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top 7 Ubuntu 10.04 Hacks

Ubuntu 10.04 has just released in 29th of the april 2010 and it is declared as perfect Linux distro for desktop experience.Let us try to know little more about some great applications in Ubuntu 10.04.So this post will try to explore some open source application programs that is very useful for Ubuntu users.

fspot photo manager

1. F-spot : An Open source Photo Manager
An excellent photo manager that allow you to organize and share the photos efficiently to make your digital life easy.It is the personal photo management software made for GNOME desktop hence in Ubuntu 10.04 It is installed by default.Its feature include simple graphical user interface(GUI),in built photo editor,color adjustments,web export and many more.It is open source and available free of cost.
For more details about the features of F-spot

pitivi video editor for ubuntu 10.04

2. PiTiVi Video Editor : Open Source Video editing application for Ubuntu
A free and open source video editor for linux,with a lot of features.If you are using it with Gstreamer then it can handle any format.The GUI of the PiTiVi is very simple and efficient and well suited for both the novice and sophisticated users.It has all the basic clip manipulation features like trimming,snapping,splitting(/cutting),roll edits etc.It has fast and playhead-centered zooming features.You can also use history features like Undo/Redo.There is no limitation on the number of video or audio track layers.It is installed by default in Ubuntu 10.04 release.In other versions of linux or Ubuntu you can download it fr0m its official site(Given below) or search in synaptic Package manager.
More details on the features of PiTiVi

bluefish editor for ubuntu 10.04

3. Bluefish Editor : Open source application for programmers and web designers
It is an powerful editor for professional/novice web designers and script programmers.It is very helpful in creating dynamic and interactive web pages.It has support for many programming languages.It is a cross platform open source application i.e available for linux,BSD,Mac-OS,Windows and solaris.It is fast responsive and lightweight programming editor with good and simple programming interface.It can also handled more than 1000 documents together.In Ubuntu 10.04 ,you can install it in one click either fr0m software center or fr0m Synaptic Package Manager.
You can also install it manually after downloading it fr0m its official website(Link given below).
Read More About the Features of Bluefish Editor

programmer editor for ubuntu 10.04

4. CodeLite IDE :An open Source Cross platform programming IDE
A light weight and powerful programming editor specially designed for coding with c/c++.Since it is open source and available free of cost,so ubuntu 10.04 users can get it with few clicks.Just go to software center or synaptic package manager and click for install.you can also install it manually if you want.
Know More about CodeLite

mypaint for Ubuntu 10.04

5. MyPaint :An Open source Graphics application
Although it isn’t so better as GIMP(An excellent image editing program for linux and a good substitute for photoshop) but it is fast and optimized for painting and art work(with table input).It is very fast and simple to use.In Ubuntu it is very simple to install it by using software center or synaptic manager.
More details about MyPaint

ubuntu 10.04 hack 6 : gbrainy

6. Gbrainy : Test your Logical Skill
An excellent logic game with a lot of features.Its interface is well designed and powerful.
Read More About Gbrainy

ubuntu 10.04 hack 7 :docky

7. Docky : Free and Open Source dock for Ubuntu 10.04
It is an shortcut bar that you can stuck on left/right/top or bottom on your screen.So you can easily access to the open files ,folders,running applications etc.It has some advanced features too and you can also extends its functionality by installing some plugins.Look and themes are very attractive and charming.So,If you want a little feel of mac-OS than it’s for you.
Learn More About Docky
Installing Docky : In Ubuntu 10.04
1.Open The terminal
2.Run the command
sudo apt-get install docky
3.Enter your login password(If it asks).Then installation will be complete in few minutes.

installing kde desktop on ubuntu

how to install kde in ubuntu 10.04

installing kde desktop on ubuntu

Ubuntu 10.04 uses GNOME desktop as their default desktop.If you want to use only KDE desktop then there is special KDE version of Ubuntu known as Kubuntu(KDE+Ubuntu).But you may like to test all the desktop of ubuntu as each has its own taste and significance then you can do that in few steps.Actually all different versions of ubuntu like Kubuntu,Xubuntu,edubuntu,Mythubuntu,Ubuntu Studio or others differs only in their default desktop and the basic applications installed by default.So if you want to use other desktops then use synaptic manager to install them and you will be able to use all desktop in single installation(e.g in ubuntu 10.04 you can enjoy kde,xfce,edubuntu,UbuntuStudio etc.).

Simple Steps for Installing KDE desktop in Ubuntu 10.04 :

step1: Open Synaptic Package Manager(System->Administration) and search for “kde desktop”.Now you should decide whether you want to use kde as a primary desktop or secondary or just for changing taste.In first case you can choose full kde from Synaptic Package Manager but in the second case minimal kde or base kde is fine.

step2: Check the box of the selected package for installation.

step3: Now click on apply changes.It may ask you to ask for other dependent softwares.Click ok(yes) and proceed to installation.Installation will begin and finish within few minutes depending on your connection bandwidth.

step4: You have installed KDE successfully…Now this is the time to enjoy KDE.Next logout fr0m the current session and go to the login prompt.Enter your username and password as usual but select the Desktop as KDE fr0m the menu(select your desktop from the menu which says GNOME by default..(Just right after the session, at the bottom of your login window),When you click on that menu then many options will come..now select KDE or other,whatever you want) .

step5: End… I hope you are enjoying KDE…

You can also manually download this from the kde official website(see below,link is given) and install it in ubuntu 10.04 or other linux versions.

Download KDE

how to install xfce in ubuntu 10.04

xfce desktop for ubuntu 10.04

Why would you choose XFCE desktop in ubuntu 10.04? Ubuntu 10.04 has already GNOME latest version with some extra charming themes.That’s right,but you may like to use XFCE over its default desktop GNOME if
1. You are feeling that GNOME is not so fast according to your expectation,then XFCE is good for you because it is a lightweight desktop environment and it is designed for productivity.
2. Your graphics or primary memory is low.Since it is optimized for performance without so much graphics and heavy design,so you can run it with fewer memory or graphics capabilities.
3. You just want some experience with XFCE desktop environment.

How to install XFCE in Ubuntu 10.04
step1 : It can be installed by using synaptic manager or using bash terminal or you can manually download the file fr0m www.xfce.org.Using synaptic manager is the most simple method.Open synaptic package manager(system->administration).Type xfce in search box and mark the box for installing.

step2 : Now click on apply changes.The downloading will be start and after the completion the installation will be automatically start.(It may take 5-10 minutes @512Kb/s)

step3 : After some moments installation will complete successfully.Now log out fr0m the current session,and choose xfce session(options is on the bottom of screen at login prompt) to log in.

step4 : That’s all.Now you can choose whatever desktop you want(GNOME/XFCE/KDE..) at the login prompt and log in to enjoy.