Linux poses a real challenge for those with a taste for late-night hacking-- Matt Welsh
About Open Source
Ubuntu is a Linux-based open source operating system. The term 'open source' can be defined as a set of principles and practices that promotes access to the design and production of goods and knowledge. Open source is generally applied to the source code of software and is available to users with relaxed or no intellectual property restrictions. This enables users to distribute, create and modify software content, either individually to meet their specific requirement or collaboratively to improve the software. Both open source and Linux have transitioned through various phases to reach their present form.
Posted by: on Mar 19, 2010 - 01:00 PM Read full article: 'What Is Open Source, Really? And How Does It Compare to Windows?' (2788 more words)
What happens when I boot
It is actually pretty amazing. First code in your BIOS runs. It resides an a ROM or EPROM, and does a bunch of initialization stuff. Eventually it tell your disk drive to go to sector 0 of track 0 and read in a sector worth's of data into RAM. It then jumps (sets the program counter) to the beginning of that data and executes what it finds there. What it found there is called the master boot record, and it looks like this:
Posted by: on Mar 20, 2009 - 08:32 AM Read full article: 'More Than You Want to Know About GRUB' (1135 more words)
If you've been pointed at this page, then the chances are you're a relatively new Linux user who's having some problems making the switch from Windows to Linux. This causes many problems for many people, hence this article was written. Many individual issues arise from this single problem, so the page is broken down into multiple problem areas.
Posted by: on Nov 02, 2008 - 12:26 PM Read full article: '(Linux is Not Windows)' (6400 more words)
Ubuntu makes printing reasonably easy and straightforward. This brief article is for those who need a specific and encouraging step-by-step guide. I hope that this article will not only ensure that you print with ease, but that you have every reason to enjoy a productive GNU/Linux desktop.
Posted by: on Jun 29, 2008 - 07:47 PM Read full article: 'Printing with Ubuntu' (1647 more words)
Jabber is the only mainstream free (as in speech) instant messaging protocol. Unfortunately, most Jabber clients for GNU/Linux only provide options for messaging and group chats, overlooking the audio chatting portion of Jabber (powered by the Google-funded libjingle). Enter Jabbin, the free Qt-based Jabber VoIP client.
Posted by: on Jun 29, 2008 - 05:37 PM Read full article: 'Make Internet Phone Calls with Jabbin' (500 more words)
As you notice from day to day use of Ubuntu, most tasks are easily accomplished. But what happens when you’re ready to expand your use of Ubuntu to include new applications, or connect to a home network and add new users? This brief guide shares the key steps necessary to create and manage other users, helps clarify some essential differences with other flavors, and provides tips regarding “root” user. Perhaps most importantly, these steps help empower the use of your Ubuntu system to become far more than just another desktop PC.
Posted by: on Jun 29, 2008 - 05:10 PM Read full article: 'Managing Users in Ubuntu' (2184 more words)
With Ubuntu, Canonical has had notable success in convincing people to switch from other platforms, but potential Ubuntu users are still running into trouble in several areas. Having spent some time on Canonical's forums, I've identified 10 points that seem to be common sticking points for new users -- that is, problems that have the potential to prevent a new user from adopting Ubuntu in the long term. These problems span the entire Ubuntu experience, but they all have two things in common: they are all serious enough to evoke the dreaded "I tried Linux but it didn't work" excuse, and they are all solvable.
Posted by: on Jun 29, 2008 - 02:05 PM Read full article: 'Ten Sticking Points for Ubuntu Users' (1264 more words)
A lot of software users I meet seem to feel they are not using their software as efficiently as they could. If that includes you, then listen up. Here is my list of the ten, lesser-known, OpenOffice.org Writer keyboard shortcuts that will help you improve your productivity.
When I say “lesser known” I should really say poorly documented or not documented at all. That said, when I’ve taught on keyboard shortcuts in the past these are the ones that fewer users seem to know of. Something else to note is that although these are all for Writer, you may find some of them in other word processors as well.
Posted by: on Jun 29, 2008 - 01:46 PM Read full article: 'Ten Fantastic Keyboard Shortcuts in OpenOffice' (1327 more words)
By now, almost everyone who has a computer has heard about something called “Linux”. Usually, what they hear goes something like this—“Well, Linux is free, but it’s very difficult to use. Don’t try it unless you’re a computer expert”. There is also generally talk about how “Linux” is incompatible with equipment like digital cameras, printers, and games. In short, “Linux” is generally thought to be a free but experts-only operating system. Fortunately for those of us who aren’t computer experts, almost all of these “facts” about “Linux” are completely wrong.
Posted by: on Jun 15, 2008 - 03:54 PM Read full article: 'What is a GNU/Linux Distribution?' (2011 more words)