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September 19, 2009

NautilusSVN – The TortoiseSVN for Linux users

Filed under: subversion,version control — James @ 2:42 pm
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TortoiseSVN is the dominant Subversion client for Windows. While there so many Subversion clients available, what makes TortoiseSVN special is it’s smooth integration with the Windows Explorer. As a result, working with your Subversion repository becomes super easy. When I switched completely from Windows to Ubuntu Linux, TortoiseSVN is one of the few applications I missed. Not anymore!

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August 17, 2009

Subversion and RapidSVN

Subversion is a very popular version control system. Though Subversion provides a very robust command line client, most of us prefer using a nice GUI front end. Windows users are really fortunate to have a powerful tool like TortoiseSVN which without any argument is simply the best front end for Subversion. Unfortunately, TortoiseSVN is available for just the Windows platform. Here I would like to highlight about RapidSVN, a cross-platform GUI front end for Subversion.

Learn more about RapidSVN from SolitaryGeek.

July 28, 2009

Hudson CI Server – A quick start guide

Filed under: java,netbeans — James @ 4:43 pm
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Learn how to setup Hudson Continuous Integration server to automate your build process from this solitarygeek.com post.

Convert video files to mp3 in Ubuntu

Filed under: ubuntu,unix-linux — James @ 4:41 pm
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Learn how to convert video files to mp3 in Ubuntu using FormatFactory from this solitarygeek.com post.

Convert audio files in Ubuntu with SoundConverter

Filed under: ubuntu,unix-linux — James @ 4:40 pm
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Learn how to convert audio files in Ubuntu using SoundConverter from this solitarygeek.com post.

May 4, 2009

gOS on VirtualBox

Filed under: unix-linux,virtualization — James @ 12:44 pm
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gOS or “Good OS” is an operating system based on Ubuntu. What makes gOS special is it’s “mac” like look and feel, out of the box support for google apps like Gmail, Google Docs, Picasa, Youtube etc through a special mozilla application called prism.

gOS also provides skype, wine in the default installation. Since gOS is based on Ubuntu, ubuntu users will feel right at home when using gOS. All these facts prompted me to go after gOS.

I downloaded gOS after a lot of struggle from their website. They call the operating system as gOS gadgets which really confused me. Only after figuring out the size of the iso, I was convinced that I’m downloading the operating system. Also the website seems less informative and not well organized.

Keeping those things aside, let us quickly see how to install gOS as an guest in VirtualBox. Follow these steps to install gOS as a virtual machine in your VirtualBox:

Download the respective “iso” image from the gOS download site.

  • Open VirtualBox, click “New” to add “gOS”as the virtual machine.
  • Choose “Linux” as the operating system and “Ubuntu” as the version.
  • Complete the rest of the virtual machine setup by giving appropriate details.
  • Mount the gOS “iso” image in the CD/DVD ROM section of the new virtual machine you just created.
  • Start the virtual machine and proceed with the installation.
  • Once the installation is complete, boot into your gOS virtual machine.
  • Once you boot into the gOS virtual machine, open the terminal and type “sudo apt-get install gcc make automake autoconf“. This will install the necessary build tools which is needed to install the virtualbox guest additions.
  • Now click “Devices -> Install Guest Additions” to install the guest additions for this virtual machine.
  • Once the guest additions are installed, restart your virtual machine. If the screen resolution of your virtual machine is still small, follow the steps mentioned in this tombuntu post and reboot your virtual machine.
  • You can still go and configure things like “enabling smooth fonts” etc to make your experience with gOS pleasant.

April 19, 2009

Why there is no official Live CD for Microsoft Windows?

Filed under: general — James @ 2:14 pm
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The first time I ever knew about a “Live CD” is when a friend gave me a “Ubuntu Live CD”. That was three years back and since then I’ve tried many versions of linux. Thanks to this concept, I was able to try and see how the operating system will look like, before rushing to install it on my hard disk. Sad that Microsoft never gives us this option “Try before you install”.

The Live CD’s helped me to evaluate various features offered by many linux distros. And there are some linux distros like “GParted Live”, “Knoppix” etc which are made specifically to run as Live CD.

So I wondered, “Is there a official Live CD for Windows?”. By seeing from what many linux distros have achieved, making a “Live CD” need not be rocket science. Even the smallest of linux distros provide “Live CD” option. Why not Microsoft, which has billions of dollars in it’s pocket?

As I was looking around in the web to find out more details, I found this interesting post from an Ubuntu forum:

“I rarely use the word “never”, because such statements are so often proven wrong. However, I think I’m fairly safe in saying that Windows will never have a LiveCD, because that would mean that any person could run Windows on any machine that can boot from the disc. And all someone would have to do is essentially copy the cd to a partition and make it bootable, and they have an installation of Windows. Microsoft would never allow that as long as Windows is a commercial product.

They don’t even like you to transfer your own paid-for copy of Windows to another computer you own. In what world would they ever produce a LiveCD???”

What do you think? Will Microsoft ever release a Live CD for Windows?

December 9, 2008

Ubuntu@Work, finally…!

Filed under: ubuntu,unix-linux — James @ 4:18 pm
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I cannot forget this day in my life. I’ve been granted permission by my company to use Ubuntu Linux for my work from today. It was like a dream come true for me. I’ve been using Windows for any serious kind of development work till yesterday. Today I felt extremely happy when I booted into linux at my work place for the first time ever to do development. Hurrah! Ubuntu@Work, finally…!

But it was not a bed of rose for me. I first came across the linux world almost 2 years back, when one of my colleagues passed me a Ubuntu 6.x Live CD. I never bothered about it (to be frank, I was scared to use it :-) ) for quite some time. Then I luckily noticed a information in the Live CD that I can try it without ever installing it on my machine. That sounded great to me. I quickly booted into the Live CD and entered into the wonderful world called linux for the first time ever. It was really a pleasant experience.

Not until the fall of 2007, I had the guts to install Ubuntu in any form. Things started to change when I bought a new Dell notebook. It had plenty of hard disk in it and it was quite new which prompted me to try linux in some kind of installed form. So I quickly searched through the web about setting up a dual boot machine along with the Windows XP that was pre-installed in my new notebook. Though I had initial success  in installing Ubuntu, that did not last long. Some issues like improper screen resolution drove me away from Ubuntu for a while.

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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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