Thanks to Robinson I got a Google Plus invite. I did manage to invite a few of my friends using a workaround before Google decided to stop new users from signing up. After using Google Plus for a few hours since morning, I have mixed opinion about the product. Some features are great while some are not upto the mark.
Before I begin, I must highlight two of the coolest features offered by Google Plus. One is a group video chat right out of the box and the other is group sms. Although I have not used these two, I believe these two can take away a large chunk of users from Facebook.
One of the best things that I like about this is the ability to add friends as circles. Just drag-drop them to new circles and drag-drop out of circles to remove them. Though this is same as lists in FB, I feel this is better implemented. Not because of the cool UI but because right from the first friend you add, you put that person in a circle. In FB, initially when you start you generally don’t classify your friends like that. When the number of friends becomes too much to manage easily, you try to classify them. This would be irritating.
I can’t wait till the time is 12:00 to start the download of Ubuntu 8.10. Yes! That’s right, the next version of Ubuntu is here! (finally! ;-)). After the four alpha releases we can now try our hands on the final release on 30th October 2008. This is how Ubuntu’s is version numbered 8.10 means 10th month of year 2008. The looks are pretty cool with dark themes and most of the work has gone towards the internals of the OS. It seems that the booting time of the OS is like magic! Today after updating my machine with Intrepid Ibex, I will post a detailed first look of the OS. Till then, c ya!
Every time you boot your machine, the logo of Ubuntu comes up with a loading bar. This is called the boot screen. This can be changed and also recreated (if you are ready to spend some time with it).
1. To change the boot screen, you need a software called ‘StartUp-Manager‘. You can get it using Synaptic.
2. Use GOOGLE and search for usplash themes. I would suggest you to visit http://www.gnome-art.org
where you can get some really cool usplash themes. Once you have downloaded some themes.
3. Extract them to a folder and you can see the files with extension .so
4. Copy all the files to /usr/lib/usplash.
5. Open up System -> Administration -> StartUp-Manager and select the Appearance tab.
6. Here you can choose your favourite splash screen using the drop down menu.
The common myth that GOOGLE Apps and Skype aren’t available for Linux is now broken! That’s right. You can install GOOGLE Apps and Skype right from your package manager after you add these two repositories. For addding a repository, goto System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager -> Preferences -> Repositories and follow the instructions in the links given below
For the GOOGLE Apps use this link
For Skype, use this
Medibuntu means Multimedia, Entertainment and Distractions in Ubuntu. It’s repositories has softwares which are not included in Ubuntu repos for many issues like copyright, security etc. Also these aren’t supported by Ubuntu community. So any bug found cannot be reported to them. However, I would recommend you to give it a shot 🙂
These are responsible for presenting your Desktop to you. In simple terms, it does the function of explorer.exe in Windows. There are many types of desktop managers. Some popular ones are GNOME, KDE, CDE and XFCE. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
The window manager is responsible for the looks of your Desktop. It is like the theme manager in Windows. Every window manager has its own unique feature. Some like compiz and beryl are definite eye candies. They have several inbuilt features like animations etc.
Ubuntu uses GNOME Desktop Manager with Compiz Window Manager. However, these can be changed to our need.
To know more about any desktop manager or window manager do a simple GOOGLE search. I will post a list of the popular desktop and window managers along with the link in my next blogs. Till then, c ya!!!