10 Top Downloaded Firefox 3 Themes

Most of us already have Firefox 3 downloaded and installed. If you don’t, head over to Mozilla.com and download a copy.

So here it is, a quick list of the top downloaded themes for Firefox 3.

 

1. Aero Fox

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I like this template because the black is a bit easier on the eyes. The icons are a little nicer and seems to have a more futuristic look to it. Get it here.

 

2. NASA Night Launch
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This theme is pretty interesting. I guess it just depends on how much of a NASA enthusiast you are. I really like the dark looking theme that most people are going with. This theme should be supported more on the soon to come Ubuntu 8.10 as they’re working more on dark theme support. Get it here.

 

3. Aero Silver Fox

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Not quite as nice as the original black Aero Fox but I really like the rounded feel. The black is still the best in my opinion. Get it here.

 

4. Aquatint Black Gloss
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Can you see an obvious trend lately? It looks like the masses really enjoy the black background and rounded icons. I really like this theme as its simple yet effective. Get it here.

 

5. Pitch Dark for Fx
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This one is a little odd for me but it has a good place in our top downloaded selection. This theme was designed to keep maximum visibility, usability and to provide maximum screen real estate. This one really works well on my widescreens. Get it here.

 

6. Vista on XP
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This theme is a top download probably because people want the Windows Vista “feel” on their XP systems. Why I do not know :-). I think it’s because they want to experience the glamour without the suck. Get it here.

 

7. Qute
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It seems like the masses really believe in simple and effective themes. I couldn’t agree more since the internet seems to be laden with useless junk. Why not have a browser that is simple and just does what it’s supposed to do? Get qute here.

 

8. myFireFox

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Just when you thought the Vista on XP theme was a little odd. This theme lets your Firefox look just like IE7. WHAT? Why would you want to take away the look of Firefox and convert it to one of its less-worthy counterparts? I don’t get it /facepalm. If you want to steal the soul from Firefox get the theme here.

 

9. Abstract Zune
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Yet another odd name/theme. It looks like the Microsoft theme is still prevalent here. I do, however, like the black look that this theme has. Not too keen on the orange, however. Get it here.

 

10. iFox Smooth
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I’m not too sure about this theme either. I like the idea and I like the clean interface. Firefox just isn’t an iPod no matter how hard you try. Get it here.

COTD: Screen

Overview

Ever wanted to run a long-running command but you can’t seem to get it to complete because you have a shaky connection? Can’t run your command in the background? Want to leave your IRC session open so you can SSH from work and catch the chat room action? Enter screen. Screen allows you to

 

Installation

Well, installation depends on your flavor of Linux. Here are the installation methods for a few common flavors of Linux:

 

up2date

To install screen with up2date issue this command:

# up2date -i screen

 

yum

To install screen with yum issue this command:

# yum -y install screen

 

apt

To install screen with apt issue this command:

# apt-get install screen

 

Usage

Using screen is extremely easy. Here are a few commands to help you understand how it operates.

 

Creating a new screen

Type "screen" to start a new screen. Note that the title of putty (if you’re using putty) tells you which screen you are currently attached to by inserting "[screen 0: bash]  before your normal [email protected]:/path text.
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You should now run any commands you want to save inside your "screen".

 

Detaching a screen

To detach your current screen simply press "CTRL + AD" (Control plus A then D). You are now presented with a message saying "[detached]". You are now returned to your normal shell outside of your virtual screen.

 

Attaching to an existing screen

Chances are if you are using screen you’ll need to reattach to your detached screen. Type "screen -r" to reattach to your current screen. If multiple screen sessions are active, you’ll see a list of current screens to choose from. Type "screen -r PID" to reattach to that screen.
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Multiple screens to choose from

Video Overview

Here’s a quick demonstration of screen.

10 Substantial Events in Linux History

Here are a few substantial events in Linux history:

1991 – Linus Torvalds posts his first message about his free operating system resembling MINIX. He mentions that the operating system will probably never support anything other than AT-hard drives.

1992 – Andrew Tanenbaum, a computer scientist and author of the MINIX kernel, wrote a post in response to Linus’ post in 1991. He said "Linux is Obselete" which sparked the debate about the structure of Linux. Hundreds of people were on-board with Linux at Linus’ campus; then thousands were developing and perfecting the code … soon to become hundreds of thousands.

image 1993 – The compressed kernel source was no around 800K and Linux had passed multiple revisions (15+)

1994 – Linus opened Linux version 1.1; beginning the stable development of the Linux we know today.

1994 – Caldera was formed in October 1994. I won’t go much into detail about Caldera – about all they contributed was a dual-processor Pentium machine for the development of the SMP-based kernel.

1996 – The 2.0 kernel was released and included many enhancements. The list looks like this: Multi-Architecture support (x86 and Alpha). This kernel also had support for SMP. The kernel is now around 5MByte compressed.

1996 – KDE was founded. The choice to go with the Qt toolkit was a sketchy one. Qt, at the time, did not use a free software license. The GNU team was concerned about this.

1997 – In August 1997, two projects were started to help KDE. The Harmony Toolkit was the replacement for the previously pay-only Qt libraries. GNOME was also founded but build without Qt and only built upon free software)

1999 – The kernel has doubled in size. The new kernel 2.2 release included a number of features. Finer-grained locking for improved multi-processor support. IBM announced an large project in support of the Linux operating system.

2004 – Microsoft published documents evaluating the use of Windows Vs. Linux with the name "Get the Facts" on their website. RedHat, Novell and IBM published articles in response to Microsoft’s "bent" version of the truth.

Netgear Releases Open Source Wireless Router

image It’s about time a company releases a router based on open-source ideologies. I personally run an old Dell Optiplex at home with pfSense… I may now be changing my router. Enter the WGR614L. This new 54G, fully-capable router is available to the retail masses. The router includes an entire open-source community site which includes blogs, forums, articles and projects. The site is called "MyOpenRouter.com".

 

The Features

This router has many robust features that makes this a great choice for only $69.00 (even cheaper at NewEgg.com).

  * 240 MHz CPU

  * 4 MB flash

  * 16 MB RAM

  * Works with Windows Vista (I believe this is a feature)

 

This router is reasonably priced and it makes me very happy to know that a larger company supports the open source community. This kind of support will open many options for users of this router.

This router is compatible with well-known 3rd party firmware’s like Tomato and DD-WRT.

 

Retail links:
Amazon.com
NewEgg.com

 

[ via cyberciti.biz ]

LEGOs Are Awesome: Facts

image I recently found an article on GIZMODO about LEGOs. Looking back on all the Lego experiments I had as a kid, it’s very interesting to see some facts about Lego’s revealed.

 

Here’s some facts from the article:

Their Mindstorm NXT includes Bluetooth capability for communicating.

In their entire history, there has not been a single report of a Lego decomposing or releasing toxic byproducts.

There are very few bad bricks produced at the plant – mostly due to their very precise brick-making process.

[via GIZMODO]

BASH: Find Orphaned Users and Orphaned Groups

Sometimes, for auditing purposes, it can be useful to look for users and groups which are “orphaned” or have no users/groups associated with them. image

Finding Orphaned Users

Use this script to find orphaned users:

   1: USEREXCLUSIONS=( sync shutdown halt operator )
   2: USEREXCLUSIONSNUM=${#USEREXCLUSIONS[@]}
   3:  
   4: for i in `cat /etc/passwd | awk -F : {'print $1'}`; do
   5:  
   6: command=`grep $i":x" /etc/group | wc -l`
   7: if [ $command -lt 1 ]; then
   8:  
   9:         for ((t=0;t<$USEREXCLUSIONSNUM;t++)); do
  10:         look=${USEREXCLUSIONS[${t}]}
  11:                 if [ $i = $look ]; then
  12:                         orphaned=0;
  13:                         break;
  14:                 else
  15:                         orphaned=1;
  16:                 fi
  17:         done
  18:  
  19:         if [ $orphaned -eq 1 ]; then
  20:                 echo $i" is orphaned!"
  21:         fi
  22:  
  23: fi
  24:  
  25: done   

 

Finding Orphaned Groups

Use this script to find orphaned groups:

   1: GROUPEXCLUSIONS=( sys tty disk mem kmem wheel dip lock users floppy utmp slocate )
   2: GROUPEXCLUSIONSNUM=${#GROUPEXCLUSIONS[@]}
   3:  
   4: for i in `cat /etc/group | awk -F : {'print $1'}`; do
   5:  
   6: command=`grep $i":x" /etc/passwd | wc -l`
   7: if [ $command -lt 1 ]; then
   8:  
   9:         for ((t=0;t<$GROUPEXCLUSIONSNUM;t++)); do
  10:         look=${GROUPEXCLUSIONS[${t}]}
  11:                 if [ $i = $look ]; then
  12:                         orphaned=0;
  13:                         break;
  14:                 else
  15:                         orphaned=1;
  16:                 fi
  17:         done
  18:  
  19:         if [ $orphaned -eq 1 ]; then
  20:                 echo $i" is orphaned!"
  21:         fi
  22:  
  23: fi
  24: done

Homegrown Software Saves a Lost Autistic Man

image Recently I was reading an article here which shows how an application called “Search Tracker” guided searchers to an autistic man named "Keith kennedy late Sunday in a wooded area.

 

The software calculates the possibility that someone would be lost in certain areas based on density of plant life and wooded areas.

 

More on this story at LinuxInsider.