Linux, Ubuntu

Tranquil PC Limited BAREBONE SERVER

Tranquil PC Limited BAREBONE SERVER.

Forget the Wind Nettop, this is the baby for me.  £360 including vat and delivery, the Tranquil PC barebones server provides you with 2G ram, 64 bit ready Intel Atom 330 (2×1.6GHz) Dual Core, 4 slots for Raid and 1 slot plain hot swap caddy, 1Gb lan, SiliconImage SiI3124 hardware raid, ~23dBA and only 29Watts power usage with a single drive.

Add Ubuntu server and it’s the perfect home NAS / web server / what ever you like.

I’m seriously considering this, along with a purchase of 2x 1Tb drives, to get me started. I’m happy to go with raid1 on those for now and add a couple more as I need more storage.

See the link above for more info….

Ubuntu

BBC iPlayer – Labs get Linux suport for iplayer downloads

The wonderful BBC have finally managed to bundle together a version of iplayer that allows you to download your TV for up to 30 days.  It’s still DRMed, using adobe flash and adobe air to give you the iplay application outside your browser.

Follow the link below, to the labs and click the button to enable the labs features.  Go to you favourite show, and click download.  You will be prompted to install Air etc, which takes a couple of minutes, but after that the download starts and the world is your mollusc.

BBC iPlayer – Labs.

Linux, Ubuntu

Guts to go Gutsy

I was having problems with something in Feisty, which was obviously fixed in Gutsy because I can’t remember what the problem was after the hour so of the upgrade had passed. And it all worked from then on… Well there must have been some reason I decided to do it, and I am sure something was not working… anyway as there’s only a couple of days left before Gutsy is released, I figured I might be pretty stable by now so minimal risk.

I wasn’t disappointed.  A couple of third party bits needed re-installing, specifically vmware and nero, but apart from that it all went well. XGL and compiz still worked (however the original Feisty compiz-config needed removing and re-installing) and you even get a nice little message telling you not to run the XGL session as it will just work in the gnome one.

The new Screen and Graphics section doesn’t look to exciting to windows users, but it’s a god send when trying to use your laptop for presentations, at last an easy way to handle multiple monitors and resolutions.

More to come as I find stuff worthy of my attention, but to the Ubuntu team, bloody well done, it was such a smooth upgrade….

Linux

Pixel Image Editor – like Photoshop CS2 and cross platform too

So you want a cross platform Adobe Photo Shop that runs on linux ? Then look no further for an application that is at least as functional as CS2.

Pixel Image Editor

Pixel is running following platforms now: Windows, Linux/x86,
Linux/PPC, Linspire, Zeta/BeOS/x86, QNX/x86, FreeBSD/x86, MacOSX/PPC
and MacOSX/x86, MorphOS/PPC, eComStation, OS/2, SkyOS and DOS.

At the moment as it’s still pre v1.0 (not that you would know) it costs only $38!!!! with free upgrades up to version 2.0 and the license to run on any platform

Having used photo shop the interface feels totally natural. Everying is set out similar and there a few nice enhancements as well.

Some of the features:

Core

  • Pixel is an extremely small and fast application
  • it is easy to translate to any language as it supports full
    Unicode, all available translations are available at once (English,
    German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Slovak, Croatian, Swedish, Polish,
    Russian, Hungarian, Afrikaans, Brazilian Portuguese and others)
  • supports TWAIN compatible scanners, digital cameras
  • supports SANE compatible scanners, digital cameras and others (Linux, BeOS, eComStation)
  • pressure sensitive tablets support
  • printing support
  • multiple color managed clipboards
  • various image formats handling (GIF, PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP, PSD…)
  • support for JPEG-2000 format
  • support for OpenEXR format
  • EXIF support

Image editing

  • support for layers, paths, channels, masks and selections
  • Color Management support for RGB, CMYK, Grayscale and CIE Lab modes (8-bit and 16-bit)
  • support for HDR (High Dynamic Range) images with 32-bit/channel
    precision, HDR images in Pixel are editable in full HDR quality, not in
    8-bit RGB as in competiting programs
  • realtime live effects for layers (adjustments, effects), sets of live effects can be saved as layer Styles
  • image browsing and searching
  • powerful text editing with spellchecking and support for IME/XIM (Asian languages)

Retouching

  • includes variety of brushes, including full-color brushes and animated brushes
  • brush retouching tools including special effects
  • retouching set of filter plug-ins

Web features

  • complex support for image slicing and image optimizations (GIF, PNG, JPEG, WBMP)
  • direct editing of generated HTML code without destroying user’s additions
  • support for clickable maps
  • support for small animations for your web pages (animated GIFs)
Linux, Ubuntu

Java Window blank or not rendering correctly when running under XGL/Compiz

I’m running Ubuntu with an XGL session and Compiz, and tried installing ArgoUML a java based cross platform UML designer. However when the application was run, the main window did not render correctly, it was blank with no menus or content.

A friend informed me of the solution, which affects Netbeans IDE as well, so the following:


sudo gedit /etc/environment

Add the following line

AWT_TOOLKIT="MToolkit"

save and close.

You may need to restart the session or reboot to pick up the environment setting change.