Linux in Movies

In <this> article , the blogger/author shows instances of where OpenSource tricks have been displayed on big screen. From Fair Game (1995) to Antitrust(2001) many movies showed us a bite of Open Source technologies. Well this may be a good strategy to popularise Open source !

Other Open source related articles:

Kerala embraces FOSS while Maharashtra is becoming M$rashtra..

Ubuntu 9.04 complete download links


And finally the most awaited Ubuntu 9.04 or the Jaunty Jackalope is out and there seems to be positive criticisms from eveywhere.

Check out whats cool in Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop edition here


Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop CD  in ISO format  (approx 697 MB size)

for i386 , 32 bit <here >

for 64 bit <here>

Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop DVD in ISO format (approx 4.2 GB size)

for i386 , 32 <here>

for 64 bit <here>

Ubuntu 9.04 Server CD  in ISO format (approx 640 MB size)

32 bit <here >

64 bit <here>

Ubuntu 9.04 reviews here .

Official announcement on release here.

Have a look at the Jaunty screenshots here or watch the videos here .

Request a free ubuntu 9.04  CD / DVD here .



Minimized apps to appear in Taskbar+mp3 support for Amarok


Simple tips  for the Kubuntu nOOb

(The following tip is based on Kubuntu 8.04)

Q.) How to make the minimized applications to appear in the taskbar ?

A.)Right click on the task bar ->Add  applet to panel ->Taskbar (the default taskbar for window management)

In this way you can add applets like Login/Logout ,Application launcher ,Trash bin etc

Simple tips  for the Ubuntu nOOb

(The following tip is based on Ubuntu 8.10)

Q.)  How to install  mp3 support for Amarok in Ubuntu ?

A.)  First open /etc/apt/sources.list in root user mode and un-comment the following lines

deb intrepid universe
deb-src intrepid universe
deb intrepid-updates universe
deb-src intrepid-updates universe

save and exit .

Next  open the terminal (Applications->Accessories->Terminal)

Execute the following line

sudo apt-get update

Next , atleast one of these commands executed in the command line should do the  final work :

sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.8-mad


sudo apt-get install libxine-extracodec


sudo apt-get install libxine1-ffmpeg

Finally , restart Amarok and enjoy the mp3 songs .

Due to some legal issues in some countries, Ubuntu doesn’t come support for mp3 playback, Java runtime environment, DVD playback and Flash.

Execution of the following command is an one time solution to install the above supports in Ubuntu .

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Additional readings :

Linus impressed by Microsoft Songsmith

Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds doesnt support Microsoft products , but of late, he seems to have been impressed with a Microsoft product SONGSMITH .

Microsoft Songsmith is music composition software for Microsoft Windows, launched in early 2009 .  Songsmith immediately generates a musical accompaniment after a voice is recorded. The user can adjust tempo, genre (such as pop, R&B, hip-hop, rock, jazz, or reggae), and overall mood (e.g. to make it joyful, sad, jazzy, etc.).The software, formerly called MySong, was developed by Microsoft researchers Dan Morris and Sumit Basu.

Linus considers it a true work of genius” and “when used right the end result is undeniably art.

Read the full article in Linus blog here.

Microsoft Songsmith official site here .

Meanwhile Microsofts advertisements , accusing Open Source softwares for helping terrorists , make me ROFL .    😀

here is the snapshot of the ad  i spotted in a site :


Ms Ad