VLC 1.1.5 is the latest and fifth bugfix release of the VLC 1.1.x branch. Latest VLC comes with a number of important bug fixes and other security related improvements. Here is how you install latest VLC 1.1.5 in Ubuntu Maverick, Lucid using PPA.


JDownloader is a simple cross platform download manager which probably is also one among the most popular download manager for Linux platform. JDownloader is Open Source and written entirely in Java.

JDownloader
Instructables is the first of its kind Open Source restaurant in the world, perhaps the only one to exist on planet Earth. There are no secret recipes at Instructables restaurant, everything is Open Source. You can simply log on to instructables.com and download your favorite recipes at no extra cost.

Instructables Open Source Restaurant
If you are in search for Open Source applications for your mobile platform, we have produced one of the best collection of Open Source Android applications already and now its iPhone's turn of affairs. Here is a useful collection of 10 Open Source iPhone applications.

Last.fm for iPhone - Bring the Goodness of Last.fm to your iPhone

Last.fm iPhone App
This is seriously impressive. A video that looks so very realistic is supposedly done completely using various CGI techniques. Don't miss this super-realistic computer-generated video.
This might not be a news at all for most among you, but I was totally surprised when I first came to know about Nero Linux 4, a Linux version of Nero CD burning tool.

Nero Linux 4 Ubuntu
Opera does it again. Latest Opera 11 beta comes with a new impressive feature called Tab Stacking which is in many ways similar to Tab Candy in Firefox 4.0, but a lot more practical approach to the same problem.

opera 11 beta tab stacking
Diaspora is a "an open source personal web service that will put individuals in control of their data." The project was initiated by 4 New York University students around 6 months ago when Facebook privacy related fears were at its peak. And finally they have reached a stage where they will be starting to send out private alpha invites for Diaspora.

GIMP needs no introduction. GIMP is the Open Source answer for Adobe Photoshop, well, almost. We had already featured brilliant wallpapers made using Inkscape and now things are taking a 'GIMP' turn. Here is a nice and simple collection of wallpapers made using GIMP.

The next major Ubuntu release cycle is slowly coming alive. Ubuntu 11.04 codenamed Natty Narwhal is going to feature some of Ubuntu's most significant changes ever. All in all, Ubuntu 11.04 is going to be *the* most important release ever as far as Canonical is concerned. Now, lets see what makes this upcoming Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal release special.

Ubuntu Wallpaper
If you haven't used Screenlets in your Ubuntu yet, it is an excellent application to experiment with. And hundreds of useful third party user contributed screenlets are available for free. Here is a quick review of some of the best user contributed screenlets available for Ubuntu GNOME.

Ubuntu Software Center is getting updates almost everyday. The latest one brings in more paid applications into Ubuntu Software Center. And it's good to see Canonical slowly waking up to one of its most important revenue making opportunity.


YouTube video freezes whenever I try it to play the video in full screen in my Ubuntu Maverick. It has been like that for a long time now and we have a solution finally.

Beloved Faenza icon theme undergoes a major upgrade. Lots of new icons are included and improved Firefox and Google Chrome icons are absolutely beautiful IMO.


After Nokia's decision to go it alone with MeeGo, more good news is coming in for MeeGo open source mobile phone OS project. During the MeeGo Conference 2010, AMD made an important decision to join Linux Foundation's MeeGo open source Linux project and thereby provide the much needed engineering expertise the project needs to establish the technical foundations for next-generation mobile platforms and embedded devices.

Yesterday, we brought to you one among the most amazing collection of themes for Ubuntu through our 7 brilliant GTK themes for Ubuntu/GNOME post. Now it's time for some really cool icon sets for your Ubuntu/GNOME. Read on.

Faenza icon theme
Stephen Elop's first major decision as Nokia's new chief executive was to continue with its go-it-alone strategy and use its own MeeGo and Symbian operating systems instead of adopting Google's Android. This decision to stick with MeeGo and Symbian(for midrange smartphones) could prove to be the most important decisions Nokia has ever made.

According to Gartner, Android is all set to become one among the most preferred mobile phone OS out there and burgeoning Android Market is a sign of things to come. Already some 100,000 apps and growing. But how many of these applications are open source after all? There are no reliable statistics. Here is a quick list of 12 useful and open source android applications you might be interested in.

Android Wallpaper
One of the most common queries I get from our readers is regarding the availability of quality themes in Ubuntu. As you all know there are plenty of themes out there and the difficult thing is to choose good from bad. So here is our collection of 6 brilliant GNOME GTK themes you should definitely give a try in your Ubuntu.

Divergence IV - A New Hope GTK Theme
Brukkon becomes the second software to be included into Ubuntu Software Center section for paid softwares. Ubuntu Software Center is the application that got maximum attention perhaps during last two release cycles and things are getting better everyday.

Brukkon Puzzle Game
If you have ever wished for a much more faster software downloads in Ubuntu, well, apt-fast could possibly make your wishes come true. Apt-fast is a simple bash script that accelerates apt-get download speeds coinsiderably.

We have already seen top Google Chrome extensions to secure your web browsing, now lets talk about Firefox add-ons a bit. Many of the Google Chrome extensions we featured are originally inspired by Firefox's top notch add-ons. So without much delay, lets start making Firefox a much more secure one.

I am not going to comment anything about this video. If you consider yourself as a geek and love open source and Linux, you are going to love Java4Ever movie trailer. Enjoy!

Mozilla Labs has always been a really interesting place to explore. They created ripples across the web by showcasing brilliant Seabird Mozilla Concept Phone a month ago. Now here is another quite useful Firefox extension to share links fast and neat by Mozilla Labs.


We have seen other elementary based works before like Nautilus Elementary and the Elementary 2.0 GTK theme itself, but the elementary version of Firefox here quite stand apart. The latest update brings in a name change as well. From now on, it will be called as 'eFirefox'.

Macbuntu is a nice little script that can completely transform your Ubuntu and make it look like Mac OSX. There were other projects like Mac4Lin with similar goals before, but Macbuntu is way better performer in mimicking Mac OSX look and feel.


It seems Blender open movies have inspired quite a number of people. Chamba Swathanthra Cinema is an open movie project by a bunch of free software enthusiasts from Kerala, India. Chamba Swathanthra Cinema is probably first of its kind open movie project ever initiated by anyone other than Blender foundation.

Chamba Swathanthra Cinema

Elegant Gnome Theme Pack needs no introduction. Like many of you, it is one of my most favorite themes along with Equinox in Ubuntu Maverick. Latest update brings in a lot more finesse to the already beautiful Elegant Gnome theme.


Urban Terror is an open source first person shooter(FPS) game powered by the ioquake3 engine which originally started out as a Quake 3 mod. In a recent blog post, developers of the game have made it clear that, future releases of Urban Terror will no longer be distributed as an open source GPL game.


We have featured a number of wallpaper collections here before which includes the likes of beautiful Ubuntu Maverick wallpapers, awesome Android desktop wallpapers etc. Now, here is a bunch of Linux/Ubuntu wallpaper packs among others you might like.

VirtualBox is a proprietary virtualization software package currently being developed by Oracle Corporation. Using VirtualBox, you will be able to install additional guest operating systems, each known as a Guest OS, each with its own virtual environment.


DeadBeef is probably the simplest and the most lightweight music player I have ever used in my Ubuntu. If you are someone who loves to keep it simple and useful at the same time, DeadBeef is one music player you definitely don't want to miss.

Dead Beef Music Player Ubuntu

I was looking for something like this for so long. Using this incredible script, you can easily install some of the finest Compiz plugins in Ubuntu which are not available by default since they are dubbed "experimental". This is one script you should not give a miss at any cost.

Compiz Experimental Plugins
X Windows System(commonly known as X or X11) has been part of Linux for so long that everyone seems to have forgotten if there even existed any alternatives at all. Well, Canonical founder Mark Shuttlework recently reminded us all that there are indeed alternatives to X and they are planning to move Ubuntu from X towards one such alternative called Wayland with the future firmly in mind. Ubuntu's most significant change is less significant compared to this.
Android is growing by leaps and bounds. In line with the predictions by Gartner Research a month ago, Android now is the fastest growing smartphone mobile OS in US(and the world) and sales of Android phones led Apple iOS, RIM's BlackBerry and others in the US for the third quarter. Android OS was installed in 44 percent of all smartphones purchased in Q3, an increase of 11 percentage points since Q2.

Android Smartphone
Nautilus-GDoc is a nice little Nautilus script that will help you integrate Nautilus with Google Docs. A new 'send to GDoc' option will be available in your Nautilus right click menu.


If Equinox and Elegant GNOME were not good enough themes for you, may be it's time for something new like 'A New Start' GTK theme. It is a little too bright for my taste but still worth mentioning. Check it out.


If you didn't even knew about Nautilus extensions before, you might want to check out our collection of 6 useful Nautilus extensions and scripts first. Nautilus Flickr Uploader is a nice and simple application that will allow you to easily upload pictures directly from Nautilus into Flickr.

A lot of you hate any kind of branding in wallpapers and hence will love the default wallpaper collection for Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. But some of us including me won't mind a bit of branding in wallpapers especially if the branding is all about Ubuntu and Linux. Try this simple, elegant collection of Ubuntu wallpapers.

OpenQbo is a Linux distro for robots based on Ubuntu which exclusively includes software and applications directed towards robotics. The goal is to create a Ubuntu based distro which can be used in many current and future robotic platforms. Creators of the distro also hopes to accelerate development of robotics itself in the process.


Nautilus Elementary in Ubuntu Maverick, A Quick Review
Nautilus Elementary is probably the best thing happened to Gnome's very own file browser in a long time. I gave it a go in the just released Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" and I was quite taken aback by the amount of improvements with the new Nautilus Elementary.

nautilus elementary ppa ubuntu maverick
Microsoft's Don Syme has announced the release of the F# compiler source code as a code drop under Apache 2.0 license.


Even though a bit late, Mozilla is making steady progress with the mobile phone version of its popular web browser, Firefox. The latest Firefox 4 beta for mobile brings in a lot of speed enhancements and it is much lighter as well.

1K JavaScript madness(JS1k) had a simple goal, to challenge programmers and make them create fancy demos written in JavaScript that are 1k or less in size. Yeah thats right, just 1024 bytes to play with. If you are wondering if that is even possible, let me inform you that the contest is already over and 10 awesome JavaScript demos are shortlisted.

We have detailed the steps for installing Google Earth in Ubuntu already. One of the issues that popped up recently is the frequent crashing of Google Earth when you try to launch the app after installation in Ubuntu Maverick, Lucid. There is an easy fix for this.

World's biggest mobile phone enterprise, China Mobile, is all set to join Linux Foundation as a Gold Member. China Mobile now becomes the 10th Linux Foundation Gold Member which also includes the likes of Google, Motorola and HP.

You read it right, 3D technology is coming to your smartphones too. Sharp is all set to launch two glasses free 3D enabled handsets in Japan and what makes the deal even sweeter is the fact that, both these handsets will be powered by Linux based Android operating system.

Though Transmission is good, Deluge has always been my favorite bit torrent client in Ubuntu. It is nice and simple to use and feature packed as well. Deluge hit version 1.3.1 few days ago. Here is what you need to do install latest Deluge in Ubuntu.


Alarm Clock is a simple reminder application which works exactly how you expect it to. Alarm Clock recently hit version 1.4.3. It is a very useful application especially if you are one of those who have this habit of regularly forgetting birthdays and other important events of your near and dear ones(yeah, me too).


Russia will earmark $4.9 million to build a new operating system based entirely on Linux to reduce its dependence on Windows based solutions. The new OS will be deployed across government departments.

Ubuntu Developer Summit(UDS) is finally over and one of the major decisions taken was the adoption of Unity for both desktop and netbook interfaces of Ubuntu for the future. Default applications for next major Ubuntu release has also been chosen.