Synfig – Free Animation Software, works on Linux too !

I was actually looking around for a Bryce replacement when I came across this program Synfig, Synfig is a 2D Animation package. I never found a replacement for Bryce though.



Earth calling Adrian Kingsley-Hughes or Trolled by ZDnet

I have just had the misfortune to read this awful ZDnet Feature and thought i’d add my 50p..
OK linux people can you not tell when you have been trolled, don’t bother trying to discuss any thing over there , the article was written just to troll you.
Take the comment “In terms of current usage, and growth, Linux is dead in the water.” that can only have been written by someone with a blinkered and biased view of reality which he probably gets because he spends all day fixing up exploited Windows machines. Want a laugh, go to his website where nearly every article he has written seems to be about a vulnerability in Windows !
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes you are a Windows fanboy desperate to have a new article published ?
So why was this published ? Unfortunately ZDnet were short on news articles so they had no alternative but to use it.

Why I might need to stop defending Google :(

I had to post this comment over at the excellent ghacks website after reading another embarrassing Google Up to No Good (GUNG) © article.

“Will you news sites stop revealing all this stuff about Google please, they used to be my hero’s back in the day’s of “Portal” homepages there minimalist Google search page loading so quickly compared to the “portal” pages, they were a genuinely “good thing” and now look at them a multi-million pound empire intent on world destruction (sigh)”

Are Google really as bad as they are being portrayed now ?

Comments on this one definitely welcome.

Common Questions about Linux

Common Questions

Q: I’ve been told there is no Licence to agree to, is this Software Legal ?.

Linux has a very fine Licence that will GIVE YOU rights and benefits, not take them away, and you should be encouraged to read it.
The basic rights you get are:

  • The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).

  • The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

  • The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).

  • The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

  • Source what ? Source Code is the actual data that makes up the Operating System, in this case Linux, you can order a copy from me or obtain it from the distributors website.

  • Distributor what ? Microsoft and Apple are examples of software distributors Linux Mint is a distribution of Linux.

Q: Will Linux work with Microsoft Windows® XP, 2000, Server 2003, Server 2008, Vista and Windows 7, Apple Mac.

A: No not exactly, Linux replaces MS Windows, Apple Mac etc. operating systems although it can be run directly from the disc to enable recovery of data from a Windows or Mac PC for example.

Q: Will I receive a printed & boxed disc?

A: Yes, I download the software disc images from the distributor and burn them to a Printed Disc and Box.
You will also receive a brief “Getting Started” Guide
Q:Can I run Photoshop, Dreamweaver Etc. ?

A: With a bit of extra software (Wine) you can run most Windows programs within Linux.
Q: Can I use this disc to repair my computer ?

A: Probably, these Linux discs can be run “Live” which means they run from the disc and DO NOT make any changes to your hard disk drives and data, you can browse all your files and recover them from a Windows PC you could then (A) Install (Make permanent) Linux or (B) you can reboot your PC and carry on working in Windows, although I think once you have had chance to experience this great software you will select option (A) .

Q: Will I get virus’s and malware ?
A: Probably not, Linux was built from the beginning to be secure and is kept up to date with regular security and program updates all available Free from the distributor.

Q: Can I install the software on more than one computer?

A: Yes, Open Source software can be installed on as many machines as you like..

Q: Is this software time limited or restricted in any way?

A: No, this is GPL software there is no activation or additional payment required.

Q: Do I have to pay for updates?

A: No, all updates are provided free by the distributor to your PC via an Internet connection.

Q: I’ve heard I could just download this disc.

A: Well you can’t download a disc 🙂 But yes you can download the software that is on it, first go to your favourite Linux website and download the relevant ISO i386,x86,X64, AMD64 etc. check the MD5 sum then extract and burn the ISO to a disc (not just copy it).

Q: Do you offer technical support?

A: Yes. I certainly do . Email;
Email support is available 7 days a week.

Q: I bought an unmarked Linux disc from a company and they won’t give me support or reply to my emails, can you help ?

A: Probably, there are sellers out there who know nothing of Linux and are just in it for a quick buck they sell it to you on a blank disc with no other information it wouldn’t be so bad if they used it themselves but they don’t, send me an email ( with your problem and i’ll see if I can help.

Q: Does the software come with a Warranty or Guarantee?

A: No, Linux and other Open Source software comes with NO Warranty or Guarantee, however see next question.

Q: My disc is faulty, can I get a replacement or refund?

A: Yes. Faulty CD/DVD are replaced Free of charge.

Q: Can you show me where all this is officially written ?

A: Sure, go to to read all about it.

Q: If you didn’t make this software Jazzy how does my money that I paid you benefit the developers ?

A: I donate 50p for every disc sold to the Linux Foundation or the Free Software Foundation.

Move over MS Office LibreOffice 3.5 Available now

A new version of the excellent LibreOffice is now available, the picture below shows some of the new features;





I must admit that I can see no reason to spend £341.29 on MS Office when LibreOffice is this good, there is;

Presentation Software – Impress

Writing Software – Writer

Database Software – Base

Spreadsheet Software – Calc

Diagram and Sketch Software – Draw

there is even a built in Equation Editor – Math to “lay-out and display your mathematical, chemical, electrical or scientific equations quickly in standard written notation.”

In fact for the MS Office price of £341.29 you could buy a new PC or Laptop and have LibreOffice included for free !











An Apple a day – Dishonest Jobs

And this just in from Wired, i’ve added the italics;
“And yet even those who found fault with him personally recommended he receive the presidential appointment. One person indicated that although Jobs was dishonest, he did not think that honesty and integrity were required qualities for a high-level political position and therefore recommended Jobs “for a position of trust and confidence with the Government.””

What ? am I reading that wrong ? still looking around at our politicians…………………

Kevin Brennan, MP for Cardiff West and the Big Bad Google

Kevin Brennan, MP for Cardiff West, launched an attack on Google in Parliament saying;.

” I have just googled “Empire State of Mind” by Alicia Keys and Jay-Z, and the first five results offered a free download of that track on Google. Why does a Google search not direct people to a legal site where they could purchase the track?”
Er really, it doesn’t for me and several other people that I know. What browser are you using and how much spyware is on it. I reckon your running IE7 that’s riddled with spyware, you see Kevin if you had used a browser like Chrome an Open Source software developed by Google, you probably would have got the results we did.

My version of a kevin brennan search

My version of a kevin brennan search

You need to learn about technology a bit more before making silly comments. Oh and Alicia Keys and Jay-Z ? was that to get the “youth” vote.