GIMP ! is that a chimpanzee ???

GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program.It is a software similar to Photoshop and has many features which makes it a strong competitor.
Many people and even those in the world of graphic designing have not heard about these tool. This tool is freely available on all major Linux distributions and other operating systems such as Windows. So u might already be having it on u r system.

The official website is at http://www.gimp.org/

I found a tutorial while googling for some gimp help at http://www.troubleshooters.com/linux/gimp/

Will post it here as i find some more….

Meanwhile Happy Gimping!!!!

IE in Linux

In my previous post I had written about IE specific websites. Though u may have started using Linux and are really loving u r Firefox browser there are many more who use Windows and Internet Explorer on their systems and such users are the dominant force. Many web developers therefore create IE specific websites and don’t care about the rest non IE users.

This doesn’t mean that u have to throw away u r Linux and go for Windows where IE is available. ies4linux comes to the rescue. It uses WINE and runs IE on top of it. The application comes with a script which does all the job right from downloading the required dlls to installation . No extra configuration needed.

Till the time IE specific websites are created software such as ies4linux would be saving non Windows users from considerable pain.

IE specific Webservices

The only thing almost all non windows users may miss from time to time is Internet Explorer on their systems. Though with Firefox now on the rise this need has gone to a drastically low level but there are some instances when u need IE coz the website which u r visiting may provide some service which simply refuses to work on non IE browsers.

I have found 2 categories where IE is forced on u. One being the use of ActiveX controls on the webpage which simply cannot work on non Windows OS such as Linux. I hope all such service providers provide a desktop version for everybody for their respective OS.

The other category of websites come under lame coder websites who prefer to use VBScript in their webpages instead of Javascript . I simply cannot understand their logic behind this. Just because the developer knows only VBScript is really a pathetic excuse for any body to give. Even Microsoft the inventor of VBScript themselves don’t use Vbscript everywhere and instead use Javascript in many places.

Infact such websites reduce their coverage (in this case non Windows users) and they are the ones to lose finally.

WINE ??? A BEER for me please…

Sorry to disappoint a lot of my friends but WINE in this case is simply another piece of software present in Linux.

The official definition states the following “Wine Is Not a (CPU) Emulator.”

Wine just provides the windows API for u r windows software to run under Linux , It comes as a blessing when u r stuck with the Windows only version of u r favorite software in Linux.

Head on to WINE home at http://www.winehq.org/ for all the info u would ever need about it.

Although its a good attempt but i must say that its still not perfect . Since it tries to emulate Windows API, where there are many undocumented features there are times when not all u r favorite software may run under it as it may be using those undocumented features.

During such times its best to pray that there exists a similar or better version or clone of the software u are suck with. A little bit of Googling helps in almost all such cases though.

Many recent distributions come with the latest stable version of WINE and are also configured to execute Windows executable’s with WINE.

So just click and see u r Windows program’s come alive in Linux with some WINE 🙂 .

Help! My C Drive is missing in Linux..

This is a common scenario….u have installed Linux. u r really excited about it and immediately start checking out the software, games and other cool things already present in the package. After a certain amount of time (which is directly proportional to the level of u r excitement) u realise that u r not able to find u r games , pictures, documents etc which was present on u r Windows system. You start looking for the panic button.

Relax! U r data is most probably safe , depending upon which options u chose on the partition screen during install time.

For accessing other filesystems u need to “mount” that filesystem in Linux.

Windows uses 2 types of file systems FAT32 and NTFS . If ur Windows data is on a FAT32 partition u needn’t worry much as almost all of the popular Linux distributions have FAT32 support enabled. If u Windows system uses NTFS as its file system then a little bit of extra work is needed.

Read the following info on http://www.tuxfiles.org/linuxhelp/mounting.html for some information regarding mounting.

For those with NTFS system ,head on to http://www.linux-ntfs.org/and download the required packages for u r system.

Follow the documentation and if everything goes well , u will be having access to u r documents,pictures etc in Linux also.

Programming and Linux …

Linux is known to be as a programmer’s OS i.e that the OS had been built by programmers for programmers. It is really a good system to learn programming on. The OS design is really neat and best of all its open. Everything is well documented . You know how and why a particular thing works and that’s what every programmer wants , coz programmers are inquistive by nature.

The best thing i like about is everything is file based. What this means is that almost everything on the OS is configurable by changing the right settings. If u know what exactly u are doing u can write u r own shell script for small tasks or write a full fledged program in u r favorite language to perform the function u need instead of depending on some external tools which will some other bells and whistles attached to it.

I have been a Visual basic programmer myself and i must say that i enjoy programming in Linux much greater than in Windows.

Its not necessary for u to be C or a C++ programmer to program under Linux. C or C++ is best suited for system level programming. There are lot of applications which can be written in a language such as Java. Many also prefer Python which is also a popular OO language.

So don’t worry, be Happy….Start Programming under Linux.

Live CD!….Does it move ???

Nopes! that’s not the case. Live CD is an interesting concept in which the whole operating system runs from the CD without installing anything on the hard disk. Its a great way to test any new OS without the fear of messing things up. Just pop in the CD and the magic starts!. Also when u have messed up u r system real bad then the Live CD can be of great help in performing system rescue. The only negative point which i feel is at times the OS can feel a but sluggish due to the drive speed. Also valuable RAM is consumed by the OS since the whole OS runs from RAM and not from hard disk.
The most popular and one of the very first Live CD distribution was that of KNOPPIX.

Nowadays almost all the popular distribution have their Live CD versions . Ubuntu, Debian are also the popular ones.

If u need more info on Live Cd’s the following wikipedia link can be of gr8 help . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LiveCD

Which distribution should i use ????

Most of the times this is the 2nd question which comes to a newbie’s mind regarding Linux, the first being the major decision to use Linux. Almost all of them have an impression that all the distribution have major differences like that of between Windows and Linux.
Rest assured this is not the case. Except some major distributions which are philosophically different e.g. A Debian System and a Red Hat System , majority of them don’t have much differences.
In simple terms..they are just distributions..kind of packing all the available things with something of their own.
The main operation system would still be Linux . The Desktop would be either GNOME or KDE based but not necessary (yes u can have multiple desktops environment in a single distribution unlike Windows). The versions of the components may differ. E.g . Red hat’s Fedora Core may have Gnome 2.8 whereas Ubuntu (another recommended newbie distribution) may have 2.6 in it.

I personally find both Fedora core series ( i am currently using Fedora Core5) and Ubuntu to be good choices for newbies.Fedora has more packages than Ubuntu,but that doesn’t mean that any of the necessary packages is missing from Ubuntu.At last its a matter of personal taste..I recommended to try both or some more and decide yourselves.

I don’t want to list all the options available as the information here was created to help Linux newbies and not to scare them off. Therefore if u find u r favorite distribution or desktop environment name not listed out, u know the reason why!.