Category Archives: Ubuntu

Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta Released

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In little over three weeks time Ubuntu 14.10 will be officially released to the general public. But, if you cannot wait that long, you can download the pre-release beta here.

The new upcoming release, code named, Utopic Unicorn, is an incremental improvement over 14.04 LTS released earlier this year. Packages like LibreOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird mail client are upgraded to the latest as well as the internals like the newer version of Linux Kernel and Unity interface were upgraded as well.

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How to Install Microsoft Exchange Support for Evolution Mail Client

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Connecting to Microsoft Exchange is never that easy. Especially, if one is trying to do it using open source and free softwares. There are plug-ins to be installed and configured, additional libraries to be installed. And it gets murkier as Exchange also has many versions (Pre 2007 is not web services based). In short, it requires a bit of tinkering on a Linux platform.

Evolution, by Novell is an excellent mail client. It offers not only mail, but calendaring, note taking, address book management and many other features offered by the popular MS-Outlook. What’s more, it even looks like Outlook. Hence, it is ideal software for those migrating from Windows desktop to a Linux. However, and some odd reason (maybe licensing issues) it does not support Microsoft Exchange out of the box. One has to install the drivers/plug-ins to get it going.

Like many others, I have struggled to get the plug-ins going for Exchange. Especially the off-the shelf versions do not always work perfectly. However, I have found one recent guide available online that gets the work done in matter of minutes. And yes, exchange works fine after that.

ExRatione has done an excellent job in putting together a script and a guide to install evolution from scratch with full support for MS-EWS (Microsoft Exchange Web Services). Use this guide to get it going and you will not be disappointed.


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Linux MintBox a Mini Linux Desktop

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Don’t have time to configure Linux onto your old Windows PC? Still struggling with device drivers and module compilations? Are you seeking an affordable, small and ready to use computer but not sure what is great for your browsing and email needs? Well Linux Mint might have an answer for you in the form of a mini computer, called MintBox.

The computer is not much larger than your standard wifi router. Infact, from a distance, it resembles a typical wifi router. But in reality it is a full fledged computer running the latest iteration of Linux Mint (currently in Version 15). It comes in two models Basic and Pro. The major difference between the two is the processor, RAM and GPUs. But otherwise, they are identical.

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ZorinOS – Gateway to Linux for Windows Users

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Linux currently has probably the largest selection of desktop environment options that any OS has ever had in their entire life. ZorinOS is yet another derivative of the popular Ubuntu Distro and is currently in Version 7. It is based on Ubuntu 13.04 thus offering the latest of what Ubuntu has to offer to the Linux community. But the look and feel is classic Windows 7.

One of the major and at times genuine concerns of new Linux users is that they want the same desktop/interface and the same set of software applications as they are used to on their Microsoft Windows platform. A tough ask, as even MacOS is struggling to offer all that is Windows.

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Choosing the Right Linux

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There is no right or wrong Linux. All are equally good. What differentiates one from the other is how you plan to use it and the context in which it is being used.

Say, if you want to tinker with some cool Linux derivative for fun, then by all means, install any and enjoy to your fullest. But if your motives are a bit more serious and you want to use one as your standard desktop, or have an ambitious plan to support multitude of computers running a single version of Linux then you might want to do some thinking before selecting the right Linux distribution.

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The Vibrant Open Source Smartphone OS Market

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The mobile OS market is only getting more awesome with each passing year. There are new players on the horizon challenging the might of Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone. And almost all of them are based on Linux and are designed around an open source philosophy.

Just like the Linux desktop, they will all surely inspire many derivatives with interesting designs, wonderful UIs and innovative hardware specifications.

Currently, Ubuntu is ranked number one on the open source desktop environment by a long margin. Currently enjoying over 20 million active users. It has also inspired countless derivatives, some of them are extremely popular themselves, like Linux Mint, with the user community.

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Ubuntu for Tablets – Let the Freedom Rule

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Today, in a grand unveiling, Ubuntu founder, Mark Shuttleworth announced the arrival of Ubuntu for Tablets. Well, the news itself is no news until you realize the potential of what Ubuntu is offering. One user experience across all interfaces i.e. desktop, smartphone, tablets and TV.

That seems quite a bold move by an open source driven company. Especially considering Apple, Microsoft and Google are still struggling to get their OSes to work seamlessly across all sets of devices. So far with mixed results at best.

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Install Ubuntu on Windows Surface Pro

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Microsoft’s Windows Surface Pro has been recently released and already Linux pros are booting Ubuntu and other Linux distributions on to it. After all, why not? It would be fun to carry my Ubuntu in a tablet form rather than on an old PC.

Surface Pro comes with really powerful processor. Unlike other tablets, it actually boasts an Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB of RAM. Pretty powerful for a little machine. The display is 11″ inches with a sweet 1080p HD graphics. Not really Retina quality as on Apple’s iOS devices but pretty good anyways.

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Ubuntu vs Fedora

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Two of the biggest names in desktop Linux are Ubuntu and Fedora. Both have a huge and sometimes emotionally charged following and will defend one against the other vehemently.

Ubuntu and Fedora currently support almost the same set of software without much difference. Be it desktop applications like LibreOffice, Skype, VLC or Server software like Apache, MySQL, PHP etc. The only difference could be how to install or provide support. In short, there is no difference for an average user.

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Your Media in Plex Heaven

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Living in the digital & information age also means its an age of “Information Glut”. Our brain at times is overwhelmed by the amount of information it encounters in a day. We struggle to remember it, retrieve it and even share it with our family and friends. And it is even worse on a computer. Some of the videos we shot ages ago are collecting dust in some old hard drive that wont even connect to modern computers. All this data and digital information needs to be rescued and viewed as it was originally destined.

Well, if that media is videos, music or photos you are in luck. Plex not only indexes that information for you but serves it up in a nice VIP Deluxe package that you can access on the go from any device that you may own. Welcome to Plex Media Server.

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