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Install Gammu

Installing gammu is surprisingly easy (once again thanks to the wonders of apt-get), just use the following command:

sudo apt-get install gammu

Hard wasn’t it? 😉

OK now it’s time to plug your phone in and see if we can get things talking. With the phone connected, type the following command:


you should now see your phone listed as a device – for example:

Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0421:0802 Nokia Mobile Phones

if not – make sure your cables and power are all good and try again.

The gammu installation comes with some example configuration files which are worth using as a starting point – if nothing else they help you to understand how gammu can be configured so that you can tailor a solution for your needs. These are located in
/usr/share/doc/gammu/examples (in gZip archives).

Copy the gammurc file to /etc/gammurc :

sudo cp /usr/share/doc/gammu/examples/config/gammurc /etc/gammurc

Now edit /etc/gammurc to specify your port and connection type (this will vary based upon where/how you have things plugged in and what sort of cable/interface your phone is using). The settings for mine are:

port = /dev/ttyACM0
connection = dku5

Save this config and from the shell type:

gammu –identify

you should now be presented with some information regaqrding your phone such as:

Manufacturer : Nokia
Model : 7200 (RH-23)
Firmware : 3.110 T (18-03-04)
Hardware : 0903
IMEI : 353363000813894
Original IMEI : 353363/00/081389/4
Manufactured : 04/2004
Product code : 0514143
UEM : 16

If this is the case then you have got gammu up and running and can send yourself a test message with the following command:

echo “boo” | gammu –sendsms TEXT [recipient mobile number]

Thanks to rforge.wordpress.com


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open source software seemed like a gift as programmers would put in a lot of effort and give away the fruits of their labour for everyone’s benefit. However, with time companies have become aware of the fact that they can make money at the same time as doing charity.

Continue reading : Tips To Make Money Using Open Source

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Slicer, or 3D Slicer, is a free, open source software package for visualization and image analysis. 3D Slicer is natively designed to be available on multiple platforms, including Windows, Linux and Mac Os X.

Slicer 3.6, is the official release as of June 2010

Features include

  • Improved Interactive Editor
  • New Color Module
  • Improved Volume Rendering
  • EM Segmenter, simple version
  • Fast Marching Segmentation
  • Robust Statistics Segmentation
  • New Registration module
  • New Slices module
  • Fiducial based tractography
  • Improved SceneSnapshot Screen Capture functionality
  • 4D Image Viewer
  • Compare View and Cross Hairs
  • Support for Extension Server for installing plug-ins
  • Improved Dicom Support
  • MRML scenes and all data load from and save into XNAT desktop

You may download different versions of Slicer3 and find pointers to the source code, mailing lists and bug tracker. Please note that Slicer continues to be a research package and is not intended for clinical use. Testing of functionality is an ongoing activity with high priority, however, some features of Slicer3 are not fully tested.

Thanks to Slicer – Click here for more info

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Open Source Video Conferencing software are pretty new. Except the grand father Ekiga (former GnomeMeeting), the most promising Open Source

Video Conferencing solutions have less than 2 years on the market.DimDim and Vmukti are the gorilla of the field, with aggressive features list.Open Source Video Conferencing software are pretty new.

Except the grand father Openmeetings (former GnomeMeeting), the most promising Open Source Video Conferencing solutions have less than 2 years on the market.DimDim and Vmukti are the gorilla of the field, with aggressive features list.

Leading Open Source Video Conferencing solutions

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Gimp has been famously known as the “poor man’s Photoshop”, and perhaps rightfully so. That’s a complement Gimp won’t mind taking. While it would be an unfair comparison to make between Gimp and Photoshop, Gimp can easily meet needs of most amateur image editors out there and then some. Since its release in 1995 Gimp has come a long way in to being the most powerful image editing tool freely available out there. With these tutorials we hope to vanish some of the doubts you might have had about Gimp’s ability as a powerful image editor.

50 Gimp Tutorials:

  1. Human Torch (video)
  2. Flare Effect (video)

Thanks to Linuxhaxor

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Here are 10 excellent backup solutions for the Linux operating system.

1: fwbackups

This is, by far, the easiest of all the Linux backup solutions. It is cross platform, has a user-friendly interface, and can do single backups or recurring scheduled backups. The fwbackups tool allows you to do backups either locally or remotely in tar, tar.gz, tar.bZ, or rsync format. You can back up an entire computer or a single file. Unlike many backup utilities, fwbackups is easy to install because it will most likely be found in your distribution’s repository. Both backing up and restoring are incredibly easy (even scheduling a remote, recurring scheduled backup). You can also do incremental or differential backups to speed the process.

2: Bacula

Bacula is a powerful Linux backup solution, and it’s one of the few Linux open source backup solutions that’s truly enterprise ready. But with this enterprise readiness comes a level of complexity you might not find in any other solution. Unlike many other solutions, Bacula contains a number of components:

  • Director — This is the application that supervises all of Bacula.
  • Console — This is how you communicate with the Bacula Director.
  • File — This is the application that’s installed on the machine to be backed up.
  • Storage — This application performs the reading and writing to your storage space.
  • Catalog — This application is responsible for the databases used.
  • Monitor — This application allows the administer to keep track of the status of the various Bacula tools.

Bacula is not the easiest backup solution to configure and use. It is, however, one of the most powerful. So if you are looking for power and aren’t concerned about putting in the time to get up to speed with the configuration, Bacula is your solution.

3: Rsync

Rsync is one of the most widely used Linux backup solutions. With rsync, you can do flexible incremental backups, either locally or remotely. Rsync can update whole directory trees and file systems; preserve links, ownerships, permissions, and privileges; use rsh, ssh, or direct sockets for connection; and support anonymous connections. Rsync is a command-line tool, although front ends are available (such as Grsync<http://freshmeat.net/projects/grsync/&gt;). But the front ends defeat the flexibility of having a simple command-line backup tool. One of the biggest pluses of using a command-line tool is that you can create simple scripts to use, in conjunction with cron, to create automated backups. For this, rsync is perfect.

4: Mondorescue

Mondorescue is one of those tools you have around for disaster recovery because one of its strengths is backing up an entire installation. Another strength of Mondorescue is that it can back up to nearly any medium: CD, DVD, tape, NFS, hard disk, etc. And Mondo supports LVM 1/2, RAID, ext2, ext3, ext4, JFS, XFS, ReiserFS, and VFAT. If your file system isn’t listed, there is a call on the Mondo Web site to email the developers for a file system request and they will make it work. Mondo is used by large companies, such as Lockheed-Martin, so you know it’s reliable.

5: Simple Backup Solution

Simple Backup Solution is primarily targeted at desktop backup. It can back up files and directories and allows regular expressions to be used for exclusion purposes. Because Simple Backup Solution uses compressed archives, it is not the best solution for backing up large amounts of pre-compressed data (such as multimedia files). One of the beauties of Simple Backup Solution is that it includes predefined backup solutions that can be used to back up directories, such as /var/, /etc/, /usr/local. SBS is not limited to predefined backups. You can do custom backups, manual backups, and scheduled backups. The user interface is user friendly. One of the downfalls of SBS is that it does not include a restore solution like fwbackups does.

6: Amanda

Amanda allows an administrator to set up a single backup server and back up multiple hosts to it. It’s robust, reliable, and flexible. Amanda uses native Linux dump and/or tar to facilitate the backup process. One nice feature is that Amanda can use Samba to back up Windows clients to the same Amanda server. It’s important to note that with Amanda, there are separate applications for server and client. For the server, only Amanda is needed. For the client, the Amanda-client application must be installed.

7: Arkeia

Arkeia is one of the big boys in the backup industry. If you are looking for enterprise-level backup-restore solutions (and even replication server solutions) and you don’t mind paying a premium, Arkeia is your tool. If you’re wondering about price, the Arkeia starter pack is $1,300.00 USD – which should indicate the seriousness of this solution.  Although Arkeia says it has small to midsize solutions, I think Arkeia is best suited for large business to enterprise-level needs.

8: Back In Time

Back In Time allows you to take snapshots of predefined directories and can do so on a schedule. This tool has an outstanding interface and integrates well with GNOME and KDE. Back In Time does a great job of creating dated snapshots that will serve as backups. However, it doesn’t use any compression for the backups, nor does it include an automated restore tool. This is a desktop-only tool.

9: Box Backup

Box Backup is unique in that not only is it fully automated but it can use encryption to secure your backups. Box Backup uses both a client daemon and server daemon, as well as a restore utility. Box Backup uses SSL certificates to authenticate clients, so connections are secure. Although Box Backup is a command-line solution, it is simple to configure and deploy. Data directories are configured, the daemon scans those directories, and if new data is found, it is uploaded to the server. There are three components to install: bbstored (backup server daemon), bbackupd (client daemon), and bbackupquery (backup query and restore tool). Box Backup is available for Linux, OpenBSD, Windows (Native only), NetBSD, FreeBSD, Darwin (OS X), and Solaris.

10: Kbackup

Kbackup is a simple backup utility that backs up locally to any media (hard drive or mounted device) that can be written to. It’s designed to be a backup device that ANY user can take advantage of. To that end, it is simple and doesn’t have a long feature list. Outside of being able to back up files and directories, the only other feature is that the user can save backup profiles that can be opened and backed up quickly. Kbackup uses the tar format to restore backups, which is as simple as using ARK as a GUI for unpacking the backup files.

Thanks to techrepublic

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Today I received a mail with a file attachment and the file extension was .docx.

.docx actually is a Microsoft word processor document and named OpenXML . Now .docx is by default format for Latest Microsoft word 2007.

Then I found very panic to open the file in Openoffice.

Now it is not a problem anymore to open .docx documents in any Linux distribution coming with OpenOffice suit.

With the help of my friend google I simply download (odf_filter.tar.bz2) import filter for OpenOffice to my home folder.

verman@verman-desktop:~$ sudo wget http://www.taufikraras.com/download/odf_filter.tar.bz2
[sudo] password for verman:
–2009-08-06 11:20:33–  http://www.taufikraras.com/download/odf_filter.tar.bz2
Length: 2967411 (2.8M) [application/x-tar]
Saving to: `odf_filter.tar.bz2′

100%[======================================>] 29,67,411   55.4K/s   in 86s

2009-08-06 11:22:03 (33.8 KB/s) – `odf_filter.tar.bz2′ saved [2967411/2967411]


verman@verman-desktop:~$ pwd


verman@verman-desktop:~$ ls

Then Untar the odf_filter.tar.bz2

verman@verman-desktop:~$ sudo tar -xvjf odf_filter.tar.bz2

verman@verman-desktop:~$ ls


Change the directory to files

verman@verman-desktop:~$ cd files/


Copied OdfConverter to /usr/lib/openoffice/program/

verman@verman-desktop:~/files$ sudo cp OdfConverter /usr/lib/openoffice/program/
[sudo] password for verman:

Created a folder TypeDetection in /usr/lib/openoffice/share/registry/modules/org/openoffice

verman@verman-desktop:~/files$ sudo mkdir /usr/lib/openoffice/share/registry/modules/org/openoffice/TypeDetection

Then Created a folder Filter in /usr/lib/openoffice/share/registry/modules/org/openoffice/TypeDetection

verman@verman-desktop:~/files$ sudo mkdir /usr/lib/openoffice/share/registry/modules/org/openoffice/TypeDetection/Filter/

Then Copied MOOXFilter_cpp.xcu to /usr/lib/openoffice/share/registry/modules/org/openoffice/TypeDetection/Filter/

verman@verman-desktop:~/files$ sudo cp MOOXFilter_cpp.xcu /usr/lib/openoffice/share/registry/modules/org/openoffice/TypeDetection/Filter/

Created a Folder Types in /usr/lib/openoffice/share/registry/modules/org/openoffice/TypeDetection

verman@verman-desktop:~/files$ sudo mkdir /usr/lib/openoffice/share/registry/modules/org/openoffice/TypeDetection/Types

Then Copied MOOXTypeDetection.xcu to /usr/lib/openoffice/share/registry/modules/org/openoffice/TypeDetection/Types/

verman@verman-desktop:~/files$ sudo cp MOOXTypeDetection.xcu  /usr/lib/openoffice/share/registry/modules/org/openoffice/TypeDetection/Types/

Now open OpenOffice.org Word Processor

Click Applications > Office > OpenOffice.org Word Processor.

Then Press Ctrl+O to open and select Microsoft Word 2007 document (.docx) as the file type

That’s it .

Now You can read all .docx files in Openoffice Word Processor.

Thanks to taufikraras

–  I did not understand the language but still managed to utilize the information by trying the command in my desktop.

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