Adobe announced that the Flash player for Linux will only be available for Google Chrome browser on Linux and has announced their plans to abandon future updates of Flash player for Linux. From the blog post:
For Flash Player releases after 11.2, the Flash Player browser plugin for Linux will only be available via the “Pepper” API as part of the Google Chrome browser distribution and will no longer be available as a direct download from Adobe. Adobe will continue to provide security updates to non-Pepper distributions of Flash Player 11.2 on Linux for five years from its release.
This blog post listed Linux Compatible USB wireless adapters. It seems that many new Linux users frequently have problems learning how to install RT2870 driver under Linux. I also received email requesting installation instructions for the same device. This quick tutorial will explains how to install RT2870 based chipset device with WPA2 authentication and TKIP wireless encryption.
Awesome! Here are few more Linux customization resources for you.
8 Great Alternative Desktop Managers For Linux
Various UNIX / Linux desktop managers (personally I’m big fan of both Gnome and Fluxbox), from the post:
Most of the Linux users should be familiar with Gnome and KDE since both of them are the most commonly used desktop managers in the various Linux distros. Now, if you are using an old PC with low hardware specs, you might find that the above two desktop environments are too heavy for your computer to handle.
In this case, you will have to consider using an alternative lightweight desktop manager for your Linux. Here are 8 of the best lightweight desktop managers that I personally use and recommend.
Google gadgets is an open-source implementation of Google gadgets platform for Linux and is now available for download.
This is a good news for all European Linux users. You can now order Dell Laptop preloaded with Ubuntu Linux 7.10.
From the Dell blog:
Starting today, customers in Germany, United Kingdom, France and now Spain can purchase Ubuntu Linux 7.10 with built-in DVD playback on the XPS 1330n (in addition to the previously-released Inspiron 530n desktop system. For U.S. customers, you’ll have to hold on a week or so.
Ubuntu 7.10 runs great on the XPS M1330. It has more power, more style. Take a look at the Dell Ubuntu website for more details.
BBC iPlayer extends existing RealPlayer-based “Radio Player” and provides streamed video clip content from BBC website. The service has been criticised for its lack of support for many PCs, browsers including Mac OS X and Linux. Now BBC started to support both Linux and Mac computer. This is great news. From the BBC press release:
From today we are pleased to announce that streaming is now available on BBC iPlayer. This means that Windows, Mac and Linux users can stream programs on iPlayer as long as their computer has the latest version of Flash. Another change is that you do not have to register or sign in any more to download programs
Please note that BBC iPlayer is currently restricted to UK ips only. However, you can watch common video and other audio without a problem.
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GNU Grub allows you to have several operating system on system and user can select one to start. Grub allows you to boot different kernels, operating system, floppy / cd boot and network boot. Dedoimedo.com has published article about how to setup and configure GRUB bootloader with multiple operating systems. This article is a compilation of sources and examples that will help you learn about GRUB. New Linux users will probably find the notion of spending hours searching for relevant pieces of information (especially if their PC won’t boot) somewhat frustrating. The goal of this guide is to help provide simple and quick solutions to most common problems regarding multi-boot setups and installation of Linux operating systems:
A typical question asked by many new Linux users. The answer is pretty simple:
Your partitions are not being unmounted properly when you last shutdown the Linux desktop. Linux needs to shutdown properly (Iâ€™m sure this applies to Windows and Mac OS too) before powered off. If you skip this step there could be data loss.
If you are using text based session (CLI), type following command as privileged user:
shutdown -h now
If you are using GUI (KDE / Gnome or any other Windows Manager) click on System > Quit button. Look out for shutdown button.
Do not unplug the power supply. Also use UPS (Uninterruptible power supply) to protect data and to avoid other problems. I recommend APC ups for continuous supply of electric power.
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Recently I came across a small but useful resource about making the switch to Linux from Windows. The site has information about:
=> What Linux is?
=> How to get it?
=> How to install it? etc
The site is useful for new Linux users who wish to make the switch.
This website is run by a non-profit organization, GNU/Linux Matters, to promote GNU/Linux amongst everyday users. We believe in a widespread use of free software â€“ as part of a truly free society; and wanted to say how useful and fun Linux is.
=> get GNU/Linux website
Project Indiana is a new project to create an OpenSolaris binary distribution. This distribution will focus on providing a single CD install with the basic core operating system and desktop environment, with the opportunity of installing additional software off network repositories just like Ubuntu Linux.
This is a new project from Sun. The main aim is make OpenSolaris an easy to use UNIX:
The distribution will showcase much of the work continuing in the OpenSolaris community and the best of breed open source software available within other open source communities. Moverover, the distribution will include work that closes the familiarity gap with existing GNU/Linux users eg. install and packaging.
Project Indiana will be a leading edge distribution with an expected adoption of OpenSolaris enthusiasts and developers on single user systems and basic server setups. It will also encourage new users coming to the platform for the first time.
According to Ian Murdockâ€™s Weblog:
Like Linux, OpenSolaris is a kernel. Except that itâ€™s more than a kernel. Or, rather, more than a kernel but not quite a complete operating system. Are you confused yet?
Ian is 100% right and suggests ways to improve OpenSolaris. In short Sun’s new project trying to turn OpenSolaris into a practical distributions, you can download OpenSolaris just like Ubuntu and use it like a pro. Now the million dollar question ~ Can OpenSolaris make Sun shine again?
Read more: Sun’s Project Indiana: turning OpenSolaris into a practical platform