Ubuntu Desktop

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Are you ready to switch to Linux?

The official support for Microsoft Windows XP ended one month ago, and if you are still using Windows XP, then you really should either upgrade to Windows 7 or higher, or switch to another OS. You may have been recommended to switch to Linux, but the question is “are you ready to switch to Linux”? Linux is an excellent open source operating system and can replace Windows for sure, but Linux is not for everyone to […]

Ubuntu 12.10 released, but what’s next?

Ubuntu 12.10 (QQ) is released today with a big eye catching picture on Ubuntu’s home page to encourage users to choose Ubuntu 12.10 instead of the incoming Windows 8: It has been 8 years since the first release of Ubuntu in October 2004, and Ubuntu has accomplished a lot and has become the most popular Linux distro in the Linux world. But does Ubuntu have a promising future? This is the question I asked in […]

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS coming soon

Ubuntu announced the Release Candidate for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Long Term Support), code named Lucid Lynx. I installed the RC version and am still trying to get used to the new default theme: Ambiance, in which the window’s minimize, maximize and close buttons are located at the left upper corner of the window, like in Mac OS. Here is a list of new features included in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Release Candidate: http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/releasenotes/1004overview#GNOME The final release […]

How to remove PDF file’s print protection

If you have a PDF file with print protection, you will not be able to print it. To remove the print protection, you will have to know the protection password and then open the file with Acrobat Professional to make it printable. Here I show you an easy way to remove PDF file’s print protection. First, you will need a Linux system. I would suggest you to use Ubuntu. If you don’t have one and […]

Use Wine and Mono to survive Ubuntu

The biggest challenge/frustration you will encounter after migrating to Ubuntu from Windows is that many of your beloved Windows applications do not have corresponding Ubuntu versions, which means you cannot install them on Ubuntu system. It caused many people to go back to Windows because of this frustration. This post is to help you to reduce the frustration and hopefully you may eventually survive Ubuntu. First, there are two important applications you must have in […]

Firefox 3.6 Beta 3 released

Mozilla community released Firefox 3.6 Beta 3, which contains over 80 bug fixes from the last beta release. If you are a Firefox fan, you should give it a try. How to run Firefox 3.6 Beta 3 in Ubuntu? 1. Download the tar package of Firefox 3.6 Beta 3 2. Unzip the tar package to a folder 3. Open the folder, find a file named “firefox” 4. Double click “firefox” to launch Firefox 3.6 Beta […]

The most biased review on Ubuntu

First of all, I consider myself far from a Linux fanboy, and I myself have many frustrations with Ubuntu too, but I would not make unprofessional reviews as Andrew Thomas did. As a technical writer of TG Daily, Andrew Thomas recently wrote two most biased reviews I’ve ever read on Ubuntu 9.10 RC: here and here. As a matter of fact, the article titled “Ubuntu is still rubbish” is rubbish itself. It is absolutely stupid […]

Ubuntu 9.10 beta released and Ubuntu 10.04 code name announced

Today, the beta version of Ubuntu 9.10 will be released to public, and then at the end of this month the final version will be officially released. About one week ago, in a recorded video for UbuCon 2009, Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of the Ubuntu project announced the code name of the next version of Ubuntu: Lucid Lynx. It will be a LTS (Long Term Support) release and will focus on speed, stability, quality, and […]

Will Ubuntu become a competitor of Windows?

Since its launch in October 2004, Ubuntu has been focusing on providing better user experience in the Linux world and has done a very good job. Ubuntu is famous in the Linux distro world for its no-hassle installation, easy and pretty user interface, great package management tool, big community of support, and etc. Especially, its promise of a new release every 6 month indicates its active and fast development and has attracted many users both […]

What did I lose and gain after using Ubuntu

First of all, let me make it clear: I am an ASP.NET web developer, so that means I use Microsoft Windows at work. But at home, I use Ubuntu because I want to learn it. So far, I like both OS and don’t have bias towards any of them. What I lost: 1. When I use Windows, part of my sense of accomplishment comes from updating my anti-virus and anti-spyware database files and defrag my […]