Evolus Pencil: A Great Microsoft Visio Alternative For Linux

Evolus Pencil: A Great Microsoft Visio Alternative For Linux

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.

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Using Juju Charms to Easily Deploy Services in Ubuntu

Using Juju Charms to Easily Deploy Services in Ubuntu

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.

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Quick Image Editing With Gwenview

Quick Image Editing With Gwenview

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?

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MTE Explains: Desktop Toolkits, GTK+ and Qt

MTE Explains: Desktop Toolkits, GTK+ and Qt

This article examines the desktop toolkits, GTK+ and Qt, that allow developers to create applications quickly and with a common look and consistent functionality.

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Three Useful Creative Writing Applications For Linux Users

Three Useful Creative Writing Applications For Linux Users

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.

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Midnight Commander: A File Manager For The Terminal [Linux]

Midnight Commander: A File Manager For The Terminal [Linux]

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.

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The GUI You Never Knew You Had: The X-Window System

The GUI You Never Knew You Had: The X-Window System

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.

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How to Use a GUI on a Ubuntu Server

How to Use a GUI on a Ubuntu Server

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.

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Migrate Your Linux Installation Between Machines

Migrate Your Linux Installation Between Machines

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.

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How to Automate Document Conversion With Unoconv in Linux

How to Automate Document Conversion With Unoconv in Linux

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.

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How to Make Use Of Source DEB Packages to Customize Software Installation

How to Make Use Of Source DEB Packages to Customize Software Installation

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.

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Tasksel: Easily Install Group Software in Linux

Tasksel: Easily Install Group Software in Linux

“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”.

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OpenELEC – The XBMC Distro

OpenELEC – The XBMC Distro

XBMC is one of the most popular open source media center systems and OpenELEC is a Linux distribution built with the XBMC code. Check out the distro and its distinct advantages over a XBMC software install

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How to Use XBMC to Play All Your Network Media

How to Use XBMC to Play All Your Network Media

XBMC is one of the best media center software around and one of its ability is to access and stream media from all sorts of different devices. Let’s suppose you have pictures on your Windows PC, Music in iTunes on a Mac, some ripped DVD’s on your Linux file server, etc. Here’s how to connect your XBMC box to them all.

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How to Get Things Done with Your Team Using Collabtive

How to Get Things Done with Your Team Using Collabtive

A great way to keep track of progress on a project is to use a system designed for that task. Collabtive is a web application that includes what most project groups need, and is simple enough for anyone to use

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How to Create Deb Packages with Debreate

How to Create Deb Packages with Debreate

Package management in Debian and Ubuntu-based distro is easy. But if you are looking to create your own deb packages, there aren’t many useful tools around. Learn how you can build your own deb packages here.

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How to Get Things Done in Linux with Zanshin

How to Get Things Done in Linux with Zanshin

Many, many “productivityists” are followers of David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” methodology. The methodology itself doesn’t rely on a specific tool or application, but that hasn’t stopped fans from trying to develop the perfect one. Let’s take a look at one – Zanshin, which is part of the KDE Software Collection.

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How to Add Your Own Web Apps to Bitnami LAMP Stacks

How to Add Your Own Web Apps to Bitnami LAMP Stacks

BitNami packages are a great way to test out a specific application. With a few extra steps, you can quickly deploy and try out all sorts of web-based applications. Here’s the full tutorial on adding web apps to your BitNami LAMP stack

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Linux Application Review: KBackup

Linux Application Review: KBackup

If you are using KDE and are in need of a backup solution, KBackup is one simple application that can get the job done. Where Backintime provides a nice, OS X-esque interface, KBackup is back-to-basics program that will equally well. Check out the full review here.

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How to Back Up Your Linux Machine to Box

How to Back Up Your Linux Machine to Box

It’s a good practice to keep a version of your back-ups on and off your computer. Here, we’ll show you how to back up your Linux machine to Box

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How to Try Out Web Applications with Bitnami Stacks

How to Try Out Web Applications with Bitnami Stacks

Have you ever wanted to try a web app without dabbling into the installation and configuration? Luckily, Bitnami have stacks for different web apps so you can easily test them out effortlessly. Let check it out.

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How to Install A Personal Google Drive Using FengOffice [Linux]

How to Install A Personal Google Drive Using FengOffice [Linux]

Google has a great set of services available for general consumers, and even offers it for a reasonable rate for businesses. But if you’re the paranoid type, or just like to do things yourself, there’s a way you can create something like Google Docs that you install and host on any Ubuntu box you might have. Here is how you can do it.

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How to Set up Nomachine NX between Two Linux Systems

How to Set up Nomachine NX between Two Linux Systems

There are a number of ways you can log into one computer to run software from another: ssh for purely command-line work, VNC for a remote view of your desktop, RDP if you’re stuck (temporarily) in Windows. Nomachine is known for their NX system, which it compresses the data it sends and receives, making it suitable for slower network connections.

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How to Integrate Google Services into Your Linux Desktop (Part 1)

How to Integrate Google Services into Your Linux Desktop (Part 1)

Google is a favorite among free software lovers because of their tendency to “don’t be evil.” This guide will show you how to hook up the programs on your Ubuntu desktop to the variety of Google web apps, for the nice, Linux-y experience we’re all looking for.

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Use Pandoc to Easily Convert Text File To PDF or eBook Format

Use Pandoc to Easily Convert Text File To PDF or eBook Format

We have shown you how to use Markdown to quickly produce clean HTML from text, but what if you also want to produce an ebook using the same content as you have on the web? There is another tool that allows you to take Markdown and turn it into OpenOffice/LibreOffice documents, PDF’s, or even e-books suitable for a Kindle or other e-reader.

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How to Boost Your Writing Efficiency With Markdown Content

How to Boost Your Writing Efficiency With Markdown Content

When it comes to writing, it is great to always create the draft in plain text. The problem lies when you need to transform those plain-text words into something nicely-formatted and readable. Fortunately, Linux provides two programs that allow you to draft in plain text, then convert to other, more graphical formats.

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