Friday, July 13, 2012

Use "pushd" and "popd" for quick switching between directories

When using the terminal, sometimes you will need to switch to and fro between two directories. When the path to a directory is too long, to save time, you can use the two command "pushd" and "popd" for a quick switching between these two directories without the need to re-typing the directory path.

The "pushd" command function is to save the current working directory in memory so it can be returned to at any time. "pushd" is also used to change to a new directory so you can use it instead of the "cd" command. The "popd" command returns to the path at the top of the directory stack.

The way you use "pushd" and "popd" is very simple. When you are in a certain directory and want to switch to another directory, instead of "cd", you can use "pushd":

pushd /path/to/new/directory

With this command, you will move to the new directory and the original directory is saved in the memory. After finishing work in the new directory, to return to the original directory, just type

And you will move to the first directory.

LibreOffice 3.6.0 RC1 Is Available for Download

The Document Foundation has announced a few minutes ago, July 13th, that the first Release Candidate version of the upcoming LibreOffice 3.6 office suite is available for download and testing.
LibreOffice 3.6.0 RC1 is here to fix exactly 19 bugs found in the previous Beta release. A detailed changelog can be found here.
The development cycle of LibreOffice 3.6.0 will continue with two more Release Candidates, which will be available for testing by the end of this month.

The stable release of LibreOffice 3.6 will see the light of day on the first week of August 2012.

 Download LibreOffice 3.6.0 RC1

Install PeaZip 4.6.1 On Ubuntu 12.04/Linux Mint 13

PeaZip 4.6.1 is the latest version that has been released recently. PeaZip is an archive and file manager that allows, in a single window, to manage archive files of different formats (compress, extract, convert, encrypt, etc.), and to manage files and directories with the help of a built-in file manager like you do in Nautilus, but with more useful options (browse, copy, move, cut, open terminal in current folder location, secure data deletion, find duplicate files, split/join files, etc.).

PeaZip 4.6.1 Installation

To install PeaZip 4.6.1 on Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/11.10 or Linux Mint 13 (Maya), open the terminal and issue these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install peazip

PeaZip Home Page

Finnix 105

Ryan Finnie today announced the availability of Finnix 105, a live CD distribution for system administrators based on Debian's testing branch: "I am pleased to announce the release of Finnix 105, a major architectural update to the Finnix series. Finnix 105 brings major organizational changes to the build and boot systems, along with the usual assortment of software updates. Finnix 105 is the first Finnix release to be produced under Project NEALE (Normalized Extraction and Assembly of LiveCD Environments), a new set of procedures to build Finnix CDs from a minimal base Debian bootstrap. This allows for a consistent build process each time, and between architectures. It also allows for more future options, such as a native userland AMD64 release. See the release announcement and release notes for full information. Download (MD5) the live CD images for x86/amd64 and PowerPC architectures: finnix-105.iso (115MB, torrent), finnix-ppc-105.iso (116MB, torrent).

Debian GNU/Linux seeks alignment with Free Software Foundation

The Debian Project, developers of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, are making a concerted effort to get within the good graces of the Free Software Foundation.
Debian Project Leader Stefano Zacchiroli proposed the plan over the US holiday last week, specifically stating that project members "should either get Debian in FSF free-distros list, or document (from our [point of view]) why Debian is not there."
Newcomers of the Linux way of doing things are usually surprised to see Debian not on the FSF's list of free distros, particularly since Debian has always made a strong public stance to adhere to free software principles.

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Mandriva ventures into unknown territory

The decision taken by Mandriva SA, the French company that produces the Mandriva GNU/Linux distribution, to base its workstation and server products on two different codebases is a pragmatic one, based on the state of the two codebases.
But it is also a political decision because by deciding to have two upstreams, it is trying to humour those who split away nearly two years ago and keep them inside the tent.
Mandriva has been in the wars for many years. The most recent turn of events saw the company being put up for sale and then, after some effort, desperately trying to turn things around so that it could start to pull itself out of bankruptcy.

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openSUSE 12.2 RC1 Is Now Available for Testing

Will Stephenson, from the openSUSE Project, announced a few minutes ago, July 12th, the first Release Candidate version of the upcoming openSUSE 12.2 operating system.

Highlights of openSUSE 12.2 RC1:

· KDE SC 4.8.4;
· GRUB 2.0;
· systemd improvements;
· Plymouth;
· zypper 1.7.3;
· Open Build Service client 0.135.1;
· GCC 4.7.1;
· OpenJDK 1.7.0;
· automake 1.12.1;
· XOrg Serer 1.12.3;
· lxpanel 0.5.1;
· LibreOffice;
· Chromium 22.0.1190.

The development cycle of openSUSE 12.2 will continue with another RC release in mid-August.

Download openSUSE 12.2 RC1 KDE Live CD

Download openSUSE 12.2 RC1 GNOME Live CD

Download openSUSE 12.2 RC1 Installable DVD