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Enabling Sinhala in Linux

How to installAdd to /etc/apt/sources.listOn Debian 4.0 (Etch)deb ./On Debian testing (Lenny)

deb ./On Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) i386

deb ./On Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) amd64

deb ./Update repository metadata:
apt-get updateInstall Sinhala packages:
apt-get install sinhala-gnu-linuxUpgrade relevant packages:
apt-get upgradeLogout and login again. Environment variables need to be set/updated (NO NEED TO REBOOT)
How to testVisit and see if the Sinhala letters render correctly.Copy and paste some of the content from Sinhala wikipedia to Open Office Writer. Then highlight the Sinhala text and choose the LKLUG font to display them.To test SCIM, press Control-space whilst you are running a GNOME application. Then select one of the Sinhala input methods
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A First Look at the Final Release of KDE 4.0

After five long months of development, the most expected project of 2007, KDE 4, has finally seen the light today! KDE 4 is the next generation of the popular K Desktop Environment, which seeks to fulfill the need for a powerful yet easy-to-use desktop, for both personal and enterprise computing. KDE project's goal for the 4.0 release is to put the foundations in place for future innovations on the FREE desktop.

Screenshot KDE 4.0

How to Change splash in Ubuntu

there's a symbolic link in /usr/share/pixmaps/splash pointing to the ubuntu splash image.

Just recreate it pointing to YOUR png file like this:

Code: cd /usr/share/pixmaps/splash
sudo mv path_to_your_splash.png ./mysplash.png
sudo rm ubuntu-splash.png => we're just deleting a link, not the png
sudo ln -s mysplash.png ubuntu-splash.png Done! Fast and easy!

To cancel changes, just delete the link again and rebuilt it pointing to the original png:

Code: cd /usr/share/pixmaps/splash
sudo rm ubuntu-splash.png
sudo ln -s ubuntu-slick.png ubuntu-splash.png

Setting up Compiz/Fusion 3D Desktop in Ubuntu

Compiz/Fusion is a 3D desktop environment for your Linux system. Its objective is to make the various elements that are visible on your computer look more physical. It aims to make your work less tiring and increase productivity through more natural visual perception. One way to do that is by placing the windows and icons on a three-dimensional looking cube, that can be rotated. Another way is to keep the windows or menus in motion after you move or expand them, sort of like a piece of paper floating on the desk. This makes is easier to track which window or menu has just been activated. Compiz/Fusion provides many settings and parameters to customize these effects, and the results depend each user's preferences and work habits. In my own experience I found that these features pretty much work as intended
The wobbly behavior may seem unsettling at first, but after getting used to it, it does make for a less tiring work experience. In order to be able to use Compiz/Fusion in Ubuntu…