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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.


How to receive files over bluetooth in Ubuntu

Ubuntu is like that, everything is there but hide by default and will make a smile on our lips thinking “Oh was it there already!”. Well, everyone would be transferring and receiving files between your devices, either mobile or laptop or netbook or whatsoever.

Likewise in Windows, file sending is enabled and receiving is blocked in Ubuntu by default for security. But you cannot find and enable receive option in bluetooth settings menu in Ubuntu. This is kept somewhere else named Personal File Sharing. In latest Ubuntu 11.10 it is preinstalled and in some older versions you may need to install the same from Software Center. Open Personal File Sharing and you can see an option ‘Receive files over Bluetooth’ and is disabled. Enable it by clicking on the check box and choose accept files always/only from setup device. Thats it.

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.

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 initiallyhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=tecare-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1605041513&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr 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. http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=tecare-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1569757194&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrOne 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