Thursday, November 10, 2011

LibreOffice - open source productivity suite

LibreOffice is a power-packed free, libre and open source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux. The suite gives you 6 apps: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base.

Try LibreOffice 3.4.4 [191MB download]

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Try Peppermint OS - a fast and efficient Linux distro

Peppermint is a Linux-based operating system with a strong focus on web apps. It is based on Ubuntu, and was designed for enhanced mobility, efficiency, and ease-of-use.

System Requirements

  • i386 or derivative processor
  • 192 MB of RAM
  • 4 GB hard drive space
There are two flavors of Peppermint -  Peppermint One and Peppermint Ice. The main difference is that Peppermint One uses Mozilla's Prism technology, while Peppermint Ice uses Peppermint Ice SSB [Site Specific Browser]. Also, One uses Firefox, and Ice uses Chromium.

I installed Peppermint Ice on my netbook, and I like it a lot. I did choose Ice over One mainly because I prefer Chromium over Firefox. Also, I was curious about the Peppermint Ice SSB installed on Ice.

If you encounter the 'Your battery might be old or broken' message, there's a solution for that.
  1. You'll need to install gconf-editor, using Software Manager [Menu > Software Manager].
  2. After successfully installing gconf-editor, open a terminal window [Menu > Accessories > LXTerminal].
  3. Type gconf-editor in the terminal
  4. Navigate to the Apps folder
  5. Navigate to the gnome-power-manager sub folder
  6. Navigate to the notify sub folder
  7. Find the setting called "low_capacity"
  8. Remove the tick next to it
So far, I'm impressed with Peppermint Ice, and I'll be using it on my handy-dandy netbook.

Friday, August 13, 2010

K-Lite Mega Codec Pack updated to v6.30

K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 6.30 (Windows, Freeware) is a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and tools. It lets you play virtually any audio or video file on your computer.


  • Updated Media Player Classic Home Cinema to version 1.3.2189
  • Updated ffdshow to revision 3530
  • Removed VP8 decoder. ffdshow is now used instead
  • Removed DivX MPEG-4 decoder
  • Removed DivX MPEG-4 encoder
  • Removed DivX H.264 decoder
  • Minor changes

K-Lite Mega Codec Pack [alternate DL]