Beldi – The way to go to try linux distributions.

I know people in the Linux world always want to try different distributions, but problem is maintaining them and tracking them, so what is the solution?

Found a nice solution called Beldi

This sofware is in the fedora yum repository so if you are running Fedora you can simply install the application by running

\”yum install beldi\”

Now the interesting part, it supports to download and autoupdate the distributions of about 16 odd distributions. What you did not find your distro in the list but want to add it, I hope one option is to write to BeLUG and ask them to add it. But better yet is to update the xml files in the ~/.beldi directory.

Any problems, feel free to contact me, I will try to help. Better yet: post it on forum.

Right click menu in Gnome desktop with user entries.

I, along with couple of others I think, have been looking for this for quite some time. What I wanted is that when I right click on the desktop with GNome, I should see my entries in the default menu. I did quite  some search on this but no luck. Finally today, I did it and that too in two ways.

Lets do it the Gnome way first:

Install nautilus-actions using the command

sudo yum install nautilus-actions

Now run the command


you will get the box looking like this:


Now click on New or Edit and you have the window like this:


Enter the label, tooltip and select a icon from drop down or select your own icon.

Select main in profiles and then click on edit.


Enter the path and parameters for the program to execute. Now, time to make it appear on the Desktop right click menu:

Go to advanced tab and add a new schema called x-nautilus-desktop and select it:


Now send a HUP signal to nautilus or log out and login to Gnome and see your menu in the right click on desktop 🙂

For the second solution, install openbox.

sudo yum install openbox

open gconf-editor and go to the key /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop and unset it.

Login to Gnome/openbox and see the openbox menu instead. You can install obmenu to configure the openbox menu to your taste.

How To Quickly Check If You’re Running A Javascript Enabled Browser

Javascript is an integral part of web browsing and a lot of websites use Javascript for web applications and functions. A question I get at often is how I can tell if I am using a Javascript enabled browser. I have two quick methods to tell if the browser you are using does or does not support Javascript.

The first thing I recommend is browsing over to a special Java test website called JavaTester. There is code on this page that will tell you if you can run Java Applets and if Javascript is enabled and supported by your browser. The answers will be shown to you on the webpage once it is completed loading.

My favorite part about this site is that it also gives you the HTML code that they used to create the tests. This allows you to add this code to your website to display the results.

When we get to the site this is what we will see:

You will be able to tell at a glance what your browser can and cannot do. For Javascript scroll down to the 3rd bulleted point and after it says: Is Java enabled?, you will either see true or false. True will let you know that you are using a Javascript enabled browser. If it says false you will need to see if Java is installed and if not, install it and enable it.

The Java test website goes on to explain that Java and Javascript are two very different programming languages and pretty much only share the first four letters of their name. To learn the difference between the two languages you can check out these two Wikipedia pages here and here to read about Javascript and Java respectively.

But they have another easy to use JavaScript test :

If you are looking for the easiest and quickest test possible the one above is it. But if you also need some more information regarding your browser’s capabilities you can check out this browser capability test website. This is a web application called Browser Hawk.

You can see the output from my FireFox 3.6.3 below:

All three of these web tests will be able to quickly tell you if your browser is actually Javascript enabled. If you have to send a user to a website to test their browser I would send them to the second one from JavaTester as it is the easiest one to see the results on.

If you are a programmer you can easily integrate the code from these pages to create your own test sites on your local intranet or website. If you do code up your own snazzy pages we would love to see them so hit us with the links in the comments.

If you are looking for a Java test website you can check this one out. It will work with all operating systems and Internet Explorer, Firefox, Mozilla and Netscape.

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