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New Notification System for GNOME and KDE

Canonical the makers of Ubuntu about to introduce a new desktop notification system proposal. New changes should improve the usability of the Linux desktop including desktop notification system for both GNOME and KDE. From the Mark Shuttleworth blog:

The key proposals we are making are that:

* There should be no actions on notifications.
* Notifications should not be displayed synchronously, but may be queued. Our implementation of the notification display daemon will display only one notification at a time, others may do it differently.

That’s pretty much it. There are some subtleties and variations, but these are the key changes we are proposing, and which we will explore in a netbook device with a partner, as well as in the general Ubuntu 9.04 release, schedule gods being willing.

I think new changes looks more like Growl system used in Mac OS X. You can read more about proposal including mockup video that shows new notification system here.

Yet Another Reason To Get Open Source Software

The USB Overdrive is a device driver for Mac OS X that handles any USB mouse / trackball / joystick / gamepad and any Bluetooth mouse from any manufacturer and lets you configure them either globally or on a per-application basis. Some one posted a screen shot of USB Overdrive software. If you are a sensitive pirate you might feel guilty (found via Digg). Maybe it is a time to switch to Linux.

Get Free CodeWeavers CrossOver License

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CodeWeavers is a company that sells a proprietary version of Wine called CrossOver, for running Windows applications on Mac OS X and Linux. The Codeweavers "Great American Lame Duck Presidential Challenge" has ended as average gasoline prices in the Twin Cities to $2.79 a gallon. You can download full unlocked version for Mac or Linux.

The goals focused on President Bush making specific positive accomplishments in areas such as the economy, home values, the stock market, the war on terror and other key issues. Specifically, one goal called for President Bush to help bring down prices.

According to wikipedia:

On October 14, gas prices in Minneapolis and St. Paul did just that (2.79 a gallon). Codeweavers were true to their word, and on October 28, a combination of Slashdot and Digg took down their website as people rushed to get the free software. According to Codeweavers, "You will be able to unlock your serial number that was emailed to you for an extended time, (an additional 48 hours), due to this downtime.

Direct download links

For Tuesday, October 28, 2008 only, they are putting up fully unlocked builds:

Book: Ubuntu Kung Fu Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks

In a few short years, the Linux operating system has gone from a hobbyist's power tool to a highly usable, mainstream choice. The most popular version of Linux these days is called Ubuntu. Ubuntu's rise to power has been rapid, historic and well-deserved. It's the best Linux distribution ever, still most people only use a fraction of its power.

In Ubuntu Kung Fu: Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks (Pragmatic Bookshelf), award-winning Linux author Keir Thomas gets down and dirty with Ubuntu to provide over 300 concise tips that enhance productivity, avoid annoyances, and simply get the most from Ubuntu. You'll find many unique tips here that can't be found anywhere else. You'll also get a crash course in Ubuntu's flavor of system administration.

Whether you're new to Linux or an old hand, you'll find tips to make your day easier.

Ubuntu builds on a solid base of Debian Linux to create an award-winning operating system that's light-years ahead of its competitors. Ubuntu consistently tops lists of the most popular Linuxes amongst professionals and enthusiasts; Dell recently embraced Ubuntu in its product lines after a user survey indicated overwhelming public support.

Ubuntu Kung Fu provides hints, hacks, tweaks and tricks for every level of user. Its 300+ concise tips utilize and exploit hidden or lesser-known features to boost day-to-day productivity, and let you have more fun using Ubuntu.

You'll also find tips on tweaking Ubuntu, wrangling the system into shape, optimizing, enhancing security, and lots more. Learn what extraordinary things can be done with Ubuntu.

If you're migrating from Windows or Mac OS X, this book is for you. These tips have one aim -- to produce results as quickly as possible, in an environment where you can polish your skills as you read.

This is the Linux book for the rest of us.

About author

Keir Thomas is an award-winning author who has been writing about Linux, operating systems and computer hardware for more than a decade. Formerly a computer magazine journalist and editor, working on titles such as Linux User and Developer, Linux Magazine and PC Utilities, his other book titles include Beginning Ubuntu Linux, Third Edition; Beginning Fedora Linux; and Beginning SUSE Linux, Second Edition.

Book Info

  • Title: Ubuntu Kung Fu
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
  • Author: Keir Thomas
  • ISBN: 9781934356227, 400 pages, $34.95 USD, £21.99 GBP
  • Order Info: order@oreilly.com // 1-800-998-9938 // 1-707-827-7000
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GIMP version 2.6 has been released and available for download. It is a free raster graphics editor used to manipulate digital graphics and photographs under Linux and other operating systems. It is often used as a free software replacement for Adobe Photoshop, the most widely used bitmap editor.

What's new in GIMP v2.6

Major revisions in interface and tools were made available with the 2.6.0 release in 2008. There is a bigger changes in UI, free select tool and brush tools. Lesser changes in code and partial, tool level, provide higher color depths and even non-destructive editing. See Gimp release note for more information.

Fig.01: GIMP 2.6 running on Linux (credit GIMP project)

Fig.01: GIMP 2.6 running on Linux (credit GIMP project)

Download Gimp 2.6 for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X

With the growing ubiquity of, and user reliance on, mobile computing devices (laptops, PDAs, smart phones, etc.), loss or theft of a device is increasingly likely, disruptive, and costly.

Adeona is the first Open Source system for tracking the location of your lost or stolen laptop that does not rely on a proprietary, central service. This means that you can install Adeona on your laptop and go -- there's no need to rely on a single third party. What's more, Adeona addresses a critical privacy goal different from existing commercial offerings. It is privacy-preserving. This means that no one besides the owner (or an agent of the owner's choosing) can use Adeona to track a laptop. Unlike other systems, users of Adeona can rest assured that no one can abuse the system in order to track where they use their laptop.

This looks good solution but if thief wipe the hard drive at first boot then this software will not help you. If your laptop carries sensitive data encrypt it with software.

Download Adeona

Click here to download open source Adeona software for Mac OS X, Linux and Windows operating systems (via Linux.com)

Download Google Chrome Browser for Linux / Mac OS X

There is no native Linux and Mac versions of Chromium available but codeweavers released version for Mac OS X and Linux. From the project page:

Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web. The Chromium codebase is the basis for Google’s Chrome browser.

This is just a proof of concept and you should wait for native version. This good if you would like to test new browser.

Download Google Chrome for Linux / Mac OS X