Life without Windows or OS X

GNU/Linux is quite possibly the most important free software achievement since the original Space War, or, more recently, Emacs. It has developed into an operating system for business, education, and personal productivity. GNU/Linux is no longer only for UNIX wizards who sit for hours in front of a glowing console. Are you thinking about switching to Linux and want to learn how to use it? Have you been using GNU/Linux for some time and want to learn even more? This is the place for you.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

klik away: SeaMonkey

Remember back when the Mozilla Foundation announced that it has pulled its Mozilla browser in favor of its little brother Firefox. The 1.7.x line of releases was to be the last maintained versions released by the Foundation. Then something called the SeaMonkey Community" released the first alpha of the successor of the Mozilla Suite, dubbed well, "SeaMonkey" with its code derived from the application formerly known as "Mozilla Application Suite"

Now fast forward to now....SeaMonkey 1.0. which integrates Web browsing, e-mail, chat, and an HTML editor in a robust, easy-to-use package that works well despite a few bugs. Mozilla lacks virtual folders or saved searches and it cannot filter outgoing mail and lacks sophisticated message templates.

With the klik getting, installing and using SeaMonkey 1.0. is a snap, and there's so much about it to enjoy that you may fall in love with Mozilla, the email client.

If you want to use the klik client you have to quickly prepare your system. To install the klik client,please press Alt-F2 and paste: wget -O -|sh

Note: klik client also needs “rpm” to be installed on your OS.

To uninstall the klik client,press Alt-F2 and paste: wget -O -|sh

"Click 'N Run" Freed

Linspire Does Away with Annual Fee for "Click 'N Run" Linux Service

Popular One-Click Digital Software Management System Now Free for Desktop Linux Users

SAN DIEGO, August 30th, 2006 - Linspire, Inc., developer of the commercial desktop Linux operating system of the same name and Freespire, the free community desktop Linux operating system, announced the immediate change in pricing for its popular CNR ("Click 'N Run") Service from an annual subscription fee based offering to a completely free service. The CNR Service, with access to over 20,000 desktop Linux applications, has previously been available only with annual subscriptions, ranging from $20 to $50, but will now be offered as a free service for all Linspire and Freespire users.

more here

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Freespire i386 1.0.13 Review

July 11, 2006 will bring a close to Extended Support for Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows ME as part of the Microsoft Life-cycle Policy. Microsoft will retire public and technical support along with security updates. What are your options you ask? Well you could buy Win Xp and a new computer that can run it, as they will both become obsolete when Microsoft Vista comes out in January or get Freespire and continue using your same computer.

It's been three days since I've been playing around with the final release of Freespire 1.0. I find its a very well put together distro. Its the perfect distribution for those who have never tried Linux before and want to migrate from Windows. Having the Live CD functionality is a must for new users. The Live CD functionality of Freespire is very useful to first test the hardware that you plan to install Freespire on.

In terms of installation the cd gives you several options including installing Freespire, running the the cd as a LiveCD of Freespire, and using the cd as a partitioning tool. Installation is no hard it took around 12 minutes on my machine and was guided very nicely by the GUI installer.Codec support is the most notable feature. Freespire 1.0 supports MP3, DVD, Windows Media, QuickTime, Flash, Java, ATI and nVidia drivers, Bitstream fonts,and much more. It is ideally suited for the non-technical computer user who would like to use GNU/Linux on their desktop or laptop, and have everything just work from the moment they turn on their computer. Also available is the Freespire 1.0 OSS Edition, a special version of Freespire that does not include any proprietary software. This version can be used by groups who want build upon Freespire, without any of the 3rd-party licensed components included in the cord OS.

Freespire uses a customized KDE desktop GUI, the Firefox Web browser (rebranded as Lbrowser because of trademark issues ), Thunderbird for email, and includes such desktop standards as, and the Linspire-authored Lsongs for music. The default way to install and update software in Freespire is called CNR (Click and Run).CNR is not free. You can get a trial period for it by registering some details and if you like it you can pay an annual fee to have the privilege to use it. It's a great invention by Linspire which allows the user to browse catalogs of software and install them by simply clicking on them. Freespire is a Debian-based distribution. That means any DEB-compliant installer program, such as apt-get or Synaptic, will work. Things like synaptic, adept or aptitude are not installed by default, by they are easily added through the use of apt-get.
If you're happy with with Linspire 5.0 or 5.1, there probably isn't any reason to switch. Besides most of whats in Freespire 1.0 and 1.1 will find their way into the next version, Linspire 6.0.

Friday, August 18, 2006

VMware Workstation is powerful desktop virtualization software for software developers/testers and IT professionals who want to streamline software development, testing and deployment in their enterprise. VMware Workstation allows users to run multiple x86-based operating systems, including Windows, Linux, and NetWare, and their applications simultaneously on a single PC in fully networked, portable virtual machines — no hard drive partitioning or rebooting required. 

Friday, August 04, 2006

intercitylinux:Freespire(the undiscovered country)

The web is kind of a big place yet its very small at the same time. Some of are seeking info others love. The web has made it eazy to keep in contact with others.

"Freespire: the undiscovered country" I like that. It's a little something I picked it up from the intercity Linux blog, which is very pro Linspire/Freespire. The maintainers are from a midwest city; a one horse known as the Saint Louis area. I know it well.That blog is right about one thing. Linux users are busy working on Linux, and therefore understand the ends and outs of Linux. On the other hand most PC users are busy working as housewives or bus drivers i.e. they don't have time to learn Linux the way Linux-geeks have.

I would agree with that point. And with Freespire CD's being free of cost it may make it much easier to spread the word.Other distros require users to either track down and install the proprietary device drivers or programs, or rely upon experts to walk them through the process. In the default SLED 10 install you get all the Firefox plugins for Java, Flash, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), RealPlayer, and Citrix. Missing is the ability to play video files through Firefox. The absence of such a plugin could be a deal breaker for some. It prevents people from viewing product demos or participating in computer-based training programs. Countless users, the ones looking to make a move from that other O.S., just want a Linux system that will let them watch Windows Media files, play DVDs, and connect with their WiFi.
Freespire is venturing into new territory. It the First no-cost Linux distro I know of that has "legal" support or has one-click access to legal support for things like Windows Media, DVD, MP3, QuickTime, Bitstream fonts, Java, Flash, Real, ATI graphic drivers, NVIDA graphic drivers, Win-modem drivers, proprietary WiFi drivers, etc.
You don't need to use CNR. Freespire is a Debian-based distribution. That means any DEB-compliant installer program, such as apt-get or Synaptic, will work. Of course, I was able to and did install many programs in Linspire 5.0 without CNR. Google Earth runs just fine on Linspire and so does NeroLinux, two programs that are NOT available through CNR.

The Unofficial Freespire Blog
wants to get the word out to people, who are now using Windows ME. He believes that some users may decide to switch to Linux instead of upgrading to the "high priced" XP. Hardest hit by the cancellation of (Windows ME) support has been home users and schools. Those users are not going to want to go to forums and search for an answer on how to get their media player to work with what format file they are trying to view or listen to. I have even installed Linspire 5 on a Pentium 2 sub-500mhz system. Try doing that with XP.

So before you throw out that old Pentium 3 first download Freespire 1.0 or Freespire 1.1 run the live CD mode. You never know, that old system might be worth saving.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

automounter deamon

When the program starts, it states
""NeroLinux has detected some running programs that interfere with disc can cause a burn process failure.......the following programs have been detected running on your system: ------autorun(KDE CD/DVD automounter deamon)

To stop automounter deamon:

Look in /usr/share/autostart for the file and move it to another directory, My Documents, perhaps. then do a quick restart. Autorun should not startup. To enable Autorun again, just move it back.