Linux and Technology blog

December 4, 2006

GIMP is more powerful than most people think

Filed under: GNOME, Linux, Tutorials — rakeshvk @ 6:23 pm


These are the tutorials at the site. They are arranged into categories including Beginner, Intermediate, Expert, Photo Editing, Web, and Script Authoring.

GIMP Tutorial 


October 16, 2006

Getting bored with 3D desktops? I’m definitely not!

Filed under: GNOME, KDE, Linux, Reviews, Software, Technolgoy — rakeshvk @ 4:15 pm

It would be nice to get detailed comments on the hardware you test and report: distribution, proprietary/free driver, chip revision, amount of video RAM, X version, etc. Mitch Meyran posted in «Free Software Magazine» an article which includes at some point a reference table on the status of 3D desktops with different video adapters.


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October 11, 2006

Portland 1.0 Released

Filed under: GNOME, KDE, Software, Technolgoy — rakeshvk @ 6:14 pm

Nearly a year in the making, the OSDL and today announced general availability of Portland 1.0, the first set of common interfaces for GNOME and KDE desktops. This support may be a small step for GNOME and KDE, but it’s a giant leap for the Linux desktop.

These first common interfaces are a set of command line tools, xdg-utils. These first command line tools can be used by ISVs (independent software vendors) to help install software and provide access to the system while the application is running.


September 29, 2006

KDE vs. Gnome

Filed under: GNOME, KDE, Reviews — rakeshvk @ 6:10 pm

One of the most common questions people new to Linux ask is “Should I use KDE or Gnome?” Unfortunately, the answers are usually useless–anything from “Just try each one to see what works for you” to “Gnome is much better.” That said, selecting a desktop environment should probably be one of the last things you worry about as a Linux “newbie.” Hardware detection, email set-up, etc. are far more important to day-to-day functioning than your desktop environment. It’s sort of like just learning how to ski and worrying about the color of your skis–learn how to ski first! Also, most versions (or distributions) of Linux have a default desktop environment (for example, Blag and Ubuntu default to Gnome, and Mepis and PCLinuxOS default to KDE), so if you’re really conflicted about what to use, just use the default one that comes with your distribution. If you’re later dissatisfied with it, you can always install and use another desktop environment on the same distribution.

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Good bits in GNOME 2.16

Filed under: GNOME, Reviews — rakeshvk @ 5:43 pm

The GNOME Project recently released GNOME 2.16. While the latest release doesn’t offer any breakthrough features, it does include a wealth of minor tweaks and improvements.

Ironically, the most intriguing improvement is the one you probably won’t notice, unless you explicitly enable it. Metacity, GNOME’s default window manager, now features several 3-D extensions to its composite engine. These extensions allow you to add some eye candy to your desktop by enabling window effects and different types of transparency. This feature is not enabled by default, though, and you have to compile Metacity with the --enable-compositor option to get it to work. For the time being, the new compositing effects can only be used with a handful of graphics cards. >>>>

September 20, 2006

New Compiz Manager & Theme’s

Filed under: GNOME, Tutorials — rakeshvk @ 7:05 pm

A new Compiz-Manager and Compiz Theme Manager have been posted. Just add a new install source in Yast and paste the following URL:

The close Yast and goto the “Software Updater”. You will see that the Compiz packages have been added. Install them.

After doing so open Yast again and add another package:
–> CGDW themes

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Alacarte: GNOME’s long overdue menu editor

Filed under: GNOME — rakeshvk @ 6:47 pm

The Alacarte menu editor is one of the major additions in GNOME 2.16. Already previously available in Ubuntu and other distributions, Alacarte adds a degree of customization that has been generally lacking since GNOME dropped its previous menu editor more than five years ago during the early 2.x releases.

Running Alacarte through its paces using the Ubuntu 6.10 alpha release, I found it a welcome addition to the GNOME desktop, but it is weakened by inconsistent positioning of new menu items and several behavioral flaws.

Desktop menus are highly structured by definition. Because it mirrors them, so is Alacarte. On the left, the editing window displays a tree view of the Applications menu, and, in Ubuntu’s case, the System menu of the GNOME panel. The Places menu, which is mostly for navigation, is not available for editing. Nor can users add top-level menus. >>>>>

September 11, 2006

New MonoDevelop is out!

Filed under: GNOME, Linux, News, Software — rakeshvk @ 8:30 am

MonoDevelop 0.12 has been released. MonoDevelop is a GNOME IDE primarily designed for C# and other .NET languages.

This release contains lots of improvements, new features and bug fixes. Read below.

Lluis has finally put the finishing touches on the latest incarnation of MonoDevelop.This release is feature packed: Stetic now has toolbar, menu and action editors for Gtk# applications:  >>>>

click here to go to release note

August 30, 2006

YaST2 GTK project

Filed under: GNOME, Software — rakeshvk @ 2:32 pm

YaST2-GTK is an effort to develop a GTK+ interface module for Suse’s setup tool YaST that started from Michael Meeks base code and was a Google’s Summer of Code project assigned to Ricardo Cruz.

Currently everything works, including the package selector, who still lacks some features. Expect some quirks, though they should be few and minor (I am excluding the package selector here… ;-)). We will be working to get it shinning for the next Suse version.

Fun facts: Yast-GTK code has nearly half of the lines of Yast-Qt who in turn has nearly half of Yast-ncurses’s lines.


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