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The Beginner Guide to Use GoogleCL

The Beginner Guide to Use GoogleCL

At some point, the people at Google, who brought you the Linux-based Android platform and the Summer of Code, decided that they still were not geeky enough. To resolve that gut feeling, they have released GoogleCL, a command line utility for popular Google services. Now, even the most hardcore command line Linux purists have no […]

A Review Of MeeGo v1.0: Is It Good Enough For Your Netbook?

A Review Of MeeGo v1.0: Is It Good Enough For Your Netbook?

MeeGo is a new Linux-based mobile operating system designed through the collaboration of Intel and Nokia developers. The name MeeGo is meant to convey a merging of Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin. While Maemo was primarily geared toward handheld devices, such as the Nokia N800, N810, and N900 and Moblin was primarily geared toward netbooks, MeeGo […]

KDE Power Management 101

KDE Power Management 101

While there are exceptions, power management is primarily the concern of laptop, netbook, and tablet users, and as the world becomes increasingly reliant on these mobile devices, getting good battery life and conserving energy are top priorities. KDE’s power management is controlled by an application called PowerDevil. There are three ways to access and manage […]

Beginner’s Guide To Watching HTML5 Video In Your Browser

Beginner’s Guide To Watching HTML5 Video In Your Browser

There has been much news and debate regarding HTML5 video, which is not even considered an official standard yet. The urgency from some individuals and organizations (particularly Apple), reflects the bad taste that Adobe Flash Player has left in many mouths. HTML5 video is an effort to make streaming video on the web more accessible, […]

How to Manage Removable Devices in KDE

How to Manage Removable Devices in KDE

As with most tasks in Linux, there are multiple ways to handle removable devices, but for removable media in particular, KDE’s primary tool is the Plasma Device Notifier Widget. It is activated by default on the KDE panel in all 4.x versions of the desktop environment. From it, you can manage all sorts of removable […]

Rekonq: A Quick Glance At Kubuntu Next Default Browser

Rekonq: A Quick Glance At Kubuntu Next Default Browser

The talk of the town is that the next version of Kubuntu (10.10, codenamed Maverick Meerkat) will have a new default browser, replacing Konqueror, the longtime KDE favorite. The replacement browser may very well be Rekonq, a browser that could be viewed as a next-generation approach to Konqueror. At first glance, Rekonq’s interface design looks […]

6 Useful Widgets For Amarok Music Player

6 Useful Widgets For Amarok Music Player

Linux has no shortage of music players, and even KDE has at least two: JuK and Amarok. The one you decide to use is truly a matter of preference, and it would be pointless for me to attempt to convince you to choose Amarok. It is, however, my music player of choice. I mostly use […]

Qjoypad: Keyboard to Gamepad Mapping for Linux

Qjoypad: Keyboard to Gamepad Mapping for Linux

Gaming on Linux can be a wonderful, irritating, or anything in between. Sometimes you get things exactly the way you want them, and other times, you have to improvise. Ideally, every game would support the devices you want to use with it, but there are a few instances where games do not yet support joysticks […]

How to Use KDE’s Clipboard and Klipper App

How to Use KDE’s Clipboard and Klipper App

The clipboard is one of the oldest and most important features of desktop computing. With it, you can temporarily store pictures, images, and even file information in the system’s memory, and then copy or move that information to a new destination. KDE has an advanced clipboard system, largely due to a small program called Klipper, […]

An Introduction to KDE Games

An Introduction to KDE Games

For a long time KDE has come with an assortment of games. Collectively, this suite of games is simply called “KDE Games“. With the advent of KDE 4, all of the KDE games were given face lifts and a standard set of features that make moving from game to game a seamless exercise. The games […]