Best operating system to run older configuration PC – Lubuntu

Choosing Lubuntu:

Lately I was pushed to use my 7 year old PC for an emergency which had Windows 7 in it. It was very tough for me to use the old PC as compared to my latest one, even though it had 1.5GB or RAM and Dual Core Processor. I even had thoughts to install Windows XP to achive better performance.

Before starting anything, did some research to if I can find a Linux distro that could consume very less resources. I was always fond of the Ubuntu distros for as long as 10 years.
I was very fond of receiving the Ubuntu distro CDs that was transported freely to my remote village earlier in 2004 or 2005.
With that fondness I searched the latest distro and then came the Lubuntu (Lite-Ubuntu). I installed it in my PC with dual boot configuration. I should say that the performance is very impressive.

About Lubuntu:

Lubuntu is a good operating system for many old computers, but not for all of them.
Some computers have too little horsepower or memory. A rule of thumb is that the computer should not be more than 10 years old.
Lubuntu is recognized as a member the Ubuntu family by the developers of Ubuntu and has the same release nomenclature.

System Requirements, as per Lubuntu site:

If you like to use the system for normal activities like general browsing, viewing mails etc., the above config would be great.
But if you intend to use it for video watching like using Youtube, I must warn you, the browser you use could eat up all all memory.

Differences between Lubuntu and Ubuntu:

1. Different Desktop Environment (DE) – Lubuntu uses LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) while Ubuntu uses Unity as the default DE.

  • Both Lubuntu and Ubuntu share two major important things: same Core System and same Repositories.
  • Lubuntu and Ubuntu belong to the same family and talking about each as totally different two systems is not correct since they have some things in common.
  • They even share the same Forum Area and share many Wiki Pages. Other than that, they are the same.
  • The DE is what makes Lubuntu a lightweight OS, and of course the selected applications too because we make sure to use the lightest applications which are not resource hungry.
  • However, you are still free to use any application available in Ubuntu’s repositories, as long as your computer can run it.

2. Different Default Applications

Lubuntu Application Function
Xpad Stickies
Evince PDF Viewer
Gnumeric Spreadsheet
Abiword Docs
Simple-scan Scanner
Gnome-disk-utility Partition Editor
Light-locker Screensaver
Guvcview Webcam Utility
Gucharmap Character Map
Scrot Screenshot
Hardinfo System info
Mtpaint Image Editing
Xfburn Cd Burning
Pcmanfm File Manager
Gcalculator Calculator
Audacious Audio Player
Gnome-mplayer Video Player
Transmission Torrent
Pidgin Instant Messaging
Sylpheed Email Client
Mozilla Firefox Web browser
Leafpad Editor
File-roller (De)Compress files
Lxterminal Terminal
Gpicview Image Viewer

Download Lubuntu:

http://lubuntu.me/downloads/
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu/GetLubuntu

Official Websites:

http://lubuntu.me/
http://lubuntu.net/
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu

Must have Android apps for developers (Non Android developers)

The below list of apps are note rated or ordered in any ways.

1. AndroIRC – An IRC client application
2. Chrome – Mobile browser
3. Mozilla Firefox – Mobile browser
4. SSH/SFTP Server – Exposing your mobile as a SSH/SFTP server
5. AndFTP – FTP client
6. JuiceSSH – SSH client
7. aLogcat/aLogrec – Logger apps to view or save Android logs
8. Network Info II – Shows info about the phone and the current network, Bluetooth, IPv6 and Cell connection
9. kWS – Android Web Server
10. Google Analytics – Mobile client for Google Analytics
11. WordPress – Mobile client for WordPress dashboard
12. Control Panel for cPanel – Mobile client for cPanel Dashboard
13. File Expert – All in one File manager supporting Windows Samba, FTP, SFTP, FTPS, Webdev, Bluetooth OBEX client

Note: The above app list is used by me and has nothing to do with the other users.

Bhuvan, The Earth browser – A Geoportal of Indian Space Research Organisation

Most of us would have used the mapping services like Google Maps, Nokia Maps, Bing maps, Wiki Mapia etc on the net. But how many of us knew that we in India have a dedicated Mapping system. Yes, all those PSLV family satellites, Remote sensing satellites from ISRO send us a lot of images; details etc daily and these details are available to the public’s view.

Bhuvan is a Geo-portal of Indian Space Research Organization Showcasing Indian Imaging Capabilities in Multi-sensor, Multi-platform and Multi-temporal domain. This Earth browser gives a gateway to explore and discover virtual earth in 3D space with specific emphasis on Indian Region. The other services provided by the Bhuvan are Land services, Ground water prospects, Weather services, Ocean services, Disaster services

The Mapping system provides both the 2D and 3D viewing capability and can see information that is otherwise dry and academic, in ways that are visually fascinating. It helps you capture large databases of satellite data, which can be transformed into 3D presentations that capture the imaginations of the rest of us. Users can experience the comprehensive globe with multi resolution imagery, thematic information, historical multi temporal imagery, and other points of interest. As a User we can explore and visualize the world in a 3D landscape along with all other wide ranging tools to explore Bhutan.

Bhuvan also provides a mobile version of its site and can be accessed from here.

As a feast for developers, Bhuvan also provides the API’s to embed a true 3D digital globe, into the web pages. Using the API you can draw markers and lines, drape images over the terrain, allowing you to build sophisticated 3D map applications.

Bhuvan Quick Tour:

If you are unable view the video, click Here to download.

Printing Complex Layouts in Adobe Flex – FlexPrintJob

I have come across a basic need for printing a complex layout in the Adobe Flex. After a long search i thought the following will be helpful to all if shared.

Requirements:

1. My layout has the following. Header (Fixed, to be shown in all page.), First Page Header (Displayed only in single page), DataGrid with data rolling out to more than one page, Fixed footer following the DataGrid and a Footer that come only in last page of the Printed output.
2. I am given only the outer most component object and list of all ids of the following components.
3. No server side support is available.

Problems:

1. My DataGrid is not accessible directly.
2. Complex layout and needed Paginationrn3. Fixed, floating header and footers.

Solution:

With reference to the Adobe Live docs, the solutions is almost near except to the complex structure.
rnI have created a Template that holds all the data to be iterated in the report. I contains the sections like Fixed Header, Floating Header, DataGrid, Fixed Footer, Floating Footer as follows.

1. PrintTemplate.mxml

2. PrintSample.mxml

Here we have to pass the list of IDs of the sections as we need to the doPrint method as follows.

doPrint(outerGroup, fixedHeaderIDs, floatHeaderIDs, dataGridId, fixedFooterIDs, floatFooterIDs);Completing the rendering the print object will be sent to printer and a popup will be shown.

Source Code: Printing in Adobe Flex

Update:

In the above example, if the Printout is taken with the printAsBitmap set to false, then there will be thick line under the header of the DataGrid ie, the PrintDataGrid. To solve this problem you have to use a Header Renderer and set a background color or Image for the header as follows.

Save the file as SampleSkin and add this skin to the headerBackroundSkin property of PrintDataGrid in the PrintTemplate as follows.

This will resolve the issue and set a neat header to the DataGrid in the print.

Internet Explorer 9 to let Users Block “Tracking”

The Next version of Internet Explorer will let users turn on “tracking protection”, a new mechanism that will block specified users, Microsoft says.
The IE 9 announcement came as the U.S Federal Trade commision proposed that consumers be allowed to subscribe to a “do not track” system similar to “do not call” (in short DND) list that blocks telemarketers.
In IE 9, users can turn the feature on and then choose a list of sites to block. Anyone-Including individuals, companies, and consumers-protection groups-can make lists, and users can subscribe to as many as they please. List authors can update lists; the updates will automatically push out to subscribers, as IE 9 will check for updates once a week. The features will not block Flash cookies.
Some users may be surprised by the result, however: Sites that users block for tracking them will also be prohibited from displaying certain content. Websites will be able to detect when visitors are using the list; the sites will therefore know that some page elements may be blocked for the visitors.
The new tracking protection feature is available from the Internet Explorer 9 Release candidate.

The Next version of Internet Explorer will let users turn on “tracking protection”, a new mechanism that will block specified users, Microsoft says.

The IE 9 announcement came as the U.S Federal Trade commission proposed that consumers be allowed to subscribe to a “do not track” system similar to “do not call” (in short DND) list that blocks telemarketers.

In IE 9, users can turn the feature on and then choose a list of sites to block. Anyone-Including individuals, companies, and consumers-protection groups-can make lists, and users can subscribe to as many as they please. List authors can update lists; the updates will automatically push out to subscribers, as IE 9 will check for updates once a week. The features will not block Flash cookies.

Some users may be surprised by the result, however: Sites that users block for tracking them will also be prohibited from displaying certain content. Websites will be able to detect when visitors are using the list; the sites will therefore know that some page elements may be blocked for the visitors.

The new tracking protection feature is available from the Internet Explorer 9 Release candidate.