Kahvipapu is closed…

December 5th, 2008 | Kahvipapu by th | No Comments

… for time being for lack of time and interest. Site will remain here for unspecified time.

Ubuntustory.com launched

June 1st, 2008 | Ubuntu, Linux by th | 1 Comment

Centrologic has launched new cool site to share your Ubuntu story. Check it out and share your story too!


Sun goes shopping, buys Innotek

February 13th, 2008 | Ubuntu, Technology, Linux by th | 3 Comments

SANTA CLARA, CA February 12, 2008 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) today announced that it has entered into a stock purchase agreement to acquire innotek, the provider of the leading edge, open source virtualization software called VirtualBox. By enabling developers to more efficiently build, test and run applications on multiple platforms, VirtualBox will extend the Sun xVM platform onto the desktop and strengthen Sun’s leadership in the virtualization market. This software is available for all major operating systems at www.virtualbox.org and www.openxvm.org.

Read the announcement!

Nice Open Source Fonts

February 11th, 2008 | Ubuntu, Linux by th | No Comments

Fonts have long been weak spot with Linux. However, nowadays there are many nice open source fonts available, and font rendering is pretty much on par with commercial operating systems. Most distributions do not ship with the best anti-aliasing options enabled due “software patents”. These patents apply only in United States. Rest of the world does not need to suffer due American patent madness so here is quick fix how to enable proper font rendering in Ubuntu: sudo dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig-config and select Native rendering from the next screen.

Open Font preferences from: System > Preferences > Appearance and select Fonts tab. Tune your rendering preferences, set Smoothing to Subpixel (LCDs), Hinting to Slight and Subpixel Order to RGB.


The end result is a beautiful desktop (Click for fullscreen):


The font in the screenshot is MgOpen Cosmetica which can be installed with command sudo apt-get install ttf-mgopen and other fonts shown in the preview window are Bitstream fonts, which are installed in Ubuntu by default.

Better menu for GNOME/Ubuntu

January 15th, 2008 | Ubuntu, Linux by th | 15 Comments

One thing I liked about OpenSuse was the better GNOME start menu. And I was delighted to find out I can easily get it for Ubuntu too! To install new menu in Ubuntu (7.10, gutsy), install package gnome-main-menu using Synaptic (or use: sudo apt-get install gnome-main-menu).¬† After installing¬† the package you can right-click on the panel where you want to place the menu, and select Add to panel… and select ‘Main menu’ applet (note: default menu button is also named as ‘main menu’ so make sure you select the right one).

To get Search box to the main menu, install Beagle (from Add/Remove applications). If you decide to use Beagle, remember to disable Tracker indexing from Control Center > Sessions.


Thinking about installing a Linux system on your laptop computer? It’s much easier than you think. Whether you have new or refurbished laptops or want to install it on a desktop PC, you’ll love running a new OS on your computer.

KDE 4.0.0 released!

January 11th, 2008 | Ubuntu, Linux by th | No Comments

The KDE project has just announced availability of KDE 4.0.0! Congratulations KDE team! KDE 4 binaries are also available for Kubuntu Gutsy.


Ubuntu Notebook - Retro Mod

January 9th, 2008 | Ubuntu, Linux by th | 1 Comment

Now this is one cool laptop hack.

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Top 10 Obscure Google Search Tricks

January 9th, 2008 | Web by th | No Comments

When it comes to the Google search box, you already know the tricks: finding exact phrases matches using quotes like "so say we all" or searching a single site using site:lifehacker.com gmail. But there are many more oblique, clever, and lesser-known search recipes and operators that work from that unassuming little input box.

Apple updates Mac Pro (and Xserves)

January 9th, 2008 | Apple by th | No Comments

Apple has updated Mac Pro and XServe (finally). New specs boost up to two 3.2Ghz quad-core Xeons, 4 terabytes of disk space and 32 gigabytes of RAM. Default option for graphics is Radeon HD2600, with maximum of 4x Radeon 2600HD’s in place which makes possible to use 8 (eight!) 30″ Cinema Displays. Geforce 8800GT and Quadro FX 5600 are also available. Impressive specs indeed. Wonder how Linux would run on this

Is Apple Killing Linux on the Desktop?

January 5th, 2008 | Linux, Apple by th | No Comments

Slashdot is running an interesting article Is Apple Killing Linux on the Desktop? Well, sometimes Linux kills OS X. Don’t forget to read the entertaining flamewar comments.

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