May 30, 2013

How Much Customs Duty You Have to Pay for Importing Goods into India

You have to pay taxes for importing goods from a foreign country into India. See the tariff chart to know how much customs duty you may have to pay for your online purchases.


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Digital Inspiration @labnol This story, How Much Customs Duty You Have to Pay for Importing Goods into India, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 30/05/2013 under Shopping, India.






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Ubuntu Bug #1 Marked As Fixed By Mark Shuttleworth

After almost 9 years and 1834 comments, the famous Ubuntu bug #1, "Microsoft has a majority market share", has been marked as fixed today by Mark Shuttleworth.




Ubuntu bug #1 states that "Microsoft has a majority market share in the new desktop PC marketplace" but since it was reported, phones and tablets have become a lot more important and while Microsoft may still be winning on the desktop, in the consumer compute market it's now 3rd, behind Android and Apple.



Mark Shuttleworth notes in the comment that marks the bug as "fix released":



[...] Android may not be my or your first choice of Linux, but it is without doubt an open source platform that offers both practical and economic benefits to users and industry. So we have both competition, and good representation for open source, in personal computing.



Even though we have only played a small part in that shift, I think it's important for us to recognize that the shift has taken place. So from Ubuntu's perspective, this bug is now closed.



[...] Along those lines, it's good to reflect on how much has changed since 2004, and how fast it's changed. For Ubuntu, our goal remains to deliver fantastic experiences: for developers, for people building out production infrastructure, and for end-users on a range of devices. We are doing all of that in an environment that changes completely every decade. So we have to be willing to make big changes ourselves - in our processes, our practices, our tools, and our relationships. Change this bug status is but a tiny example.



The full comment can be found HERE.






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How to Stop Brands from Using You in their Facebook Ads

Facebook offers sponsored stores that allows advertisers to easily target friends of connections. Your name will appear in the ad but and here's how you can prevent that from happening.



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May 29, 2013

Linux Mint 15 `Olivia` Available For Download [Screenshots Tour]

Linux Mint 15 "Olivia", based on Ubuntu 13.04, has been released today and is available, as usual, in two editions: MATE and Cinnamon. Let's take a look at what's new!








Linux Mint 15 "Olivia"




The features below are shared between the two main Linux Mint editions: Cinnamon and MATE.



Linux Mint 15 ships with a new tool that allows you to manage the software sources, called MintSources (shows up as "Software Sources" in the menu), replacing the old Software Sources (software-propreties-gtk) that was shared with Ubuntu:









MintSouces allows you to select the mirrors used for the software sources, with an included speed-test tool that lets you select the fastest mirror, easily enable optional components such as backports or unstable packages, enable source code repositories, there's a PPAs tab that lets you add, edit or remove PPAs, add additional repositories, manage authentication keys and so on. On the "Maintenance" tab you'll find a button to fix common APT problems like MergeList issue or purge residual configuration.



Another new tool that's available in Linux Mint 15 is "MintDrivers", a driver manager (shows up as "Driver Manager" in the menu) that uses the same backend as the Ubuntu Software Sources (which integrates the driver manager now):








In Linux Mint 15, MDM supports three types of greeters: a GTK greeter, a GDM greeter which supports the old GDM 2.20 themes and a new HTML (supports HTML5, CSS, Javascript and WebGL) greeter which supports theming but since it's new, there are no themes available to download yet on websites such as Gnome-Look, though I'm sure many will be available soon.






Linux Mint 15 ships with some GDM as well as some HTML themes for MDM - here's the default MDM theme and some other MDM HTML themes included by default with Linux Mint 15:












Linux Mint 15 screenshots
The default Linux Mint 15 MDM greeter (HTML)












Among the default MDM HTML themes there's a really nice animated WebGL theme which unfortunately I can't show you here since it would have required a video (and the theme is really slow in VirtualBox).



Besides these new features, MDM has also received many bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements.





Other changes shared between the two Linux Mint 15 editions:


  • artwork improvements, including 12 new wallpapers, improved Mint-X theme to make GTK2 and GTK3 applications look more similar, updated Plymouth theme and more;

  • MintNanny has been ported to GTK+;

  • the Update Manager is now able to refresh the APT cache in user mode;

  • the Software Manager now uses automated pagination, supports searching in a certain category, etc.













Linux Mint 15 screenshots
Linux Mint Software Manager












Linux Mint 15 screenshots
Linux Mint Software Manager












Linux Mint 15 screenshots
Linux Mint Update Manager



Also, since Linux Mint 15 is based on Ubuntu 13.04 , it uses the same kernel (3.8), based on the upstream Linux Kernel 3.8.8, Xorg server 1.13.3 and Mesa 9.1.1.





Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon edition







Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon edition comes with the latest Cinnamon 1.8, released recently, which introduces some important changes, such as:


  • a new Control Center, especially created for Cinnamon;

  • a new screensaver created for Cinnamon which is very simplistic and has basically the same features as Gnome Screensaver, from which it was forked, except for an away message feature (display an away message on the lock screen);

  • desktop widgets ("Desklets") support;

  • install or update "spices" (applets, desklets, themes or extensions) directly from the desktop, via Cinnamon Control Center;

  • Nemo, the default Cinnamon file manager has received a lot of improvements, including: better Cinnamon integration, buttons in the statusbar to easily hide the sidebar, switch to treeview, etc., option to hide the menu, collapsable sidebar categories, breadcrumbs, sidebar disk space indicators and more;

  • Cinnamon now automatically falls back to Software Rendering (previously known as Cinnamon 2D) when the full Cinnamon is not supported - a critical notification is displayed on startup when running Software Rendering - this usually happens because of a problem with the drivers or if the graphics card doesn't support any acceleration;

  • horizontal / vertical maximizing of windows;

  • more!




Here are some Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon screenshots (note: there are no window shadows because the screenshots were taken in VirtualBox and Cinnamon used the software renderer):














Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon screenshots
Online Cinnamon applets












Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon screenshots
Desklets












Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon screenshots
Nemo file manager












Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon screenshots
Cinnamon Screensaver












Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon screenshots
Cinnamon Control Center












Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon screenshots
Cinnamon Control Center (advanced)



For more about Cinnamon 1.8, including a video and Ubuntu installation instructions, see our article: Cinnamon 1.8 Gets Its Own Control Center And Screensaver, Easier Spices Installation.







Linux Mint 15 MATE edition













Linux Mint 15 MATE screenshots
Linux Mint 15 MATE edition with mintMenu



Linux Mint 15 MATE edition ships with MATE 1.6, released a couple of months ago, which doesn't come with a lot of visible features but there are many under-the-hood improvements and bug fixes. Here are the Linux Mint 15 MATE highlights:


  • some of the old technologies used by MATE have been replaced with newer ones: mateconf has been replaced with gsettings, matecorba and matecomponent has been replaced with dbus, matevfs has been replaced with gio/gvfs and matenotify has been replaced with libnotify;

  • Caja, the default file manager, has received support for new thumbnailers, a new connect server dialog backported from Nautilus 3, improved sidebar and more;

  • MPRIS v2 support;

  • in case of a crash, mate-settings-daemon is now able to recover and it is automatically restarted by mate-session;

  • the MATE panel Window List now supports middle click to close windows and the Workspace Switcher has option to wrap around between workspaces with the mouse wheel;

  • new options in MATE Control Center to enable Macro compositing manager, fast alt-tab and more;

  • the Notification Daemon now supports notifications that "never" expire" and there's a new option to allow users to specify on which screen the notifications should be displayed;

  • mintDesktop and mintMenu have been migrated to the latest MATE 1.6

  • more.




Linux Mint 15 MATE edition screenshots:





















Linux Mint 15 MATE screenshots
Caja, the default MATE file manager















Linux Mint 15 MATE screenshots
MATE Control Center












Linux Mint 15 MATE screenshots
New MATE notification options












Linux Mint 15 MATE screenshots
mintDesktop



Read more about MATE 1.6 (and Ubuntu installation instructions) in the following article: MATE 1.6 Released, Install It In Ubuntu [GNOME 2 Fork]







Download Linux Mint 15




Before downloading Linux Mint 15, make sure you read the known issues!












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