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Upon developing a quite solid desktop operating system, Ubuntu seems to be moving forward with new innovations, this time, I would say, pushing the boundaries of the GNU/Linux world even further. As one would expect for a GNU/Linux distribution with such a great buzz and following, there are alot of critiques and people tired of hearing about Ubuntu all the time, people that hate it as an operating system for whatever reason, but that doesn't really change the fact that it is still the most popular flavor of GNU/Linux with the biggest community and hence the greatest number of minds dedicated to making it even better. You gotta admit there's alot of potential in that kind of setting. So yes, I would concede that Ubuntu is currently among few distributions with such a great potential for innovation and I would not be surprised if it continues to "set the standard" for mainstream GNU/Linux desktop in the future.


You can use Qemu to boot a CD ISO image you downloaded before you even burn it. This could be useful for just checking it out before you decide to spend a CD for burning it or to take screenshots you otherwise wouldn't be able to from the real bootup.

Here's a simple command to do it:

qemu -cdrom cdimage.iso

You can even install a CD image on a special virtual disk you can create on qemu. This disk is actually not a disk, of course, but a disk image which contains free space that can be used within qemu emulation.


Tremulous: The best free software game ever? - Linux and open source software lag behind the proprietary market in the number and quality of available video games, especially in the realm of first-person shooters (FPS), a genre dominated by the likes of Doom, Quake, Unreal, Half-Life, and Halo. Here, Linux is an afterthought, if not ignored completely. Tremulous, a mixture of FPS and RTS (real-time strategy) written by Tim Angus, is an exception to that rule. [GNUs]

I've tried Tremulous a bit last night before going to sleep and I gotta say it does look like a great game, definitely one of the best in its genre. The fact that it's on a Quake 3 engine (which worked fine on my and even older hardware, and that's an onboard graphics chip) made Tremulous playable on my computer as well (of course with DRI enabled, which I certainly welcome.

Get GNU/Linux!


I just want to recommend a great new site that has been started recently: http://www.getgnulinux.org/ (Get GNU/Linux dot org). Be sure to remember that URL and refer it to everyone who is looking for a place to find out more about GNU/Linux. Finally there is a "homepage" of our beloved Free as in freedom operating system.

And what's best, it's started by people who really care about Free Software and GNU/Linux.

I absolutelly digg it! Eye


Tried Ogle? Try it if you didn't and are looking for a simple and rather painless ways to play your DVD's on your PC almost as if you plugged them in a standalone DVD player (for a TV set) without having to do alot of tweaking just to get it playing right and without anomalies and with subtitles working (if you need them).

Ogle supports DVD menu and seems to tune in to any DVD without a problem.

I have added it to my ~/.xinitrc file (by default commented) like this:

#gksudo ogle /dev/hdd

So when I want to play a DVD I just insert it in my DVD player, go out of GNOME (or whatever I may be using in X) to console (killing X in the process of course), modify my ~/.xinitrc file to comment out the mentioned command and comment the one that usually starts GNOME (exec gnome-session) and then just startx to start playing a DVD.