LightDM is the login screen you see once your Ubuntu machine starts up. It’s a lot better than the old days when you were dropped at a terminal prompt. The following will show you how to customize LightDM with themes and backgrounds to dress up that dull look.
Articles by Aaron Peters
When it comes to producing GUI prototypes, flowcharts, and other business diagrams, Microsoft’s Visio is often the go-to tool on the Windows platform. For Linux, Evolus Pencil is one of the best for creating quality images quickly and easily.
Autokey is great for text-substitution, but its scripting feature can make your Linux desktop even more powerful and useful.
The APT system in Ubuntu may be useful for installing applications, but it is not deploy a service/program. The Juju system aims to make access to server-based programs as simple as those for the desktop. Here’s how to use it.
When you think of editing images on Linux, your first thought may be of GIMP, but do you know that Gwenview can be a useful photo editor as well?
There are several media center applications for Linux users. For fans of KDE, there’s a new Plasma Media Center that will fit in nicely with your desktop.
Virtualbox is a useful application that allows you to run another operating system in your Ubuntu. Here, we will show you how you can setup your Ubuntu so you can log directly into the Virtual Machine from the login screen.
This article examines the desktop toolkits, GTK+ and Qt, that allow developers to create applications quickly and with a common look and consistent functionality.
If you are a writer, you would have used tools like Final Draft or Scrivener to create your work. What if you are a Linux user and those tools are not available on Linux platform? Here are some Linux-based creative writing applications for you.
Instead of the regular basic command you use regularly, here are several improved alternative commands that can make you more productive.
For Linux users, knowing how to get around on the command line is an essential skill. But there are times where you might not remember a command or you actually need to edit a file. The Midnight Commander is an excellent tool to manage your files in the terminal.
Most Linux users are familiar with the various desktop manager like KDE, GNOME, etc, but few understands the important component that makes each of these desktops possible – the venerable X-Window System. Let’s take a look at this important piece of software in more detail.
Most guru will disapprove the using of GUI desktop on a server, but there are situations where a GUI desktop is desired. When such situations arise, you can make use of the instruction here to install a GUI desktop on your Ubuntu server that will only start on demand.
You received a new computer as a present, the next problem you are facing is how to migrate your Linux setup on the existing PC to this new machine. In this tutorial, we will show you how you can move your existing Linux installation to a new machine without losing the files and settings.
If you have tried converting tons of documents from one format to another, you will know that it is a boring and unproductive job. In Linux, you can easily automate document conversion with unoconv. Getting the job done is just a command line away.
To test out a new version of a software in Linux, the usual way is to overwrite your current stable version with the newer one. This tutorial shows you how to test the new LibreOffice without losing your current install.
Most Linux distro comes with a package manager that allows you to easily install binary package (DEB or RPM). However, if you are planning to customize the software you are installing, like adding additional features, then you might want to use the source packages and compile them yourself. Here is how you can do so.
Linux users who are using Red Hat-based distro will be familiar with the YUM repositories. Here are some basics of the Yum repositories that you should know.
“Apt-get” may be the default installer in Ubuntu, but when it comes to installing large sets of software, it can be really slow and obsolete. Fortunately, there’s a “tasksel”, which is just like a “apt-get for apt-get”.
RPM is the package management system for many Red Hat based distro. Let find out how RPMs works and how it compares with the “Ubuntu way” of managing software.