My Brand New Helena

Last week I replace my Felicia (Linux Mint 6) with Helena (Linux Mint 8). The installation was similar with any previous Linux Mint, but the most obvious different was there was an introduction slide show when installing Helena.

With a little bit of modification my desktop looks like this.

Helena Desktop

My Desktop of Helena

You can find in the Internet for full screen shots of Helena.

After I used Helena for almost 1 week, I can confirm several best things from Helena compare to her sibling, Felicia.

  • Very fast boot time, this is very obvious, because Felicia needed almost 1 minute just to show login screen, and Helena only needs less than 30 seconds.
  • The time needed from login to ready desktop also very short.
  • Nice desktop theme. Even though I believe I can set the theme by myself, but as a default theme, it saves a lot of my time.
  • Firefox v.3.5 is much stable compare to the version 3.0.
  • Compiz is more smooth and stable.
  • This might be subjective, but I feel the program launching is faster and more stable.
  • One last thing the font seems nicer compare to Felicia’s.

But, I still have one big problem with Helena, the transfer rate from and to USB harddisk is very slow, or maybe, slower than Felicia. The transfer rate is only 1.5 – 4 MB/sec, which is very annoying.

Without transfer rate problem, I think Helena is a very perfect linux distro, especially for new comers.


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.
  •; 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.

Facebook Problem in Firefox

In the past few days I had problem with facebook display in my Firefox. The top and the bottom bars were become transparent. The content of the facebook could be seen through those bars. Looks like it has problem with it’s Javascript. Both of my Linux and Windows system had this problem.

In the first day I thought the problem was because a problem in Facebook. After a few days I noticed that some of my friends didn’t have problem with Facebook, even though I didn’t know what browser that they used.

Yesterday I fixed the problem. Looks like it because the offline website data in my notebook cause the problem. Yesterday I cleared all the caches, cookies, and offline website data, and then my facebook’s look backs to normal.

Screenshot-Clear Private Data

Articles Collection of May’09

These are the collection of useful articles about Linux/Open source, that I collected in May 2009:

  1. 3 Ways to Record Your Linux Desktop
  2. How to set the date in Linux
  3. How to securely clean up data on a hard disk on Linux
  4. 20 Ubuntu Derivatives You Should Know About
  5. Store passwords with pwsafe
  6. Beyond Firefox: 10 Other Great Linux Browsers
  7. 7 E17 Linux & BSD Distributions
  8. 8 Beautiful Conky Desktop Monitor Setup
  9. 10 handy Firefox about:config hacks
  10. 10 Steps for Basic Linux Desktop Security
  11. 10 Free Linux Ebooks For Beginners
  12. Best Linux distros for power users, gamers, newbies and more
  13. 10 Awesome Icon Sets for Ubuntu/GNOME Desktop
  14. 10 Games That Will Turn your Linux into a WarMachine
  15. 5 Easy Wine Front-ends for Linux
  16. Nixie’s Linux Haxor Quickie: Setting up File Sharing in Linux with Samba!
  17. 12 Worthy Alternative Browsers for Linux
  18. Using the Bash complete Command
  19. 10 Free Apps that Turn your Ubuntu into Video Studio
  20. Ubuntu Softwares – Not Just Another Top 5 List
  21. How To Convert Any Video File Format Under Linux
  22. 8 Essential OpenOffice Extensions
  23. 9 Ways to Make Linux More Secure
  24. 15+ programs you don’t have to miss when you switch to Linux
  25. 100 open source gems – part 1
  26. 100 open source gems – part 2
  27. Access Remote GUI Programs Using SSH Forwarding
  28. EarCandy 0.4 rules !
  29. Install Windows Games in Linux with PlayOnLinux …
  30. Project that should be integrated into the Gnome Desktop
  31. How to Import Data From Spreadsheet into Database
  32. Portable VirtualBox
  33. Install any linux on USB flash drive
  34. Gnome desktop overhaul guide
  35. How to Create a Multi Part Tar File with Linux
  36. Use an ISO as if it were a real CD
  37. How to: add features to Firefox with Mozilla’s new Jetpack
  38. Getting to know Gnote
  39. 15 Beautiful KDM Themes
  40. Introduction to fstab
  41. Another superb collection of Linux games
  42. Top 10 Apps that Boosts Ubuntu’s User Experience

Articles Collection of Mar’09

These are the collection of useful articles about Linux/Open source, that I collected in March 2009:

  1. ClamAV – A Must Antivirus for Linux Systems
  2. VirtualBox, Virtual Networking
  3. Flegita: Gnome Scan – A Simple Scanning Alternative to XSane
  4. Play StarCraft in Linux
  5. The Ultimate Guide To Manage Your Audio/Video Files In Linux
  6. 4 Great Tools to Find Files Quickly in Ubuntu
  7. The Beginner’s Guide to Linux, Part 2: Installation
  8. 10 ways to go green with Linux
  9. Migrating to Linux in 5 Steps
  10. Important Linux File Directories That Users Should Know About
  11. Vim: master the basics
  12. Free Video Editors for Linux
  13. More Linux tips every geek should know
  14. Top Five Geek-Style Distros
  15. How To Transfer Files Easily Between Linux Machines
  16. Transparent GTK Themes
  17. Automate Linux with Cron and Anacron
  18. Quick fixes for common Linux problems
  19. Three Easy Steps to Set-up Anonymous Web Browsing on Linux
  20. 29 Music-making Apps for Linux
  21. Setting up SSHFS
  22. Move /home to It’s Own Partition
  23. Top 10 Linux Distros Reviewed
  24. gstreamer bug in Ubuntu and a temporary fix
  25. Xfig: a classic program for diagram editing
  26. How To Reset Any Linux Password
  27. How-To: Compile Programs From Source in Linux
  28. Burning Xbox 360 Games on Linux (Stealth!)
  29. Commandline 101: Getting a Grip on Grep
  30. Etymology of an Open Source App/Project
  31. andLinux – Run Linux natively inside Windows
  32. 10 Most important linux networking commands
  33. Run Levels in a Nutshell
  34. Compile source code – and solve problems
  35. 5 Compiz Effects That Are Actually Useful
  36. fwbuilder: Manage Firewalls Professionally
  37. Using ATA Over Ethernet (AoE) On Debian Lenny (Initiator And Target)
  38. Reviewed and rated: the best Linux newsreaders
  39. Top 10 Projects To Revive
  40. Play Games Inside Your Linux Terminal
  41. Software Tip: Using Unetbootin
  42. The fastest way to disable PC speaker in Ubuntu
  43. Making The Linux Command Line A Little Friendlier
  44. Ubuntu Package Management from Command line using apt (Advanced Packaging Tool)
  45. Configuring Printers Via The CUPS Web Interface
  46. Diagnose and fix network problems yourself
  47. Find files the easy way
  48. Linux Puzzle Games
  49. Top 10 Free Linux Games in 2009
  50. 100 tips to help you work smarter with Firefox
  51. How to write an interactive shell script
  52. A handful of Firefox tweaks that will double your browser speed
  53. Easily Mount ISO Files in Linux on Right Click
  54. My teenager top 8 Linux games
  55. 10 Cool Cursor Themes for Linux
  56. How To Configure A Firewall In Linux Using Firestarter
  57. 10 Must-Have Linux Applications
  58. Boot an ISO image from hard disk?
  59. Password-less SSH Connection
  60. Getting Started with Firewall Builder
  61. 4 Ways to Create CD/DVD ISO Images in Ubuntu
  62. 25 Tutorials To Get You Started With Inkscape
  63. 7 Free Mind Mapping Softwares

Articles Collection of Feb’09

These are the collection of useful articles about Linux/Open source, that I collected in Feb 2009:

  1. 10 Songbird add-ons for a better audio player
  2. 12 of the best games for your Linux netbook
  3. Linux layout for Windows users
  4. 6 Free Blogging Clients for Linux Users
  5. How To Create A Great Window Maker Desktop
  6. Installing Windows XP As A KVM Guest On Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop
  7. 17 Awesome Linux Applicaitons to Improve your Productivity
  8. 10 free RAW image tools for Linux
  9. Free and Open Source Finance/Accounting Software for Linux
  10. A Unix Utility You Should Know About: Netcat
  11. Automate Tasks With Cron
  12. The Perfect Server – Debian Lenny (Debian 5.0) [ISPConfig 2]
  13. 25 Tutorials To Get You Started With Blender
  14. Easy Steps to Rip a DVD to ISO in Ubuntu 8.10
  15. Setting up UNIX file systems
  16. 10 iptables rules to help secure your Linux box
  17. How to Kill a Running Process in Ubuntu (or any Linux distro)
  18. Use netstat to See Internet Connections
  19. Connecting to Windows servers from GNU/Linux using pyNeighborhood
  20. Linux forensics – Part 1: Helix
  21. Linux forensics – Part 2: Protech
  22. Disable GNOME Automounting
  23. Eye Candy: Pimping the Gnome Desktop on Ubuntu
  24. Fictional Air Combat 0.1.3
  25. The Beginner’s Guide to Linux, Part 1: Finding the Right Distribution
  26. 15 Essential Ubuntu Productivity Apps
  27. The Adventures of Rick Rocket released for Linux!
  28. Giving kids a fresh start with Qimo Linux
  29. Things You Need To Know To Become An Apt Guru
  30. 8 Beautiful Themes For Enlightenment WM
  31. Basic Linux Security for Beginners
  32. Installing A “Full” Linux Distro On A USB Stick [How-To]
  33. Prevent Firefox from Hogging Memory When Minimized

Articles Collection of Oct’08

These are the collection of useful articles about Linux/Open source, that I collected in October 2008:

  1. Keep tabs on your finances with HomeBank
  2. Four Easy Fun Useful Things You Can Do With Linux
  3. Audio Rippers and Encoders in Ubuntu Linux
  4. 5 Best Free/Open-source Turn-based Strategy Games for Linux
  5. 10 must-have Linux office applications
  6. Six Free Online Storage Services
  7. 5 GIMP Tricks Everyone Should Know!
  8. Auto-Mount Hard Drives on Ubuntu
  9. Watch TV with Linux
  10. 8 Ways to Maintain a Clean, Lean Ubuntu Machine
  11. Installing Xbox Media Center (XBMC) On Ubuntu 8.04
  12. Free software tools for designing productive community sites
  13. 10 questions to ask before migrating to Linux
  14. Linux games – First Person Shooters
  15. Linux games – First Person Shooters – Part Deux
  16. Krusader: one file manager to rule them all
  17. Stupid Firefox Tricks, Part I
  18. Three Cool 3D Car Racing Games for Linux
  19. 10 Fun Firefox Add-ons
  20. Top Graphical Text Editors
  21. 15 Tips For a Better Linux Experience
  22. The State of Linux Docks
  23. Distro Girl Wallpapers
  24. 15 Beautiful Ubuntu Wallpapers for a Sleeker Intrepid Ibex
  25. Four password lockers that can help you keep your Web logins secure
  26. Sharpen Your Mind and Have Fun With Tux
  27. Using Your Linux Computer As A Media Center (Part 1)
  28. Six Experimental Firefox Extensions We Love
  29. 10 Finger Licking Linux Desktop Themes
  30. 10 features Ubuntu should implement
  31. 3 Notes Taking Applications for Linux
  32. 9 Must-Have OpenOffice Extensions
  33. Ubuntu’s Live USB Disk Creator
  34. 3 Classic First Person Shooter Games
  35. 5 Wallpaper Changer Apps For Linux
  36. 10 Cool and Funny Firefox Video Ads
  37. Reference for Ubuntu Starters
  38. rdiff-backup: Easy incremental backups from the command line

Articles Collection of Sep’08

These are the collection of useful articles about Linux/Open source, that I collected in September 2008:

  1. Setting up an iPod MA978 on Linux
  2. 10 amazingly alternative operating systems and what they could mean for the future
  3. 100+ Beautiful Free Fonts for Ubuntu
  4. 20 Linux apps you can’t live without
  5. 21 of the Best Free Linux Productivity Tools
  6. Top 40 open source content management systems (CMS)
  7. 5 Best HTML Editors for Linux
  8. 10 Beautiful Themes for Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex
  9. Playdeb – The Gaming Repository for Ubuntu
  10. Best GNU/Linux Desktops of 2008
  11. How to Setup a LAMP Server on Ubuntu – Locally run and test WordPress on LAMP Server
  12. Tweak Your Ubuntu The Easy Way
  13. 5 Best Free and Open-source Real-time Strategy Games for Linux
  14. Installing Games On Ubuntu With Playdeb
  15. Managing wireless connections seamlessly with wicd
  16. Live.Linux-Gamers.Net
  17. Top 20 Linux websites
  18. How I Became A Happy Ubuntu User
  19. Installing Joomla 1.5.6 On A Lighttpd Web Server (Debian Etch)
  20. Installing Drupal 6.4 On A Lighttpd Web Server (Debian Etch)
  21. Save time at the command line with shell aliases and functions
  22. 5 Cool Apps to Make the Linux Terminal More Productive
  23. My New Best Friend: Unetbootin
  24. 5 best-practices of a successful Linux user
  25. 5 Great iTunes Replacements for Managing iPod in Linux
  26. Getting the Ugly out of Ubuntu
  27. 8 hacks to make Firefox ridiculously fast
  28. 9 tips for Ubuntu notebook users
  29. Installing Linux apps: A few good tips
  30. The 14 best Linux distros
  31. How to make Ubuntu extremely fast
  32. Firefox 3: 8 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do
  33. The PC in a Console: Linux on the Sony PS3
  34. How Do Companies Make Money with Linux?
  35. Java Sound & Music Software for Linux, Part 1
  36. Java Sound & Music Software for Linux, Part 2
  37. Java Sound & Music Software for Linux, Part 3

Articles Collection of Aug’08

These are the collection of useful articles about Linux/Open source, that I collected in August 2008:

  1. InfoWorld announces our 2008 Best of Open Source Awards
  2. 7 Best Linux Distributions for Multimedia Enthusiasts
  3. The Lazy Guide to Installing Knoppix on a USB Key
  4. 28 Coolest Firefox About:Config Tricks
  5. Integrating Linux into the SME
  6. 10 things you didn’t know you could do in Ubuntu
  7. Top 5 Linux Migration Tips For Small Offices
  8. 10 “Really Cool” Icon Sets for Ubuntu/GNOME Desktop