Posted by: thegabfather | February 3, 2011

No More School

I know is been a while since my last post but it was for a good reason. When I started this blog I had two more years in college and as I was getting closed to finish school it was harder and harder to post anything, because of homework and other activities that I needed to do.

This past semester was my last semester in school, finally I after 20 years in school I was through with it. Funny story how it happened, about a week before fall semester ended I went up to my adviser to get my classes and get my schedule right when up to see him three time that day and the last time I sat down with him and he started to go over my classes that I took in the past when all of the sudden he was like “Sir” I said yes “You have enough credits to graduate” with all my excitement within me I screamed hell yeah. It was a surprise for both of us me and my adviser.

I guess what I am trying to say is that Im gonna do my best to add new posts to the blog and I will like to thank you guys for being patient with me and thanks for visiting the blog, is going to be pretty interesting this next months. Cheers!!!!!!

Posted by: thegabfather | January 4, 2010

Install Docky, in Ubuntu 9.10

Hello world is good to be back, firstly I would like to apologize because I have not made any kind of posts at all this do to me going to school and getting caught up with homework and tests and everything else but I am here now and I am going to do my best to bring you what ever I can please accept my apologize again, and now for the posts.

Docky is a fronted for GNOME Do that introduces an entirely new way to interact with Do. Docky helps Do become more directly involved with your desktop by providing a persistent mouse based Dock interface while remaining true to Do’s keyboard only interaction. Being tied directly into Do allows Docky to be adaptive and dynamic. Docky can do whatever Do can and a little bit more.

New Features for Docky:

  • Drag and Drop items onto the Dock (files, folders, and applications from the menu)
  • Drag and Drop remove items from the dock
  • Drag and Drop items into folders on the dock, as well as the trash can.
  • Drag and Drop reordering of items on the dock
  • Image previews of items which support it
  • True parabolic zoom (can be disabled)
  • Click animations
  • Intuitive resizing by dragging on the dock separator
  • Adding and removing “Statistical Items” (items which Do considers relevant to you) from the dock by dragging the left and right edges
  • Window indicators (supports advanced window indicators)
  • Advanced window management features via the Window Manager plugin for GNOME Do
  • The ability to make Docky Automatically Hide when not being hovered. Often referred to as autohide.
  • A full frontend to GNOME Do
  • Add items to docky from GNOME Do searches

Now for the install Part, the fun part (not really)

First we need to add the software source ppa:docky-core/ppa and install the package, we are going to do this in the terminal open it and type this below. Hit enter after each line.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:docky-core/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install docky

This is all now to open Docky go to Application>Accessories>Docky it will open just a simple bar to customize it just drag and drop applications on it. Source, Cheersssssssss!!!!!!!

Companies and open source projects interested in using Canonical’s popular version control system now have access to a suite of commercial services – Consultancy & Conversion, Training and Support – allowing them to migrate, deploy and manage Bazaar.

Used by Ubuntu and thousands of other open source and commercial projects, Bazaar (bzr) is a version control system (vcs) that supports distributed development environments. Many existing version control systems use a centralised model, a particular challenge to globally distributed ‘chase the sun’ development teams, or environments where there is a frequent need to merge or branch code. Although bzr itself is open source, there is no requirement for commercial projects to make their code publicly available.

Sun Microsystems migrated the code for its MySQL database software a year ago, using bzr conversion and support services. “We wanted to use a tool which suited our distributed contributor model for MySQL, but we needed the reassurance of access to the Bazaar development team through our transition and use of the vcs,” said Jeffrey Pugh, vice president of MySQL Engineering, Sun Microsystems. “We have found bzr works really well for our model, and that the bzr support team and developers have been responsive to our requirements.”

“The increasingly distributed nature of software development has allowed Bazaar to grow in popularity,” said Martin Pool, project manager at Canonical. “Our Consultancy & Conversion, Training and Support services give new and existing customers piece of mind when setting up such a vital piece of infrastructure.”

About the Commercial Services

Bazaar Consultancy and Conversion Services

Canonical consultants and engineers are experienced in converting a wide range of version control systems to Bazaar. Following a thorough analysis, they will design and implement a customised migration process that ensures businesses and development teams can get up and running rapidly.


In addition, Canonical is now offering comprehensive training in Bazaar to get staff up-to-speed quickly and transfer best practice knowledge. Both the content and delivery are tailored to meet the needs of individual teams and development environments, so developers can get the most out of the training sessions.


Canonical’s Global Support and Services Centre works closely with Bazaar development engineers, making it easy to access their expertise. For more complex cases, users are put in touch directly with Bazaar engineers. Companies interested in support should visit


All commercial services are now available to new and existing customers. While there are no licensing fees for Bazaar, there are standard per-day and per-developer fee options depending on the requirements of each company or project. Price quotes will be provided upon request.

For more information on Bazaar, visit:

To make an enquiry about one of the commercial services, visit:

About Canonical

Canonical provides engineering, online and professional services to Ubuntu partners and customers worldwide. As the company behind the Ubuntu project, Canonical is committed to the production and support of Ubuntu – an ever-popular and fast-growing open-source operating system. It aims to ensure that Ubuntu is available to every organisation and individual on servers, desktops, laptops and netbooks.

Canonical partners with computer hardware manufacturers to certify Ubuntu, provides migration, deployment, support and training services to businesses, and offers online services direct to end users. Canonical also builds and maintains collaborative, open-source development tools to ensure that organisations and individuals can participate fully in innovations within the open-source community. For more information, please visit

Source, Cheers!

Posted by: thegabfather | August 3, 2009

Canonical to Offer Ubuntu Desktop Support and Services

New offerings to individuals and small businesses to ease transition to fastest growing Linux desktop.

Canonical, the founder of the Ubuntu project, announced today it has launched new support services for individuals using Ubuntu desktop – and small businesses looking for cost effective alternatives to Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac.

Ubuntu is the fastest growing open source desktop – with millions of users around the world using it at home and work. Support from Canonical’s team of experts enables users to take full advantage of the powerful Ubuntu operating system. The services include installation support, as well as ongoing assistance with configuration and applications.

“Canonical’s Desktop Support Services ( provides an easy, inexpensive way to get Ubuntu up and running in the home, home office and small business – reaching the vast majority of computer users,” said Steve George, director of Canonical’s Corporate Services division. “With our team supporting them, Ubuntu is ideal for people who just want their computer to work, where the goal is to get up and running with no fuss, focusing on the things they want to accomplish.”

Canonical’s Desktop Support Services includes three offerings: Starter, Advanced and Professional:

  • The Starter Desktop Service provides support for installation, set-up and basic functionality – such as Internet, creating documents and playing music and videos.
  • The Advanced Desktop Service is for more experienced users who need help migrating files and settings from a previously used operating system or assistance with desktop publishing and personal accounting.
  • The Professional Desktop Service is for the business user who uses Ubuntu as their main environment. Installation support ensures the Ubuntu machine is set up on the corporate network and integrated into existing IT services. The Professional Desktop Service also helps set up desktop virtualization and ongoing support provides professional users with quicker access to support personnel.

Pricing and availability

Canonical’s individual and small business Desktop Services are available now and can be purchased from the Ubuntu shop at

For details, prices and what to expect from these services visit


Posted by: thegabfather | July 25, 2009

Windows 7 Announces Final Released


Congratulations to the Microsoft Windows 7 Team because they officially announced the have reached RTM’d the final build was 7600.


The Release Date is set to be October 22nd 2009 but Microsoft haspre-order for half of the price, so if you are a Windows lover I will suggest you to break your piggy and go get you a copy, is only for an certain amount of time while in stock after that you will have to pay full price


I leave u here with a little video enjoy, CHeers!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: thegabfather | July 18, 2009

Desktop Drapes, Gnome Wallpaper Manager

Do you love you wallpaper collection but is so big that you always end up using the same ones (like ne) and you would like to see your collection show on your desktop. Well with this little tool you can shuffle your wallpaper collection all the time and enjoy it all.


What is Desktop Drape? Desktop drapes is a wallpaper manager application for the gnome desktop. It can randomly changing your wallpaper every once in a while, or whenever you fell like it. It can also automatically pickup any wallpapers you added to a directory with the ninja magic of notify.

Is very easy to install it just go to Synaptic Package Manager, go to System>Administration>Synaptic Package Manager and type “Desktop Drapes install and you are done.

Or if you prefer use the terminal just type “sudo apt-get install drapes”


Now in order for you to open this app you will have to go to System>Preferences>Desktop Drapes once you open it is going to sit on top right of your screen like a little applet right click it and set it up. When you double click it, it will change the wallpaper automatically kind of cool I guess. Cheersssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: thegabfather | July 10, 2009

Nice Ubuntu Theme-Balanzan

How many people now that Gnome is an amazing desktop environment and its really easy to give our Ubuntu system a great look all the times, unlike Windows which is stock in the same crap all the time anyways I found this great looking theme so you can show it off on the web. The name is Balanza its a really nice light brown.


balanza desktop


Here is the how to install this theme

1.- Open the source list

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

2. – Add the next line to the source list

deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main

Saved it and exit it out

3. - Last but not least open the terminal and type the following:
sudo apt-get update  && sudo apt-get install balanzan-theme
Posted by: thegabfather | July 10, 2009

TV-Browser Online TV Guide Open Source

If you love to spend a lot of time on your computer like I do and you are not a big fan of tv but you would like to know what is playing well here is a soulution for you. TV-Browser gets the daily TV program from the internet and shows it clearly aranged – like a printed TV guide. An internet connection is only necessary during the data update.


Here are some of its features

  • Electronic TV guide, open source
  • more than 500 TV stations
  • more than 80 radio channels
  • Windows, Linux, MacOS, OS/2
  • Remote control of hard- and software.
  • Plugins, skins, icons
  • Free of charge, no ads

Before you can install this software in your pc you must have Java Runtime 5 or higher.

Is very simple to install just go here download it and install it, and that is it.

When it opens for the first time it will guide you trhough the set up just follow thrugh.


Is going to configure your network just click next if you don’t know what proxy is.

1 of 4Now it will tell you if your network was succesfully and its going to start looking and adding for channels.

Channels found

This is the part where is going to let you choose your country and what channels you want to add

choose channel

If you would like the pictures of the channels


And you are done


Posted by: thegabfather | July 9, 2009

Moovida Media Center

Hello people is being a long time since I posted something so here is, as I was surfing the web I stumble upon this nice but impresive program called “Moovida Media Center” whici is an free open source media player for Linux, Windows and MacOS

This programs offers you a little bit more than just playing music, it brings and put all your movies, tv shows, music and photos together in a single sleek and easy to use program.


Here are the features of this program:


Manage your music

Access all of your songs easily, enhance your library with online services and find new music to listen to.

Play all your music
Organizes your music according to artists, albums, genres, time periods and alphabetical order
Album art downloads automatically
Audio visualization during playback
Great search features for finding any song in your library
Add audio from other computers on your network
Network streaming of your music
Manage your favorites by Artist, Albums, Tracks and Radios
Automatic playlists of recently played, most played and recently added tracks
Integrate your library with online content services
Plugins like Shoutcast, Grooveshark,, RTBF radio, flemish radio
Supported audio codecs: mp3, ac3, aac, dts, vorbis, flac, wma


Watch movies & TV shows

Catalog your movies, tv shows and other videos with integrated online content. Moovida supports HD and almost all file formats like divX, mkv, flv, h264, mov, ogg and much more without need for additional codecs.

Play all your videos & dvds
Full HD support
Support for all video formats
Organizes your video files into movies and TV shows
Organizes your TV shows into seasons and episodes
Manage your favorite videos
Streaming access over your network
Automatic playlists of unwatched, most watched, last watched and recently added videos
Full HD backgrounds (fan art) for all of your movies & TV shows
Actor list for TV shows
Plot synopsis and additional info for all movies & TV shows
Subtitle support (embedded and external)
Audio language selection for DVDs
Access online video content through our great plugins
Plugins like YouTube, Balzac, Onion News Network, TED, Game Trailers, Powell Skateboard Video podcast, Discovery Channel News, Apple Movie Trailers, Qik Mobile Videos, RTBF, Flemish TV
Supported video codecs: mpeg1, mpeg2, vp6, svq3, mpeg4, h264, h263, theora, wmv
Supported video containers: avi, asf, mov, ogg(ogg,ogv,ogm), matroska(mkv), flv(flash video), mpeg
Supported subtitle formats: srt, ssa, subtitles included in supported containers.


Enjoy your pictures

Visualize the photos of your latest trip either from your hard drive or your flickr account in a nicely animated slidesho

Thumbnail Previews
Animated slideshows with cool and extensible effects (crossfade, flip, cube, postcard)
Album handling
Organizes your pictures by date
Full-screen display of all supported picture and image formats via a TV
Great image controls such as rotate, image info, pause, next/previous picture
Play music while watching your pictures
Automatic organization of images (most viewed, recently viewed, recently added)
Recognize digital cameras and other plug-and-play devices
Plugins: Flickr, Deviantart.


Get connected

Flickr, Youtube,, SHOUTcast and much more – extend the functionality of Moovida with new content from top internet sites. Listen online to your favorite songs, share your media with your friends on your network or scan other devices like your iPod with Moovida.

Share your media from your computer on your TV
Interface is optimized for television viewing
Remote control support
Optimized navigation for simple remotes with 5 buttons
Automatic media detection
Automatically detected iPods, cameras, USB hard drives, and other peripheral devices
Automatic updates of plugins and core software
Localization support for multiple languages and geo-targeted content
Quick installation of recommended plugins to help you find the latest features
Open source means you can access all source code and make changes to your own installation
Combine all your music, movies, TV shows and images and browse them with one interface.

Here is how to install it, (if you have Elisa Media Center or any other Media Center make sure to uninstalled it because it is not compatible with them)

1. – First of all we must edit the source list simply open the terminal and type

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

2. – After the list is open go all the way to the bottom and type this two lines

deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main

Saved  and exit out.

source list

3. – Open terminal again (if you did not close it it should be open) and type the keys of the new repository and then we update it

gpg –keyserver –recv 26C2E075 && \
gpg –export –armor 26C2E075 | sudo apt-key add – && \
sudo aptitude update

after you did this it should look like this

keys and update

before you exit the terminal make sure to update the source list sudo apt-get update

4. – Now all that we have to do is type the lines to install Moovida just type this on the terminal

sudo aptitude install moovida

and you are all done my friends, you can find Moovida in Applications > Sound & Video > Moovida Media Center.

Posted by: thegabfather | April 29, 2009

Compiz Fusion on Ubuntu 9.04

Here are a couple of videos of Ubuntu 9.04 running compiz fusion, this is just one of the reasons why we love Ubuntu so much. Enjoy, Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!

I got to said I like this song.

This one do not have great resolution or music but is kind of impresive, hopefully I’ll get to do that too.

Posted by: thegabfather | April 29, 2009

Ubuntu 9.04 Released

The latest release of Ubuntu brings the best open source technologies together on one platform, with the benefit of free updates for 18 months. Constant improvements, feature additions and extended machine and network support explain why Ubuntu wins more converts with every release. This tour will help you discover, like millions of users worldwide, why Ubuntu Desktop.

Productivity tools: Ubuntu supports all of your favourite web-based mail programs like Yahoo(TM) or Gmail (TM). For the office, Evolution provides all the calendering, contacts and office email you need. Pidgin IM also puts you in instant touch with colleagues and integrates with your personal IM services simply and easily.

Browsing: Includes Mozilla’s Firefox 3 as the default browser. Faster, safer and themed browsing for users.

Photos: Upload from your camera or phone to F-Spot and manage, tag, share and sort your photos and upload easily to your favourite social networking sites.

Music and video: Plug in your PSP, iPod, MP3 player; share playlists with your friends; buy in online music stores; visit your favourite sites like, stream more live radio and content from the BBC and plug in more devices with uPnP (universal Plug and Play)

Office applications: Word processing, spreadsheets and presentations can all be delivered through 3.0 featuring in this release of Ubuntu for the first time. And, they completely integrate with the proprietary office applications out there. The big difference is that they are free.

Accessibility: At the core of the Ubuntu philosophy is the belief that computing is for everyone and access should be free and complete whatever your economic or physical circumstances. Ubuntu is one of the most accessible desktop operating systems around.

Posted by: thegabfather | March 5, 2009

Cloud 1.0

Well I found this really interesting and I decided to post it. So far this is all the info that I could find out about it but I will update it from time to time. I think this is crazy can not wait for it to come out.

Browser + Operating System

 Combined simple design and sophisticated technology to create
Cloud, one of the world’s simplest operating systems for surfing the
web, email, and chat.

is a web browser plus operating system, enabling the browser to perform
everything that the desktop is able to perform. Since Cloud just boots
into a web browser, it’s perfect for Netbooks, Mobile Internet Devices,
and PCs for pure Internet use.

will not be available as a web download just yet, but while you’re
waiting for us, we encourage you to learn about our vision of Cloud computing, where Cloud will be available, and how to be part of our private beta.

What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing is an idea that what makes up your “personal computer”
– your desktop, your apps, and your data, – can live and run on the
Internet instead of on your hard drive.

our “Cloud” operating system, users can turn on their computers to a
web browser, and immediately start surfing the web, emailing, and
chatting. “Cloud” simplifies the experience of using a computer, by
moving everyday computing into the web browser.

Cloud can be installed and used together with other operating systems, or can act as a standalone operating system.

For More information about this please visit

Posted by: thegabfather | February 13, 2009

Whole New GnomeDo-Docky, Rock out with your Dock Out!

For those enthusiast that love GnomeDo Im sure you will be glad to hear that the new release of this incredible application is out.

gniome-dockyGnome Do 0.8 has 20 new plugins here are some of them Banshee, Bibtex, Cl.ickable, Claws mail, Google search, Opera, Ping.FM, Remember the Milk, System services, TinyUrl, Tracker search, and Translate to name a few. Plugins also install much faster now.


There is different ways to install Gnome Do

Ubuntu 8.10

Add the following repository lines to your sources list

deb intrepid maindeb-src intrepid main

Also you can install it by Synaptic Package Manager just search ‘gnome do’ and apply changes.

Ubuntu 8.04

Add these repository lines to your sources list

deb hardy main
deb-src hardy main

and also you can do the same thing with Synaptic Package Manager search “gnome do” and apply the changes.

New Features

Animated Themes

Gnome Do has some new themes : Classic, Mini, Glass, and the newly added Nouveau and Docky , with new animations and dropshadows.


File Previews

Also DO  preliminary support for viewing file thumbnails, so you can better recognize the images, movies, and documents you encounter in Do. If your file manager displays thumnails, Do will attempt to show them.

And of Course- Docky

Docky is the attempt to make Do more discoverable and memorable. It’s the same Do you know and love, just a little friendlier.


Posted by: thegabfather | February 13, 2009

New Snow Leopard!

Here are some features of the next Mac OS release!

A Quantum Leap.

Since 2001, Mac OS X has delivered more than a thousand innovative new features. With Snow Leopard, the next major version of the world’s most advanced operating system, Mac OS X changes more than its spots, it changes focus. Taking a break from adding new features, Snow Leopard — scheduled to ship in about a year — builds on Leopard’s enormous innovations by delivering a new generation of core software technologies that will streamline Mac OS X, enhance its performance, and set new standards for quality. Snow Leopard dramatically reduces the footprint of Mac OS X, making it even more efficient for users, and giving them back valuable hard drive space for their music and photos.

Microsoft Exchange Support

Snow Leopard includes out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange 2007 built into Mail, Address Book, and iCal. Mac OS X uses the Exchange Web Services protocol to provide access to Exchange Server 2007. Because Exchange is supported on your Mac and iPhone, you’ll be able to use them anywhere with full access to your email, contacts, and calendar.


To accommodate the enormous amounts of memory being added to advanced hardware, Snow Leopard extends the 64-bit technology in Mac OS X to support breakthrough amounts of RAM — up to a theoretical 16TB, or 500 times more than what is possible today. More RAM makes applications run faster, because more of their data can be kept in the very fast physical RAM instead of on the much slower hard disk.

Media and Internet

Using media technology pioneered in OS X iPhone, Snow Leopard introduces QuickTime X, a streamlined, next-generation platform that advances modern media and Internet standards. QuickTime X features optimized support for modern codecs and more efficient media playback, making it ideal for any application that needs to play media content.

Because Snow Leopard delivers the fastest implementation of JavaScript to date, web applications are more responsive. Safari runs JavaScript up to 53 percent faster with Snow Leopard.


“Grand Central,” a new set of technologies built into Snow Leopard, brings unrivaled support for multicore systems to Mac OS X. More cores, not faster clock speeds, drive performance increases in today’s processors. Grand Central takes full advantage by making all of Mac OS X multicore aware and optimizing it for allocating tasks across multiple cores and processors. Grand Central also makes it much easier for developers to create programs that squeeze every last drop of power from multicore systems.


Another powerful Snow Leopard technology, OpenCL (Open Computing Language), makes it possible for developers to efficiently tap the vast gigaflops of computing power currently locked up in the graphics processing unit (GPU). With GPUs approaching processing speeds of a trillion operations per second, they’re capable of considerably more than just drawing pictures. OpenCL takes that power and redirects it for general-purpose computing. Source. Cheers!

Posted by: thegabfather | February 13, 2009

Install Vuze 4.0 in Ubuntu

Is been a long time since I posted something and I apologize for that but school has been really hard and I just have much time to post anything but I will do my best to keep posting things.

Anyways I talk about Vuze 4.0 before and in this post Im gonna show you how to install it in Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10.

1. -The first thing that you have to make sure to have install is Java runtime.

2.- Once you have java runtime in your machine download Vuze, go all the way to the bottom to choose your system, unpack it whatever you want.

3.- To add the icon to Application Menu fo to System>Main Menu>Internet>New Item, then you do this.Type: Application, Name: Vuze, COmmand: Vuze.

4.- Finally if  you want Vuze, the little icon on the pannel, go to the unpacked folder drag and drop Vuze script to the panel. Enjoy!!! Cheers!

Posted by: thegabfather | February 13, 2009

Canonical Announces Update for Ubuntu 8.04 Long Term Support Release

Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor for Ubuntu, announced an update for the Long Term Support (LTS) release of Ubuntu 8.04 – including more than 200 updates for security, added stability and compatibility. Long Term Support releases offer businesses, individuals and the ecosystem around Ubuntu a stable platform on which to build multi-year initiatives. To ensure the stability and reliability of that choice, ‘point releases’ are issued on a six month basis with rolled-up bug fixes, security and maintenance updates and new hardware support. “This is the second maintenance release of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS in a series of updates and security fixes planned through April 2011 for desktops and April 2013 for servers,” said Rick Clark, engineering manager of Ubuntu Server Edition at Canonical. “With the enhancements this time, our focus was providing even more stability and compatibility for LTS users, allowing them a robust platform for their business strategies.” Ubuntu 8.04 LTS has proven an extremely popular platform for businesses looking to perform common workloads, particularly on the server version in datacenters. It has the convenience of the full version being freely available while being backed by global services such as support, migration, deployment and training. Organisations such as Wikipedia have announced their migration to Ubuntu 8.04 LTS as their core server infrastructure. Canonical and the Ubuntu server community’s continued commitment, as evidenced through this point release, ensures these organisations have made a sound choice. In all, more than 200 updates were integrated – from security updates to corrections for other operating issues. The main purposes of a point release are to aggregate corrections that were made to the LTS release in the past six months and provide support for installations on additional hardware. Updated installation media is available with 8.04.2 so that fewer additional updates are required following installation and our installation process detects more hardware that was released in the last few months.

A full list of corrections and new hardware support is available at:

To download Ubuntu 8.04.2 LTS, or to obtain CDs, please visit:


Posted by: thegabfather | January 6, 2009

Compiz MPX

What is MPX? Well according to wikipedia MPX is  a modification to the existin X.Org implemantation of the X Windows System. MPX provides multiple independent pointers at the window system level. These cursors are all connected to one computer. Unlike many other multi-pointer applications and toolkits,  MPX allows many existing X Window applications to run unmodified, while still providing additional input features.

Now that you have a little ide of what MPX is you can see it in action with Conpiz Fusion which makes it more fun. Take a look at,

here is another link for another video I hope you enjoy it. CHeers!

Searching through the internet is  fun an educative, well some times, but this afternoon I ran into this which I thought it was awesome  read it and let me know what you think it is a couple of days old but I posted anyways.

A school teacher from US kicked out her student because she saw that her student showing away his HeliOS Linux to his classmates and giving away the free CD’s to his friends. She also put her student into a detention. It seemed to be she is a total closed source fan.

Not satisfied with her action, she wrote a letter to HeliOS Distributer and complain to them because Linux is “not” a free software and not for distribute freely (Whooaaa! What do you think about that huh?). And she even said that she will sue him if this thing still continue. Here are the letter quotation:

Keep Reading.

Posted by: thegabfather | December 18, 2008

Install Skype 2.0 in Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex!

For those that don’t know what is Skype here is a little review on it.

Skype is a software that allows users to make telephone calls over the Internet. Calls to other users of the service and to free-of-charge numbers are free, while calls to other landlinesand mobile phones can be made for a fee. Additional features include instant messaging, file transfer and video conferencing.

The people behind Skype have provided packages for Linux  distributions.  The package that they include for Ubuntu is listed as “Ubuntu 7.04+”but do not worry yes  the package should work properly on Ubuntu 8.04 or 8.10.

Skype contains this new features

  • Added call cost per minute to 1:1 SkypeOut calls.
  • Added UI detection of Slovak, Farsi (Persian) and Vietnamese language files.
  • Added privacy option to disable the sending of the number of contacts you have to your contacts.
  • Implement HashLinkURL to provide easy links to #12345 references in chats.
  • Shadows on user avatars on contact card.
  • Show an indicator when the user is on an embedded device such as a Skype phone.

In order to install Skype 2.0 on Ubuntu 8.10 simply download Skype package for Linux and click the “Ubuntu 7.04+ listing” simply save it and  once the download is finished simply double-click the file and the installation will start.


Posted by: thegabfather | December 18, 2008

Yes you can, how to install Google Gadgets in Ubuntu 8.10!

I have showed you how to install Google desktop in Ubuntu 8.04 but now I will show you how to install Google Gadgets in Ubuntu 8.10, is basically the same just follow these easy steps.

Google Desktop for Windows as well as the Universal Gadgets on iGoogle. Following Linux norms, this project is open-sourced under the Apache License.

There’s two main components to the application: one is a common gadget library responsible for running and presenting a gadget, and the other is a host program that allows the user to choose gadgets and run them on the desktop. Currently we have hosts written for GTK+ and QT, with the GTK+ host offering a sidebar similar to that of Google Desktop for Windows.


1.- First you need to download deb package from here!

Install  the deb package using

sudo dpkg -i google-gadgets_0.10.3-0~getdeb1_i386.deb

Place the file where ever you want, this will be it to finish te installation

In order to open the application you can press  “Alt+F2” and type “ggl-gtk”. An icon should pop on the sidebar right click on it to add any gadget you want. 

If you would like the gadgets  start automatically, go to System – Preferences – Session, click ‘Add’  and do the next

Name :  ‘Google Gadgets’  

Command :  ‘ggl-gtk’

Thats it I hope you guys find this helpful. Cheers!

Canonical launched today an U.S.-based on-line shop for Ubuntu-branded merchandise and software. With a new fulfillment house in St. Louis, Missouri, shipments are faster and less expensive for Ubuntu users and enthusiasts in the U.S.

The U.S. Ubuntu Shop ( carries a wide range of Ubuntu-branded items, from best sellers like organic cotton t-shirts to CDs and DVDs of the latest Ubuntu software, and will soon include Kubuntu merchandise for the first time.

Canonical’s international shop, on-line since August 2007, also carries commercial software, support and training.

“Our goal is to sell fun, useful and beautiful items for people who love Ubuntu,” said Andrew Rodaway, marketing director at Canonical. “The U.S. has long been the most popular shipping destination, so we’re delighted we can save our customers shipping costs as well as reduce the environmental impact of air freighting goods. Buying Ubuntu merchandise is a great way to show support for the project.”

The U.S. shop was ‘soft-launched’ during the Ubuntu 8.l0 release on October 17, 2008. With the distribution and ordering system fully tested it is now on general release.

The U.S. and international shops can both be found at

About Canonical Ltd

Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, is a global organisation headquartered in Europe committed to the development, distribution and support of open source software products and communities. World-class 24×7 commercial support for Ubuntu is available through Canonical’s global support team and partners. Since its launch in October 2004 Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions with millions of users around the world.

Ubuntu will always be free to download, free to use and free to distribute to others. With these goals in mind, Ubuntu aims to be the most widely used Linux system, and is the centre of a global open source software ecosystem

Posted by: thegabfather | December 18, 2008

Install VirtualBox 2.1 in Ubuntu 8.10!

Do you use virtualization software? Check out VirtualBox 2.1!

  • Support for 64-bit guests on 32-bit host operating systems. Testing a 64-bit desktop is now much easier thanks to VirtualBox supporting 64-bit guests on 32-bit hosts. It’s pretty impressive that this is even possible!
  • Experimental 3D acceleration via OpenGL. Don’t get too excited about 3D acceleration yet. For now only OpenGL on a 32-bit Windows guest is supported. DirectX support is planned, which means that 3D gaming in a VM could become possible. 
  • New Host Interface Networking implementations for Windows and Linux hosts with easier setup. Host interface networking couldn’t be easier in this release. No setup is required on the host or guest! This makes yesterday’s post on port forwarding though VirtualBox’s NAT a bit less useful now that host interface networking is simple to enable.

VirtualBox 2.1 in Ubuntu 8.10

Installing/Upgrading VirtualBox
Even if you already have VirtualBox 2.0 installed using their Ubuntu software repository you’ll have to install the new package for 2.1 to upgrade.

If you haven’t added VirtualBox’s software repository, do so now. Open System->Administration->Software Sources and select the Third Party Software tab. Add the following software source:
deb intrepid non-free

Close Software Sources and when prompted, choose to reload the repositories.

If you’ve got an older version of VirtualBox installed, remove it using Synaptic or by running the command below in your terminal:
sudo apt-get remove virtualbox-ose virtualbox-2.0

Start VirtualBox from Applications->System Tools->Sun VMx VirtualBox.

Source. Cheers!

Posted by: thegabfather | November 28, 2008

New Windows 7 Features!

As you know Microsoft has been working on their new OS “Windows 7”. Every body is expecting greats things from it, just like me, well here Im gonna show you two new features which I think they are relly good.

The first one is Aero Shake which allows the user to minimize all other none active windows that are place in the background by just shaking the application window. To bringthe desktop back shake the window again. Aero Shake can also be use to minimize all inactive windows to the Superbar.This feature is probably one of the feature to support mouse gesture by Microsoft. Here is a demo Check out:

The other feature is called Aero Peek which improves Windows 7 Superbar or Taskbar thumbnail previews and also allow you to view, close and switch between multiple applications by moving the mouse on top of the taskbar thumbnail. Watch the demo:

Source, this is in spanish sorry, Cheers!

Posted by: thegabfather | November 15, 2008

AWN is gonne after Upgrading to Ubuntu 8.10!

Last week that I upgraded to Ubuntu 8.10 I noticed that my AWN Dock was gone, but I found out how to get it to work again, here is check it out it is easy and quick.

1. First remove any AWN packages or repos if there is any.

2.- Go to System>Administration>Synaptic Package Manager and on the search bar type “awn” and thats it. To find AWN Dock go to Applications>Accesories>Avant Windows Manger.

Hope this works, Enjoy it! Please tell me let me know if this work.

Posted by: thegabfather | November 2, 2008

Upgrading from 8.04 to Ubuntu 8.10!

Today Im going to show you guys how to upgrade from your Ubuntu 8.04, for those who uses it, to Ubuntu 8.10. Usually after every new release of Ubuntu all that you have to do to upgrade to a next version was to go to update manager and there it will be the new upgrade,well not this time many of you will ask your self why not and the thing that I found out was that is because Ubuntu 8.04 LTS is a long term support release and Ubuntu 8.10 is just a regular release to me that do not make much sense but who am I to say anything ha. Other thing all the upgrades for 8.04 LTS to 8.10 are fully supported and are very easy to enable.

The Recommended, easiest and fastest way to upgrade from 8.04 LTS to 8.10 is through the Network Upgrade for Ubuntu Desktops, here is how!

1.- The first thing is to make sure that you have all the updates installed for Ubuntu 8.04 LTS . Go to System>Administration>Update Manager and installed all the upgrades that it shows. Ok with that done we are ready to begin

2.- Go to System>Administration>Software Sources

3.-Now once that window is open click for the “Update” tab and look for “Show new distribution releases” and change it to “New Releases” and just close it.

4.- Open to “Update Manager” go to System>Administration>Update Manager

5.- Update Manager is open click on “Check” button, type your password if propmted, to check for the new updates, and you will see a message telling you that there is a new available release.

Here are just some screenshot when it was upgrading you can see the progress on the update. I hope you guys find this helpful, Cheers!

Here we have the release notes.

Here you can see is asking you to start upgrading.

After it finish downloading, installing and cleaning up is gonna ask you to restart the PC.

This theme up here is not the final one but it was what they were thinking about as a new default theme for 8.10. If you would like to get this you can go here to look for it, it has GDM theme, icons, wallpaper, compiz etc… you can go here to check it out and get it  Intrepid Ibex Mock up.

After you restart the computer you will something like this

In my case I had another theme when I was upgrading it and when I restart my PC it did not change it to this one but I when to the theme manager and I found it, it should be the only new theme in there that you did not install. Well I leave you with these last screenshot I took. Cheers!

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