Archive for November, 2008

Mandriva 2009.0 Review:

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Well I have said that I would put this out and I didn’t know when I would need to. Yesterday was probably a good day to do so but I was sleeping for a lot of the afternoon so today is the day for Mandriva 2009.0 Review.

Mandriva has been great for users who just like to have something that looks peaceful and easy to use. For new users with laptops I would recommend Mandriva One 2009 as it has a better background and supports wireless…. Mandriva Free also supports wireless but I like to have something that will recognize my wireless card and download the driver when I have a ethernet cable in my laptop.

I have used both types of Mandriva a couple of times, though I mainly stuck to Mandriva One. You can get Mandriva Powerpack which I believe includes support… though I am not actually sure as I have never bought it. I am sure of one thing though, people who want to use Linux and aren’t new probably want to use Mandriva One or maybe even Mandriva Free.

Both Mandriva One and Mandriva Free are Free as in Beer (Please do not send me any as I don’t drink.) The only difference is that Mandriva one uses some non-free drivers and other things that you may want.

Mandriva Free is one of those distros that you get all free and open source software… ie no licenses that you may use that aren’t free in the sense of FLOSS.

The best part of Mandriva is that it is fast, though not as fast as Ubuntu, out of the box. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to try something that looks elegant and asks you what you would like to enable as soon as the livecd or livedvd starts up. You could use Mandrivas’ nice desktop effects or maybe even Compiz, which is what I use most often.

The applications are of great selection and it is great to know that people like to use such new software… not that Debian has to do something about catching up anytime soon.

The time and effort put into this great distribution is more then anyone can shake a stick at. It is a quality distro and should continue on its way. Thank you Mandriva for producing a very nice distro.

Ryan Orser.

Ubuntu 8.10: Weird Problem with Graphics:

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Well I have had this many times but this is the first time it has really started to bug me. I have all these lines across the screen. They are not full line they are like little dashes. I am not sure what is wrong with it and I am not sure it is because of my Intel Chipset that this problem happens and it is very annoying. For me this happens after I suspend the computer. This does not normally happen and I hope someone knows how to fix it.

Ryan Orser.

iPod Touch App Review: WordPress

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Where to begin? How about all that trouble I have had with this very application. I tried using this one back in August and never got it working at all.

That all changed last Friday as the winds were blowing past my house. I decided that I would give it one final try. I guess that was enough to get it to work as here I am writing a post using the application to just post it!

I would highly recommend this one to those who would love to write posts from your iPod to your wordpress installation in the cloud.

I guess as this must be my new philosophy: “if at first you don’t have success keep on trying”… or return it for a refund before the warranty is up…. Mind you I don’t usually do that last one unless it is completely hopeless to continue on.

Ryan Orser.

Wired And Their Print Subscriptions

Monday, November 24th, 2008

In October 2008 I bought a $24.95 1 year subscription to get their printed articles and I just got my first issue and I could probably read it under 5 minutes as it is paper thin. Yes I know I get 14 issues but if they are all paper thin I will not subscribe again to this printed media.

Ryan Orser.

The Mandriva review should come out either later this week or next week at the latest.

Debian Lenny RC1 Review

Friday, November 21st, 2008

I don’t know how many times I have tried to install Debian Lenny RC1, but I do know there is not a chance that I have had to get it fully installed. I have been using the netinstall cd which is an Ok install once you put aside the fact that it doesn’t completely work. I have tried both the graphical and the text mode installers. None of which work to the extent of completing the install. I would love to use Debian for a couple of months but also the number of install DVDs and CDs is way out there. I am not willing to download and install 5 DVDs or 20+ CDs just to have a distribution installed on my laptop.

I have to say though I have heard great things from other bloggers who have written reviews… though I cannot remember who they were… sorry.

I know this is a pretty short review of this but there is not much to tell. I had planned this review to come out yesterday but I thought Open Office 3 install on Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex or Ubuntu 8.10 would be better.

Ryan Orser.

I will most likely put out the Mandriva Review this weekend, if I am not loaded with homework.

How To Install OOo 3 in Ubuntu 8.10!

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

I have been saying for a while when I started to try and use OpenOffice.org 3 that I could not open the application with out it crashing…. It works now! This is what you need to do to get your Open Office 3.0 working on your Ubuntu system.

  1. Go to System>Administration>Software Sources
  2. When it loads up you have to put in your sudo password. So just type in the password and hit enter.
  3. Go to Third Parties tab on the window that pops up after the password dialog.
  4. Click Add.
  5. Now copy and paste this line of text into that dialog box that pops up after you click add: deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/openoffice-pkgs/ubuntu intrepid main
  6. Now click OK.
  7. Click Close. The computer will now reload your sources for you.
  8. You should get updates… For myself it was 63… just install them.
  9. After they are installed go to Applications>Office>OpenOffice.org Word Processor.

You are done!! Have fun with Open Office 3.0

Ryan Orser.

Review of XFCE 4.4.3

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

I have used XFCE in the past on a server, a desktop and a laptop.

On the server it was great as it takes less memory to use. On the desktop it was the only one I could use that I knew how to install… that was back in June 2006, as I was just starting to use the Canonical products. On a Laptop using Ubuntu 8.10 though, I absolutely cannot use it.

I have configured it so much because I could not use the desktop environment at all. Turns out it only got worse as my sense of art and other things is not as good as the next person.

I loved XFCE when I used it on the desktop that I used and also on the server that I used, but on Ubuntu 8.10 on Ubuntu-Desktop I cannot use it.

I must have installed the desktop on the server and the desktop as I did not have to configure it at all… though I did configure later to make it look nicer. The fact that the task bar starts out after the install by floating on the desktop with one application launcher is not good enough by my standards and they are absolutely the lowest in my family. By the way the launcher was floating in the middle of the screen on the left side. I cannot have something like that happening on my screen.

Another thing that bugs me is that there is nothing on the taskbar to be able to open firefox right away. When I start the computer I open Firefox and browse the internet to check on my sites and other things like email, etc.

I guess what I am trying to say is I should have installed Xubuntu-Desktop instead. I do not like to have to configure a lot of stuff on start up, or during the time I have to use it. I will configure the internet if need be or add an application through synaptic and configure it, but for me to have to configure the menus, taskbars, and a whole bunch else, just bugs me.

I do thank the Developers of XFCE for their hard work and how much they put into this project as they do work hard on it. I just cannot use it without installing the Xubuntu Desktop because I need to have the taskbar setup and not in the middle of the screen floating. I do not mind putting a different background image on the desktop as that is normal for me to do every few weeks.

Ryan Orser.

How To Install XFCE 4.4.3

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

With the upcoming release of 4.6 I decided that for people to know what they are getting into. XFCE is a Desktop environment and is a great one at that. But more on that tomorrow when I review XFCE 4.4.3.

Now on to the How-To:

  1. Open your Ubuntu or Kubuntu Terminal: ALT+F2 gnome-terminal or ALT-F2 konsole.
  2. Type in: sudo apt-get install xfce4
  3. Now you go through putting in your password and saying yes to everything (by putting a y you say yes)
  4. After XFCE4 downloads and installs I would recommend restarting your computer: sudo shutdown -r now
  5. When you are on the Login screen go to options>session>XFCE4
  6. Now type in your credentials (Username and Password)
  7. It will ask your if you want to use XFCE as the Default session or a Just for now session: choose which ever one you want.
  8. And now you are in XFCE 4.4.3 and that is all you need to do.

Remember to come back tomorrow for a review of XFCE 4.4.3 and for some screenshots.

Ryan Orser.

Review of Banshee 1.4.1

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Hi Everyone. Today is Monday so I better start with the Banshee 1.4.1 Review.

Banshee has had a lot of crappy reviews in the past. This one is not a crappy review in the sense that it is bad. No this project has come a long way since I last tried it. The Banshee project should be very happy with their success as I have tried a great many Music and Video Player Programs but most are not as close to as good to this one.

Banshee has a great GUI (Graphical User Interface for those of you new to computers.) The interface is a very nice touch to the new Ubuntu interface where I am trying this out. Everything just, as it seems to me, to be in the right place. I would say this is the best music player other then VLC Media Player.

The music seems to just be better (I do not know if it is because I do not listen to music that much or it is that I have to find the right music to listen to.) Other then the music is better I really like Banshee over iTunes and Rhythym Box. My friend Tom Dyer recommended this program to start listening to podcasts in. Though he has necer tried it and said, “I only looked at the screenshots.” I believe he is not only right about the screen shots that he has seen but also that it is easy to use. (I don’t think he has used Banshee for a while but he is very right anyways.)

The video playback is one thing I have not tried as I do not watch DVDs or anything else on my computer other then work and testing out applications and Distros’.

Speaking of Distros that I am going to review, I have Debian and Mandriva lined up over the next few days.

Overall, the project has done a great job since I last used it. The interface, music playback has been done great. I appreciate how much effort has been put into working on this project and I hope it continues. I also hope this player will take the place in the Ubuntu Sound and Video Applications that Rhythym box has.

Ryan Orser.

Looking Ahead for this week:

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

This week has a load of reviews and a couple of how-tos. So here are some of the topics:

  1. Mandriva 2009
  2. XFCE 4.4.3
  3. Banshee 1.4
  4. and Debian 5.0RC1