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

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

1.- New GtkThemes for Xubuntu.

KhaliGTK+ 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 theme, copy the /usr/local/share/themes/THEME_NAME/gtk/gtkrc file to your ~/.gtkrc.

For example, to used the Redmond95 theme,
   cp /usr/local/share/themes/Redmond95/gtk/gtkrc ~/.gtkrc

To stop using theme,
   delete the .gtkrc file or
   cp /usr/local/share/themes/Default/gtk/gtkrc ~/.gtkrc

2.- 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.

ubuntugnome-smallUbuntu 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 release. Please see the GNOME 3.8 Release Notes for features of GNOME 3.8.

3.- 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-smallLubuntu 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 they just don't have enough resources for all the bells and whistles of the "full-featured" mainstream distributions.

With many LXDE components, Lubuntu also uses well-known applications, such as Firefox, Openbox, Pidgin, to name a few. The Lubuntu project wiki contains more information on the project and the applications used available.

4.- 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.

ubuntukylin3UbuntuKylin 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 many Chinese users.

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

Edubuntu-13-10-Beta-1-Screenshot-Tour-383135-12Edubuntu 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 refresh on Edubuntu 13.04 without any significant change to the package selection.

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

saucysalamanderKubuntu 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 release.

Technologies Used.

Kubuntu is based on free software from many communities of developers including:

7.- Ubuntu 13.10 “Saucy Salamander” introduces the first release of Ubuntu for phones and Ubuntu Core.

ubuntu image-beautifulFast, free and incredibly easy to use, the Ubuntu operating system powers millions of desktop PCs, laptops and servers around the world.

To use Ubuntu is to fall in love with it.

The desktop environment is intuitive but powerful, so you can work quickly and accomplish all you can imagine.

You’ll be captivated by its elegance.

8.- Howard Chan has announced the release of Ubuntu Studio 13.10, an Ubuntu sub-project providing a full range of multimedia content creation applications for audio, graphics, video, photography and publishing.

ubuntustudioHoward Chan has announced the release of Ubuntu Studio 13.10 “Saucy Salamander”.

This exciting release incorporates the new features listed below.

* A new menu structure which works on any desktop environment. Len Ovens and Mish did a great job on moving various apps to the right submenu and creating new menu icons.

* A new package named ubuntustudio-installer, which allows any person to install our metapackages and can fit into any desktop environment.

* Instead of a settings menu, we have fitted in a new Settings Manager, with all settings in one place.

9.- Pasi Lallinaho has announced the release of Xubuntu 13.10, an official flavour of the Ubuntu with Xfce - a stable, light and configurable desktop environment.

Xubuntu-13-10-Beta-1-Screenshot-Tour-382661-7The Xubuntu team is delighted to announce the release of Xubuntu 13.10!

Some of the highlights for Xubuntu 13.10 include:

A new version of xfce4-settings has been uploaded, bringing amongst other things a new dialog to set up your displays

  • A tool for changing your theme colors easily, gtk-theme-config, has been added to the default installation
  • New wallpaper
  • New releases of our Gtk themes (with Gtk3.10 support) as well as the LightDM greeter, fixing many visual bugs

10.- Removing “Red Eye” with The GIMP.

red eyes with gimpIt used to be that the photos with red eye weren't really worth fixing as only cheesy cameras had the flash built in and underneath the red eyes was a crappy photo. Well, welcome to the future when you can get a pretty good image from a camera with the flash built in.

They do not have a button that works to prevent this yet, so don't even try it. The best way to fix red eye on photos is to have those intense people look at the photographers shoulder. The cause of red eye is the flash reflecting from the back of the eye and into the lens. So, until this lovely child is able to understand "look at my shoulder" it is good to know that red eye can be fixed, somewhat. I learned the following method from tigert while lurking on the irc late late one night.

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