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November 30, 2008

jUploadr – A cool upload tool for Flickr

I upload photos regularly to my flickr account. Till now, I used the built-in web based upload tool offered by flickr. I’ve used both the basic version and the flash based version of their upload tool on both windows and linux. However, as I upload more and more photos, I didn’t enjoy the web based upload tool offered by flickr. That doesn’t mean the web based upload tool is not good. It’s really good and based on your taste and need, it might be the only tool you would like to use to upload photos to your flickr account.

My taste was different. I preferred a desktop upload tool and initially looked for some firefox add-ons. I tried some add-ons but they were really a nightmare! Some of them crashed my browser and some of them slowed down firefox. So, I quickly removed them and lived with the default web based upload tool offered by flickr. Of late, as I was looking for some desktop tools, I found some tools listed down in the official flickr site. There are some official flickr desktop tools for both windows and mac, but sadly, there are no official tools for linux. This is not the first time linux had been treated as a third class citizen by many vendors! Nevertheless, there are so many third party applications avaliable for linux. And if there is one tool which immediately got my attention, it’s jUploadr. The beauty of jUploadr is, unlike many other flickr tools, which were available for a dedicated operating system, jUploadr can run on linux, mac and windows.

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And now NetBeans 6.5 is there in my Ubuntu-8.10

Filed under: netbeans,ubuntu,unix-linux — James @ 1:44 pm
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NetBeans is my favourite IDE for java development. I’ve been using NetBeans from version 4.1 onwards and I can’t believe that it has progressed and transformed itself so well. Right from version 5.0 onwards, NetBeans has been making amazing strides in terms of developer adoption. And the recent 6.5 release is really fantastic. It’s fast, it’s responsive and got many new cool features. Though I use NetBeans at office which runs on Windows XP, I haven’t tried that yet on my Ubuntu-8.10. So, I thought it’s time to give it a go.

Installing NetBeans in Ubuntu in very easy. The only pre-requisite for installation is to have a suitable JDK on your machine. That too is not a problem if you download the NetBeans + JDK bundle. But I thought of installing them separately. By default, Ubuntu-8.10 doesn’t come with JDK pre-installed, so you have to install it manually. Installing JDK in Ubuntu is just a matter of issuing a “one line” command. Just open your terminal and type:

“sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jdk”

or, if you are a person who prefer GUI more than command line, open your Synaptic Package Manager and look for “sun-java6-jdk” and install it. What surprised me though was the availability of the latest JDK, i.e, “JDK 6 Update 10″. Installing JDK had never been so easy.

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November 26, 2008

Excellent list of quality opensource Ubuntu applications

Wow, today looks like a great day for me as a Ubuntu user. I normally don’t like stuffs like “Top 10 must have tools for your blah blah” kind of things. I got bored by reading the same stuff again and again especially when I hear application list for windows. But today I came across a very good collection of opensource Ubuntu applications and this one looks very interesting (might be because I’m new to the linux world). I think almost all of these apps can be used on many linux distros and not just Ubuntu.

Since the author is a graphic designer you can see a lot of “graphics” related tools but there are other good collection as well. And my personal favourite among the applications listed is “NetBeans“. Not that I don’t know about NetBeans before, infact, I have been using NetBeans for almost three and a half years now. It’s really a top notch opensource IDE for Java programming.

What applications do you use on your Ubuntu machine? What are your favourite apps?

Ubuntu time-saving tips

Filed under: ubuntu,unix-linux — James @ 2:32 pm
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I happened to read a nice article which precisely explains many good tips to new ubuntu users. I must admit that I learnt many new things from it. If you are a Ubuntu newbie you might like this article. But if you are a linux geek, then this might not amuse you. Here is the link for the article:

50 amazing Ubuntu time-saving tips

November 24, 2008

Ubuntu user base growing rapidly

Filed under: ubuntu,unix-linux — James @ 11:45 pm
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Numbers does prove something and if you trust it, then Ubuntu Linux is definitely growing rapidly. According to some estimates, there are more than 8 million Ubuntu users. You can find more info from the article “Ubuntu Linux: 8 Million Users and Growing“.

Getting better results with WUBI

Filed under: opensource,ubuntu,unix-linux — James @ 4:03 pm
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WUBI dramatically reduces the gap that prevents windows users to try Ubuntu. If you are wondering what WUBI is all about, you may get some idea from my post “WUBI – A wonderful little gem that helps windows users to try Ubuntu“. Yes, with WUBI, installing Ubuntu is just like installing Firefox or Thunderbird on a windows machine.

Well, while there are so many great things that WUBI offers, there is one drawback that can make eyebrows rise. WUBI downloads the latest “iso” image from the web automatically when you run it. There is nothing wrong with that and infact this is what makes WUBI a very very easy tool to use. Then what really is wrong with WUBI?

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November 23, 2008

Is Ubuntu for you?

Filed under: ubuntu,unix-linux — James @ 9:11 am
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I stumbled across this great picture today and thought of sharing with you all.


You can find the original image from http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/29948/Ubuntuforyou.jpg. In the mean while, have you decided whether Ubuntu is for you?

November 22, 2008

Adoption of Open Source Software (OSS) growing rapidly in public sector

Filed under: general,opensource — James @ 8:58 am
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I recently attended a conference titled “Open Source Economy” organized by Sun Microsystems and some government institutions of Malaysia. I was very excited to hear about the increasing adoption of Open Source Software (here after OSS) in the public sector in Malaysia. I also came to know that this adoption started way back in 2003. Here are some facts I collected from it:

- The government of Malaysia has setup an Open Source Competency Center (OSCC) which is responsible for the adoption of OSS in public sector institutions. There are many information and statistics available from their portal.

- 1208% increase in the use of OSS in public sector since 2003.

- Collaboration with universities to incorporate OSS into syllabus and to increase the use of OSS in ICT labs.

- Several states were issued circulars to use OSS.

- Openoffice.org is now the most widely used office suite in public sector.

- Other open source softwares used are Firefox, Thunderbird, Java, PHP, MySQL, Apache, Drupal, Joomla, OpenCRM

- 300,000 PCs in schools to use Openoffice.org. They are now using MS Office. Looks like a bad news for MS :-(

- Collaborating with countries like Australia, South Africa etc to set up centres similar to OSCC.

Many notebooks I saw in the presentation booths were running Ubuntu Linux. Very refreshing.

As an open source enthusiast, this really is a great news for me. I will be very happy if Linux is also accepted in the same way like Openoffice.org.

November 21, 2008

Visual History of Ubuntu

Filed under: ubuntu,unix-linux — James @ 3:45 pm
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I happened to stumble upon a wonderful collection of screenshots explaining the history of Ubuntu. I have used Ubuntu (casually) right from Ubuntu-7.10 aka Feisty Fawn and have become a serious user with Ubuntu-8.10.

If you are a Ubuntu fan, these screenshots might amuse you as well. Here it is:

History of Ubuntu, from Warthog to Ibex

November 17, 2008

Good news for Google Talk users on Linux

Yesterday I asked my wife to chat with her mother using my new Ubuntu 8.10 and she happily accepted it. She quickly picked up pidgin and started chatting. But then she asked me, ” I want to speak to my mother, how can I go about?”. I told her that with pidgin you can only do text chat and voice chat facilities are not supported in pidgin. When she asked me, “Why don’t you just install Google Talk?”, I replied her, “Google Talk is not yet available for Linux”. She just went to her Windows XP notebook. Looks like I missed a major oppurtunity to convert my wife to Ubuntu.

I too love Google Talk and I miss it whenever I use Ubuntu. Most of my friends have google talk account but I was able to only chat with them by sending text messages from either Pidgin or Gmail. Though many Google products like Google Earth, Picasa are now available in Linux, Google Talk is not yet there and many Linux users like me need it very badly.

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