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Thursday, July 29, 2010

New themes and graphic tools for Ubuntu: RenRot, RgbPaint, Ripmake and Recoverjpg.

RenRot, rename and rotate files according to EXIF tags.

Renrot renames files according the flexible name template (allowing DateTimeOriginal and FileModifyDate EXIF tags, if they exist.

Otherwise, the name will be set according to the current timestamp).

It can aggregate files according to shooting time period. It can losslessly rotate JPEGs and their thumbnails according to the Orientation EXIF tag or a given angle.

It can put commentary into the Commentary and UserComment tags.

Personal details can be specified via XMP tags defined in a configuration file.

Download:


RgbPaint, A very basic painting program.

rgbPaint is a very basic GTK based program designed for editing pixel based images.

It is a fork of mtPaint. It can only edit and save RGB images to PNG, JPEG, or ICO files.

It can read PNG, JPEG, TIFF, GIF, ICO, files and possibly others like TGA, PCX, and SVG if they're installed with your version of GTK+2.

At the beginning of January 2007 Mark Tyler decided to fork version 3.09 of mtPaint to see how easy it would be to create a very basic painting program which could run on the One Laptop Per Child Sugar system.


After just 2 weeks of hacking he managed to finish the program, which functioned well in Sugar, and any other GTK+2 based GNU/Linux system. rgbPaint is much simpler than mtPaint, with no menus for example. Also it is only able to edit and save RGB images. It is a GTK+2 only program, and uses the pixbuf facilities for file handling so it does not depend on file libraries like mtPaint does, i.e. libpng, libjpeg, libtiff, and libungif/giflib.


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Ripmake, an automatic command line ripping makefile generator for transcode.

A tool which automatically (i.e. with as few user interaction as possible) selects the best parameters for a given ripping task. It should inspect the source (e.g. a DVD or an AVI file), extract all important information, calculate the missing parameters and generate a parameter set for transcode that will create an output file of high quality.

The idea of ripmake is to write a tool which automatically (i.e. with as few user interaction as possible) selects the best parameters for a given ripping task. It should inspect the source (e.g. a DVD or an AVI file), extract all important information, calculate the missing parameters and generate a parameter set for transcode that will create an output file of high quality.


First I thought of a tool that performs all the necessary steps itself and calls transcode for the real work. But I soon found out that often a bit of manual intervention is required to achieve the best results. So a different approach came to my mind: Why not write a tool that generates a makefile for the rip and that embeds all automatic options as parameters in it. You can then call different rules for different rip tasks (e.g. render a sample, render whole movie...) and you can overwrite the parameters by redefining the make variables.


So here it is: ripmake - A makefile generator for your ripping tasks.


The first version was quite alpha and simply tried to prove the concept. The current version is an almost complete rewrite of the first version and is quite useful.


Download:


Recoverjpg tool to recover JPEG images from a filesystem image.


Recoverjpeg tries to identify jpeg pictures from a filesystem image.

To achieve this goal, it scans the filesystem image and looks for a jpeg structure at blocks starting at 512 bytes boundaries.

Download:

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Tucnak is a VHF contest logbook executable on Linux operating system and also for other UNIX like operating systems.

Tucnak is a VHF contest logbook. Tucnak is executable on Linux operating system and also for other UNIX like operating systems.

The source of inspiration for Tucnak was the DOS program TACLog (Author: Bo, OZ2M) as Lada, OK1ZIA freely admits. In the late 1990s TACLog was in regular use by over 200 stations, many continuing with the same logger today.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to run a full-service TACLog, with CQ-caller, CW keyer and auto PTT as it must run directly on MS-DOS and requires a 'real' Soundblaster card.

In this section I hope to provide useful information for those contemplating changing from TACLog to Tucnak and I would like to encourage everyone to add their knowledge and experience here to help and assist others coming after.

Can be run uder MS Windows with Cygwin library too (older version). You can download Tucnak from http://tucnak.nagano.cz.
If you register user of BBS OK0NAG you can read the actual version of this dokument by typing command www tucnak.nagano.cz/tucnak1en.html.
Screenshots.
Main window
Graphics polar map


Download.
Please download Tucnak here http://tucnak.nagano.cz/download.php#ver1.


The most important feature.
  • The Control of program was took from program Taclog.
  • The support of most EU contests. It's possible to have open more contest logs than one in one time.
  • The export of contest logs to EDI format and generating of contest report (OK VHF activity contest format).
  • You can work on more bands on several computers. Then you have information about QSOs from all bands on all computers. You can open log from one band on several computers (used for the second operating station)
  • Is possible to run more than one process of Tucnak on one computer.
  • All the written items of QSO (or part of QSO) are written also to the swap file. If your computer crashs you can read QSO data from this swap file with simple ASCII editor, e.g. Vim).
  • For CW and SSB keying is possible to use program cwdaemon. Is also possible to transmit CW directly by typing from keyboard.
  • The Automatic saving data to disk and diskette.
  • The Database of couple Callsign and World Wide Locator.
  • The Database of DXCC, valid locators for DXCC, locators with high activity from DXCC or middle locators of DXCC. It uses files cty.dat from K1EA and tucnakdw.
  • Single items (Callsign, WWL, report, etc.) are automaticaly identified and inserted.
  • The searching of typing string (Callsign, WWL) in actual log, in logs from other bands and in the C_W database of couple Callsign/WWL. It runs on background.
  • The cross control couple callsign - locator.
  • The talking with other running Tucnaks similary as in WW-Convers (talk window).
  • The sending of skeds to other (higher) bands.
  • The saving NC QSO and the marking of it.
  • The executing shell in one of tucnak window. You can simple connect it to packet radio by programs for example Node, Call or Telnet.
  • The DX spot handling from shell windows and putting it to the bandmap
  • The Wizard for creating a new contest. It automatically sets parameters of a selected contest
  • It is possible to work with the most kinds of terminals.
  • It is possible to work remotelly by using ssh or telnet (as putty).
  • The basic statistics - number of worked DXCC and WWL, simple text mode map of squares.
  • There is a color world map with worked QSO in graphic mode.
  • The support of many languages if somebody translates it from English or Czech :)
  • Tucnak is a free software distributed under the GNU General Public License.

Installation from source code.
Installation from source code is universal way how to install program. There must be installed developments tools for C language on your PC.
Extracting source code
tar xzf tucnak1-1.13.tar.gz
Changing directory:
cd tucnak1-1.13
Run configure:
./configure
Compile code by command:
make
And install tucnak as root:
make install
Program is normally installed into directory /usr/local/bin. Maybe you will add path to Tucnak binary. You can add line export HOME=/usr/local/bin:$HOME to end of file /etc/rc.local in bash shell and then restart rc.local (or restart system).
Configuration files are allways saved in /etc directory.


Install on Debian.

Repository

Simplest way is to add lines
deb http://ok1zia.nagano.cz/debian/ok1zia binary-i386/
deb-src http://ok1zia.nagano.cz/debian/ok1zia source/

to your /etc/apt/sources.list . After it use
apt-get update
and install selected packages:
apt-get install tucnak1

Download manually and install

Download package tucnak1-1.13*_i386.deb. Install it by command:
dpkg --install tucnak1-1.13*_i386.deb

Download sources and create package

If binary package doesn't present, create them by extracting source code by commnad:
./configure
make deb

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Knoppix is an operating system based on Debian designed to be run directly from a CD / DVD (Live CD) and a USB key (Live USB)

Knoppix, or KNOPPIX, is a Linux distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux designed to be run directly from a CD / DVD. Knoppix is one of the best-known live CDs. Knoppix was developed by Linux consultant Klaus Knopper. When starting a program it is loaded from the optical disc and decompressed into a RAM drive. The decompression is transparent and on-the-fly.

Although Knoppix is primarily designed to be used as a live CD, it can also be installed on a hard disk like a typical operating system. Computers that support booting from USB devices can load Knoppix from a live USB flash drive or memory card.

There are two main editions of Knoppix: the traditional Compact Disc (700 megabytes) edition and the DVD (4.7 gigabytes) "Maxi" edition. Each of these main editions have two language-specific editions: English and German.

Knoppix mostly consists of free software, but also includes proprietary software.

Knoppix 6.0.1 with LXDE

More than 1000 software packages are included on the CD edition and more than 2600 are included on the DVD edition. Up to 9 gigabytes can be stored on the DVD in compressed form. These packages include:

* LXDE (lightweight X11 desktop environment [default for 6.0.1]) or KDE 3, a more feature-complete desktop (default for 5.3.1).
* MPlayer, with MP3 audio, and Ogg Vorbis audio playback support
* Internet access software, including the KPPP dialer and ISDN utilities
* The Iceweasel web browser (based on Mozilla Firefox)
* The Icedove e-mail client (based on Mozilla Thunderbird)
* GIMP, an image manipulation program
* Tools for data rescue and system repair
* Network analysis and administration tools
* OpenOffice.org, a comprehensive office suite
* Terminal server

Updates (via Distrowatch):


KNOPPIX Klaus Knopper has announced the release of KNOPPIX 6.4.3, a popular Debian-based live CD/DVD (featuring the lightweight LXDE desktop) which has recently celebrated its 10th birthday: "The anniversary edition of KNOPPIX is now available as a DVD and CD image." New features in this release: "The current version has been completely updated from Debian 'Lenny', 'Testing' and 'Unstable' and uses Linux kernel 2.6.36.1, X.Org 7.5 for supporting current computer hardware; experimental free nouveau graphics modules supporting NVIDIA cards; accelerated graphics via kernel mode settings (KMS); OpenOffice.org replaced by LibreOffice 3.3.0; Process Control Group support for terminal shells."

Read the rest of the
release notes for a list of new features, known issues and boot options.

Download the CD or DVD image from here: KNOPPIX_V6.4.3DVD-2010-12-20-EN.iso (3,496MB, MD5), KNOPPIX_V6.4.3CD-2010-12-20-EN.iso (698MB, MD5).

• 2010-12-24: Distribution Release: KNOPPIX 6.4.3
• 2009-11-18: Distribution Release: KNOPPIX 6.2
• 2009-01-28: Distribution Release: KNOPPIX 6.0
• 2008-03-28: Distribution Release: KNOPPIX 5.3.1
• 2007-01-05: Distribution Release: KNOPPIX 5.1.1
• 2006-12-30: Distribution Release: KNOPPIX 5.1.0


Versions.

The following is the version history of major releases.

Knoppix version Release date CD DVD
1.4 30 September 2000 Yes No
1.6 26 April 2001 Yes No
2.1 14 March 2002 Yes No
2.2 14 May 2002 Yes No
3.1 19 January 2003 Yes No
3.2 26 July 2003 Yes No
3.3 22 September 2003 Yes No
3.4 17 May 2004 Yes No
3.5 LinuxTag-Version June 2004 No Yes
3.6 16 August 2004 Yes No
3.7 9 December 2004 Yes No
3.8 CeBIT-Version 28 February 2005 Yes No
3.8.1 8 April 2005 Yes No
3.8.2 12 May 2005 Yes No
3.9 1 June 2005 Yes No
4.0 LinuxTag-Version 22 June 2005 No Yes
4.0 updated 16 August 2005 No Yes
4.0.2 23 September 2005 Yes Yes
5.0 CeBIT-Version 25 February 2006 No Yes
5.0.1 2 June 2006 Yes Yes
5.1.0 30 December 2006 Yes Yes
5.1.1 4 January 2007 Yes Yes
5.2 CeBIT-Version March 2007 No Yes
5.3 CeBIT-Version 12 February 2008 No Yes
5.3.1 26 March 2008 No Yes
ADRIANE
6.0.0 28 January 2009 Yes No
6.0.1 8 February 2009 Yes No
6.1 CeBIT-Version 25 February 2009 ? Yes
6.2 / ADRIANE 1.2 18 November 2009 Yes Yes
6.2.1 31 January 2010 Yes Yes
6.3 CeBIT-Version 2 March 2010 No Yes

Usage.

Knoppix can be used to back up files easily from hard drives with inaccessible operating systems. To quickly and more safely use Linux software the live CD can be used instead of installing another OS.

Contents

More than 1000 software packages are included on the CD edition and more than 2600 are included on the DVD edition. Up to 9 gigabytes can be stored on the DVD in compressed form. These packages include:

* Part of KDE, the default desktop environment, including the Konqueror web browser and the KMail e-mail client. Knoppix is also packaged with several other window managers, such as Fluxbox, twm, or IceWM. As of Knoppix 5.1.1, the Beryl window manager is also included, which allows access to a 3D desktop environment
* XMMS, with MPEG video, MP3 audio, and Ogg Vorbis audio playback support
* Internet access software, including the KPPP dialer, ISDN utilities and WLAN
* The Mozilla Firefox web browser (now known as Iceweasel on Knoppix)
* K3b, for CD (and DVD) authoring and backup
* The GIMP, an image-manipulation program
* Tools for data rescue and system repair
* Network analysis and administration tools
* OpenOffice.org, a comprehensive office suite
* Many programming and development tools

Requirements

Requirements to run Knoppix:

* Intel-compatible processor (i486 or later)
* 32 MB of RAM for text mode, at least 96 MB for graphics mode with KDE (at least 128 MB of RAM is recommended to use the various office products)
* Bootable CD-ROM drive, or a boot floppy and standard CD-ROM (IDE/ATAPI or SCSI)
* Standard SVGA-compatible graphics card
* Serial or PS/2 standard mouse or IMPS/2-compatible USB-mouse

Saving changes in the environment.

Prior to Knoppix 3.8.2, any documents or settings a user created would disappear upon reboot. This lack of permanence made it necessary to save documents explicitly to a hard drive partition, over the network, or to some removable medium, such as a USB flash drive.

It was also possible to set up a "persistent home directory", where any documents or settings written to the user's home directory would automatically be redirected to a hard drive or removable medium, which could be automatically mounted on bootup. What is stored there physically is a file called knoppix.img. The file is used to simulate a file system into which files are written for later use. This is transparent for the user. What the user perceives is that it is possible to write files to the home directory.

Since Knoppix 3.8.1, a UnionFS filesystem transparently saves any new or changed files to a writable filesystem – one which can reside either in memory (ramdisk) or on a hard disk, USB flash drive, etc.

This means that the user can modify the software installed on the Knoppix system, such as by using APT to install or update software.

By default Knoppix will scan available storage devices for a persistent home directory, however you can override this scan and provide a specific location with a boot option(see below) such as

home=/dev/hda1/knoppix.img

By carrying a Knoppix CD and a USB flash drive, a user can have the same environment, programs, settings, and data available on any computer that is Knoppix compatible.

Screenshots.



KNOPPIX 5.3.0 Screenshot 1



KNOPPIX 5.3.0 Screenshot 2

KNOPPIX 5.3.0 Screenshot 3

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Mythbuntu Linux Media Center based on Ubuntu and integrates the MythTV Media center.

Mythbuntu is an Ubuntu-based distribution and live CD focused upon setting up a standalone MythTV system similar to KnoppMyth or Mythdora.

It can be used to install a standalone frontend, backend, or combination machines.

Mythbuntu uses the XFCE desktop. All unnecessary standard Ubuntu applications such as OpenOffice, Evolution, and a full Gnome desktop are not installed in a default Mythbuntu install. If at any time a user wants to, they can install ubuntu-desktop, kubuntu-desktop, or xubuntu-desktop and add a full desktop onto their installation.

This can easily be done via the Mythbuntu Control Centre.

 Updates (via Distrowatch)
  Mythbuntu 11.04, a new version of the Ubuntu-based distribution focusing on easy set up of a standalone MythTV system, is out today: "Mythbuntu 11.04 has been released. It is very important to note that this release is only compatible with MythTV 0.24 systems. Previous Mythbuntu releases can be upgraded to a compatible version with the builds located here. For a more detailed explanation, see here. Changes from Mythbuntu 10.10: MythTV 0.24; Mythbuntu-bare scheduling now available for backups; Android and iOS devices can now be used as remote controls; underlying Ubuntu updates; recent snapshot of the MythTV 0.24 release is included; preview of the upcoming MythNetvision plugin; Mythbuntu theme fixes."

Read the rest of the release announcement for more information and known issues.

Download (SHA256): mythbuntu-11.04-desktop-i386.iso (645MB, torrent), mythbuntu-11.04-desktop-amd64.iso (698MB, torrent).
Recent releases:

 • 2011-04-28: Distribution Release: Mythbuntu 11.04
 • 2010-10-10: Distribution Release: Mythbuntu 10.10
 • 2010-04-30: Distribution Release: Mythbuntu 10.04
 • 2009-10-30: Distribution Release: Mythbuntu 9.10
 • 2009-04-23: Distribution Release: Mythbuntu 9.04
 • 2008-10-31: Distribution Release: Mythbuntu 8.10


Changes from Mythbuntu 9.10:

Highlights
  • Snappier frontend
  • Better integration w/ system services like upstart and consolekit
  • New mcc plugins
  • Simplified live frontend
Underlying system
  • Underlying Ubuntu updates are found here
MythTV
  • MythTV 0.23 build 24104 is included (see 0.23 Release Notes)
  • Preview of the upcoming MythNetvision plugin. This app is still undergoing rapid development, so please do not file bug reports on it this release
  • Mythbuntu theme fixes
  • New Theme - ArcLight

Mythbuntu is an Ubuntu derivative focused upon setting up a standalone MythTV system similar to Knoppmyth or Mythdora. Currently, it is a recognized as a community supported project by Canonical. Mythbuntu can be used to install a stand alone Frontend, Backend, or combination machines. Unlike similar projects, Mythbuntu keeps close ties with Ubuntu and all development is given back to the Ubuntu Community. This allows easy conversions from a standard desktop to a Mythbuntu machine and vice versa. The development cycle of Mythbuntu closely follows that of Ubuntu, releasing every six months shortly after Ubuntu releases.

Mythbuntu is a community supported add-on for Ubuntu focused upon setting up a standalone MythTV based PVR system. It can be used to prepare a standalone system or for integration with an existing MythTV network. Unlike similar projects, Mythbuntu keeps close ties with Ubuntu and all development is given back to Ubuntu. This architecture allows simple conversions from a standard desktop to a Mythbuntu machine and vice versa. The development cycle of Mythbuntu closely follows that of Ubuntu, releasing every six months along side Ubuntu releases.


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Desktop.

Mythbuntu uses the XFCE desktop. All unnecessary standard Ubuntu applications such as OpenOffice, Evolution, and a full Gnome desktop are not installed in a default Mythbuntu install. If at any time a user wants to, they can install ubuntu-desktop, kubuntu-desktop, or xubuntu-desktop and add a full desktop onto their installation. This can easily be done via the Mythbuntu Control Centre.

Mythbuntu-Control-Centre.
The Mythbuntu Control Centre is a custom GUI used to configure the system. From here you can select what kind of system (Backend, Frontend, Both) you want.

You can also install different desktops such as ubuntu-desktop and kubuntu-desktop. Install Plugins, configure MySQL, set passwords, install proprietary drivers, proprietary codecs, setup remote controls, and a range of other features all from one convenient program.

Gallery.


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