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best Linux Desktop for kids : Qimo

Linux Desktop for Kids

A large collection of operating system based on Linux are available now and most of them have designed for specific purposes and uses.Some Linux desktops are also developed and designed specially for kids.Qimo is one of the linux based operating system for kids.

linux for kids

Qimo : operating system for kids(Based on Ubuntu Linux Desktop)

Qimo is an open source and free desktop operating system designed for kids.Qimo is actually based on ubuntu linux(One of the popular desktop operating system).Qimo is one of the popular Linux Desktop for kids/children of age 3 and above.Qimo comes with educational games(which is installed by default) with large icons and easy to use graphical user interface(GUI).Qimo use XFCE desktop,the default desktop environment for Xubuntu.

How to install Qimo?

Since Qimo is free and open source operating system,First download it(It’s latest stable version-qimo2.0) from it’s official website-
Download Qimo 2.0

After downloading the ISO file,burn it to a CD/DVD and then install it like any other Linux Based operating system.

How to Play ARF file on Ubuntu 10.04-Linux

Play ARF file by Converting them to mp4
ARF i.e Advanced Recording Format is a format recorded by NBR(Network Based Recording).For Ubuntu or other Linux versions currently no player is available which can play .arf files i.e WebEx(Player used to play and convert arf and wrf formats) is not supported on Linux based system or Ubuntu 10.04.That’s why to play arf file only one option is available and that is to convert the arf format to mp4 or swf or other simple formats.So you can use a converter tool “NBR2MP4” to generate mp4(That we can play Using VLC player) file from arf.
Playing ARF format by converting them to mp4 : Ubuntu 10.04 ,Linux based systems

NBR2MP4 is a simple tool and converter that can be used to convert arf formats to mp4 formats.You can install it from command line in few steps(It’s very simple).
Download arf converter for Ubuntu 10.04 and other Linux distros
download nbr2mp4 for ubuntu

Install ARF converter on Ubuntu 10.04 or on linux

1. After downloading the nbr2mp4.tar file,extract it to any directory e.g extra_softwares.It will create a directory nbr2_mp4 and a script file nbr2mp4.sh.

2. Then Make the file nbr2mp4.sh executable by typing this command on the terminal-
rkjha@rkjha-desktop:~/extra_softwares$ chmod +x ./nbr2mp4.sh

3. Next,Install the converter by typing the command-
rkjha@rkjha-desktop:~/extra_softwares$ ./nbr2mp4.sh
Type the directory where you want to install the software[/home/rkjha/extra_softwares]:

Extracting files…
Installation is complete.

When it will ask “Type the directory where you want to install….” then just hit enter to install in the current directory(extra_softwares).

4. That’s All…You have installed the arf to mp4 converter successfully..

Converting ARF format to MP4: Ubuntu-Linux

Now,first go to the directory nbr_2mp4 created in extra_softwares(The Directory where you installed the nbr2mp4).next,use the following command to convert format-

Where SOURCE means the name of the arf file which you want to convert and don’t forget to specify pathname if it is in the different directory.MP4-DIRECTORY stands for the output file i.e filename.mp4,it’s name will be same as arf file except the extension of .mp4(Use ./ to generate in the same directory as of input file).In FPS(Frame Per Second) field you can specify between 3 to 10(Default value is 5).The quality of the mp4 file(output file) is directly proportional to the FPS.

e.g rkjha@rkjha-desktop:~/extra_softwares/nbr2_mp4$ ./nbr2mp4 tutorial1.arf ./ 8
Converting /home/rkjha/extra_softwares/nbr2_mp4/tutorial1.arf to /home/rkjha/extra_softwares/nbr2_mp4/./tutorial1.mp4
Retrieving video data, fps=8…

how to take screenshot in ubuntu 10.04

how to take screenshot in ubuntu 10.04In ubuntu 10.04 distribution package there is one software i.e installed by default(In accessories) called- “Take Screenshot” with some basic features,can be used to take screenshot.Suppose you want to take screenshot for some selected region then you start annoying with this.One week ago,while I was messing around software center,a new software Ksnapshot came into the mind.I installed it and Now I think this is what I was looking for weeks.Ksnapshot is an excellent software I recommend you to use it for taking snapshots and enjoy.It is better not only in features but it is also more stable then the “Take Screenshot”.

Enjoy twitter in ubuntu 10.04 using gwibber

twitter with gwibber

You know beta version of the ubuntu 10.04 LTS has released earlier and final version will be released on April 29 2010 and it will be supported till 2013.Many changes and improvement has been made in Lucid Lynx(the name of the ubuntu 10.04 version).

Now you can use your favorite micro-blogging site very easily ..as the lucid lynx came with gwibber which is installed by default in the standard ubuntu distribution package.Gwibber is microblogging client for all the popular micro blogging sites like Twitter.Hence you can easily enjoy tweeting fr0m your desktop just by clicking gwibber.Although gwibber has support for all other major microblogging sites.

Currently supported microblogging sites :


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