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Linux Mint 15 – “Olivia” is released!

Linux Mint 15 (code named as Olivia) is released. If you’re  using the the older version of Linux Mint, then follow the upgrade instructions. Linux Mint 15 has arrived with lots of new features and improvements. The first one, you will notice to the login screen itself (HTML animated MDM based login screen) :

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Major changes/improvements in Linux Mint 15 ?

  • Improved Desktop Editions (Cinnamon 1.8 and MATE 1.6 – both offers a tons of new great features and improvements)
  • Software Sources, now called MintSources, has been developed from scratch, to support additional features (unstable packages, easy management)
  • MintDrivers, for managing various drivers (e.g for Graphics Card, printers etc)
  • Nemo File Manager – new features and bug fixes
  • Desklets for Desktop, it’s like Android widgets
  • Improved Control Center & more!

Download Linux Mint 15

You can download the appropriate edition (comes with CINNAMON or MATE desktop, for both 32/64 bit computer)

To know more about the new features – read this official page about Linux Mint 15.

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Digital Ocean Review : Cheap and Best SSD VPS Hosting!

Digital Ocean is a new VPS company which has gained a lot of popularity in a very small time span (recently, it crossed the 400k+ servers).

Current Promo Code : DODROPLET for $10 credit (worth two months of free hosting).

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Well, there are lots of VPS providers, what makes Digital Ocean so awesome ? I’ve been using Digital Ocean for around 5 months (for my web applications/Ruby on Rails Apps, e.g one is PC Builder) and here are few reasons – why Digital Ocean is one of the best VPS provider.

Why Digital Ocean is Awesome ?

  1. Very affordable price (plan starts at $5/month)
  2. Offers more than its competitors – 512MB RAM, 20GB SSD, 1TB Bandwidth, Automated Backups/Snapshots – all at $5/mo
  3. Easy to launch/manage servers with its nice Dashboard
  4. Great customer support (the average response time for a support ticket is less than 15 minutes – vow!!)
  5. Advanced Features, easy to use APIs (for managing servers, you don’t have to login to their control panel)
  6. Even if you’re a noob, you can easily learn all stuffs, they have awesome tutorials available in DO Community
  7. it’s a reliable company, backed by awesome team in NYC, they are not going anywhere.
  8. Login to your servers via ssh and you Have full control over your VPS
  9. Zero Downtime -If you use Digital Ocean, your servers are up no matter what. (In past 5 months, I never faced even a single downtime)
  10. Create backups easily using snapshots or automated backup feature. (creating manual snapshot is free but automated backup costs a little). You can also spin up new servers (in minutes) using your snapshots.

Hosting Plans available at Digital Ocean

If you’re starting out, the starting plan @ $5/month would work fine. You get 512MB RAM, 20GB SSD, 1TB Bandwidth. They also bills on Hourly basis, you can use either monthly or hourly plan – depending on your need. Another plan is $10/mo – for which you get 1GB RAM, 30GB SSD and 2TB data transfer, and so on.

checkout their website for larger plans

So, what are you waiting for ? 

Whether you want to Deploy a Web Applications (Ruby On Rails, Django, node.js etc) or a Blog or simple website – Digital Ocean would work great. You can get started now – (no credit card is required! try test mode)

Get a VPS at Digital Ocean

Current Promo Code : DODROPLET for $10 credit (worth two months of free hosting).

Update! Now, they’ve updated the dashboard and added few more features like Resource usage graph, new data center location for servers (also in asia region) and so. Added a promo code. Also added a video.

Scribus : Free and Open Source alternative to Adobe InDesign

Scribus is a Desktop publishing software, similar to Adobe InDesign. Scribus is a free and open source software, it’s available for all common platforms such as GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, Windows etc.

It has simple and easy to use interface. It has lots of features including Color Separations, CMYK and spot colors etc. Scribus is widely used for creating newsletters, posters, books, brouchures and quality pdfs/presentations.

Where to get Scribus ?

If you’re using a GNU/Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, then you can install it in one simple command (for other distributions you should checkout their repository manual) –

sudo apt-get install scribus

To download/install Scribus on other operating systems, read instructions on official website .