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Displaying items by tag: Hamish Taylor

Saturday, 31 October 2009 13:05

Upgrading Ubuntu Linux made easy

There has been a significant amount of media coverage on upgrading to Windows 7. Reports are emerging of upgrades taking a long time, with typical times of 4-5 hours and some reports of up to 10 hours. Upgrading from a 32 bit version to a 64 bit version is not possible and requires a fresh install. In comparison, let's see how easy to is to upgrade to the latest version of Ubuntu Linux.

Late October 2009 is proving to be an interesting time in the world of computer operating systems. Within the space of eight days we have seen Apple dramatically dropping their prices, Microsoft releasing Windows 7 and on Thursday 29 October Canonical will release Ubuntu "Karmic Koala" 9.10.

This afternoon after I got home from work, I fragged my online enemies! What makes this remarkable is that I use Ubuntu Linux, and as everyone know gaming doesn't work on Linux (tongue-in-cheek comment there). What is even more amazing is that I didn't install an application to do this.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009 16:01

Software Freedom Day 2009 taking shape around the world

Saturday September 19th 2009 is Software Freedom Day, a global day of celebration of Free and Open Source Software. One of the main goals of Software Freedom Day (SFD) is to educate the public about the benefits of Free and Open Source Software.


Monday, 07 September 2009 16:05

More LUV for Donna Benjamin

At the Linux Users Victoria (LUV) Annual General Meeting, held on Tuesday 1 September 2009 at Trinity College, Melbourne, Donna Benjamin was elected to the position of President for the second year running. With a membership of 1793, LUV is a significant organisation in the Australian Free and Open Source software community.

Monday, 31 August 2009 15:36

New Skype Beta Client For Linux

The Linux community has been waiting for a long time for an updated Skype client. Recently Skype released a Beta client, version 2.1.0.47, with many new features and bugfixes, bringing Skype functionality on Linux much closer to that available for Mac and Windows.

Thursday, 21 May 2009 16:24

Ekiga 3.2 on Ubuntu 9.04

The other day my partner left the market shopping list at home. I took a few minutes off from cleaning the house to try SMSing it to her using Skype, rather than using the small keyboard on my mobile. However I found that the latest Linux Skype client, version 2.0.0.72, does not include SMS functionality (amongst quite a few other features that Windows users have). Frustrated with Skype's treating Linux users like second-rate citizens, I resolved to see what alternatives there are to Skype. I started with Ekiga, which is pre-installed on Ubuntu. Read on to find out how I went getting rid of Skype and its limitations.

Last night I downloaded the Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix (UNR) and installed it on my Asus Eee PC 901. Here’s how it all went.

Thursday, 30 April 2009 11:01

Ubuntu 9.04 Boot Times

Charles Dickens wrote that "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times". I have a feeling that he wasn’t referring to computer operating system boot times, but that's what I’m going to discuss today. More specifically Ubuntu 9.04's boot times.

Microsoft Corporation today quietly announced the end of internal development of Internet Explorer. A spokesman said that one of the senior managers saw a car-bumper sticker which said "The only good use for Internet Explorer is to download Firefox", which prompted some soul-searching within the company.

Friday, 30 January 2009 08:47

Easy image resizing and rotating in Ubuntu

Easy, quick and simple image resizing and rotating is important to many people. When using Windows, you're able to download and install the Image Resizer "PowerToy". You can then manipulate images directly from Windows Explorer. But how do you do the same task in Ubuntu?

Tuesday, 06 January 2009 10:26

Clam anti-virus on Ubuntu

There are quite a few anti-virus packages that work with Linux, such as ClamAV, AVG, Avast!, Panda, NOD32, Avira, F-Prot, Kaspersky, eScan and Sophos. I got these names from a quick Google search and it may not be an exhaustive list. Most of those packages are proprietary, some are free and open source. Many of them charge licence fees. However, this article is about ClamAV, so lets get on with it!

Tuesday, 06 January 2009 06:53

Personalising the desktop wallpaper in Ubuntu

In a continuing series of articles highlighting that GNU/Linux is a viable replacement operating system, today we're exploring how to set the desktop background (also known as "wallpaper") on the popular Ubuntu distribution.

Friday, 02 January 2009 12:37

Dropbox on Ubuntu 8.10

In a continuing series of articles highlighting that GNU/Linux is a viable replacement operating system, today we're exploring how to use Dropbox on the popular Ubuntu distribution.

Friday, 19 December 2008 05:23

The real value of Linux

There will never be a "Year of the Linux desktop", but I don't think that is actually all that important. Here's why.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008 07:46

Gmail adds simple Task lists

Tasks in Gmail is one of the most often requested features. In an early Christmas present for many people, in the past few days, Google has released a Labs application which enables a simple Task List in Gmail.

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Sunday, 30 November 2008 03:30

Data encryption and Ubuntu, Part III

In a continuing series of articles highlighting that GNU/Linux is a viable replacement operating system, today we're exploring how to encrypt emails using the popular Ubuntu distribution.

Thursday, 27 November 2008 05:32

Data encryption and Ubuntu, Part II

In a continuing series of articles highlighting that GNU/Linux is a viable replacement operating system, today we're exploring how to encrypt local files using PGP in the popular Ubuntu distribution.

Friday, 21 November 2008 07:37

Data encryption and Ubuntu, Part I

In a continuing series of articles highlighting that GNU/Linux is a viable replacement operating system, I want to spend a bit of time talking about data encryption, focussing on how to achieve this with the Ubuntu distribution.
At the Adobe Max conference in San Francisco, California, Adobe announced the availability of a pre-release 64-bit version of their Flash Player 10 and a full version for mobile devices.

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