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Discover the Best Ubuntu Resources on the Web

Whether you are trying Ubuntu for the first time or you are a long-time Ubuntu power user, you will find in here a list of the best Ubuntu resources on the Web. You name it: websites, forums, wikis, blogs and podcasts. I'll update it whenever I discover a new resource, so keep your eye on it!

How to install Ubuntu's world clock applet in Xubuntu

One of the visual improvements in this new version of Ubuntu is on the clock that sits on the Gnome panel. It now shows much more information. Apart from time and date, it now shows the weather conditions for your current location. It was disappointing to see that Xubuntu didn’t have it by default, so I have written a very easy and small guide on how to install it in Xubuntu.

Drastically Speed up your Linux System with Preload

From Techthrob.com:

Preload is an "adaptive readahead daemon" that runs in the background of your system and observes what programs you use most often, caching them in order to speed up application load time. By using Preload, you can put unused RAM to good work, and improve the overall performance of your desktop system. Best of all, it's easy to install and use!

10 Steps to Convert a Windows user to Linux

From Techthrob.com:

With Linux becoming more popular and easier to use, more and more people are adopting it as their primary operating system. But the transformation from Windows user to Linux user can be a tough road to take. Most new users become long-term users because they have friends that introduce Linux to them. Here are 10 steps to convert a new Linux user

Measuring Ubuntu's Boot Performance

In this article, we are looking at Ubuntu's boot performance for the past five releases through the use of Bootchart for measuring its boot time, disk throughput, and the running processes.

Howto: Delete Files Permanently and Securely in Linux

From Techthrob.com:

We all know that when you simply delete a file, it's possible to recover it later. Sometimes this is useful, if you accidentally delete something important; but usually this is a problem, and you really want that file gone forever. This howto explains how to delete a file in linux securely and permanently, so it can never be recovered.

Read More at Techthrob.com

Sunbird - A Powerful Standalone Calendar from Mozilla

Sunbird is a calendar application built by the people at the Mozilla Foundation. It s entirely standalone: it doesn't require the bulk of another application to manage all of your appointments and events.

GNOME Do - a Lightning Quick Launch App

Do is an application to find things on your system and quickly perform actions, similar to Quicksilver for OSX and GNOME Launch Box. It works on a variety of different desktop environments, including GNOME and KDE. Basically, all you need to do is to press Super + Space on your keyboard, and the Do dialog will open. Super is the Windows key on a PC, or the Command key on a Mac. Type in the name of an application, and Do will launch it for you.

Howto Boot After a Failed Linux Install

Installing Ubuntu [and most other Linux distros] isn't too difficult. In fact with the latest liveCD installs it has become easier than ever before. However, it is still possible for the installation process will go wrong and fail. This has happened to me on a couple of occasions and it has left me with a system that is incapable of booting.

The first time this happened there was a power outage mid-installation. On the second occasion the installation shut down after finding a hardware fault [the heatsink had pinged off my coprocessor!] Read about how I fixed my system here.

GIMP Lomo Filter

I really like the Lomo photo effect and I'd love to own a real Lomo camera — I just don't take enough pictures to warrant the purchase. Luckily the Lomo effect can be digitally emulated using a GIMP filter, and the results aren't too bad. See some before and after examples here.

Ad Units for GIMP 2.4

I've recently started creating some banners and buttons for Ubuntu. I've been using Gimp to create the images and I wanted a quick-and-easy way to create a new file with the correct dimensions. To accomplish this I edited Gimp's templaterc file and created a new template entry for each of the IAB Ad Units.

How to change or recreate your Desktop folder on Ubuntu

The default location of your Desktop folder is ~/Desktop. You might prefer another location. If you by accident deleted the Dekstop folder, it will be stuck in your Trash folder as you can't put it back.

Red Hat's free "Liberation" fonts packaged for Ubuntu

Last night I read a post by Christer Edwards about installing the free Liberation fonts from Red Hat. I remember reading about and installing these fonts when they were first released. I also remember thinking that they do make good free alternatives to some of the more popular commercial fonts [Arial, Times New Roman, Courier New etc.]

I was surprised when reading Christer's instructions that there wasn't a package available to easily install these fonts. With that in mind I made one and uploaded it to my PPA on Launchpad.

Howto Change Screen Resolution on Ubuntu Server Console

I was browsing the Ubuntu questions the other day when I came across a question about changing the bootup and console screen resolution for Ubuntu server edition. The question was:

Richard Stallman Cowsay Hack for Ubuntu

In this howto/hack I provide instructions on how to create a real virtual Richard Stallman to use with the programs vrms and cowsay. vrms is a program that will scan your Ubuntu installation and tell you how many non-free packages you have installed. The hack provides an ASCII art image of RMS to use with cowsay to output your vrms results. And before you ask, yes it is totally pointless.

Awesome Ubuntu/Linux Apps you might not know about V1+2

v1:http://www.littleubuntu.com/blog/?p=3

v2:http://www.littleubuntu.com/blog/?p=168

Play videos within rar files without unpacking/extracting them in Ubuntu!

If you download your movies and tv series only as scene releases, then you'll have to extract the release's video file from its multiple rar files. That can take some time... Not a horrible long time. You can live with it... But I learned a cool thing and thought I could share it just because I have nothing better to do.

You'll need the packages "unrar" and "vlc" (or "mplayer" or any other video player you may prefer)...

Introducing Linux Multimedia Studio For Ubuntu!


Damn!, just found a sweet application on getdeb.net, its truly chillin for you dj's out there and people that like to mess around with beats like I do. It looks like you can now create great music with Ubuntu Linux. Check it...

LMMS aims to be a free alternative to popular (but commercial and closed- source) programs like FruityLoops, Cubase and Logic giving you the ability of producing music with your computer by creating cool loops, synthesizing and mixing sounds, arranging samples, having more fun with your MIDI-keyboard and much more...

Make Ubuntu look like fedora with the Nodoka Theme


I really dont like fedora, but its theme is nice and crisp, check it out, if you dont like it rm -rf :)

This is a quick 5 step install, check it...

How To Mount Your iPhone Filesystem On Ubuntu

Do you want to browse your iPhones’ filesystem on your Ubuntu machine? Follow these instructions and you’ll have it working in no time flat.

This article assumes your iPhone is “out of jail” and has Installer.app installed. If you have not already gotten this part taken care of, click here for steps you need to follow first.

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