Ubuntu has always been said as the Linux distro for beginners and entry users. It comes with plenty of free software and most of the things will just work after you installed it. However, if you have noticed, the recent build of Ubuntu is getting more and more resource intensive (with more animation and effects) and also come bundled with plenty of software that you probably have no use for. In short, it is getting bloated and doesn’t run well on old laptop anymore (at least in my case). While you can install another distro like Linux Mint, another alternative is to strip off all the software and unnecessary stuff and install Ubuntu from scratch. Here is how you can install a minimal Ubuntu on your (old) PC.
In the article, Converting a YouTube video into an MP3 format using Ubuntu, I explained how to convert an FLV file to MP3, a video file into an audio file. Converting multimedia files between different formats is very easy in linux using FFmpeg. From their website itself,
FFmpeg is a complete, cross-platform solution to record, convert and stream audio and video. It includes libavcodec – the leading audio/video codec library. In short, FFmpeg is a free software which can record, convert and stream audio and video files. I have used many converter like PSP Video Converter in Windows and Avidemux in Linux, and I think using ffmpeg in a linux terminal is much easy for me. Continue reading
LibreOffice is a power packed free and open source office productivity suite. LibreOffice gives you six feature-rich applications for document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. Developed by The Document Foundation as a fork of OpenOffice.org, LibreOffice is compatible with other major office suites, including Microsoft Office, and available on different platforms. Its name is a hybrid word with the first part Libre, which means free (as in freedom) in Latin, and the English word Office.
Flash player is a multimedia software which allows us to watch our favorite movies and animations using a web browser like firefox. Flash Player runs file formats called Flash which delivers vector graphics, text, video, and sound over the Internet. But in general, “Flash” can mean either the application files, the player, or the authoring environment itself. Although acquired by Adobe Systems from its creator, Macromedia, there are free software alternatives of Adobe’s Flash Player.
Gnash from GNU, Lightspark and Swfdec (pronounced as “swifdec”) are three open-source application players under active development. Both Gnash and Swfdec are currently available in Ubuntu repositories.This page describes how to speed-up your flash player in your Ubuntu box.
LAMP is a stack of free, open source software, derived from the first letters of Linux (operating system), Apache HTTP Server, MySQL (database software) and Perl/PHP/Python, which are the main components to build a dynamic web server.
Evolution is the default mail client for Ubuntu. Evolution provides integrated mail, contact details, address book and calendar functions to Gnome users in Ubuntu. This blog describes how to set-up Evolution Mail Client to access your email from your Gmail account.