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Looking for the best company that gives you the best in web designing and developing web applications? Then here’s the best company that is the best in delivering this kind of service and more. is a design agency specialising in web design and development of web based applications. Based in Oldbury in the West Midlands they are located in central England with excellent transport links.

They provide all the services you require to successfully run and maintain your business online including hosting, a domain name and e-mail.

They also offer a comprehensive choice of web services including brochure website design, ecommerce solutions, web based applications and expert search engine optimisation to name just a few.

Brochure Website Designs
Traditionally the term ‘brochure website’ is how people in the web design industry describe a website which is comprised of static content. It is also usually the least expensive solution if you are looking for a professional web presence on a budget.

Brochure websites are a cost effective solution for small businesses and individuals who are looking for a professional web presence. Brochure websites are mostly used for promoting a business, product or service. They can prove to be a valuable information resource point for your customers and a useful contact data gathering tool.

Ecommerce Solutions produced many innovative ecommerce websites for businesses in the West Midlands and all over the UK. Our customers range from small family run firms and entrepreneurs to much larger global businesses.

When people think ecommerce Birmingham their first thought is usually Tthey have been producing the highest quality websites for over 7 years and have been involved with delivering well over 300 web based solutions

Web Applications have developed many bespoke web based applications to fulfil a variety of software requirements for our clients. Including web based CRM software that can be tailored to meet any company’s needs.

Search Engine Optimization uses the latest SEO techniques to ensure you achieve the best possible natural rankings on all the major search engines.

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Xandros Desktop

For those has just migrated from Windows to Linux but misses or like the Windows Desktop environment, this Linux distro is for you.

Xandros is both the name of a line of Linux distributions and Xandros Corporation, the company which creates them. Xandros Desktop is a distribution known for its focus on business and mainstream users, as well as its visual similarities to Windows XP. The name Xandros is derived from the X Window System and the Greek island of Andros.

Founded in May of 2001 by Linux Global Partners, the company is headquartered in New York City. Their distributions are based on Corel Linux, a Debian-based distribution which was acquired along with the development team behind the product from Corel Corporation in August 2001 after Corel decided to leave the Linux distribution market.Xandros is also a founding member of the Desktop Linux Consortium.
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Plone is an open source content management system built on top of the Zope application server. Plone is free software and is designed to be extensible. It is suited for an internal website or may be used as a server on the Internet, playing such roles as a document publishing system and groupware collaboration tool.

Plone is released under the GNU General Public License. Major development is conducted periodically during special meetings called Plone Sprints. Additional functionality is added to Plone with Products, which may be distributed through the Plone website or otherwise. The Plone Foundation owns and protects all intellectual property and trademarks. Plone also has legal backing from the council of the Software Freedom Law Center.

A good example of a website using the Plone CMS system is DabaweGNU, Inc. website.

Plone Website:


Q:I have just installed Ubuntu Linux. But, what is the default root password? I can only login as a normal user.

A. This is the mystery for most users – you didn’t set a root password, so what is it?

The root user can do anything as this a/c has full access to system. So using root account for daily work can be dangerous.

To be frank root a/c is locked by default under Ubuntu Linux. Therefore, you cannot login as root or use su – command to become superuser.

To run all administrative command use sudo command. sudo allows a permitted user to execute a command as the superuser or another user. Ubuntu setup your default account (the one created during installation) to run all administrative commands.

For example create a new user called bar, you need to type sudo command as follows:

$ sudo adduser bar


When sudo asks for a password, it needs YOUR OWN Password; this means that a root password is not needed.

Here are few more examples.

Task: Start / stop / restart services stored in /etc/init.d/ directory

$ sudo /etc/init.d/ssh stop
$ sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

Task: Avoid typing sudo each and every time

Note that this is not recommended until and unless you are an expert and aware of what you are typing:

$ sudo -i

Above command will start /bin/bash as a root shell so that you can enter a root user command w/o using sudo.

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Synfig is a powerful, industrial-strength vector-based 2D animation software package, designed from the ground-up for producing feature-film quality animation with fewer people and resources. While there are many other programs currently on the market to aid with the efficient production of 2D animation, we are currently unaware of any other software that can do what our software can.

Synfig UI

SynFig Homepage

ubuntu studio

Ubuntu Studio is a special Linux distribution tailored to the needs of audio, video, and graphic enthusiasts or professionals. Because Ubuntu Studio is based on Ubuntu, you are not limited to this area, but can install any application that is available for Ubuntu, thus turning Ubuntu Studio in a normal desktop for everyday use.

The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

ubuntu studio startup

You can visit UBUNTU STUDIO

Bayanihan Linux is a desktop focused Philippine based GNU/Linux distribution. It is derived from the Debian stable branch and uses the KDE graphical interface and Anaconda graphical installer. The desktop version bundles applications for office productivity, internet applications, and multimedia solutions.

Bayanihan is a Filipino term which roughly means community building and team spirit. Bayanihan Linux concentrates on ease of use and ease of redistribution.

Bayanihan Linux Server 2006 is a Linux distribution developed in the Philippines. It aims to be an easy-to-use GNU/Linux server for government agencies, school, and SMEs. It is designed specifically for novice computers users and non-GNU+Linux system adminitrators to ease the learning curve of running free software services while learning how to use it.

Bayanihan Linux 2006 Server is composed of free software services and a wizard configuration tool. The free software services consists of FTP, Samba, NFS, BIND, Apache Web Server, SSH, Postfix, Spamassassin, Dovecot IMAP, and Clamav.

NVU is a WYSIWYG HTML editor, based on the Composer component of Mozilla Application Suite and Gecko 1.7. It is intended to be an open source equivalent to proprietary software like Microsoft FrontPage and Macromedia Dreamweaver, and is a common WYSIWYG editor for Linux. As a WYSIWYG editor, it is designed to be easy for novice users and does not require any knowledge of HTML or CSS to use.

The project was started by and sponsored by Linspire. Linspire hired Daniel Glazman, former Netscape Communications Corporation employee and CEO/Founder of Disruptive Innovations, to be lead developer.

Nvu is available for Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows, and it can be built successfully on any platform with the Netscape Portable Runtime.

Nvu may sometimes be spelled “N|vu” to simulate the line in the logo, much like CNET is often written as “C|Net”.

NVU window

Its been a while since I post blogs about free and open source softwares. I’ll be posting new reviews in the next few days

Here are 30 essential Free and Open softwares for Windows

1. Firefox
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Replaces Internet Explorer
If you haven’t switched to Firefox for your web browsing needs, do it now. It stops annoying popups and it has tons of amazing plugins that can make surfing the web even better. I could evangelize all day about Firefox, but one thing’s for sure: the first thing I do on any new Windows machine is run Internet Explorer just long enough to download Firefox.

2. Thunderbird
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Replaces M’zoft Outlook or Eudora
Thunderbird is an email client that has five big things going for it: it’s free, it’s full featured, it’s lightweight and runs quick, it has an unparalleled spam filter, and it protects you from those ridiculous phishing attacks by clearly indicating which emails send you to a bogus website. If you’re not already using a web-based email solution, Thunderbird should be your client.

3. Sunbird
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Replaces M’zoft Outlook’s calendaring functions
Might as well get the Mozilla trifecta out of the way by mentioning Sunbird, which is the Mozilla Foundation’s calendaring program. It’s extremely easy to use (I figured out everything I needed in a minute or two) and easy to share your calendar with others. I consider a calendaring tool to be essential if you’re using a laptop, and this is no different.

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