Archive for the ‘Ubuntu’ Category

How to install Wormux Beta 4 in Ubuntu

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Here is the simple step by step approach to installing Wormux Beta 4 in Ubuntu.

Step 1: go to and download the wormux data first, then install it, by clicking install. It will download 3 packages and will then install.
Step 2: From the same site, download the wormux package and do the exact same as the wormux-data so that it will download and install 8 packages which are its dependencies. Now you should have Wormux installed.

Now if your game, Wormux, has been installed and is now in your ‘Games Menu’.

how to install GNUCash in Ubuntu!

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

This is easy it takes one line of command line expertise and there you have it.

The commands are: sudo apt-get install gnucash

Thats how easy it is.

European Union Fines Microsoft 1.3 Billion Dollars.

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

The European Union is at it again by fining Microsoft $1.3 Billion Dollars for bundling their Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer and other applications together with their newest operating system, Windows Vista. It is said that Microsoft is the first ever company in the EU to ever get fined for non-compliance after an anti-trust lawsuit against them. The 1.3 billion dollar fines amount from June 21st 2006 to October 21st 2007.

Overall this does not look so good for Microsoft. Sometime they will run out of money while this lawsuit goes on. Personally I think that Microsoft should just do what the EU says to be sure that they can still sell their products in that market, though I do not see them choosing that option anyways.

How to install Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 5 from inside Windows

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

is is a step by step guide. As always I take no responsibility for anything that goes wrong.Step 1: download the ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 5.
Step 2: burn iso file to cd as an image.
Step 3: put cd back into tray and run umenu.exe.
Step 4: click on the button install in windows
Step 5: Put in your credentials to be used in your Ubuntu installation, as well as the hard drive space, hard drive and language.
Step 6: Click next
Step 7: The ubuntu installation will create an image, and start copying files.
Step 8: reboot.
Step : Yep it is that easy!

How to Destroy Windows! and get a better OS.

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Here is how to destroy windows then get a better OS (Operating System.)

Step 1: Download  Ubuntu
Step 2: Burn the ISO as an image to a CD-ROM
Step 3: Put CD into the CD Drive
Step 4: Restart
Step 5: Let it boot from CD
Step 6: Click Start and Install
Step 7: When all is loaded double click the install icon
Step 8: Go through the installation
Step 9: Reboot after installation
Step 10: Enjoy Linux.

This is a simple, basic article, if you should so choose to try this out and any of it fails there is no applicable warranty and I do not take any responsibility for damage.

Ryan Orsers’ Review of Hardy Heron Alpha 3

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

I installed the new Hardy Heron Alpha 3 in Virtual Box. I thought how hard could it be to use an alpha Operating System? All I knew was I wasn’t installing Hardy Heron on my laptop until it is in beta. I thought it should be easy to use. Easy to update, well I was wrong because with Alpha 3 I cannot do a partial upgrade. Sad isn’t it. I am not disappointed that it has happened though I have already filed a few bug reports for that. It should work better in the next few pre-milestone releases. I will be downloading the Alpha 4 which is headed to us on January 31st, so I will be waiting for that to come oout and see the light of day. Over all I am very happy with what Hardy has in it so far and would love to see more features in it before it all is released.

Ryan Orser.

Cisco and how it helps you learn better

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

I am just going to talk about how Cisco helped myself learn better.

I go to highschool where a teacher teaches Cisco. I thought, I would love to learn about networking, so I decided to try it out. Best of all it was one of the best courses I have ever taken, as I helped myself to university student knowledge and am going to get a couple of letters, and a few certificates from Cisco.

Now you ask, “How does Cisco help you learn better?” Well here is the truth: I started taking online courses last year to learn more about the online world (and school,) so as I was working I found out that I did have the power to be a self-motivated, hardworking individual, as not many people can do that. It started out as I wasn’t really fond of doing online work, but now I have become an online person, with my own laptop, server, blog, and two domains. I have been learning various types of Linux and Windows applications using Wine and using Ubuntu and many other distributions.

In my school career I have been made top student of the year in 2 courses and have had the honor roll for 2/3 years, though I might have had honor roll if I had not done so poorly in grade 10s’ first term.

So overall I have learned to work hard with any motivation that I have received from myself and have been driven to preform my best in all areas (especially computer courses.)

Ryan Orser

Review: Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon takes on Mac OS X Leopard for the OS of the Year Part 2

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Yah. The second and final part of this series on Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon takes on Mac OS X Leopard for the OS of the Year.

 System configuration.

Everyone has to configure the OS at some time. Ubuntu wants you to scroll through a bunch of icons on the System dropdown menu, which is so old-school that it’s almost laughable. Good luck finding the right applet. Kubuntu has gotten away from the overly-complex but complete KDE Control Center in favor of the simplified and very Mac-like System Settings. Both solutions unify the control panels into one interface, with System Settings providing a user-friendly search function that definitely takes its inspiration from Leopard’s System Preferences. The main problem with System Settings is that not every control panel applet is designed to fit inside the container’s window, leading to scrolling and confusion when the user needs to authenticate into Administrator mode.

Wel I believe that when you need to become admin to install something that it is better to have a pop up dialog box to go and be able to be an admin. it works out great for me at least.

Apple’s System Preferences contains the control panel applets in a unified window, with a super-smart search box that highlights the preferences that best match the function you want to perform. The main window expands and contracts as needed to fit the functions, and those applets that were problematic in earlier versions of OS X (Network, for instance, was needlessly complex) have been fixed. With a little more work, though, KDE’s System Settings could match or even exceed Apple’s System Preferences.

Well since I have never actually owned a Macintosh I would believe that it works fine if they were to put those in the final release.

Web browser.

Ubuntu ships with Firefox as the default browser, Kubuntu uses Konqueror, and Leopard has Safari. Of course, you can download and install Firefox on both Kubuntu and Leopard, which is a good thing. Konqueror and Safari are both decent browsers (and they share the same code base), and the most recent releases are very good indeed, but Firefox still offers more in the way of customizability and extensions. And its cross-platform nature means that users only need to learn one Web browser to use on Linux, Mac OS, and even Windows. My informal testing shows, though, that Safari truly is faster at rendering pages than Firefox and Konqueror, so I tend to use it quite a bit on my Mac.

Well Safari isn’t a web browser that I use very often but I do use Firefox on every OS that I can get my hands on. 😀

I cannot review the Email and PIM because i just use a web browser email.


Kubuntu provides the full-featured and powerful Konsole, while Ubuntu has the anemic Terminal. Apple’s contender is also named Terminal, and it sucked in Tiger. In Leopard, it’s finally gotten good, with movable tabs, transparency, and window grouping. Since I always have a terminal open, I can now say that as long as it’s Konsole or Leopard’s Terminal, I’m quite satisfied.

Its good that the terminal in Leopard works better….

 Text editor. KDE goes overboard with the text editors (yes, I know they each serve a different audience, but still) and gives users three to choose from, while GNOME proudly provides Gedit. If you want limited options and stripped down features, then Gedit will probably fit your bill; if you want features and power, then try out KDE’s Kate. Leopard’s TextEdit is a bit of an odd beast to a Linux user. It’s basically an RTF editor that will also work with ASCII, and in a complete shocker from Apple, it will also read and write Word 2007’s so-called OpenXML format as well as OpenDocument text files. Whoa! So while Gedit and Kate are true text editors, TextEdit is a stripped down word processor that can be used for ASCII editing. However, real* nix users open Vim when they want to edit text, and since Vim runs on Ubuntu and Leopard, we’re covered.

Ok so the guy is ranting on how bad gedit is though I got to say that its not as good as openoffice.

Instant Messaging.

This one’s easy– if your main goal is connecting to as many different IM networks as possible, then Pidgin for GNOME or Kopete for KDE, is your ticket. If you want extremely cool effects and excellent sound and video as well as text, and you don’t mind being limited to AOL, Google, and Jabber for your IM networks, then Leopard’s iChat will do the trick. Besides, you can always install Pidgin on Leopard, or better yet, Skype runs on Leopard and Ubuntu if you need secure IM and VoIP.

yes that does work ….

Music Players.

GNOME’s Rhythmbox is just an Amarok wannabe at this point in time, so in that match-up, it’s no contest. Amarok vs. iTunes? Hmmmm. iTunes has some nice features, and it’s undoubtedly the better choice for working with iPods and iPhones (sorry, but it is), but it still makes OGG a second-class citizen for no good reason, and its inherent desire to rename and move your MP3s into new folders really annoys me. I have to give this one to Amarok. It’s the program I trust to manage my 55,000 song music collection, and that should tell you something right there.

Well I like rhythymbox better then amorok and Itunes.


F-Spot is OK in its early stages, but it’s still pretty rough and lacks features. And requiring users to click inside a dropdown menu to choose each tag repeatedly is just sheer torture. On the KDE side, digiKam is slightly better than F-Spot, but it repeats the same tagging trick, and while it offers up far more features than F-Spot, it’s still not as smooth as iPhoto. iPhoto is easy to use, with very good integrated editing tools, but it makes one huge blunder: in Tiger, your pix were stored in the file system, but in Leopard, they’re stored in a pseudo-file that is somewhat inaccessible to other programs and the file system itself, forcing you to rely on iPhoto to view any photos that you’ve imported in iPhoto. A pox on all their houses!

Well I believe that Iphoto is ok along with F-spot.


When it comes to viewing movies, I’ve found Totem Movie Player for GNOME to be buggy and problematic. Kaffeine for KDE is much better in terms of stability and capabilities, but both will play far more formats than the stock version of QuickTime Movie Player in Leopard. If you install a couple of codec packs, like Perian and Flip4Mac, you’ll suddenly find that you can play just about anything in QuickTime Media Player, which is a polished, smooth player. If you spring for QuickTime Pro, you can also grab QuickTime movies that are embedded in Web sites and even perform some simple edits on the movies you’re viewing. When it comes to DVDs, QuickTime will play’ em, but it prevents you from taking screenshots and fully supports the DRM the movie studios want to cram down our throats. In cases like that, go with Linux and support your freedoms.

As for editing movies… well, Leopard’s iMovie is excellent for the kinds of simple jobs most people want to perform. There’s really no equivalent in Ubuntu in terms of ease of use and quality.

Is this a destroy gnome article?

What’s missing in Ubuntu?

Leopard has a few features and programs that simply do not exist as built-in options in Ubuntu. Quick Look is a new feature, introduced in Leopard, that allows users to select a file and then press the spacebar for a yes, quick look, at a larger view of the file. It’s a great way to tell quickly if a file contains the text or pictures you need.

Front Row allows Mac users to view movies and photos, and listen to music, from across the room utilizing the included remote control that now comes with virtually every Mac. Think of Front Row as an easy to use media center that works smoothly (Yes, I know there’s MythTV, but it’s still a bear to set up, and it’s not included by default with Ubuntu). Finally, due to Apple’s control of both the hardware and software, things like the built-in wireless support and videocamera just work flawlessly. Generally, this is something beyond the control of Ubuntu, since Canonical doesn’t make hardware, but now that deals are starting to appear with the Dells of the world to include Ubuntu as a pre-installed option, we hope to see improvements in these areas.

Well I believe that Ubuntu is still a work in progress and it gets better every release.s

What’s missing in Leopard?

Every Linux distro today comes with built-in support for BitTorrent, but not Leopard. This is a major drag for those of us who rely on BitTorrent for a variety of needs. And why, oh why, doesn’t Leopard support SSH and SFTP support in Apple’s default GUI apps? I can use the Finder to access machines via AFP (Apple File Protocol) and FTP, but who the heck uses FTP any longer? SSH is available via the terminal in Leopard, so why in the name of all that is nerdy isn’t it available to me in the Finder and elsewhere? C’mon, Apple!

Well Things can be changed…. if you have the influence.

A Clear Winner?

So does Leopard eat up Ubuntu? Or does Ubuntu trounce Leopard? It depends on your needs. If you’re a student with no money, go for a decent cheap PC and put Ubuntu on it. If you value freedom above all else, then it’s obvious– Linux is the only way to go. If you’re heading into a future in multimedia, you’re gonna want a Mac. If your life revolves around your iPod and your iPhone, you need a Mac.

Ideally, though, you’ll have both, since each offers features the other lacks. I use both every day. If you have the money, I would recommend buying a Mac with at least 2 GB of RAM and then immediately installing a virtualization solution that will let you run Ubuntu (and Windows, for when you just have to run Windows), as well as any other Linux you desire. That way, you can run two of the world’s best operating systems at the same time, on the same machine, and bathe yourself in yummy UNIX-y goodness. And that, my friends, is just amazingly cool.

Of course there is not clear winner it depends on what you want to use.


Review: Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon takes on Mac OS X Leopard for the OS of the Year Part 1

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

A 2 Part cage match between the Gutsy Gibbon and the Macintosh Leopard: Who will win? This is an in depth article about how the two Operating systems compare. I personally have not used Leopard but I have tried it out on a demo computer at the store. It is very cool. I have used Ubuntu since June of 2006 and have liked it a lot. source from



Ubuntu will run on pretty much any computer with an Intel-compatible or PowerPC CPU. The distro claims that you need a bare minimum of 256MB of RAM, but expect glacial performance. In reality, you’ll want at least 512MB of RAM, with 1GB even better. You’re told to expect that the OS will take up about 4GB of space on your hard drive, which is nothing in terms of today’s ginormous hard drives.

All Spelling mistakes from the indented text are from the original article

Yes Ubuntu will run on the minimum but will be very slow. I have it running on a Laptop with an AMD Turion TL-50 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 80 GB hard drive, and a Nvidia geforce go 6150 graphics card.

You install Leopard on Apple’s boxes, or you buy a new Mac, and it comes with Leopard pre-installed. That’s it. According to Apple, you can install Leopard on any Intel-based Mac, as well as any PowerPC G5 or G4 box, as long as it has a 867 MHz or faster CPU. You’ll need at least 512MB of RAM, a DVD drive for the installation disc, and 9GB for the OS.

Well there is a hack that you can do to have your PC that has an Intel CPUs’ run Leopard.

Ease of Use:

From the usability standpoint Linux’s greatest strength, choice, is also its weakness. Ubuntu is no exception. With two major desktop environments, KDE and GNOME, that look and act much differently, along with different window managers, and with the whole shebang sitting atop X11, and Compiz if your video card supports it there’s a lot of room for variation. When it comes to apps, Ubuntu tries hard to simplify matters, but users still face an astounding array of choices.

On the one hand, this is great– you can pick the exact app and appearance that suits your needs and desires best. On the other hand, this can really confuse the heck out of users new to Linux. Not to mention, simple things like different Open and Save dialog boxes, depending upon whether you’re using a KDE or GNOME app, can prove to be annoying and deadening in terms of usability.

Well to me choice is the best part of the whole Linux OS.

The Mac, on the other hand, is just the opposite. Apple has invested millions of dollars and man hours to ensure that its usability is, overall, the best in the business with a few major missteps, which I’ll cover shortly. Its look and feel is unified throughout Leopard, including even the programs that come bundled with the OS. This uniformity means that everything acts the same way– open one app’s Open or Save dialog box, for instance, and you now know how virtually every single Open or Save dialog box will work. Grok the unified menubar, and you just absorbed how every Mac app works.

The problem comes if you don’t like the way Apple decided to do something. Too bad, bud. It’s Apple’s way or the highway. Case in point: the new translucent menu bar. It’s awful. Someone inside Apple thinks it’s a great idea, though, so that’s what we get. But here’s the kicker: there’s no exposed way to turn off the translucency and go back to an opaque menu bar. Three weeks after Leopard’s release someone figured out how to change the opacity of the menu bar by using an arcane command in the terminal. So while there are usually ways to” fix” things the way you’d like them, don’t always expect Apple to make it easy to do so. It’s a good thing that the majority of Apple’s UI decisions are excellent, thoughtful choices that make the Mac a productive joy to use.

But not always. For instance, Leopard introduced a new, reflective Dock that many people find ugly. Again, after some searching, users figured out a command that gets rid of the ugly and goes back to an easier-to-view 2D look. Or take Stacks. In previous versions of Mac OS X, you could drag a folder to the Dock and then right-click on it to access a hierarchical menu of the folder’s contents. In Leopard, that isn’t even an option. Apple instead calls folders on your Dock Stacks. Right-clicking on a Stack produces a contextual menu instead of the contents of the folder; to view the folder’s contents, left-click on the folder.

However, left-clicking shows you the contents either as a fan that leans to the right or a grid of about 30 or so items. More than that, and you have to open the Finder, thus negating the whole point of clicking on the Stack in the first place. Once again, users have solved the problem with third-party apps that restore pre-Leopard functionality. It’s just too bad that Apple doesn’t give users more options in cases like these.

But, keep in mind, the fact that I’m reduced to complaining about the opacity of a menubar and related items should tell you how good the Mac UI really is.

Wow I thought Windows could be the one Operating System that has the least customization.

However, I’m not going to let Ubuntu get off scott free. It still needs to fix many ease of use issues. The difference is, however, that since Ubuntu is open source, it’s usually a bit easier to fix the problems. Usually, but not always. Let’s talk specifics.

One problem that affects both KDE and GNOME has to do with how programs are launched. Ubuntu uses the default GNOME and KDE menus to start programs, access control panel applets, and manage other system functions. These don’t seem too bad until you check out what openSUSE has done to the K menu and the GNOME panels. The openSUSE K menu offers five tabs– Favorites, Applications, Computer, History, and Leave– that logically divide the functions one would want from a computer’s” Start” menu. In the case of GNOME, openSUSE does away with the confusing mish-mash of a top and bottom panel (Really, does any new user see the logic in that? Does any advanced user?) for a unified bottom panel, with a single Computer menu that provides access to Applications, Documents, and Places. This is far more logical, usable, and daring than the alternatives, and Ubuntu should be willing to adopt such measures when it makes sense, and lead by coming up with its own innovative ideas when necessary.

Kubuntu has its own share of UI disasters, most of them due to rushing things into the distro while they’re only half-baked. Not nearly powerful enough for experienced users (where are the tabs?), and too buggy for newbies, the Dolphin File Manager is simply not ready for prime time, and is currently a mess that needs some serious attention before its proper unveiling in KDE 4. Desktop Search is a necessity in today’s operating systems, and no incarnation in any Linux distro has yet to match the power, speed, and accuracy of Spotlight as it is now seen in Leopard. Seen in that light, the Strigi Desktop Search found in Kubuntu is just an ineffective toy. One day it might be ready, but it’s not now, and it should never have been added to Gutsy Gibbon.

Tracker, found in Ubuntu, is much better, and is good enough to use on a day-to-day basis. Additional functionality is needed- sort results by date, for instance- but overall it’s usable and accurate.

Linux has come a long way when it comes to ease of use, and it’s definitely getting better all the time, but overall Leopard is still ahead of Ubuntu (and both are way ahead of Vista). Apple makes mistakes, but overall its system is more logical, simple, consistent, and unified than Ubuntu, which still has too many elements that are overly complex, inconsistent, and fractured.

Really Ubuntu has some work to do but really it is the best Linux Operating System in the Linux World.


Of course, what people really like to look at– and play with– are the applications that come with an operating system. Let me say again, both Leopard and Ubuntu blow Vista away when it comes to the default programs they each provide. Let’s split things up into the kinds of programs the LM audience looks for in an OS, and see what Leopard and Ubuntu each provides. This is a general list, so don’t look for the obscure program that you and ten other people use. We’re talking general nerd usage here.

Of course Ubuntu and Leopard blow the whole windows OS out of the water because people are not forced to make application for it though they can do it if they want to. That way Developers if they do want to make 3 different sets of apps could use all 3 OS’s but that would cost a lot of money.

File management.

GNOME uses Nautilus, KDE uses Dolphin (although Konqueror still works), and Leopard uses the Finder. Nautilus has gotten better over the years, and Ubuntu stripped out the ridiculous spatial defaults, so it’s actually quite usable for managing files. I’ve already complained about Dolphin, but at least Konqueror is still available. Konqueror provides a maximum set of features, and does the job beautifully. Its KIO support for an immense variety of protocols is nothing short of astounding, so you can browse all kinds of remote filesystems with Konq.

Linux is great for Files as just like both Leopard and Vista you can search for them from all over the desktop.

Leopard’s Finder works well, and while the NeXT-based column views are extremely useful, the new Cover Flow views that let you slide through previews of your pictures, text files, and movies is something that will make you wonder how you lived without it. But the lack of tabs means that I’m often left wishing that Konqueror was available for Leopard.

Leopards Coverflow looks to me just like Vistas’ page view at the bottom of the screen when you hover it over the taskbar menu.

That is the end of Part 1 please come back tomorrow for the next part in this series.

CentOS 5.0 Review:

Friday, November 9th, 2007

CentOS 5.0 Review

First off, this review isn’t the easiest to do since I have tried so many other distributions before this one: Vector, Xubuntu 6.06 – 6.06.1, Ubuntu 6.06 – 7.10, Fedora 7, OpenSuSE 10.1 – 10.3, and now CentOS. Which if you count all of them up they add up to eleven!

Though I have used so many distributions I have been able to see the good and the bad in all of them. (good, bad)

CentOS was an easy install (1,0). However, I needed to add some kernel options (like noapic, pci=routeirq) to get the system to boot on my laptop (1,1). There were a few nice things that I noticed in this Linux distribution, including: ease of use (2,1), good graphics (3,1), and very good themes (4,1).

One weak point in CentOS is installing Nvidia drivers. I did the manual install from Nvidia and it took a while to find out how to stop (4,2). Booting CentOS is a very slow process without the extra kernel options for my particular computer (4,3).

So far the score is 4 good and 3 bad.

Next on my list of things to talk about is the interface. The interface of CentOS is not unlike any other GNOME desktop. It is always customizable (5,3), easy to look at(6,3), and easy to use(7,3). I mean easy to look at since it doesn’t look boring at all (8,3). Customizable is always a good thing (9,3) and since it’s easy to use, it will be able to bring you the preferred feeling that you have customized it (10,3). The only thing is that the interface if you have used it for a long time without configuring it so that you like can become a little bit boring, (10,4) though if you look at it for a little while you can see that its really almost like the Ubuntu panels (11,4).

Now the score is 11 for good 4 for not so good. I will now rate the ease of use, customizability, and ease to look at: overall a 5/5 on ease of use, 5/5 on customizability, and **3/5** for how the desktop is on the eyes.

Over all the final score on the CentOS is a 24/30. This is exactly 80%.

** Please leave a comment if you wish to comment on the ease of use to look at it. I only gave it a 3/5 because I have used this structure before and I am going to have to change it. **