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cover-flow-effect in Cinnamon

CoverFlow AltTab Extension for Cinnamon Desktop / Linux Mint

By default, switching windows doesn’t look COOL in Cinnamon / Linux Mint – it’s just the plain simple way. There is nothing wrong with that but if you want to try something new – to make it more cool or Fun :) then you should checkout some extensions available (freely) for Cinnamon Desktop.

CoverFlow AltTab : An Extension for Cinnamon

cover-flow-effect in Cinnamon

it creates a Cover-flow effect while going through the open windows in Cinnamon Desktop, currently the packages are available for Linux Mint and Fedora (you may try mint package in Ubuntu but I’m not sure whether it works or not). The trigger key is Alt+Tab (for switching applications), Ctrl+Tab (to switch between the windows of an application) and Ctrl+Alt+Tab (same as first but it cycles through all the workspaces).

Enable The Extension

How to Install this Theme Extension in Cinnamon ?

  • Download The CoverFlow AltTab Extension
  • Extract the archive and inside the mint directory, you will find a directory called CoverflowAltTab@dmo60.de, just copy that directory to ~/.local/share/cinnamon/extensions (You don’t need any root permission, do it a as a normal user)
  • Now, enable the theme from Cinnamon Settings -> Extensions
  • Then reload the Cinnamon. hit Alt+F2, type r and press Enter.
OpenBSD

OpenBSD 5.0 is released!

OpenBSD version 5.0 released today. OpenBSD is a Unix like operating system (BSD – Berkeley Software Distribution). It is available as open source software (under BSD License), initially forked from NetBSD. OpenBSD is very popular for the additional security features (as compare to any other OS).

The new version has arrived with a lot of new features and changes (a number of bugs has been fixed and the supported common applications and tools has been updated) – including better hardware support.

OpenBSD 5 is available for a number of platforms such as intel i386, AMD64, MIPS, Alpha, PowerPC, SPARC 32/64, VAX and others.

OpenBSD

What’s New in OpenBSD vs 5.0

  • Improved Hardware Support
  • Generic Network stack improvements
  • Routing daemon improvement
  • SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) improvements

More Detailed Info (about the new features from Official website)

Download OpenBSD 5

Download OpenBSD 5 from the its official website or order a CD or upgrade your existing version.

Recommended Readings

OpenBSD Installation Guide

GNOME vs Unity vs KDE

What is your Favorite Desktop ?

GNOME

The most Popular Linux Desktop, Latest version : 3.0 (Released on April 6, 2011), Other major version : 2.3. it’s free and open source software, developed by GNOME community, developers around this planet. it’s based on GTK framework. Most of the Popular distros like Fedora, Ubuntu (not in 11.04) etc. uses GNOME as their default Window Manager.

KDE

Another Popular Desktop (free and released under LGPL), based on Qt framework.

Unity

a new desktop, Developed by Canonical, will be the default desktop for upcoming versions of Ubuntu.

So let’s decide, what’s the best desktop among them and why ( explain it,  through comment(s) ) ??

Which is your Favorite Desktop ??

Tell us through this Poll –

skype-on-ubuntu-11-04

how to install Skype on Ubuntu 11.04

Skype is a freeware (limited) Application that is used in Instant messaging, voice calls (VoIP,Voice over Internet Protocol) and video conferencing. You can also call to mobile or landline telephones with some charges (Debit type). Skype (originally called as : sky peer-to-peer) is one of the most popular apps for video calling.

Skype is different from other VoIP software, due to its architecture, other VoIP software are based on client server system (e.g Google Talk) while Skype uses peer to peer system (probably that’s the reason why Skype consumes a lot of bandwidth in comparison to other VoIP application). On Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), empathy is installed by default, but it’s video/audio quality is very poor, skype is better than that. This article will explain you – how to install skype (Latest beta version : 2.2) on a freshly installed Ubuntu 11.04. Since Skype is a proprietary application, you can’t find it in Ubuntu Software center or Synaptic Package Manager, so it can be installed after downloading the package (Debian Package, with extension .deb).

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Features of Skype

  • Instant Messaging
  • Audio/Video Calling
  • Video Conferencing
  • File Transfer
  • Screen/Desktop Sharing
  • Facebook News Feed
  • call transfer
  • group calling

Installing Skype On Ubuntu 11.04

#1 : Download the *.deb file (select latest version of Ubuntu and your computer architecture) from it’s official website –

download Skype for Ubuntu or 32bit || 64bit

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#2 : Install skype – either by ‘Right Click -> Open with Ubuntu Software Center ->Install’ method or from command line using dpkg, Type the following command(s), followed by your user account password (Here I assume your computer architecture is 32 bit, if you have other package, then just change the command according to that):

sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu_2.2.0.25-1_i386.deb

#3 : Wait, until the installation is complete. That’s all..access it from Main Menu (Top Left) or pinch it to the letf icon panel (as a launcher), if you use it frequently.

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how to install skype on ubuntu 10.10

skype-on-ubuntuUbuntu 10.10 ..(Maverick Meerkat) is one of the popular operating system among desktop users.Although Ubuntu has lot of useful applications that comes by default but still some common applications are not installed.Skype,the popular VoIP software is one of them.You can install skype on Ubuntu either from the Synaptic Package Manager or by opening it with Ubuntu Software Center after the manual download from it’s official website.

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