Monthly Archives: April 2009

While I am waiting for Ubuntu 9.04…

…I have discovered a really cool browser plugin that functions as an image/video/news viewer… you’ve got to check out

I have it running beautifully on my Linux Mint 64 bit system, using Firefox 3.08, but I believe they also have versions for Windows and for Internet Explorer. Try out the “Discover” mode, where you can use it to browse news images from around the web, as well as video. The search box (top right) will allow you to search YouTube video, Google Images, Flickr, etc. Here is a screenshot:


You can get here it for your Firefox .

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Posted by on April 21, 2009 in Uncategorized


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Jaunty Jackalope, aka Ubuntu 9.04… not yet.

I resisted the urge tonight to click the “upgrade” button… when it told me the download was going to be 1248mb, or about 4 hours on my connection. I might have done it if this was not my only machine. Also, since I’m using Linux Mint, I’m not sure just how cleanly the upgrade process would go. I think I’ll wait a couple of weeks for the final release, and download a copy, and try it as a live-cd.

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Posted by on April 12, 2009 in Uncategorized


Knoppix 6 Live-CD (Adrianne)

A while ago I downloaded Knoppix 6.0. I had tried Knoppix several times in the past, the last one being Knoppix 5.3.1.

I was somewhat disturbed that it defaulted into a text-based mode… not a command line, not a gui, but something reminiscent of old DOS programs. Even more disturbing is that a synthesized voice was reading the entire page to me! After trying a few things, I discovered that you could select some graphical programs, including IceWeasel… Debian’s unbranded version of Firefox. That got me to where I could Google a bit, and I discovered that I could boot into a graphical interface by typing “knoppix” at the boot prompt.

My first attempt failed, because it proceeded to the text-based thing before I was done reading the boot prompt screen. My second attempt succeeded (hint: start typing as soon as you see the whitish screen with graphics on it)

This finally booted up into a clean gui (graphical user interface). It did not take me long to discover that the new version of Knoppix is not for me.

Gimp was at 2.4.3, instead of the 2.6.4 I have with my current Fedora 10 setup.

I know that most of the programs I use would be available via Synaptic, through the Debian repositories, but the sparse selection of programs made me wonder what was filling up that 648mb download? I suppose a great portion of it must have been the entire version of OpenOffice (3.0.1), not just Writer and Calc.

Today, I am downloading Knoppix 6.1 (the 2+ gb torrent). We shall see if it goes better.

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Posted by on April 3, 2009 in Uncategorized


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