Posts Tagged ‘Ubuntu’

Ubuntu Forums Security Breach

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Evidently, even Ubuntu is prone to the occasional security problem.

Canonical announced today that it detected a security breach on the Ubuntu Forums site. The company has since then taken corrective actions and restored the forums service. According to the company, it became aware of the breach on July 14, 2016 after a member of the Ubuntu Forums Council informed the company that someone claimed to have a copy of the Forums database.


The Alternatives to Windows 8

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Just in case you’re not exactly thrilled by the pre-release reviews of Windows 8 …

Windows 8 is unique in that it is the first version of Microsoft’s mighty operating system that faces serious and stiff competition from its rivals.¬† For the first time there are not just one but a great many serious contenders for the role of your desktop OS.¬† So with so many people wary about the changes that Microsoft are bringing forth I thought I’d take a look at the alternatives, see how they might fit with your Windows world, and examine just how realistic a switch away from Windows this year can actually be.


How to Customize Extra Mouse Buttons in Linux

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Here’s a cool trick for Linux users …

If you are using a mouse, trackball, or touchpad with extra buttons in Windows, chances are the manufacturer has created software to configure the buttons. Rarely do they create such software for Linux. Btnx (button x) can be used to configure the mouse buttons in Linux for a variety of pointing devices.


Ubuntu 11.04 Beta Arrives

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Linux users might find this interesting …

That’s right, Ubuntu Natty Narwhal is about to hit the interwebs in its glossy, shiny, well-packaged, full-release form. But for now, we all have to sit back and enjoy the beta release. After downloading and installing this beta release, I thought users would like to know my first impressions on what is being offered up by Canonical and Ubuntu 11.04.


Use Gvim for a Better vi Experience

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

A good, simple plain text editor is definitely a handy thing to have available …

If you edit configuration files by hand, or if you prefer a more “manual” approach to the process of writing, you most likely use a text editor. Of the available editors there exists everything from bare-bones, no frills editors all the way to highly complex feature-abundant editors (and everything in between). One of those editors was born out of a need to make one of the most powerful text editors available – vi.


The Latest Ubuntu Unity – Good or Bad?

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming Ubuntu Unity release …

It’s almost here. Ubuntu 11.04 will be arriving in less than two months and when it does, there will be reactions. Big reactions. Some of those reactions will not be so great. I took the time to install the latest Ubuntu Unity and thought I should give my reaction to how this new desktop is going to effect the crowds. My overall reaction really surprised even me.


Get to Know the Banshee Multi-Media Player

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Here’s an interesting multi-media player for Linux …

If you are a Ubuntu fan, you know the change is coming. As of Ubuntu 11.04, the default media player will migrate from Rhythmbox to Banshee. When I first read this announcement, I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. I was a fan of and knew, in order to stream in Banshee a paid subscription was required. But when I found out that MP3 integration was now built into Banshee, I lost any trepidation.


Electric CAD program on Linux

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Here’s an interesting freeware design tool for Linux users …

If you are an electrical engineer, or someone who likes to dabble in designing electrical circuit boards (or anything with regards to electricity) and you’re looking for a FOSS (Free, Open Source Software) CAD program to aid you in the process, then Electric might be the solution. Although it doesn’t have the most modern looking GUI – what electrical engineer really cares about how “modern looking” a GUI is? – Electric offers a lot of features and will serve you well in your designs.


Blog from your desktop with GNOME Blog

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

This sounds like an interesting tool for bloggers …

With my on-going search for making my life ever-easier, I have turned to using smaller applications to keep my readers and fans informed. This can get to be an overwhelming problem when you are tweeting, facebooking, blogging, and – oh yeah – writing. So instead of adding to my already-large collection of tabs in Chromium Browser, I have found smaller tools that are one-trick ponies that tackle the task at hand with simplicity and speed.


Get Your Ubuntu Tips with This Handy Applet

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

If you’re new to Ubuntu, this applet would definitely be helpful …

We could all use some handy tips now and then. Wouldn’t it be great if they were, quite literally, at our fingertips? If you are a Ubuntu user, those tips can be at your finger tips with the help of a handy tip applet. This applet works in conjunction with the Fortunes application and serves up helpful tips for any level of Ubuntu user. Let’s install and use this handy tool.