Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal Tutorial Video

The tutorial video is largely aimed for those who are new to Ubuntu. It covers topic ranging from:

  • Installation (Dual boot & Slideshow)
  • Pre-Installed Software (LibreOffice 3.3, Firefox 4, Banshee Media Player, Ubuntu One, Software Centre, Puzzle Games, and a 3D shooter)
  • Desktop & Unity Features (inc Compiz)
  • Installing Software (few apps to try)
  • Conclusion

The video is easy to follow and comprehensive. Moreover, its Youtube page contains Chapter Timing bookmarks, which enables user to skip to appropriate chapter without going through the video serially.

Microsoft Windows XP on vanilla AMD decTOP (Geode) – wished Linux GUI is this light

This is a continuation from my post of running Android on my AMD decTOP machine.

Of all Linux distribution that I tried, I found out that only Puppy Linux offered a usable GUI desktop environment on a plain vanilla AMD decTOP out of the box, but that is not without some effort on the installer side.

On the other hand, it is very easy to get Windows XP running on a plain vanilla AMD decTOP, without additional hardware upgrades. Here is my prove.

It seems Windows XP is more tolerant to low end desktops (or in this case, decTOP) than Linux operating system for fully GUI environment. Are we getting bloated?

AMD decTOP specs
Processor: AMD Geode GX 500, 366 MHz clock rate

Microsoft Fear-Uncertainty-Doubt (FUD) video attacks on OpenOffice.org

To tell you the truth, I’m kind of agree with some points in this video even before it was published.

There are stories of organizations, school computer labs or home users that switch back to Microsoft Office after they have use OpenOffice.org. There is even a local (Malaysian) joke that poke fun at the amount of training and costs required to educate staffs to use OpenOffice.org which eventually exceeds the cost Microsoft Office Suite.

We have used a lot of open source software, libraries and components in our daily lives without realizing, In case of OpenOffice.org, I think the problem is just the process and familiarity with application. Microsoft has spend a lot of money to ensure every schools, university, computer labs used its products to educate our younger and future generations that eventually would be accustom to Microsoft branded products. It is a great business strategy, but the question is, who would benefit the most from this scheme?

Ubuntu Tutorial Video from Screencast.Ubuntu.com

Reading through dozens of paragraphs, just to learn the basics of Ubuntu can be tedious, especially for those who don’t have much time on their hands to figure out about Ubuntu software repositories system. The good news is, they no longer have to read through articles full of vague descriptions anymore, instead they can get visual tutorial from Ubuntu Screencasts website!

The video listed on the website covers popular topics that would be asked by Ubuntu newcomers and is very easy to follow as it has narration. The videos are also available in high quality downloads (1280×720 resolutions) in several common media formats (flv, ogg, mp4).

The site is also updated weekly, and is one of Ubuntu sites that you shall not miss – Ubuntu Screencasts