Vista is a loser… but people still go buy it

August 6, 2007

Lets forget the fact that Microsoft claimed that it has already sold $40Million Copies of Vista… And let forget that Vista has already shown problems, with hardware compatiblity, etc.

I thought wow, this is a good time to get people to experience Linux…

But when I look at nearby computers, and I see they’re running Vista…

I feel so dysphoric…

Its ****… but ppl still run it…

I dont know what it comes with…

But surely it comes without anti-virus, office, blah blah blah… things that will never be with Windows, and things that ppl will always have to pay money for, even for an upgrade…

The main thing that makes me irritable is that most common users, do nothing other than print some files, listen to music, burn CDs etc… And they pay so much money just to do that… Plus they pay money for what operating systems cant do…(Like Office is included by default in UBUNTU, not in VIsta though…)

I know they might be ignorant… and Microsoft is a marketing bully…

But Vista surely must mean new users for Linux…

I thought it would be many… But Hell… its not even as I expected…

Mania Drive — Motor Stunt Game for UBUNTU

August 4, 2007

http://maniadrive.raydium.org/

ManiaDrive is a free clone of Trackmania, the great game from Nadéo studio, and is an arcade car game on acrobatic tracks, with a quick and nervous gameplay (tracks almost never exceed one minute), and features a network mode, as the original.

Also features:

Complex car physics Challenging “story mode” LAN and Internet mode Live scores Track editor Dedicated server with HTTP interface More than 30 blocks – Full soundtrack

Download from here:

http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/maniadrive/ManiaDrive-1.2-linux-i386.tar.gz?download

Extract the file… and run maniadrive.sh

As simple as that… and you’ll be running this great game…

Glest – 3D RTS game for UBUNTU

July 31, 2007

Ever played Age of Mythology, or Rise of Nations, or World of Warcraft? They are among the best available 3D RTSgames

Well, those games arent available natively for Linux. You can ofcourse run them in emulators such as Wine in Linux, but still their performance is horrible (only from my experience).

Well, there is one such top game, and it runs natively on Linux. Its called Glest.

I’ve tried it and its a great game. There are like only two races to choose from(Magic and Tech), which is one bad point I guess. But still after I played it I got hooked onto it. Take it from me, its a great game. The game-feel is very similar to World of Warcraft.

For UBUNTU installers are availabe from here : http://www.getdeb.net/app.php?name=glest

Get the two deb packages: glest and glest-data downloaded on your computer. Then first install glest-data, and after that install the glest package.

I think you will love the game as much as I did.

Viewing PDF files from text-mode ( framebuffer )

July 27, 2007

In UBUNTU…

Install fbida package

$ sudo apt-get install fbida

After installtion is complete…

Run as follows:

$ fbgs file.pdf

Where file.pdf is the name of your pdf file…

You will amazed by the power of Linux Framebuffer…

By the way, if you’re having problems related to framebuffer, please check my previous article on Mplayer…

Viewing images in text-mode web-browsers…

July 27, 2007

For UBUNTU users, this is very simple…

Just do…

$ sudo apt-get install w3m w3m-img fbida

Here, fbida, is our image-viewing software.. w3m, is our browser…

Then after installation is complete…

Run w3m, and it will start showing images…

And yes if you need to enable framebuffer, please read my earlier post on mplayer…

Mplayer Framebuffer UBUNTU

July 23, 2007

To play full color movies using mplayer from the command line(ie., in text-mode using framebuffer) do the following…

In the file /boot/grub/menu.lst, add vga=791 to the end of the line starting with the word kernel-

kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.20-15-386 root=UUID=65993207-29fd-4fd1-a784-1a8c3cbe12fe ro splash vga=791

Then restart your computer…

(Video modes are: 791 = 1024×768, 788 = 800×600, 785= 640×480)

Then do

$ sudo apt-get install mplayer-nogui

After all these are done… run the file…

$ mplayer -vo sdl file.avi

Congrats… now you can play movies in text-mode!!!

Viewing Flash Movies in UBUNTU

July 23, 2007

Mplayer can handle video files of FLV format

FLV = flash video

To install mplayer just do:

$ sudo apt-get install mplayer

http://www.mplayerhq.hu

Mplayer is in fact able to play almost all kinds of files. So its great to have it installed.

Now if you want to view SWF flash animation files, then you have to install Gnash, its a GNU project.

$ sudo apt-get install gnash

http://www.gnu.org/software/gnash/

If you want to be able to view SWF files from the browser, then do

$ sudo apt-get install mozilla-plugin-gnash

Snownews Raggle — RSS feed Reader

July 21, 2007

Try installing this

$ sudo apt-get install snownews

A very small, install, but very nice software. Add an RSS feed and you’ll see the magic it does 😉

Also you can try Raggle

$ sudo apt-get install raggle

In my experience raggle comes off much better.

But still you should give both a try and choose yourself.

RAGGLE

SNOWNEWS

Pytone – Jukebox For UBUNTU

July 20, 2007

PyTone is a music jukebox written in Python with a curses based GUI. While providing advanced features like crossfading and multiple players, special emphasis is put on ease of use, turning PyTone into an ideal jukebox system for use at parties.

I find it great… Especially for comand line users

Check out ScreenFace — New and Fresh

July 18, 2007

http://screenface.66ghz.com