Jaunty’s speed

Tiny blog post, i downloaded and installed Jaunty Xubuntu 64bit on Friday. I have been in utter awe and wonder at how fast it boots. Have not timed it properly but i am sure its under 15 secound’s from turning my PC on to having a full desktop.

Download Ubuntu HERE

Download Xubuntu HERE


Linux Bookmark Project (brief update)

The previous version of the one i put up for download had about 400 downloads, so im glad some folk are at least trying it at least. ^^ Anywhos, after a week away from my PC in general (darned router issues) i am back and looking to carry this on this week.

My next bunch of bookmarks are hopefully going to be to Linux documentation. Something i have often felt Linux lacks. There is some good documentation out there on the web, just not much that your average non geek like person (aka me! ^^) can understand.

So, thats what i am looking for for the next bookmark project update.

Linux Bookmark project (part 6)

Ok, started adding in more bookmarks this weekend. Still haven’t started doing the blogs yet annoyingly. Anywhos, ive added in all the photography and artwork in Linux links that are on this blog. Links to guides for Blender, Inkscape, Gimp and photography applications.

Link to art guides page

Link to photography applications

All the links on them pages have been bookmarked under their respective headings, and will be combined and uploaded later today.

For those that havent heard of the Linux bookmark project yet, heres a link : Linky

Linux Bookmark Project (part4)

A quick update on this. I have piled up a list of about 250-300 Linux Distros for the bookmark project. Ill be uploading it and updating the project page shortly (linkage). Next up, i guess ill be looking for Linux Blogs.

Linux Bookmark Project (part 3)

Ok, i got the show on the road last week by uploading a html file that anyone can download and import into a Mozilla browser. I had about 200 Linux bookmarks in it, and you can find it to the left of this post under the heading ‘Linux Bookmark Project’.

This week i have been sifting through all the distros. Theres a lot of them aye. Ive been pulling apart the distros and their forums. I think i will separate them into 2 folders as i often just head for distros forums when i am just wanting to browse or post, so it will save a few clicks.

That said, there is about 450 distros on distrowatch. Do i include them all? Do i sift some out? How do i choose who stays and who goes?

Well, i think i may try to include the lot of them. The initial idea was to make a huge sharable bookmark file aye.

Linux Bookmark Project (part 2)

Well, a quick update. Ive been rummaging through all the links i have to hand (excluding blogs) and i am at about 120 bookmarks. Not a bad start.

I have hosted a .html file at file-front, and uploaded all of them to delicious.com. I’m going to put up a page on her with a copy of the current file in, then go looking for more websites. Namely blogs actually, i haven’t got any blogs in the file yet.

For the delicious bookmarks, look HERE

If you go for the download at file front and want to import them into your bookmarks follow these steps. I used Firefox, am going to see if this works in other browsers when i get time.

Download the .html file from HERE

Open your browser, click Bookmarks –> Organize Bookmarks

A new window or sidebar should appear, click Import / Export –> Import HTML file

Select the file named bookmarkproject0.1.html

You should now have 120 odd Linux bookmarks filed neatly away in your bookmarks folder.

I will be updating this file at some point as i want to get in more bookmarks, especially some of the better blogs. Until then, i hope someone finds this useful.

The page for this project can be found HERE

A Linux bookmark project

In case you hadn’t noticed, I am in a constant state of change with my PC. I am forever changing distro’s and programs i use. I have a few things i use as my ‘main’ program but i like to sample everything. I find lots of new little programs i otherwise wouldn’t have found doing this.

One annoying thing i keep doing is changing web browser. I never think to take my bookmarks with me. This leaves me constantly making new bookmarks and constantly finding sites I have bookmarked before. Silly isn’t it?

So, today i hit the import / export button on my bookmarks panel and was given a HTML file filled with all my bookmarks. Interesting, didn’t realize it came out as HTML. Well, this gives me a useful idea, collect all the bookmarks i use, and the bookmarks for sites that are Linux based, and chuck it on the net for download. This helps me so that whenever i have a fresh install i can download the file, import it, and away i go. It may also be useful to other folk who want to have a browse of Linux websites but only stick to one or two websites normally.

So, this is my next project. To build my own bookmark file to breaking point, then throw it up for download on the net for everyone to use. Seeing as it is a HTML file i can also just copy pasta it onto a page for this website. Over time i can add to it as i find new sites and build it up and up. I will put everything into categories such as Forums, Distro’s, Games, Reference etc and try to keep it legible to everyone, not just my own random thought lines ^^

If you have any suggestions, feel free to post one up.

My obsession returned >.<

My obsession with having a clean menu and minimal amount of crud installed on my system has returned. >.<

In case your not a regular reader, a month or so ago i went against all my normal instincts with a fresh install of Xubuntu Intrepid (Linkage to article).

I installed :

Open Office (the whole suite)
30 odd games
And much much more…

I sat looking at my huge menu today and weeped. I could not hold it in any longer! The terminal was opened, and off i went with a sudo apt-get purge list-longer-than-my-arm. I am now back down to 10-15 applications total. I am much much happier. I guess some people are not meant to have bloated PC’s…… ^^

Will i remove the mouse?

A hard question has rose its ugly head to me recently. I realy like a pretty looking desktop. I also like XFCE (bit of a fanboi tbh). Whenever i look at trying new distros i look for what has XFCE first. I loved MINT XFCE and Zenwalk because they both looked fantastic. Also, XFCE has a mouse. This is no trivial thing. Mice rock!

But recently ive been feeling the need for something different… Something maybe a little more satisfying or pretty…..

I dont want Gnome + Compiz. Theres a lot of themes to choose from but its not something im intrested in. To bland and samey for my liking.

KDE? Well maybe, but ive never felt any empathy towards KDE. Never any desire to use it at all. So what else does that leave me with?

Well theres Enlightenment…

Hmms thats an intresting one isnt it… I could try Enlightenment17, give it a bash, so how the ‘arty’ DE is. Its been a while scince i last used it to be honest. So maybe i should try E17.

A flick about and i see two that stand out to me. Elive and OzOs. Elive is based on Debian and OzOs is based on Xubuntu.

Now Elive looks stunning. It mixes the beauty of E17 with Compiz to create an incredibly beautiful distro. OzOs is just E17, but its based on Xubuntu. This had me thinking for a minute. I could stick to my beloved Xubuntu base and carry on wearing my ‘comfy Ubuntu slippers’. Ive always loved Ubuntu/Xubuntu so it just feels comfy for me to use now. Or i could move onto Elive with its Debian base. Debians not unlike Ubuntu in many ways, but at the same time, its not Ubuntu. Does that make sense?

The one slight drawback with OzOs is it uses a Hardy Heron base. This means i wont be able to take advantage of the EXT4 file structure Jaunty is going to use for a long time.

I think i will give them both a spin, see what they are like. Heck, to be honest if i get on with E17 i can always follow my own steps for when i made my own mix of Ubuntu and install E17 on an Ubuntu base. First of all though, i need to give them a spin ^^





GIMP’s Cartoon Effects

Ive been playing with some of the effects in GIMP this last week, trying to get good at ‘arty stuff’. I didnt produce much other than naff badly edited piccys. However, 2 piccys that came out looking good were just slight filters using the cartoon effect.

I took some pictures of myself in Second Life. I am a winged puppy in game. I took pictures at a number of places untill i found myself in the wandering spirits sim, near a gallery (Neat Tricks owned by Kali Meads). I walked out of the gallery and stumbled into Urbania. A rough old joint at the best of times.

The area had a real mood to it so i wanted to take some pictures of myself there and make them look… Well gloomy… I guess… ^^

To get the effect you load up your picture into GIMP. Click Filter at the top. Select Artistic from the drop down, followed by Cartoon. It adds dark / black marks to shadow areas and lines everything with a black pencil line. It does what it says on the tin, makes things cartoony.

Below are my 2 fave pictures of the night. These are not massively artistic by any means, but i like them ^^ Playing with GIMP is fun ^^



Now to play with the dozens of other effects ^^

Filter –> Artistic –> Cartoon

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