How to Make “ffmpegthumbnailer” work in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot?

If you haven’t heard then “ffmpegthumbnailer” is an awesome little tool that uses the faster and more efficient FFmpeg multimedia library to help Nautilus file manager create video thumbnails faster than Totem does. Now Totem is based on Gstreamer framework and I don’t know whether it’s Totem or Gstreamer to blame here but you can … Read more

Wanna hear the ‘5 Minutes Spent’: “Foss Yeaaaah!”?

Benjamin Kernsa, an Ubuntu contributor and Foss contributor has decided to express his feelings about Unity desktop, Gnome and Foss in general by singing about it!. The song is called “Foss Yeaaaah!” which sounds pretty decent (specially considering he has spent like only 5 minutes to create it!) and is about 2.15 minutes long. Personally … Read more

Free Cross-Platform File Download/Upload Manager – JDownloader

JDownloader is an open source platform independent file upload & download manager written using Java. But being a Java application, the whole “platform independent” thing comes with a cost. That is, every time you run JDownloader it needs to load the Java run-time engine (which is sort of a virtual environment) and it takes a reasonable amount … Read more

Chrome OS Linux (1.7.932 RC) Live CDs Available for Download!

Chrome OS Linux is a completely separate project from the original Google Chrome OS. Although they both “revolve” around the Chrome web browser, yet the Chrome OS Linux is an independent GNU/Linux distribution build on the OpenSuse distribution. According to her developers, the aim is to develop a lightweight operating system (with an emphasis on … Read more

How to Install Amarok 2.5 (beta1) in Kubuntu/Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot?

Amarok without a doubt is one of the best free and cross-platform music players and is also one of the major components of the KDE desktop environment. It supports few multimedia frameworks (Gstreamer/Phonon and player engines such as Xine), has  beautiful UI design, lets you easily manage “big” music collections … what can I say, … Read more