Sunday, May 31, 2009

Miro: Internet TV application

Miro is free software and is licensed under GNU general public license. It is an internet tv application that works well on Linux. They have a lot of channels that you can watch in High Definition (HD) and standard video resolution is also available. The Miro guide is very easy to use. You can browse through different genres, most popular, top rated, new shows and videos in different languages. Also, you can create a playlist for yourself from different video channels.  There is a section that recommends videos for you and gives you access to legal torrents. The future of TV broadcasting is on the Internet and applications such as Miro are building a base for the TV revolution. If you like watching different shows that are not created by large networks than Miro is for you. Install this cool application and start watching internet TV on your Linux computer.

Check out the Miro website.

Peace, Love and Linux

The Linux community is very diverse and fragmented and therefore there is a lot of bickering going on. If you are using a different distribution or software, someone might not like you. Check out any Linux blog or forum, and you will see Linux people going at it, arguing, bickering and being rude to each other. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of nice people in the Linux community. But this article is focusing on the individuals who are not tolerant of other Linux users for whatever reason. Since Linux is so diverse and fragmented, we need to have a philosophy of tolerance for one another. Linux will not make it to the masses if we continue to bash each other. It looks unprofessional and turns people off from the Linux community. Newcomers are the most vulnerable because they are unaware that there are so many different opinions on Linux and also because many people are rude to new Linux converts. I am aware that majority of Linux community members are nice but there are lots of people who do not know how to debate respectably. They are rude, mean and intolerant. This is a huge turnoff for a lot of people.

We are all working for one cause which is to make the Linux project work and flourish. Lets put aside our differences and be more tolerant of each other. We can debate topics and issues in a more civilized manner. Constructive critisism is great as long as you are not being rude. Lets stick to a philosophy of Peace, Love and Linux.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Less command line more click and select

A lot of new users to Linux get very frustrated about the terminal. They equate it to the DOS times. The terminal is useful but to them it seems that this is an outdated method of computing. A lot of forums will give instructions on what to type in the terminal to get things working. This is not very user friendly and a lot of newcomers get dissapointed with Linux. Majority of people want things to work right away and are much more comfortable with click and select than using the terminal to type commands. Ubuntu and Mint Linux are very popular and some of this popularity is because a person never has to use the terminal to type commands. The terminal should be there for users who feel comfortable with it but most of the instructions for newcomers should avoid it. Graphical user interface is much more popular among the masses. The Linux community should try to appeal to this crowd so that Linux can get a larger market share. If newcomers will have to use the terminal to type commands than Linux will continue to be a small part of the desktop market. Linux needs less terminal and more click and select.

Gnome Do: great applicaton launcher

If you are using Linux than Gnome Do is definitely a cool application to have. Gnome Do is a very popular application launcher. You can search your local hard drive and also the web. One cool feature of Gnome Do is Docky. This will create a dock on the bottom of your screen where you can launch your applications from and it is similar to Mac OS launcher. You can add your favorite applications to your dock for easy accesibility. Also, the dock is very customizable. You can move it on the top of the screen if that is your preference and resize it to your specifications. There are also plugins that enable additional functionality for Gnome Do. Here is a video to give you an idea of the capabilities this neat little application has. If you want nice eyecandy and great functionality than Gnome Do should definitely be installed on your desktop. Here is a link to their website.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Great torrent applications

Torrents are a great way to download large files. BitTorrent is a peer to peer file sharing protocol. The bandwith is spread among peers instead of downloading from one centralized server. Once you join a swarm you send chunks of your file to others while they are receiving data from you. With torrents you can download videos, audio, pictures, applications, image files and more. There are several great torrent applications for Linux which are listed below. If you know of additional torrent clients please let us know in the comments section.


1. Ktorrent - Nice torrent application

2. Deluge -Open source and cross platform

3. Vuze -They have some HD videos

4. Transmission - Fast, easy and free bittorent client

5. BitTornado -Another bittorent

6. Tribler - Find, enjoy and share content

7. qBittorent - Free and reliable bittorent application

From Quantity will come Quality

There is a great concept that from quantity you will eventually get quality. If you relate this to Linux distributions, the idea is very enticing. Linux has several hundred distributions and there are more of them popping up all the time. This is good because a lot of these distributions are trying to do something different. Some of them are basic while others are trying to change the Linux landscape.

A person who is switching to Linux can choose one of these many distributions that fit them the most. A person is not constrained to just one operating system such as Windows or Mac OS. For those individuals that want Linux to work without tweaking it, Mint Linux would probably be the best choice. For others, a different distribution might be more compatible to their needs. It all depends whether you like to use your operating system for games, business, school, multimedia or other things. With so many different variations of Linux there are some that will definitely appeal to you. Out of all the quantity, you will eventually get quality distributions. Some are becoming very popular and they are bound to get things right. Usually, the distributions of better quality will rise to the top, while the others will be left to wither away.

This article is not suggesting that one Linux distribution is better than others. However, the more distributions that are out there trying to go their own unique path, the more choice for us all, and more chances of quality distributions appearing on the Linux scene.

Mint Linux 7 released

Mint Linux 7 which is called Gloria has been released. There are numerous bug fixes and a lot of improvements. Mint Linux is based on Ubuntu 9.04. It features Linux kernel 2.6.28 and Gnome 2.26.  It looks like a lot of effort went into making this new release. There is new artwork and the gui has been polished. Mint menu now comes with suggestions if you don't find what you are looking for. Mint install also includes featured applications for easy installation. Mint Linux is one of the more popular distributions out there. It is easy to use and has a lot of important applications pre installed so that a new user doesn't have to tweak their Operating System. This is a great distribution for newcomers to Linux.

Check out Mint Linux

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Linux: A great gaming machine

Linux has some really nice games. They are of good quality and are free. A lot of people complain that Linux does not have a lot of games or that they are not very good. This is true to some degree but what you have to keep in mind is that the Linux market share is only one percent of desktop computers. Most people and companies will create games for larger share of the market. Also, most of the games that are made for Linux do not have the funding that games for Windows or Mac OS have. They are free to download and use and usually the project relies on donations to keep development going. However, if you do try out Linux games you will be pleasantly suprised at how good these games are. They have great graphics, lots of action and fun factor. With minimum funding and small market share some of these games are able to compete and beat proprietary games for Windows and Mac OS. Now that more people are switching to Linux the games are being improved and new game projects are being released. Below is a list of games to get you started gaming on Linux. Besides this list there are plenty of other games to discover.


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. Trigger - great car rally game

8. Cube 2 Sauerbraten FPS

9. Tremulous - FPS with elemtnts of RTS

10.Wormux - Funny battle game

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Ardour: Digital Audio Workstation

Ardour is a great digital audio application. It is completely free and is geared towards professionals. It was released in 2004 and is licensed under GNU general public license. The main author is Paul Davis. Ardour works on Linux and Mac OS. You can record, mix, edit, and master audio files in many different formats. Plugins are also available to give you additional audio effects. It is a hard disk recorder and is capable of variety of tasks. You can import and export part or full sessions in 30 different audio formats. If you would like a professional digital workstation than check out Ardour.

Still using Windows? That is so yesterday!

Have you heard of the latest trend? Windows is so last season. The action is happening on Linux. It is a really great project. Linux is a free operating system that anyone can use and download. You have thousands of applications that you can install and they are all for free. Linux is not owned by a company but by a large community. Anyone can change, copy and pass on Linux. It is a computer revolution. There are lots of flavours of Linux and you can choose which one fits you the best. Some Linux distributions are created for beginners and others for professionals. It is up to you what you want to use and how you want to use it, Linux is very customizable. You can also use your Windows purchased applications under Wine, for example Windows games work pretty well through it. You can add themes and icons to make Linux look anyway you want. There is also some really cool eyecandy from Compiz Fusion. You can get a 3D desktop cube and other great features. The Linux project is gaining a lot of momentum and is growing fast. There are great people in the community that are willing to help you out if you have any questions. Also, there is plenty of literature for beginners. You have access to forums, websites, blogs, e-books etc. So why don't you join the free and open source computer revolution and be trendy? Below are some links to different distributions to get you started with Linux.

Ubuntu - Great Linux OS, very easy to use

Mint Linux - Based on Ubuntu, works right out of the box

Open Suse - Has strong financial backing behind it

Fedora - Another great flavour of Linux OS

Debian - Has a nice format for easy installation of applications

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

PiTiVi: Video editing software

PiTiVi is free video editing software for Linux and is open source software. It is based on the GStreamer framework and is licensed under GNU lesser general public license. You can split and trim video clips and audio. There are plugins available to give the application more functionality. Currently the project is in development and there are more features to come so stay tuned. Check out the PiTiVi wiki.

Will Microsoft give away its software for free?

Now that the Linux market share is growing on desktop computers, will Microsoft want to limit the spread of open source software? Linux is a big threat to Microsoft, because it is open source and free. Microsoft already has several anti-Linux campaigns and the trend will continue to increase. What will happen when the desktop Linux market share will increase to 20 or 30 percent? Will Microsoft feel so threatened that they will give away its software and operating system for free? Is this even feasible for a corporation that has to appease its stock holders? Majority of individuals do not really care if they use Windows, Mac or Linux. They just want something that is easy to use. In the past, Microsoft has proven itself at being very efficient in destroying competitors. Will they be able to suppress Linux once it gains more market share? It would be beneficial for Linux if Microsoft would keep the cost of its software high, so that people would want to find alternatives that are much cheaper. However, if Microsoft would lower their prices or give away their products for free, could they seriously hurt the Linux project?

We would like to hear about your comments on this topic. Will Microsoft ever give away its software and operating system for free? Would the Linux project be able to keep its momentum if this would occur? Is it even possible for Microsft to give away its software for free if they are a large corporation that needs to increase its revenue?

Monday, May 25, 2009

Linux Ad: Imagine a place...

A cute little ad about Linux. Imagine a place where everything is possible. We need more commercials and ads so that we can promote Linux to people. There are a lot of Windows and Mac ads but very few Linux ones. Check out the commercial here.

X-moto: 2D motocross game

X-moto is a free 2D motocross game. The graphics are simple but the game is addictive. Sometimes, you don't need the latest graphics and effects for the game to have a good fun factor. The project was created in 2005. You are in control of a motor bike and need to collect strawberries throughout the level. The levels range from very easy to difficult and some levels are just plain weird. A lot of physics is involved in the game and you have to be careful of all the obstacles. It takes a while to learn how to control the motor bike. There are a lot of different levels and you can create your own. If you want a simple but fun game than try out X-moto, it works great on Linux. The website has several packages for different distributions.

X-moto website.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Warsow: Fun first person shooter

Warsow is a faced paced first person shooter. It works well on Linux and was released in 2005. The game is build upon Qfusion, a modified Quake 2 engine. The world of Warsow is cartoon like with a punk theme. A player feels like they are in a cartoon comic. The effects are kept to a minimum but the game play is very entertaining. Also, you will have to learn have to do trickjumps to get an advantage over your opponents. These are special ways your character can move more fluidly through the level. You can play deathmatch, duel, capture the flag, race, free for all. People have created clans and tournaments for Warsow. If you are looking for a unique first person shooter than you should check out this game.

Warsow website.

Recession got you down? Switch to Linux.

These days it seems that everyone is trying to save money. Recession has hit a lot of people hard. Unemployment, wage freezes and budget cuts. Small and large companies are trying to find ways to cut their spending. Individuals are also saving so that they can get through the recession. One good way to save money for individuals and companies is to switch to Linux. Not only will you get a really good operating system you will be saving in the long run. Companies are the ones who would benefit from this the most because they deal with a lot of licenses. Linux is a free operating system that anyone can install and features high quality software which is available for free. In the past Linux was complicated and difficult for the average user but that is not the case anymore. There are a lot of new distributions that are very easy to use. Today, there is no need to type commands and everything can be done by clicking and selecting. Software that would cost you hundreds of dollars on Windows or Mac OS is completely free to use and download. There is an alternative to most software you are currently using and if you want to run your purchased Windows applications you can run it under Wine. There are a lot of benefits to switching to Linux and especially in a time of recession. You will have access to thousands of great and free software waiting for you to discover. Make the switch to Linux and you will save yourself a lot of money.

For newcomers we recommend Ubuntu which is a great Linux operating system. It is completely free, has strong financial backing and is very easy to use. Currently it is the most popular Linux distribution and has a great community of people that are willing to help you out if you have any questions.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Supertuxkart: racing game

Supertuxkart is a racing game featuring Tux, the mascot for Linux. The latest release was in February of 2009. It has singleplayer and multiplayer mode. There is also a split screen mode for more players. You get to choose which character you want to play and there are several tracks to choose from. The graphics have been improved and are pretty decent. There are also options for difficulty, laps and how many karts you would like to race with. The game is cute and children would definitely enjoy it. Just watch out for the banana peels. You can pick up nitro and other presents along the way. These will help you beat the other karts. Have fun karting!

Supertuxkart website.

Abiword: a nice word processor

Abiword is a free word processor that is licensed under the GNU General Public License. Abiword was initially released in 1998. It supports tables, styles, page header and footer, footnotes, mutliple views and spell checking. Abiword is a lightweight word processer and can run on older computers as well. The native file format is .abw but it also supports .odt, .rtf and others. If you are looking for standalone and easy to use wordprocesser Abiword is great. It also works very well on Linux. Visit the Abiword website for more information.

Abiword word processor

Audacity: Free audio editor and recorder

Audacity is a popular free digital audio editor and recorder. This software was created by Dominic Mazzoni and he still plays an active part in its development. As of May 2009 it has been downloaded a total of 59 million times. It is free software and a lot of people contribute to this project from around the world. There are a lot of audio files that are supported by Audacity. Some major ones are WAV, MP3, AIFF, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC and others. You can also add digital effects through plug-ins and remove noise from the audio files. Audacity is also available in many languages. To download the free software just go to their website.

Audacity website.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Tremulous: FPS with elements of RTS

Tremulous is a first person shooter with elements of real time strategy. The game was realeased in 2006 and has become very popular. There are two teams, humans and aliens. The goal of the game is to destroy the others base and kill of your enemy. The graphics are great and the game play is fun. The game works well on Linux. It is a free and open source game. There is a nice video available here.

Tremulous website.

Linux or GNU/Linux?

Are you a new convert to Linux and are wondering what is the difference between Linux and GNU/Linux? Linux is the kernel created by Linus Torvalds in 1991. The kernel is the central component of an operating system. It manages the communication between the software and the hardware. GNU on the other hand was initiated by Richard Stallman in 1984. It is free software that unable Linux to be a complete operating system. It is politically correct to call the operating system GNU/Linux and not just Linux. If you just say Linux than you are referring to the Linux kernel within GNU/Linux. This is important because it gives credit to the GNU project that also played a large role in the free operating system we have today. However, a lot of people find the issue difficult to understand or personally do not care. Most people just want to have an operating system that works and not worry about the politics involved. It is nice to at least have the basic knowledge of why it is suppose to be called GNU/Linux and not just Linux. If you would like some more information about this issue you can check out the GNU website. The GNU/Linux community is very diverse and unfortunately sometimes there are a lot of people and projects who see their contribution being neglected.


Why GNU/Linux?

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Free Software Daily: Great site

Free Software Daily is a very good site. It features a lot of articles that deal with Linux and free software. There is information for beginners, intermediate and professionals. It is a good site to learn about new and old issues concerning the free software community. You can read the articles or register and vote for them. The concept is similar to Digg. However, Digg is not as it used to be in the past. There are much fewer technology articles dugg. Fsdaily focuses more on technology, open source and free software.

Fsdaily website.

Cube 2: Sauerbraten FPS game

Sauerbraten is a Quake like first person shooter. It has single player and multiplayer game play. It also features a level editor that you can use in the game. The project was released in 2004 and it is a free game to download. The game play is standard to other FPS games. The latest release on May 2, 2009 is the "Trooper Edition". In this game you have several different weapons to choose from to blast your enemies. Sometimes tasks have to be performed to open up another door such as collecting keys. The game is fast and the enemies are numerous. Some rooms are filled with them and you have to blast your way out. Just make sure you don't run out of ammo and find yourself cornered.

Sauerbraten website.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

What is PNG?

PNG stands for Portable Network Graphics. It is a bitmapped image format that uses lossless data compression. PNG file format does not require a patent license. PNG was designed for transfering images on the internet and not for professional graphics. The file format uses the extension .png. You can compare it to .jpg or .gif. If you switched from Windows to Linux you will notice a lot of .png files. These are just image files in the PNG format. If you would like to know more in depth information just visit the wikipedia site.

PNG Wikipedia

Lets promote Linux

Linux users are only 1% of the desktop computer market. It is interesting that more people do not use Linux. A lot of people still do not know what Linux is and how to get it. Also, the Linux community doesn't have lots of money for advertising and promotion. That is why its important for us to promote Linux as best we can. Here is a great website about Ubuntu Linux. Its called Ubuntu Story. It is well done and its aesthetically pleasing. Would be a good intro website to new Linux users especially because Ubuntu is one of the easiest to use Linux distros. Have a look at Ubuntu Story below.

Ubuntu Story website.

Trigger: Great car rally game

Trigger is a great game. You have to beat the time and also make sure to pass every checkpoint. If you complete these two conditions than you can go on to the next level. The graphics are pretty good but the car handling takes a while to master. The game is fun especially when you are going over bumps and your car takes of the ground. It is easy to lose control of the rally car when you are going at top speeds. The game is free and works well on Ubuntu Linux. If you want to download it just click on Applications and Add/Remove software. There doesn't seem to be any development on the game currently and the only links I found are below. Nevertheless it is definitely a decent rally car game worth a download. If you know of a official website for this game let us know.


Trigger Rally

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Amarok: Free linux audio player

Amarok was initially released in 2003. It is free software licensed under the GNU General Public License 2. Amarok can play a lot of different audio files. You can tag cover art to a particular song. It is also easy to organize your music by genre or artist. Lyrics can also be added to your songs and you can add and edit playlists. Amarok has a lot of features and is completely free to download. If you like to organize your music Amarok will help you tremendously.

Amarok website.

Drop.io Private way to share files online

Drop.io is a good service if you want to upload files, share and collaborate privately. Search engines do not crawl drop.io. and you can set your drop to be password protected. It is a very easy and simple service to use. Just create a drop and you can copy the url and send it to your friends. There is no need to register to use this service. Drop.io was launched in 2007 and won several awards. The free drop only gives you 100 MB but that is still sufficient for most users. Otherwise, you can upgrade to a larger amount. Instant messaging chat is also available within your drop. Each drop is also very customizable. This is really a nice and easy service to use. Click on the link below to visit their website.

Drop.io

Monday, May 18, 2009

Yo Frankie! A game with amazing graphics

Yo Frankie is a open source game created by the Blender institute. The initial release date was in November 2008. The game is created using only free software. The game is 3D and the graphics are really good. You play the character Frank who is a flying squirrel. You can pick up animals, throw stuff and glide. You need to get through the level to progress further in the game. It is really nice to see what people are able to do with free software. Check out Yo Frankie and you will be impressed with the graphics.

Yo Frankie!

Dell Inspiron Mini 10 and Mini 10v Netbook

Netbooks are becoming popular. They are lightweight and the cost is relatively low. For the average user netbooks are powerful enough to do most of their daily tasks. Dell is one of the larger computer manufacturers and what is amazing is that they sell computers that have Ubuntu Linux pre-installed. Most people always argue that if computers do not come pre-installed with Linux the operating system has a slim chance of suceeding in the mass market. Therefore, it is amazing to see Dell give such support for Linux. The Dell Inspiron Mini 10 and Mini 10v are very attractive netbooks that have an option of Ubuntu Linux operating system. The specifications and other information is provided at Dell website. Check out the link below.



Here is the Website

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Ubuntu Studio: Create audio, video and graphics on Linux

Ubuntu Studio is a Linux distribution that is geared towards people who are creating and editing multimedia. The original version was released in 2007. It is an officially recognized distribution of Ubuntu and is supported by Canonical. There are a lot of applications preinstalled so that a person can edit audio, video and graphics. Some of these apps are Audacity, Mixxx, PiTiVi, Kino, Stopmotion, VLC, Blender, Scribus, Gimp and others. If you like to manipulate graphics, audio and video than Ubuntu Studio is for you. It has a nice slogan which is 'let your creativity fly'. Ofcourse Ubuntu Studio is free to download and use. The only issue is that Ubuntu Studio is larger than regular Ubuntu distro. It is 1.2 GB so you need to burn the image on a DVD instead of a CD.


Ubuntu Studio - 'Let your creativity fly'

Vuze: HD video and a bittorent client

Vuze used to be Azureus. They have changed their name and their look drastically. Vuze works on most platforms and allows you to view High Definition video. There are movie trailers, music videos and other channels that you might enjoy. The HD videos are nice to watch. You can also use Vuze as a bittorent client. Also, users can create and upload their own original content. If you like HD video than Vuze might be an application for you.

Vuze website.

Secret Maryo Chronicles Game

This game brings back nostalgic feelings of Mario series games. Secret Maryo Chronicles is a 2D game where you have to complete levels to progress further. It is a jump and run game. There are power ups that you can pick up along the way. The game is open source and free to download. Initial release of this project was in 2003. Children would really enjoy this game and it will keep them occupied for hours. Also, adults who want the nostalgic feelings from Mario Series will enjoy this simple yet fun 2D game.


Here is the link to Secret Maryos Chronicles.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Linux: Be part of the revolution

Linux is a wonderful project that was started by Linus Torvalds in 1991. It is open source, which means that anyone can add, edit and distribute the code. Linux is not a proprietary software like Windows and Mac OS. Anyone can download it for free, it is completely legal, and software updates are provided to you at no cost.
People often wonder how is this possible? Well, the project has thousands of volunteers around the world that contribute their time. There are also organizations that believe in open source software.
The Linux concept is great. Once you install the free operating system you will have access to thousands of really good software. And, all of these applications are absolutely free and of high quality. You will be impressed with how powerful Linux has become and how many great applications are available to you. So, if you are bored of Windows or Mac OS or tired of paying a lot of money for software, then Linux is something you should consider. It has a great community and plenty of people who are willing to help you out. Linux used to be for geeks and computer people but with the latest advancement and great distributions, anyone can use it. The Linux revolution is slowly gaining momentum. Why don't you check out the links below and join us in a free and open source world!

To make this article accessible to beginners the links are kept to a minimum.

Download Linux here.

Learn about Linux.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Scribus: Desktop publishing application

Scribus is an open source application. It is lincensed under GNU general public license. This application has a lot of features and is completely free. It is a page layout app with "press ready" output. You can compare Scribus to Adobe Pagemaker, Quarkexpress or Adobe InDesign. It is a good application if you want to create newspapers, brochures, books, posters, pamphlets and newsletters. Scribus has support for PDF's, CMYK colours, seperations, major image formats and others. If you would like to get into publishing your own print than Scribus is something you should download.

Here is their website.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Blender: Free 3D software application

Blender is a free 3D application. It is licensed under GNU general public license. If you are into 3D modeling than this is great software for you. The application is very comparable to other 3D modeling software and even proprietary ones. If you want to learn more about 3D computer graphics then check out Blender at their website. There is also a large online community for Blender so if you are new you can learn a lot from forums and community members. If you are wondering, Blender works on most platforms and especially Linux!

http://www.blender.org/

Google: Not the only search engine!

A lot of people use the word Google as a synonym for Search Engine. Google has gained a lot of popularity and it seems it is dominanting the Internet. Even though Google is a great search engine there are alternatives out there. It is nice to change things up a bit and try out new or old search engines once more. Here is a list of search engines that you can try instead of Google.



Dogpile - A metasearch engine that started in 1996

Cuil - Pronounced cool shows thumbnails with results launched in 2008

Searchme - Very nice and visual search engine check it out!

Scoopler - Another real time search engine

Lycos - Founded in 1994

Gigablast - Real time retrieval

AllTheWeb - Internet search engine that debuted in 1999

AltaVista - web search engine that is owned by Yahoo

Ask - Founded in 1996 and still going strong

Yahoo -  Second largest search engine

Live - Live search

Hotbot - One of the older search engines

Mamma - The Mother of all search engines

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Linux is absorbing knowledge and evolving

This is another great Linux commercial. It is made by IBM. The child in the video is supposed to be Linux who is continuosly learning, absorbing and growing. It is a good analogy of the open source project. Since lots of people contribute to Linux, it is constantly evolving. Linux does not have a lot of money to promote and advertise itself as Microsoft or Mac do. That is why companies like IBM or Novell create commercials for Linux. Even though people might argue about these companies' self interests, the commercials help to promote Linux to the masses neverteless.

You can see the commercial here.

Assault Cube: Cool first person shooter

Assault Cube is a first person shooter based on the Cube engine. It has a single player mode and multiplayer. This FPS is realistic and team oriented. The graphics are nice and the weapons are decent. It is a fast paced game but very enjoyable. There are two teams. One is the Cubers Liberations Army (CLA) and the other is the Rabid Viper Special Forces (RVSF). This game is free and works well on Linux.

Here is the link to Assault Cube website.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Top free high quality wallpaper sites!

Desktop wallpapers are a fun and quick way to change the look of your computer screen. These days LCD monitors can display nice vibrant colours. High quality wallpapers are available on the internet for free. There are a lot of websites for wallpapers but only few really offer something worthwhile. Here are the top websites to get desktop wallpapers for free.



Babene
Who does not like hot sexy girls in high quality on their computers? This site is very good for widescreen and standard format LCD monitors.

Desktop Nexus
This site has a diverse selection of desktop wallpapers. All screen formats are available. Nice vibrant colours and high quality.

Vlad Studio
Cute wallpapers and very nice nature/landscape wallpapers.

InterfaceLIFT
Definitely one of the better wallpaper websites out there. Lots of selection and great photographic wallpapers.

Pixelgirl
Another site with cute wallpapers and nice cartoons.

Socksoff
A nice collection of various desktop wallpapers.

Wallpaperstock
Lots of original desktop wallpapers that you will not find anywhere else.


If you know of more great sites feel free to let us know in the comments section.

Ubuntu Linux: Why choose Ubuntu?

There are a lot of Linux distributions out there. These can be thought of as different 'flavours' of Linux. One very decent release has become very popular in the last couple of years. Ubuntu Linux was launched in 2004. It is a Debian and GNU/Linux operating system. It is very easy to use and there is no need to type commands. Everything works by clicking and selecting options. Ubuntu has made Linux accesible to the masses. Before Ubuntu came along people were not happy with Linux because it was complicated. It required too much setting up and tweaking. Most of the people just want things to work right away. Ubuntu has a great philosophy and will always remain free. It also has a strong financial backing which gives it an edge over low budget distributions. It seems that Ubuntu Linux is here to stay for a long time. If you are new to Linux than Ubuntu is something that you should try out. It is stable, has great releases and a large community of volunteers that are willing to help you out. So take the plundge and find out the amazing free software that Linux has to offer you.

Ubuntu Linux website. A free operating system.

Glest: A medieval era strategy game

Glest is a very good real time strategy game. It is made by a team based in Spain. The game can be compared to Warcraft. In this game you can choose from two teams. One team is the Tech who are warriors and the other team is Magic which is composed of sorcerers. When you start out with Tech team you need to collect resources. These resources consist of gold, lumber and stone. You can build farms, barracks, castles etc. This game has nice graphics and is very entertaining. It takes a while to get used to all the controls and commands. Once you learn how everthing works the game play is nice and the battles are fun. Go to the Glest website to learn more about this great and free game.

Glest website.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Linux is over 1% of the market share

Finally Linux has reached over one percent of the market share. Even though this seems like a small number it does show a trend of more people switching to the free and open source OS. The more people that will use linux the more support it will get from the technology industry. Imagine buying hardware and on the box it will say it supports linux. The little penguin is picking up momentum. Watch out here comes the 2% goal.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Mint Linux: It works right out of the box!

Mint Linux is based on Ubuntu Linux. This distribution is proving to be very popular lately. The focus of Mint Linux is ease of use and that everything should work without having to install additional applications or drivers. This distrubution is really good for people who are new to Linux and want things to work right out of the box. Codecs are already installed and adobe flash as well. In order for the masses to adopt Linux we need a distro that has a friendly user interface and functionality. Mint Linux is a good step in the right direction. Make Linux as easy and trouble free as possible. To check out Mint Linux go to their website.

Mac, PC and Linux commercial.

Mac and PC are the most prominent operating systems out there. Linux is on the sidelines so far but is picking up popularity. This video is an entertaining and educational commercial about Mac, PC and Linux. Hopefully in the future Linux will get a much bigger market share on home computers. Promoting Linux is crucial because it does not have a lot of money behind it as Windows and Mac. Here is the link to the video.

Linux: A beginners guide


There is still a huge number of people out there that do not know what Linux is. This guide is for beginners without all the technical stuff. Just plain, simple and concise. Linux is a free operating system created by Linus Torvalds and a huge community of volunteers. It is a very decent operating system. One of the best Linux distributions out there is Ubuntu Linux. You can go to their website here and learn more about it. Linux allows you to do pretty much anything you would use your Windows or Mac computers for. The main idea behind Linux is that it is free and open source. Anyone can contribute and pass on their code to others. It has a very good philosophy and is a neat project. It is definitely something people should learn about and try. For more information just type in Linux into your search engine or check out the Wikipedia page for Linux.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

TORCS: 3D Racing car game

If you like car racing games than TORCS is for you. The Open Racing Car Simulator (TORCS) is a great game that has a lot of tracks and it has realistic graphics. Go to the official site to see screenshots and learn about the game. If you are using Ubuntu Linux than go to Applications, Add/Remove applications and search for TORCS. Install the game and you will have lots of fun.

TORCS website.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Compiz Fusion: Make your Ubuntu cool as hell!

Ever wonder how people get their Ubuntu Linux to look so cool? Well one of the coolest applications for eyecandy has to be Compiz Fusion. This application allows you to have the 3D cube desktop and many other features that your friends will be envious. To install Compiz Fusion just click on Applications and Add/Remove software. Type in Compiz Fusion and install Advanced Desktop Effects Settings (ccsm). When you installed the application it will appear in System, Preferences and its called Compiz Settings Manager. Just go through all the cool features by selecting the effects you like. It took us a while to figure out all the neat stuff this application can do. To see a cool video on what Compiz Fusion is capable of and more check this out.