5 Simple APT Tricks for Debian and Ubuntu

Install the dependencies of an application
Sometimes you need to compile from source a newer version of an application which is already included in the repositories. For example, to install the development libraries for BasKet, you would run as root:

apt-get build-dep basket

Google Gadgets for Linux in Debian and Ubuntu

Compiling Google Gadgets 0.10.12 in Debian and Ubuntu
Here are a few steps you need to follow in order to compile Google Gadgets from source on Debian and Ubuntu. To install the needed dependencies type as root:

Download Pidgin 2.5.2 for Ubuntu (deb package)

Even though the new version of Pidgin (2.5.2) does not appear on, it seems it was released, as you can see here.

version 2.5.2 (10/19/2008):

Running Google Chrome Under Wine 1.1.6 in Debian and Ubuntu

Google Chrome is an open-source web browser from Google, currently available only for the Windows platform. It aims to have a minimal and easy to use interface. Chrome uses the WebKit rendering engine, which was developed from KHTML, and it is used in various browsers like Konqueror on KDE4 or Safari (on Mac OS X).

Installing Office 2007 in Linux

People thougt that the recent version of microsoft office (2007) can't be ran in linux/ubuntu. But, I finally found some useful method after googling and some problem solve with it. There are actualy a lot of method to do to install office 2007. Check it out by yourself!

OpenOffice 3.0 is out 3.0 Final has already been uploaded to a variety of mirror download sites ahead of the official announcement Monday 13.

Compiling C/C++ Code in Ubuntu and Available IDEs

One of the many questions users who switch from Windows to Linux have is how to compile C/C++ sources and what IDEs (Integrated Development Environment) Linux has to offer. Most of them study C or C++ at school or home and are usually used from Windows with an IDE like Dev-C++ or Code::Blocks.

5 Useful Tips to Customise Firefox 3

Firefox is the most popular application for viewing web pages on Linux, being the browser of choice for over 70% of the Linux users. In this article I will explain 5 of the most useful and used tips in Firefox, together with screenshots where I considered necessary.

Fotowall - Make Wallpaper Collages from your Photos

Fotowall is a small application that allows you to make collages from your photos and export the result to use as a wallpaper on your desktop.

Display your geolocation data with Viking

Viking is an open source application that allows you to import and edit your Global Positioning System (GPS) points of interest and tracks. It can overlay the points and tracks on your choice of Google Maps, Terraserver, OpenStreetMap, or NASA's BlueMarble map tiles so you can see what you are doing.

Ubuntu Linux Disk Quotas

On large systems with many users, you need to control the amount of disk space a user has access to. Disk quotas are designed specifically for this purpose. Quotas, managed per each partition, can be set for both individual users as well as groups; quotas for the group need not be as large as the aggregate quotas for the individuals in the groups.
When files are created, both a user and a group own them; ownership of the files is always part of the metadata about the files. This makes quotas based on both users and groups easy to manage.

Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 5 Screenshots

Delayed one day, the fifth alpha version of the upcoming Ubuntu 8.10 (codename Intrepid Ibex), which is scheduled for release in late October this year, was made available a few hours ago and, as usual, we intend to keep you up-to-date with the latest changes in the Ubuntu 8.10 development.

Install Google Chrome in Ubuntu with Wine

The Linux version of Google’s Chrome web browser is not ready yet. Don’t boot up Windows, if you’re interested in testing it out it’s possible to do so by running Chrome under Wine.

Select Per-user Editor in Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid)

When a program in Ubuntu such as crontab -e or dch -i, is used to edit a file, it uses a helper program called sensible-editor. sensible-editor attempts to intelligently find an editor on your system based on a few simple rules. Basically, if you haven’t already defined $EDITOR, it will use one of {nano, nano-tiny, vi}, in that order.

Run Google Chrome in Ubuntu with WINE

One helpful Ubuntu hacker blogger posts a guide to getting Google Chrome working as a stand-alone app in Ubuntu, using the latest version of the Windows translator WINE and a stand-alone copy of Chrome's installer.

Four Tweaks for Using Linux with Solid State Drives

SSDs (solid state drives) are great. They’re shock resistant, consume less power, produce less heat, and have very fast seek times. If you have a computer with an SSD, such as an Eee PC, there are some tweaks you can make to increase performance and extend the life of the disk.

Fix for Flickering Fullscreen Application with Compiz

I’ve been using Firefox’s fullscreen mode on my Eee PC to get the maximum amount of vertical screen space possible. I noticed that the screen flickers black briefly whenever a tooltip or right click menu is displayed. All fullscreen applications seem to be affected.

Is the Gimp Giving You a Headache?

Personally, I love the Gimp, but I understand some people just can't handle that many windows. Here are a few tips.

1. Set the toolbar and docks to be above the image windows.

Change message of the day (MOTD) in Ubuntu server

The contents of /etc/motd are displayed by login after a successful login but just before it executes the login shell. The abbreviation “motd” stands for “message of the day”, and this file has been traditionally used for exactly that (it requires much less disk space than mail to all users).

Diet Ubuntu - The in depth guide

I thought, seeing as it was more popular than anticipated, I would revisit the diet Ubuntu subject one more time. The intent here is to cover every aspect of my default installation, from beginning to end in much more detail. I will also cover my selection of “default” applications to replace what we remove. We will be covering a handful of subjects already mentioned previously, but I feel it is better to include them once again, for any new readers especially. I will try and break this down into simple sections as best I can. In time I shall release it as a text only file, HTML file and also a PDF for easy distribution.

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