Ubuntu is composed of many software packages, the vast majority of which are distributed under a free software license. The only exceptions are some proprietary hardware drivers.The main license used is the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL) which, along with the GNU Lesser General Public License (GNU LGPL), explicitly declares that users are free to run, copy, distribute, study, change, develop and improve the software. On the other hand, there is also proprietary software available that can run on Ubuntu. Ubuntu focuses on usability, security and stability. The Ubiquity installer allows Ubuntu to be installed to the hard disk from within the Live CD environment, without the need for restarting the computer prior to installation. Ubuntu also emphasizes accessibility and internationalization to reach as many people as possible.

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March 2014: 10 Most Popular Posts from Ubuntuland & The Dream Valley.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

1.- Ubuntu 14.04 “Trusty Tahr” & Derivatives Released.

Ubuntu 14.04 “Trusty Tahr” & Derivatives Released.

Canonical has announced that its third Long Term Support (LTS) cloud release, Ubuntu 14.04, will be available from 17 April. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will run on all major public cloud services and works with service providers including AWS, Azure, HP Cloud, Joyent, and IBM SoftLayer and SmartCloud. The vendor said the update includes new versions of Juju and MAAS to "design, deploy and scale services

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Ubuntu 14.04 “Trusty Tahr” & Derivatives Released.

Canonical has announced that its third Long Term Support (LTS) cloud release, Ubuntu 14.04, will be available from 17 April.
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will run on all major public cloud services and works with service providers including AWS, Azure, HP Cloud, Joyent, and IBM SoftLayer and SmartCloud.
The vendor said the update includes new versions of Juju and MAAS to "design, deploy and scale services faster than any other platform available today, on cloud or bare metal."
The Linux distribution enables ISVs, SaaS providers and end users to deploy cloud applications securely, offering continued support patches and updates for at least five years.
The update will coincide with the availability of the latest OpenStack release, codenamed Icehouse, which will offer automated installation, bare metal provisioning, a queuing and notification service and Database-as-a-Service features too.
The Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release is a pretty substantial one, adding support for 64-bit ARM servers in addition to that for OpenStack cloud frameworks. It is also the first release to support IBM Power architecture servers and the Docker open-source project for container-based virtualisation.
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Genymotion a good Android emulator for Linux.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The emulator can be found at genymotion.com.

I should preface this post by stating that I have only used the Genymotion emulator for around twenty minutes, but it has already impressed me to the point where I would consider using as my main app testing device (I currently use a hardware device).

I have a few problems with the official Android emulator:
  • Hard to enable x86 emulation on Linux
  • Difficult to spoof GPS coordinates
  • Not very user friendly
In the short period of testing Genymotion, all of these points were resolved.

Installation was literally less than five minutes, the emulator ran buttery smooth, and there were lots of configuration options for testing and running apps. It even comes with images that include the official Google apps so you can essentially use the emulator like a regular hardware device.
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CaRMetal propose a different approach from the graphical interface point of view.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Compass and Ruler (C.a.R.) is a dynamic geometry software developed by Rene Grothmann since 1989. You can find here an history of C.a.R. in the author's wiki. You'll find a lot of informations about this software on the official site of C.a.R.

Rene Grothmann, mathematic's teacher at the catholic university of Eichstätt (Germany), made for his software powerful and reliable algorithms to manage geometrical objects and relations between them : this makes it possible to make very complex geometrical constructions.

For the graphical interface, Rene also did a very great work concerning the interaction between geometric objects and user, what also makes it possible to use C.a.R. with young pupils in primary schools.
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February 2014: 10 Most Popular Posts from Ubuntuland & The Dream Valley.

Monday, March 17, 2014

1.- The rEFInd Boot Manager for computers based on the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) and Unified EFI (UEFI).

The rEFInd Boot Manager for computers based on the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) and Unified EFI (UEFI).

This page describes rEFInd, my fork of the rEFIt boot manager for computers based on the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) and Unified EFI (UEFI). Like rEFIt, rEFInd is a boot manager, meaning that it presents a menu of options to the user when the computer first starts up, as shown below.   rEFInd is not a boot loader, which is a program that loads an OS kernel and hands off control to it.

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2.- Bugsx a program to display and evolve biomorphs.

Bugsx a program to display and evolve biomorphs.

Bugsx draws the biomorphs based on parametric plots of Fourier sine and cosine series and let's you play with them using the genetic algorithm. A paper describing the theoretic backgrounds of bugsx in included in the source only package.   What is bugsx? bugsx runs under MIT's X11 window system. It was written under UNIX but should be easily portable.  It is a program which draws the

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3.- Axiom is a general purpose Computer Algebra system.

Axiom is a general purpose Computer Algebra system.

This project is not part of the GNU Project.   Axiom is a general purpose Computer Algebra system. It is useful for doing mathematics by computer and for research and development of mathematical algorithms. It defines a strongly typed, mathematically correct type hierarchy. It has a programming language and a built-in compiler.   Axiom has been in development since 1973 and was sold as a

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4.- Calc is an interactive calculator which provides for easy large numeric calculations.

Calc is an interactive calculator which provides for easy large numeric calculations.

Calc is an interactive calculator which provides for easy large numeric calculations, but which also can be easily programmed for difficult or long calculations.   It can accept a command line argument, in which case it executes that single command and exits. Otherwise, it enters interactive mode.   In this mode, it accepts commands one at a time, processes them, and displays the answers. In

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5.- Top Tech Innovations of 2013 [Infographic].

Top Tech Innovations of 2013 [Infographic].

Whenever the latest piece of time-saving technology is released we ask ourselves, “how did I ever get on without this?” Okay, maybe we could have lived our lives without the vibrating fork that lets you know when you’re eating too fast, but you get the idea.   The iPad was a lifesaver for many of us young people whose laptops and phones weren’t enough. Just a short time after its debut release

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6.- January 2014: 10 Most Popular Posts from Ubuntuland & The Dream Valley.

January 2014: 10 Most Popular Posts from Ubuntuland & The Dream Valley.

1.- Who Uses Torrents to get Free Music/Video? According to an info-graphic published by BitRebels a year ago, movies like Avatar, Batman – the Dark Knight , Transformers, Star Trek or Inception were just 5 out of 10 most downloaded movies of all time using torrents. The average user age who downloads free music or videos using torrents is somewhere around 22 years old and strongly believes in

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7.- Who Uses Torrents to get Free Music/Video?

Who Uses Torrents to get Free Music/Video?

According to an info-graphic published by BitRebels a year ago, movies like Avatar, Batman – the Dark Knight , Transformers, Star Trek or Inception were just 5 out of 10 most downloaded movies of all time using torrents. The average user age who downloads free music or videos using torrents is somewhere around 22 years old and strongly believes in online freedom. 70% of online users find

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8.- December 2013: 10 Most Popular Posts from Ubuntuland & The Dream Valley.

December 2013: 10 Most Popular Posts from Ubuntuland & The Dream Valley.

1.- Ubuntu Will Add Torrent Search to Embed Free Culture Into Us... A new scope set to be included in Ubuntu by default will allow users of The Pirate Bay to conduct BitTorrent searches directly from Unity desktop. The tool’s creator informs TorrentFreak that while there is still work to be done, the aim of the scope – which is endorsed by Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth – is to embed Free

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9.- Ubuntu Will Add Torrent Search to Embed Free Culture Into User Experience

Ubuntu Will Add Torrent Search to Embed Free Culture Into User Experience

A new scope set to be included in Ubuntu by default will allow users of The Pirate Bay to conduct BitTorrent searches directly from Unity desktop. The tool’s creator informs TorrentFreak that while there is still work to be done, the aim of the scope – which is endorsed by Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth – is to embed Free Culture directly into the Ubuntu user experience.   In early

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10.- Django the web framework for perfectionists with deadlines.

Django the web framework for perfectionists with deadlines.

Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design.   Developed by a fast-moving online-news operation, Django was designed to handle two challenges: the intensive deadlines of a newsroom and the stringent requirements of the experienced Web developers who wrote it. It lets you build high-performing, elegant Web applications quickly.

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The rEFInd Boot Manager for computers based on the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) and Unified EFI (UEFI).

Thursday, March 13, 2014

This page describes rEFInd, my fork of the rEFIt boot manager for computers based on the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) and Unified EFI (UEFI). Like rEFIt, rEFInd is a boot manager, meaning that it presents a menu of options to the user when the computer first starts up, as shown below.

 

rEFInd is not a boot loader, which is a program that loads an OS kernel and hands off control to it. (Since version 3.3.0, the Linux kernel has included a built-in boot loader, though, so this distinction is rather artificial these days, at least for Linux.)

 

Many popular boot managers, such as the Grand Unified Bootloader (GRUB), are also boot loaders, which can blur the distinction in many users' minds. All EFI-capable OSes include boot loaders, so this limitation isn't a problem.

 

If you're using Linux, you should be aware that several EFI boot loaders are available, so choosing between them can be a challenge. In fact, the Linux kernel can function as an EFI boot loader for itself, which gives rEFInd characteristics similar to a boot loader for Linux. See my Web page on this topic for more information.

refind

In theory, EFI implementations should provide boot managers. Unfortunately, in practice these boot managers are often so poor as to be useless. The worst I've personally encountered is on Gigabyte's Hybrid EFI, which provides you with no boot options whatsoever, beyond choosing the boot device (hard disk vs. optical disc, for instance). I've heard of others that are just as bad. For this reason, a good EFI boot manager—either standalone or as part of a boot loader—is a practical necessity for multi-booting on an EFI computer. That's where rEFInd comes into play.

 

I decided to fork the earlier rEFIt project because, although rEFIt is a useful program, it's got several important limitations, such as poor control over the boot loader detection process and an ability to display at most a handful of boot loader entries on its main screen. Christoph Pfisterer, rEFIt's author, stopped updating rEFIt with version 0.14, which was released in March of 2010. Since I forked rEFIt to rEFInd, Christoph has begun pointing rEFIt users to rEFInd as a successor project.

 

The rEFIt Web page has a distinct Mac bias, and the provided binaries work only on Macs because they're 32-/64-bit "fat" binaries, which Macs can handle but UEFI-based PCs can't. rEFIt can be recompiled to work on UEFI-based PCs, but prebuilt binaries for such systems are relatively rare. Although I do own a Mac Mini, my interest lies more on the side of standard PC hardware, and hence with UEFI. My development platform is Linux, and my installation instructions and binaries are much more platform-neutral.

 

I'm aware that many Mac users will consider this a step backward, but I ask their indulgence; I only have so many hours a week to work on this project, and I prefer to devote my efforts to improvements that will benefit all rEFInd users, at least initially.

 

As already noted, rEFInd is a boot manager for EFI and UEFI computers. (I use "EFI" to refer to either version unless the distinction is important.) You're likely to benefit from it on computers that boot multiple OSes, such as two or more of Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. You will not find rEFInd useful on older BIOS-based computers. Prior to mid-2011, few computers outside of Intel-based Macs used EFI; but starting in 2011, computer manufacturers began adopting UEFI in droves, so most computers bought since then use EFI. Even so, many modern PCs support both EFI-style booting and BIOS-style booting, the latter via a BIOS compatibility mode that's known as the Compatibility Support Module (CSM). Thus, you may be using BIOS-style booting on an EFI-based computer. If you're unsure which boot method your computer uses, check the first of the subsections, What's Your Boot Mode.

 

Subsequent sections of this document are on separate pages. Be aware that you probably don't need to read them all; just skip to the sections that interest you:

Note: I consider rEFInd to be beta-quality software! I'm discovering bugs (old and new) and fixing them every few days. That said, rEFInd is a usable program in its current form on many systems. If you have problems, feel free to drop me a line.

 

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Bugsx a program to display and evolve biomorphs.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Bugsx draws the biomorphs based on parametric plots of Fourier sine and cosine series and let's you play with them using the genetic algorithm. A paper describing the theoretic backgrounds of bugsx in included in the source only package.

 

What is bugsx?

bugsx runs under MIT's X11 window system. It was written under UNIX but should be easily portable.  It is a program which draws the biomorphs based on parametric plots of Fourier sine and cosine         series and let's you play with them using the genetic algorithm.

 

The original version which ran under Suntools and XViews was     written by Joshua R. Smith sometime 1990. See the 'credits' section for more details.

 

For more information about the theoretic backgrounds of bugsx consult Joshua R. Smith's paper distributed with this program in gzip'ed postscript format as bugs.ps.gz. You have to uncompress this file with 'gunzip' before you can print it.

bugsx biomorphs

 

Gunzip should be available at an archive near you.

 

The paper can also be gotten from:
http://physics.www.media.mit.edu/~jrs/biomorphs.ps

 

Command line parameters

bugsx accepts the following parameters as command line options:

+rv reverse video (use to override xrdb entry)
+synchronous syncronous mode (use to override xrdb entry)
-? help
-background <arg> backgound color
-batch run program in batch mode
-bg <arg> same as -background
-bordercolor <arg> border color
-borderwidth <arg> border width
-cycle <arg> re-initialize population after n batch turns
-display display
-extend_print show extended reproduction info while running
-fg <arg> same as -forground
-font <arg> font
-foreground <arg> forground color (also file system bar color)
-geometry <arg> geometry
-help help
-iconic iconic
-interval <arg> interval used per turn
-mb show menu border
-name <arg> run bugsx under this name
-nobreed do not breed when running in batch mode
-number <arg> number of biomorphs to draw (must be a square #)
-printpop print the population when breeding
-rv reverse video
-seed <arg> use this seed for random number generator
-segments <arg> use this many segments to draw an organism
-showbreed show breeding subpopulation when in batch mode
-showgenes show a graphic representation of the genes
-synchronous synchronous mode
-v verbose
-xrm make no entry in resrouce database
help help

 

XResources.

 

bugsx recognizes the following XResources. Usually bugsx will search  for resources under the program name but you can override this with the -name flag. If you do not wish to use a specific application defaults file, you can execute xrdb -merge to merge your resource specifications into the XResource database.

bugsx first checks in the directory pointed at by the environment variable XAPPLRESDIR. If this doesn't yield any resource definitions it checks the APP_DEFAULTS_DIR. This is defined in your headers or in bugsx.h. If you want to change this you'll have to recompile bugsx.

background universal backgound color
batch run program in batch mode
batchbreed do not breed when running in bactch mode
borderColor border color
borderWidth border width
cycle re-initialize population after n batch turns
display display
extend_print show extended reproduction info while running
font font
foreground universal foreground color
help show help
mainWin.geometry main window geometry
iconic start program in iconic mode
interval interval used per turn
minimize minimize window size
menuborder draw menu borders
name run bugsxunder this name
number number of biomorphs to draw (must be a square #)
printpop print the population when breeding
reverseVideo reverse video
seed use this seed for random number generator
segments use this many segments to draw an organism
showbreed show breeding subpopulation when in batch mode
showgenes show a graphic representation of the genes
synchronous syncronous mode
verbose verbose mode

 

Install.

To install bugsx just follow these instructions.


Check the multiverse repository is enabled.

 

Inspect /etc/apt/sources.list using your favourite editor with sudo which will ensure that you have the correct permissions.

 

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

 

Ensure that multiverse is included.

After any changes you should run this command to update your system.

sudo apt-get update

 

You can now install the package like this.

 

sudo apt-get install bugsx

 

Which will install bugsx and any other packages on which it depends.


 

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Axiom is a general purpose Computer Algebra system.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

This project is not part of the GNU Project.

 

Axiom is a general purpose Computer Algebra system. It is useful for doing mathematics by computer and for research and development of mathematical algorithms. It defines a strongly typed, mathematically correct type hierarchy. It has a programming language and a built-in compiler.

 

Axiom has been in development since 1973 and was sold as a commercial product. It has been released as free software.

 

Efforts are underway to extend this software to (a) develop a better user interface (b) make it useful as a teaching tool (c) develop an algebra server protocol (d) integrate additional mathematics (e) rebuild the algebra in a literate programming style (f) integrate logic programming (g) develop an Axiom Journal with refereed submissions.

Axiom is sponsored by CAISS, the Center for Algorithms and Interactive Scientific Software, at The City College of New York.

AxiomGraphics

 

Philosophy.

The Axiom project focuses on the “30 Year Horizon”. The primary philosophy is that Axiom needs to develop several fundamental features in order to be useful to the next generation of computational mathematicians. Knuth's literate programming technique is used throughout the source code. Axiom plans to use proof technology to prove the correctness of the algorithms (such as Coq and ACL2).


Design.

In Axiom, all objects have a type. Examples of types are mathematical structures (such as rings, fields, polynomials) as well as data structures from computer science (e.g., lists, trees, hash tables).

 

A function can take a type as argument, and its return value can also be a type. For example, Fraction is a function, that takes an IntegralDomain as argument, and returns the field of fractions of its argument. As another example, the ring of 4\times 4 matrices with rational entries would be constructed as SquareMatrix(4, Fraction Integer). Of course, when working in this domain, 1 is interpreted as the identity matrix and A^-1 would give the inverse of the matrix A, if it exists.

 

Several operations can have the same name, and the types of both the arguments and the result are used to determine which operation is applied (cf. function overloading).

 

Axiom comes with an extension language called SPAD. All the mathematical knowledge of Axiom is written in this language. The interpreter accepts roughly the same language. SPAD was further developed under the name A# and later Aldor. The latter can still be used as an alternative extension language. It is, however, distributed under a different license.

axiom
Features.

Within the interpreter environment, Axiom uses type inference and a heuristic algorithm to make explicit type annotations mostly unnecessary.

 

It features 'HyperDoc', an interactive browser-like help system, and can display two and three dimensional graphics, also providing interactive features like rotation and lighting. It also has a specialised interaction mode for Emacs, as well as a plugin for the TeXmacs editor.

 

Download.

 

Pre-compiled binaries

Axiom has been compiled to run on various platforms.

 

This table contains links to various tar-gzipped version of files. In general you need to know the name of the file you download, usually something ending in .tgz (tar-gzip). You also need to know where the file gets untarred, this is referred to as (where) below. When you cd to the (where) location you should see the top level Makefile for Axiom, the changelog, etc.

 

Axiom builds on various platforms and uses the convention that the last name in the AXIOM shell variable denotes the type of system. This is referred to as the SYSNAME. You need to know which SYSNAME you downloaded.

 

To use one of these binaries just do:

 

download the binary and untar it.
  cd axiom
  export AXIOM=`pwd`/mnt/SYSNAME <= replace SYSNAME with actual name
  export PATH=$AXIOM/bin:$PATH

 

ubuntu
src bin

 

ubuntu64
src

 

Source code

Axiom source code is maintained in a Gold and Silver version. The Gold version is the "released" version. Gold versions are released every two months.
The Silver version is the current "bleeding edge" that contains changes which will be tested and released into Gold every two months. Unless you need a recent feature or bug fix, or are working as a developer, there is no reason to use Silver

 

GOLD SOURCES

Tarball

The Gold (November 2008) release of Axiom is available.
The source code tarball from November, 2008 is here

wget http://axiom.axiom-developer.org/axiom-website/downloads/axiom-july2008-src.tgz
tar -zxf axiom-july2008-src.tgz
cd axiom
export AXIOM=`pwd`/mnt/ (see table below)
export PATH=$AXIOM/bin:$PATH
make

 

GIT

You can clone the git repository from GitHub:

git clone git://github.com/daly/axiom.git
cd axiom
export AXIOM=`pwd`/mnt/ (see table below)
export PATH=$AXIOM/bin:$PATH
make

Or you can download the sourcecode from savannah:

cd axiom
export AXIOM=`pwd`/mnt/ (see table below)
export PATH=$AXIOM/bin:$PATH
make

AxiomHyperDoc

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Calc is an interactive calculator which provides for easy large numeric calculations.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Calc is an interactive calculator which provides for easy large numeric calculations, but which also can be easily programmed for difficult or long calculations.

 

It can accept a command line argument, in which case it executes that single command and exits. Otherwise, it enters interactive mode.

 

In this mode, it accepts commands one at a time, processes them, and displays the answers. In the simplest case, commands are simply expressions which are evaluated. For example, the following line can be input:

3 * (4 + 1)

and the calculator will print:

15

All numbers are represented as fractions with arbitrarily large numerators and denominators which are always reduced to lowest terms. Real or exponential format numbers can be input and are converted to the equivalent fraction. Hex, binary, or octal numbers can be input by using numbers with leading '0x', '0b' or '0' characters. Complex numbers can be input using a trailing 'i', as in '2+3i'. Strings and characters are input by using single or double quotes.

apcalc1

Commands are statements in a C-like language, where each input line is treated as the body of a procedure. Thus the command line can contain variable declarations, expressions, labels, conditional tests, and loops. Assignments to any variable name will automatically define that name as a global variable.

 

The other important thing to know is that all non-assignment expressions which are evaluated are automatically printed. Thus, you can evaluate an expression's value by simply typing it in.

 

Many useful built-in mathematical functions are available. Use the:

help builtin

command to list them.

 
Useful calc links:
If are interested in algorithms for finding very large primes:
Some of the methods used by the Amdahl 6 to discover (what was at the time of discovery, the largest known non-Mersenne prime): (391581*2^216193-1) are contained in the calc script lucas.cal. This calc script is available as part of calc distribution.
 
If are interested the product of curious primes:
See the curious calc web page.
 
Calc is free
The calc program is free. It is distributed under the GNU Lesser General Public License.

Calc is open software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation version 2.1 of the License.

 

Many people have expressed their thanks the many people who wrote calc, tested calc, contributed code to calc, patched calc, and helped to improve it since it started back in 1984.

 

We, the authors of calc wrote calc because they wanted to write it, because it was fun writing it, and because we wanted you to use and enjoy it.

If you use and enjoy calc, and you want to show your appreciation for calc, you might consider doing some of the following:

  • Write and contribute some .cal resource files
  • Write and contribute some calc shell scripts
  • Work on one of the calc TODO items (type "help todo")

Download & Install.

Calc mirror sites will find the following special files:

 

calc source mirror sites

  • calc-*.i686.rpm: installs calc executable & shared libraries
  • calc-devel-*.i686.rpm: installs headers, static executable & static libraries
  • calc-*.src.rpm: calc src as an rpm
  • calc-debuginfo-*.i686.rpm: non-stripped executable & libraries suitable for advanced debugging
  • *_IS_LATEST_STABLE: indicates the most recent stable version
  • *_IS_LATEST_UNSTABLE: indicates the most recent beta-test version
  • HOWTO.INSTALL: How to install from the calc gziped tarball in 4 easy steps
  • README: general download notes
  • CHANGES: changes made as of most recently built version
  • COPYING: calc GNU Lesser General Public License information
  • COPYING-LGPL: GNU Lesser General Public License
  • checksum.*: a checksum of the various calc tarballs
  • what-is-calc: A brief explanation of calc apcalc

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Top Tech Innovations of 2013 [Infographic].

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Whenever the latest piece of time-saving technology is released we ask ourselves, “how did I ever get on without this?” Okay, maybe we could have lived our lives without the vibrating fork that lets you know when you’re eating too fast, but you get the idea.

 

The iPad was a lifesaver for many of us young people whose laptops and phones weren’t enough. Just a short time after its debut release though, the consumers had plenty to complain about, namely that is was just too big. Enter the iPad mini: all the features and convenience of the regular iPad in a smaller compact size. Though it still doesn’t fit into your pocket, you look less foolish using one in public.

 

Are you a gamer? 2013 was your year.  Both Playstation 4 and Xbox One made a big splash this year.  All this without entirely breaking your budget, being $399 and $499, respectively.  Papertab looks to revolutionize the electronic reader movement.

 

Check out this infographic to see more of the items that make our lives move more smoothly. From Google Glass to Chromecast, we will always want something more. What’s your favorite new tech gadget from this year? Don’t forget to like and comment and share with your friends!

Tech Innovations of 2013

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January 2014: 10 Most Popular Posts from Ubuntuland & The Dream Valley.

Monday, February 17, 2014

1.- Who Uses Torrents to get Free Music/Video?
Who Uses Torrents to get Free Music/Video?
According to an info-graphic published by BitRebels a year ago, movies like Avatar, Batman – the Dark Knight , Transformers, Star Trek or Inception were just 5 out of 10 most downloaded movies of all time using torrents. The average user age who downloads free music or videos using torrents is somewhere around 22 years old and strongly believes in online freedom. 70% of online users find
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2.- December 2013: 10 Most Popular Posts from Ubuntuland & The Dream Valley.
December 2013: 10 Most Popular Posts from Ubuntuland & The Dream Valley.
1.- Ubuntu Will Add Torrent Search to Embed Free Culture Into Us... A new scope set to be included in Ubuntu by default will allow users of The Pirate Bay to conduct BitTorrent searches directly from Unity desktop. The tool’s creator informs TorrentFreak that while there is still work to be done, the aim of the scope – which is endorsed by Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth – is to embed Free
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3.- Ubuntu Will Add Torrent Search to Embed Free Culture Into User Experience
Ubuntu Will Add Torrent Search to Embed Free Culture Into User Experience
A new scope set to be included in Ubuntu by default will allow users of The Pirate Bay to conduct BitTorrent searches directly from Unity desktop. The tool’s creator informs TorrentFreak that while there is still work to be done, the aim of the scope – which is endorsed by Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth – is to embed Free Culture directly into the Ubuntu user experience.   In early
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4.- Django the web framework for perfectionists with deadlines.
Django the web framework for perfectionists with deadlines.
Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design.   Developed by a fast-moving online-news operation, Django was designed to handle two challenges: the intensive deadlines of a newsroom and the stringent requirements of the experienced Web developers who wrote it. It lets you build high-performing, elegant Web applications quickly.
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5.- APTonCD is a tool that can back up software packages (.deb files) downloaded via Advanced Packaging Tool (APT).
APTonCD is a tool that can back up software packages (.deb files) downloaded via Advanced Packaging Tool (APT).
APTonCD is a tool that can back up software packages (.deb files) downloaded via Advanced Packaging Tool (APT) or aptitude, creating a repository that can be used to install those packages on other computers without Internet access.   APTonCD gathers the collected packages into a single ISO image. A third-party optical disc authoring tool can subsequently write the ISO image to a disc.  
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6.- September 2013: 10 Most Popular Posts from Ubuntuland & The Dream Valley.
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7.- New GtkThemes for Xubuntu.
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GTK+ is a graphical user interface library used by the SpeX Applications. One of the cool feature of GTK+ is its support of themes. Themes allows you to customize the color and shape of widget by assigning colors and/or pixmap to GTK application. This can give you a completely new look and feel to you application.   1. Using themes: Themes are stored in: /usr/local/share/themes To use a
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Ubuntu GNOME (formerly Ubuntu GNOME Remix) is an official flavor of Ubuntu, featuring the GNOME desktop environment. It is intended as a mostly pure GNOME desktop experience built from the Ubuntu repositories.   Ubuntu GNOME aims to bring a mostly pure GNOME desktop experience to Ubuntu. Keeping in coordination with the Ubuntu Desktop Team, we have decided to stay with GNOME 3.8 for the 13.10
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9.- Mario Behling has announced the release of Lubuntu 13.10, a lightweight variant of Ubuntu that provides the minimalist LXDE desktop and a selection of light applications.
Mario Behling has announced the release of Lubuntu 13.10, a lightweight variant of Ubuntu that provides the minimalist LXDE desktop and a selection of light applications.
Lubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu based on the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE), as its default GUI. The goal is to provide a very lightweight distribution, with all the advantages of the Ubuntu world (repositories, support, etc.).   Lubuntu is targeted at "normal" PC and laptop users running on low-spec hardware. Such users may not know how to use command line tools, and in most cases
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10.- Jack Yu has announced the release of UbuntuKylin 13.10, an official variant of Ubuntu (with Unity) designed for users in China and providing a customised Chinese user experience.
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UbuntuKylin is an official Ubuntu subproject whose goal is to create a variant of Ubuntu that is more suitable for Chinese users using the Simplified Chinese writing system.   The project provides a delicate, thoughtful and fully customised Chinese user experience out-of-the-box by providing a desktop user interface localised into Simplified Chinese and with software generally preferred by
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Who Uses Torrents to get Free Music/Video?

Saturday, January 25, 2014

According to an info-graphic published by BitRebels a year ago, movies like Avatar, Batman – the Dark Knight , Transformers, Star Trek or Inception were just 5 out of 10 most downloaded movies of all time using torrents. The average user age who downloads free music or videos using torrents is somewhere around 22 years old and strongly believes in online freedom.

70% of online users find that there’s nothing wrong with piracy.
If you start asking an experimented user what are his thoughts on piracy, he’ll probably tell you he respects the rights of someone else’s artwork but strongly believes the world should be free and information, in general, should be free, especially when it ends up online.

 

In the past few years, people have started using torrents more and more and that’s mainly because of their accessibility and super fast speeds. More recent studies have shown that music videos from artists like Jay-Z and Kanye West (“Watch the Throne”), LMFAO (“Party Rock Anthem”) and Adele (“21″, “Set fire to the rain”) were among most downloaded music on the web using torrents.

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Download entire discographies.
People can now use torrents to get entire free music and video band discographies. This says something about the times we’re living in. No more tapes, not so much DVDs, just pure high quality audio and video files downloaded using torrents, ready to be uploaded into a person’s iPod or smartphone.

 

That’s how much we enjoy listening to music and watching movies and we clearly enjoy both of them a lot more than we used to, mainly because we’re all connected on some level, online.

 

Netflix helped by torrent sites.
There are now companies like Netflix have found themselves launching products a lot more closer to torrent sites. For example, Netflix recently launched its video streaming service in Netherlands and hopes to gather large user base and licensing for major tv shows that europeans and the rest of the world would watch.

 

Yet, it doesn’t have that information, it doesn’t know to what tv shows it should focus on getting streaming rights. And that’s where torrent sites from Netherlands come handy: following the number of video downloads using torrents, Netflix can get an idea of what the Internet users love watching, therefor helping Netflix make an informed decision when buying their next TV show rights.

 

In a near future, it’s more likely big corporations become a lot more friendlier to their users, giving them the ability to download nearly everything using torrents.

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December 2013: 10 Most Popular Posts from Ubuntuland & The Dream Valley.

Friday, January 10, 2014

1.- Ubuntu Will Add Torrent Search to Embed Free Culture Into Us...

Ubuntu Will Add Torrent Search to Embed Free Culture Into User Experience

A new scope set to be included in Ubuntu by default will allow users of The Pirate Bay to conduct BitTorrent searches directly from Unity desktop. The tool’s creator informs TorrentFreak that while there is still work to be done, the aim of the scope – which is endorsed by Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth – is to embed Free Culture directly into the Ubuntu user experience.   In early

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3.- APTonCD is a tool that can back up software packages (.deb f...

APTonCD is a tool that can back up software packages (.deb files) downloaded via Advanced Packaging Tool (APT).

APTonCD is a tool that can back up software packages (.deb files) downloaded via Advanced Packaging Tool (APT) or aptitude, creating a repository that can be used to install those packages on other computers without Internet access.   APTonCD gathers the collected packages into a single ISO image. A third-party optical disc authoring tool can subsequently write the ISO image to a disc.  

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4.- September 2013: 10 Most Popular Posts from Ubuntuland & The ...

September 2013: 10 Most Popular Posts from Ubuntuland & The Dream Valley.

1.- New GtkThemes for Xubuntu. GTK+ is a graphical user interface library used by the SpeX Applications. One of the cool feature of GTK+ is its support of themes. Themes allows you to customize the color and shape of widget by assigning colors and/or pixmap to GTK application. This can give you a completely new look and feel to you application. 1. Using themes: Themes are stored in: /usr/

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5.- New GtkThemes for Xubuntu.

New GtkThemes for Xubuntu.

GTK+ is a graphical user interface library used by the SpeX Applications. One of the cool feature of GTK+ is its support of themes. Themes allows you to customize the color and shape of widget by assigning colors and/or pixmap to GTK application. This can give you a completely new look and feel to you application.   1. Using themes: Themes are stored in: /usr/local/share/themes To use a

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6.- Ali Jawad has announced the release of Ubuntu GNOME 13.10, t...

Ali Jawad has announced the release of Ubuntu GNOME 13.10, the project's second release as an official Ubuntu flavour featuring the GNOME 3 desktop with GNOME Shell.

Ubuntu GNOME (formerly Ubuntu GNOME Remix) is an official flavor of Ubuntu, featuring the GNOME desktop environment. It is intended as a mostly pure GNOME desktop experience built from the Ubuntu repositories.   Ubuntu GNOME aims to bring a mostly pure GNOME desktop experience to Ubuntu. Keeping in coordination with the Ubuntu Desktop Team, we have decided to stay with GNOME 3.8 for the 13.10

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7.- Mario Behling has announced the release of Lubuntu 13.10, a ...

Mario Behling has announced the release of Lubuntu 13.10, a lightweight variant of Ubuntu that provides the minimalist LXDE desktop and a selection of light applications.

Lubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu based on the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE), as its default GUI. The goal is to provide a very lightweight distribution, with all the advantages of the Ubuntu world (repositories, support, etc.).   Lubuntu is targeted at "normal" PC and laptop users running on low-spec hardware. Such users may not know how to use command line tools, and in most cases

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8.- Jack Yu has announced the release of UbuntuKylin 13.10, an o...

Jack Yu has announced the release of UbuntuKylin 13.10, an official variant of Ubuntu (with Unity) designed for users in China and providing a customised Chinese user experience.

UbuntuKylin is an official Ubuntu subproject whose goal is to create a variant of Ubuntu that is more suitable for Chinese users using the Simplified Chinese writing system.   The project provides a delicate, thoughtful and fully customised Chinese user experience out-of-the-box by providing a desktop user interface localised into Simplified Chinese and with software generally preferred by

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9.- Stéphane Graber has announced the release of Edubuntu 13.10,...

Stéphane Graber has announced the release of Edubuntu 13.10, a flavour of Ubuntu designed for educational and non-profit environments.

Edubuntu is a partner project of Ubuntu, a distribution suitable for classroom use. The aim is that an educator with limited technical knowledge and skill will be able to set up a computer lab, or establish an on-line learning environment, in an hour or less, and then administer that environment without having to become a fully-fledged Linux geek.   What's New? Edubuntu 13.10 is mostly a

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10.- Jonathan Riddell has announced the release of Kubuntu 13.10,...

Jonathan Riddell has announced the release of Kubuntu 13.10, an Ubuntu variant featuring the latest KDE desktop environment.

Kubuntu is a free, user-friendly Linux distribution based on KDE's desktop software and on the award-winning Ubuntu operating system. It has a biannual release cycle and at least 18 months of free security updates for each release. Besides providing an up-to-date version of the KDE desktop at the time of the release, the project also releases updated KDE packages throughout the lifetime of each

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