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Change Gnome Calendar Week Start Day to Monday [How to]

If you set your language to English (US), Gnome Calendar applet starts the week with Sunday, which is ok for USA but not for the rest of us and unfortunately there is no option in the applet to change this.

Make Gimp Panels Auto Hide in Gnome

Normally, Gimp panels are de-attached from the main window, so you practically have 3 windows:

3 Ways to Install Latest Wine in Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

I decided to put up this guide which shows how to install the latest Wine release in Ubuntu 9.04 using 3 different methods.

Audio / Video / Image / Text / ISO Converter Nautilus Script

This Nautilus script can convert between a variety of audio, video, image, text and create iso from another image format. It can also convert video to audio and video or pdf to individual frames. And finally, it can convert a txt file to image or .wav.

DockbarX: Experimental Dockbar for Linux

DockbarX is a taskbar with grouping and group manipulation with some "experimental" features compared to Docbark (it is not a fork of Dockbar, but a branch of DockBar holding new "experimental" features).

"Experimental" features (Features that aren't in DockBar 0.21):
- New look for popups.

Make Qt / KDE Applications Integrate Better with Gnome

QGtkStyle makes your Qt/KDE programs look similarly to GTK ones. But there were no easy .debs for a long while so I searched everywhere and found deb files for Ubuntu on the ubuntuforums.

How to Install and Configure Conky-Colors Plus (Light-weight System Monitor for X)

Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any information on your desktop but it's quite difficult especially for beginners to set up.

Docky: Move it To the Top of the Desktop, Add a MacOSX-like "Genie" Effect and Customize the Icons Zoom

Docky, the new GNOME Do interface in the form of a dock, is getting more and more used and causes sensation among GNU / Linux users.

Audio / Video Encoding Guide

This is a guide on how to encode audio / video in which you will find some tips & tricks for using FFmpeg and other tools.

Replace Compiz Fusion with Metacity to Run AWN, Screenlets and Visual Effects

In today's Ubuntu Newbie Guide part I'm going to tell you about running the Metacity Compositing Manager instead of Compiz Fusion. Why you would want to do that? Because it uses less resources and it may run better for old or incompatible video cards (including Intel). You don’t even need accelerated graphics to run Metacity with compositing and it even works well inside VirtualBox.

Ubuntu - Embed a Terminal into Your Desktop using Compiz [Howto]

I guess you could use a screenlet or something similar to embed a terminal into your desktop, but I want to have it transparent, with no titlebar or border and basically to look like my wallpaper has a terminal. For that, i used Compiz and this is what it looks like:

Integrate Google Gadgets with Plasma in Kubuntu 9.04 Jaunty

With the release of KDE 4.2, Google Gadgets became fully integrated into Plasma. You can add them to your desktop with a few clicks of your mouse, unless you happen to be a Kubuntu user. For reasons that are outside the scope of this article, Kubuntu developers decided to remove the Google Gadget code from Plasma. Being the stubborn hackers that we are, however, we are going to get them back.

GnoMenu Brings Eye Candy to the World of the Gnome Menu's

GnoMenu is a consolidated menu for gnome that brings eye candy to the world of the Gnome menu's. Fully functional menu, supports themes, for a composited or non composited desktop. It can emulate the look and feel of the most beautiful menus of most modern desktops, and it can also custom menus, due to its powerful theme XML engine.

Join and Split Files (Including Video) in Linux [Howto]

Let's say you downloaded some videos of Youtube which all are a part of a larger video that was splitted into parts. A good idea would be to join those video files into one big file. Here's how to do that in Linux:

How to Change The Periodic Disk Check in Ubuntu (fsck)

In Ubuntu (and most Linux distributions), your disks are checked every certain number of times your computer starts (using "fsck", "file system consistency check") to detect errors and correct them. If you're in a hurry, you can press the ESC key to skip this checking process and it will scan the disks the next time you start your computer.

Howto Linux / Ubuntu: Gyachi - Yahoo! Messenger with Webcam, Room Voice Chat, Photo Sharing

Gyachi is a Yahoo! client for Linux operating system that supports almost all of the features you would expect to find on the official Windows Yahoo! client: Voice chat, webcams, faders, 'nicknames', audibles, avatars, display images, and more.

Clean Your Linux Desktop Using Compiz and a Lightweight File Manager

This little tutorial will explain how to maintain a clean desktop and at the same time have quick access to your data. It makes use of Compiz widget layer and a lightweight File Manager by creating a folder to store all your Desktop icons/files and make it into a widget where you can access it easily.

Fix / Restore GRUB Boot Loader

Unfortunately, maintaining a multi-boot configuration like this can be a pain, especially if you later install an operating system which overwrites the GRUB boot loader you had in place (such as a version of Windows). If your boot loader is overwritten, you could be left with no choice but to boot the most recently installed OS.

Gimp Paint Studio [Gimp Optimized for Drawing and Painting]

Gimp Paint Studio is a package of new tools and additions which provide improved capabilities focused on drawing and painting for Gimp.

Speed up Firefox by mounting the profile in tmpfs (RAM) [Linux only]

tmpfs is a virtual, RAM-backed filesystem. It’s lightning-fast, but since it’s RAM-backed, any file written to tmpfs uses precious memory while it’s there, and the entire contents of the virtual partition are lost on shutdown or crash.

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