Good news is blogetery.com is back online. If you recall, this blog was in the process of moving to blogetery when the site got taken down by an over-eager service provider who thought Open Source was the work of El Quaeda. It didn’t help matters that a magazine called Vision was publishing recipes about how to blow up the world with Ubuntu.
Archive for August, 2010
The Ubuntu Global Jam is an event held on the weekend of 27 to 29 August in which the Ubuntu community comes together to work together and think about improvements. Ubuntu Global Jam used to be called Ubuntu Global Bug Jam, but since we took the bug out, the event is now more of a social than a bug jam.
Everyone can participate in the Jam and is welcome and encouraged to participate If only to meet with other members of Ubuntu who contribute on a weekly and daily basis.
The Ubuntu Global Jam will include events that are planned around the world on staple topics such as: Bugs, testing the new version and reporting on it, upgrading to Maverick Lucid, information about how to use Ubuntu and join the community, translation or packaging. I would also suggest some fresh topics, such as focusing on making Ubuntu a great sound platform as opposed to being mediocre. ( If you’re a musician, now is your time to literally jam), also using Ubuntu in real-life situations as opposed to server-client networks. Exactly how plug ‘n play is Ubuntu in a home office environment? Another pet project is to implement drag-n-drop more uniformly across applications (see Appearance applet for an example of drag ‘n drop) and to have greater application interoperability. We should be able to create new applications like lego blogs, without ever having to see a line of code!!!
Although the wiki already has a few Global Jam logos, Bognarandras , has created an awesome universal logo for Ubuntu Global Jam which is really refreshing. Why keep repeating the same old designs?
Just another word on the Global part of the Global Jam, raised at last year’s Jam event. Videoconferencing and/or IRC communication between Jam events is encouraged. We should be communicating, not simply eating pizza!!! Throw us some skypes, plug in some sounds, make it a real jam this year. This probably means creating some form of roster for linkups and testing links with kit, so that when the general public arrive at your local event, they are not simply greeted by a dark screen running code.
It never ceases to amaze me how Ubuntu has taken off in the Spanish-speaking world. Then again RMS speaks Spanish and Marcos Diaz, who is Spanish born, is the person who initiated the Nathive project. Nathive is a free image editor like Photoshop, Corel or GIMP, but focused on usability. The program runs in GNOME environments, and anyone can participate in it, contributing ideas or code translations. The project is currently in beta, is written in Python using GTK +, and is working hard to get a very complete program without losing ease of use. Nathive’s philosophy is to show respect and gratitude towards the community of GIMP, to make it easy and to reach people who do not need to see all the options at the same time
Nathiv is now a growing community which you can join if you wish.
* 32-bit deb: nathive_0.920-1_i386.deb
64-bit deb: nathive_0.920-1_amd64.deb
There are also packages for other Linux distros:
32-bit rpm: nathive-0.920-1.i386.rpm
64-bit rpm: nathive-0.920-1.x86_64.rpm
gconftool –recursive-unset /apps/panel
rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel
ID Software’s Doomsday Engine was released for most computer platforms. You can use it to play a number of legacy games in Ubuntu like Doom, Heretic and Hexen, all kickass games whose commercial sell-by-date was probably around the turn of the century. Nevertheless some relatively free fun is still to be had, especially with Russian hacks and customisations which arose in the cold vacuum of cyberspace and in an age when RAM and graphics cards were relatively scarce. Believe it or not, people still hand over cash to play Doom on high-end iPhones and it amazes me that proprietary behaviour is relegating the platform to a quaint oddity. Let’s free the iWad then?
This tutorial, based upon this one, is still a work in progress. Using it, I managed to get a game of Ultimate Doom going, minus sound.
1. First install deng
Add the closest or most recent deng repo for your distribution, in my case luckily, karmic. Check here for repo updates and campaign for more releases.
deb http://debian.keesmeijs.nl/ karmic-kees main deb-src http://debian.keesmeijs.nl/ karmic-kees main
sudo apt-get update && install deng
2. Install the Snowberry launcher
First make sure you have snowberry’s dependencies: python and a recent wxpython (available here at wxpython.org)
To get the latest wxpython add this key
Add the following to your sources list
deb http://apt.wxwidgets.org/ [distro]-wx main deb-src http://apt.wxwidgets.org/ [distro]-wx main
Where [distro] is your distro i.e lucid-wx main
Update then install python-wxgtk2.8
sudo apt-get update && install python-wxgtk2.8 (more…)
Been thinking about a new logo. Something like the above, which is based on Ubuntu FM.
At least demos keep us in the loop. And hopefully the games will eventually be released as Open Source.
Welcome to the Linux Game Publishing demos website.
Here you will find the latest demos for each game published by LGP. You can download any of the demos and try them out for free!
Ballistics 2 Files Candy Cruncher 1 File Cold War 2 Files Creatures Internet Edition 2 Files Gorky 17 2 Files Hyperspace Delivery Boy 1 File Jets’n'Guns 2 Files Knights and Merchants 2 Files Majesty Gold 2 Files Mindrover 2 Files NingPo MahJong 1 File Postal 2: Share the Pain 2 Files Shadowgrounds 2 Files Shadowgrounds Survivor 2 Files Software Tycoon 0 Files Soul Ride 1 File X2: The Threat 2 Files
Phrank deserves an award for coming up with this hack. NoCompiz uses Compiz-switch, a simple program that turns Compiz off if it is on and vice-versa.
NoCompiz will take one input – the name of a program – Turn off Compiz, run the program, then turn Compiz back on when the program exits.
This is very useful when you’re running Compiz all the time, but want to switch to a full-screen 3D game for awhile and not have to worry about Compiz messing with the game.
Just download noCompiz, unzip, and run the Install.sh installer from within Nautilus.
edit the menu entry of the programme you want to toggle.
eg, nocompiz kdenlive