Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Few things about 'Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference'

Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is currently in v1.1.


Everything about the Book

At just 5.25 x 8 inches and 166 pages, Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is a compact yet comprehensive guide to everyday Ubuntu use.It's ideal for those who need vital information on all aspects of using Ubuntu, but who don’t have time to wade through thick documentation.

Each chapter of Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference tackles an aspect of Ubuntu.First, you learn about installation—getting Ubuntu onto your computer, after which you learn how to configure your computer's hardware.
Following this, you’re introduced to the Ubuntu desktop, and the tricks and techniques of efficient day-to-day usage. The book then describes the highways of the Ubuntu filesystem, and gives a full run-down of Ubuntu’s file manager.
Next, the command-line is tackled in-depth, after which software management is explained. Finally, system security is described—configuring the firewall, installing antivirus, and encrypting sensitive data. Appendixes provide a glossary of terms, and a guide to understanding technical documentation.
Written for anybody switching to Ubuntu, particularly former Windows users, Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference assumes zero Linux knowledge. It provides the wisdom of the expert user and concisely conveys core competencies.


Table Of contents-

  1. Installing Ubuntu
  2. Configuring Ubuntu
  3. Getting to grips with the desktop
  4. Users and the filesystem
  5. Hands-on at the command-line
  6. Software management
  7. Securing the system
APPENDIX A: Glossary of terms
APPENDIX B: Learning more and getting help
Now what are you waiting for, my fellow Ubuntu users and prospective Ubuntu users. Get your hands on this amazing book at-

http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/index_main.html

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Devlisting.com-An interesting site for Web-developers.

Devlisting.com is a very interesting sites, that lets you find out quality sites related to the web-development interest of yours. The links shown in this site have the certain guarenteed quality, due to their unique concept-

'Pin the good items, unpin the bad ones. Easy as that!'

I'm sorry but it can mostly help web-developing interests only, but lighter topics related such as firefox addons, etc. are also there. Now visit this interesting site, i'm sure you'll not be disappointed at all. And don't be surprised if you found out just the site that you were in search of.

Visit the site at-
http://www.devlisting.com/

Visit the following link for a very good collection of PHP related sites, all are quality sites, i'm sure (I guarentee it from my experience with it)-
http://www.devlisting.com/cat.php?c=7

PHPfront.com- A good PHP script Repository.

This is good page to find useful PHP scripts. PHPfront is a depository of PHP codes and snippets. Learn PHP from these free codes or add them to your own scripts. PHPfront is 100% free to use and supported by its own users. If you would like to add a snippet of code to the site, you can do so on the submit page.
It aims to be one of the biggest free PHP script repositories, but being still in the infancy it needs more users to join and add useful scripts. So as a community it can be made into a very good repository. It will surely help PHP beginners. But, i found some really interesting scripts in its presently small collection of scripts.

See it for yourself at-
http://www.phpfront.com/

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Afraid of trying Linux? No more..

All the people out there who are afraid of trying Linux, just because you are very much used to the Windows, can now try it from within Windows, using some virtualisation technique. And the one I like among them is VitualBox by Sun Microsystems Inc.
Don't worry by the name of a company associated it is the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). Using Virtual you can run almost any Linux distribution from within your Windows, never worrying about the consequences, as it will never affect the Windows host on which it is running. And it is a perfectly stable software.
Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, and OpenBSD.

Just try Linux, esp. Ubuntu or Open-SUSE, and i'm sure you'll like it and soon start loving Linux. You can download VirtualBox from-
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Now get your hands on a VirtualBox and start your journey to Linux and hence Open-source and know the joy and freedom you get in Linux.To know more about VirtualBox visit-
http://www.virtualbox.org

Friday, May 15, 2009

Improving the look of fonts in Linux

Just save the following code, with the name- '.fonts.conf' and put it in your Ubuntu home-page , i.e, the home page of a particular user. Don't forget the period(full-stop) before 'fonts' in the name of that file!
The code is-
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
<fontconfig>
<match target="font">
<edit name="autohint" mode="assign">
<bool>true</bool>
</edit>
</match>
</fontconfig>
This tip was got from the following page-
http://www.codejacked.com/greatly-improve-the-look-of-your-fonts-in-linux/
Please visit this page to clarify further doubts. It surely has some notable difference, i tried.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

How to handle Compiz-Fusion errors.

First of all find out why the Compiz plugin is not working in your system, using the wonderful script by Mr.Forlong. To get the script, visit the page-
compiz-check
And if even the results of the output of the script doesn't make you understand what the problem is, then report the error, along with the output of the script at the following thread in ubuntuforums.org-
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=799070

Please consider posting at the forum only as a last resort. Try some googling first.
Hope this will help you. Enjoy Your Compiz-Fusion.

Ubuntu themes and customizations

Here are some links for the customization of Ubuntu in terms of Themes and Login-screens-
Themes-
25 Awesome and amazing Ubuntu/Linux themes
gnome-looks.org

Login-Screen Themes-
gnome-looks.org
15 beautiful GDM's

Also don't forget to download the compiz-fusion-plugins-extra package, it'll surely add to the beauty and flexibility of your desktop. Now get ready to amaze your friends and relatives with your very own Ubuntu.

Ubuntu 9.04 is awesome

The Ubuntu 9.04 has an amazing startup, owing to the new ext4 filesystem, which has very high response times. The Compiz-Fusion makes Ubuntu simply irresistable. This coupled with a few customizations with the Theme(icon-packages+theme) makes my Ubuntu very beautiful. i'm using the 'Carbon-Gold theme'.

The new Ubuntu has a software called Computer-janitor which I found very handy, as it helps to remove unwanted packages.
Also i'm able to run Windows Xp fully within Linux, using the Sun Microsystems Virtual-Box. Believe me its an amazing virtualization tool.

How to add PHP tags to blogs

Hey guys i've found out how to add php tags and hence examples to the blog. We just have to replace the '<' symbol in tags with a '<' statement, which will render the '<' symbol for us. Its as easy as that. The problem is that google or blogspot server supports the php and hence when i quote examples, they were actually parsing it, i.e, executing the php code. So in order to prevent that we'll render the '<' symbol in the other way, and presto it works. Also put the examples within a <pre> </pre>, it will show the examples as a code-fragment(i.e, in that style).
Now i'll quote more php examples in the blog.