The Linux Experiment Post Roundup

There has been quite a bit of activity on The Linux Experiment over the past little while. Check out the site here or quickly jump to the post that I wrote below. Big distributions, little RAM 3 How do the ‘big time’ distributions handle on constrained hardware? Take a look. How to install sun-java6-jdk and Netbeans in Ubuntu 11.10 A simple process to install the official SunOracle Java JDK and Netbeans IDE in the latest Ubuntu.

A couple of new posts on The Linux Experiment

In case you somehow found your way here and haven’t already seen them over at The Linux Experiment, I have put up two new posts that deal with fixes for your linux desktop. Two monitors. Different resolutions. One desktop. If you’ve ever wondered how to use two monitors with different resolutions as a single, unified, extended desktop I highly suggest you do a quick read of this post. I’ve covered how to avoid, and fix, the ‘dead space’ issue where application windows can get lost because of the difference is vertical resolutions.

One week, three distributions (Roundup)

These posts were originally featured on The Linux Experiment One week, three distributions (Day 0) With the recent releases of Linux Mint Debian Edition, Ubuntu and Kubuntu 10.10 I am once again starting to feel that need to hop around and try something new out. …I’ve set myself up a little experiment of sorts: try each distribution for two days each and on the 7th day choose the best from among the three.

Compile Windows programs on Linux

Windows?? *GASP!* Sometimes you just have to compile Windows programs from the comfort of your Linux install. This is a relatively simple process that basically requires you to only install the following (Ubuntu) packages: To compile 32-bit programs mingw32 (swap out for gcc-mingw32 if you need 64-bit support) mingw32-binutils mingw32-runtime Additionally for 64-bit programs (*PLEASE SEE NOTE) mingw-w64 gcc-mingw32 Once you have those packages you just need to swap out “gcc” in your normal compile commands with either “i586-mingw32msvc-gcc” (for 32-bit) or “amd64-mingw32msvc-gcc” (for 64-bit).
Trying out the Chakra Project

Trying out the Chakra Project

After a little bit of pressure from the people responding to my previous post (My search for the best KDE Linux distribution), I have finally given in and tried out Chakra. The Chakra Project starts with Arch Linux as a base but, instead of forcing you to build your own distro piece of piece, Chakra comes more or less pre-packaged. Installation The installation was one of the best I’ve ever seen.
Make Java GUIs less ugly (…or how I learned to love SWT)

Make Java GUIs less ugly (…or how I learned to love SWT)

It’s no secret that while Java possess probably the most widely distributed, cross-platform, and common user interface libraries, graphical Java applications on the whole simply stand out for the wrong reasons. Whether the GUI comes in the form of the Abstract Window Toolkit (AWT) or Swing, each can be far from pretty and often do not mesh well with the platform they are being run on. For instance, running an AWT or Swing application can be an almost alien experience, no matter what operating system you are using, because neither uses the native control widgets.

Fixing gnustep-devel in Ubuntu 10.04

When Ubuntu 10.04 was released it represented the most modern incarnation of Canonical’s premier Linux desktop distribution. However not all things were better in this release. For myself I immediately noticed a problem while trying to install the gnustep-devel development libraries for GNUstep and Objective-C. I was greeted with this oh so lovely error message: Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable distribution that some required packages have not yet been created or been moved out of Incoming.

My search for the best KDE Linux distribution

As some of you already know, I am a big fan of the KDE desktop environment (or KDE Workspaces or whatever they’re calling it these days). In my search to reach Linux KDE perfection I have tested out a number of different distributions. First there was Fedora, which I happily ran throughout the length of the experiment. Once that was finished I attempted to install and try both Kubuntu and openSUSE.

Of eye candy and desktop environments

As a long time Windows user I have had my fair share of dull, gray toolbars, buttons and controls. Prior to Windows Vista, Microsoft’s first real attempt to pretty up the system – sorry XP, making the taskbar blue just doesn’t cut it – I even looked to Mac OSX with some jealousy. Flash forward to The Linux Experiment and I have been introduced to a whole new set of environment graphics.