July 25, 2006

Connecting to IRC in Ubuntu

Just a quick demo showing how to connect to IRC in Ubuntu. Click here for a high quality full screen version, which is 9.5MB, or watch the streaming YouTube video.

After you have watched it come join us on IRC.

Posted by The Technician at 05:45 PM

May 01, 2006

The Linux Filesystem Explained

Chess Griffin produces a really good podcast called LinuxReality and in Episode #11 he explained about the filesystem in Linux. To help me understand the filesystem I followed though the explaination on my Ubuntu laptop. I decided it would be good to convert the podcast into a screencast to help other new users like myself.

The screencast is now up on YouTube.com in two parts or a higher quality video can be downloaded directly here. I had to produce the video in Windows and hope everyone can play the .WMV file in what ever OS they are using.

Part One

Part Two

Posted by The Technician at 08:35 PM | Comments (1)

February 23, 2006

Kent Linux User Group

On Saturday the Kent Linux User group is holding a meeting in Rochester, Kent, and I will be attending. This will be the first 'user group' meeting I have ever attended and I am hoping to learn a lot from the other members and look forward to talking to like minded people. It was only by chance, from a impulse google search, that I found out about the meeting.

Recently I have been spending a lot of time using Fedora Core 4, which I am enjoying using more and more, but there is so much I do not know about Linux and hope the members of the Kent LUG can help me with some of my questions.

Posted by The Technician at 09:43 PM | Comments (0)

January 28, 2006

Creating a shortcut for a terminal application

After watching www.almostageek.com I was able to install the Xine Media Player on my Fedora Core 4 computer. Xine is a great application and now I can use my Linux box even more as I can watch videos on it, but the problem with Xine is you have to start it from terminal. So while playing around and learning more about Linux I discovered how to create a shortcut that allowed me to run Xine with just a simple mouse click and save me from going through terminal.

Even though this is probably the simplest thing to do for an experience Linux user, for me a complete novice it was a great achievement. I have already shared how I did it with another new Linux user and created a show video to help other new Linux users too.

Creating a Shortcut in Fedora Core (9.2Mb - Windows Media Video)

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July 08, 2005

Networking Windows to Fedora Core Linux

Making the move to Linux is a lot easier if I can still get access to all the gigabytes of files on my Windows machine. Luckily SAMBA makes accessing Windows shares from Linux easier and Reallylinux.com have a good 'Basic Networking - Windows to Linux Fedora' guide.

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July 05, 2005

More tools for Linux - DVD to Divx

In my quest to use Linux more as a daily OS I have been looking for tips, tricks and things I can do with it and was happy to find this good guide showing how to backup your DVD's to Divx. PCQuest : Linux : Rip DVDs to DivX on Linux�

Also Issue 4 of TUX magazine is out with more information for new Linux users.

Posted by The Technician at 08:22 PM | Comments (0)

May 11, 2005

Switch to Linux and learning to use a new OS

At work I have been experimenting with Fedora Core 3 and also have just installed Linspire within a Virtual PC. Learning a completely new operating system can be very exciting and also completely annoying. Users get very used to the ‘windows’ way and even with lots of Linux information available on the internet it is not always easy making the switch. Two great resources are TUX | The First and Only Magazine for the New Linux User and also UseLinuxAtHome.com as they are specifically written for new users and help make the transition easier. The Tux magazine is interesting as it is a traditional style print magazine distributed in a new medium, that being the .PDF format. It is formatted well for reading on your screen or can be printed if preferred.

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April 23, 2005

Another free Linspire coupon code

Digg.com again has a post about a coupon code that will allow you to download Linspire the Linux OS for free. This time the code allows you to get the new Version 5.0. FREE linspire 5.0 (five-0). Also here is a link to a Linspire Commercial that I heard about in the Linspire Newsletter.

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February 13, 2005

Try Linspire for free with code.

Another great story from Digg.com that tells you how to get a free copy of Linspire 4.5 with a coupon code. Linspire have been pushing Linux to regular consumers for a while with a version that is supposed to be easier for Windows users to convert to. Now you can try it out for free.

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