Time - Run Programs and Summarize System Resource Usage

Today’s post is a quickie, and more along the lines of a “package of the day”, but I thought it would be interesting to share.

Simplify Regular Expression Search/Replace with Regexxer on Linux

If you are tired of hacking together commands at the terminal or having to open a giant bloated IDE just to perform search and replace across a number of files, then Regexxer is the tool for you.

Export Writer documents into any wiki format

One of the most welcome additions to OpenOffice.org 2.3 is a new export filter that allows you to save Writer documents as MediaWiki-formatted pages. That's all fine and dandy if you are using MediaWiki, but what about other wiki systems?

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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How to change boot order of Ubuntu and Windows

This is for people who have a dual boot installation of Ubuntu and Window (XP or Vista). When booting you will see that Ubuntu has created a boot menu that allows you to select an OS to start. It will usually look somewhat like this:

Move your home directory to its own partition

There are some reasons why you may need to move your home directory to its own partition, it could be because you run out of space, or because you may want to share it with another distro in a dual Linux boot installation, well lets start.

Elisa 0.3.3 - Media Centre for Kids

Initially I was quite excited by the release of Elisa 0.3.3 from the team at Fluendo. In general, I like the work Fluendo does - amongst other initiatives they have codecs for sale that alleviate any legal qualms you may have about installing "non-free" video codecs from various locations, they have an interesting Java streaming video applet called Cortado and they provide a reasonably priced online streaming service. So, high hopes for Elisa 0.3.3. Unfortunately, it looks like I won't be using this software.

Parcellite - a GNOME clipboard manager

The clipboard is one thing that we often take forgranted. The concept of copy and paste is almost burnt into our minds, and we use it to move text and objects from application to application.

LILO and GRUB: Boot Loaders Made Simple

LILO (Linux Loader) and GRUB (GRand Unified Bootloader) are both configured as a primary boot loader (installed on the MBR) or secondary boot loader (installed onto a bootable partition). Both work with supporting operating systems such as Linux, FreeBSD, Net BSD, and OpenBSD. They can work with unsupported operating system, such as Microsoft Windows XP, in the configuration file. Both allow users—root users—to boot into single-user-mode.

Gimp Tutorial - Fast Flaming Text

There's a few flame effect tutorials out there, but all the ones I've found are either badly outdated or too fiddly. This is how I set any object - including text - ablaze with the Gimp, in just six quick steps.

6 ways to find files in linux

1. Kfind : Sometimes you need to find a file so that you can edit it, but you do not know exactly where it is located in the files system. you might know the name of the file or only part of the name. At another time you might need a list of all files that have been modified in the last two days or that exceeds a certain size.You can use Kfind to find files with specific features, you can start Kfind from the KDE menu with the find files entry.

Inkscape - The Open-Source Vector Graphics Editor

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.

How to Write Without Distractions

“Writing is a fairly lonely business unless you invite people in to watch you do it, which is often distracting and then you have to ask them to leave.” - Marc Lawrence

One of the biggest challenges for any writer, especially these days, is the temptation of the Internet, the pull of your favorite distractions, and — if you work at home — the siren’s call of the couch.

Create Disk Usage Reports with durep

urep is a perl script used for disk usage reports. It can generate text output with bar graphs to allow easy comparisons of disk usage between directories. It can also generate web pages which can be navigated through the directory structure. This allows easy visual monitoring of disk usage. durep was designed for monitoring disk usage in a more visual way than du. The du program works fine but doesn’t allow a lot of control over how the results are displayed. This perl script is designed to produce output more useful for reports.

Best of GIMP brushes: 35+ brush sets (1400+ brushes)

As is common to open-source applications, GIMP too has a huge repository of plugins, scripts, brushes and gradients (we’ve already covered Top 40 GIMP plugins). The open-source enthusiasts pour hundreds of hours into developing the application and its add-ons for no cost, and shares them generously with the community.

Office Software for Linux

Are you thinking about moving your computer to Linux, but worried about living without office software? Well don't be. You can run Microsoft Office, and many other native Windows programs on Linux using Wine, which is a Windows compatibility layer for Linux and similar operating systems. However, you do not need to do this, and the majority of Linux users do not, because Linux has bucket loads of its own high-quality office software.

Webframe Screenlet

Webframe is a Screenlet(aka Desktop Widget) for Screenlets that browse the Web. Best for browsing of mobile sites, and using of a Web-based gadgets like Google Gadgets.

Ubuntu must-have utilities

Ever since I successfully installed Ubuntu on a laptop for the second time, I got a little more adventurous about customizing a few things in Ubuntu. I am quite impressed with what I did and I think they are essential to most Ubuntu users. My must-have list below is very basic. There are other must-have lists (read here and there) for advanced users, especially those who do a lot of multimedia.

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.

Wubi: Ubuntu the easy way

Ubuntu has quickly become the number one Linux distro for the desktop. Not only is it free, but it has also made Linux easier to use than ever. Now, Wubi enables Windows users to install Ubuntu just like any other application, so you no longer have to mess around with partitions, burning CDs, etc.

Flock 1.1 beta will add web Email, Picasa and more to your web browser

Social web browser Flock is planning to launch 3 major new features in about two weeks. Like its predecessors, Flock 1.1 beta is built on Firefox code but it has a ton of features that make it easier to keep in touch with your social networking services like Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube.

Installing Pandoc on Ubuntu Gutsy

I am a very big fan of Pandoc - a tool for converting from one markup format to another. It's most useful for me in converting Markdown-formatted text into S5 or "regular" HTML.

UbuntuHQ on Holiday

I'm on holiday for a week, so you'll only see older articles the next few days. Please keep on submitting recent articles yourself!


Enabling Hardware Temperature Sensors in Linux

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

Most computers these days come with a myriad of sensors to monitor the temperature of your computer. These sensors are generally located on the processor and the motherboard, and you might also have sensors on your video card. On top of that, all S.M.A.R.T-enabled hard drives have built-in temperature monitoring.

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