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Xubuntu 12.04

So I have been using Xubuntu 12.04 for a few days now.  Oddly enough, I think I like the Xfce desktop more so then unity and probably gnome3 … although gnome3 isn't bad.  I also installed it to a USB stick, so I can take my desktop around with me to almost any computer.  So far so good, but I'm getting a faster USB Flash drive to help out load performance and performance in general if I'm doing too much (like lots of chormium tabs open).  Xubuntu also seems to be glitching less.  For some reason Ubuntu 12.04 kept crashing a few things, especially empathy connecting to authorize my chat logins (facebook / gtalk).  Since xubuntu uses Pidgin, no problems, although I remember reading it saves passwords in plain text… so I did encrypt my home directory.  I also encrypted it because it is on a USB stick, and I didn't want to lose it and have some one get complete access to all my files!  

I found out a few other cool things today!  Like holding down the Alt and right mouse button and dragging from inside a window will actually resize it.  So you dont have to try and perfectly put the mouse on a corner or side!  SOO much easier.  I can't tell you how annoyed I got trying to resize something on a 1080p monitor with a decently sensitive mouse.  Finding cool things like this reminds me of the more time you invest in figuring out Linux in general, the more you are rewarded.  At first glance, you may not want to ditch windows or Mac for any variant of Linux, but the more time you spending learning about it, the more your going to love it!  The 3 bigest things I love about linux are

1.  Loads of choice!  There are thousands of apps you can use, to tweak the intire OS.  I love the fact you can install multiple desktop interfaces (gnome, xfce, unity, etc) and just pick what ever one you feel like using on logon.  

2.  #1 works right into #2, which is customization.  Most of any distro is Free Open Source Software, which means you can tweak the software any way you want.  This gives even more choice with all your choices!

3.  The majority of Linux software does not cost money! Only time to figure out and learn to use to its maximum potential.  


Remember kids, Linux is free to download, distribute and use.  It can also be run directly off the CD to try out or a USB stick.  So start playing around with it and have some fun!  Technology is cool ­čśÇ  


Linux continues to please

It seems like the more you figure out linux, the more you just love it. It is truly amazing at what you can do with it. When I found the screen program, that made me very happy when dealing with servers and SSH, now I’m happy about finding update-rc.d. This handy system prog allows you to run scripts on startup under a runtime level. If you don’t care to know too much about it, simply create your script, give it execute permissions and put it in /etc/init.d/ and run “sudo update-rc.d script defaults” (assuming your script name is “script”). Wala, it will now run automatically for you on boot. pretty spiffy eh? I just used it to bind some directories from my windows partition to my Ubuntu folders so my files stay up to date on either end, but you can do much more then that.

Linux Screen application

Wow, how have I not found the program “screen” until now? It allows you to manage multiple terminal sessions in one. Very useful, especially when your going through SSH and have frequent connection issues. Here’s a quick word from some other random dude who loves it.

Screen is best described as a terminal multiplexer. Using it, you can run any number of console-based applications–interactive command shells, curses-based applications, text editors, etc.–within a single terminal. The desire to do this is what gets most people hooked on screen. I used to start a half-dozen terminal emulators when I logged into my machine: I wanted one to read my email, one to edit my code, one to compile my code, one for my newsreader, one for a shell into my web host, and so on. Now I start one terminal emulator, and run screen in it. Problem solved.

The other main cool feature of screen is its ability to decouple the terminal emulator from the running programs. This means that you can use screen to keep programs running after you accidentally close the terminal emulator, or even after you log out, and later resume right where you were. It means that the idea of a “session” in which you are running a number of console programs is a free-floating entity that you can bind to any terminal anywhere, or no terminal at all if you want.

Ubuntu 11.04!

10 days away now and I’m a bit excited about this release. I have been using the beta for awhile now, and although it was pretty buggy at first (lots of crashes), it seems to be pretty stable now. There are a lot of things I like about the Unity interface and think its the right direction for sure. That being said I have also tried the new gnome3 and actually like it a little bit more (maybe because it was more stable at the time) but in time I’m sure they will both become very attractive for varying reasons.

I’m interested to see how the community reacts to this release, since its the first that will come default with unity.

Invoicing Software

As most people probably know… well some, I run my own business, and until just recently I did all my invoicing with excel sheets to keep it simple. Well I decided to move up in the world and find something better, cause even with the few jobs I get, I found I was actually spending a fair bit of my time writing up the bills and typing in all the client info as apposed to spending time doing actual work.

Being the open source lover that I am, I wanted something Free and Linux friendly. I looked a bit and found some meh ones and a few that didn’t quite work with my setup … but then… out of a user comment… I found … wait for it… SOMETHING! More specifically Bamboo Invoice! It was simple, easy to setup (for a tech) and was pleasant enough to look at.

Bamboo Invoice

The first thing you’ll probably want to know if your considering it, is that it is actually a web app, meaning it needs a web server and database program to run; not a problem for me, but probably will be for some one who doesn’t run their own web server, but if your interested just look up windows LAMP server or something and you’ll find some pretty good and simple web server software that you can run off your own computer and get this thing running.

Any way long story short, I can now just click on “New invoice”, select a client, and put in some amounts and its good to go. It also shows me who has and has not paid as well as if they are overdue on payments. When I have to do taxes at the end of the year it also just show’s me the numbers for the year so I don’t have to manually add them up anymore (not to mention some fancy graphs ^_^).

I realize this is probably pretty boring stuff, but it’s been awhile since I updated my blog so… here it is ^_^ Also its exciting for me cause its making my billing easier and I got to setup a new web app on my server.

Ubuntu moving away from X?

An interesting move Here. I’m all for moving things forward, so it will be interesting to see how this goes. I like the ideas that mark mentions in here, like taking advantage of the newer graphics cards. Hopefully this will encourage video card manufactures to open source their drivers or a variant of them too. Also if its easier to develop on top of Wayland as apposed to X, this will help improve the development process and get better UI’s out sooner!

Looking forward to seeing a Ubuntu version using it!

RedShift GUI

Heres something interesting. Its called RedShiftGUI and its a interface for the program RedShift. Essentially it changes your monitors color depending on the time of day, in order to make it easier on the eyes. I just installed it (at like 3 in the morning) and I noticed a difference right away! Granted the colors seem a bit off (more red) but the strain on my eye’s decreased dramatically!

There is a windows and linux version available. So far I have only tried the linux version on ubuntu 10.04.

Get some instructions Here

Download it Here

Ubuntu Light

Seem as though Canonical (Ubuntu guys) has created a version called “Ubuntu Light” which can boot in 7 seconds to a working web browser on a dell mini 10v using a solid state drive. They are still actively developing it, so its not in its final release yet, but may be of interest to people who are tired of waiting for the computer to load when all they want to do is check email or Facebook. This will definitely give Google a strong competitor vs. their “Chromium OS” since Ubuntu Light still runs apps off the local disk, as apposed to Chromium which runs most things off the cloud (aka internet servers).

You can get more info Here

Good point about Windows & Ubuntu

I read a good article about how people say “Linux is not user friendly” but what they really mean is “Linux is not Windows”. They are so used to windows that they expect all other OS’s to be exactly the same. If you take a person who has no experience with computers, they’ll probably pick up Ubuntu faster then windows.

Click Here for the article.

Exaile Media player

While reading my daily feeds I saw this linux music player called Exaile.   It actually looks pretty awesome in the way its interface is setup with tabbed playlists and the left hand side has a list of artists (well the list can be customized by other stuff too) which is expanded with the little arrow to show albums and another little arrow to show songs in each album.  Very nice way to utilize your screen space!

Check it out Here