Ubuntu 10.10 Release Candidate Review

Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) Release Candidate 

The Ubuntu Developer team has announced that the Last development release of Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat is out. Ubuntu 10.10 RC is now avialable for download. It has gone through a lot of improvements since alpha and now its time for the final touches. The Stable release of Ubuntu 10.10 is just 96 hours away !

Download :- 

Lets take a look at the Changes :-

1) Ubuntu 10.10 Gnome :-

  • The GNOME base platform has been updated to the current 2.32 versions. This particularly includes the new dconf and gsettings API. 
  • Evolution was updated to the 2.30 version, which operates much faster compared to the version in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. 
  • Shotwell has replaced F-Spot as the default photo manager. 
  • Gwibber has been updated to support the recent change in Twitter's authentication system, as well as changing the back end storage to improve performance. 
  • The Sound Indicator has been enhanced to include music player controls. 
  • The Ubuntu Software Center has an updated look and feel, including the new "Featured" and "What's New" views for showcasing applications, an improved package description view, and a "For Purchase" software category has been added. You can also now easily access your package installation history too. 
  • Ubuntu One: Polished desktop integration with new sign up and sign in process. Tighter integration with Ubuntu SSO. Nautilus enhancements for managing folder sync preferences. Faster file sync speed. Share links to music within the Ubuntu One Music Store.
2)Kubuntu 10.10 :-
  • Kubuntu 10.10 RC comes with the latest KDE Software. KDE Platform, Workspaces and Applications were updated to 4.5.1. 
  • For 10.10 Beta, Kubuntu has merged the Desktop and Netbook images into one image featuring both the Plasma Desktop and Plasma Netbook workspaces. The appropriate workspace for your machine will be launched at login, you can also change the workspace in System Settings. 
  • Plasma Netbook now sports the Global Menu by default. 
  • The defaults web browser is now Rekonq, a KDE browser based on Qt Webkit. 
  • The new KDE bluetooth application collection Bluedevil is now installed by default. 
  • Pulseaudio is the default sound server to match other Ubuntu variants. 
  • KPackageKit updates bring a faster backend and an updated UI with an application based view. It also has new features such as a backup/restore tool for the list of installed packages. 
  • Kubuntu's installer, Ubiquity, now offers install of restricted packages during the OS install. Install starts after partitioning making it a quicker experience. 
  • Qapt-batch now replaces install-package as the update/batch-installer utility 
  • Qt was updated to the current 4.7 release and Qt Webkit to 2.0. 
  • Kubuntu Mobile Tech Preview is a new variant with a workspace suitable for smart phones.

3)Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10:-
  • The new Unity interface is now the default in Ubuntu Netbook Edition. It includes places for launching applications and browsing files, semantic search through the usage of zeitgeist, optimizing vertical space with a global menu bar and maximizing application by default. A launcher is also available for keeping and dealing with mostly used applications. All favorites from UNE lucid or gnome panel items and desktop shortcuts are automatically transitioned to the launcher on first run.
  • In addition to that, the date and time indicator now has a real calendar widget and is included by default. 
  • The standard photo management application has been switched to Shotwell and UNE comes will all goodness of the Desktop Edition too. Evolution is now performing a special mode more suited for netbook screen size. 
  • UNE needs graphical driver acceleration to be able to run. Otherwise, you should be warned about missing them and will be logout and proposed to run standard ubuntu desktop session.
Installation :-
Installing Ubuntu 10.10 is similar to the previous versions of Ubuntu but its more fun coz of the new Ubiquity Installer with improved looks. Follow the steps here for installation

Desktop :-
Take a look at the Ubuntu 10.10 desktop screenshots :-

Enjoy Ubuntu 10.10 :) 

Howto Manage Hibernate Mode in Windows 7

Hibernation : Hibernate is a feature of many computer operating systems where the contents of RAM are written to non-volatile storage such as a hard disk, as a file or on a separate partition, before powering off the computer. When the computer is restarted it reloads the content of memory and is restored to the state it was in when hibernation was invoked. Hibernating and later restarting is usually faster than closing down, later starting up, and starting all the programs that were running. Going into hibernation requires no user interaction; shutting down when programs are open either requires programs to be closed properly, or user interaction to force them to close, with possible loss of data.

While starting from a hibernated state is usually quicker than starting up and opening all applications, it still requires a few seconds or more, depending on the system's general speed.

To enable hibernation the hard disk must have sufficient free space to store all non-replaceable contents of RAM.

In some cases entering into hibernation can cause incorrect operation on restarting, due to problems with the hibernation software, or with devices or software which is not fully compliant. Hibernate causes connections to other devices to terminate.

If you don’t use the Hibernate option in Windows 7, you can save some disk space by disabling it. Here we will look at a few different ways to manage hibernate options in Windows 7.

Note: Hibernate mode is not an option on systems with 4GB of RAM or more.

Enable or Disable Hibernate Through Command Prompt

Using the Command Prompt might be the easiest way to enable or disable Hibernation. Click on Start and type CMD into the search box and it will be listed under programs. Right-click on the icon and select Run as administrator.

The Command Prompt opens and you will use the following to enable Hibernation.

powercfg /hibernate on

Type in the following to disable hibernation.

powercfg /hibernate off

Manage Hibernation Through Control Panel

Click on Start and open Control Panel then click on Power Options.

On the left side click on Change when the computer sleeps.

Now click on Change advanced power settings.

In the Advanced Power Options window expand the Sleep tree then expand Hibernate after and change the minutes to zero to turn it off. Or you can specify the amount of minutes you want to pass before it goes into hibernation. After you’ve made your selection click Apply and Ok then close out of the remaining screens.

Where is Hibernate option?

What if you try the command line option to turn it on and Hibernate mode still isn’t available? Then what you’ll want to do is disable Hybrid Sleep by expanding Allow hybrid sleep and turning it Off.

Now you should have Hibernate and Sleep as part of the power options in the start menu and will also be an option when you hit Ctrl+Alt+Del.

Enable/Disable Hibernate Through Regedit

Note: Changing registry values can cause your computer to become unstable or stop functioning and is only recommended for experienced users.

Now that the disclaimer is out of the way…you might want to completely disable Hibernate mode through a registry edit. Open the Registry and browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ Control \ Power and change both HiberFileSizePercent and HibernateEnabled value data to zero to disable it and 60 to enable it. After you’ve made the changes close out of the Registry Editor and restart the machine.

If you always turn off your computer or never do, you can disable the Hibernate mode to gain a bit of extra hard disk space. On our Windows 7 (32-bit) machine with a 300GB hard drive, disabling Hibernation gained us just over 3GB of more disk space. That may not seem like much especially with today’s high capacity drives, but if you don’t need Hibernation, why not reclaim that space?

How To Quickly Reboot Directly from Windows 7 to XP, Vista, or Ubuntu

One of the biggest annoyances with a dual-boot system is having to wait for your PC to reboot to select the operating system you want to switch to, but there’s a simple piece of software that can make this process easier.

With a small piece of software called iReboot we can skip the above step all together and instantly reboot into the operating system we want right from Windows. Their description says:
“Instead of pressing restart, waiting for Windows to shut down, waiting for your BIOS to post, then selecting the operating system you want to boot into (within the bootloader time-limit!); you just select that entry from iReboot and let it do the rest!”
Don’t worry about iReboot reconfiguring  your bootloader or any dual boot configuration you have. iReboot will only boot the selected operating system once and go back to your default settings.

Using iReboot : download
iReboot is quick and easy to install. Just download it, link below, run through the setup and select the default configuration. iReboot will automatically figure out what operating systems you have installed and appear in the taskbar. Go over to the taskbar and right click on the iReboot icon and select which operating system you want to reboot into.

This method will add a check mark on the operating system you want to boot into.
On your next reboot the system will automatically load your choice and skip the Windows Boot Manager. If you want to reboot automatically just select “Reboot on Selection” in the iReboot menu.
To be even more productive, you can install iReboot into each Windows operating system to quickly access the others with a few simple clicks.
iReboot does not work in Linux so you will have to reboot manually.Then wait for the Windows Boot Manager to load and select your operating system.
iReboot works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 as well as 64 bit versions of these operating systems. Unfortunately iReboot is only available for Windows but you can still use its functionality in Windows to quickly boot up your Linux machine. A simple reboot in Linux will take you back to Windows Boot Manager.

Best FOSS for Windows

List of some best free open source software (foss) for windows. These software are licensed under Free Software Licenses . These are really great software & are absolutely free and best alternate to paid software. Feel free to download them all and use them to the fullest.

Follow the link provided and downloaded the software from the page.
1)Browser :-

Mozilla Firefox: It is considered to be the best browser available and is most widely used browser after Microsoft's Internet explorer.

Google Chrome: It has been recognized as the fastest browser and it is the third most widely used browser.


Windows 8

In a recent interview, Steven Sinofsky, president, Windows and Windows Live Division noted that there simply was no way of telling how Microsoft would be able to outdo Windows 7 with the forthcoming Windows 8. And yet, a Program Manager on the Windows team, working on Windows Update, published a blog post in which he enthusiastly promised that Windows 8 would end up being completely different  than everything customers expected of a Windows release. While it offered no actual details on the next iteration of Windows, the PM managed to shed light on the enthusiasm that was undoubtedly fueling the people behind the Windows project, as Windows 7 was a smashing success, with over 60 million sold licenses since launch. 

Make Windows run Faster

Today i am going to discuss some well known Windows Tweaking applications just to make windows as fast as as a new one. I have tested a lot of applications and chose 3 of them for this post. They are Advanced System Care , Tuneup Utilities and Registry Mechanic. These applications will help you maintain your PC to the core. These will help your defrag registry boosting perfromance, cleaning up junk file to recover Hard drive space , remove spyware and prevent them from getting back again to your pc , customizing your windows looks , cleaning your brwosing traces etc. So lets watch thme working one by one :-

1.Advanced System Care -

Advanced System Care by IOBIT is a very nice tweaking tool to get windows repaired. It is available as free as well as Pro version.

Get it  here

Best Windows 7 & Vista Shortcuts

Windows 7 & Vista are two well known operating systems from Microsoft . Today i would like to tell you some shortcuts to help you go really fast in windows . This will save a lot of mouse clicks & a lot of time .The given below are shortcuts to run a lot of functions and applications inside windows in seconds. This will help you a lot for faster browsing and mastering these will save you a lot of time. So go ahead and get them : -

For Desktop shortcuts of windows :- refer this image

Shortcuts of RUN are as follows :-

APTonCD- Update Ubuntu Offline

As we all know that Ubuntu Karmic/Jaunty and other versions come in a limited 700 mb CD, that means to have a computer running properly with Ubuntu requires an Internet connection.Sometimes, we come across hard-drive failures etc. , so this creates a problem of downloading all the updates and applications again.Moreover, internet is not available everywhere. So, to solve this, we have an application that will do just fine. APTonCD is a tool with a graphical interface which allows us to create one or more CDs or DVDs with all of the packages we’ve downloaded via ‘apt-get’ , ’synaptic package manager’ , ‘ubuntu software center’ and ‘add/remove’, creating a removable repository that we can use on other computers also . APTonCD also allows to automatically create media with all of the .deb packages located in one specific repository, so that we can install them into other computers ‘without the need for an Internet connection’.It also serves as a backup to our installed applications, programs and updates.Update Ubuntu offline with APTonCD which is an awesome application to do all backup of updates and softwares installed in Ubuntu.For more details visit : http://tinyurl.com/yldejhk

VMware Virtualisation

VMware, Inc. is a provider of virtualization software.The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Palo Alto, California.The Company is majority owned by EMC Corporation .VMware's desktop software runs on Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.VMware's enterprise software, VMware ESX Server, runs directly on server hardware without requiring an additional underlying operating system.Founded in 1998 , this enterprise today produces best virtualisation solution for desktops and servers.VMware software provides a completely virtualized set of hardware to the guest operating system.VMware software virtualizes the hardware for a video adapter, a network adapter, and hard disk adapters.The host provides pass-through drivers for guest USB, serial, and parallel devices.
In this way, VMware virtual machines become highly portable between computers, because every host looks nearly identical to the guest.
In practice, a system administrator can pause operations on a virtual machine guest, move or copy that guest to another physical computer, and there resume execution exactly at the point of suspension.
Alternately, for enterprise servers, a feature called VMotion allows the migration of operational guest virtual machines between similar but separate hardware hosts sharing the same storage.
Each of these transitions is completely transparent to any users on the virtual machine at the time it is being migrated.VMware's products use the CPU to run code directly whenever possible .
When direct execution cannot operate, such as with kernel-level and real-mode code, VMware products re-write the code dynamically, a process VMware calls "binary translation" or BT. The translated code gets stored in spare memory, typically at the end of the address space, which segmentation mechanisms can protect and make invisible. For these reasons, VMware operates dramatically faster than emulators, running at more than 80% of the speed that the virtual guest operating-system would run directly on the same hardware.

Basically for desktop theere are 5 products of VMware :
*VMware Fusion
*VMware Workstation
*VMware View
*VMware Player
*VMware ACE
You can visit here for product details,registration and downloads : http://www.vmware.com/support/

for Vmware player download fow 32 bit windows, refer this link : http://downloads.vmware.com/tryvmware/?p=player&lp=default
If you use other software , you may refer this link to get your desired dwonload :


Howto Recover Bootloader in Windows XP/Vista/7

A Master Boot Record [MBR] is used for bootstrapping OS.If, for any reason, the MBR becomes damaged or corrupt, then your computer will not start. You will normally see error messages like:

*  Error loading operating system
*  Missing operating system
*  Invalid partition table etc.

These messages take breath out of most us (even mine as it wastes my time :@). Most people would automatically assume their computers are dead! But, that’s not true at all .

It’s actually easy to fix the Master Boot Record in XP ,Vista and Win 7

Howto repair your damaged MBR?


Ubuntu Tweak - Best Ubuntu Manager

Ubuntu Tweak-a very good ubuntu manager with a nice UI for managing all ubuntu settings http://bit.ly/8NmMmj linux ubuntu opensource.
It will save you a lot of time as this application centralizes most of them and gives you a UI to control and configure your system settings yourself.Ubuntu Tweak makes it easy to change hidden system and desktop settings.Unfortunately, it is only for GNOME desktop environment . This is still under heavy development and very good utility for ubuntu users. Tweak is more or less like Ubun-student but a bit more stable and reliable with lesser bugs.But this application is also going heavy development , so watch for updates and latest releases regularly. It was basically build for the new Ubuntu users to help them getting a better ubuntu experience. We recon this a must have for your Ubuntu Desktop and we are sure it will improve your Ubuntu desktop significantly.
Read more here

Ubuntu Studio 9.10 - Karmic koala

Ubuntu Studio 9.10 : The Multimedia ToolKit Complete Installation Guide ubuntu studio http://tinyurl.com/ydama7r .

It is built for audio, video and graphic enthusiasts or professionals. But as it is free and open-source, everyone is free to use. It is an officially recognized derivative of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, which is explicitly modified for general multimedia production. The original version, based on Ubuntu 7.04, was released on May 10, 2007. The main aim was to assemble suites of applications aimed at creative people. Suites including the best open-source applications like Graphic design and modeling applications i.e. GIMP and Inkscape . Blender, Kino, and Stopmotion etc are included for video creation; and Audacity, BEAST, Fluidsynth etc. for audio.