Most Popular Linux Environments

24 July, 2007


OST POPULAR LINUX ENVIRONMENT IS………………………………………………………………………..

58% out of 44 people
KDE – 25%, XFCE – 9%, Other GUI – 4%, Command Line – 4%

Fun Programming Quotes

20 July, 2007
“There are only 10 types of people in this world: those who can read binary and those who can’t.”
“There’s no place like ~” (can also be “There’s no place like”)

“Linux: Be Root. Windows: Re Boot.”

“If architects built houses like programmers build programs, a woodpecker would destroy all of civilization.” ~Gerald Weinberg

“Make install, not war.”

“#define Question ((be))||!((be))” ~Shakespeare

“He who play in root, eventually kill tree.” ~Confucius

“The number of the beast — vi vi vi.”

“BASIC programmers never die, they GOSUB and don’t RETURN.”

“The only problem with troubleshooting is that sometimes trouble shoots back.”

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How to Make Wallpaper with the GIMP

20 July, 2007

Believe it or not, you can make beautiful wallpaper…… FROM


It’s quite simple, and you can do it (provided you have the GIMP) in 10 simple steps.

1. Fire up the GIMP.

2. File > New>Template:800×600
3. Select an animal. Say, an elephant. Scribble its out
line with one of the animal’s colors.

4. Now select another color that animal has and fill in the outline, scribbling.

5. Now scribble in a quick scenery; don’t add too many objects.

6. Select Filters>Artistic>Cubism. Set the the cube size high; same with the saturation.
7. Marvel at your work. Save this point. If you like it as is, go to step nine. If you’d like to change it a bit, we’re not done…

8. Go to Filters>Artistic>Gimpressionist and under the “Presets” tab, select whichever one suits you. For this example, I’ll pick “Feathers.”

9. Save it as a new name.

10. Set it as your wallpaper!

*Scribbling is the key to getting this right.
*Some of the presets might not go well with the result of step 6. Ctrl-Z (yes, Ctrl even on a Mac) to undo step 8 and continue to step 9.

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Linux Pro Magazine

20 July, 2007

A nice magazine worth taking note of is Linux Pro Magazine. With it, you get articles on Linux in the world, some guides and tutorials, and a Linux distro packed with it.

Linux Pro Magazine homepage:
For older issues:

Today’s Linux: Edubuntu

20 July, 2007

Edubuntu, the Ubuntu version aimed at educational institutions and students, is a great choice for a distro if you work at a school or are a student yourself. It features a whole set of educational applications which include making graphs (perfect for Algebra), studying angles and shapes (geometry), practicing vocabulary (in both English and Foreign Languages), notating music, and much more! It also comes with the standard Ubuntu software, such as, the same games, etc. Overall, it’s a nice little distro, and the standard wallpaper is nicer than the regular Ubuntu wallpaper.

GIMP : Another Graphics Software

19 July, 2007

The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a nifty little cross-platform tool. It’s as good as Photoshop, but free (in both senses). A nice little feature of GIMP are the filters.  Using the filters, you can turn some simple scribbles into aesthetically-pleasing desktop wallpaper. The “clone” feature is also really nice to remove unwanted parts of a picture.

The Way of the Ocean – example wallpaper done in GIMP:

Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 3 Review

19 July, 2007

I recently did a little review on Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 1; there wasn’t much too it. Now, this isn’t really a review on Tribe 3, but more of a feature overview, including those not mentioned in the official list.  Now, I’m downloading Tribe 3. According to the
Ubuntu website(NOTE: THIS LINK WILL GO OUT OF DATE IN OCTOBER), all the appearance options are in one window now, like in Windows. It’s pictured here.

Another thing that I’m extremely happy about is the fact that now ther
e are the regular Documents, Photos, Videos, Downloads, etc. folders in the home folder! That’s the biggest feature of Ubuntu I missed, comparing it to Fedora, Knoppix, Mandriva, etc. See picture, taken from here.
Gran Paradiso (Firefox 3 Alpha) is also included. Gaim is now Pidgin (yay, pidgeons)!

I’m downloading the Tribe right now. Updates coming soon!

After testing it out, I found three other neat little features (some of them might not be really “features,” though.

One of these “features” is the fact that after login, the desktop opens automatically; there is no splash screen, which is a big jump from previous Ubuntu versions.
The “Human” cursor theme has been replaced by “DMZ white” and “DMZ black.”
Tabs have a pleasant fading color effect.
Stay tuned ’till October for more new Gutsy features!

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