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I formatted my 4 year old IBM Think Centre desktop. After that I could not get the LAN card drivers for my Intel ones. I did not know my motherboard number & could not get it on the board after opening the CPU box.Even IBM & Lenovo sites did not help-I searched for 4 hours.

Then I installed the Ubuntu 9.04 I received via mail. I chose Ubuntu as my parents use the desktop & it would be easier for them. All the drivers were built into it. I did not need to update anything from the internet for it.

Open source sure rocks!! This will satisfy the sceptics.

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The Gmail offline utility is cool. It uses Gears on your computer to store your latest mails.

It is much better than the email clients like Outlook or Evolution as it organises your mails in the same way as Gmail does using the uber-cool AJAX.  The mails are stacked together in a thread for ongoing email correspondence.

Now, Gmail also loads more quickly than before. WordPress also uses Turbo (that uses Gears) to store files (of your blog) on your computer to speed it up.

However, it is to be used ONLY on your personal computer-it doesn’t require password.

Wow!!

After the Apple G-4 cube, this is the first time such a powerful PC is up for grabs. However, it doesn’t have the  aesthetic looks of the cube. And it is costlier as well. So, it will be. 96o cores & NVIDIA’s CUDA parallel computing architecture.

However, it is more of a rich man’s toy at prices upward of $9,995 or for the dedicated professional.

Finally, our Linux fest has taken a very concrete shape. It will probably be a fedora 11 Release Party!!

For more visit NIT Agartala GLUG.

To see our event registered as a Fedora event visit–the Fedora events page & the Fedora Release events page

I advise you to use the more secure https rather than http protocol. Just go to your Gmail settings->General->last field..select “Always use https”

However, if you do not have a very fast internet connection, then Gmail may become painfully slow.

My BSNL Broadband was a bit slow once & I had to wait for more than a minute for it to load..

Want to know what are the official distributions. Go to– http://www.linux.org/dist/list.html

This Linux distro was developed by CERN & Fermilabhttps://www.scientificlinux.org/

Gease metal as an add-on in Google Chrome & Grease monkey in Firefox can be used to run scripts on a page. They are being used to do anything from removing annoying Facebook applications to unlocking Orkut albums.

Try Googling for more..However, most of the scripts sites have been acted upon & loopholes closed..

Please refer–http://howto.helpero.com/howto/Speed-Up-Firefox_31.html

Also get add-ons like No-script, Adblock Plus & Flashblock.

Here is the list(exhaustive)–

www.linuxquestions.org

A full list of Red Hat & Fedora mailing lists —http://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo

Fedora forum– http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=25252
Open SuSE mailing list-opensuse@opensuse.org

Ubuntu mailing lists & forums–https://lists.ubuntu.com

http://ubuntuforums.org

1. The Linux journal-www.linuxjournal.com

2. Linux Magazine–www.linux-mag.com & its namesake  http://www.linux-magazine.com/

3.Linux Format–http://www.linuxformat.co.uk/ ; TuxRadar–http://www.tuxradar.com/

4.Linux User & Developer–http://www.linuxuser.co.uk/

5.Full Circle Magazine–http://fullcirclemagazine.org/