How-to : Install latest Eclipse IDE version in Linux and fix interface issues

Everyone has seen that in the official Ubuntu, Debian or Mint repositories, the version of Eclipse IDE is not the latest (as the time I am writing this post, the latest stable version is Eclipse 4.3.1 Kepler). But as I already mentioned in previous posts, that should not be and is not a problem in Linux 🙂

So before we begin with the installation guide, you should have installed Java on your computer. I would recommend you to install Oracle Java 7. There is a good tutorial and as well a repository for it here. If everything is all right, when you type the following command

$ java -version

the output should look like this one(in my case the latest version of java is 1.7 update 51)

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How-to : Edit keyboard layout in Linux

Most of the time when I am writing, I am using the standard US keyboard layout. As I have to write my university homeworks or some e-mails in German I often have the irritating problem using the German keyboard layout – Y and Z letters are exchanged.

Some years ago, when I started using Linux, I found a really nice feature. There were a special kind of German keyboard layout called “German(qwerty)”. That was exactly what I was searching for. The default German layout, but Y and Z were at the “right” places. Perfect! Well this didn’t last long. Since Ubuntu 12.04 (as far as I remember) this layout was removed and was no longer available as a standard layout. But here comes the best aspect of Linux – there are no such things as “default” things. Default could be everything that the user wants 🙂 So I decided to look around and found the solution after no longer than 10 minutes – you can change the keyboard map of every layout in Linux. Here is how to do it. On the second line we

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How-to : Modify images with Nemo

Few years ago when I started using Linux, what really impressed me wast the whole bunch of small but very useful programs which I’ve never seen for Windows. One of those things was an extension for Nautilus which had the ability to manipulate and modify images without even using external applications and programs – only the file manager. Unfortunately, I’ve stopped using Nautilus because I don’t really like GNOME anymore and I’ve migrated to Linux Mint. The browser in Mint is called Nemo which actually is a Nautilus fork. But this doesn’t mean that you can use the same extensions as before with Nautilus. So I stopped using this pretty useful extension and forgot about it. Some days ago unexpectedly I saw a post about the same extension but this time for Nemo as well!

What actions can be performed by the new extension?

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Munich open source migration

Munich, GermanyMunich finally did it! After 10 years the migration from Windows to Linux is completed! 10 years ago the administration of Munich, Germany decided to migrate from enterprise software to open source and especially from WinNT to LiMux – special distro created for the administration of the city. In the earliest version of the Operating System it was based on Debian and it is latest stable version from August 2011 is based on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.

The statistics about the migration are really impressive. More than 12 000 computers migrated to the OS – the exact number is 14 500 from the 15 500 desktops used by the Continue reading

Linux Journal awards 2013

Hi there again. As you may already saw, LinuxJournal Readers’ Choice Awards 2013 were announced last week. The awards could be seen here. So let’s make a quick review over the awards. What were the expected ones from me, what is the readers’ choice and in the comments you can as well tell me which is your choice of course. Let’s go!

The first award was for Best Linux distribution. Nothing so unexpected here. Ubuntu won, as everyone has predicted. What is really surprising here is the third position of Arch Linux! And Arch is before Mint! That was the only big surprise in this category. The other ones are pretty much expected. The things are a little bit different with the second award where Debian is the best distro for netbooks. And when Debian is really a good choice because of the support of so many hardware components, Arch is again in top 3 and this time on the second position! Ubuntu is third before all its derivates like Xubuntu or Lubuntu. So no any big surprises here except again the good position of Arch. Then the awards go a little bit mobile – Best mobile Linux operating system, Best Linux smartphone manufacturer and Best Linux Tablet. The awards go here for Android, Samsung – as the biggest manufacturer using Android and both Nexus tablets. Continue reading

Finally first post!

Hi there. The first post in this blog will not be technical, connected with Open Source Software, Linux, computers, programming etc. It will be more like what is this blog all about? What does this FireTuX thing means and so on. So, what is this blog about? As you may already noticed, it is about Open things – software, hardware, Linux, as well as things which are connected with Linux and may not be “open” like Android and Kindle, of course about Firefox too. I will try to make a blog with How-to-s, books and apps reviews, application top charts and things which are interesting for me and I want to share with you. Interesting news from the IT world, programming tutorials and many more will be written here too.

And now the question – what is FireTuX? Yes, this is a hybrid between Tux (the famous Linux mascot) and Firefox (the popular (best) web browser). And actually why Linux and Mozilla’s browser? Elementary, my dear Watson, those are the things which you will find mostly here or at least posts connected with these two topics are going to be my main subjects.

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