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Create a multiboot usb disc

From http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk

Ever wanted to try out lots of different LiveCD’s on your thumb drive without the hassle of installing them one at a time? Say hello to MultiBoot LiveUSB which does just that. You just drag and drop as many .iso files as your drive can handle onto the application window and you’re done!

Upon booting from your USB stick, MultiBootdisplays a graphical menu for you to select which OS you want to boot into. Log out, restart and then pick another! It’s a great way to try out various OSes on your netbook without the need of an external DVD drive.

The main benefits of using – as well as installing from – a Live USB is speed. Unbridled speed. I installed Ubuntu from a USB drive a few days back and it was took less than 5 minutes from boot to restart. You’ll also find using a ‘live USB’ desktop much more responsive too as there is no disc to spin and seek from.

Using MultiBoot LiveUSB

It should go without saying that in order to cram lots of different OSes onto a USB drive it needs to be a bit roomy. To use Multiboot to any extent you’ll need a USB stick, SDHC card, compact flash, USB external hard drive, etc of at least 2GB.

MultiBoot supports all main Ubuntu versions and associated spins Xubuntu, Kubuntu & Lubuntu. Most other Ubuntu-based derivatives work well as does pretty much every other OS that is available as a live CD.

Download

Installing MultiBoot LiveUSB is a bit of a faff. You need to download this .tar.gz, extract it and then double click on the script inside. This will prompt you for your root password and then proceed to install.

Once installed MultiBoot can be run from the Applications > Accessories sub-menu and the rest really is as easy as it sounds.

Issues

I had to battle to get MultiBoot working at first; the application requires that a USB drive be formatted in FAT32. This can easily be done using the Disk Utility app in the System menu however MultiBoot refused to recognise that I had a drive connected. A lot of pulling out/plugging back in later and it did eventually notice it.

Why I’m rejecting your email attachment: for freedom and the good of the web!

http://www.fsf.org/news/why-im-rejecting-your-email-attachment

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Wednesday, March 31, 2010 — The Free
Software Foundation (FSF) today launched a campaign calling on all
computer users to start politely rejecting email attachments sent in
secret and proprietary formats: for freedom and the good of the web!

The campaign is in support of Document Freedom Day and the OpenDocument
format. OpenDocument is an ISO standard that allows anyone to create
software that supports it, without fear of patent claims or licensing
issues. Documents, spreadsheets and presentations sent in Microsoft Word
or Excel native formats, or documents created in Apple’s iWorks, are
proprietary and incompatible with freedom and an accessible web.

“If we are serious about gaining freedom and accessibility for all users
of technology and the web, we must demand an end to proprietary document
formats. The best way to get started is for each of us to take
responsibility and begin rejecting their use. OpenDocument is available
now, as is free software such as OpenOffice.org that allows anyone to
create OpenDocument files at no cost. If we can convince the 300 Million
users who have already downloaded OpenOffice.org, to reject proprietary
formats we could quickly secure a victory. Let’s do this for freedom and
the good of the web,” said FSF executive director Peter Brown.

The campaign highlights ways in which emails that include attachments in
secret or proprietary formats can be politely rejected, and the issue
explained to the sender. Users can respond individually, or email
administrators can configure their systems to automatically reject such
messages.

FSF campaigns manager Matt Lee added, “For governments, businesses,
archivists and others, it’s critical that documents be stored in a way
that guarantees they can be read for years to come. This hasn’t been a
problem for printed matter, but proprietary digital file formats are
secretive by nature and get changed every few years, putting at risk
future access to needed documents. We must ensure that documents we
store on our computers and that are made available on the web are
accessible regardless of what computer you use.”

The FSF is providing graphics that supporters can use to promote the
campaign at http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/opendocument/spread.

Reject proprietary formats and use OpenDocument:
http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/opendocument/reject

Learn about OpenDocument: http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/opendocument

Learn about Document Freedom Day: http://documentfreedom.org/

Full Circle Magazine

Full circle magazine is a free magazine of the Ubuntu community. The FC community has also released the Full Circle Podcast #3 along with the magazine issue #35

[Magazine]
We’ve got a review of the coveted Motorola Droid (Milestone for those of you in Europe), an Android app review, as well as tips on running Google Sketchup in Wine for you.  In addition to all that, we have:

* Command and Conquer.
* How-To : Program in Python – Part 9, Digitally Retouching a Photo in GIMP – Part 2, and Installing Google SketchUp using Wine.
* Review – Motorola Milestone/Droid.
* MOTU Interview – Pedro Fragoso.
* Top 5 – Android Applications.
* Ubuntu Women, Ubuntu Games, My Opinion, My Story, and all the usual goodness!

Get it here: http://fullcirclemagazine.org/2010/03/27/issue-35-is-out-google-sketchup-and-android/

[Podcast]

FCP #3: Hail the Mental Mongoose

FCP #3 is also out !  For the podcast show notes, links, and to listen, visithttp://fullcirclemagazine.org/2010/03/27/full-circle-podcast-3-hail-the-mental-mongoose/.

My email to Dr.Stallman

maitraya to rms@gnu.org
Hello Mr.Stallman,
I am a high school student residing in India and have been inspired by your speeches recently. I first knew about free (as in freedom) softwares from a tech magazine a few years back and started using free softwares after your inspiring speech video on your Wikipedia article. I use gNewSense now.
Thank goodness the world has someone like you who gave us GNU/Linux which helped a lot in my school work. Sadly, here in India, many students/teachers/parents do not know much about free software, FSF or GNU. I am probably the only student in the school who knows about free softwares. But I am trying to enlighten others with whatever knowledge I have acquired through gnu.org . Hope my state uses GNU/Linux more in the near future.
Lastly, this is perhaps of very little significance, I wanted to present you something. See the attached png and jpeg : its a bookmark created with GIMP. It might come in handy while reading physical books. I wish to distribute printouts of it to friends in order to spread the word of freedom.
Plus: I create GDM themes for gNewSense. they are available at http://www.gnome-look.org under artist maitraya (i.e. me)
Yours faithfully,
Maitraya Kanta Bhattacharyya
High School Student
Calcutta Boys’ School,
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Richard Stallman: Autoreply message

I am not on vacation, but I am at the end of a long time delay. I am
located somewhere on Earth, but as far as responding to email is concerned,
I appear to be well outside the solar system.
After your message arrives at gnu.org, I will collect it in my next batch of
incoming mail, some time within the following 24 hours. I will spend much
of the following day reading that batch of mail and will come across your
message at some point. If I can write a response for it immediately, the
response will go out in the next outgoing batch–typically around 24 hours
after I collected your message, but occasionally sooner or later than that.
As a result, you should expect a minimum delay of between 24 and 48 hours in
seeing any response to your mail to me.
If you are having a conversation with me, please keep in mind that each
message you receive from me is probably a response to the mail you sent 24
to 48 hours earlier, and any subsequent mail you sent has not yet been seen
by me.
If you are in big hurry to speak with me, and one day’s delay would be
a serious problem, you can ask my assistant to phone me. Send mail to
<rms-assist@gnu.org> saying what you would like to talk with me about,
and giving your telephone number. You can also call the Free Software
Foundation office at 617-542-5942 (weekday Boston business hours) and
ask them to phone me on your behalf.
If you aren’t in such a hurry that phoning me is needed, please don’t
bother contacting them; just send me mail directly. The message you
send me directly will reach me sooner than any message forwarded by
someone else. I will get back to you as soon as I can.
If you do not wish to receive this message ever again, please send a message
to rms-autoreply-control@gnu.org with the subject “OFF”.
Otherwise, you might receive a reply like this one up to once a month.
rms@gnu.org to me

Sadly, here in India, many
students/teachers/parents do not know much about free software, FSF or GNU.
I am probably the only student in the school who knows about free softwares.
But I am trying to enlighten others with whatever knowledge I
have acquired through gnu.org .
One idea for how to spread awareness of the issue is to invite others
to watch that same video.  It’s worth a try.  You can also learn to
give speeches yourself.  It comes with practice; that’s how I learned
to do it.
Would you like to work with FSF India?  I am sure you can be helpful
to them.
Regarding the bookmark, would you like to give it to the FSF?  Please
write to webmasters@gnu.org.  Our webmastering is mostly done by
volunteers, and they may lose track of something; so if you get no
response in 2 weeks, please write again.

Create Ubuntu Live USB Drive easily with uSbuntu

uSbuntu is a tool that let you create Live USB Drive Ubuntu system using iso image files. The tool is inuitive to use and it can be downloaded from any of these sites :

  1. Official website
  2. Mirror 1 (softpedia)
  3. Mirror 1 (4shared)
  4. Mirror 1 (softronic)

uSbuntu

uSbuntu works on Windows XP as well as Vista operating system and can work with any USB drive with 1GB or more space. The creator of uSbuntu has stated that the project would be evolved to support other Linux distribution too under the name LiLi (Linux USB Live Creator) which can be downloaded from LinuxLiveUSB.com