How to Clone Drives and Partitions with Clonezilla

How to Clone Drives and Partitions with Clonezilla

Some hard drive cloning programs support a wide variety of filesystems. Some can create image files and store only the sectors that are actually in use. Some can clone over a network, and a few can multicast a drive or image file to multiple targets simultaneously. Clonezilla can do all of the above, with the […]

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How to Fix Broken AVI Files with DivFix++

How to Fix Broken AVI Files with DivFix++

We’ve all had it happen. You download a (perfectly legitimate) AVI file and go to play it, only to find that it’s got a corrupted index, or bad frames, or other such flaws. Ideally, you can find a repair utility that can actually fix the files instead of all the hassle of re-downloading or re-encoding […]

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How to Install and Run Slackware 13

How to Install and Run Slackware 13

A former co-worker once told me “If you want to learn Debian, install Debian. If you want to learn Fedora, install Fedora. If you want to learn Linux, install Slackware.” The philosophy behind Slackware is to keep the system as UNIX-like as possible. There’s not a lot of automatic configuration and you won’t find many […]

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Beginner’s Guide to Fluxbox Configuration

Beginner’s Guide to Fluxbox Configuration

On any list of lightweight Linux window managers, you’ll find Fluxbox. Originally a fork of Blackbox, Flux is well known as a fast, light, highly configurable desktop. Unfortunately, Fluxbox’s emphasis on text files for nearly all configuration often acts as a roadblock for those first trying it out. There is a GUI which provides some […]

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How to Run Enlightenment (E17) On Ubuntu Karmic

How to Run Enlightenment (E17) On Ubuntu Karmic

Every once in a while we here at MakeTechEasier like to take a look at where things stand with the notoriously still-in-development Enlightenment window manager. I say “notorious” because version 0.17 (hereafter called E17) has been in development almost 10 years, long enough to invite a fair share of Duke Nukem Forever analogies. While some […]

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15 Fantastic Looking Dark GDM Themes

15 Fantastic Looking Dark GDM Themes

One of the coolest things about being a Linux user can be showing off your slick custom interface to your friends. With the maturing of Grub 2 and kernel mode setting, we’ll soon all have a beautiful boot from start to finish. The step we’re covering today is customizing GDM, the login manager you likely […]

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Cooking with SliTaz – An Innovative (and TINY!) Linux OS

Cooking with SliTaz – An Innovative (and TINY!) Linux OS

I just found a new toy. It’s a Linux distro running a complete desktop, Firefox browser, multimedia utilities, FTP/SSH/IM/torrent/email clients, and a custom package manager… in a 30MB ISO. That’s right, it’s even smaller than Damn Small Linux. It can be run from CD or USB, and once booted it runs entirely from RAM, so […]

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How to Save and Share Bash Settings Using Pastebin

How to Save and Share Bash Settings Using Pastebin

As someone who earns part of my living by trying out Linux distros, I reinstall a LOT. Even my favorites rarely last longer than a few months before they’re wiped away to make room for something new. Invariably, one of the very first things I do after any installation is to tweak my shell to […]

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Getting Started with Arch Linux

Getting Started with Arch Linux

We recently asked readers for requests on new articles you’d like to see (and thanks for all the great ideas!). One such request was a beginner’s guide to Arch Linux. As a Linux distro addict, I’ve heard of Arch many times over the years but for some reason, I’d never actually given it a shot. […]

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5 Great Places for Free & Legal Music Downloads

5 Great Places for Free & Legal Music Downloads

With organizations like the RIAA knocking on the doors of downloaders everywhere, finding and downloading music online can be a dangerous hobby. Ethics aside, the legal troubles that can result from downloads could have you paying fines for the next few decades. Fortunately, there are multiple websites that aim to provide free, fully legal music […]

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A Quick Guide to Linux Partition Schemes

A Quick Guide to Linux Partition Schemes

What partition setup should you use when dual-booting Windows and Linux? Should you have a separate partition for /home? Why do some people put /boot into its own partition? These are the questions that have plagued mankind since the dawn of time (or thereabouts). This guide aims to answer some of those questions and demonstrate […]

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Namebench Helps You Surf The Web Faster

Namebench Helps You Surf The Web Faster

No matter how fast your Internet connection, you may be hitting a bottleneck in web browsing when it comes to your DNS server. Even a 10mb pipe could seem slow when browsing the web if your DNS server is taking too long to respond. A few days ago, Google announced that they are now proving […]

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How to Perform Better Image Searches with GazoPa

How to Perform Better Image Searches with GazoPa

Like many of you, I’ve often relied on Google Image Search when I need to quickly find an image. It’s simple – you type in what you’re looking for, and you get results that match your keyword. It’s always done the job, so why look elsewhere? Well, I recently came across GazoPa, a new website […]

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First Look at the New Google Operating System – Chrome OS

First Look at the New Google Operating System – Chrome OS

Back in July, Google made BIG waves in the tech industry by announcing the development of a Google operating system based on Linux. For years there’s been speculation about if/when Google would do this, and when the announcement hit, there was no shortage of people throwing in their two cents on how this new contender […]

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Mastering Grub 2 The Easy Way

Mastering Grub 2 The Easy Way

If you’re running Linux, there’s a good chance your distro of choice uses Grub as the default bootloader. Grub has served well for many years, but it’s beginning to show its age. As with all software, it doesn’t take long before the latest-and-greatest becomes old-and-haggard. Features have been piling up in Grub without much thought […]

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10 Useful GMail Search Tips

10 Useful GMail Search Tips

Like many of you, I’ve been happily using GMail for years. While there are many things I like about it, one in particular has always impressed me: email search. It’s no surprise that Google would add powerful search features to their email system, but there are many great features that go laregely unnoticed by many […]

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How to Share Files Securely with OneSwarm

How to Share Files Securely with OneSwarm

There have been a few attempts over the years at making a safe and secure way to swap files or interact online. Projects like Tor and Freenet have give us some of what we’re looking for, but often have drawbacks such as low speed or complex installation. OneSwarm takes a different approach. Essentially, it’s a […]

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Google Wave – Round 2

Google Wave – Round 2

We here at MakeTechEasier got a lot of positive feedback on our coverage of Google Wave, along with quite a few requests for additional information. So here, by reader request, is the second installment of Wave. Today we’ll be covering some of the more advanced and detailed features that didn’t fit into the original post. […]

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Google Wave – The Future of Email?

Google Wave – The Future of Email?

Google’s not afraid to reinvent the wheel, as long as they think they can make a better wheel. So far, in my opinion at least, they’re usually successful. That being said, when I first heard about Google Wave, the new browser based communications system, I was skeptical. I like my emails, IMs, message boards and […]

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How to Create Your Own USB Linux Distro with LiLi

How to Create Your Own USB Linux Distro with LiLi

Linux Live CDs have long been well known as a handy tool in PC repair. Personally I’ve used Linux CDs dozens of times to repair Windows problems, from virus scans to file retrieval to partition adjustments. As great as Live CDs are, they still have a few drawbacks, like an inability to save any new […]

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How to Install and Use Ubuntu Netbook Remix

How to Install and Use Ubuntu Netbook Remix

As time goes on, netbooks are getting more and more popular. These small, cheap, portable computers are gaining popularity in situations where you want the flexibility of a laptop, but don’t need the raw power or price tag of a high-end machine. Some come with Windows, some come with Linux. Unfortunately, the pre-installed Linux on […]

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Gnome Shell – Your Next Desktop Environment

Gnome Shell – Your Next Desktop Environment

Since the release of KDE4, a major overhaul of the KDE desktop, there’s been some grumbling among the Gnome community about if and when Gnome would have a major overhaul. Well with Gnome 3 we’ll have it in the form of Gnome Shell. It pretty much replaces the panel and window manager in a normal […]

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8 Useful and Interesting Bash Prompts

8 Useful and Interesting Bash Prompts

Many people don’t think of their command prompt as a particularly useful thing, or even pay it much attention. To me, this is a bit of a shame, as a useful prompt can change the way you use the command line. Well I’ve scoured the Interwebs looking for the best, most useful, or sometimes most […]

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How to Find Free Linux Ebooks and Courseware

How to Find Free Linux Ebooks and Courseware

Like it or not, with Linux comes advocacy. There are a lot of people out there who like to spread the love in whatever ways they can. One nice side effect of this is the abundance of free Linux related information available to anyone. That’s good for us, as we’ll be covering just how to […]

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How to Enhance Your Browser with Greasemonkey

How to Enhance Your Browser with Greasemonkey

How would you like to be able to customize the layout of the Google homepage? How about add better video controls and a download button to YouTube? Or set a profanity filter that works across all websites? Maybe remove all the “What type of leafy vegetable are you?” quizzes from Facebook? These are very few […]

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How to Run Multiple Linux Distros Without Virtualization

How to Run Multiple Linux Distros Without Virtualization

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article on How To Run Multiple X Sessions Without Virtualization, which demonstrated how you can run multiple desktop environments at the same time on the same computer, and switch between them at the push of a button. I admit, this was somewhat of a warmup for the real […]

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How to Install Ubuntu in Windows

How to Install Ubuntu in Windows

Here at MakeTechEasier, we’ve touched on Wubi but have never really gone into detail on exactly what it can do and how it works. According to the website, Wubi is an officially supported Ubuntu installer for Windows users that can bring you to the Linux world with a single click. Wubi allows you to install […]

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Getting Started with Pardus Linux

Getting Started with Pardus Linux

Pardus is a Linux distribution created and maintained by Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey. There’s certainly no shortage of customized and special-purpose Linux distributions available, but Pardus is unique in several ways. Today, instead of covering the usual aspects of an operating system like installation and included software, I’m going to cover the […]

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How To Run Multiple X Sessions Without Virtualization

How To Run Multiple X Sessions Without Virtualization

One of the best things about a Linux system is its flexibility. Even though I’ve been a heavy Linux user for years, I still come across features in the OS a related applications that surprise me. A while back I learned to run multiple desktop environments at the same time, using nothing but the features […]

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2 Useful SSH Tricks to Improve Your System Security

2 Useful SSH Tricks to Improve Your System Security

A few days ago, Tavis wrote a great article on How to use SSH X-forwarding to Run Remote Apps. X forwarding is indeed a very handy feature of SSH, so I thought it would be a good time to expand on some of the other great uses for this excellent piece of software (and some […]

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How to Install Software from a Tarball in Linux

How to Install Software from a Tarball in Linux

Most of the time, installing software in Linux is a breeze. Package management utilities like Apt, Portage, and Yum have made software installation in Linux even easier than it is in Windows (in my opinion at least). If you know what you want, you simply tell your package manager that you want it, and it’ll […]

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How to Get a Quake-style Drop-down Terminal in Linux

How to Get a Quake-style Drop-down Terminal in Linux

A lot of games out there have some form of command prompt, often just for entering cheat codes. You know the type – you hit some function key and a bar drops down from the top of the screen letting you enter commands or codes or whatever else. Well some clever folks have taken that […]

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How To Use Wolfram|Alpha Search and Firefox Extension

How To Use Wolfram|Alpha Search and Firefox Extension

If you keep up on tech news, you’ve doubtlessly seen all the hype surrounding Wolfram|Alpha, the new not-exactly-search-engine that’s making big waves in the web search industry. Your traditional search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN etc all work on the same basic principle: finding web pages based on keywords. Wolfram|Alpha isn’t about bringing web pages […]

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Mastering the Bash History

Mastering the Bash History

The Bourne Again Shell, better known as bash, is the default for most Linux distributions. It’s extremely powerful as far as command shells go, and holds all kinds of nifty tricks for those willing to learn. One of the best features is, in my opinion, the command history system. There are many options to use […]

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How To Be More Efficient With Firefox Keywords

How To Be More Efficient With Firefox Keywords

A feature of Firefox that often gets overlooked is the keyword system. Firefox can be set up to accept keywords to do things like open a favorite page or search a particular website. Today we’ll try out some of the things you can do with keywords.

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How to Microblog From Your Gmail/Jabber

How to Microblog From Your Gmail/Jabber

XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol) is a IM system used by all kinds of chat clients, most notably Jabber and GMail. It’s open standard, allowing anyone to create a XMPP compatible chat programs. This gives it a flexibility not found in other chat systems like AIM and MSN Messenger. People have come up with […]

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Understanding Home Networking

Understanding Home Networking

These days, broadband internet is just about everywhere. Hospitals, restaurants, hotels, and of course homes are all connected with these nice, fast pipes. The problem is that your internet provider likely just gives you a single connection with a single address, no matter how many people or devices plan to use that internet connection. Here, […]

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Taking LXDE For a Test Drive

Taking LXDE For a Test Drive

There are a lot of contenders in the ring when it comes to open source desktop environments. The most well known would probably be Gnome and KDE in the heavyweight class, XFCE for middleweight, and any number of small, fast desktop environments and window managers in the lightweight ring. When it comes to the lightweight […]

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4 Easy Ways To Stream Your Music Online

4 Easy Ways To Stream Your Music Online

A while back, Damien published a great article on How To Install And Setup Jinzora Media Server In Ubuntu. Jinzora is a great and powerful way to stream your music over the internet, but getting it set up can be somewhat complicated. Today, I thought I’d cover some of the other options that are a […]

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How To Customize Your Startup Routine In Debian

How To Customize Your Startup Routine In Debian

Every modern operating system has some sort of startup routine. Even DOS had the old AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS. The startup system defines what is launched on system startup, under what conditions, and in what order. DOS did things the simple way, having a file that was read on every boot that would run commands in […]

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Making Full Use of the Super (Windows) Key in Gnome

Making Full Use of the Super (Windows) Key in Gnome

I use a lot of different computers. Many of those computers are on different operating systems, or desktop environments. Just when I find myself growing accustomed to a particular way of doing things, I find myself on a different system with a different way of doing things. Key combinations are some of the most common […]

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A Basic Introduction To Python 3

A Basic Introduction To Python 3

The ability to quickly and easily finish complex tasks in Python is what makes Python useful. Start learning Python 3 with this basic introduction course.

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Making The Linux Command Line A Little Friendlier

Making The Linux Command Line A Little Friendlier

One thing that gets debated over and over in Linux is the need for the command line. Many say that you should never need to access a command prompt to get things done, others are of the opinion that the power of the Linux shell is one of the things that makes Linux so great. […]

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How To Be Part Of A Supercomputer With BOINC

How To Be Part Of A Supercomputer With BOINC

Companies like Google are well known for their approach to computing power: using lots of little computers to do the job of a supercomputer. It’s cheap, fault-tolerant, and if done right, almost infinitely expandable. Well if that works with computers networked directly to each other, why not over the Internet? BOINC (or the Berkeley Open […]

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