Ubuntu Tweak off to a good start

For years, discerning Windows users have relied on Tweak UI, a semi-official Microsoft program for system settings not available on the default desktop. Now, in the same tradition and with something of the same name, Ubuntu Tweak (UT) offers the same advantage to Ubuntu users.

Osmo: A daily organizer

Osmo, a compact yet feature-rich personal information organizer for Linux, separates itself from the pack of other calendar applications due to its light weight and easy-to-use design. The GPL-licensed Osmo includes a datebook calendar, a to-do organizer, and a contacts list, all with lots of intuitive options.

Howto clear/Flush DNS Cache in Ubuntu

Some distributions run a caching nameserver in the background out of the box while some do not. To clear the cache if you have such a daemon running, simply restart the nscd service in ubuntu.

Ubuntu Live - Call for Papers

O’Reilly, the organisers of Ubuntu Live, have just issued the call for papers for Ubuntu Live 2008. The theme of the event is “Taking it Further”, which I think is perfect for Ubuntu this year!

Stop Beating Your Wine Apps With The Ugly Stick

Applications running with Wine don’t have to look so appalling! Ubuntu 8.04 is planned to have usability improvements for Wine, among these improvements is a theme for Wine applications that matches the GTK theme. Can’t wait until April?

The tricky task of supporting Photo CDs on Linux

In the photography world, a prominent proprietary file format is Kodak's Photo CD (.PCD). Once the premiere format for film scanning, it is now a difficult-to-work-around relic. Recently I set out to resurrect some old PCD images on a Linux system -- a challenge that serves as an object lesson in the importance of open standards in any kind of digital archive.

How To Reset the MySQL Password : Ubuntu 7.10

I found myself toying with one of my test servers the other nite and realized that I didn’t know what the root password was for my MySQL database.  After a quick bit of Google searching I found a very easy solution.

Organize Your Firefox Search Engines Into Folders

If you use many search plugins for Firefox, you might be interested in a better way to organize them, rather than just choosing from a giant drop-down menu when you want to switch the search engine.

Disable internet access for particular user in Ubuntu

This is very useful if you want to block internet access to your kids or particular users. First you need to edit the network interfaces file using the following command:

Picasa 2.7 a slick upgrade on Linux

Google has released a public beta of its Picasa photo organizer for Linux. The new release adds some important features for image browsing, image searching, and creative image export. If you haven't tried it before, now is the time.

Theming Firefox 2 For GTK-Like Tabs

Firefox 3 for Linux integrates with the current GTK theme. If you don’t want to run beta versions until the final release, you can get some of the same integration in Firefox 2 using a theme.

System-Wide Profiler for Linux Systems

OProfile is a system-wide profiler for Linux systems, capable of profiling all running code at low overhead. OProfile is released under the GNU GPL.

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.

How to install Postal 2 Fudge pack on Debian/Ubuntu.

Most common users are bored and play games. I decidet to buy Postal 2 Fudge pack. Since its native to Linux and your able to do what ever you like to do. To be honest its a kick in the but to find out how to get the game working. After a few error fixes and some searching. I noticed that it was missing some files. Its all on the DVD’s so no worries to download!

DAM Server

A DAM Server is a Digital Asset Management Server. In its purest form it is a central repository for your digital assets. This article will describe a Digital Image Asset Management Server and how to setup the Open Source alternative called Resourcespace.

Installing Ubuntu on an External Hard Drive

I’m writing this mainly for my own reference. I note that a lot of people want to install Ubuntu on a laptop but choose to put it on an external USB hard drive. The result is usually that GRUB breaks when the external drive is not connected since it cannot locate the files needed to boot which are on the external drive.

Howto create a Transparent Terminal in Ubuntu Desktop

This tutorial will explain how to create a Transparent Terminal in Gnome Background using alltray. With AllTray you can dock any application with no native tray icon (like Evolution, Thunderbird, Terminals) into the system tray.

Keep Internet junk at bay with content filters

Each day, I come across someone on the blogosphere complaining about the design of a Web site. Some don't like screaming text, others don't like banners, and still others hate ads.

Toggle Desktop Effects with Compiz-Switch

Often you need to turn off Compiz desktop effects to play a game, run an incompatable application, or even to watch video on some Intel chipsets. Previously I used the fusion-icon tray icon, which was not updated for newer versions of Ubuntu and Compiz. Until today I used the Visual Effects tab of the Appearance Preferences dialog in Ubuntu 7.10 to start and stop Compiz. Now there’s a simpler solution.

DVD Playback on Ubuntu Gutsy

This afternoon, while doing nothing in particular, I decided to listen to one of my Jools Holland DVDs. I popped the DVD into my laptop and started Totem, only for Totem to spit out an error message. The error message told me that I didn't have the correct plugin to handle DVD playback and pointed me in the direction of this page: http://www.gnome.org/projects/totem/#codecs

Nifty OpenOffice.org extensions

Apparently, the only thing that stopped developers from creating useful OpenOffice.org extensions was the lack of a place to publish them. With the launch of the OpenOffice.org Extension Repository, the number of extensions listed there has shot up, and there are no signs of a slowdown. Although quantity doesn't always mean quality, the repository already offers a few nifty extensions that can expand the functionality of OpenOffice.org and make your work more efficient.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 72

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 72 for the week December 30th - January 5th, 2008 is now available. In this issue: Alpha 3 Freeze, Kubuntu Tutorials Day, Ubuntu Live Conference videos, a new Kubuntu member, the success of Inkscape with Launchpad, Ubuntu Forum News, Ubuntu Tutorial of the Week, and much, much more!

A handful of desktop utilities for snipping multiple clips

You might imagine that a utility as simple as a multiple clipboard would have become standard on the GNU/Linux desktop. All it needs is the ability to copy and paste text and some popular graphics formats, plus some basic controls to set the number of stored items and to clear the memory. Yet, although at least six multiple clipboards are available, choosing which to use is a matter of trade-offs that depends partly on your desktop environment and partly on which features you want.

pwsafe: A cross-platform tool for password management

PWSafe is a Command Line Interface (CLI) tool for managing and securely storing passwords. Using the public domain cipher Blowfish, PWSafe maintains an encrypted database of login account details and their associated passwords.

Getting Started With Prism

Prism is a project by Mozilla to produce an application more geared towards web applications such as Google mail. It’s light doesn’t contain any buttons such as back/forward and allows you to concentrate on the application itself, providing better desktop-web integration to the user. If you would like more detail regarding Prism see Mozilla Labs.

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