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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.

Download of the day: Dolphin File Manager for KDE Linux Desktop

Dolphin is a file manager for KDE focusing on usability. The KDE 3 version of Dolphin is in beta stage, but provides already most features for daily usage. Currently Dolphin gets ported for KDE 4.0. I really liked its simplicity.

The main features of Dolphin are:

* Navigation bar for URLs, which allows to navigate quickly through the file hierarchy.

* View properties are remembered for each folder.

* Split of views is supported.

* Network transparency.

* Undo/redo functionality.

* Renaming of a variable number of selected items in one step and much more

Download of the day: Dolphin File Manager for KDE Linux Desktop Picture

Install dolphin

Debian / Ubuntu Linux user, type:
$ sudo apt-get install dolphin

To start dolphin start KDE or type:
$ dolphin &

From the man page:

dolphin is not intended to be a competitor to Konqueror, the default KDE file manager: Konqueror acts as universal viewer being able to show HTML pages, text documents, directories and a lot more, whereas dolphin focuses on being only a file manager. This approach allows to optimize the user interface for the task of file management.

Download Dolphin File Manager

You can download Dolphin file manager here

Open Source Desktop: Ubuntu Linux vs. PC-BSD, What’s the Difference?

This is an interesting review on PC-BSD and to be honest it looks like a decent alternative to desktop Linux.

I’ve already written about Linux vs FreeBSD on server with lots of interesting commentary from both FreeBSD and Linux fan boys users. I'm using Linux desktop since 1999 and I will never go back to Windows. Many of my friends and coworkers owns Mac OS X but I don't have any plan to jump into it either. However Dru Lavigne offers another alternative PC-BSD ~ the other open source Unix descendant:

Ubuntu is known as Linux for Human Beings, because it's driven by the philosophy that "software should be available free of charge, software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and people should have the freedom to customize and alter their software in whatever way they see fit" (Ubuntu Documentation).

PC-BSD, on the other hand, "has been designed with the casual computer user in mind. Installing the system is simply a matter of a few clicks and a few minutes for the installation process to finish. Hardware such as video, sound, network, and other devices will be auto-detected and available at the first system startup. Home users will immediately feel comfortable with PC-BSD's desktop interface, with KDE 3.5 running under the hood. Software installation has also been designed to be as painless as possible, simply double-click and software will be installed...

=> Linux vs. BSD, What's the Difference? [linuxdevcenter.com]

There's an old saying that goes, if it's not broken, don't fix it! My main concern is hardware compatibility especially wireless card. What do you think? Are you going for a test drive?