KDE or the K desktop Environment consists of a set of simple and easy to use desktop interface and application for the UNIX system. It is also one of the popular desktop environment in most Linux distribution. The new release KDE 4.0 features many new improvements and added a brand new user interface, including new […]
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To facilitate testing on both GNOME and KDE desktop concurrently, I decide to install Kubuntu on my VMware Server. Here is a guide on how I install Kubuntu on Ubuntu with VMware Server. First of all, download and install VMware. (the instruction here). Next, download Kubuntu iso file from http://www.kubuntu.org/download.php
Gedit is the official text editor for GNOME desktop. While it is simple and easy to use, it is actually much more powerful than what it seems to be.
After much consideration, you have decided to switch to Ubuntu as your primary operating system. You download the Ubuntu Live CD iso, burn into CD, boot it up and do a live install. When you finally boot into the new OS, start to use the browser and find that you can’t watch video on Youtube, […]
One of the challenges that new Linux users face is the using of bash command on the terminal. Even though some Linux distro (such as Ubuntu Gutsy) has improved the user interface a great extent and reduced the need to execute applications via command line, there will still be cases where using the command line […]
I love Ubuntu as it is simply the best operating system that I have come across. If there is one thing that I dislike about Ubuntu, it has to be the desktop. Don’t get me wrong, it is not GNOME that I dislike, but the default color and theme that Ubuntu use for their distribution. […]
The trash is just like a recycle bin in Windows. When you move file to trash, the file is not physically removed from your hard disk, instead, it is residing in the trash folder. To bypass trash and delete file completely, you need to enable the ‘Delete’ command.
In Mac OSX, you can configure the screen corners to exhibit certain behaviors, such as show desktop, display list of windows, start screensaver etc. In Linux, you can do all these as well with Brightside. Brightside is an application that adds reactivity to the corners and edges of your GNOME desktop. It is small in […]
If you have encountered situation where your Openoffice icons are lost and were replaced with texts, here is what you can do: Go to Tools -> Options. Under OpenOffice.org -> Views, look for the section Menu and make sure that the Show icons in menu box is checked. If the icons are still lost after […]
If you found a 3D screensaver that you like, won’t it be nice if you can set it as your wallpaper? The screenshots above show my desktop where I set the xscreensaver EndGame as my desktop. Requirement: Gnome desktop xscreensaver Here is how you can do it: In your terminal: gconftool-2 –type bool –set /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop […]
Remembering one password is easy. Remembering hundreds of passwords is not easy. Even though I have discussed the way to remember thousands of passwords easily, plenty of people still balk at the idea of having to remember so many passwords. So what is the alternative solution? The answer is using a password manager.
I always advise my friends and customers to keep a copy of the Linux Live CD. The reason is that in the event that your Windows crashes (Well, they often do), you can boot up the Linux Live CD and rescue all your data. Most Linux distribution comes with a Live CD. The purpose is […]
After installing Windows Vista on Ubuntu using VMware, one of the problems that you’re likely to face is that your virtual machine has completely no access to your host folder. This means you cannot view/edit your favorite photos (or any other files) in your Vista VM. Come to think of it, what is the use […]
For anyone who is keen to migrate to Linux platform, but can’t live without Windows application, then Wine can be a great solution for you. What is WINE? WINE stands for Wine Is Not Emulator. Here is what it is about: “Think of Wine as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs. Wine does not […]
Doing the same thing over and over again is a boring chore. Windows and Mac understand that, that why they have the automation program built into their OS. Windows XP & Vista have a task scheduler that allow you to create and automate simple task. Unknown to many, Mac OS X iCal alarm function can […]
Be it Windows, Mac or Linux, it is always a wise choice to backup your data. You never know when your hardware is going to fail and when that happens, you know that all your data is safe and there is a backup copy for you to fall back on. In Ubuntu, it is surprisingly […]
If you have received a .docx file from your friends, most likely that you are not able to view it in Ubuntu’s Open Office. To fix this, you need to install the odf-converter. First, go to http://download.novell.com/SummaryFree.jsp?buildid=ESrjfdE4U58 http://download.novell.com/Download?buildid=GuM6LMM9SR4 and download odf-converter-1.0.0-5.i586.rpm. It is about 3 MB. The odf-converter file is in rpm format, which is […]
For Ubuntu Gutsy users who find that they can’t live without Windows, or just want to give Vista a try, here’s your savior: VMware Server. Vmware Server is a free to download virtual machine tool that allows you to install the various type of operating systems under a virtual environment. Before you attempt to install […]
In my Windows Vista setup, I can just press fn-F5 on my laptop to toggle screen display and output to a projector or external monitor. After I switched to Ubuntu, the hot key is no longer working. With a little research, I found that the problem lies with my xorg.conf file. It is configured to […]
For people who are new to Linux and Ubuntu, you might be overwhelmed by the huge library of applications available to you. Below is my 10 favorite applications. Hope it is useful to you.