How-To: Control Amarok from Command-Line

Controlling Amarok from a terminal may come in handy in various situations, and can also be a way of using scripts or aliases to give commands directly to Amarok, without having to even keep the window opened, instead leaving it running in the system tray.

Introduction to Linux and Ubuntu

This is the first article in a series intended to cover the basics of Linux and Ubuntu. In the course of several chapters, this series will explain pretty much everything to get started with Ubuntu.

3 Ways to Embed Applications in System Tray

Docking various applications comes in handy especially when you want to have applications you’d like to run continuously without taking up taskbar space, but the application in question has no such option.

CLI Intro: Permissions

Permissions are very important in Linux since they define who can read or write to files. Let's take a simple example:

Linux Cheat Sheet

Linux cheat sheet, including general commands, one-liners, Bash tips, system calls.

Tutorial: Customizing Your Bash Prompt

In this tutorial I will show you how you can change the look and behavior of the prompt to show more details or use a different coloring style. I will explain how to try all these examples and how to make changes permanently by adding them inside the Bash configuration file. Please note that this stuff is Bash-specific and it won't work in other shells.

AssaultCube 1.2 Guide

AssaultCube is a free, open-source shooter based on the Cube engine and taking place in realistic environments. It includes single and multi-player, as well as various modes which can be played over a wide range of maps.

Install Flash in Ubuntu 13.10

This tutorial is a detailed guide on how to install Flash in Ubuntu, specifically Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander. I documented three ways to do it, two methods covering installing from the official repositories and one method for installing it manually from the official website. Screenshots for beginners on how to use the USC are also available.

How to Use Smart Scopes in Ubuntu 13.10

This tutorial focuses on showing the use of one of the new features introduced in Ubuntu 13.10, namely Smart Scopes. With Mir being postponed, Saucy Salamander didn’t have a lot of new features, focusing on stability rather than trying to break new grounds. Smart Scopes is one of the main additions to Dash in Saucy.

UrbanTerror 4.2 Guide

UrbanTerror features a wonderful online experience, taking place over dozens of maps resembling various urban locations. The motto of the game is "fun over realism", and UrbanTerror encompasses a fast-paced gameplay along with some pretty neat features.

Introduction to Linux and the Shell

A shell is a command interpreter which allows you to interact with the computer. The way things work is pretty simple: you type in commands, the shell reads them, performs the tasks it was asked to do, and finally it sends the results to the standard output, which is usually the screen.

How-To: Create a Firefox Search Plugin

Basically, you will have to create an XML file inside the ~/.mozilla/firefox/XYZ.default/searchplugins directory (replace XYZ with your profile's characters, could be any name there), with the following content (I will use Ubuntu Forums for this example):

How to Install Anything in Ubuntu Part 2: Installing Software

Tutorial about installing software in Ubuntu.

How to Install Anything in Ubuntu Part I: The Package Manager

There used to be a popular tutorial for beginners about this titled How to install ANYTHING in Ubuntu!, however it has not been updated since 2006 and it is a bit outdated (some of it still applies though).

Tutorial: Colored Man Pages & How It Works

In this tutorial I’ll show how to get some nicely colored man pages by adding several lines inside the .bashrc file, explaining what the code means and how it works.

Tutorial: Using the 'find' Command

GNU find is a powerful command-line utility that lets you search for files and folders in a hierarchical tree directory structure. It is the backend for all those utilities out there like the graphical searching in KDE or GNOME. However, find can be a little hard to handle at first by beginners.

GNOME 3: How to Change the Wallpaper from Command-Line

The older way of doing this, with gconftool-2 doesn’t seem to work anymore in GNOME 3 – used to be something like: gconftool-2 –type string –set /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename “/full/path/to/file.png”.

How to Compile C/C++ in Ubuntu for Educational Purposes

This tutorial targets especially beginners in Linux and particularly Ubuntu, users who have just recently switched from Windows to Ubuntu and are facing this question: "how can I compile and run my C or C++ programs in Ubuntu?".

Complete Guide to Firefox in Ubuntu

This tutorial was written for Firefox 4 and Ubuntu 11.04, however pretty much everything contained here applies to older releases and will probably work in future versions too. This how-to covers pretty much everything needed to get you started with Firefox: installing Flash, customizing it, installing add-ons and themes, and useful tips for working faster with it.

MegaGlest Amazing Strategy Game (Overview with Screenshots and Installation in Ubuntu)

MegaGlest is based upon the original Glest engine, but offers a lot of new features and capabilities, extending the original Glest (which is rather poor in options in my opinion) to a whole new game, including support for graphical resolutions, new factions, tech trees, tilesets and maps.

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