. This can lead them to believe that Linux is bad but really they have been exposed to a wrong distribution that is not geared towards their needs. Mint Linux, Fedora and Ubuntu are a good choice for new non technical users. Personally, I prefer Ubuntu but it is up to you to decide what they will benefit from.

The good thing about these distributions is that they already come pre-installed with important software. Openoffice is essential for document creation and GIMP is good for graphics editing. Skype is important too. I know, you are going to say that Skype is proprietary. Most users that I have converted to Linux always want Skype pre-installed. It is important that we do not use our ideology to limit their OS. We need to give new users what they want. If they want proprietary software on Linux then give it to them. Most non technical users do not care about open source software. Sad but true. All they want is an OS that will function as easily as possible and allow them to do the things they are used to. Make sure that all of the important applications are pre-installed and the new user has to tweak as little as possible. The less the better. Ask them what software they were using on Windows and try to give them alternatives for Linux. You can also install Wine so that they can use some Windows applications as well if a viable alternative is not present.

Eyecandy is also very important. Most new and non technical users are not interested in code. What they see is the GUI. Make their distro look very cool and pretty and they will fall in love with it. You can get themes from Gnomelook.org. Lots of people like Apple computers because of aesthetics. This might seem superficial to you but we are talking about the non technical users switching over to Linux. Another great application is Compiz. If their computer is powerful enough you can give them excellent eyecandy with compiz. With themes and cool 3D effects you will be able to make their Linux desktop nicer than Windows or Mac OS. Show them a little razzle dazzle.

The most important thing of all has to be support. You don't just want to install everything for them and then leave them to it. They will have a lot of questions. Some might be ridiculous but it is important to give new users plenty of support. You need to show them where everything is in Linux. How to access applications and how to install and delete them. You will have to tell them about the different way Linux works and also about the open source formats that they might not be familiar with. If you don't give follow up support to a non techy they will be frustrated with Linux and might dislike it for a ridiculous reason. It is important to teach them about the OS and let them know that it works differently than Windows.

So, in conclusion the most important thing is to choose a proper distribution that is geared towards beginners. Make sure they have all the applications pre-installed that they will be using even if they are proprietary. Linux should just work for them. After that, make sure to give them nice eyecandy so that they will be impressed and fall in love with their aesthetically appealing OS. The last but not least is to give them support from start to finish. Do not leave them to figure things out on their own because they will get frustrated and confused. Linux is a great operating system and it is ready for non technical users as well. Just make sure to introduce them to Linux in an appropriate way and they will enjoy the experience. Once they go Linux they don't go back. 8-)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Lets work together.

The Linux community is very fragmented. This does not have to be a bad thing at all. Diversity is important for innovation and choice for users. However, because there are so many different projects, people sometimes get at other Linux users within the community. If you have your own opinion or are doing things differently, other people will get at you. Most of the Linux users already have enough opposition from Windows and Mac OS diehards and they don't need more from their own community of GNU/Linux. We are all in this together and we want to promote Linux to as many people as possible. It does not help when other individuals are bashing you because you are using a different distribution than they are or think in a different way. Tolerance is crucial in a diverse community. We need to respect each other's opinions instead of bashing one another.

It is also sad to see that some people are getting at new users of Linux. We need to be welcoming and helpful instead of arrogant and exclusive. New users need our help to find solutions and figure Linux out. We cannot bring them in, chew them up, and spit them out. People are not going to switch over if we are constantly fighting ourselves and being rude to newcomers.

This internal bickering within the Linux community is not very helpful and often brings projects to a halt. We need to realize that working together is more important than working against each other. We are fragmented but that doesn't mean it has to be a negative thing. Lets make our diversity in the GNU/Linux community a positive point and work together to promote GNU/Linux as a whole. It is an excellent concept that keeps growing and flourishing. Tolerance of each other and acceptance of new users is essential. Peace, love and Linux.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Top Linux Games

There are a lot of great games for Linux. Check out our list of free games. Tons of fun and very addictive. Enjoy!

1. Warzone 2100 - Great real time strategy game

2. Nexuiz - Amazing first person shooter

3. TORCS - 3D racing car game

4. Glest - medieval era strategy game

5. Assualt Cube - cool first person shooter

6. Yo Frankie! -  cute game and nice graphics

7. Urban Terror - great multiplayer game

8. Cube 2 Sauerbraten - popular FPS

9. Tremulous - FPS with elements of RTS

10. World Of Padman - amazing graphics

11. Wormux - Funny battle game

12. Scorched - 3D artillery game

13. Trigger - great car rally game

14. Alien arena - Another great FPS

15. Secret Maryo Chronicles - classic sidescroller game

16. X-Moto - simple graphics but lots of fun

17. Frozen Bubble - arcade game

18. Bos Wars - futuristic RTS

19. Freeciv - turn based strategy game

20. Flight Gear - free flight simulator

21. Hedge Wars - Fun and addictive game

22. Warsow - Fast paced FPS

23. Chromium - 2D arcade scroller

24. Supertuxkart - racing game

Great place for Linux news.

Linux news is a very popular site. It features great articles about open source software. The topics range from educational to politics. If you are interested in the latest Linux news than you should bookmark this site. Also, you can create an account and add stories that you find on the internet about GNU/Linux and open source. The editors will look over your submitted story and if it is good they will publish it. Check out the Linux news website.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Google Chrome OS a Linux saviour?

Now that Google is creating their own operating system, a lot of things might change for the computer industry. However, Google Chrome OS will probably not be a Linux saviour because there is nothing to save. The GNU/Linux project is on the right track and is in no need of saving. It is flourishing and a lot of people are switching over. It is definitely going into the mainstream and it is a mature project. With Google coming on board with Linux, it will be just another distribution. We already have hundreds of them and several that are very popular and of very good quality that can compete with proprietary software.

Nevertheless, Google Chrome OS will be important because it will introduce more people to Linux. It will act as a gateway into the Linux world. A large company such as Google can definitely get a lot of people to try out Linux or switch over completely. This is important because it can increase the market share. Google has a lot of finances behind it and know-how. It can challenge a large and established company such as Microsoft. Once someone uses Google Chrome OS and they are not completely satisfied, they can switch over to other distributions such as Ubuntu, Mint Linux, Fedora, openSUSE, Mandriva or many others. Google Chrome will be just another partner in promoting the world of open source software. The more companies that are behind Linux the better for the whole open source community. Linux is definitely becoming a force to watch out for and a lot of companies are realizing they can no longer ignore it. Having Google supporting Linux and creating their own OS just proves that Linux is becoming very important not just for servers but also for desktops, laptops and netbooks. Google Chrome OS will be able to introduce a lot more people to the great concept of Linux.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

If stuff was according to Microsoft.

Microsoft is very good at manipulating its customers and destroying competition. It is a company that time and time again has proved to be using all kinds of tactics to maintain its market dominance. Some of these tactics are just plain illegal and others are very unethical. But, if Microsoft would have its way and we would not oppose it this is how things would probably look.

-Each time you click on the start button 5 cents would be deducted from your credit card.

-GNU/Linux would be outlawed as a Communist plot and anyone using it would be sent to prison.

-Mac computers would be running Windows.

-Only Microsoft applications could work on Windows.

-There would be no compatibility between other platforms.

-Having a monopoly would be completely legal. 

-Everything would have a patent and Microsoft would own each and everyone of them.

-If you try to create a website, it would have to be for Microsoft standards and not international ones.

-Upgrading would cost an arm and a leg.

-Each time you get the blue screen of death you have to pay money to unlock it.

-File formats would be encrypted and only Microsoft would be able to decrypt them.

-Digital Rights Management would be in every application imaginable.

-Microsoft would rule your life to the smallest detail.

-No hardware would be able to function without Microsoft software. Vendors would only make hardware for Windows.

-Even though the quality of Microsoft Products would be low it wouldn't matter because you would have no other alternative.

-A bug would be a feature.

-All competition would be eliminated or just bought and disassembled.

-There would be 100 upgrades a year and you would have to buy every single one of them or your computer would not work anymore.

-Anti-trust law would be scrubbed.

-History books would be altered and Microsoft Windows would be the first operating system created.

If you have some other interesting and funny ideas to add please leave them in the comments section below.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Hedgewars: Worms like game

Hedgewars is a free and open source game. It is a Worms like game and works on Linux, Mac OS and Windows. The latest version was released in May of 2009 and is licensed under GNU General Public License version 2. In this game teams of small hedgehogs battle against each other. You have different weapons such as dynamite, bazooka, fire punch, grenade and many others. The game is a turn based game where each team gets a chance to attack the opponent. There are many creative maps to choose from. The game is cute and very addictive. Strategic positioning of your team is also essential so that you can prepare for a secondary strike. To view a video of Hedgewars click here. Or check out their website and download Hedgewars for your computer and start plotting your evil and cunning attacks.

Hedgewars website.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Of course its Political!

Some people are arguing that GNU/Linux users should stay away from politics and just concentrate on the technical stuff of the operating system. The problem with this is that politics is part of everything we do. Especially a huge software revolution such as GNU/Linux will be littered with political issues. It is impossible to not get involved in politics if you are part of something so revolutionary. Even though I don't like people who are extremists, it is important to keep a healthy balance that deals with politics and technical issues at the same time. Politics is about who gets what, where and when. The GNU/Linux community is often not a priority for major hardware manufacturers because the market share is small on desktop computers. Some companies are consciously trying to undermine the open source movement or limit its adoption. However, because GNU/Linux is slowly growing you can see more companies coming on board and realizing that even the Linux community should no longer be ignored. This is where politics comes in. Why does the GNU/Linux community always have to be second best? Why don't we have the support of software and hardware manufacturers? How can our government allow monopolies to exist without stepping in as they should? Having Microsoft Windows pre-installed on majority of new computers gives users little choice. In a democratic society a monopoly should be disassembled so that innovation, competition and progress can occur.

People such as Richard Stallman are very political but Linus Torvalds is much less so. This creates a good balance between the two individuals. Little bit of Stallman mixed in with Torvalds and GNU/Linux community users and you get something that is somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. Politics is crucial in everyday life and this is especially true for the GNU/Linux community. We need to be aware of a lot of issues that concern us. Open source software is a big challenge for the established companies such as Microsoft and Apple. They do not want to create products or services that can work with and benefit Linux. They are trying really hard to stifle Linux so that they can protect their markets. This is not fair and hopefully with more people adopting GNU/Linux these companies and many others will no longer be able to ignore us and use tactics that are inappropriate.

For the people who want to stay out of politics and just concentrate on technical issues, that is great. Just don't be too harsh on people who realize that politics is also important and they put their energy into that. A healthy middle ground would be the best. It would be nice to see companies supporting GNU/Linux and taking it seriously. It seems that slowly, hardware and software manufacteurrs are getting the hint but it has been a long and hard battle which will continue for quite a long time to come. It is not easy to ignore politics and especially for a software revolution such as GNU/Linux.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Short, sweet and profound.

A short video with a profound message. Nothing is more powerful than an idea who's time has come. GNU/Linux is here to stay and is being adopted by millions of users around the world.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

What is this Linux thingy and why should I care?

A lot of people are hearing things about GNU/Linux but are confused about what it actually is. They don't know much about it or why it is important. They are wondering if they should learn about it or maybe start using it? This article will introduce some simple concepts for people who would like to know a little bit more about GNU/Linux.

There are two main operating systems that almost everyone knows about. Microsoft Windows is one of them and currently it is very dominant. It runs on most desktop and laptop computers. If you go into any computer store you will see that Microsoft Windows is pre-installed on many machines. The other is Mac OS which runs on Apple computers and is becoming very popular. However, there is a third operating system that is gaining momentum, people are starting to take notice and are switching over. GNU/Linux is a free operating system that anyone can download and use. It features thousands of free applications that are of good quality and allows you to do stuff you would do with your Windows and Apple system. To download GNU/Linux all you need is a blank CD so you can burn the OS image. The installation is a breeze and the interface is similar to other operating systems mentioned above. There are things you will have to learn as with any new OS but it is not that difficult. There are a lot of advantages to installing and using GNU/Linux. Lets give you a brief introduction.

Linux was created by Linus Torvalds in 1991. Since then it has matured tremendously and is a competitor to Mac OS and Microsoft Windows. An important concept about GNU/Linux is that it is open source. That means the software is not proprietary. There is no one company in control of GNU/Linux that is dictating to you what you can or cannot do. Because Linux is open source, anyone can copy, edit and distribute it to as many people as they wish. It is a new way of thinking about computer software and a revolution that is changing the computer industry.

You might ask yourself how is this possible? Is open source software even feasible? Well, because GNU/Linux is open source there are many volunteers that contribute to it and some companies pay their programmers to code for GNU/Linux. Now that Linux is gaining popularity large companies have a lot of interest and are putting finances towards the project. Open source software has been around for a long time and still continues to thrive. I guess it is feasible and GNU/Linux is proving that open source can be a good competitor to proprietary software.

To download GNU/Linux you need to get a particular distribution. The most popular ones are Ubuntu, Mint Linux, Fedora, openSUSE but there are many more out there. There are hundreds of distributions of GNU/Linux and each distribution is geared towards a particular user. It is important to start off with a popular distribution of Linux that is geared towards ease of use. This ensures that things will work out of the box and minimum tweaking is required. Later on if you want to get more technical with Linux you can try out other distributions that are geared towards professionals.

Why would anyone want to use GNU/Linux? Well, there are a lot of reasons but the most alluring is that GNU/Linux is completely free. It does not cost a penny and anyone can download it. A regular operating system will cost you around $200. So price is definitely a huge factor for people switching over. This saves people money and also allows them to install it on mutiple machines without licenses. Even most of the applications that you install on Linux are available for free. This gives your operating system tons of functionality from editing audio/video, playing games, surfing the web, editing documents and many more. Another reason that people switch to GNU/Linux is because of its open source nature which gives additional power to the user. Because anyone can copy, edit and distribute the software there is no one company that can control things. This is very good for innovation, comptetition and freedom for the user. GNU/Linux is a computer software revolution and many people are realising it. People are not happy with other operating systems that lock them in and dictate the rules to them. With GNU/Linux it sets you free from restrictions and limitations that are created by certain companies. Linux will run on many different computers from servers to desktops, laptops and even many gadgets. So why don't you learn more about GNU/Linux and join the world of open source software? You will be impressed at how innovative and progressive it is.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Flight Gear: Free flight simulator

Flight Gear is a free and open source flight simulator. The initial release was in 1997 and development still continues. It is licensed under GNU general public license. The latest version is 1.9.1 which was released on January 25, 2009. Flight Gear is a cross platform application. Usually it is grouped with games but it is more of a simulator so for people looking for a arcade style game this is not for you. Initially, it is difficult to learn how to fly the airplanes but there are tutorials and a manual available. There are a lot of key functions that you need to learn before flying for the first time. The simulator allows you a choice of several different airplanes and many airport locations. If you do like flying simulator software then Flight Gear is something you should try out. You can download additional maps, scenery and airplanes later on as you get comfortable with the simulator. To download and get additional information about Flight Gear go to their website.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Bos Wars: futuristic RTS

Bos Wars is a free futuristic real time strategy game. It is cross platform and features single player and multiplayer gameplay. The point of the game is to destroy your enemies while building up your war economy. You need to pump resource magna that you can get through hot spots. Like in other RTS games Bos Wars has the fog of war. You need to explore what is beyond it with your units. There is no research for buildings so that you can start construction right away. Check out their website below.

Bos Wars site.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

At the expense of GNU/Linux.

This article is based on a true story. The names have been changed to protect the individuals involved. It all occurred in a government department where an IT lady had a great idea about converting their computers to GNU/Linux. Let's call her Gillian. Gillian was assigned to research GNU/Linux and found out that it would meet all the needs her department required and could be easily used instead of Microsoft Windows. Moreover, this switch to open source software would save them a lot of money. Gillian made a nice proposition outlined in a paper that documented all the steps she and her IT coworkers needed to take for this transition to happen. A lot of people liked her idea and thought it was feasible. Gillian even managed to convince the higher-ups who thought it was a good idea as well. However, like in all bureaucracies large or small, she still needed to get approval from the management. Little did she know that the management never genuinely wanted to switch over. Instead, they took Gillian's research and did what they wanted to do from the beginning. They used it as a leverage to get the Microsoft representative to get them a much better deal. They said that they were going to switch over to GNU/Linux if Microsoft doesn't give them a discount. The Microsoft representative didn't want to lose this client and gave them a very nice deal comparing to what they were paying before, so they wouldn't switch their computers to open source software.

After Gillian saw what has happened with her idea she was furious. She realized that her boss never intended to switch to GNU/Linux and only played her idea to threaten Microsoft to get a discount. Her thorough research was used for the exact opposite than it was meant for originally. And she could not do anything about it.

A lot of companies are using GNU/Linux as a leverage to get discounts from software vendors. They don't actually care about Linux but use it as a tactic. It is sad that they are not seeing GNU/Linux as a real alternative that could save them money but only as a leverage for a gain from existing software vendors. What they do not realize is that if GNU/Linux was not a viable alternative, Microsoft would not feel threatened and would not offer them discounts. Most of these individuals do not even know what GNU/Linux is but they know that Microsoft and other software vendors listen when you mention switching over several hundred or even thousand computers to open source. Lots of shameless practices were committed in the name of GNU/Linux and this is just one of them. Hopefully in the future, companies will take GNU/Linux more seriously and realize that it is a very good operating system that can benefit their business needs and that even discounts from Microsoft vendors will not be enough to stop them from switching to open source.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Avidemux: open source video editor

Avidemux is a free and open source multi purpose video editing software. It is licensed under GNU General Public License and works on different platforms. The user interface is easier to use then most other video editors. Avidemux supports a lot of audio and video formats and has subtitle handling. You can cut, append, add filters and re-encode into different file formats. There are tutorials on their Wiki page to help you get started with Avidemux. If you have any questions there is also a forum page that addresses a lot of them. Check out the video editing app Avidemux on their website.

Friday, July 31, 2009

First they bash it, then they use it.

Human beings are very interesting creatures. Their behaviour is very unpredictable and often illogical. They have emotions and feelings that drive them to do certain things. My Blog is about promoting GNU/Linux and technology. If you try promoting something to people, you are bound to get opposition and just weird and angry comments. I get a lot of Windows users on my site which is good because I want to let them know about a genuine alternative to Microsoft Windows. But some of these people bash Linux from every angle. Majority of this bashing is very immature and often does not include good arguments. I don't think most of these people ever used Linux and are merely repeating information that they heard from others. Nevertheless, the most important part is that GNU/Linux is maturing and now that it is being promoted more, people are realizing that they have an alternative. I have been promoting GNU/Linux for years, even back when it was not as user friendly as it is today. Even then people laughed at it and bashed it from left, right and center. The funny thing is that now when I go over to these people's houses I realize that they are using GNU/Linux. They have switched over. Several years ago they were so against it and now it is running on their home computers. Like I said, human beings are so unpredictable. Even if you get initial resistance and all kinds of illogical arguments, people are becoming aware that there is an alternative out there. And, that is the whole point of promoting something. First they bash it, and later on they use it. Go figure. The GNU/Linux OS is gaining market share and it is getting better with each release. There are a lot of people that are pondering of installing it on their computers. The concept of open source and having a great alternative to Microsoft Windows is slowly becoming embedded in their minds.

GNU/Linux is a really good concept. It empowers the end user and gives you tons of choices, power and freedom. You can choose from hundreds of different distributions, install thousands of free software and customize your OS significanty if you choose to. On the other hand, most proprietary software locks you in and dictates to you what you can do or not do with it. The open source community is based on freedom to copy, modify and redistribute. It is a very different way of thinking than we are currently used to. So, I don't take the people too seriously when they are bashing GNU/Linux because I know that some of them will in a couple of years or even sooner be installing this operating system. GNU/Linux is here to stay and the concept will definitely spread no matter how much illogical resistance there will be. Even Google is getting on board and going to create their own OS based on the Linux kernel. For sure a large company like that will get more people to try it out. There is something to the GNU/Linux community and when the people get to know it properly they will stop bashing it and be part of it. Today's bashers are probably future GNU/Linux users. Illogical? Yes. But that is human nature.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

LiVES: video editing program

LiVES is a free video editing program and VJ tool. It is licensed under GNU General Public License. The project started in 2002 and is still in development. The latest release is 1.0.0 on July 22, 2009. There are many plugins for effects, decoders, encoders, and video playback. The LiVES application has a huge list of features. You can trim and edit your clips using the clip editor. If you have multiple clips you can put them on one timeline through the multitrack window. For more information visit their website.

Windows 7 cracked. Why bother?

Windows 7 was released to manufacturers and already there is a crack available. Microsoft made a comment that you should not download Windows from unathorized sources because they may have viruses, trojans, malware etc. A lot of people are using pirated version of Windows. But why pirate Windows if you can get Linux for free? The constant problems of having an illegal version of Windows running on your computer. Its hard to get security updates and the endless tweaking, plus the fact that it is illegal. Things might not work on your pirated version of Windows as you would want and upgrades are very difficult. There is no need for any of this if you switch to GNU/Linux. Why go the Windows route and complicate things? With GNU/Linux you will get a great free operating system with tons of software and security updates. There is nothing to crack because GNU/Linux is absolutely free and of good quality. So why put so much effort in cracking Windows and constantly having problems if you can download GNU/Linux and have a hassle free experience? If you will use a pirated version of Windows you will run into problems. So why bother? Just by-pass Windows all together and start exploring the wonderful world of open source software.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Windows 7 $200, Linux Free

Windows 7 is being released on October 22, 2009. It is going to cost around $200. This is a lot of money for an operating system that a lot of people have issues with. Instead of throwing your hard earn cash on Windows maybe you should look into alternatives that are available to you. Linux is an operating system that you can download for absolutely free and allows you to do most of the things you would do in Windows. There is no catch and no one will block the software to extort money from you. The operating system comes with great free software that allows you to surf the web, write documents, play video, edit music, graphic design, games and much more. There are already millions of people using Linux all over the world and more individuals are switching over. Maybe you should explore your options before purchasing Windows 7. You will find that Linux has tons of software and they are of good quality. Even proprietary applications are used on Linux and because the operating system is being adopted by so many users companies are taking notice. To try Linux all you have to do is download an image file off the Internet and burn it on a CD. You can use the Live CD without influencing your Windows setup. This will allow you to see certain features and give you a preview of the Linux OS. A lot of individuals have installed Linux and are questioning themselves how come they were paying so much for software previously. If you are interested in exploring an alternative to Windows 7 then check out the top Linux distributions websites below.

Ubuntu - The most popular GNU/Linux distribution.

Mint Linux - Easy and elegant OS

Fedora - Uses free and opensource software

OpenSuse - Linux distribution with financial backing

Debian - Another great Linux distro

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Linux is easy to use.

There are a lot of misconceptions about GNU/Linux. One myth that is constantly being propagated is that Linux is hard to use and that only techies know how to use it. This is not true especially today, when there are distributions of GNU/Linux that focus on ease of use. People that are making these statements are most likely not properly informed about GNU/Linux or are using the wrong distribution that is not geared towards them.

It is important to let people know that anyone can use Linux and that it is user friendly. All over the Internet there are articles of all kinds of people using GNU/Linux, ranging from young children to older generation. If they can do it, everyone can. My seventy eight year old grandfather also uses GNU/Linux and he has no problem with it.

One of the issues for beginners is that when someone wants to try GNU/Linux they don't know which distribution to download. There are so many to choose from and it is important to choose the right one. If you download and install a distribution that is geared towards professional Linux users, then you will be confused. For beginners I would recommend Mint Linux or Ubuntu distribution of GNU/Linux. These are very easy to install and setup on your computer. They have many applications and features that you will be impressed with. Everything is click and select as you would do in Windows or Mac OS. You do not need to type commands if you don't wish to. Installing applications is also convenient by using the add/remove application or synaptic package manager. You can also download .deb files from the Internet and they are also easy to install. These distributions are very popular and have a great community of people that will answer any questions you may have. The Mint Linux motto is "It works right out of the box" and Ubuntu's is "It should just work". So definitely these distros are focusing on ease of use and you should try them out if you are afraid that GNU/Linux is only for techies and hobbyists.

Linux is used by many individuals ranging from amateurs to professionals. It is not an operating system aimed only for programmers anymore. I would suggest that people try the free operating system for themselves and make their own opinion instead of listening to other people. Below are links to Ubuntu and Mint Linux. All you need is a blank CD to download the image file and start exploring the world of open source. You will be impressed on how feature rich GNU/Linux is. Check them out and enjoy.

Ubuntu website.

Mint Linux website.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Run, the Communists are coming!

GNU/Linux gets attacked from so many different angles. It is hilarious to read some of the comments and allegations that are made against it. I find one particular allegation hilarious and it equates GNU/Linux to Communists. So, here we go...

GNU/Linux is Communism! There are huge correlations between the two. There isn't one particular company that owns GNU/Linux. The GNU/Linux community is giving its software away for free. They have a communal way of thinking. This should definitely ring alarm bells to the American people. We have been fighting Communism for such a long time and here it is creeping up on us again. Do not believe the GNU/Linux community. They are plotting some kind of infiltration of their ideologies. Doesn't it make sense to take control of our computers and get into our living rooms? Get directly into our households. Linux will also run on cell phones and other gadgets. These Communists have no mercy and are willing to utilize all sorts of technologies to get to us. You should definitely stay away from GNU/Linux and don't get suckered in to their Communist propaganda. They are talking about freedom and choice. We know that Communism isn't about freedom and choice. We need to stick to what we know the best and that is Capitalism. We should thank Bill Gates and Microsoft for fighting the evil empire of GNU/Linux and their Communist plot. He is a noble knight and the bringer of light. He will save us all! Do not install GNU/Linux because if you do Lenin, Stalin and Karl Marx will be downloaded to your computer and they will watch over you and your family when you go to bed.
Lots of people say that GNU/Linux was created in Finland and America but this is not the truth at all. I heard someone say that they heard it from their neighbor that their friend of a friend has a relative that has a child that knows of evidence that GNU/Linux was created inside of the Kremlin. We thought that the Cold War was over but that was just a trick to let our guard down. Now the Soviet Union will rise up again through our computers in our homes and will take over our families and daily lives. Just look at a picture of Lenin and you will see a huge resemblance to Tux the penguin who is the Linux mascot. There is so much proof staring us right in our face. We need to be aware and alert against this propaganda. Children should not be allowed anywhere near Tux. He might look cute and cuddly but this is how they get you!

No one can give away anything for free. We know that this is not at all possible. We don't need another way of thinking, especially thinking in unique and creative ways. Let's stick to the good old ways, the good old days. Things in our society have to cost a lot of money and come pre-packaged with patents, copyrights and restrictions. How can you allow anyone to add, edit and modify things? This is preposterous and we have to stop it right away. We should alert our governments and let everyone know that the GNU/Linux community is Communist. So spread the word and let the whole world know and never ever download GNU/Linux.

Just think about all these volunteers around the world that are making the GNU/Linux project work. They are part of a community and get together to code, market and contribute in any way they can. If you know of a group gathering in your community to talk and discuss GNU/Linux maybe you should attend and watch the people closely. They could be plotting a Communist revolution or just how to get a driver to work correctly. And, never ever eat any of their free cookies they bring. Its poison! I had one and it was so good I had to have another. Oh no! The horror.

However, if you have already downloaded GNU/Linux and nothing ever happened but instead you are enjoying your free software with tons of great applications, it could mean that I might be mistaken. But I highly doubt that! Simply, GNU/Linux equates to Communism and we have to be aware of this.

Also, if you think even for a second that I am being serious, then you might have some serious issues...

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Like free software? Then consider contributing.

Free and open source software is important. Most of us using GNU/Linux are familiar with a lot of great open source projects. If you find yourself using certain software on a regular basis and you really think its great then you should support it. Most open source projects have donation buttons so you can give $10 or $20 to keep development going. Ten or twenty dollars is still a lot less then you would pay for proprietary software in store. Programmers need money to continue development of great software. The open source community needs people to be part of it and contribute. If you are really pressed for cash then you can give your support by coding, graphic design or any other way you can. Most of the successful open source projects work because they have a great community that is always active and contributes. It is not fair just to take and give absolutely nothing back. So next time you see a donation button on a great project you like then click and donate. The little money that you do contribute will go a long way. Most open source projects are really good at creating great software on a shoe string budget. Sometimes it is easy to forget that there are actual human beings that are working hard on these applications. It is important for us to be aware that a lot of people have put tons of time and energy for free and open source software to be what it is today. They have given us a software revolution that benefits the users and gives as an alternative to expensive and proprietary software. Now its our turn to give back to the community through donations, programming or any other way you can. A proprietary operating system will cost you around $200, certain applications range from $50 to $600 and games around $60. So if you donate $10 or $20 you are still saving a lot of money and contributing to a great cause that gives us software freedom. Lets support free and open source software for the future generations to come.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Shake up the world!

We need a change in the computer industry. Lets shake up the world by switching to GNU/Linux.

Linux - Shake Up the World - Watch a funny movie here

Thursday, July 23, 2009

And you thought Mac's are cool!

So many people like Mac's because they have great eyecandy. Mac's are expensive and use proprietary software. GNU/Linux on the other hand is completely free and features amazing eyecandy thanks to an application called Compiz. When you install it you will be able to make your desktop come alive. No more 2D dekstop computing. Compiz has some very nice effects and there are more to come in the future. Check out our screen shots below on how great GNU/Linux looks. If you want a desktop operating system like that just download one of the distributions of GNU/Linux and customize it anyway you want. The only limitation is your own creativity.


Alien Arena

Alien Arena is a free first person shooter. It has a 1950's science fiction atmosphere. You can play online deathmatch or play single player mode against bots. The game engine is open source but other content is proprietary. There are over 50 maps that you can choose from and 9 different weapons. If you are playing online you can choose from deathmatch, team deathmatch, capture the flag, deathball, team core assualt and cattle prod. There are also powerups to collect. The game features nice graphics and fast gameplay. Check out a video of the game here. To download the game go to their website.

Alien Arena site.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Urban Terror: Free Multiplayer Tactical Shooter

Urban terror is a free multiplayer first person shooter game. It is a tactical shooter and their motto is "fun over realism". The game is created by Frozen Sand and they retain rights to the game. Unauthorized modifications are not allowed. Urban Terror has good graphics but the most enjoyable part of this FPS is the gameplay. You can choose your character and then join one of the online games. The type of games you can join is free for all, Deathmatch, Survivor, Capture The Flag, Follow the leader and Bomb mode. The weapons are realistic and you have to change magazines when you run out of bullets. Make sure you watch how many rounds you have so you don't find yourself cornered and without ammunition. You have several weapons to choose from but you are limited to how much your character can carry. Every time someone dies you can pick up their gear to add to yours. The game takes a while to master especially because there are so many great gamers out there. When you get better there are a lot of leagues that you can join and play in the tournaments. Urban Terror is a popular game and has a good community of gamers. It is a nice realistic tactical shooter with good graphics. The game works well on GNU/Linux but is available for other platforms as well. Check out a nice video here. Visit their site for additional info and to download the game.

Urban Terror website.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Conky: lightweight system monitor

Conky is a free software to monitor your system. It is licensed under GPL General Public License. The current stable release is Conky is very customizable and monitors your CPU, memory, disk space, processes, system messages, battery power, temprature and many others. It is a lightweight program and will not take a lot of resources to run. Conky can display your system processes just by using plain text or different colours and fonts. To learn more about the program go to their site where you can also see some screenshots. Conky website.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Linux DC++

Linux DC++ is a direct connect client for GNU/Linux. It is free and open source software licensed under GPL General Public License. Direct connect is a p2p file sharing protocol. You can connect to a central hub and and download files from other users. It has a long history and is still quite popular today. You need to find a website such as DCHubList that lists Hubs for direct connect and than search for a particular interest of yours. If the hub is public you can connect to it and share with other users. However, some hubs require you to share a minimum of 1, 2, 5 or 10 gigs of files. You can also chat with users and maybe get that hard to find file you were looking for so long. To learn more about Linux DC++ or to download their application visit their website.