There’s a Linux distribution borne out of Japan called Lineo that claims it can boot up in 2.97 seconds on a low-powered system. The technology uses something similar to hibernation or suspend to disk. It takes a snapshot of the system, compresses it and saves it in flash memory.
Boot up improvements can be up to 10 times faster than a normal Linux distribution. Meanwhile, Intel engineers were able to configure an Asus Eee PC running Fedora to boot up in less than 5 seconds. The boot system is comprised of modified software loads from Fedora and Moblin.
Better boot time could be a factor between choosing Linux over Windows. Less 5 seconds is fast, but less than 3 seconds. That’s heaven.
Mini laptops are popular. Dell’s entry into the mini laptop world does not disappoint. The Inspiron Mini 9 is small, compact and light at just 2.28 lbs. The Inspiron is available in two Operating Systems: Ubuntu Linux 8.04.1 or Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition.
The Inspiron Mini 9 is powered by Intel’s Atom Process N270 (1.6GHz 533Mhz FSB 512K cache). The LCD panel is a glossy 8.9 inch LED display with a resolution of 1024×600. Memory comes in either 512MB or 1GB. The hard drive is solid state, meaning it’s quiet and with absolutely no moving parts. Hard drive sizes begins at 4GB, 8GB or 16GB.
The Mini 9′s video card is powered by Intel’s Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 and the unit comes with a wireless 8.02.11g mini card with battery life roughly at around 4 hours. The laptop comes in two colors: Obsidian Black or Alphine White with a 1 year warranty main-in service.
What are some of the things you can do with the Mini 9 laptop? You can listen to your favorite music, surf the web, chat, instant messaging and some light office work with a word processor, spreadsheet or presentation software.
The Mini 9 is available for purchase at Dell’s website. Also, check out the great reviews written by customers who have bought the Mini 9 laptop.
If you have not been living under a rock, you probably heard by now that Office 3.0 was released to the general public on October 13th. If you have not heard about the Open Office 3.0 release, it’s time to get familiar with the Open Office 3.0 application.
Open Office is an open-source Office Suite of Applications. It’s the free, open-source equivalent to MS Office suite of applications. Open Office 3.0 contains a Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Presentations, Graphics, Formula and Database capabilities. The biggest feature for this release; Open Office is now available to the Mac.
Other prominent features are Open Office can now open files saved in Microsoft 2007 or Microsoft 2008 for the Mac. The new suite plays nicely with Visual Basic and Microsoft Access 2007 formats. Users can also create Web 2.0 documents in XHTML and MediaWiki formats.
With third-party addons, more capabilities are available including an Impress presenter console, support for business analytics, PDF import, and the creation of Hybrid PDF documents.
The Open Office website is currently experiencing high traffic due to huge amount of downloads. It seems like a popular site at the moment. If you want to check it out, visit the Open Office website.
I had trouble setting up Gmail IMAP in Evolution in the past that the only way I fixed it was removing Evolution and installing Thunderbird. But, today is a very good day. I finally got Gmail IMAP to work in Evolution! This post is to document the Gmail IMap configuration in Evolution as a future reference. Hopefully, someone will read it and benefit from it as well. So, here we go. Let’s add a new account in Evolution by accessing the menu. Pull down the Edit > Preferences. Click Add to add new account.
Let’s start with the Identity Tab. Enter the name of the account. In my case, I am simply calling it “Gmail.” Now, enter your full name and your email address. You can add a optional signature if you want.
Receiving Email Tab
In the Receiving Email tab, please select “IMap” server type. Enter “imap.gmail.com:993″ as the server. The username is your full email address. Select “SSL encryption” for the secure connection type. The authentication type is “Password.” Checking remember password is optional if you want to avoid typing in the password everytime you access Evolution.
Receiving Options Tab
This section is really a personal choice. I like to be able to check messages every 10 minutes, show only subscribed folder as well as automatically synchronize remote mail locally.
Sending Email Tab
Please select “SMTP” for server type. Use “smtp.gmail.com:587″ for the server. Use “TLS encryption” for secure connection. Select “Login” for authentication type. Use your full email account name for the username. Checking the remember password feature is optional.
The rest of the Tab folders are optional settings that you can set based on your own personal choice. That’s it. How I failed to get it to work previously was beyond me. Sometimes missing a single parameter can mean a whole lot of difference.
The Ubuntu Eee is Ubuntu optimized for the Asus Eee PC. It uses the Netbook Remix interface for easy access to applications. The distribution uses Firefox 3 for secure web browsing experience and OpenOffice for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and dozens of other software. The latest Ubuntu Eee release is 8.04.1. It’s compatible with Asus’ Eee 701 series, 2G, 900, 901, 1000, and 1000H models.
Download the latest Ubuntu Eee.
Installing Virtual Box in Ubuntu should be an easy endeavor. I have come across several how-to documents that were confusing to say the least. This document will try to simplify the steps involved in installing Virtual Box in Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron. Ok, let’s get started.
1. First, determine the current Linux kernel you are using. Click on Applications > Accessories > Terminal. Type the command:
$ uname -a
Linux penelope 2.6.24-19-generic
The result shows I’m running the Linux 2.6.24-19 kernel.
2. Next, install Virtual Box using the apt-get command. Substitute your current Linux kernel for virtualbox-ose-modules-generic.
$ sudo apt-get install virtualbox-ose virtualbox-ose-source
3. Add yourself to the vboxusers group using one of the 3 commands. Choose only one command. I ran the first one.
sudo gpasswd -a `whoami` vboxusers
sudo usermod -Gvboxusers -a `whoami`
sudo adduser $USER vboxusers
4. Log out of your desktop session by hitting CTRL-ALT-Backspace. When you log in, your group membership will be updated.
5. Congratulations. You have successfully installed Virtual Box.
To install another OS, refer to the documentation Using Virtual Box.
The screenshot below shows the gOS 3 running on my Virtual Box.
gOS 3 Gadgets is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 8.04.1. The package contain applications or Google gadgets like Google Mail, Google Calendar, Google Reader, Skype, Pidgin, YouTube, WikiPedia, Blogger and the Open Office Presentation, Spreadsheet and Word Processor.
In addition, Wine is installed allowing thousands of Windows application to run under Linux like Photoshop, Internet Explorer, etc. Prism, a new application by Mozilla is also installed allowing web application to be split from the browser and run directly on the gOS desktop. Google Mail, Calendar, Documents and YouTube are run through Prism.
Give gOS 3 Gadgets distribution a try. Just download the ISO from the gOS website. Burn the ISO to a CD drive. Place the CD in the drive and reboot the computer. Select start or “install gOS.” Once gOS is loaded, click the “install” icon to begin installation. When finished, just reboot.
If you are an experienced Ubuntu user, it takes a little bit to get used to gOS menu’s, icons, and window controls. gOS reminds me so much of Mac in terms of the icons, navigation and controls. But you can’t go wrong with gOS since it is built on top of a solid Ubuntu distribution.
Today, I decided to do a clean install of Ubuntu 8.04 on my desktop. Before wiping out my disk, I backed up all my personal files in my home directory to an external USB drive. The Ubuntu installation was a breeze. No glitches whatsover.
After the install, I added three programs: gPHPEdit, Audacity and Filezilla. In addition, I also installed Compiz Fusion to activate the “eye candy” graphics effects. As I expected, the screen rotation for displaying in Portrait mode wasn’t working with the nvidia driver.
My setup is a Nvidia FX-5200 graphics card and a HP w2207h widescreen monitor. So, I fiddled with the xorg.conf file a little bit. After a couple of tries, to my big ultimate surprise, I got both Compiz Fusion and RandRRotation working together! Woot!
Here’s my xorg.conf configuration.
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
Option "NoLogo" "True"
I’m ecstatic to say the very least.
T-Mobile just announced the G1 phone, an Android-powered phone scheduled for release on October 22 for $179 with a two year committment. Android is an open and free mobile platform from Google.
From the hardware perspective, the G1 is slightly bulkier than the iPhone at 5.6 ounces. The G1′s screen is a bit smaller at 3.17 inches compared to the iPhone’s at 3.5 inch. The difference is offset by the G1′s full QWERTY keyboard.
The G1 is capable of synchronizing to online applications automatically. The phone can be configured with instant messaging and pop or imap email. The Google Browser and Google Search works with a Wifi signal.
The other cool application that runs on the G1 is Google Maps. The G1 comes with GPS and is capable of running Google’s Street View. The phone comes with a built-in compass. Pointing the phone in any direction changes the vantage point of Street View. A very cool feature indeed.
In terms of music, the G1 music player is capable of playing MP3, WMA, AAC and Ogg Vorbis files. The OGG format is welcome addition to open-source fans since OGG format is open and patent-free.
Unfortunately, there is no video player for the G1. The other drawback is T-Mobile 3G service is only available in 21 markets, otherwise the G1 has to use an older EDGE network.
Most digital cameras nowadays, have resolutions that are far bigger than the normal monitor screen size. On average most point-and-shoot digital cameras have resolution anywhere from 3 megapixels to 10 megapixels. Most monitors these days have resolution of either 1024×768 or the slightly larger 1280×1024 pixels.
If you ever need to upload pictures online to a gallery or to a webpage, you will need to resize your images to fit the screen as well as reduce the image size. If you use Gimp, an image manipulation program, you can use David’s Batch Processor, a Gimp plugin to manage the resizing of multiple images in a single command.
To download the Batch Processor, open your Synaptic Package Manager located under System > Administration. Search for “Gimp Batch” and the result will give you “gimp-plugin-registry.” Install the package. You may need to supply the admin password to continue.
Start Gimp. Access the batch file plugin via the
Xtns > Filters > Batch > Batch Process menu.
You can select a single file or multiple images for our purposes here in this article. Just click over to the Resize tab and choose resize aspect ratio or set the absolute width and height. Click Start to begin the batch process.
So, the next time you have to resize multiple images. Use the Gimp’s Batch Processor, a batch plugin that is capable of resizing multiple images in just a few clicks.