Transition 2012 Part 1: Reign of Lynx Review

It has been almost 2 year since the Lynx reigns my notebook. I like Lynx, it’s stable, fast boot-up, fast shut-down, easy to configure, etc. Lucid Lynx is an Ubuntu linux distro version 10.04. I use this system for my daily usage at home after work. Sometimes I use my home system to do my office work. In office I use Windows XP and Windows 7 system, and most applications that I use in office won’t be able to work in my linux system. So, I use virtual machine to do my work. In this case I use VMWare, instead of VirtualBox. There are several reasons why I use VMWare rather than VirtualBox. First, most of my colleague use VMWare; second, I feel VirtualBox is still unstable; and third, USB support in VMWare is better than VirtualBox.

In term of internet browser, I still prefer Firefox, it’s just because I feel more comfortable using it rather than other linux browser. Firefox supports many add-ons and plug-ins. Other than that, most of my bookmarks are in Firefox. Chromium is my second browser. Chromium is a good browser, the look is very simple, fast, and I can install chrome-based application.

In term of display, I have installed compiz and Avant Window Manager (AWN). The compiz allows me to run animation special-effect on my system. It’s really nice, even though I don’t set it at full capacity. While AWN allows me to show icon launcher on any side of the screen, but I prefer left-side. Below is a screen-shot of my compiz capability and AWN.

There are several applications that I use very often.

  • Home Bank, a simple-personal accounting system, it tracks my income and expense, including my credit cards. I think it’s one of the best application for non-accounting person like me.
  • GCStar is an application to store my movie collection. It’s able to retrieve movie information from the internet. The good thing of GCStar, it’s not just for movie, but can be used for book or music collection as well. A recommended application for collectors.
  • SMPlayer is my most favourite movie player. It can run any movie format as long, as you have the codec, without a glitch.
  • Disk Usage Analyser is an application that allows me to check how much space that my data has occupied my harddisk. It’s a default application from Ubuntu, but it’s very very useful. I think Windows system also need this application by default. By using this application, I can pinpoint which folder that has occupied my harddisk the most.
  • Transmission is a downloader application with a torrent technology. Usually I use this application to download files from the internet. It’s very good, and it has never given me any problem.
  • Terminal Server Client and TeamViewer are vnc-like application. I can use them to remote to a server or desktop and control them. They have helped me a lot to do my job.
  • Geany is the best of the lightest IDE. It helped me a lot to do some programming works.
  • Brasero is a DVD writer for Gnome. It’s an fine application. It can do the job, but sometimes it took almost an hour just to burn a DVD, and sometimes the result is not copied very well. If there is another DVD burner application, I’m willing to try it, as long as it’s a Gnome application.
  • The last but not least is Wine, an application that allows me to run Windows application on my linux system, especially my games.  🙂

This Lynx is one of my best system of all. I still feel sad to overthrown Lynx from my notebook. But, I hope the next system, Pangolin, can give me a better performance than Lynx.

Thank you and good bye, Lynx.

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My Applications in Linux

Up to today I’ve used linux for quite sometimes, about almost 3 years. Many of the applications have their place in my heart. In this blog I try to list out all the applications that I need. Btw, my favorite desktop environment is Gnome, so many of the applications are Gnome applications.

These are the applications that I can’t live without:

  • Guake Terminal; it’s a terminal that can be instantly called by press F12.
  • Gnome Do; it’s a fastest way to call an application by press Super+Space and then type the application name.
  • Text Editor (Gedit); it’s a … simple text editor. It’s extremely useful in many urgent situation, including programming.
  • Tomboy; it’s a small note application that is very useful for making a reminder list or to-do list.
  • Deluge; it’s a bittorrent client which is fast and reliable. The problem is when it active, the internet connection become slow down, especially when I was uploading files.
  • Firefox; it’s my primary web browser. The problems with this application are it’s quite slow and occasionally hang. The best thing about Firefox is that I can install useful addons. Those addons are:
    • AutoPager; if I read an article or forum that contains of many pages, this addon will load the next page when I reach the end of the page.
    • Greasemonkey; by using this addon I can customize of a website layout.
    • SpeedDial; this addon will load some links screenshot when I open a new tab.
    • XMarks; this addon will save collection of my bookmarks in XMarks website.
  • Opera; it’s a very fast web browser, but for some reasons I still prefer Firefox.
  • Thunderbird; it’s a email client, but also can be used as RSS reader.
  • Pidgin; it’s a multi-protocol internet messenger. The problem is sometimes it cannot connect to Yahoo Messenger server.
  • Skype; it’s a VOIP application that has internet messenger client. The current problem is the VOIP is not working properly.
  • Gcstar; it’s a collection application. I use this to put my movie list.
  • Lynx; it’s an editor that is very good to write research or report document.
  • OpenOffice.org; it’s an office suite that comparable to Microsoft Office suite. The biggest problem is it’s very slow.
  • Geany; it’s an IDE application for programming, but also can be used as a text editor. It’s very light and fast. It’s my primary IDE for programming.
  • Back In Time; it’s an application to back up my data. However, this application doesn’t do real copy to designated back up location, instead it creates hard-links to my files.
  • DOS Emulator (dosemu); it’s an emulator program that emulate DOS environment. So, old-time DOS applications and games can run nicely in my machine.
  • Gmountiso; it’s an application that can mount an ISO file to a designated folder. So, I just need to open the folder and run or read any files in that folder, also I don’t need to waste my blank CD or DVD. 🙂
  • VMWare Player; it’s an virtualization application that can be used to install almost any OS for working purpose or just testing linux distros.
  • Brasero; it’s a CD/DVD burner application, which is a quite simple application.
  • Miro; it’s an internet TV that using torrent technology. So, it can be used as a bittorent client.
  • SMPlayer; it’s a powerful movie player that based on MPlayer, with a better interface than MPlayer.
  • VLC; it’s a powerful movie player.
  • SongBird; it’s a music player that created by Mozilla.
  • Wine; it’s an API emulator for Windows application and it’s very useful.

These are the applications that I can live without:

  • Screenlets; it’s a widget application that can put many types of widgets on the desktop.
  • VirtualBox; it’s a virtualisation application that is very useful if I need to test a new linux distro or Windows.
  • Battle for Wesnoth; it’s a turn-based strategy game. It has a very good gameplay and story line, but somehow I cannot pass one of the map. 😦
  • TuxMath; it’s a game that drops math formulas from the top of the screen, and I must type the answer before the formulas hit the bottom of the screen.
  • TuxType; it’s a game that similar to TuxMath, but it drops words, and I must type the words exactly before they hit the bottom of the screen.
  • Gimp; it’s a drawing application that, I heard, comparable with Photoshop.
  • Filezilla; it’s a FTP program.
  • Google Earth; it’s a map of the world. Hey, I found my home … 😀
  • Vuze; it’s a bittorrent client and internet tv client. It’s very fast and reliable, but very bloated.
  • Wireshark; it’s a network application that is good to find problem in my network.
  • HomeBank; it’s a accounting application that can capture my income and expense.
  • Gambas; it’s a programming application that has similar syntax with Basic.
  • NetBeans; it’s an IDE application that mostly be used for Java programming, but can be used for other languages by adding some plug-ins.
  • MonoDevelop; it’s a programming application that follows Visual Studio .Net.
  • AcidRip; it’s a DVD rip application. It works well, but I’m still unable to get the DVD subtitles.
  • OGMRip; it’s another DVD rip application. It has the same problem with AcidRip.
  • dvd::rip; it’s another DVD rip application, with a lot of options. But, I also cannot get the DVD subtitles.
  • HandBrake; it’s another DVD rip application, but I’ve never really used it.
  • Elisa Media Center; it’s an application that has a purpose to provide multimedia to users.
  • Gnome Subtitles; it’s an application to create and edit movie/video subtitles.
  • Totem; it’s a simple movie player.
  • MPlayer; it’s a powerful movie player.
  • Rythmbox; it’s a nice music player.

Hmmm… I don’t notice that I have used so many applications in Linux. Good job and thank you for all open source developers.