Mark Shuttleworth Video

This is a video of Mark Shuttleworth’s message to UbuCon Atlanta. Shuttleworth outlines future Ubuntu releases. Ubuntu 10.04 will be called Lucid Lynx based on Gnome 2.0. Ubuntu 10.04 will be LTS or long term support. In addition, Shuttleworth also addresses the upcoming 9.10 Karmic Koala release next month.

Record Audio From Your Computer Speakers

Are you looking for ways on how to record an audio of a streaming site, an online radio, a Youtube video or any music that is coming from an iPod attached to your computer whether it’s actually yours or your friend’s iPod? Well, you’ll need two things to record the audio: Audacity software and a 1/8 stereo jack.

First, the software. Audacity is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. Audacity is available from your standard Ubuntu repository. You can download it using the command-line: “sudo apt-get install audacity.”

Second, chances are you already have a 1/8 stereo jack. If not, you can pick up one at Radio Shack for a few measly dollars. Here’s the trick. Create a loopback connector by plugging in the output of your computer speaker to the microphone input of your computer.

Audacity will record anything that is coming from the microphone input. Play your source: whether it’s a Youtube video, online streaming, online radio, etc. Next, just click the record button and off you go. When you are done, you can save the audio in several formats: mp3, wav, ogg vorbis, aiff, au, or aup – the audacity project format. Once you have the recording, you can do anything with it.

Happy recording!

How GNOME and KDE Spend Their Money

From Linux Magazine.

GNOME lists an income of just over $102,000 for the quarter covered by its report. This income includes $65,000 from the Desktop Summit, $20,000 from “advisory board fees” (which I interpret mainly as donations from corporate sponsors), and $12,400 collected by the Friends of GNOME, a promotional and fund-raising project.

By contrast, KDE’s income for the quarter covered by its report totaled just over $111,000 (if you convert the figures from Euros to approximate American dollars). This is actually an increase from the incomes of $93,000 and $102,000 in the fourth and second quarter of 2008. In other words, despite GNOME’s wooing of corporate support, KDE appears to have roughly twice the budget of GNOME in each quarter. And, just as importantly, KDE does not seem to have been affected by the recession.

Read the article.

Nero Linux 4


Nero AG announced a new version of its Linux CD burning software. Nero Linux 4 now offers a wizard-style UI and support for Musepack and AIFF audio formats, and a “Nero Linux 4 Essentials” application is available separately for OEM partners, says the Karlsbad, Germany-based company.

First released for Linux in 2005, Nero offers audio and data file support as well as options, tools, and settings for burning, copying, and ripping of CDs and DVDs, says the company.

Nero Linux 4 is the only commercial Linux application to offer a “complete solution” for blue laser burning, claims Nero. Blu-ray features include Blu-ray Disc defect management for higher burning speeds, as well as ISO 9660 file system support for the compilation of data discs, says the company. An ISOLinux feature is said to enable the creation of lightweight, bootable discs from CD-ROM.

Read the article.

Best Features of Linux 2.6.31

SVN writes about the best 5 features of Linux 2.6.31. The latest kernel has support for USB 3.0. It has improved desktop speed by a whopping 50%. I can’t wait to see this. There are also file system improvements with ext4 file system. I’m already running ext4. It also has graphics support for the Intel i915 and ATI Radeon graphics family. I have an old nVidia 5200. Finally, the last but not least, it supports Wireless-n or 802.11n. I can’t wait to see this on the latest Linux Ubuntu distribution. Karmic, are you close?


Here’s a nice article about gPhoto, a command line program in Linux capable of intereacting with your digital camera. It can read your camera settings or download images to your desktop. Nikon and Canon have their own proprietary programs, but they run on Windows. gPhoto will work with a good number of cameras. The writer on this article tested on his Nikon D80. I have a Nikon D90. Interesting. I might as well check this program and see what it can do. Since the gPhoto runs on the command line, the possibilities are endless from scheduling backups, resizing images to creating thumbnails.

Who’s the biggest open-source company?

Answer: Google. Conservatives estimates point that Google has released over 14 million lines of code. Compared to other projects, Google comes out on top. The Linux kernel contains 11.5 millions of code. Java has 6.5 million. IBM Eclipse has over 12.5 million. Google also makes contribution of its open-source code online as well as involving students in the Google Summer of Code.