Monday, December 29, 2008

10.000+ Games for Linux

No1 feature that Linux needs (after marketing)?
-Games of course! Until Prince of Persia, Fallout and Pro Evolution Soccer get ported to Linux, a good solution are Flash games. brings about 10.000 flash games that you can play from your Linux PC! It includes Action games, beat-em up, Fantasy, Flying, Racing, Shoot-em Up and many many more.
There are more sites with flash games, but I didn't find any which such a high amount. Googling for "flash games", will show more sites like this.
There are also Massive multi player browser games like:

The following are Role Playing Games of supreme quality and sense of humor. Even if you have a dozen RPGs in Windows, don't miss them, you 'll Laugh Out Loud(LOL) every time you play them!

So next time someone is hesitant to try Linux because he/she wants to play games, then Flash & browser games are the answer!

Friday, December 26, 2008

[Poll Closed] Which distribution do you use?

Most readers use Ubuntu (which makes sense, as most posts were about Ubuntu). I will post some articles and HOW-TOs for our friends that use Fedora, as well. I 've been using mainly Fedora for the last 2 weeks and I can say its great!

Which Distribution do you use?

Monday, December 22, 2008

Feed Changed

I would like to inform anyone who may be subscribed to the RSS Feed, that I changed it to Feedburner, in order to get statistics (and first of all, if anyone has subscribed!!). I also changed the widget to redirect to the new Feed.
Sorry for the inconvenience I have caused.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Chrome V8 just become V12!

In my older post Broswer Wars Reloaded: Javascript speed, Acid tests I presented the javascript speed of the most popoular broswers. Firefox 3.1 beta2 was the fastest with Chrome a very close second (and IE 7 like 20 times slower!!). The results were :
  • Firefox 3.1 beta 2: 1997.6ms 
  • Chrome beta :2240.8ms
Now the final version of Chrome does it in the blinding speed of 1551.0ms!!
So stay tuned to see if the final version of Firefox 3.1 will beat Chrome to Javascript speed. Although we can expect that the 1st place will switch sides with each new version..

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Windows Stuff

These free software programs for Windows are some of the easiest to use for certain tasks. I figured I would post them here to let the Windows users that come here that they are not left out. Maybe it will convert some curious users to give Linux a go.

1. FreeZip is a small, fast and efficient Zip utility for compression and decompression of files and directories. FreeZip integrates with Windows Explorer and uses file associations and context menus to zip or unzip files and subdirectories. If you know how to use Windows Explorer, then you do not have to learn anything new to use FreeZip. The setup is a single-click process and there are no options or settings involved. The manual is in English, Japanese, Polish, Italian, Swedish, German, Latvian, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Czech, Russian, Lithuanian, Belorussian, Portuguese and Chinese.

2. Winmd5sum is a easy utility to check your downloaded md5sum for data integrity.
Download WinMD5Sum - Freeware Windows MD5 checksumming utility.

3. Imageburn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have. (So you can burn a Linux ISO or whatever)

4. Foxit reader is a very nice. lightweight, (doesn't gobble up hardrive space), alternative to Adobe Reader.

5. K-Lite Mega Codecs Pack.
With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play all the popular movie formats and even some rare formats.

I hope this makes your computing needs easier, and to show that software doesn't have to be bought to be good software. Enjoy

Thursday, December 11, 2008

open...: Brazil Seeks 150,000 GNU/Linux Notebooks for 300 Schools

open...: Brazil Seeks 150,000 GNU/Linux Notebooks for 300 Schools

It sounds Greek to me

Off-topic: If you can read the following, then you understand Greek better than me (i am Greek), as i did not understand some words!!

It is Zeus' anathema on our epoch (for the dynamism of our economies) and the heresy of our economic method and policies that we should agonize the Skylla of nomismatic plethora and the Charybdis of economic anaemia. It is not my idiosyncracy to be ironic or sarcastic but my diagnosis would be that politicians are rather cryptoplethorists. Although they emphatically stigmatize nomismatic plethora, they energize it through their tactics and practices. Our policies should be based more on economic and less on political criteria. Our gnomon has to be a metron between economic,strategic and philanthropic scopes. Political magic has always been anti-economic. In an epoch characterized by monopolies, oligopolies, monopolistic antagonism and polymorphous inelasticities, our policies have to be more orthological, but this should not be metamorphosed into plethorophobia, which is endemic among academic economists. Nomismatic symmetry should not antagonize economic acme. A greater harmonization between the practices of the economic and nomismatic archons is basic. Parallel to this,we have to synchronize and harmonize more and more our economic and nomismatic policies panethnically. These scopes are more practicable now, when the prognostics of the political and economic barometer are halcyonic. The history of our didimus organization on this sphere has been didactic and their gnostic practices will always be a tonic to the polyonymous and idiomorphous ethnical economies. The genesis of the programmed organization will dynamize these policies. Therefore, i sympathize, although not without criticism one or two themes with the apostles and the hierarchy of our organs in their zeal to program orthodox economic and nomismatic policies, although I have some logomachy with them.I apologize for having tyranized you with my Hellenic phraseology. In my epilogue, i emphasize my eulogy to the philoxenous aytochtons of this cosmopolitan metropolis and my encomium to you, Kyrie stenographers.

That speech was made by the Greek ex prime-minister Xenophon Zolotas in 1959 at Boards of Governors, Washington D.C and granted him a place in Greek history.

Did you understand some things of that speech or nothing at all? Post your comments.

Broswer Wars Reloaded: Javascript speed, Acid tests

I should not show the IE 7 results, because they are embarrassing and Trolls will accuse me of being a zealot. But i can sense that other zealots' blood-lust is building up!!
So here are the results:

Sunspider test (less is better)
  • Firefox 3.1 beta2: 1997.6ms
  • Chrome : 2240.8ms
  • Firefox 3: 4293.4ms
  • Opera 10 alpha: 5088.4ms
  • Safari 3.2 : 5418.4ms
  • Opera 9.6 :5494.2ms
  • IE 7: 42412.8ms
  • Safari OK
  • FF3 OK
  • FF3.1b2 OK
  • Chrome OK
  • OPERA 10 alpha OK
  • OPERA 9.6 OK
  • IE7 NOT OK
Acid 3
  • Safari 75/100
  • FF3 71/100
  • FF3.1b2 93/100, getting close.
  • Chrome 79/100
  • OPERA 10 alpha 100/100, well done Opera!
  • OPERA 9.6 85/100
  • IE7 11/100

Acid3 on FF3 (71%)

IE 7 (11%)

Acid 3 on Opera 10 Alpha (100%)
IE 7(Acid 2)

FF3 (Acid2)

You can run the tests yourself here:
Your results in sunspider may vary according to your PC specifications.
PC specifications: Core 2 Duo 3.2 Ghz 2GB ram XP SP3 (Tested on a friend's PC, didn't use Linux in order to test Safari & IE)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Linux steadily over 2% and keeps rising

Since February, Linux market share was around 2% but never was over it for two months in a row. In September market share was 1,99%, on October it rose to 2,09% (+1.000.000 users in a month, not bad) and in November it rose slightly to 2,11%. I can hear the trolls laughing:)
I expected a bigger rise judging from my friends & colleagues that installed Ubuntu as dual boot last month.
Anyway, we can now say that 2% is behind us at last and we can expect to reach 3% in 2009 or 2010 (if Windows 7 become Win ME 3 or Vista 2, then 3% will come without breaking a sweat:)