If you want an imposing clock front and center, well, you need to try a couple of wallpaper clocks on your Ubuntu desktop. It’s for those people who like the time and clock right in front of their eyes. It’s when you absolutely can’t miss looking at the clock. Ubuntumanual.org details how to install wallpaper clocks in 3 easy steps.
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I searched high and low for a solution to a problem with my webcam in Linux. I have a Logitech Quickcam Fusion that doesn’t seem to work with Adobe Flash 10. Many programs like Yahoo and Ustream.tv use Adobe Flash to capture a webcam. My webcam works just fine with other apps like Cheese and Ekiga, but not with Flash programs. I tried the Flashcam fix, but something is not quite right. There seems to be no fix at the moment based on what I read on the Ubuntu forums. This is an issue with Adobe Flash in Linux. Hopefully, it will get fixed soon, like the next release! Has anyone got theirs to work? Any tip is appreciated.
Linus Torvalds called Linux bloated and scary. Did he really mean this and this? Kidding aside, it’s only natural that an OS that’s maturing will get fat with age. Hundreds of lines of code are being added each day. Linux now has over 2.7 million lines of code. Does Linux really need to go on a diet? Maybe. Maybe not.
I think the biggest misconception is that most people think Linux is the Gnome Desktop. It’s really not. In fact, you can run Linux using an entirely different graphical desktop environment like KDE, Xfce, Fluxbox, Icewm, Windowmaker and many, many others . So, it’s a bit deceiving, because users only see the graphical desktop environments and not the kernel.
It’s a good bet that Linus Torvalds was talking about the kernel and the kernel only.
If you are running out of things to do in Linux, (is that possible?) take a look at several Linux projects from TuxRadar. You can host a photo album through Soph, build a media server, make music with Rosegarden, write interactive fiction with Gnome Inform, access remote desktops with VNC, record a podcast with Audacity, animate graphics with Gimp. 7 Cool Linux Projects.
Linuxlinks.com gives a list of free Linux browsers:
- Firefox – Highly popular browser delivering safe, easy web browsing
- Chromium – Open-source project behind Google Chrome
- Opera – Popular graphical web browser and Internet suite
- Konqueror – KDE 4’s advanced file manager, web browser and document viewer
- Epiphany – Simple yet powerful GNOME web browser targeted at non-tech users
- Dillo – Small, stable, developer-friendly, usable, very fast, and extensible
- Arora – Simple webkit based web browser using Qt toolkit
- ELinks – Feature-rich program for browsing the web in text mode
- Lynx – Very fast and easy to use
- Flock – Built on Firefox, specializing in social networking and Web 2.0 facilities
My take: the first 5 browsers are definitely worth the look. Firefox is still the default and standard for Linux distributions. Chromium is making inroads. Wait, until Chrome OS comes out. There will be a big spike in Chromium’s use. Lynx is useful for scripting. Finally, Flock is just an interesting browser.