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XPLinux -- Running Linux on Windows with VMWare and Xming

As most people reading this blog probably know, I've decided not to upgrade to Vista. I would need a new computer and really have no need for one, other than to run Vista. I have, however, upgraded to 1 gig of RAM over the weekend and this has finally allowed me to run Windows and Linux together on one desktop.

Wubi -- Install Ubuntu from Windows XP (Discovery)

If you have ever wanted to try Linux but did not want to have repartition your hard drive or run Linux in a (slower and graphically limited) virtual machine, you will want to look at Wubi. Wubi will install the current version of Ubuntu (one of the most popular Linux distributions) in large files on your current XP hard drive and add Ubuntu to the standard XP boot manager. This will allow you to select either Windows XP or Ubuntu when you boot the machine.

Picasa 2.7 Available

The latest update of Picasa, Google's wonderful image viewer/organizer is available. The new features in version 2.7 are:

* New RAW processing engine with support for more cameras and improved color.
* New color engine for "tuning" fixes.
* Added support for Google Photos Screensaver.
* Improved BlogThis! reliability.

The improved RAW support will make many digital camera owner very happy.

SAVAGE: The Battle for Newerth (Discovery)

SAVAGE: The Battle for Newerth was a retail game. Now it has been released as a freeware game. It's an online multiplayer game with an unusual twist, you can play as a commander and deal with resource management and strategy or as a warrior and deal with first person shooter action.

Thunderbird 2 Available Now

The Mozilla folks released Thunderbird 2 last night. I haven't had a chance to play with it as I don't do major program updates on busy days, but it looks very good. All the nice features of Thunderbird 1.5 plus the following new features (from the release notes):

* Message Tags: Create your own tags for organizing email. Messages can be assigned any number of tags. Tags can be combined with saved searches and mail views to make it easier to organize email.
   

Leylines -- Master of Magic-Like Game (Discovery)

I'm not much of a computer gamer. I tend to avoid the new, cutting edge, and expensive because I seldom play a game from start to finish before getting bored with it. One of the few that I really enjoy playing is an old DOS game from 1994 or so, Microprose's Master of Magic. Unfortunately, there was never been a remake or sequel for Windows. Master of Magic runs fine in DOSBox -- if you can find a copy.

Avidemux Video Editor (Discovery)

My idea of video is watching a DVD, but if you make your own videos and are looking for a simple but functional video editor, you might want to give Avidemux a try. I saw someone on a forum (unrelated to video) say it was "basic, but simple to use -- and free" when someone new to video editing was asking about editing programs.

MUSHclient -- Excellent MU* Client Now Freeware

While graphic games seem to have taken over the commercial online multi-player gaming market, free-to-play text-based MUDs and their later incarnations (MUSHes, MUCKs, MOOs, etc) -- collectively referred to as MU*s -- still live on, both for roleplaying and for social chatting. I've been an occasional user of social MU*s since I created a character for the then uber-popular LambdaMOO in June of 1994 -- only a few days after I got my first dial-up Internet provider.

FreeGuide -- TV Listings Browser (Discovery)

FreeGuide is a TV guide program listing program. It extracts TV information from web pages and stores them for viewing without the need to connect to the Internet. The viewer allows the user to view television listings and create customized TV guides by selecting programs and by building up a favorites list.

This program works with listings for Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan (Linux only), the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the United States.

Urban Terror 4 (Discovery)

Urban Terror 4 is a "total conversion" for Quake 3 Arena. Unlike most First Person Shooter mods, Urban Terror does not require that you own a copy of the original Quake 3 Arena game to play. If you do not own a copy of of the commercial game, you can download ioUrbanTerror -- created from the open source version of the Quake 3 code. Downloading ioUrbanTerror only adds about 6 megs to the 550 meg Urban Terror 5 download.

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