Xubuntu Intrepid (8.10) Released

Xubuntu Intrepid
Xubuntu Intrepid

The Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex (8.10) release came today, and with it came Xubuntu 8.10! I like Xubuntu because of how light it is, which is the Xubuntu development team’s mission statement:

The goal of Xubuntu is to produce an easy to use distribution, based on Ubuntu, using Xfce as the graphical desktop, with a focus on integration, usability and performance, with a particular focus on low memory footprint. The integration in Xubuntu is at a configuration level, a toolkit level, and matching the underlying technology beneath the desktop in Ubuntu. Xubuntu will be built and developed as part of the wider Ubuntu community, based around the ideals and values of Ubuntu.

I just upgraded my laptop to the 8.10 release and will be upgrading my desktop when I am done with this post. To anyone with an older computer that wants to run a Debian-based Linux distro, I recommend giving Xubuntu a shot. I run it on my laptop and desktop which are definately not old or slow computers, but I dislike bloated software that takes a while to run and I do a lot of gaming so I like keeping my computer’s resources free for that and multi-tasking.

~ Tinny

Feisty Fawn and a LAN

Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) was released on April 19th, 2007. As you can probably guess, I’m running it now and it’s good. The first thing noticed is the increased boot speed, it gets faster with each version. I’m finally running 64-bit with no problems, I even have plugins running on a 32-bit firefox thanks to a guide on Ubuntu Forums.

I switched to the Listen music player after I noticed that Rhythmbox had created huge XML files to use as song info databases and it listed a large amount of files to “ignore” that weren’t even in my music directory. It looked was worse than an iTunes database to me. Listen has .db files that are small and non-intrusive. I also like that Listen has Last.fm, Wikipedia, and access to lyrics built into it, I commonly use them when I find a great song.

At the LAN Party we played some Unreal Tournament GOTY, UT2K4, Tremulous, DPBall 2, and World of Padman.

The Setup The Toms
Oh Snap! Smiley
Smiley Spook
Spook typing on a distant computer Crash and a movie, 300

Quick Nokia N800 Review

I finally got to installing the applet to take screenshots, so here they are:

Desktop

It runs a resolution of 800×480 which is a 5:3 display aspect ratio. I switched to this theme, the default one was much darker. On the desktop I have an RSS feed reader, Google / Wikipedia search, clock, contacts (didn’t set up my GoogleTalk or e-mail yet), and an applet that controls the media player’s “Internet Radio” section. In the upper right you can see a Bluetooth status indicator, display settings, sound settings, connection manager, a screenshot applet that shows the CPU load and memory consumption…and then magically disappears for the second that the screenshot is being taken, and a power status indicator. When the N800 is connected to a computer via USB it shows on the far left of that applet tab.

Battery

The battery outlasts my MacBook’s on normal usage and charges really quick, I’m sure that you could look into getting a longer lasting battery if you wanted, Nokia already has some accessories out for it.

Menu

Here’s a shot of the menu.

Keyboard

There’s an on-screen (virtual) keyboard that’s easy enough to use. It also supports some Bluetooth keyboards, but you can always be creative. Touching the screen with one of your fingers instead of the stylus will bring up a larger virtual keyboard that can be typed on with your fingers or thumbs.

Handwriting

After “training” it to recognize my handwriting, which is very easy and has many shortcut features, it stopped mis-guessing what I’m typing and I have it down pretty well, the word prediction is really nice too. It will remember new words that you enter that it doesn’t know yet, so in the future they are available. If you are at a password prompt it does not list word options and does not remember what you tell it in the word list, you can have it save your passwords but I’m used to not saving passwords. It displays the character for a short period of time and then changes it to an asterisk.

apt-get

Here’s some neat Linux info on it, Nokia’s Internet Tablet OS 2007 Edition is built off of Debian for an ARM CPU.

BusyBox v1.1.3 (Debian 3:1.1.3-3.osso17) Built-in shell (ash)
Enter ‘help’ for a list of built-in commands.

~ $ uname -a
Linux Nokia-N800-51 2.6.18-omap1 #2 Tue Dec 19 18:41:02 EET 2006 armv6l unknown

The Application Manager is just a GUI (Graphical User Interface) to apt-get and dpkg, which is how you install applications, from .deb files and repositories.

The built-in camera is pretty cool, and it comes in clear when you’re in a well light environment. The camera hides away in a bulge that’s on the back of the tablet, which I think is very ergonomically suitable and helps it fit the hands better. The hardware buttons are easy to use and they don’t get bumped easily, there’s even a zoom-in, zoom-out, and fullscreen button on the top of the tablet. The speakers are way better than those of any laptop I’ve ever owned, they are loud and clear. The fold-out stand is handy for setting it on a table where it is still visible and usable, who wants a tablet that lies flat on a table? Not I.

That’s the end of my quick review on the Nokia N800, now go buy one and contribute to making me some sweet apps.
=D

TinMan got a Nokia N800

w00t!

I am posting this from my new Nokia N800.

I’ve been working on a project with the Quake 3 Engine, but I will probably put it on hold to play around with the Maemo SDK (Software Development Kit) to port some apps to this. It runs Nokia’s Internet Tablet 2007 Edition (Maemo 3.0 ‘bora’) which is obviously new and there are still many apps from the 2006 catalog that haven’t been ported to 2007 (3.0) yet.

I’m callng it a night and leaving you with this: Nokia N800

Zombiepox for linux

I just switched from Ubuntu Dapper 32-bit to Ubuntu Dapper 64-bit for performance reasons, and so that I could run an SMP kernel. (I have an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+, the X2 stands for Dual Core) When I installed all my games and messed with the 32-bit ones to get them to run in 64-bit, I decided that since Zombiepox is freeware, I might as well document my installation and then make an installer script for it. Getting Zombiepox to run in 64-bit was a bit more trouble than in 32-bit, so I made a 32-bit shell script and a 64-bit shell script for all of you linux gamers out there.

You can find the zombiepox package here.
Be sure to check out the Free Lunch Design website, its full of awesome freeware arcade games.

~ Tinny

Ubuntu Install Script

When you first install Ubuntu, there are a lot of plugins and programs that aren’t included in the main install, so in the past I have always made a list of things that I’ve installed, and how I installed them. When Breezy Badger came out (Ubuntu 5.10) I had more than three computers up and running it, so I decided to make a very simple script that did most of the work for me, and now with Dapper (Ubuntu 6.06) I have done the same. You can find my installer script here, along with some configuration files that I use. Make sure that you open it up and read all of the notes in it before you use it, that way you can customize it to your personal needs, and your system’s hardware needs.

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Today marks the official release of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS. (Long Term Support)

For those of you who don’t know what Ubuntu is, Ubuntu is a Linux distribution that is based off of Debian Linux. “Ubunu is an African word, meaning ‘humanity to others’ or ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’.”

I have been using Ubuntu as my main Operating System on both my desktop and laptop for quite some time now, and have found it to be a very user friendly Linux distro. If you haven’t used it before, then I recommend that you download the LiveCD and boot it up for a test drive.