Category Archives: Linux

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Gnome 2.26 Now Available


GNOME 2.26 is the latest version of the GNOME Desktop: a popular, multi-platform desktop environment for your computer. GNOME’s focus is ease of use, stability, and first class internationalisation and accessibility support. GNOME is Free and Open Source Software and provides all of the common tools computer users expect of a modern computing environment, such as e-mail, groupware, web browsing, file management, multimedia, and games. Furthermore, GNOME provides a flexible and powerful platform for software developers, both on the desktop and in mobile applications. Source: gnome.org

Anyone who uses Linux as their operating system and use the Gnome window manager will surely appreciate some of the new features:

  • Comprehensive New Disc Burning
    Simpler File Sharing
    Evolution Evolves its Migration from Windows
    Media Player Improvements
    Volume Control Integrated with PulseAudio
    Support for multiple monitors and projectors
    Almost Telepathic Communication
    Location Epiphany
    Fingerprint Reader Integration

If you wish to install the latest version of GNOME on your machine, please follow this link. There are a number of ways to do it, I recommend just updating it through your package manager on the OS you use, but you can install from source, tarball or even demo it off the LiveCD these days!

New Page – Online Papers


Over the last 5 years or so I’ve written a lot of technical documentation, reports, etc in the fields of Computer Science and Information Technology. I decided to share with you some of the work I’ve done in the past in the hopes of passing on or sharing some knowledge to help with a problem you’re having, or to better understand a concept you just can’t seem to grasp.

I’ve created a new page on my website which you can see to the right of the title navigation called “Online Papers” which is where you can access all this material.

I can understand how frustrating it is to find help on a particular subject you’re interested in and I hope if that subject you interested in is in fact an interest of mine then you’ll be able to find great help right here!

I wrote many documents on this page quite a while ago. Some may still be relevant, some may not but those that may not may still be interesting to those who like a little history lesson.

Thanks
Justin

Gnome dock with physics engine


Akamaru is a simple, but fun, physics engine prototype. It is amazing to use, and easy to install. One more reason to forget Windows Vista, embrace Open Source, and use Ubuntu or Fedora.

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The dock at the moment kinda works just like the MacOSX dock at the bottom of the screen, and tests the functionality of the Akamaru physics engine nicely.

This looks really great, adds some nice eye candy to the Linux desktop.

Finally fixed my Linux issues


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This is so great. I’ve been using Linux for about 2-3 years now and I love it, but more recently over the last month or two, I switched from Fedora Core to Ubuntu 5.10 (“Breezy Badger”) and since the two distro’s are pretty different in terms of their package management, getting my internet connection functioning correctly in Ubuntu was a challenge, (a very big unnessesary challenge).

My cable connection requires a login client to access the internet (Telstra Bigpond) and the only implementation of a login client for linux we have is bpalogin which is an open source project integrating the same windows functionality of the client, for linux use.

It ended up being nothing, just my inexperience with Ubuntu which lead to my months of pain lol. All I needed to do is install bpalogin either with the Synaptic package manager or (The way i did it) use apt-get to get the file for installation. Thats where Ubuntu really shines from other distros making software installation a piece of cake. I had configured it all properly but still didn’t work. I read somewhere that the client requires port 5050 to be open on my router, so i forwarded that port, now it all works, and I couldn’t be happier.

I love the stability linux brings and I love not having to worry if windows is about to go crazy on me, and linux distros are looking better and better these days, and there are tons of  gtk themes, wallpapers, icon themes, etc to customize the look and feel to your heart’s content (im using the ‘Gentle’ gtk 2.0 theme and ‘edge’ icons in case u were wondering lol). Most linux users out there know about sites such as http://gnome-look.org and http://kde-look.org but if your new to the linux world and feel like tinkering a bit, go check out those sites, they have heaps of stuff and are pretty cool.

Thanks guys, thought i’d share that with you lol.

MP3 support with Rhythmbox


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Ubuntu Linux in my humble opinion is one of the most user friendly Linux distributions around these days and anybody even remotely interested in switching to Linux should really give it a go. I myself was new to linux and I know first hand how difficult it can get when your first starting out learning something new (especially coming from a strong windows background).

One thing in particular was trying to figure out how to get mp3 playback in Rhythmbox (default ubuntu music player).

Here is the solution:

sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.8-plugins

No problem at all was it.