Destroy Twitter- A cool Twitter application for Linux.

Twitter is, like it or not, the hottest micro blogging service in the world today. More and more people are getting on board every second of the day. DestroyTwitter is an application that was created to help you make some sense from the sometimes raucous noise that is pervasive on this service.
DestroyTwitter  is a compact application that was built to run on Adobe AIR, making it ideal for your Linux box. It consists of a series of canvases that constantly update to keep tweets up-to-date using notifications that appear when a new tweet arrives. DestroyTwitter uses a minimal amount of memory compared to its AIR-based alternatives without sacrificing functionality and performance. As a result, it can easily run in the background as an automated process.
DestroyTwitter is a very useful application if you are a power twitter user or want to have some control over what happens in  your ‘twitterdom.’ Before installing DestroyTwitter, please be sure to have Adobe AIR installed first. The latest version is  available for beta download from the DestroyTwitter site which ironically looks very awful and hard to read.

Top 2 iPod management tools for Ubuntu.

If you have an Apple iPod and running Ubuntu on your computer, the following 2 applications that are readily available in the Ubuntu Software Center should be of interest to you.
GTKpod iPod Manager
Using GTK2, it allows you to upload songs and playlists to your iPod with support for ID3 tag editing. It also supports multiple charsets for ID3 tags, detects duplicate songs and allows offline modification of the database with later synchronisation.
GPixPod iPod management tool
GPixPod is an application for organizing photos and photo albums on your iPod. It also helps you modify manually the elements in the photo database of your iPod as compared to the iTunes syncing only method.
These are by no means the only iPod management tools available for Ubuntu, but are a simple and easy to use applications for everyday.

7 cool applications to improve your Karmic Koala experience.

If you are using Ubuntu, you probably know there is some 2000+ applications you can install on your system. Obviously you would not need to install all of those to get the best out of your system, the following 7 applications will help give you more from your setup in case  you have not installed them already. Some of them are available in the revised software management hub called the Ubuntu Software Center.

I am assuming you have already installed the Ubuntu restricted extras that gives you multimedia codecs to play proprietary formats like MP3 and flash. If you have not, just go to the Ubuntu Software Center and search for Ubuntu restricted extras to install.

1. VLC
VLC is the best multimedia player under the sun, period. Forget Totem. With its built in codecs, it can play virtually any file format known to man. If VLC cannot play it, chances are only the CIA or NSA have the right player for it. Check out 7 of its features that should get you to install it right away. It’s available in the repos.

2.Opera
Though not Open Source, you really need to have this cool and slick browser on your system. It has some very impressive features that makes it stand out. My favorite two features of this browser are the Opera Turbo and Opera Unite. You will be glad to have Opera Turbo when you have the misfortune of having to use a crowded Wi-Fi or an agonizingly slow net connection. Read more and download it here.

3. Skype
Yea I know, I know. There’s Ekiga, but chances are 9 out of 10 of the people you know use Skype. This alone makes it a necessity to have on your Karmic box. And if you are new to Ubuntu and are just wondering, yes the Skype you are used to on Windows works on Linux. Just download it and double click to install the .deb file.

4. Devede
This application transcodes your video files into dvd formats for burning to a dvd disc or cd. Available in the software center.

5. VirtualOSE
There may be times when you want to use another OS for some reason or the other. You should have VirtualOSE around so you don’t need to physically repartition your drive. Also available from software center.

6. Scribus
As a DTP tool Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation. It also has additional features not normally found in a DTP tool such as vector drawing tools with SVG support and it even has support for OpenType Fonts. You can follow the instructions here to get it up and running on your box.

7. Deluge
If you are a power torrent downloader like myself, then you really got to have Deluge. It’s faster, uses random ports, less resources and has more advanced features than the default Transmission. It is also available in the software repos.

I know there are so many more apps that are not on this list. For gamers, you can check out this post on how to play really awesome games from a liveCD. Your default install already comes with some great apps to get you off the ground, like OO.org. Those on this list are meant to augment the ones you already have. Give them a try and let me know what you think.

Mendeley- Manage documents on the desktop and in the cloud for free.

Do you deal with lots of documents both at home and in the office? Do you have to keep remembering a certain paragraph in that pdf document you were reading? Want to create a bibliographic database? Need a portable app to sync your documents between your desktop and the cloud? Have ever wanted a way to collaborate and share with fellow researchers on a project? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then what you need is Mendeley.
This is a simple, cross platform application that is packed with features to make organizing your heaps of documents a breeze and an enjoyable experience. Mendeley helps you connect with other researchers in your field through the Mendeley research network. Mendeley has its own ‘people directory’ that you can search to make some useful contacts along the way.
With Mendeley, you can collaborate with fellow researchers and share information, resources and experiences with shared and public collections. Your research team will have easy access to each others papers. Just create a group, invite your colleagues and drag and drop documents in there. This way you can keep on top of what they’re reading and discover more about what interests you.
The Mendeley desktop also indexes and organizes all of your PDF documents and research papers into your own personal digital bibliography. It gathers document details from your PDFs allowing you to effortlessly search, organize and cite. It also looks up PubMed, CrossRef, DOIs and other related document details automatically. Drag and drop functionality makes populating the library quick and easy. The bookmarklet allows you to quickly and easily import papers from resources such as Google Scholar, ACM, IEEE and many more at the click of a button.
This application is a revolution in the way we organize, collaborate and share documents- both on and offline. It is available for all three popular platforms: namely Windows, Linux and Mac OS. You can download it and use as a stand alone app on your computer or you can also register with the site and have it synced with their servers thus giving you easy access to your documents even when you are away from your PC. So all in all, this application is a must have if you really want a tidy computer and easy collaboration with friends and colleagues.

3 great educational apps for Linux newbies.

One of the greatest things about Linux is that there is never a shortage of applications to meet virtually every need. Below are 3 very great educational applications that most newbie Linux users will find very useful.
FlightGear
This application is a cross platform flight simulator with lots of features you might not find in other similar applications. It is an open source application that  supports standard 3D model formats. Some of the features of this application include
  • Over 20,000 real world airports included in the full scenery set.
  • Correct runway markings and placement, correct runway and approach lighting.
  • Taxiways available for many larger airports (even including the green center line lights when appropriate.)
  • Sloping runways (runways change elevation like they usually do in real life.)
  • Directional airport lighting that smoothly changes intensity as your relative view direction changes.
  • World scenery fits on 3 DVD’s. (I’m not sure that’s a feature or a problem!) But it means it has a pretty detailed coverage of the entire world.
  • Accurate terrain worldwide, based on the most recently released SRTM terrain data. 3 arc second resolution (about 90m post spacing) for North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.
  • Scenery includes all vmap0 lakes, rivers, roads, railroads, cities, towns, land cover, etc.
  • Nice scenery night lighting with ground lighting concentrated in urban areas (based on real maps) and headlights visible on major highways. This allows for realistic night VFR flying with the ability to spot towns and cities and follow roads.
  • Scenery tiles are paged (loaded/unloaded) in a separate thread to minimize the frame rate hit when you need to load new areas. 
This application really has an impressive array of features that will blow you away. On Ubuntu, FlightGear can be installed via the synaptic package manager and other distro users can  download and install here.
Sakai CLE
This application, according to the site, is “[a] free and open source Courseware Management System. It features a set of software tools designed to help instructors, researchers and students collaborate online in support of their work–whether it be course instruction, research or general project collaboration.
“For coursework, Sakai provides features to supplement and enhance teaching and learning. For collaboration, Sakai has tools to help organize communication and collaborative work on campus and around the world. Using a web browser, users choose from Sakai’s tools to create a site that meets their needs. To use Sakai, no knowledge of HTML is necessary.
“But the product vision reaches beyond teaching and learning applications. Many Sakai deployments include as many or more project and research collaboration sites. In addition, the Open Source Portfolio e-Portfolio system is a core part of the Sakai software. Finally, the Sakaibrary project links library resources to Sakai.”
You can find the  download instructions of Sakai  here.
Sage
This is a free Open Source mathematics software written in python. The mission of sage is to create a viable, free and open source alternative to Magma, Maple, Mathematica and Matlab.
Sage can be used to study general and advanced, pure and applied mathematics. This includes a huge range of mathematics, including algebra, calculus, elementary to very advanced number theory, cryptography, numerical computation, commutative algebra, group theory, combinatorics, graph theory, exact linear algebra and much more. It combines various software packages and seamlessly integrates their functionality into a common experience. It is well suited  for education, studying and research.  There is also a liveCD that you can directly run Sage from to get a feel of it. You can also download it for a full installation on your system.
What other application would you have loved to see on the list? Please share yours.