moonOS 3 Review

Begin Linux reviews moonOS 3, a Linux distro based on Ubuntu Jaunty.

moonOS is another fantastic looking distro that has always put a lot of stock in appearance. Based on Ubuntu 9.04 Januty Jackalope and codenamed “Makara”, the moonOS 3.0 release is no exception with plenty of improvements to moonControl, the moonOS system control center, moonGrub, moonSoftware, and more. Along with many interface improvements moonOS 3.0 uses the Linux 2.6.28-15 kernel, Firefox 3.5, Pidgin 2.6 and Xorg 7.4.

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Install FFMPEG in Ubuntu 9.04

I found an excellent tutorial on how to install FFMPEG in Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope. I have been struggling with the correct instructions until I accidentally bumped into this thread in the Ubuntu Forums. The instructions listed here did the trick for me. It not only works for Jaunty, but it has instructions for previous versions of Ubuntu as well. It takes a good 15-20 minutes to compile the source code, so grab a cup of coffee and come back later when it is all said and done.

Here’s a typical command to convert a Windows WMV video to Flash FLV video. Read the FFMPEG documentation.

# ffmpeg -i fifa32.wmv -r 25 -ac 2 -ab 64 -ar 11025 -s 300x200 -qscale .1 -y fifa32.flv

Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix

Lost in the release of Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope yesterday for desktops and servers was the release the Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix. The Notebook Remix is an operating system targeted towards mini-notebooks with limited computing resources and screen sizes.

The minimum requirements for the Netbook Remix is 4GB of disk space, 384MB RAM and at least an Atom processor. The OS boots from a USB stick since most of the mini-notebooks don’t have CD or DVD drives included.

The Netbook Remix is fined tuned to run on popular mini-notebooks like the Acer Asus Aspire One, Asus Eee PC 1000, Dell Mini 9 and even my Lenovo S10 which I have yet to try. It comes at minimum with the Firefox browser, OpenOffice suite of applications.

The OS claims to have better boot times, power management features, wi-fi support and support for a wide range of drivers. The OS can be downloaded directly to your USB stick from Ubuntu’s website.