Linux Contest – WIN FREE HOSTING

November 30, 2007


How to join on Linux Contest?

1. You must have a blog or website with at least 6 months of life and 20 posts.
2. You must review Smoking Linux and Linux Contest with an article in your blog or website.
3. Review must be at least 200 words long and linked on and contest post.
4. Review can be positive, negative and neutral but its content will must be genuine and unique.
5. Blog or WebSite with warez content aren’t allowed.
6. You must join on smokinglinux forum and post your site’s details.
7. You must wirte an Article or HowTo based on Linux and post it on smokinglinux forum (content must be in english)
8. You can make review in every language (Dutch, English, Italian, French, Spanish…)


Play your Windows Games with Wine and DirectX

November 27, 2007

Microsoft DirectX is a collection of libraries for game programming. With Runtime installed on your Windows Desktop you can run the most important commercial games. On linux you can’t have DirectX installed natively as part of system and there isn’t a Linux Binary versione of it. So, you can’t run windows games on Linux. To have DirectX games on your Linux you can try Wine. Wine (wine is not emulator) is a wrapper of windows libraries, so you can use windows software on your Linux Desktop. Many of windows software don’t run on Linux with Wine, but you can try particular configuration of Wine to see if you can run your favorite windows game or software. To install a Windows Game on Linux you have to install and configure DirectX on wine. This tutorial explain how to install DirectX.


Dynamic PDF creation with PHP – Very Easy

November 22, 2007

FPDF is a PHP class which allows to create PDF files with PHP. The advantage is that PDFlib requires a fee for a commercial usage. F from FPDF stands for Free: So yu can use this class to generate PDFs for free and modify source code for your needs.

You must use this class if you want create PDF content directly from PHP to implement for example download of your site content in PDF dinamically. You can download it and see how it works in the sample code below.


Windows XP Virtual Machine with VMware player on Ubuntu Gutsy

Linux is a good operating system but sometimes you could have the necessity of run a particular application that don’t work with wine and is only for Windows XP.
WMware released its virtualization software for free (not opensource): VMware Server and VMware Player.

WMware server could be more complicated for personal use, so you can choose WMware player to run Windows XP on Ubuntu Gutsy.