This awesome video screencast of Ubuntu Unity interface in the latest developmental release of Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal was made by Jono Bacon, Ubuntu community manager.

Ubuntu Unity Video
Shotwell 0.8.0 was released recently with a lot of new features and other improvements. Latest Shotwell digital photo organizer has extensive support for all major formats of videos which even include the support for importing of videos from your camera. 

Hope you all remember Orta GTK theme, one of the best themes I have ever used in Ubuntu. Atolm is another impressive theme by the same artists who gave us brilliant Orta theme. Atolm is especially suited for those who like dark themes more.

One of the first constraints new Linux users face is the dilemma regarding the memory usage by Linux. It is not really what you think it is. "Linux is borrowing unused memory for disk caching. This makes it looks like you are low on memory, but you are not! Everything is fine!"

2010 was a momentous year as far as our small little blog is concerned. Well, the most important part is, 2010 marked the beginning of Tech Drive-in, 2010 Feb 17 to be precise. Yeah thats right, we are not even an year old! And we already have a really good readership base and fan following which was beyond our wildest expectations. A special thanks to all our dear readers for that. Now lets take a peek into the top 13 Tech Drive-in articles that really made the difference.
Pinguy OS - not many must have heard about it. Pinguy OS is basically a heavily modified Ubuntu with an emphasis on the out-of-the-box functionality of the OS and more importantly on the look-good factor. And I got to tell you folks, on every count, my experience with Pinguy OS was well above average.

I am not a big fan of rap music, but I had to feature this episode of RapNews video here. It is RapNews episode 6 - "Wikileaks' Cablegate: the truth is out there". It is definitely worth watching(mildly NSFW content warning).

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We have already featured a post dedicated to things you should do after installing Ubuntu, now lets take a look at the applications/softwares to install after installing Ubuntu. Please bear in mind that this is a post meant for newbie Ubuntu users primarily. Top 18 applications to install after installing Ubuntu.

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Who doesn't like some eyecandy for their desktops, definitely not me. Compiz has enthralled Ubuntu users for years now. When GNOME officially ditched Compiz for Mutter for its next version, Ubuntu decided to stick with Compiz for its Unity Shell. Compiz is actively being developed now and we can expect a lot of surprises for next major Ubuntu release, Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal". Here is a collection of Compiz experimental plugins that does not come with the default package and which is definitely going to blow you away.

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Bitcoin is an open source peer-to-peer digital currency project. Peer-to-peer (P2P) in this context means that there is no central authority to issue new money or keep track of transactions. Instead, these tasks are managed collectively by the nodes of the network. This is one important open source project that holds a lot promises for the future.

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They are doing it again! Last time, Humble Indie Bundle created a small revolution of sorts by quite literally giving away their awesome games to everyone and asking users to pay-what-they-want for the games. No, this is not Utopia. This is for real. And they are making a lot of money for "giving away" their products at the same time!

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Yet another year is coming to an end. As far as Ubuntu and Canonical are concerned, 2010 is perhaps *the* most eventful year in their history. Let us take a quick flashback and analyse the most important changes Ubuntu has made during the year.

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Clementine music player will not be known as yet another Amarok 1.4 fork anymore. It has grown much beyond that. Latest Clementine 0.6 release is packed with new feature additions and other improvements which makes it as good or even better than any other music player out there. Read more about the evolution of Clementine.

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YafaRay is a free and open source raytracing engine. Raytracing is a rendering technique for generating realistic images by tracing the path of light through a 3D scene. I have no idea what a raytracing engine means or how critical a client it is to Blender. But this video showcasing different capabilities of YafaRay is an absolute delight to watch.


YafaRay
Here are a bunch of interesting video demos showcasing native multitouch support in Linux. I especially liked the one which demoed a good looking Dell touch pad running Ubuntu Unity. Edit: A new video has been added taking the total count to 4.

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Fotoxx is a simple, open source photo editing application for Linux. Fotoxx image editor is incredibly lightweight and packed with all the basic features you could expect in an image editor application. If you haven't tried Fotoxx yet, it is definitely worth your attention.

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Faenza icon theme has already won plenty of accolades from the vast Ubuntu user community and we did feature Faenza in our top 10 icon themes for Ubuntu post. Equinox theme ruled for long as *the* best GTK theme to be used with Faenza, but now we have an incredible alternative in the form of Orta GTK theme. The latest Orta theme comes with a PPA for Ubuntu which makes installation even easier.

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Back up softwares for Linux are not a rarity and there are quite a number of them available for free to download and use. And this is probably because, Linux is mostly used as servers which apparently has the highest need for tools to backup and similar. Here is our compilation of 5 awesome back up softwares for Ubuntu and Linux.

Top 5 Open Source Backup Softwares for Linux

Though we used to talk a lot about Ubuntu desktop eyecandy, Conky is something we never really discussed at all. Conky Ubuntu Lucid theme was the only exception, which is by far the most easy to install Conky theme I have ever used. So as to settle the Conky drought once and for all, here we feature one of the best collection of Conky configurations available.

Bionic Conky
Minitube is a flash free YouTube desktop application for Linux and Mac OSX. Minitube is perhaps one of the cleanest looking YouTube desktop client I have ever used in Ubuntu. And the fact that Minitube does not use the Flash player to play videos makes it a really low consumer of your CPU resources.

Getting Things Gnome(GTG) is a nice and simple tool to organize and manage your tasks and time efficiently. GTG uses a very handy text edition system for task creation and edition. The task editor can automatically recognize metadata such as tags and subtasks only by the use of a very simple syntax.


We had already featured Orta theme in our listing of top themes to be used with Faenza icon theme in Ubuntu. Orta GTK theme hit version 1.0 today and has become ever more beautiful. The latest version comes with a number of new features and tweaks as well.

I didn't had any problem with the default menu application I have in my Ubuntu. That was until I tried other application menus available out there. Here is a collection of 3 simple application menu alternatives you should give a try in your Ubuntu.

Now, here is something interesting for you all. The following infographic lists your favorite browsers with interesting 'character' description. Take a look.

Official Ubuntu Advertising Team is now alive and kicking. The team is focused on advertising and sharing the love of Ubuntu with others through various mediums. The project strives to produce professional quality advertisements and promotions and deliver them to the general public. And the support of awesome Ubuntu user community is the inevitable part.

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As if you don't know this already, Grooveshark is an online music broadcasting application. Nobody puts it better than TNW, "Grooveshark is a wonderful application that we intend on using until someone sues them into the ground." Grooveshark ditched its previous Flash based interface and now has a much more sleeker and lighter HTML5 based one.

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Stellarium and Celestia 3D are two incredibly good applications for aspiring star gazers. Stellarium renders 3D photo-realistic skies in real-time while Celestia 3D is an awesome 3D astronomy program that allows users to display objects ranging in scale from artificial satellites to entire galaxies in 3D.

Celestia 3D - Explore Universe Using Celestia Space Simulation Application

Celestia 3D
Google Chrome 8.0 stable is finally released for Windows, Mac and Linux. The latest version, Google Chrome 8.0.552.215, include a built-in PDF viewer among many other stability related enhancements and major security fixes.


In the third annual report about Linux kernel authorship by Linux Foundation, a number of interesting statistics popped up. Among the most important statistics is the one showing the level of contributions from different entities that include big corporates and individuals.

CLI Companion is a really useful tool especially if you are a complete newcomer to Linux and Ubuntu and totally unaware of ways to understand command line. Ironically, CLI Companion lets you learn and enjoy command line using its simple GUI.

CLI Companion
Like a week ago, we featured one of the best collection of open source Android apps here. Now lets talk about Android games, not just normal games, but the real open source ones.

Ubuntu Software Center is definitely coming alive. The latest entrants in the 'for purchase' section of Ubuntu Software Center include the incredibly good puzzle game called World of Goo and Vendetta Online, a 3D space combat MMORPG.


This is why I love Linux. If you don't like one application, choose from the alternatives, simple as that. GNOME Do is an incredible launcher application for Ubuntu. But since GNOME Do is basically a Mono application, many might refrain from using it. But don't worry, Synapse and Kupfer are equally good or even better GNOME Do alternatives. Learn more.

Mobile Phones are spreading like wild fire and the number of mobile phone platforms keeps on multiplying. It was a world dominated by Nokia's Symbian until recently and all of a sudden things started changing once again with the arrival of iPhone and very recently Google's own Android, which is now the fastest growing smartphone mobile OS in the world. But how about real hardware improvements? Here are a bunch of brilliant mobile phone concepts that's for sure going to take your breath away!

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This is exactly why Red Hat is one among the most remarkable open source success stories that are changing the world as we know it. According to Forbes, when you consider the current rate of growth of the company, Red Hat will likely reach $1 billion in annual revenue in 2011 itself making it the first ever open source firm to achieve this feat.

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In Linux, a lot of design makeover starts with a mockup. We have already experienced it first hand with the clever redesign of Nautilus called Nautilus Elementary. The following Evolution mockups are so impressive that I really hope someday these changes will be implemented in Evolution partially at least.


Themes for Ubuntu and Linux are truly coming of age. Without any doubt, Faenza icon theme is easily the best I have used in my Ubuntu. Here is a collection of three cool GTK themes namely Divergence, Orta and Equinox that are the best in my list of GTK themes to use with Faenza. We have already featured these themes in the 7 brilliant GTK themes post before. We will have a more detailed review here.

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