Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Ubuntu means: 'humanity to others'

ubuntu |oǒ'boǒntoō|

Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning 'humanity to others'. It also means 'I am what I am because of who we all are'. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.


Ubuntu means: 'humanity to others'

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ubuntu-Women: Ubuntu for women

Ubuntu-Women is a team functioning under Ubuntu to provide a platform and encouragement for women to contribute to Ubuntu-Linux, a Debian based free and open-source GNU/Linux software. The main role will be along the lines of supplementing and being the stepping stone toward the larger Ubuntu-Linux world. Membership is open to all.


Free "Ubuntu Software Centre" User Guide

The "Ubuntu Software Centre" User Guide uses plenty of screenshots to illustrate instructions and ideas, and by using accessible language ensures that even the tech-illiterate can understand the points being made with clarity.

Download FREE Ubuntu Software Center user guide.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Fotoxx for Linux: Create HDR photos using

Fotoxx is a program for improving digital photos. It allows you to navigate through large image directories using a window of thumbnail images, create HDR (high dynamic range) images by combining bright and dark images to improve details visible in both bright and dark areas, create panoramas by joining overlapped images, adjust brightness and color intensity independently for different underlying brightness levels, reduce fog or haze by removing "whiteness" and intensifying colors, rotate an image (level a tilted image or turn 90 degrees), remove red-eyes from electronic flash photos, sharpen, resize, or crop images, reduce noise in low-light photos, change color depth, and stretch an image by dragging the mouse.

It can be installed at Ubuntu Software Center.

Web site:

Fotoxx - HDR

Make an HDR (high dynamic range) image from 4 poorly aligned photos having an 8X brightness range. Adjust input image contributions. Adjust brightness distribution of output. Increase color depth. Enhance details with tone mapping.

Friday, December 23, 2011

FBReader: e-book reader (can read ePub)

FBReader is a e-book reader, it can be downloaded on Ubuntu Software Center by searching "FBReader".

web site:

Main features:
  • supports several open e-book formats: fb2, html, chm, plucker, palmdoc, ztxt, tcr (psion text), rtf, oeb, openreader, non-DRM'ed mobipocket, plain text, epub, eReader
  • reads directly from tar, zip, gzip, bzip2 archives (you can have several books in one archive)
  • supports a structured view of your e-book collection
  • automatically determines encodings
  • automatically generates a table of contents
  • keeps the last open book and the last read positions for all open books between runs
  • automatic hyphenation (patterns for several languages are included)
  • searching and downloading books from and
  • partial CSS support for epub files

FBReader support Android also. Link to Android Market

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Bluefish - editor for programmers and web designers

Bluefish is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and webdesigners, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code. Bluefish supports many programming and markup languages, and it focuses on editing dynamic and interactive websites. Bluefish is an open source development project, released under the GNU GPL licence.

Bluefish runs on most (maybe all?) POSIX compatible operating systems including Linux, FreeBSD, MacOS-X, OpenBSD and Solaris, and in addition it runs on Windows.

Introduction to Bluefish 2.2.0


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Install traditional GNOME desktop on Ubuntu 11.10

There are no GNOME desktop installed on Ubuntu 11.10 by default. To re-install it, open Terminal and enter the command:

$ sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

After install, log-out and log-in again. In the log-in screen, click on the Gear icon, you can select GNOME, GNOME Classic and GNOME Classic (no effects).
GNOME Classic

Monday, December 19, 2011 access Ubuntu Software Center on-line is a on-line version of Ubuntu Software Center. You can browse various software available in various catalogs, for various version of Ubuntu, in any inter-net connected browser.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

SMPlayer: a front-end for MPlayer

SMPlayer: a front-end for MPlayer

SMPlayer intends to be a complete front-end for MPlayer, from basic features like playing videos, DVDs, and VCDs to more advanced features like support for MPlayer filters and more.

One of the most interesting features of SMPlayer: it remembers the settings of all files you play. So you start to watch a movie but you have to leave... don't worry, when you open that movie again it will resume at the same point you left it, and with the same settings: audio track, subtitles, volume...

Other additional interesting features:

  • Configurable subtitles. You can choose font and size, and even colors for the subtitles.
  • Audio track switching. You can choose the audio track you want to listen. Works with avi and mkv. And of course with DVDs.
  • Seeking by mouse wheel. You can use your mouse wheel to go forward or backward in the video.
  • Video equalizer, allows you to adjust the brightness, contrast, hue, saturation and gamma of the video image.
  • Multiple speed playback. You can play at 2X, 4X... and even in slow motion.
  • Filters. Several filters are available: deinterlace, postprocessing, denoise... and even a karaoke filter (voice removal).
  • Audio and subtitles delay adjustment. Allows you to sync audio and subtitles.
  • Advanced options, such as selecting a demuxer or video & audio codecs.
  • Playlist. Allows you to enqueue several files to be played one after each other. Autorepeat and shuffle supported too.
  • Preferences dialog. You can easily configure every option of SMPlayer by using a nice preferences dialog.
  • Possibility to search automatically for subtitles in
  • Translations: currently SMPlayer is translated into more than 20 languages, including Spanish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese....
  • It's multiplatform. Binaries available for Windows and Linux.
  • SMPlayer is under the GPL license.