Run Yahoo! Messenger in Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a popular Linux distribution and Yahoo! Messenger is a popular web chat client. There is no official Yahoo! versions available for messenger. However there are many chat clients such as Empathy, Pidgin etc. are there in Linux and Yahoo id can be used there to chat. While talking about Pidgin, it is much powerful chat client. It has many features and one can even access Yahoo! chat rooms using this messenger.

Yahoo! Messenger provides HD video calling support. Though this option is available in Pidgin to use video call, it cannot be used for cam chat with a person who is not in your list. This often restricts the user from using web cam in chat rooms. As I mentioned before, there is no official version released for Linux distributions though Linux is gaining popularity day by day, especially in the case of Ubuntu.

There is a program called “Wine” which facilitates installing Windows applications in Linux. This is a windows compatibility layer and most of the ‘.exe’ files are supposed to be worked in Ubuntu. Go to software center and install Wine. This software is about 100 MB in size. Once it is installed, download the Yahoo! Messenger and install it. This will work fine.

Fedora or Ubuntu

For a long time since I started using Ubuntu, over a past two years, I have been heard of Fedora as well but never thought of installing it on my msi U100 netbook. I had installed Ubuntu 11.10 and was not much impressive like 10.10 or 11.04. I sent off my Ubuntu from mard disk and installed Fedora 16. Installation was not much complicated and more or less same as Ubuntu. First impression was good, no the best. It’s user interface was pretty interesting. No maximize and minimize buttons, no show desktop button.

Overall, it looked good. My feelings over fedora changed when observed it doesn’t have cleartype fonts. It’s window is oversized comparing with my netbook’s 10″ screen. While changing system font to small size font becomes ugly. Same is the thing with browser. Firefox fonts are also looking bad! The moment I admired Ubuntu’s font and UI. No second thought. I erased my hard disk and installed Ubuntu 11.10.

Major changes noticed in 11.10 are use of GNOME 3.x shell. Unity is pretty impressive while comparing with GNOME. GNOME 3 in Fedora is looking better but Unity in Ubuntu is much user friendly and impressing. Online accounts is added to user button on upeer panel, but still I dont understand where it applies to. No application found using the log in information in Online Accounts.

Another bad thing as far is me is considered is the increase in boot and shut down time. My netbook used to shut down in less than 5 seconds in earlier versions whereas now it takes more than 15 seconds. However, overall performance is good. Following changed I made after installing Ubuntu 11.10.

Installed Ubuntu restricted extras. This plug in is required to play music and video files, which comes aroud 100 MB in size. Another thing I installed is, yes VLC. It is must lightweight multi format player. Of course even if you don’t have any other plug ins installed, VLC alone can play almost every music and video files.

Ubuntu’s software centre is very user friedly while comparing with the equivalent application in Fedora. I must admit Ubuntu is the best OS for netbooks.

Best Internet Browser

It is a hard tsk to judge which is the best browser in current market. If this question was raised before an year, we had two options. Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. Situations changed with the launching of  internet giant Google’s Chrome. Though it has to struggle in its intial days, it showed a big hike in its popularity graph. Whatsover, this can be said to lighted on the fight for best browser. Mozilla introduced many features and it reaches with the latest feature Sync, which enables to sync your bookbarks and preferences. This feature soon enabled in Chrome as well. Apple’s safari and Opera also tried to improve their perfomance by tweking.

All these time, Microsoft was standing like a lazy child which made a big fall in their Internet Explore’s graph. At last they realised they can’t compete any more without a change. They came with much awaited IE9 beta, with hardware acceleration and support for HTML 5. Though Mozilla and Google were started support for HTML 5, they didn’ t care much about hardware acceleration. (Though th word is pretty good in hearing it was not so in performance. ) No sooner IE 9 released, Mozilla came with Hardware acceleration. Google is yet to add this. But the most interesting fact is that, users have to off this hardware acceleration for smooth browsing.

So, I was just breifing about the past trends in browser market.  So out of these 5 browsers, viz. Firefox, IE9, Chrome, Safari and Opera, which is the best browser? We can blindly exclude Opera and Safari from this list right away. So left three, IE9 has candy look and more browsing area. But since it is in beta, you may have to use in compatibility mode. Also, this is not satisfactory as expected. Now left Firefox and Chrome. I dont want to say the drawbacks of Firefox, since I was a firefox fan for long time. Even in office I was using Firefox! 🙂

So i suggest or elect or nominate, whatever it is, Chrome as the best browser for a nominal user. How? I’ll explain the features briefly. Once of its best feature is that, it has address autocomplete. Yes, I agree, the same feature is with Opera, Safari and in IE9 with google search. But, if you do a thourough check, you can see Chrome has a powerful feature that it offers most perfect result. See the below figure.(Click to enlarge) Can you check with your browser if you are getting a result like this?

Another feature is that Sync. Chrome’s syc is so powerful that it even sync the extention to a synced browser. Also you can sync your themes too. Google Chrome’s latest release 7 is very powerful that it loads pages very fast, less time for opening browser, and many more. I personally suggest Google Chrome unless you are using any sites exclusively built for IE.

Ubuntu- An Introduction

Ubuntu, is an ancient African word for “humanity to others”. Ubuntu is an open source operating system. What is an “open source” means? Unlike Microsoft’s Windows and Apple’s Mac, Ubuntu’s cource code is open for the users. They have the option to customize it and to make any changes without any restricitons or limitations. Moreover, it is available for free of cost!

Ubuntu started its journey from an October morning in 2004. A new computer experience was introduced to the world by the release of  Ubuntu’s debute version 4.10, code named as ‘Warty Warthog’. Ubutntu is maintained by Caronical with many other volunteers who are trying for an open source evolution.

First verison of Ubuntu was based on GNOME. Later they have release a version Kubuntu, based on KDE desktop environment. All the versions of Ubuntu maintains a similarity in a way or other. In every six months Ubuntu will be releasing a new version, which makes people keep updated with latest technologies. Ubuntu assures a virus free, suprefast computing. With the release of its current stable version “Lucid Lynx”, Ubuntu could decrese its booting time. A 2 GB RAM computer can boot in a minumum time of 5 seconds which even Windows 7 can’t offer. Same is the case for shutting down. You can shut down your PC in less than 4 seconds! Can any other OS offer this much speed?

In addition to suprefast computing, Ubundtu offers more than 10000 apps for absolutely free of cost. You can download a variety of apps from Ubuntu software store. All these make people attracted to Ubuntu. However, a major drawback still users face is that many ,applets are coming in packages which can perplex a beginner. But whatsoever, with the upcoming release in October, Ubuntu is expected to increaes its users.

You can download Ubuntu from their official website

Gimp – A substitute for Photoshop

GIMP – The GNU Image Manipulation Program is a software for advance image editing. Its functions are almost similar to the popular image editing tool, Photoshop. But the main difference is Photoshop is a paid utility where as Gimp is open source. Gimp was initially supported in Linux. Later it extended its support to Windows and Mac. It also provides a detailed user manual of how to. It can be used either installing on your system or view online. 

Gimp is designed to work with a lower ram of 128 MB! But when you are dealing with larger images, you may face issues. If you are using Windows 7, you can overcome this memory issue by adding a ReadyBoost device.

You can read more on ReadyBoost and how to set up from here

Gimp is free to download from the following website.

Minitube- the YouTube player

Guys, today I am introducing you a nice application. Are you fed up viewing YouTube on your flash based websites? Have a try with Minitube. This is an amazing application to search and play YouTube videos. of the best features of it is no flash player required.

Minitube is available for Mac and Linux. Windows users need to wait a little to experience this “light weight” YouTube viewer.

Minitube is available to download from here

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Ubuntu Tweak

Today, I am introducing a superb utility to Ubuntu users. You have probably installed many utilities from Ubuntu software center. You would have changed your log in preferences from admin page. You would have uninstalled applets through terminal. Also, you would have save your disk space by cleaning up packages. 
Have you ever thought if you could do all these tasks in a single application? If you have ever thought so or not, Ubuntu tweak is here for your help. It is a combination of “whatever you can do with Ubuntu”. Also, it has more advantage that it deals with hidden applications too! So why are you waiting for. Go an get your copy now.

Click here to download Ubuntu Tweak