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, May 30, 2007

Review NeroLinux 3

system Requirements:

Linux Kernel 2.4 or newer (2.6 recommended) with X-Window

Glibc 2.3.2 and libstdc++6 3.4

GTK+ 2.4.10 (or newer)

800 MHz Intel® Pentium® III processor, AMD Sempron™ 2200+ processors or equivalent, 128 MB RAM

Hard drive space: 50 MB for program installation

CD, DVD, Blu-ray, or HD DVD recordable or rewritable drive for burning

NeroLinux 3 comes in both .deb and .rpm packages and sports an improved graphical user interface similar to the look and feel of the current Windows Nero Burning ROM 7 edition. I won't say I prefer it over k3b because some of the greatest KDE applications out there integrate burning via K3b; Amarok, K9 Copy and Digikam come to mind. Of most interest to many people is the fact that NeroLinux 3 will allow you to burn both HD-DVDs and Blu-ray discs, but like most I do not own a Blu-ray or HD-DVD recorder (way out of my price range), so I am unable to test out that feature. In addition to offering Blu-ray and HD DVD burning capabilities enabled through full UDF support, Nero Linux 3 natively supports 32 and 64-bit GNU/Linux systems and is fully compatible with numerous GNU/Linux distributions. You should not have a problem unless you are running something truly odd.

Nero 3 accepted all my audio formats including FLAC, MP3 and OGG, how ever it did not accept my WMA stuff. No big shock there. I did find NeroLinux faster than k3b in the few tests I did.

For those familiar with Nero in Windows, the new GUI will make you feel right at home since it's based off of Nero Burning ROM 7.0. NeroLinux 3 has been released and costs $24.99USD for the license key. It's leaps and bounds above NeroLinux 2.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Google Earth for Linux 4.0.2722

Publisher's Description:

Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world’s geographic information at your fingertips. Fly from space to your neighborhood. Type in an address and zoom right in. Search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Get driving directions. Tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings. Save and share your searches and favorites. Even add your own annotations.
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Mozilla has met a major milestone

Publication:LinuxWorld Australia
Reporter:Gregg Keizer
Mozilla has met a major milestone in its march to Firefox 3.0, developers said yesterday, by adding another chunk of the new Places feature to the alpha set for release late next week.

Places -- a complete revamp of the bookmarks and history functions of the browser -- was at one point slated to debut in Firefox 2.0, but was yanked a year ago in the run up to that version's October 2006 release. Instead, it will debut in Firefox 3.0.

more here...

Google Opens Up Gmail

Google Opens Up Gmail
Google has removed invitation requirement to join, and increased file attachment sizes to 20MB.
Jonny Evans, Macworld UK
Tuesday, May 29, 2007 7:00 AM PDT

Google has made it possible to send larger attachments using Gmail -- and opened the service up to anyone who wants an account.

more here...

Monday, May 28, 2007

Streets of Rage 2: On the Wii

Streets of Rage 2, Sega's answer to Final Fight follows the story of Mr. X, who returned from the first game to turn the peaceful city once again into a war zone. Chaos will reign in the streets, far worse than before.

Streets of Rage 2 is a major improvement over Streets of Rage 1. Characters were made bigger, better detailed and with more animation frames and scenarios are less blocky. It features much longer levels. and the special attacks are what really distinguish this game from its predecessor. They are probably the best addition to the game as they take it beyond a just punching and kicking moves.

On the Wii gameplay is straightforward and simple. Levels are in typical arcade side-scroller fashion: move from left to right, with a few exceptions. To me, the gameplay is still amazing after nearly fifteen years. Not downloading this game would only be a mistake, considering more than half of the game released for the Wii VC aren't anything spectacular.

Four young friends, rage burning inside them, make a stand for friendship and peace...

You got "RAGE" in you? spend $8 and download this small game