Filelight: Where my disk space has gone?

One task that every one should do it is deleting useless files. If you do not, you will run out of disk space inevitably. Then, you will wonder where my disk space has gone?

Filelight is the answer to you. Filelight creates an interactive map of concentric, segmented rings that help visualize disk usage on your computer. Like a pie-chart, but the segments nest, allowing you to easily see which files are taking up all your space.

Sneak preview for coming KDE SC 4.5

KDE SC 4.5 is in feature freeze right now. Therefore, I decide to share some of early screenshots with you. In General there are no major changes. It is all about polishing and fixing bugs. There is a lot of under-hood changes in libs which as enduser we cannot see. KDE SC will be release in August 2010. Now I will let you enjoy the screenshots.

Bangarang The new KDE media player

Most KDE4 users know the default KDE media player Dragon player. It is simple and easy. In this post I will introduce you a new media player for KDE4 which intends to be simple in stylish way, more integration with KDE4 technologies like phonon and Nepomuk, and has more features than Dragon player. It is Bangarang.
The word Bangarang comes from Jamaican Patois language and it means noise, chaos, or disorder. Bangarang media player has many features like:

  •  Play your media (Media files, CD and DVD).
  •  Restrained interface that puts your media front-and-center.
  •  Media library functions that allow you simple, effective browsing and categorization for all your media including: Music, Audio streams, Audio clips, Movies, TV Shows, and Video clips
  •  Rating and play count tracking
  • Search functions
  • Saved media lists including:
    • Save media lists for any media type
    • Save media list “views” – Save any view while browsing, including search results. Views are “live” – when you add that new Muse album to your library, your saved media list view will automatically reflect it.
  •  Employs core KDE4 technologies including:
    • Nepomuk – Uses and shares media data with the rest of your desktop.
    • Phonon – Whatever the phonon backend plays, Bangarang plays.

Bangarang is currently in a beta stage. The latest beta version, 1.0~beta3, can be downloaded from opendesktop.org. For OpenSUSE 11.2 user you can use this 1-Click Install
The version 1.0 of Bangarang aims to introduce a basic functionality feature set.  New features will be considered after the 1.0 release.
Bangarang is open source software licensed under GPLv3.  If you would like to participate or even just submit a one-time bugfix, see the Bangarang project page at gitorious.org. The wiki page there contains information on project goals, design and hacking guidelines.

My experience with Google Chrome

I would like to share with you my short experience with Google Chrome on openSUSE 11.2.  Although it is in a beta stage, it is stable and fast. I like many things in it and I even tried to emulate them in Firefox (thanks to Firefox add-on). In this post, I will state my personal thoughts about Google Chrome and I will refer to Firefox in any comparison. I am using version 4.0.249.43.

Installation

Installing Google Chrome on openSUSE 11.2 is very easy. I downloaded the rpm package from Google website and then I clicked on it. The Installer asked me to install lsb (Linux Standard Base Core) package. After I installed lsb, everything went smoothly.

As you know Google Chrome is a close-source (although Chromium is an open source). This issue can cause inconveniences to distributions and end user. First, from Google Chrome Terms of Service “Subject to section 1.2, you may not (and you may not permit anyone else to) copy, modify, create a derivative work of, reverse engineer, decompile or otherwise attempt to extract the source code of the Software or any part thereof, unless this is expressly permitted or required by law, or unless you have been specifically told that you may do so by Google, in writing.” which means that you cannot distribute Google chrome. Therefore, do not expect to see Google Chrome as the default web browser in any Free GNU/Linux distributions. However, Chromium will be there.

Speed

If you look for a fast web browser, Google Chrome is the answer to you. The start-up speed is amazing comparing to Firefox. The Google developers did a very well job in this regard. the reason behind its speed is that Google Chrome does not use a cross-platform framework unlike Firefox which uses XUL. Google Chrome in GUN/Linux uses GTK+ directly without any layer in between.  It uses also a different GUI library for each operating system it supports.

GUI Design

I can summarize the GUI design of Google Chrome with three words: simple, clean and effective. I like the way Google Chrome puts tabs in the title bar. I enjoy also how Google Chrome populates the speed dial page with time. There is no status bar.

Things that I missed in Google Chrome

Extensions, extensions, extensions. The main thing that makes Firefox better than Google Chrome is extensions. In Firefox you can do everything using extensions. If you use a lot of extensions (like me), you will know why I consider Firefox superior to Google Chrome.

The second thing is complex scripts support (like Arabic). Although there is a basic support, there are serious bugs which will prevent  many users from using Google Chrome. I hope these bugs will be ironed out with time.

An early look at VLMC

It is OK, if you don’t know what is VLMC because it hasn’t been released yet. VLMC (VideoLAN Movie Creator) is a free video editing software, offering features to realize semi-professional quality movies, but with the aim to stay simple and user-friendly.

VLMC is being developed with the support of the VideoLAN organization (the house of the famous VLC Media Player). The pre-release version will be available soon.

It took me a while to install vlmc from the source code and I can say it is not so easy. However, vlmc is currently under heavy developing and doesn’t offer advanced tools for video editing.
After playing with vlmc, I feel that it is simple, use-friendly, and stable (believe it or not ). Although, vlmc is under an early developing stage, It offers basic tools like resizing, trimming, render and history.

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