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Linux Turns Galaxy S Into a ‘Good’ Jekyll & Hyde

Galaxy S BLOG
In my recent  post “Run Linux On Your Android Phone,” I spelled out the basics of putting the Linux-on-Android system on a first-generation Galaxy S Android smartphone. Linux and Android share a kernel in this arrangement, so you can flip back and forth while retaining all of the normal functionality of the Android phone. Text messages, phone calls, and applications all work the same as they did when running just Android. With Linux operational, you have the added capability of… continue…

How to Upgrade Headache-Free to Xubuntu 12.04

Posted In Linux, Working in Tech
I’ve been on Xubuntu 10.04 for quite a while and finally took the plunge into version 12.04 over the weekend. 12.10 version 2, whatever that means, is out now. Maybe I’ll take a look at that one in a few weeks. The 12.04, 64-bit ISO file was downloaded from the Xubuntu page and burned onto an 8-GB USB stick using the Startup Disk Creator. I then booted off the USB stick. I always set up several partitions on my notebooks.… continue…

Bluefish is a Great Tool for Writing Clean HTML

If you write articles, create Web pages or write Kindle ebooks, chances are that you’ll need a fast, no-frills HTML editor. I’ve been doing all these jobs for a number of years and I think the Bluefish editor is the best, most productive product out there. Unlike LibreOffice, MS Word and even Kompozer, Bluefish doesn’t add any extra HTML tags to your text. One of my pet peeves with regular word processors and HTML editors is that they want to… continue…

How to Work with Scribus’s Graphical Document Layout

Posted In Linux, Working in Tech
Scribus is a great Open Source application — available for Windows, Mac and Linux — that’s used to lay out pages for brochures, calendars, books and professional-quality PDF documents. It’s a pretty impressive app, so I thought I’d give you the lowdown on putting it into action. It’s a full-featured page layout program much like Adobe InDesign. It supports the concept of manipulating objects on the page, so there might be a slight learning curve for users who use word… continue…

Linux Fundamentals

Overview Linux is a flexible and modular Unix-like operating system released by Linus Torvalds in 1991. Torvalds developed Linux after being frustrated with Minix because of licensing that only allowed use in an educational setting. Linux runs on more hardware than any other OS, and a huge number of versions can be freely downloaded from the Internet. Linux gives users the power to change anything they like, since the source code and tools needed are always available. You have to… continue…

Cool Tools: Linux On A USB Stick

Posted In Linux, Working in Tech
My presentation was due and my computer choked. Ever have your settings get so far off, it’s hard to know if it’s a problem with your configuration or a bad hardware component? In my case, my dual-screen mode was acting up during my Xubuntu notebook installation, preventing me from using the presenter’s console for an upcoming LibreOffice slide show. My quick fix was to run a diagnostic test using a stock Linux installation from a USB stick. No Compiz, no… continue…

Tools for a Linux Notebook

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I’ve been using laptops since 1987. Portability has always been important since I’ve mixed my corporate gigs with bouts of consulting and freelancing. Somewhere around 1996 I actually was able to get a version of Linux — called Slackware — running reliably on a laptop. So, what do I use today? Over the years I’ve gone through periods of using Red Hat, SuSE, PuppyLinux, and Ubuntu. I’ve been happily using a variation of Ubuntu, called Xubuntu (64-bit version 11.04 with the… continue…