comix - comic viewer

Best Comic Book Reader for Ubuntu/Linux

Comix – A free Comic Reader for Ubuntu and Linux based operating systems. It is very easy to use and in short, I can say – it’s the best comic reader for Ubuntu! (11.10 or 12.04 or whatever version you are using). The application is based on PyGTK (Python and GTK+). The latest version of the application is Comix vs 4.04 (Released in 2009, it seems like the application has not been updated for a long time)

comix - comics viewer

Features of Comix at a Glance

  • Easy to use
  • You can easily customize it
  • it can read zip, rar or tar archives
  • Full screen and Double page mode
  • Easy to read with different settings/mode
  • Rotation and Mirroring
  • Magnifying Glass
  • Library of your favorite collection
  • Enhance image
  • it supports 20+ language

How to Install Comix in Ubuntu

Open a terminal and execute (or you could search in Ubuntu Software Center) –

sudo apt-get install comix

Other Linux or Unix like distributions

Download Comix

References and recommended Reading(s)

Official website – SourceForge page, the official site of the application where you can get all information about the comix application.

Linux Mint 12 with KDE 4.7

Try Linux Mint 12 with KDE Desktop

Great news for KDE lovers! Linux Mint 12 KDE RC version – got released few weeks ago. The default version of Linux Mint was already available with Gnome 3 and Mate desktop but it’s for those who love KDE or don’t like Gnome anymore (probably due to some major changes in Gnome 3/shell interface). The final and stable version should arrived in within few upcoming weeks.

Linux Mint 12 with KDE 4.7

Cool Features of Linux Mint 12 KDE

  • The default desktop is KDE 4.7.4
  • Linux Kernel 3 and upstream components/features of Ubuntu 11.10
  • Hybrid ISO Images
  • Search Engines

In Linux Mint 12, KDE 4.7.4 makes the desktop experience more pleasant and comfortable. Hybrid ISO images can be used to create a bootable media such as USB stick/DVD/CD in one simple command (dd command), without any applications you might have used to make bootable media, and the most important advantages is that – it is much faster and if you want to go with old technique such as a Startup Disc creator apps then also it’s fine as the hybrid ISO are also compatible with such applications. But you should remember one thing that the new method for creating live bootable media will erase all the files present on your pen-drive.

First Download Linux Mint 12 KDE version, then you can use the dd command to create bootable disk.

The structure of the command is

dd if=<source> of=<target> bs=<byte size>

eg

dd if=/home/userx/Downloads/mint.iso of=/dev/sdb2

Warning! You should also remember one thing about the DD command, that – it will delete all the files/contents from the usb drive. Therefore, you must use the DD command very carefully!

Reference(s) and Recommended Stuffs

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Cool Racing Games for Ubuntu 11.10

In Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) you might have noticed a lot of changes and improvements – including the major changes in Desktop and some popular applications such as Ubuntu Software Center. Now, you can also buy proprietary/non-free games from Software Center, despite of that a lot of free applications has also been added. GNU/Linux based OS such as Ubuntu has now becoming a popular platform for gaming. Also read this : Best Gaming Laptops. (list of most popular laptops for gaming)

Some popular Racing Games available for Ubuntu/Linux

Although, a number of racing games are available but Here is the collection of my Top 3 – favorite racing games that I like to play on Ubuntu (11.10), All are open source and available freely in Software Center. If you have more experience in gaming on Linux desktop then feel free to share your experience (through comment).

1. Trigger Rally : 3D Car Racing Game

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Trigger Rally is a fast open source racing game for Linux users. It is a lightweight game and very easy to play. Although, the number of tracks and vehicles available in the game (by default) may  not be sufficient for some users but it’s not difficult to add a new one. The game is based on OpenGL.

Want to try the Game ? First watch this video –

Install Trigger Rally in Ubuntu 11.10/12.04

Open a terminal and execute –

sudo apt-get install trigger-rally

2. TORCS

Torcs - racing game

TORCS is an open source 3D racing car simulator game. it uses Open Graphics Library (OpenGL) so you may need a graphics card to play this kind of games on ubuntu. TORCS is one of the most popular racing game for Linux users, that’s why it has been included in Ubuntu package Repository by deafult – so if you want to install the game then just go to Ubuntu Software Center, search for torcs and install! Or execute –

sudo apt-get install torcs

3. SuperTuxKart

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Supertuxkart  is a cart Racing game – forked from Tux Kart game. It is one of the most funniest games available for Ubuntu – specially kids love this kind of game (warning!, it’s addictive too). A lot of ccol and funky characters, racing levels/modes makes it a n incredible racing game. To install this game – open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and execute the command (or you could also install it from Software Center or Synaptic Package Manager (it’s not there in Ubuntu 11.10, by default))

sudo apt-get install supertuxkart

That’s All! Have Fun :)

battle-for-wasnoth

“Battle for Wesnoth” Strategy Game for ubuntu 11.10

If you do a quick search about strategy games in Ubuntu 11.10‘s Software Center, then you may find a lot of strategy games to try but in this post I’ll introduce you with a turn-based tactical strategy game. It’s The Battle for Wesnoth, one of the most popular strategy games.

The Battle for Wesnoth – A fantasy Turn based strategy game

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The Battle for Wesnoth is a free, turn based strategy game. It’s available for Linux distributions such as Ubuntu as well as for Windows and Mac OS. You can play either in single player mode or in multiplayer mode along with your friends (can be virtual or real from over the web). The latest version is 1.8.6, and available for the target platforms.

In past few years, Multiplayer Online Gaming has increased exponentially – some of them play little just for fun!, some of them play a lot because they’re hardcore gamers while some of the players do nothing but gaming – probably they got addicted, so they have to play! Anyway, Battle of Wesnoth is one of the coolest game that is worth trying if you like that kind of strategy games!

Features :

  • Several multi player options available such as Internet Play
  • Building a fighting force from small resources
  • Experienced units get new powerful abilities
  • Random and custom designed maps
  • developers can create their own maps and other things
  • supports a lot of other language (35+)

Here is another snapshot of Map Editor in Battle of Wesnoth

How to install Battle Of Wesnoth on Ubuntu 11.10/12.04

Open terminal and execute –

sudo apt-get install wesnoth

Non-Ubuntu users can download it for their platforms. (official website)

Have Fun! :)

audacity for ubuntu

Best Audio Editor for Ubuntu

Audio Editor or Creator/Recorder is one of the most common applications used in audio/sound productions – specifically in mixing/editing digital audio, although you can also use it to create digital content from a traditional audio storage media such as Record or Tapes.

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Audacity : The Best Audio Creator/Editor

Audacity is a cross-platform open source software. Audacity is very easy to use and anyone can start audio editing using Audacity within a couple of minutes. it’s quite popular so in a Linux distribution such as Ubuntu (Latest stable version : 11.10, upcoming version 12.04), Linux Mint etc it’s there in the package repository, by default. Some special editions such as Ubuntu Studio includes Audacity installed by default, because it’s a great application – as Audacity is lightweight and fast with simple user interface (and of course Advanced Features).

What you can do using Audacity ?

For complete list of features, you should refer to its official website but here is a quick view on some of its great features –

  • edit, cut or mix sounds together
  • Record Live Audio
  • it supports MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WAV or AIFF files
  • live audio recording from Line or Mic (or other sources)
  • control pitch or speed of recording
  • very fast editing of larger files
  • Easy import ‘n’ export of various file formats
  • Edit/Mix unlimited number of tracks
  • A lot of funky effects such as Echo, Reverser, phaser etc
  • Plugins are available to add some extra features ‘n’ fun!

How to install Audacity in Ubuntu (11.10/12.04)

Fire up a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and execute the following commands –

sudo apt-get install audacity

Non-Ubuntu users can download the required package from the official website.