Open Source Apps for Windows to Introduce Users to FOSS

August 5, 2009 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: linux, opinion, windows 

There is an article on InfoWorld today listing the author's 10 favorite FOSS applications for Windows. One of the great things about Open Source is that someone can take that source code and compile it for another platform. These free programs are a great way to spread the word about the vast world of Free Open Source Software that is available to today's computer user. As users get accustomed to using these non-proprietary programs, it becomes much easier for them to make the transition to Linux. Read more

Install Your Own Ringtones with Ubuntu and BitPim

March 19, 2009 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: HowTo, linux, Ubuntu 

BitPim is a free open source program that allows you to manipulate data on several CDMA mobile phones. Today I'm going to show how to install BitPim on Ubuntu and copy an MP3 ringtone to a phone. For this example I'll be using my Samsung Alias SCH-U740 phone and Ubuntu 8.04. You'll need the USB data cable for your phone to connect it to the computer. Read more

Back Up Your Mobile Phone Contacts with Ubuntu and Bluetooth

February 20, 2009 by · 5 Comments
Filed under: gnome, HowTo, linux, Ubuntu 

Many of the mobile phone providers offer a service to back up your phone contact list online for a monthly fee. It usually costs somewhere around $5 US per month. Why pay this fee when you can back everything up yourself? All you need is a bluetooth enabled mobile phone, a bluetooth adapter for your computer, and Ubuntu. My phone is a Samsung Alias and I'm using the built-in bluetooth adapter in my MSI Wind netbook. You may need to adjust the procedure slightly for your setup. Read more