Friday, November 27, 2009

Making Most Out of Ubuntu 9.10

You've seen other tutorials after installing Ubuntu 9.10 on your computer. Well, here's another free, useful guide to get the most out of Ubuntu.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thank You!

I don't have much, but because God created freedom, I enjoy things that some tend to take for granted. There are those who still believe and that what gives us faith.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Create Database Using Base Easily

As developers, we often create database using .NET or MySQL with the usual Add, Edit, Delete, Search, Print, Export to PDF, etc. We can do this with Entry Forms using Base:

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Ubuntu Administration Tips

Linux is different from Windows that every files in Linux has permissions. For example, when you need to open a document, you must have permissions to open it, or modify it. You must also be the owner or belongs to a group to modify the file. In this tutorial, you will learn how to add, modify and delete users and groups, in such that every file in your system will know who is the owner, or which belongs to the group.

Ubuntu Linux 3 Years Ago

When I had a first glimpse of Ubuntu, I said to myself, why not give it a try. You can run Ubuntu on a live CD without installing it to your drive. My first impression is that it looks nice and it's easier to navigate on the applications installed since it is categorized on the menu. After that, I took the plunge and installed it. Back then, there were tons of bugs that I try to fix it myself. As you can see, when I written my first Ubuntu blog, there were “hacks” to fix the problems in programs. But after 3 years now, bugs were fixed and I can do more with Linux as I'm writing this today.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ubuntu App Store

Ubuntu has an App Store called Software Center like that you see on your Iphone. Using this application, you can see programs you installed and other programs you like using a simple interface. Here, you can add or remove programs instantly easily.
Or, there are alternatives that functions the same, having a web-based approach. You just select the apps you like then install it with one-click. Haven't tried this yet but I've seen this from other sites and works pretty well.

Really Nice Indeed!

As I've said before, Kubuntu is for those who wanted a different looking desktop other than the Ubuntu default Gnome, which looks almost like running Windows. I've tried it and it's really looks very attractive especially when Desktop effects are enabled: translucent taskbar, nice icons, opacity of every applications, etc. (Well, you can also have some of this features in Ubuntu Gnome using compiz), but overall, it's really nice indeed.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ubuntu 9.10: The Windows 7, Mac OSX Alternative

If you are a new user, download the default Gnome version in ubuntu website:
If you like a different looking desktop, which is similar to the Windows interface, download Kubuntu:
If you have a netbook, download the Ubuntu Netbook Remix version in ubuntu website:
If you have a slow computer like a Pentium II, download and install Xubuntu:
If you are an artist, download Ubuntu Studio:
If you are a student or you like to use it in schools for children, download Edubuntu:
If you like to use it to your business, download Ubuntu Server Edition in ubuntu website:

Of course, you may install these different flavors on your default ubuntu install: System->Administration->Synaptic, search ubuntu-desktop (for Gnome), kubuntu-desktop (for KDE), xubuntu (for XFCE), edubuntu (For Education Ubuntu).

Read the review here:

Monday, November 16, 2009

Linux for Netbooks

Netbooks are now the latest fad in computing industry. They are small and light, mobile enough to bring it anywhere. You can surf the web, do twitting, social networking, and write blogs wherever you are, and be free.

Netbooks are not just that fast like the notebook counterparts that is why of its low-cost. Because of this, Linux is a better candidate since it would run faster in slower processors that it would even run on Pentium II machines.

Mount UDF (Live File System) Volume CD, DVD In Ubuntu 9.04

1.sudo mount -t udf -o loop /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom.
2.That's it!
Note: This is read-only; you cannot write to the CD or DVD.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Autostart Linux Commands In Kubuntu 9.10, KDE 4

1.Click Add Program and add command for example: sudo mount -t vboxsf music Shared_Music.
2.Click Properties, put a name, then Advanced Options.
3.Check Run In Terminal. Run as a Different User (if you're using a standard account), and choose the Administrator Username (This can be ommited using Opensuse 11.2).
4.That's it!

Ten Years of Desktop Linux

Actually, it's 3 years of desktop Linux for me, and really enjoyed it.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Removing Bouncing Cursor In Kubuntu 9.10 KDE 4

1.System Settings->Desktop->Launch Feedback->Busy Cursor.
2.Choose No Busy Cursor. That's it!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Installing Software In Ubuntu 9.10

Ubuntu 9.10 has a new way of installing software after the Ubuntu 9.04 release. I think it's much easier, and works great!

Installing Ubuntu Studio 9.10

Ubuntu Studio 9.10

With this link, you will learn how to install Ubuntu Studio 9.10 step by step.


* The GIMP - free software replacement for Adobe Photoshop
* F-Spot - full-featured personal photo management application for the GNOME desktop
* Google Picasa - application for organizing and editing digital photos


* Firefox
* Opera
* Flash Player 10
* FileZilla - multithreaded FTP client
* Thunderbird - email and news client
* Evolution - combines e-mail, calendar, address book, and task list management functions
* aMule - P2P file sharing application
* Transmission BitTorrent Client - Bittorrent client
* Azureus/Vuze - Java Bittorrent client
* Empathy IM Client - multi-platform instant messaging client
* Skype
* Google Earth
* Xchat IRC - IRC client


* OpenOffice Writer - replacement for Microsoft Word
* OpenOffice Calc - replacement for Microsoft Excel
* Adobe Reader
* GnuCash - double-entry book-keeping personal finance system, similar to Quicken
* Scribus - open source desktop publishing (DTP) application

Sound & Video:

* Amarok - audio player
* Audacity - free, open source, cross platform digital audio editor
* Banshee - audio player, can encode/decode various formats and synchronize music with Apple iPods
* MPlayer - media player (video/audio), supports WMA
* Rhythmbox Music Player - audio player, similar to Apple's iTunes, with support for iPods
* gtkPod - software similar to Apple's iTunes, supports iPod, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, iPod photo, and iPod mini
* XMMS - audio player similar to Winamp
* dvd::rip - full featured DVD copy program
* Kino - free digital video editor
* Sound Juicer CD Extractor - CD ripping tool, supports various audio codecs
* VLC Media Player - media player (video/audio)
* Helix Player - media player, similar to the Real Player
* Totem - media player (video/audio)
* Xine - media player, supports various formats; can play DVDs
* Brasero - CD/DVD burning program
* K3B - CD/DVD burning program
* Multimedia Codecs


* KompoZer - WYSIWYG HTML editor, similar to Macromedia Dreamweaver, but not as feature-rich (yet)
* Bluefish - text editor, suitable for many programming and markup languages
* Quanta Plus - web development environment, including a WYSIWYG editor


* VirtualBox OSE- lets you run your old Windows desktop as a virtual machine under your Linux desktop, so you don't have to entirely abandon Windows
* TrueType fonts
* Java
* Read-/Write support for NTFS partitions

Lots of our desired applications are available in the Ubuntu repositories, and some of these applications have been contributed by the Ubuntu community.

These application list is provided by Falko Timme.

Another link for more applications:,5-more-free-linux-apps-you-cant-do-without.aspx

Monday, November 9, 2009

Ubuntu 9.10 vs. Windows 7

I've been using Ubuntu for three years now, and I'm an Ubuntu user ever since. I'm not saying that Windows is bad it's just that it's quite expensive, living in a poor country, having prices with the exchange rate in pesos, for me it's better to save money than spend it on original software that costs around P3,000 each. In Ubuntu, you got everything you need: photo editing, video editing, audio recording, office, etc. You just have to have time to learn these applications, which I did, just like learning in Windows.
I've downloaded the Windows 7 release candidate, and it's nice, but it's actually the same as any other OS, it's just another different interface. What matters most is that you can do your work with lesser problems and earn some money.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

How To Install Ubuntu 9.10 To A USB Drive, Pen-drive, Thumb-drive

Follow the instructions on this link:

Few reminders:
1.In Hard Disk Partitioning, be sure to choose the USB Drive and not your hard disk. This is usually labeled what your brand of pen-drive you have.
2.In “Are you really ready for Ubuntu?” the final step, also be sure to choose your pen-drive not your hard disk or it will overwrite your existing boot loader.
3.That's it!

Where Is The Total Market Share of Ubuntu?

Steve Ballmer himself told everyone that Windows 7 is doing "fanatastic," and has overtaken Vista on sales over a similar period. Meanwhile, Mac sales increased 17%, while Ubuntu doesn't have any numbers to compute.

Thursday, November 5, 2009 Writer Tips and Tricks

I'm not a writer by profession, but I did books about stories, computer tutorials, and blogging. Usually, I do it alone, but if you're writing with others, this tips using Writer will help you collaborate with fellow authors.

How To Upgrade Ubuntu 9.04 to 9.10 Using An Alternate CD

Only one caveat: I never tried using this procedure, I always do network upgrades using the Update Manager because it's much simpler.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Convert MIDI Files To MP3, OGG, and etc.

Converting MIDI Files From Rosegarden To MP3,OGG, and etc.

1.In Rosegarden, export to MIDI file.
2.Then, Convert to OGG using Sound Converter.
3.That's it!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Which Is The Fastest?

Here we have Windows Vista; Windows 7;Ubuntu 9.04, and Ubuntu 9.10. Which OS boot the fastest? Check it out here:

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Save Money, Use Open Source

Using Linux can save you money, while getting your job done. It will also help you learn new things and get involved in the community, and be a part of Open Source.