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Rhythmbox – A Tool to Sync Android Smartphones Using Linux

Interest levels in synchronize music collections have notched up a bit of late with the introduction of a plethora of new Android-based super phones. That is, unless you happen to be one of those owners with a large quantity of digital music encumbered by digital rights management (DRM) also known as copy protection. For this purpose, you might want to do some research into converting said digital files into a more portable format. Meanwhile, for the rest, with media ready to load up on a new cool phone, we’ll take a look at Linux options.\r\nThe good news is that Linux has supported the multitude of “dumb” MP3 players since they first started showing up on the market. These devices simply look like an attached USB disk when you plug them in. Android phones use this approach of making their internal storage accessible to your desktop or laptop. Option two for many owners is to remove the internal micro-SD card and sync your files directly by using a SD card reader. While this isn’t a bad option, it often involves removing batteries or at least the battery cover, which is not the simplest task in some cases.\r\n\r\nBasic Ubuntu Sync\r\nUbuntu 10.4 ships with the Rhythmbox media player and totally supports disk-based synchronization. It also includes the features like media player including CD ripping, playlists, podcast downloading and support for Internet radio. Rhythmbox will play virtually any audio format as it’s based on the popular GStreamer media framework. It will even transfer music from an iPod, MTP, and USB Mass Storage music players.\r\n\r\n

Rhythmbox Visualization Image
Rhythmbox Visualization Image
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  • Easy to use music browser
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  • Searching and sorting
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  • Comprehensive audio format support through GStreamer
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  • Internet Radio support including last.fm streams
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  • Playlists
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  • Display audio visualizations
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  • Display album art and song lyrics downloaded from the internet
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  • Automatically download audio podcasts
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  • Browse, preview, and download albums from Magnatune and Jamendo
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\r\nRhythmbox is bundled with many other distributions, If it’s not installed on your box you can download from their site.\r\n\r\nCo-Contributor: Paul

Mono 2.8 is Released.

The Mono developers have released Mono 2.8, a major update to the implementation of Microsoft’s .NET technology for Linux and other platforms.Mono 2.8 Released\r\n\r\nMiguel de Icaza, project lead, said in his blog that the release “contains ten months worth of new features, stability fixes, performance work and bug fixes”. The Mono C# compiler is now a complete implementation of the C# 4.0 specification and defaults to operating as a 4.0 based platform.\r\n\r\nA new Generational GC (Garbage collector) offers better performance for applications which consume and reuse large amounts of memory; benchmarkingshows CPU use is now much more predictable. Support for LLVM has now been marked as stable with a mono-llvm command allowing server applications to run with an LLVM back end, potentially offering greater performance; JIT compilation with LLVM is described as “very slow” in the release notes and therefore only currently suits long-lived server processes.\r\n\r\nOther changes include the incorporation of a range of new frameworks; the Parallel Framework and System.XAML are new to the core of Mono, while Microsoft’s open sourced frameworks (System.Dynamic, Managed Extensibility Framework, ASP.NET MVC 2 and the OData client framework System.Data.Services.Client) are bundled with Mono. Support for OpenBSD has also been incorporated into the release.\r\n\r\nMono 2.8 is not a long term support release as the updates have “not received as much testing as they should”; Mono 3.0 will be the next long term supported release and users wanting the “absolute stability” of a thoroughly tested version are recommended to use Mono 2.6. Information on other new features and details of removed libraries are available in the release notes. Mono 2.8 is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X, openSUSE, Novell Linux Enterprise Desktop and Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS and other Linux systems and is licensed under a combination of open source licences.

RedHat Fedora 14 Release On the Way – 26 days left

Red Hat‘s Fedora remains one of the most popular and versatile Linux distributions available today.\r\n

Redhat Fedora 14 on the way to your desktop\r\n\r\nRedhat Fedora 14\r\n\r\n

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  • Linux Kernel 2.6.35 – Newest Linux Kernel
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  • Gnome 2.32 – Newest Gnome Desktop
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  • KDE Plasma Desktop 4.5.0 – Newest KDE Desktop
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  • OpenOffice.org 3.3 – Office suite
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  • NetBeans 6.9 – An open-source integrated development environmen (IDE)
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  • Eclipse Helios 3.6 – An open-source integrated development environmen (IDE)
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  • Python 2.7 – Updated Python to the upstream 2.7 release of Python Programming environment/language
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  • Perl 5.12 – Perl updated to 5.12 version
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  • MeeGo 1.0 – MeeGo Netbook UX 1.0 experience in Fedora
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\r\nFedora 14 Other Improvements, Changes and Features\r\n

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  • Linux Kernel 2.6.35 – Linux 2.6.35 includes a wide range of new features
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  • Desktop Virtualization – Spice is a complete open source solution for interaction with virtualized desktops, focusing on the provision of high-quality remote access to QEMU machines.
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  • Faster JPEG Compression/Decompression – The replacement of libjpeg with libjpeg-turbo brings speed improvements
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  • New and Updated Programming Languages – Fedora 14 sees the introduction of D, a systems programming language combining the power and high performance of C and C++ with the programmer productivity of modern languages like Ruby and Python.
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  • Better Tools For Developers – Netbeans 6.9, Eclipse Helios 3.6, D programming
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  • KDE Plasma Desktop 4.5.0 – KDE 4.5.0 introduces window tiling and better notification features, along with many stability and performance improvements.
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  • Sugar 0.90 – The latest release of Sugar features major usability improvements for the first login screen and the control panel, as well as support for 3G networks.
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  • Improved Netbook Experience With MeeGo – The MeeGo Netbook UX 1.0 provides a user interface tailored specifically for netbooks, building on the foundations laid by Moblin in previous Fedora releases.
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  • IPMI Server Management Made Simple – ipmiutil, an easy-to-use, fully-featured IPMI server management utility that allows a wide range of management functions to be performed with just a few commands.\r\n\r\n
    Fedorea 14 Beta Desktop
    Fedorea 14 Beta Desktop
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Ethical Hacking Tools – Live Hacking CD

LogoI’m glad to share the information about Live hacking CD that is a Linux distribution packaged with collection of amazing tools for ethical hacking and penetration testing, that includes some IPv6 tools. This CD contains the tools and utilities you need to test and hack your own network but using the tools and techniques that more malicious hackers would use.\r\n\r\nLive Hacking CD is based on Ubuntu. This Live CD runs directly from the CD and there is no need installation of these tools on your hard disk. You can use the bundled  tools to test, check, ethical hack and perform penetration tests on your network to make sure that it is secure from outside intruders.\r\n\r\nAs well the standard Linux networking tools like ping, wget, curl, telnet and ssh, the Live Hacking CD has tools for DNS enumeration and reconnaissance as well as utilities for foot-printing, password cracking and network sniffing. It also has programs for spoofing and a set of wireless networking utilities.\r\n\r\nThis CD is based on open source technology and based on Ubuntu Linux. All the tools included can be freely found in either the Ubuntu repositories on from the Internet. The CD is designed to be a platform to help IT security professionals (as well as those with a general interest in information security) to start, understand and conduct penetration tests and ethical hacking.\r\n\r\nThe Live Hacking Mini CD is a small Linux distribution designed for ethical hacking. This is compact version of Live Hacking CD contains all necessary tools and utilities but GUI interface is not included in this CD and it’s command based only.\r\n\r\nDownload Live Hacking CD\r\n

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  • Live Hacking CD, Version 1.2 Beta August 25, 2010, ISO-MD5 Hash: ded9ce8ee66c7d7e23f535d38a10e91f Download (SourceForge.net)
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  • Live Hacking CD, Version 1.1 Full April 27, 2010, ISO-MD5 Hash: dd1d96aec7821e6b623c93a1c9569658 Download (SourceForge.net)
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  • Live Hacking Mini CD, Version 1.0 Beta, April 27, ISO-MD5 Hash: dd19a497421f37c508d681586e132c99 Download (SourceForge.net)
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\r\nMore information about Live Hacking CD\r\n

\r\nSource: Livehacking, alijahangiri\r\n\r\nI’m thankful Livehacking and Ali Jahangiri to post the information of amazing tools.