- Linux Today: Favorite Linux Shortcuts. Carla Schroder knows that one of the best tools in a computer’s toolbox are keyboard shortcuts, those simple little key combinations that get things done without having to reach for the rodent. She shares some of the handiest GNOME and KDE shortcuts that you may want to get into your memory bank, as well as fussing at a desktop environment who makes things harder for their users to find.
- New York Times: A Software Populist Who Doesn’t Do Windows. A delightful article about Mark Shuttleworth, complete with some damned nice ink for Ubuntu and open source software in general. Despite what you may think form the article’s title, it’s not a Microsoft bashing piece. Although not everyone loves the article.
- MakeUseOf.com: How To Add Custom Functionality To Nautilus. I’ve got several Nautilus scripts that I really don’t want to use the default Ubuntu file manager without, like terminal here, root-mautilus-here and Open with gedit (as root) (from Google’s cache since the forums seem down at the mo, although I got it from Automatix a while back), but maco let me know about an article that shows you how to add things to Nautilus-Actions which will let you personalize your system even more. Thanks, maco!
- gnome-do group: New GNOME Do Website! Ok, it’s not an article, but if you’ve ever used GNOME Do you should check out their new site. And if you like Do now just wait until you see what they have in store for version 0.8, like a total of four UI themes and their new freeze protection feature. Check it out now with the new alpha release.
- Thomas Thurman: Themers. If you create themes for Metacity Thomas would love to hear from you.
- Calum: Different day, same Places. Have you ever noticed how different the Places menu can be depending on where you see it? Calum has, and he’s got a diagram of some of the differences. But he doesn’t just kvetch about it, he suggests a way to make it better. And A. Walton wants your feedback on a mockup.
- Jono Bacon: Winning Formula. The guys and gals over at the Ubuntu Forums (which is oddly borked for the time being, but I think I saw something about a software update coming today) have gotten an award from Linux Format magazine for being the Best Support Resource, beating even a certain search company from Mountain View. And awards also went to Ubuntu, Canonical and the KDE team. Check out Jono’s post to see what the awards are. Way to go, y’all!
- Matthew Helmke: Ubuntu 8.10 magazine. Matthew has written and co-written several articles in the new issue of Linux Identity magazine, including the editorial in the front of the issue. Matthew writes some very good posts for his blog so if you can get the new Linux Identity I think it will be worth your money, partly because of the two free DVDs that come with it and for a tool for introducing Ubuntu to folks you know.
- Desktop Linux: Bluefish top Linux HTML editor. As someone who used Dreamweaver as a Windows XP user I was let down by the poor state of affairs when it came to web design software for GNU/Linux a year or so ago. It’s definitely gotten better, and Desktop Linux held a shoot-out between seven text editing software packages for folks who don’t use Windows or OSX.
- Steven Harms: Dirty little secret. A very short post, but with an important message for people who feel they have to dump on Linux users. I had to share the article because I love the way he’s responding to them.
- Jun Auza: 7 Great Free/Open-source Platform Games for Linux. Not every game that people enjoy spending time with are MMOPRG’s, and Jun gives some very nice platform-type games that run natively on GNU/Linux. Don’t read the article, though, if you don’t have time to spend on something that has little productive value other than to relax.
- Sayak Banerjee: 5… 4… 3… 2… 1… Ubuntu Brainstorm now runs on Ideatorrent software! Big thanks to nand and Ng for putting in the hard work getting it ready for the masses.
Before I publish this I wanted to let everyone know that the problem with Nautilus needing to be refreshed when you use multiple tabs has been fixed (thank you Alberto Milone!), and Christoph Korn has packages with the fix in his PPA that you can use.
For those of you in the grater Boston area get ready to bundle up with extra layers in a few days. And for those of you who live in warmer climes, please don’t rub it in too much, ‘kay? Thx.