Gimp has been famously known as the “poor man’s Photoshop”, and perhaps rightfully so. That’s a complement Gimp won’t mind taking. While it would be an unfair comparison to make between Gimp and Photoshop, Gimp can easily meet needs of most amateur image editors out there and then some. Since its release in 1995 Gimp has come a long way in to being the most powerful image editing tool freely available out there. With these tutorials we hope to vanish some of the doubts you might have had about Gimp’s ability as a powerful image editor.
Ubuntu just released a new Alpha build for Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope). This alpha includes some small changes like the latest package of X.Org, Linux Kernel 2.6.28, new style for notifications and perhaps most interesting feature for me was the option of installing ext4 file system while default choice is still ext3. As some of you might know ext4 is a vastly improved fork of ext3 file system, which was under development since 2006. ext4 is included with the latest Linux kernel, so it was an obvious choice of transition for Jaunty. Home users who don’t rely on large storage are not likely to experience the real power of ext4 – but it is an exciting option nonetheless.
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There are a lot of very good open source projects out there but there are very few that can really separate itself from the rest and goes well beyond its proprietary counterparts. Songbird is one such project. Songbird is an open source media player powered by Mozilla’s XULRunner platform and developed by members who has previously worked on Winamp, Yahoo! Music Jukebox, Netscape Navigator, and Mozilla Firefox.
When I first heard about the project of porting KDE on windows I was very skeptical of the reason behind it but not so much of the viability of such a project since Trolltech decided to release the Qt 4 license under GPL for the windows version. KDE on windows is an audacious project aimed at porting all KDE applications on MS Windows natively. KDE also has a similar project for Mac OSX.
How it works
I have previously argued that wubi installer is the best thing since LiveCD, because of how stupendously easy it makes installing Linux for first time users without the hassle of disk partitions and risks of losing data. But KDE on windows goes a step further by installing a complete desktop environment on top of windows. Don’t get me wrong, this is by no means “using linux”, for lack of better words think of it as an open source “windows skin” (Desktop Environment) on top of proprietary MS Windows operating system, but unlike traditional “Desktop Skins” it goes several steps further by actually porting native KDE applications on windows.