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Install skype on Debian or Ubuntu

f you want to keep always the latest available copy of Skype on your computer, not having to check the skype home page every time, you may want to use the skype repository for Debian, which also works for Ubuntu, Check this How to

First add this line to your /etc/apt/sources.list

Virtualization in Linux: A Review of Four Software Choices

From Techthrob.com:

Virtualization is the technique of running a "guest" operating system inside an already-running OS; for example, Windows inside Linux, or visa-versa. This week Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, announced a partnership with Parallels, maker of the Virtualization products Parallels Workstation and Parallels Desktop for Mac. This article compares four virtualization products available for Ubuntu Linux: the free, open source Qemu; the closed-but-free versions of VirtualBox and VMware-Server, and the newly-available, commercial Parallels.

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Ubuntu Tweak - Get Under the Hood With This Configuration Tool

Ubuntu Tweak is a utility created to make it easier for users to configure and change a variety of system settings. You can use it to quickly adjust settings for GNOME Panel, Compiz, and Nautilus, along with some more advanced security settings.

How To Do Seamless Window and Folder Integration with Ubuntu & VirtualBox

I’m going to outline today how to setup seamless window integration with Ubuntu and Virtualbox. If you missed yesterday’s post you might want to take a look at the seamless integration screenshot. No, that is not Photoshop’d, its really my desktop. I’ll also outline how to setup a shared folder between the two systems so that the icons and folders available on your XP desktop are available on your Ubuntu dekstop. So lets go ahead and dive in.

VLC - The Universial Media Player

VLC (VideoLan) is a cross-platform universial media player. It supports a variety of different inputs, including DVD, VCD, MPEG, AVI, WMV, MP4, and MOV. It has full subtitle support, as well as built-in video filters. There are skins for VLC available at the developer website.

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.

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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.

SSH101: Secure Shell Basics and X11 Forwarding

From Techthrob.com:

SSH is an incredibly powerful tool. It lets you connect to a computer anywhere in the world, share files, and even run applications remotely. This tutorial will take you through installing and configuring the SSH Server, discuss some of the basic options of the SSH client, and even show you how to run graphical applications on a remote computer, from anywhere.

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Inkscape - The Open-Source Vector Graphics Editor


Inkscape
is an open source vector graphics editor, similar to Illustrator or Xara. It uses the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. It's capable of creating objects with a variety of drawing, shape and text tools. You can edit previously created objects with scale, gradients, masks, and filtered effects.

Hardy Heron Alpha4: A Glimpse into the Future of Ubuntu

From http://www.techthrob.com/tech/hardyalpha4.php

This is a look at the fourth Alpha release of Hardy; including many of the applications that are now included by default and other major changes. Among these are the addition of Firefox 3 and Remote Desktop on the applications side, and a new method for systems control known as Policy Kit, which allows admins to unlock system functions for users.

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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.

Comix - A Nifty Linux Comic Book Viewer

Comix: Library View
Comix
is a comic book reader that doubles as a pretty useful generic image viewer. It's written in Python and uses GTK+. It's got a nice sidebar thumbnail viewer, and the library view shown in the image above. It's also able to handle .zip and .tar files natively, which is really useful for those of us who compress our image directories.

Random Ubuntu Advocacy

I've received a few emails in the past couple of weeks regarding the availability of a replacement image for the Ubuntu Christmas Campaign image. Feeling a little guilty at not having had something ready, forward planning is something I need to work on, I've now created a set of Ubuntu advocacy images designed to be displayed randomly.

See the demo here. Get the code here.

Customize The Ubuntu Login Or Shutdown Screen

Many people want to customize their login screens.  Where I work we customize the Novell Login screens and put a default Legal Notice for all the users.  It would be nice to customize the login and shutdown screens for UBUNTU to display custom graphics. Here are the instructions on how to customize the GNOME login screen to display legal notices before users can.

CrunchBang Linux 7.10.01 Release Notes

A few weeks ago I decided that it might be fun to attempt to remaster Ubuntu. I've been using Ubuntu for a number of years and while I think the distribution is great, my set-up does differ a fair amount from the standard Ubuntu installation. So, remastering Ubuntu into a distribution that more closely matches my set-up seemed like a logical thing to do.

Ubuntu Linux Synergy/QuickSynergy Mini-HOWTO

Do you have multiple computers on your desktop? If you’re anything like me this happens from time to time. Alongside my main computer for example, I occasionally need to have my laptop on my desk. If you’re a computer-nut in any way, shape or form then the odds are in favor that you know what I’m talking about.

Multiple computers, each with their own (or several) screens. Each requiring you to switch between confusing sets of keyboards and mice. If this is the case with you, then you need Synergy.

Single User Profile for Linux and Windows

By far the best and most fluid feature of Ubuntu 7.10 is the ability to read and write to NTFS drives. What does that mean?  It means that you can share resources and use both drives as one!  You can share documents and settings between windows seamlessly.  You have one bookmarks file, one addressbook, one Documents directory.  Here’s how to set it up.

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.

Private Internet browsing via SSH.

Ever found yourself in a public place, wanting to use the internet, but scared of privacy issues? well This is the solution.

If you have a home machine with Ubuntu (or pretty much any linux distro) you can download and install an SSH server which allows you to effectively "dial in" with a secure tunnel from another machine.

Resounding success for Openness

The hugely popular Economist magazine in its prediction for the year 2008 says that Linux is going to grow big and this time - it is not a fad! With the success of Ubuntu and the various other alternatives to Microsoft software it offers a real cost saving that is making small business and home buyers re-think on blindly investing in Microsoft products...

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