Ubuntu in the Office

Note from Richard: From time to time, we love to look beyond the world of pure SEO and focus a little more on interesting topics like the Ubuntu operating system and related technologies. On that note, I’d like to introduce Jeff Orloff,  a technology coordinator with the School District of Palm Beach County. He also works as a consultant for Sequoia Media Services Inc., specializing in companies that are implementing social media into their businesses for collaboration and information-sharing. He is currently writing a book titled MediaWiki: A Beginner’s Guide.…

Linux running on an Airbus A330

Flying back from Seattle this morning, KLM were having problems with our “in-flight entertainment” on our Airbus A330 and had to reboot the system that runs those little TV’s in the backs of passenger chairs. I couldn’t resist taking a picture with my iPhone when I saw the Linux logo… (click to enlarge) Needless to say, the reboot didn’t get very far and we were without any visuals for the whole trip. It didn’t say what version they were running but those errors were complaining about the ext2 filesystem. We’re…

My new desktop: updating the Compiz Fusion Installation guide

I’ve had some time this weekend to play around with Ubuntu and update some of my more popular Ubuntu posts. Today, I updated the how to install Compiz post for Jaunty Jackalope. Here’s a screenshot of my beautiful new desktop in 3d mode: (Click the image to enlarge) If you want to build a similar Ubuntu setup, and you’re starting from scratch, here are the guides and resources you’re going to need to get going: 1) Install Ubuntu with the Ubuntu installation guide 2) Activate “restricted” drivers for NVIDIA or…

Install Readair in Ubuntu for a great desktop RSS experience

ReadAir is an application built on Adobe Air that brings your Google Reader to your desktop. I’ve been looking for the right desktop RSS reader for my Ubuntu machine and I’m really happy with this one: (Click to enlarge) Readair is a wonderfully simple and easy to use platform with the only missing feature being the keyboard shortcuts offered in the browser version of Google Reader. There’s definitely keyboard shortcuts in the development pipeline and you can keep your eye on feature requests and their progress by monitoring the discussion…

Updated: The Ubuntu Installation Guide

Those of you who read this blog regulary know that I’m really keen on promoting and using the open source operating system, Ubuntu. It’s the most popular Linux flavour for those people considering moving away from Windows, it’s powerful, reliable and, you can make it look really pretty just like this: I’ve just updated my Ubuntu installation guide for users wishing to install the latest Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope release (9.04) using Wubi (the installer from inside Windows) or, the full installation on a new partition from either a USB stick…

How to Install Boxee in Ubuntu Linux

Boxee is a Linux or MAC based media player capable of playing not only your home media collection but also internet TV channels such as BBC iPlayer. Want to install Boxee into Ubuntu Linux? Here’s how: First, register on the Boxee registration page. Choose a username and password and enter a few (very basic details). Boxee requires that you validate your email address, so after you’ve completed the registration form, go check your email inbox. I loved the confirmation email – here’s an extract: for a quick overview of a…

The Advantages of Ubunu Linux, By Bob Smiley

Note from me: Bob Smiley left a fantastic comment on my blog a few days back. The comment was so rich, detailed and lengthy that it justifies a blog post all on its own. So, Bob Smiley summarises the advantages of Ubuntu Linux on SEOgadget.co.uk. Thanks Bob! The advantages of Linux (Ubuntu in particular) are: a) It’s free of charge (seriously, you can download and install it for free!) b) You’re free to do with it as you please (no proprietary / closed source apps, unless you install them yourself.)…

How to install Crunchbang on a USB drive (portable Linux)

I discovered Crunchbang on Lifehacker earlier today and couldn’t resist a quick tour by installing it to a USB drive. Crunchbang is a fast and light flavour of Ubuntu, and, if you’re an advanced Windows user curious about Linux, it’s an ideal entry point to explore the world of super fast Linux distros. See how dark and cool looking it is! Want to try Crunchbang? Here’s how to install it on a USB drive from Windows Vista: 1) Format your USB stick with a FAT32 partition from Windows. You can…

Install Adobe Air and use Tweetdeck in Ubuntu Linux

I’m really liking Tweetdeck in Ubuntu! It relies on Adobe Air so here’s a quick “how to install” with Adobe Air and Ubuntu Linux. 1) Install Adobe Air in Ubuntu Linux Go to the Adobe Air download page, and download the latest .bin file. (AdobeAIRInstaller.bin). Save the downloaded file in your Home folder. Next, run this command from Terminal: chmod +x AdobeAIRInstaller.bin Now run this command: sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin Follow the instructions and quite quickly you’ll end up seeing this screen: 2) Install Tweetdeck: Go to the Tweetdeck site, and scroll…

How to run Emerald at Startup

Emerald is a 3D window decorator for compositing window managers such as Compiz in Ubuntu. Emerald has grown into a very complex window decorator for 3D desktops and supports a wide variety of settings and ways to develop your own themes easily. Emerald is a critical component of my current Ubuntu setup and a few folks have asked what they need to do if they want it to run at startup. Here’s how: Run emerald at Startup Learning how to get Emerald to run at startup was quite tough. Largely…