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  • Opinion: Has Unity Knocked Ubuntu Off Its Pedestal?

    It's no secret that the new Unity interface in Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" has been less than entirely successful at pleasing some fans of Canonical's free and open source operating system.

  • Opinion: Ubuntu Linux, Day 16: EXT4 vs. NTFS

    The default file system in Windows is NTFS, and the default file system in Ubuntu Linux is EXT4. The purpose of today's 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux post is to try and understand what the difference is, and whether or not you should care.

  • Opinion: Ubuntu Linux, Day 15: Streaming with Ubuntu One

    Just over a week ago Apple unveiled iCloud-the new data syncing and streaming service that will keep all of your data, contacts, email, and music in sync across various devices. As awesome and revolutionary as iCloud seems, though, Ubuntu is already delivering a similar service with Ubuntu One. So, for today's 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux post we're going to take a peek at what Ubuntu One has to offer.

  • Opinion: 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux: Day 14

    After poking around the Unity interface a bit, I had switched back to the Ubuntu Classic desktop at the urging of some reader comments. But, today I decided to take a close look at Unity, and what unique features and functions it brings to the mix.

  • Opinion: Day 13: Playing Tunes in Banshee

    For Day 13 of 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux I decided to take a deeper look at Banshee. I dabbled with the music playing app installed by default with Ubuntu during my trials and tribulations trying to sync my iPhone, but I had really barely scratched the surface.

  • Opinion: Tiny Linux Plug PC Offers a Cloud Computing Alternative

    Linux-based plug computers such as the Sheevaplug have been drawing fresh attention for some time already, but on Monday MimoMonitors launched the new MimoPlug, a tiny, cube-shaped contender that's designed as a desktop PC alternative for cloud computing applications.

  • Opinion: Day 11: Weighing LibreOffice as an Office Alternative

    Welcome back. For today's 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux post, I am taking a look at LibreOffice--the open source suite of productivity tools that comes installed by default with Ubuntu Linux. I examine how it works, compared with Microsoft Office, or my experience last month spending 30 Days With Google Docs.

  • Opinion: Day 8: Setting Up E-mail in Evolution

    Time to move on. No, I haven't actually resolved all of my issues with getting Ubuntu Linux to display the way I would like it to on my external monitor, but I have wasted enough time toying with that, and frankly it's giving me a migraine. So, in fairness to Linux, I am switching gears.

  • Opinion: Day 7: Lessons from the Unity Trenches

    Welcome back as we wrap up the first week of 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux. I guess it says something about the complexity of switching operating systems as opposed to switching office productivity suites that we are a week in and still playing around with how to just get things installed and configured. I intended to make this post about actually playing around with the Unity interface, but after all of the helpful comments from Day 6, I thought I would try out some of the tips and see what happens.

  • Opinion: Despite Oracle's Antics, LibreOffice Gets a Big Update

    The world may be reeling this week from Oracle's bizarre decision to bequeath OpenOffice.org to the Apache Software Foundation rather than the Document Foundation, but that hasn't stopped the latter from rolling out the second major release of its widely adopted LibreOffice contender.

  • Opinion: Day 2: Wow. That Was Really Easy

    OK. Step one in spending 30 Days With...Ubuntu Linux is to get Ubuntu Linux installed so I can use it. I have already narrowed it down to Ubuntu, so I don't have to bother with the question of which Linux, but the first question I need to address at this point is how to install it.

  • Opinion: PunkThis: An Android and ARM PC Inside Your SATA Bay

    It's a rare user indeed whose every computing need can be satisfied optimally by a single operating system, which is why there are a growing number of dual-boot -- and even quad-boot -- options out there.

  • Opinion: HTC Desire HD Hacked To Run Ubuntu Natively

    The HTC Desire phone range are pretty nice as it is, but it would also be cool to see how the phone runs under another operating system. It didn't take the guys over and the XDA Developers forum too long to get the Android phone to boot Ubuntu natively.

  • Opinion: Asus Padfone, MeeGo-Based Eee PC Expand Choices

    The product announcements are coming fast and furious from the trade show floor at Computex in Taipei, including a virtual sea of tablets. There are a number of interesting contenders in there, to be sure, but two new offerings from Asus--my favorite hardware maker--strike me as being particularly rich with possibilities.

  • Opinion: Skype's Asterisk Move Begins Its Closed Future

    When Microsoft announced its purchase of Skype earlier this month, it took great pains to affirm its commitment to continuing support for the technology on platforms other than Windows.

  • Opinion: Is Open Source Up to Par? Just Ask the DoD

    Last week provided a significant boost to open source software in the form of survey results suggesting that such technologies have now become a norm in the business world. Now, in what's perhaps an even bigger blow to proprietary vendors, none other than the Department of Defense has weighed in with its own support for open technology.

  • Opinion: Computer Centers in W. Virginia Volunteer Fire Stations

    West Virginia is leading the nation in technology innovation. Not the kind of innovation involved in designing computer chips, but in an equally important kind of innovation--social innovation in expanding access to computers, broadband Internet, and computer training. Other states have set up public-use computers at public libraries, but that's not always feasible when the only public library in town is small and understaffed. West Virginia has come up with the idea of providing computer access at volunteer fire and rescue departments and has received a Federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant to put its ideas into practice.

  • Opinion: 'Browser in a Box' Runs Firefox 4 with Ultra Security

    Security is an oft-debated topic in the ongoing browser wars, but there's no denying that malware is a common problem for all of the leading contenders.

  • Opinion: What Linux Needs Is Some Good Marketing

    It's been an exciting year for Linux so far, thanks at least in part to the release of Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal," which is shaping up to be the first desktop Linux release targeted squarely at newcomers to the free and open source operating system.

  • Opinion: Chrome OS Will Likely Include Netflix Support

    Now that the Google I/O conference for developers is just a day away, speculation as to what will be revealed in San Francisco this week is reaching a fever pitch.



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