I think Linux users can basically be divided into average users and users who will put time into learning, who are passionate about Linux and eventually are amateur or professional programmers. The average users only want their software to work, and will use the system to accomplish various tasks and not bother with the way things work since they will not need this information.
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.
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.
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.
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, including general commands, one-liners, Bash tips, system calls.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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):
Tutorial about installing software in Ubuntu.
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).
Aliases are custom commands which can replace a longer command or a group of commands, thus making it faster and easier to execute particular tasks by only typing a few characters. For example, one can only type upgrade instead of typing sudo apt-get upgrade && sudo apt-get upgrade and upgrade his Debian-based system. Aliases are very useful time-savers.
Android is one of the most popular operating systems today which offers a lot of features for today’s smartphone users. Ubuntu is a free Linux OS which offers various applications designed for this OS, many of which cannot run with Android. To gain access to both Android & Ubuntu at the same time, and use these interesting applications you need a rooted Android mobile device. This tutorial will explain how to run Ubuntu on your Android phone.
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.