As you guys should already know, Numb3rs is an American television drama, which premiered on CBS some years ago. Watch this Numb3rs' episode where the crew discuss in detail about IRC. Quite interesting.

The only IRC client I ever used was XChat. I decided to try something different and Irssi client was a great find. Irssi is a terminal based IRC client for Unix systems and is probably the best I have used till now. [Numb3rs' Description of IRC - Video]

We have seen already how to install latest version of empathy IM in Ubuntu, now lets do some customizations with its look and feel.

Dark Chat
empathy theme
For Amarok 1.4 lovers, there is more good news. Gereqi is yet another Amarok 1.4 fork, which is still in its early stages of development. And it is already looking good.


Mark Shuttleworth said, “Moving everything to the left opens up the space on the right nicely, and I would like to experiment in 10.10 with some innovative options there.” So if you guys are wondering what did he even meant by that, you have take a look at this.

Though still in its initial stages of development, Tab Candy is an interesting new Firefox 4.0 feature, which has every potential to get adopted by every single browser out there. Like for example, the tabs itself were invented by Opera, and now it's a default and a must have feature in web browsers.

Tab Candy

Neil Patel is the Technical lead for Ubuntu Netbook Edition and Unity at Canonical Ltd. With the current drawbacks with Gwibber's UI in mind, Neil have created some really good looking Gwibber UI mockups.

This is probably the best and the only Ubuntu Ad I have ever seen. And the video looks absolutely professional. Take a look.
VLC 1.1.1 is released. And as ever, C-Korn has updated his VLC PPA to include the latest release of VLC. This is primarily a bug fix release.

Canola is a open source media center application which was primarily built for smart phones and netbook devices. To be frank, I had never heard about Canola before and so I decided to give Canola Media Center a spin in my laptop powered by Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.

Banshee 1.7.3 is released without much fanfare, but with a lot of improvements. The new Banshee adds Amazon MP3 Store support and also does Miro Podcast directory integration which allows users to discover, stream, and subscribe to podcasts in a way never before possible in Banshee.

Morevna is an open source anime project made using open source tools like Synfig, Blender, GIMP and Krita. Unlike Project London Movie, Morevna is not only created using free and open source tools, but Morevna anime will also be released and distributed as free content. This project definitely deserves a lot of appreciation.

GSmartControl is a really useful Linux app to check the health of your hard disk drive. GSmartControl is basically a graphical user interface for smartctl, which is a tool for querying and controlling SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) data on modern hard disk drives. Only ATA drives including both PATA and SATA are supported for now.

Now, the default Dragon Media Player of KDE have a serious competition in Bangarang. Dragon player is simple yet totally functional, which I think are the most basic trait to became the default in any desktop environment. On the other hand Bangarang is new, it's good and it is rapidly improving.

Project London movie is the triumph of community spirit, togetherness or whatever you call it over money. A team of online volunteers using free software, created the movie, Project London, with as many as 650 VFX shots! Isn't that awesome?

How many times have you mistyped sl instead of ls? plenty huh? Here is a small program that will add a little fun to your oft misspelled sl.

Firefox 4.0 beta 2 pre is now available in silverwave PPA and it is devoid of any kind of errors, which is unfortunately the case with ubuntu-mozilla-daily PPA currently. Silverwave PPA will give you only monthly updates and so instead of getting swamped by daily updates, you will get the latest Firefox 4.0 releases every month.

Most of you probably haven't heard about Clementine before. But every linux music enthusiast must be aware of Amarok 1.4, which for many like me, was the best open source music player for Linux. Even though it was KDE app, I used it as my default music player in Ubuntu Gnome. It was that good. But everything changed once KDE developers decided to rewrite Amarok.

A quick collection of my favorite RSS feed reader applications for Ubuntu desktop. Even though it is totally out of place in my Gnome desktop, Akregator is my favorite among the lot. But after exploring a bit further, I found feed readers like Yarssr really good and easy to use. So here is my list of favorite 4 feed reader applications for Ubuntu.

Pr09studio needs no introduction. We have already featured some of the works of Pr09studio in length in our previous post showcasing 16 Beautiful Linux Wallpapers From Pr09studio. Now, they have produced one of the best Ubuntu wallpaper collection I have ever seen.
Update: They have included 2 more Ubuntu wallpapers, and now the total number goes to 8. 

OpenShot Video Editor recently introduced stunning new 3D animated titles effect. Now, they have added a new blender template as well. The OpenShot developers claim those templates to be highly flexible and good looking. They have a video showcasing the 3D animated titles effect and the new blender template. As the developer puts it, "As you watch this video, I want you to think about the following question. Can your favorite video editor do this?"
If you like mplayer, you will love SMPlayer and Gnome-Mplayer. Both SMplayer and Gnome-Mplayer are really good MPlayer front-ends and they do work great. SMplayer has long been my favorite multimedia player in Ubuntu and we have even featured SMplayer among the most wanted multimedia apps for Ubuntu.
For non gamers(like me), Quake is a first person shooter game and design inspiration for Guake Terminal Emulator came from consoles in computer games such as Quake which slide down from the top of the screen when a key is pressed, and slide back up when the key is pressed again. Guake is originally inspired from KDE's Yakuake.


Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator and CorelDraw, using Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. This wallpaper collection is a pictorial illustration on what Inkscape can do in terms of creating art that stands out.

Pinta is a drawing/editing program modeled after Paint.NET. Pinta is pitched as a simplified alternative to GIMP for casual users. It is still undergoing rapid development and latest Pinta 0.4 was released a few days ago with a number of major improvements and bug fixes.

KDE Software Compilation 4.5 Release Candidate 2 (KDE SC 4.5 RC2) is released. The final version of the KDE SC release will be available by August 2010. This latest KDE release will introduce "improvements across the board in terms of innovative new features, greater ease of use, accessibility, good looks, better networking and further internationalization", according to the KDE team.

OpenShot video editor introduced the much awaited 3D Animated Title effect! Though open source applications like Blender already have this feature, it is practically impossible for a normal user to learn the nitty gritties of a professional software like Blender. And unlike Blender, OpenShot is meant for normal users than professionals and so this new feature addition is a huge leap from a normal user point of view. Watch this video demonstration of Animated Title Editor in OpenShot.
Meet Shotwell - The F-Spot Replacement For Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat"
Finally! The much discussed about F-Spot vs Shotwell battle is over. The new default image organizer app for Ubuntu Maverick 10.10 is going to be Shotwell. This is a much needed change and F-Spot was simply not enough. Most of the times when I tried F-Spot, it just keeps crashing on me. Shotwell on a other hand feels a lot more solid and is better integrated with GNOME desktop. Shotwell is also completely devoid of Mono.

Buzzbird is a Firefox based twitter client for Linux. And like Firefox, Buzzbird too, just works. Buzzbird is fast, have all the basic functionalities and it almost never crashes.

Qmmp is a simple, fast and versatile Winamp or XMMS like music player for Linux. It is written primarily with the help of Qt library. Qmmp supports almost all kinds of music formats out there and it is down to earth simple to use and configure.

Conky is an extremely lightweight system monitor application for Linux. Conky can be extensively modified and we have already featured some of the best Conky customizations in our previous post showcasing awesome Linux desktop customizations.

Conky Ubuntu Lucid Theme
Ailurus is cross-Linux-distribution GPL software, which aims at making Linux easier to use for beginners. Rather than a Ubuntu Tweak alternative, Ailurus is the kind of app you can use along Ubuntu Tweak. Ailurus is available for Ubuntu, Fedora and Mint while Ubuntu Tweak is a dedicated Ubuntu only application.

Ubuntu Satanic edition brings together the best of free software and free metal music. This is especially awesome if you are an avid dark theme fan boy. Moreover the latest Ubuntu Satanic edition brings in a brand new icon theme and some stunning wallpapers as well. There is a complete distro called Ubuntu Satanic Edition, but here we will concentrate on installing Ubuntu Satanic themes and other eyecandy in your native Ubuntu machine.

I am a webkit fan and Chromium and Google Chrome are among my most favorite browsers. But since they both are actually the same in more ways than one, I decided to give a shot at a 'different' webkit based browser called Midori.

Pr09studio guys have also been actively contributing for bisigi themes project and they really do have some stunning wallpapers to showcase. Here, I have deliberately tried to avoid wallpapers with branding for most part, but some wallpapers with branding are worth mentioning. So here it goes, 16 beautiful Linux wallpapers for desktop.