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best Linux distro for desktop experience

The Best Linux Distro for Desktop Experience

For Desktop Experience : Ubuntu is the best Linux Distro

best Linux distro for desktop experience

Ubuntu : A quick Introduction
Ubuntu is an operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux distribution and it is distributed as Open Source and Free software although some extra proprietary software is also mixed.It is released under the free software license such as GNU GPL(General Public License) and GNU LGPL(Lesser General Public License) so the users are free to run,copy,distribute,learn,develop,change,improve the software.Ubuntu is sponsored by Canonical,a private company founded by Mark Shuttleworth in order to promote Free Software projects.
OS-family : Unix Type
Initial Release : October 20,2004
Latest Releases(Stable) : Ubuntu 10.04 LTS(Code Named : Lucid Lynx) released on April 29,2010.
Latest Releases(Unstable): Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha on First week of June 2010.
Upcoming Version :Ubuntu 10.10(Code Named : Maverick Meerkat) will be released on October 10,2010.
Update Method : APT
Package Manager : DPKG and Synaptic
Kernel Type : Monolithic
Default Graphical User Interface(Desktop) : GNOME

Top Features of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS(Lucid Lynx)

Ubuntu 10.04 : firefox for fast and safe browsing

* Ubuntu 10.04 includes mozilla Firefox version 3.6.3,for safe and fast browsing.Although you can also use other open source browsers like Google Chrome,Midori and others.

*Personal and profesional Documents,presentations,PDF’s can be easily created by using powerful application -OpenOffice.org,an easy to use free and open source software with Nice user interface and a lot of features.

*In Ubuntu 10.04 ,you can easily install any other supported free open source softwares in a single click by using Ubuntu Software Center OR Synaptic Package Manager.All the FOSS(Free and Open Source Software) are categorized well like Education,games,Graphics,Programming,System,Science and Engineering,Internet,Office,Sound & Video and so on…(with the appropriate subcategory);this helps in finding the software more quickly.Hence software management became very simple in ubuntu 10.04.

*E-mail and Chatting can be done with Evolution Mail and Empathy IM(that is installed by default),although you can also install other popular mail client Mozilla Thunderbird and for chatting Skype is also good.For microblogging an excellent application – Gwibber is already installed.

*Editing,viewing and managing photos is now very simple in ubuntu because an application F-spot is installed by default,which enable you to organize photos much effectively.First connect your cameras or phones to download the pictures then F-spot and other sharing tools like Picasa,Flickr will do the rest of your work.

*Play,edit and make videos with Movie player and Pitivi Video software,which is installed by default.You can install other popular media player VLC player from ubuntu software center in single click.

*Fast Booting Speed is surely,one of the greatest features of ubuntu 10.04.Ubuntu 10.04 takes very less time to load on any computer and very-very less time on newer computers.You can also further increase the speed of applications by allocating more memory or by changing preferences.For more details-Speed Up Ubuntu.

*A lot of(More than hundreds) Free open source games are available for ubuntu 10.04.just Go to Ubuntu Software Center->game and install whatever you want;OR search in Synaptic package Manager.

Read More about the Features of Ubuntu 10.04

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.

Logic game in ubuntu 10.04

puzzle game in ubuntu 10.04gbrainy : A logic game to train your brain with fun

There are many logic games available in ubuntu.To install just go to software center/games/Puzzles and install it in single click.Today I am going to introduce with an excellent logic game that have many-many features and in my point of view it is the best one.The another exciting point is that in ubuntu 10.04 it will be installed on your system by default.Although some other default games are removed fr0m the default package but you can find those games in software center or synaptic manager.

Important features of gbrainy :

  • Logic puzzles : test your reasoning skills.
  • Mental calculation : simple arithmetic operations to test your mental calculation abilities.
  • Memory trainers : Improve! your short term memory power.
  • verbal analogies : Examine your verbal aptitude.

One important point is that gbrainy will give you the final result with detail analysis.

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 :

*Twitter
*Qaiku
*Pownce
*Flickr
*StatusNet
*Identi.ca
*Digg
*Facebook
*Friendfeed

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how to login as root in ubuntu 10.04

login as root

By default you can’t login as root in ubuntu 10.04 or other linux distribution due to the security policy of linux.Suppose you have logged in as root in ubuntu and by mistake you did something wrong then your system may be crash.But administrative power is required in some cases such as in installing some programs to solve file permission problem while working on file system.That’s why there is a simple solution and is sudo command.hence you can do administrative task or run administrative commands followed by sudo.Hence in this method you will have to work in command line interface.So in the case if you don’t know much more about ubuntu commands OR you feel irritating in doing some administrative task fr0m command line then you can enable the root login fr0m the login menu  and run as a root.

Hence It is very simple to enable root logging in graphical or GUI mode, just follow these simple steps –

step1. Open the bash terminal.

ubuntuuser@ubuntuuser-desktop:~$

step2. Type the command  sudo passwd root.First it will ask for the user password.Enter your current-user session password and and hit enter.

ubuntuuser@ubuntuuser-desktop:~$ sudo passwd root

[sudo] password for ubuntuuser:

step3. Then it will ask for new password.Enter a new password twice.This is the password you will use this in future for logging as root.

Enter new UNIX password:

Retype new UNIX password:

passwd: password updated successfully

ubuntuuser@ubuntuuser-desktop:~$

step4. To check whether it is working or not just logout fr0m the current session.At login prompt,choose other as a user account.Next, in the place of username write root and the password you just defined in the above step.

step5. that’s all..I hope your work is done.

NOTE : If you logged in as root then you must be careful about the each activities.After finishing the administrative task you should return to the normal mode.

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