Linus Torvalds Switched Back To Gnome

Posted on in Categories Gnome, Kde, Linux, Linux desktop, Linux distribution, Linux laptop last updated January 24, 2009

Linus Torvalds, Linux’s creator, dislikes the GNOME desktop. There was a big flame war(s) between Linus Torvalds and the GNOME community. At one point he claimed that – “Gnome seems to be developed by interface Nazis and that its developers believe their users are idiots“. And guess what? Who made the switch to Gnome?

Ubuntu Linux: Watch and Play BBC / YouTube Videos With Totem Movie Player

Posted on in Categories Linux, Linux desktop, Linux distribution, Linux Multimedia, Ubuntu Linux last updated November 9, 2008

The Totem Movie Player application is a movie player for the GNOME desktop (default on Ubuntu Linux) based on GStreamer framework and xine library, and enables you to play movies or songs. Various format such as MPEG audio and video (MP3/MPV), Ogg, AVI, ASF, MOV, WMV, QuickTime, and more are supported. Playing of DVD and VCD media is also possible. You can watch Youtube video or listen BBC streams (podcasts) with this player without installing anything else such as Adobe Flash player.

February 6, 2007 : nixCraft FAQ Roundup

Posted on in Categories FAQ last updated February 6, 2007

Recently updated/posted Linux and UNIX FAQ:

=> Shell command or script to write simple output on screen under Linux and UNIX

=> Delete a log files in Linux or UNIX

=> VSFTPD limit the number of simultaneous vsftpd connections for a single IP address

=> Gnome Desktop Keyboard Shortcut Keys

=> Disable Advanced power management (APM) on Linux

=> Locate files on linux, FreeBSD and UNIX system

=> List installed packages on Linux or FreeBSD / OpenBSD system

=> Howto: Use mysql or run mysql queries from shell script

=> Linux configure batch jobs using at command

=> Solaris add a new swap file for database

=> Apache server view performance status with mod_status configuration

=> Howto Secure portmap service using iptables and TCP Wrappers under Linux

Download OpenSuse Linux 10.2

Posted on in Categories Download of the day, Suse Linux last updated December 7, 2006
Download OpenSuse

Update: Download latest OpenSuse Linux version 10.3.

I know most of us tired of answering questions about the Microsoft-Novell deal.. but OpenSuse Linux 10.2 is here….

openSUSE is a community project, sponsored by Novell, to develop and maintain SUSE Linux components (such as YaST).

Some of the Good application included:
* AppArmor: gives certain applications rights based on how they run and interact with the environment.
* YaST: a system management application
* Xen: virtualization software
* The KDE and GNOME desktop environments and many more

It’s available for download on http://download.openSUSE.org in x86, x86-64, and ppc versions – via ftp from our mirrors and bittorrent.

Read more at OpenSuse mailing list

How to add Windows TrueType fonts easily in Linux desktop system

Posted on in Categories Howto, Linux desktop, News, Windows last updated November 15, 2006

How do you use Windows True Type fonts in Linux or how do you install Windows TrueType fonts in Linux? – A typical newbie question.

Fonts are very important. When you migrate from Windows XP to Linux you may miss Truetype font. TrueType is a font standard developed by Apple Computer. By 1991 Microsoft had built TrueType into the Windows 3.1 operating system. The FreeType project provides TrueType under Linux. So let us see how to backup your Windows TrueType fonts and install them in Linux.

It is quite easy to add Windows True Type fonts in Linux. First make sure you copy Windows fonts on USB pen (usually located in C:\Windows\Fonts directory) or just mount windows NTFS/FAT partition. You can copy selected or all fonts from C:\Windows\Fonts directory.

Linux Gnome desktop

=> Open your default file manger or double click Computer icon on Gnome desktop
=> Type url:
fonts://
Alternatively, select Open Location? from file menu and type
fonts://
=> Once window open, just drag and drop fonts into this new windows from USB pen or mounted partition. Don’t forget to restart application or just logout and login again.

Novell Suse Linux

  • Novell Suse Linux has Font installer.
  • Open Font installer from System administration option located on gecko menu > Personal settings
  • Provide root password when prompted
  • Click on Add fonts button
  • Now install fonts from USB pen or mounted Windows Partition
  • Save changes
  • Don’t forget to restart your desktop (just logout and login again)

Quick way to switch from KDE to GNOME or viceversa

Posted on in Categories CentOS, Howto, Linux, Linux desktop, Linux distribution, Linux laptop, RedHat/Fedora Linux, Tips last updated September 7, 2006

This tip is submitted by reader Zacharie:

switchdesk is the command to switch from KDE to GNOME or viceversa. This command provides a simple method of choosing between the various desktop environments available under Fedora Core, Cent OS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

If X Windows is running, switchdesk will bring up a dialog box which allows the user to choose between the available desktops installed on the system.

Task: To switch from GNOME to KDE, use the command

$ switchdesk kde

Task: To switch from KDE to GNOME, use the command

$ switchdesk gnome

Please note that file ~/.Xclients, ~/.Xclients-default stores the currently selected desktop.

A note about other distros/BSD

switchdesk is RedHat and friends only command. If you are using different Linux distribution or FreeBSD, open ~/.xinitrc file and type full path to your desktop manager. For example, to use xfce4 desktop:
$ vi .xinitrc
Append following line (your path may be different use, which command to get exact path):
/usr/X11R6/bin/startxfce4

Save and close the file. Enjoy new desktop.

While login you will see option for different desktops (provided that all of them are installed). Usually this is located below Username / password box or lower left button. Just select appropriate desktop (KDE/XFC4 etc).

Load KDE while running Gnome

You can load KDE while running Gnome desktop (thanks to sweta for pointing it out):
Just open your gnome terminal and type the command:
$ startkde &