Libre Office 3 In Ubuntu 11.04

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The latest version of Ubuntu now ships with LibreOffice 3. At first glance, it doesn’t seem to offer much different from its OpenOffice predecessor other than a classy new loading screen. Hopefully improvements keep rolling in! [Translate]

Colemak

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Colemak is a popular alternative to the QWERTY keyboard layout. Why even consider switching? The QWERTY layout was designed in the 19th century to allow typewriter salesmen to easily type the word “typewriter” and to prevent typebars from sticking. We’ve been stuck with QWERTY ever since. Colemak is a modern alternative to the QWERTY and… Read more »

A Bit of Housekeeping

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Mike’s Ubuntu Blog now has a Facebook page to help keep you updated. If you’re interested in staying in the loop, get on board. [Translate]

Cardapio: Simple and Powerful Menu

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I have been a fan of Gnome-Do for a long time. Mac users have been used to having programs just a few keystrokes away with Quicksilver search, and Windows joined the fun with its newly designed start menu in Vista and 7. Cardapio simultaneously simplifies the gnome menu and delivers easy hotkey searching. From Cardapio’s… Read more »

Elegant GNOME Pack: Stylish Theme

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The aptly named Elegant GNOME Pack transforms the Linux desktop into a design experience. The icons are sleek, classy, and easy on the eyes. The wallpaper reads “Great Design isn’t Good Enough”. This pack hits the nail on the head: I want my Linux desktop to look awesome, and I want it to be dead simple… Read more »

MyNotex: Note-taking, plain and simple.

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MyNotex is a cool little program for note taking. I have been searching for a program like this. I would just use Google Notebook, but not all of my classes are in areas with WiFi. I have experimented with many open source note taking applications, but I haven’t been thrilled with them. They usually feel… Read more »

Guacamole: Open Source + HTML 5 VNC

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Guacamole is a very promising-looking HTML 5 VNC program. The latest stable release is 0.2.6, and is only available in source code. If you don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty, dig in. It has quite an impressive list of features. Near-native performance Pure JavaScript/HTML5 client-side viewer CopyRect encoding (if supported by VNC server)… Read more »

Calvin & Hobbes + Daily NASA Photo Wallpaper

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Haven’t you always wanted Calvin & Hobbes stargazing at the daily NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day for  your wallpaper? I know I have. Now we can. In this tutorial I will show you how to set that up. First, just double check you have these installed. I think most users will already. sudo apt-get… Read more »

Awesome Ubuntu Theme

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I came across a post in the Ubuntu Forums that had an amazing theme. Check it out. As far as I know, this is the same guy who makes Pinguy OS. I first read about Pinguy OS on this Reddit post. I’ve just put together a gtk-metacity and iconset. Could someone give it ago and tell… Read more »

How to Change Grub Boot Order

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Let’s say you have Ubuntu and Windows installed side-by-side, and you usually use Windows. By default, Ubuntu is the first option, so you have to scroll down to select windows every. time. you. power. on. your. computer. Might as well try to change the order once and for all. To do this, install a little… Read more »