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openSUSE 11.3 Released โ€“ Download Now
· โ˜• 1 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathyajith Bhat
openSUSE 11.3 is based on Linux kernel 2.6.34 and has KDE Software Compilation 4.4.4 as theย default desktop environment. A GNOME version is also available and it uses GNOME 2.30.1. In terms of the default applications, it comes with Thunderbird 3.0.5, Firefox 3.6.4 and OpenOffice 3.2.1 to name a few. openSUSE 11.3 also gives the user the choice of using Btrfs during installation. You can view the complete changelog here or read the release note.

Spotify for Linux
· โ˜• 1 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathyajith Bhat
A lot of our developers are using Linux, obviously they want to listen to music while theyโ€™re coding away and looking at the feedback we get it appears that theyโ€™re not the only ones. So today weโ€™re pretty happy to present a preview version of Spotify for Linux. Built by our brilliant developers during hack days and late nights, it shares most of the same features as our Windows and Mac OS X desktop applications.

Damn Vulnerable Linux
· โ˜• 1 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathyajith Bhat
A whole linux distro, Slackware based I believe, to train you in the dark arts. This distro is deliberately insecure, containing out of date packages, mis-configured apps, and loads of training material. It comes as a live dvd download, so you can run it up as and when you want to practice your skills. via Damn Vulnerable Linux. Will be interesting to check it out.

openSUSEโ€™s software manager lists Mono apps under Proprietary Applications Pattern
· โ˜• 1 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathyajith Bhat
I’ve been using openSUSE for quite some time now, but this is definitely the first time that I’ve noticed this ( though probably because I tend to use zypper or the 1-click install rather than entering YaST). Edit: Output of zypper lr -u https://pastebin.com/awfeBeLP Output of zypper se -s -i -t pattern https://pastebin.com/DJc8HsLG Output of zypper sl -d https://pastebin.com/LxLREddG Edit 2:ย Andreas Jaegar comments on the above: Found it: The pattern is part of Mono Community pattern.

Watermark Photos with digiKam
· โ˜• 1 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathyajith Bhat
digiKam supports watermarking, this feature is hidden so well that you might not even realize that itโ€™s there. This is because the watermarking function in digiKam is tucked under the Batch Queue Manager tool which you can use to watermark multiple photos in one go. Here is how this works in practice. Choose Tools | Batch Queue Manager (or press the B key) to open the Batch Queue Manager tool.

Virtual DJ Software for Linux: Mixxx
· โ˜• 1 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathyajith Bhat
Mixxx is described as a complete package for amateur and professional DJs alike, providing everything you need to create and perform live mixes. It can run without connecting turntables and mixers, which makes it a replacement for traditional DJ setup. For professionals, it supports advanced features like comprehensive MIDI controller support, vinyl control, and multi-core CPU support. via Virtual DJ Software for Linux: Mixxx | TechSource. Seems nice.

Changing file associations and default applications in openSUSE / Gnome
· โ˜• 1 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathyajith Bhat
A quickie: I wanted to change the default application from Banshee/Totem for my media files to VLC ( since I didn’t have proprietary codecs installed, and VLC does). Searched all of YaST/Settings and couldn’t find where to change the default application. The solution was pretty simple, just right click the file(type), click on Properties,ย and Open-With tab Just choose the default application, or click on Add and select VLC, and you’re done!

Amarok 2.2.90 Most Irritating Bug #228014: File metadata not displayed If File Is Not Present In Collection
· โ˜• 2 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathyajith Bhat
Well it’s no secret that I’m a music fan and love to keep my music organized, and neatly tagged. ( Well, if you didn’t - now you do ). I’d posted quite sometime ago on how to keep your music well tagged and organized, so there’s pretty much no way that my files wouldn’t be tagged. Of course, there exceptions here and there but majority are tagged. So I was rather surpised today when Amarok , during playback wasn’t showing any metadata.

Use MusicBrainz Picard ? Donโ€™t update to KDE 4.4 RC (yet)
· โ˜• 2 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathyajith Bhat
I love MusicBrainz Picard. It keeps my music collection organized, tags and renames them, and heck even fetches the cover art for (almost) all songs. Picard is just brilliant. And the icing on the cake - its FOSS & cross platform. And it was working fine - till couple of days ago. Eager to try out the RC of the upcoming 4.4 release of KDE, I upgraded it. Later on I got a bunch of music files from Ankit, and I set to tag ‘em correctly.

Changing the GNOME Menu panel in openSUSE GNOME back to Gnome defaults
· โ˜• 1 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathyajith Bhat
Seems like lot of openSUSE Gnome users don’t like the new Gnome panel, which is radically different interface from the traditional Menu bar with Applications/Places/System entries. Personally I prefer the new style, perhaps because I’m used to the openSUSE Kickoff panel, and I really dig the search feature You can go back to the default Applications / Places / System panel pretty easily. To do this: Right click the bottom panel and choose add a panel Now right click the top panel and choose Add to Panel In the search input box type “menu”, and you will see about six entries, one of which is “Traditional main Menu” Add the menu to the panel, move it to where you like, and delete the “original” menu.