Get Automatix without the ticks with EasyUbuntu!

15 09 2007

Much like Automatix, Easy Ubuntu is a script (with a GUI) that will automatically download and install proprietary drivers, codecs, video players, flash, java, MS Fonts, and even skype. Unlike controversial Automatix, Easy Ubuntu uses apt, backs up any system changes made,  and won’t edit your sources.list file unless you allow it to do so.

“EasyUbuntu is an easy to use (duh!) script that gives the Ubuntu user the most commonly requested apps, codecs, and tweaks that are not found in the base distribution – all with a few clicks of your mouse.”

Though it is still in alpha, and I’d still recommend using envy for video drivers. It’s a good thing to keep in mind for the upcoming release of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon in October.

A good read: Windows is free

28 08 2007

We’re back with a new section here at Back Door Life: A good read, tidbits of readings and news that we think is, well, a good read. Here is an article written by comedian and geek Dave Gutteridge at the Tokyo Linux Users Group about the one thing people never talk about in OS debates: pirated software. I suggest giving the ZDnet article that is linked to a read as well. All in all it takes some time, but it is…a good read, and worth at least my time.

Windows is Free

Wiki of the Week

8 08 2007

This weeks article is from good ol’ Wikipedia, and it’s all about Ubuntu. Don’t rub this off, though, because unless you’re a hardcore veteran Debian user, there’s a lot you can get out of this article. Check it out.

Ubuntu from Wikipedia

Read linux partitions with LTOOLS

6 08 2007

Got a Linux partition that you want a file from on windows? LTOOLS is a command line app (that also comes with a GUI) for reading and writing to and from Linux partitions in windows.

“So, whenever you’re running DOS or Windows and you desperately need to read or write that most important file, which resides on your Linux disk, you should use it … Besides that, you can repair your Linux system from DOS, if your Linux system does not boot anymore …”

There are other newer apps that do this, but I have always found this one to be the most reliable and straightforward. There is a java GUI a .NET GUI and a GUI that can run from the browser.


Learn to install software in ubuntu

23 07 2007

Switching from Windows to Ubuntu? one of the biggest difficulties is figuring out just how to install things, especially if they are not in adept package manager. You could check out GetDeb for some .exe-like .deb files, or you could learn how to install programs with cutler softwares’ guide. The site explains:

“installing software, themes and other things on Ubuntu is actually very easy! This guide will help you understand with screenshots, instructional videos and to-the-point language.”

The guide is very in depth and, while it is written for Ubuntu 6.06, is still really useful for anyone new to the OS.

How to install ANYTHING in Ubuntu! 

Color coordinate with agave

18 07 2007

Agave is a very simple and very powerful colorscheme generator for the gnome desktop. you have no Idea how much you will use this app until you try it. The website explains:

Have you ever been re-finishing a room in your home and found yourself asking “What color would go well with this”? Or been working on a new website and not been able to find colors that go well with eachother? Try Agave.

It’s also probably the perfect compliment to the GIMP.

Agave comes preinstalled in Ubuntu Studio, but other users can get it via the following command:

sudo apt-get install agave


Find Ubuntu software with GetDeb

12 07 2007


Looking for an Ubuntu app that isn’t in the synaptic repositories? Maybe you found it, but you don’t want to manually install it, or worse, compile it from source. If so, GetDeb is an Ubuntu software portal like filehippo that is full of lovely, easy to install .deb files. Also, GetDeb allows less experienced users to use the latest software versions. The site explains:

The current Ubuntu official packages update policy is limited to critical bug fixes, meaning after each release there will be no regular bug fixes or improvement updates. This a good practice for stability purposes specially if you are planning to do an enterprise level support but it also means that until the next release you will not be able to get the latest and greatest software versions for your system.

This policy is also a limitation for the emerging applications which will not be available on the official repositories and consequently not getting the proper recognition, something that they can get by being easily available to the end users.

This is great way to find and install apps that you might not otherwise know about.