Bush and Intrepid: Happy Veteran’s Day

Before reading the article, I thought for a second Bush had embraced Intrepid Ibex or saluted veterans starting using Ubuntu’s latest Intrepid Ibex.

No, actually he paid tributes to the American soldiers at the rededication ceremony of the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. I salute these brave soldiers who are serving America in different parts of the world and join others in praying for their safe and quick return.

Happy Veteran’s Day. Particularly to my good friend Don Martin and the other veterans who frequent my blog.

Read more here.

Installing Ubuntu Linux on Sony PSP

I installed Ubuntu 7.10 version 1.0 on my Sony PSP an hour ago. It was easy and my PSP runs firmware 3.95 GEN 2. If you have official Sony firmware on your PSP, it won’t be of any use.

Here’s a screenshot of Ubuntu on my PSP. And its not a genuine ported Ubuntu, its just a shell application emulating Ubuntu.
Ubuntu 7.10 on your PSP

psp ubuntu loading

Read my tutorial if you want to install Ubuntu on your PSP.

$200 Ubuntu Linux PC in stores

Wal-Mart is selling the first mass-produced $200 desktop PC running Ubuntu Linux. This PC comes with a 1.5 Ghz VIA C7 CPU embedded in a Mini-ITX motherboard, 512MB of RAM and an 80GB hard drive and is nicknamed gPC. It has a DVD burner and runs the Enlightenment desktop.

Here’s what the gPC looks like:

gPC

Here’s a screenshot of the Enlightment desktop on the gPC:

gPC desktop

According to the article,

By using the fast Enlightenment desktop manager (instead of heavier-duty alternatives like Gnome or KDE), the makers say it’s more responsive than Vista is, even on more powerful computers.

Its available in 650 Wal-Mart stores around the US. Read more here.

Update: Apparently, Wal-Mart encased this actually small sized motherboard in a large box because it was targeted for the really average users who believe size matters! Thanks to David Douthitt for pointing out this part.

Installing Beryl on Xubuntu

I installed Beryl today on my 64-bit Xubuntu. I have a Compaq Presario R3370 notebook with AMD64 and nVidia 440 graphics card. The install was very straightforward and I found most of my information here and here.

Note – this works only on nVidia graphics cards and XFCE.

Here is what I did to get Beryl on my newly installed Xubuntu Edgy Eft.

1. Add the Beryl repository in /etc/apt/sources.list

Append this line to sources.list:

deb http://ubuntu.beryl-project.org/ edgy main

Run this command from the console

wget http://ubuntu.beryl-project.org/root@lupine.me.uk.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add –

2. Update and upgrade

apt-get update

apt-get upgrade

3. Install the packages

sudo apt-get install xserver-xgl libgl1-mesa xserver-xorg libglitz-glx1 beryl emerald emerald-themes

Beryl is now installed.

4. To configure Beryl to startup, create the file /usr/bin/startxgl.sh

sudo emacs /usr/bin/startxgl.sh

Add these lines:

#!/bin/sh
# Start up Xgl and Xfce
# Run Xgl server on :1, on top of normal X
Xgl :1 -fullscreen -ac -accel xv -accel glx:pbuffer &
# Tell subsequent X programs to access the Xgl server at :1
DISPLAY=:1
# Start Beryl
beryl-manager
# Start Xfce
exec xfce4-session

5. Give execute permission to xgl.sh

sudo chmod 755 /usr/bin/startxgl.sh

6. To add a menu item in the login screen, create the file /usr/share/xsessions/xgl.desktop

sudo emacs /usr/share/xsessions/xgl.desktop

Add these lines:

[Desktop Entry]
Encoding=UTF-8
Name=Beryl
Exec=/usr/bin/startxgl.sh
Icon=
Type=Application

When you login to XFCE, you can select Beryl by clicking on Sessions.

Here are a couple of screenshots of Beryl I took earlier.

Beryl (ALT+TAB)

Beryl (Tooltip)

I will update this page when I get screenshots of the Beryl Cube effect.

Ubuntu Linux Christian Edition

I just found that Ubuntu has a Christian Edition that is geared for Christian Linux users. It includes Christian software including GnomeSword, a Bible study program, Daily Bible Verse feature, Bibles, Dictionaries and Dansguardian, a parental controls software. This Ubuntu Christian Edition runs Gnome as its default desktop.

If you want to support them financially, they have some nice t-shirts, caps, dolls, buttons and other merchandise on sale.

christian ubuntu

Read more about Ubuntu Christian Edition here.