Ubuntu 10.10

    Ubuntu 10.10 introduces several new features, as well as numerous smaller modifications. It is a short-term support release. The more dramatic changes include changes to the Ubuntu Software Center, Ubuntu One setup and configuration, a new photo manager called Shotwell, … Continue reading

    Open Source Software

    Linux is developed as a cooperative Open Source effort over the Internet, so no company or institution controls Linux. Software developed for Linux reflects this background. Development often takes place when Linux users decide to work together on a project. … Continue reading

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    Installing and Updating Software

    Ubuntu software distribution is implemented using the online Ubuntu software repositories, which contain an extensive collection of Ubuntu-compliant software. With the integration of repository access into your Linux system, you can think of that software as an easily installed extension of your current … Continue reading

    Software Sources managed from Ubuntu Desktop

    You can manage your repositories with the Software Sources dialog, allowing you to enable or disable repository sections, as well as add new entries. This dialog edits the /etc/apt/sources.list file directly. Choose System | Administration | Software Sources to open the Software Sources … Continue reading

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    Photo Management: Shotwell, F-Spot, and Cheese

    The Shotwell Photo Manager provides an easy and powerful way to manage, display, and import, and publish your photos and images (http://www.yorba.org/shotwell/). It is the default photo manager for Ubuntu 10.10. See the Shotwell user manual for full details (Help … Continue reading


    Many GNOME-based applications make use of GStreamer, a streaming media framework based on graphs and filters (http://gstreamer.freedesktop.org). Using a plug-in structure, GStreamer applications can accommodate a wide variety of media types: The Totem video player uses GStreamer to play DVDs, … Continue reading

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    Thunderbird is a full-featured stand-alone e-mail client provided by the Mozilla project (http://www.mozilla.org). It is designed to be easy to use, highly customizable, and heavily secure. It features advanced intelligent spam filtering, as well as security features like encryption, digital … Continue reading


    Evolution is the primary mail client for the GNOME desktop. It is installed by default along with OpenOffice. Though designed for GNOME, it will work equally well on KDE. Evolution is an integrated mail client, calendar, and address book. The … Continue reading

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    Firefox Configuration

    The Preferences menu (Edit | Preferences) in Firefox enables you to set several different options. There are preference buttons for Main, Tabs, Content, Applications, Privacy, Security, and Advance. On the Main page, you can set you home page, download options, … Continue reading

    Java for Linux

    To develop Java applications, use Java tools, and run many Java products, you use the Java 2 Software Development Kit (SDK) and the Java 2 Runtime Environment (JRE). The SDK is a superset of the JRE, adding development tools like … Continue reading

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    Printer Classes

    The Class entry in the Server | New menu lets you create a printer class. You can access the New menu from the Server menu or from the Add button. This feature lets you select a group of printers to … Continue reading

    Remote Printers

    You specify a printer location using special URI protocols. For a locally attached USB printer, the USB URI is usb. For another CUPS printer on a remote host, the protocol used is ipp, for Internet Printing Protocol, whereas for a … Continue reading

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    Broadcast Services: Gwibber

    Ubuntu provides integrated support for social broadcasts (micro-blogging) based on the Gwibber project. You access broadcast accounts using Gwibber (Applications | Internet | Gwibber Social Client). The first time you use Gwibber, the “Broadcast Accounts” dialog is opened first letting … Continue reading

    KDE Social Desktop

    KDE provides a set of Internet applications as part of the KDE Social Desktop initiative. The social desktop is based on a Web API called the Open Collaboration Services (OCS) that allows applications to interface easily with Internet services like … Continue reading

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    GNOME Components

    From a user’s point of view, the GNOME interface has four components: the desktop, the panels, the main menus, and the file manager. You have two panels displayed, one used for menus, application icons, and running applets at the top … Continue reading

    The GNOME Interface

    The Network Object Model Environment, also known as GNOME, is a powerful and easy-to-use environment consisting primarily of a panel, a desktop, and a set of GUI tools with which program interfaces can be constructed. GNOME is designed to provide … Continue reading

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