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linux mint - the best new linux operating system

Have you heard of Linux Mint? Its better than UBUNTU!

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Did you ever know about Linux’s most popular operating system? No its not Ubuntu, at least that’s what most of us would say. Its the new LINUX Mint.  According to the statistics at DistroWatch (the site that collects data regarding the best Linux Operating systems) the most popular Linux OS currently leading is the new Linux Mint!

linux mint welcome screen

The guys at ZDNet have been kind enough to let us know the existence of Linux Mint or else we would have never known about it. I myself (an out of the street LINUX lover) have found out about Linux Mint just now. And when i saw the screenshots of the latest Linux Mint 11 codenamed “Katya”, i was anxious to try it out.

Linux Mint is very elegant looking and of minimalistic styles. It is not too eye candy and doesn’t require a lot of resources to run. In fact it offers an out of the box multimedia solution, meaning you don’t need a high quality graphics card to enjoy its uniqueness. And the nice part is Linux Mint is based on Debian and Ubuntu operating systems, both the distributions, that’s why you get the best of both environments.

linux mint - the interface

Also as you know LINUX Mint is totally free and its code is open source. The perks you get by using this operating system is its interface is powered by GNOME 2.32, which i like the most. Working in Gnome is easy and fast. That’s what i like about Gnome. If you are also a GNOME fan as i am, then you should definitely check out this operating system.

Head to the download page now and start Minting your Linux. The CD version can also be installed using the Windows installer ‘WUBI’.

So pass on your comments if you liked this short review about Linux Mint. Have you tried it yet?

Source: ZDNet

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LINUX Lover? openSUSE 11.3 is here.

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Guess what’s the good news? Yep, you guessed it right! openSUSE 11.3 is here.
For all the Beginners here is a gist of what openSUSE is all about:

openSUSE is an Operating System built on the LINUX kernel. It is driven by openSUSE Project community and is sponsored by Novell. The latest version 11.3 was released in July, 2010. The new features of openSUSE is that it has an improved netbook support, a newly added desktop environment and loads of other new features which we are going to discuss.

Why try openSUSE 11.3?

1. First of all, openSUSE is one of those LINUX distributions which gives a choice when installing a desktop environment. It doesn’t treat GNOME or KDE as its primary option.

2. It has a new Base Distribution Upgrade feature, which can easily rebase your appliances on top of a newer distribution version. Upgrading is quick and error-free. Just hit the Upgrade button and openSUSE will all do it for you. Thanks to openSUSE build service there is a large amount of software available for openSUSE than there is for any other distros.

3. In addition to the classical GNOME, KDE and Xfce the developers have integrated a new lean LXDE desktop. All desktop settings can be managed from the LXDE control center.

4. Since openSUSE is a fully open source distro, it does not contain any non-open source applications or libraries in the repository but a completely new feature in this version is that it has an on-demand package installation for adding missing multimedia codecs. For example, if you click on a Flash video or MP3 audio file, an application Kaffeine starts automatically and offers you to download the required codecs.

5. And yet there is our old YaST (Yet Another Setup Tool) system and administration program. This version has a new integrated interface and a new version of YaST, YaST2. However AutoYaST which is also a part of YaST performs automatic installation without user interaction for Beginners. Many new features in YaST have been integrated such as Bluetooth support and SaX2 which helps users graphics cards, Monitors and Touch Displays.

6. As for you all who didn’t know openSUSE is one of the biggest contributors to KDE. SUSE developers work directly within KDE than any other distribution. For all of you who want a definitive KDE experience, openSUSE is your OS. KDE is smooth and stable and Gtk applications no longer look like foreign objects, thanks to new Oxygen-molecule Gtk theme.

7. openSUSE now includes a new SpiderOak service for backing up your data online. The application has a user-friendly interface and is free for storage upto 2 GB. Although SpiderOak is not open source and hence is only available through the repository.

8. An additional advantage to openSUSE users is that Compiz, one of the compositing window managers for the X Window system comes installed by default with the distro. It comes with Simple CCSM for Beginners too. It takes full advantage of OpenGL acceleration of your Graphics Cards.

9. A special advantage to VirtualBox users is that openSUSE comes with the Guest Additions configured. So now no need of going through the painful process upgrading your LINUX kernel and installing Guest Additions from your VirtualBox GA ISO image.

Summing things up, openSUSE is a good distribution for users who are adept at Windows and want to make a jump to Linux. Newbies might find openSUSE a little daunting but configuring and ease of use might make it a good choice even for them. Overall, it is a good distro to delve into LINUX.

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How to Install and Run Microsoft Office 2007 in Ubuntu/Linux

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Linux is a free open source operating system which is used by thousand across the world. The one thing i didn’t like about linux was you weren’t able to install and run Microsoft Office (e.g word, excel, powerpoint, onenote ect..). After heavy research and try and error for many hours i have finally managed to install and run Microsoft Office on my laptop which uses Ubuntu Linux 10.04 (LTS).


Today i am going to share with you all how i managed to install and run the software! But before hand i must warn you that some of the code in this tutorial which you have to use to run Microsoft office may corrupt your computer if inputted incorrectly! We do not take any responsibility if your computer/laptop/notebook ect.. gets harmed!

Step 1:
Go to  your application tab and select Ubuntu Software Centre. Then search and install “Wine Microsoft Windows Compatibility layer”. Once installed close the Ubuntu Software Centre by clicking the X

Step 2:
Now you have to install a plugin called “Wine Tricks”. To install this go to “Applications > Accessories  > Terminal”. When the terminal appears type in the below command , then press enter on your keyboard

wget www.kegal.com/wine/winetricks

This process of installing may take a couple of minutes. So be patient!

Step 3:
You know have to active the plugin. So type in the command below wait a couple of minutes and then resume to step 4

sh winetricks msxml13 dotnet20 gdiplus riched20 riched30 vcrun2005sp1

A whole lot of text will appear which means the plugin is now running as it should.

Step 4:
We know how to edit a sentence of linux’s coding. Please MAKE SURE you do the following below correctly or you may corrupt your system. PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

To edit the code now go back into terminal and this time type the command

gksu gedit /usr/share/applications/wine.desktop

Now a text document should appear. Now look for the code “xec=cautious-launcher %f wine start /unix” and delete it and replace it with ” Exec=wine start /unix %f ” don’t include the “.

Step 5:
Now restart your computer. You can proceed without restarting, this just makes sure that changes do take affect.

Step 6:
Now you need to edit a settings. Now go to  Applications > Wine > Configure Wine

Under Windows Settings click on the arrow on the drop down menu and select “Windows XP”. Only the Windows XP settings will work! Now click apply and close the window

Step 7:
Now insert your Microsoft office 2007 disc, open the disc and RIGHT click “Setup.exe” and than select “Open with Wine”

Then install office 2007 like you would with windows. But when you get prompted to install windows updates say “No, Never”. This may cause ubuntu to go funny if you say yes.

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Thats all you have to do now Office should work. Please keep in mind this may contain a number of bugs as Wine is still in developing stages!

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Google Voice and Video Now On Linux

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Two of Google’s popular services are  now available to be used on Linux. Google Voice and Video is now able to be used on a Linux operating system.

Ubuntu and Debian-based Linux are supported. Google has plans for RPM support in the “near” future. This seems to be a good move by Google even tho it has taken nearly 2 years for this awaited feature.

This is good news for everyone especially the Linux community. Linux is slowly becoming more known and widely used, and with company’s such as Google making software available for Linux. People may start to move to the Linux community.

Now the next release to wait for by Google is Google Chromium OS.

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10 Awesome Features of Ubuntu 10.04. LTS Release on April 29

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Hi, all techies out there!  This is an announcement for you all who are crazy about the new and stable OS’es and of course our Ubuntu OS fans. Ubuntu 10.04 Long Term Support (LTS) codenamed “Lucid Lynx” is about to be released on April 29, 2010. Ubuntu 9.10 codenamed “Karmic Koala” which was released on October 29, 2009 was a huge success.


As we all know, Ubuntu is an Operating System built by a worldwide team of Expert Developers and the best about it is “OPEN SOURCE” i.e. it can be modified, redistributed and passed along your friends and the OS is totally free of cost.

The new features of Ubuntu 10.04 are:

1. This is Ubuntu’s third LTS release after 8.04, the last LTS release. LTS means free security updates and this release guarantees five years free updates for Servers and  three years for Desktops.

2. Better Artwork than 9.10, like better visual effects for the default desktop.

3. Ubuntu 10.04 target boot speed is 10 seconds. Speed is UBUNTU. Thus even a slow CPU is adjusted by Ubuntu. Fast installation too. The minimum time is 20 minutes for complete OS installation.

4. Amazing Boot Experience. A graphical OS selector is implemented for switching between two or more OS’es. A fully revamped Bootscreen which also allows option of installing new updates on shutdown.

5. Ubuntu Software Center. With a simple design it can be used to install and remove software packages and to add repositories for finding, installing and managing new application. In this version we will find an upgraded version of Synaptic, Gdebi and the Update Manager.

6. A new GNOME Desktop environment with a number of great new features.

7. Enhanced applications of Mozilla Firefox, Linux Kernel, KDE, HAL removal for faster bootup.

8. Improved support for nVidia proprietary graphics drivers.

9. Ubuntu’s “CLOUD COMPUTING”. UEC are now automatically discovered and registered.

10. Ubuntu One cloud Storage  for backup and easy sync.

Download New Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx
Install Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Alpha 3 (64bit) in Virtualbox

I dont have to say anything but that, Ubuntu is all about insane boot interfaces, best for networking and purely exhilarating graphic designs. it is an OS for the true geeks of our world.

“LIVE IT EXPERIENCE IT”

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Google Extensions and Chrome for Mac and Linux.

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A couple of days ago (9/12/09) Google finally released Google Chrome Extensions. Yes they did if you didn’t already know. And it was launched with love, as google stated its a earlier christimas present to all of us.
google chrome beta release

The reason I have posted this a couple days late is because I am not one of the many users of Google chrome. As you may remember Google Chrome was released in September of 2008. And since then chrome is one of the most known web browsers.

Since Chrome was released out of beta, Google was receiving a hard quantity of emails requesting to have add-ons, or today known as extensions.

Well Google took all that feedback and has finally released Google Chrome Extensions (Go to GCE). Along with the launch they added 300 extensions to the gallery. Though it doesn’t sound really large quantity of extensions there were a few they caught my eye.

Google has made sure they added from the basic needs, to advanced needs. That’s right starting all way from RSS readers, to a application speed checker for webmasters. The gallery is full of useful, and not so useful extensions. Though I am not complaining cause they are all free!

Okay, I am not forgetting about Developers. Google has also made a developers center, which includes guides, and how Google extensions work so you can create your own.

Also if you are a Mac OS user, guess what? You can now get chrome now as well. Google Chrome for Mac (beta) is now available to download. But sadly you don’t have to ability to use Google extensions.

Linux OS users are also able to use Google for Linux (beta) as well. And not like Mac OS users, you can also enjoy the grace  of extensions.

Lately it seems that Google doesn’t seem to stop giving. Google is continuously growing, and giving a lot lately. Thanks Google for the presents

I have placed the links for all of the resources i have talked about in this article, below.

Links:

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