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October 16, 2006

Switch to Linux

Filed under: Reviews, Technolgoy — rakeshvk @ 4:25 pm

My ongoing love affair with a penguin. Don’t tell my girlfriend.

Nice animation on switching to linux and the supporting arguments click here


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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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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Review: Open-Xchange

Filed under: Linux, Reviews, Software — rakeshvk @ 5:57 pm

Looking for a Microsoft Exchange replacement, or a first groupware application for your organization? Check out Open-Xchange. I took it for a test drive and found it to be a solid product that works well with open source groupware clients, though its Web interface is a bit clunky.

Open-Xchange is available directly through Open-Xchange or through an Open-Xchange partner such as Collax. Partners may add functionality to Open-Xchange, so the software you get directly from Open-Xchange may differ from what you get from one of the company’s partners.

To try out Open-Xchange, I tested the live CD as well as the VMware image and Collax’s Open-Xchange Server (OXS) appliance.

Open-Xchange also provides an open source Community Edition which is — and this should come as no surprise — harder to install and administer than the Commercial Edition.

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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

GParted LiveCD

Filed under: Reviews, Software — rakeshvk @ 6:49 pm

If you are a computer power user, chances are good that you have had to partition your hard drive in the past. If you don’t have a clue what partitioning is, I will put it simply: It’s a way of dividing up a single hard drive into multiple virtual hard drives. So essentially, you could take an 80GB hard drive and divide it up into a 40GB Windows partition and a 40GB Linux partition. Of course, the options are limitless and will differ depending on your goals.

If you are a single OS user, it still pays to make use of partitions. In Linux especially! Since there is no way to defrag the hard drive, things are sure to get fragmented down the road. So, with some time, you could set up partitions for seperate folders on your hard drive. For instance, you could have one partition on /home, one on /tmp and maybe one on /boot. /tmp is a good one, because that’s a folder that’s accessed a lot, so to have it on it’s own partition would keep the fragmentation away from other areas of the disk.

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September 15, 2006

XenEnterprise 3.0 Works Well Within LimitsXenEnterprise 3.0 Works Well Within Limits

Filed under: Reviews — rakeshvk @ 3:59 pm

Review: XenSource offers its first product, which is the best Xen virtualization solution eWEEK Labs has tested, although it’s not yet ready to take on VMware.

XenEnterprise 3.0 is the long-awaited first product from XenSource, the firm founded by members of the Xen open-source project to productize Xen virtualization technology and offer it up to enterprises out to boost server utilization and manageability.

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September 11, 2006

What’s the world’s fastest browser?

Filed under: Reviews — rakeshvk @ 8:06 am

Oh sure, the following tests aren’t as scientific as putting all the browsers in a ring and seeing which one is left standing after the fight, but it’s close.

Before we begin however, the new contender: Swiftfox.

Firefox, which we all know and love, has in recent times been accused of putting on weight and slipping back the bulky days of Mozilla, the very thing its birth was supposed to be an escape from. The draw cards of Firefox’s first releases were speed and simplicity. >>>>

August 30, 2006

Mandriva 2007 Beta 2 – short review

Filed under: Reviews — rakeshvk @ 5:07 am

Mandriva Linux (formerly Mandrakelinux or Mandrake Linux, and an acquisition of Conectiva and Lycoris) is a Linux distribution created by Mandriva (formerly Mandrakesoft). The first release was based on Red Hat Linux (version 5.1) and KDE (version 1.0) in July 1998. It has since diverged from Red Hat and has included a number of original tools mostly to ease system configuration. Mandriva Linux (at those times named Mandrake Linux) was originated by Gaël Duval, who was also a co-founder of Mandrakesoft.
Beta versions of Mandriva 2007 have been appearing for a while now and the final release is coming soon. Bugs gets fixed, new features appear, together with the new looks… Thus, we have decided to give Mandriva 2007 beta 2 “Odin” a shot. This short review covers the key changes introduced in beta 2 – the Live-CD version with GNOME desktop onboard. Some screenshots are attached as well )

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August 24, 2006

Gnome 2.16 Preview

Filed under: Reviews — rakeshvk @ 9:24 am

With the next major release of the GNOME desktop scheduled for release next month, each passing day sees more of the code frozen. This is the first iteration since version 2.14 was released in April, which saw extensive improvements in performance. Here is our first look at some of the features in Gnome 2.16. >>>>

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