Mr. Stephen Fry , introduces you to free software and reminds you of a very special birthday.
What is Free Software? This is how gnu defines it:
“Free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech”, not as in “free beer”.
Free software is a matter of the users’ freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. More precisely, it refers to four kinds of freedom, for the users of the software:
The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits (freedom 3). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
- The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
- The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
I have compiled a list with the most useful websites about Linux (the distro specific sites are not included). They are great resources you can learn from or to find answer to your linux questions. These should be in any linux user bookmarks, so go ahead and look through these links and bookmark your favorite ones:
Provides information on Linux, Linux resources, and Linux development.
Includes help, tutorials, tips and how-to guides for Linux.
LinuxQuestions.org offers a free Linux forum where Linux newbies can ask questions and Linux experts can offer advice. Topics include security, installation, networking and much more.
The Linux Documentation Project is working
towards developing free, high quality documentation for the Linux operating
system. The overall goal of the LDP is to collaborate in all of the issues
of Linux documentation.
Comprehensive information and resources about the Linux Operating System.
Our goal is to provide all the information necessary to make your use of Linux a success.
The Linux Software Resource, providing Linux Forums, Linux Server Distro info, Linux Training, Linux Help, Articles, Tutorials, News, Downloads and more!
As we approach the launch of Ubuntu 8.10, it’s time to create space for
future plans, and so I’m writing to introduce you to The Jaunty Jackalope.
Jaunty, the code name for what will most likely become Ubuntu 9.04, will
be the focus of our efforts from November through to April next year.
This is the message that Mark Shuttleworth sent it yesterday announcing the codename of the april 2009 Ubuntu release.
What are some of the major goals for these release? Mark stated:
Ubuntu has experienced its share of success, but it’s still relatively unknown amongst non-technical people. Many aren’t aware that an open source operating system actually exists, and those who are lack the education required to move comfortably from Microsoft Windows to a Linux-based desktop. Ubuntu for Non-Geeks: A Pain-Free, Project-Based, Get-Things-Done Guidebook, by Rickford Grant, introduces non-Linux users to the world of Linux and shows them how to be productive in a complete Linux environment.
Great review by James F. Koopman. Read more on linux.com
When I found these funniest Linux/Unix shell commands, I just had to share them. Here are my favourites:
% sleep with me
% If I had a ( for every $ the Congress spent, what would I have?
Too many ('s.
% ^How did the sex change operation go?^
% !:say, what is saccharine?
What’s your favourite?
Brain mapping is a graphic way to identify different parts of an issue or to plan steps or consequences of an action.
Experts say mind mapping makes information easier to remember and makes studying more enjoyable.
If you are a fan of mind mapping, you could use specific software to create mind maps. Here are 5 ways to draw a mind map:
FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java. The recent development has hopefully turned it into high productivity tool. We are proud that the operation and navigation of FreeMind is faster than that of MindManager because of one-click “fold / unfold” and “follow link” operations.
In my opinion, FreeMind is the most advanced mind-mapping
software available for linux. I’m not a Java-based software fun so I don’t use it too much. Continue reading
Need a quick reference card? Here you have a list you can choose from:
This is a linux command line reference for common operations (HTML format).
Linux Reference Card published on FOSSwire website by Jacob. (PDF format)
A summary of useful Linux command by Squadron. (PDF format)
The intent of this Quick Reference Guide is to provide a starting point for improving the security of your system, to serve as a pointer to more in-depth security information, and to increase security awareness and methods that can be used to improve security. (PDF format)
5. Screen Cheat Sheet
This cheat sheet summarizes all they default keyboard mappings, with screen’s commands to execute the mapping and a description of each mapping. (PDF format)
6.Ubuntu Cheat Sheet
There comes a time when one needs an end-all reference to the system. The time is now, and if you’re an Ubuntu user you’ll like this cheat sheet. (PDF format)
7.VIM Graphical Cheat Sheet
Probably the best Vim Cheat Sheet: “This is a single page describing the full vi/vim input model, the function of all keys, and all major features. You can see it as a compressed vi/vim manual. ” (GIF format)
Read more >> (Update: the link is down. I’m sorry)