Free Mega Games Pack For Linux

Free Mega Games Pack For Linux

Remember a time when the most complex aspect of a game was unwrapping the packaging? It was a time when a first-person shooter truly was just about one person doing a whole lot of shooting and not much else. It was a time when RAM was still counted by the megabyte and 1024×768 resolution was […]

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Keep Your Files in Sync With SpiderOak

Keep Your Files in Sync With SpiderOak

There are a myriad of online file storage, backup, and sync services on the Web. Some of them are specific to particular devices, such as the Asus EeePc. Others are tailored for specific operating systems, like Windows or Ubuntu. Then, there are some that work well with all kinds of devices and OSes and keep […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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3 KDE Add-ons Worth Trying

3 KDE Add-ons Worth Trying

One of the remarkable features of KDE 4 is the extensibility. Developers or even regular users can contribute to the rich collection of artwork, software, widgets, and visual improvements. Ever so often, I look around for rather random add-ons that make my desktop experience more pleasant or occasionally even serve a meaningful purpose. They range […]

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Miniaturize Your Photos With TiltShift Generator

Miniaturize Your Photos With TiltShift Generator

Tilt-shift photography is a technique whereby figures or objects are made to appear miniature through the manipulation of the lens. If done very well, the life-size objects or subjects will appear like miniature scale models. Although it is a technique that skilled photographers accomplish using their cameras, you can also mimic it with photo editing […]

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How to Install QtCurve in KDE

How to Install QtCurve in KDE

In a previous MTE article, you learned how to create a unified desktop using the KDE 4 Oxygen themes for KDE, GTK, and Firefox. Oxygen is clean, simple, and visually pleasing, but some people want a little more flexibility. QtCurve is a theming system that gives you the configuring power to have varieties of themes, […]

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How to Install OpenOffice.org 3.2 in Ubuntu 9.10

How to Install OpenOffice.org 3.2 in Ubuntu 9.10

Few free software projects have had as large of an impact as OpenOffice.org.  It is used by millions of users all over the world and is the primary competition to Microsoft Office in the desktop market.  The latest version of OpenOffice.org (3.2) adds a number of notable features worth trying.  Among them are: Faster startup […]

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How to Install And Setup Ubuntu One In Kubuntu

How to Install And Setup Ubuntu One In Kubuntu

Last year MTE gave you a hands on review of the beta release of Ubuntu One, Canonical’s answer to the popular Dropbox file syncing service. Ubuntu One allows users to have a local folder on their computers linked and synced with a folder on an Ubuntu One server. They can also share files with their other […]

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XMind: A Cross-platform Mind-mapping Solution

XMind: A Cross-platform Mind-mapping Solution

The human mind can be a beautiful thing. Great human minds have constructed towering structures, synthesized cures for diseases, and created works of art that inspire millions with hope and compassion. But even the best of minds need a little help, and often times, the more a person has floating around in his/her mind, the […]

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How to Run Fullscreen Games In Linux With Dual Monitors

How to Run Fullscreen Games In Linux With Dual Monitors

As with all operating systems, the way a Linux game behaves on a computer is largely dependent on the design of the game, the graphics hardware and drivers the user has, and the settings one chooses. Native Linux games are typically better at supporting the computer’s default resolution without much tweaking, but the way it […]

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How to Configure Kopete to Use Facebook’s New XMPP Chat

How to Configure Kopete to Use Facebook’s New XMPP Chat

As Facebook usage continues to grow, many people rely on Facebook as their primary method for chatting in real time with their friends and family. I am not one of those people, but since many of my friends are, having a way to easily contact them in real time is very important. There have been […]

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KTorrent: KDE’s BitTorrent client

KTorrent: KDE’s BitTorrent client

Many people use BitTorrent clients to download popular movies, music, and television shows for free, although this practice is illegal in several countries. But legal issues aside, distributing files through torrents is an excellent way to reduce server bandwidth and spread them quickly. For example, many Linux distributions will distribute their ISOs using torrents in addition […]

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Remote Desktop Sharing with KRDC

Remote Desktop Sharing with KRDC

If you happen to be the resident “geek” in your house, workplace, or school, you have probably used VNC. It allows you to remotely connect to another computer and even control it. When used for legitimate technical support, it is a useful tool for helping users who are not present in the same room, building, or […]

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Blogilo: KDE’s blogging client

Blogilo: KDE’s blogging client

Social media has taken over the Web in a very big way. It has even been argued that social media is the new Web or “new media”.  From social networking sites like Facebook to video sharing sites like YouTube, social media services occupy all of the top 20 most popular sites on Alexa.com, excluding search engines. […]

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5 Firefox Add-ons For Better KDE Integration

5 Firefox Add-ons For Better KDE Integration

KDE’s default web browser is Konqueror, and many users love it for its speed, integration with KDE, and its host of features. Nevertheless, some sites do not perform as well as they do in Mozilla Firefox, and some users prefer the large number of available Firefox add-ons. Furthermore, users who move from Windows to Linux […]

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A Preview of KDE 4.4

A Preview of KDE 4.4

A highly anticipated release, KDE 4.4 has taken necessary steps to solidify the underlying Plasma technology of KDE 4 and add polish to the already shiny surface. This week, MakeTechEasier will take you on a preview of the upcoming KDE 4.4 release, scheduled for February 9. I recently installed Release Candidate 1 on my desktop […]

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How to create email filters with KMail

How to create email filters with KMail

KMail is a feature-rich desktop email client for KDE that is part of the Kontact suite of PIM (Personal Information Management) applications. Last week, we covered email template creation in KMail, and this week, we will continue the series with a look at KMail’s sophisticated filtering system.

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How to Create Custom Email Templates in KMail

How to Create Custom Email Templates in KMail

Many Internet users have turned to web-based email and use it as their primary means of electronic communication. Some corporations have even adopted “cloud computing” solutions, where their email delivery and retrieval is handled by an outside company. Nevertheless, there are many reasons why a user might still prefer a traditional email client.  Because of that, […]

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How to customize your KDE desktop with KDE-Look.org

How to customize your KDE desktop with KDE-Look.org

KDE-Look.org is part of a family of desktop websites, all under the umbrella of OpenDesktop.org. With each release, KDE is moving closer to complete integration with OpenDesktop.org, where the installation of new themes and visual improvements are seamless. There are already several visual components of the K desktop environment that are already integrated. Among them are: […]

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Two ways to Edit Multiple Photos with digiKam

Two ways to Edit Multiple Photos with digiKam

digiKam is a powerful and complete photo management tool for KDE. Among its many features is the ability to run batch processes, thanks to the Kipi plugin set, which is also used in other KDE software like Gwenview. With a few simple clicks, users can manipulate multiple photos simultaneously, without having to remember long command line […]

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KDE Plasma Netbook Preview

KDE Plasma Netbook Preview

With the growing popularity of netbooks, it is no surprise that many Linux distributions and software developers have created customized versions of their software to run on them. Some of the popular choices include Ubuntu’s Netbook Remix and Intel’s Moblin.  Not to be counted out, KDE now has a version of their desktop environment designed for […]

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How to Take Perfect Screenshots with KSnapshot

How to Take Perfect Screenshots with KSnapshot

Writers at MakeTechEasier taken more screen shots than many other computer users will take in their lifetimes. We all use our favorite programs and usually do not give them a second thought. The user who might occasionally want to give an instructional lesson or just show off some desktop eye candy will probably need a […]

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How to Install KDE in Windows

How to Install KDE in Windows

For over a decade, KDE has supplied Linux and Unix users with a graphical desktop environment and a suite of useful applications. It has become one of the most popular desktop environments and is the default on many Linux distributions. With the coming of KDE 4, developers promised native KDE applications running on Windows. While the current […]

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Tablet Note-taking Made Easy with Xournal

Tablet Note-taking Made Easy with Xournal

Every tablet needs a good writing application –something to take notes, make annotations, and maybe even scribble a quick sketch. Xournal is a GTK-based program that does just that.  It works with Linux-compatible desktop graphics tablets, tablet PCs, and maemo-based handheld devices (such as the soon-to-be released Nokia N900). Xournal is available in many distribution […]

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Using Kate As a Web Editor

Using Kate As a Web Editor

There are many applications out there that provide project-based web development tools and very feature-rich interfaces, but sometimes all you really need is a good text editor. For those times, there are few editors that can stand up to the KDE powerhouse called Kate. Kate is a multi-document interface (MDI) text editor, available for both KDE […]

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5 System Administration Tools for KDE

5 System Administration Tools for KDE

Keeping any computer system running can be some work. It would be nice if we never had to do any type of maintenance or troubleshooting, but no operating system has reached that point. Many desktop Linux users have server administration experience and are quite comfortable dropping to the command line and tinkering with their system. […]

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Lancelot: An Alternative KDE Menu

Lancelot: An Alternative KDE Menu

Many KDE 3 users swear by the K menu and would dare anyone to challenge it with something better. Fortunately for those people, KDE 4 retained that menu version as an option. For the rest of us, there are a couple of more robust menus that offer a variety of features. Lancelot is a third-party […]

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Preview of Kubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

Preview of Kubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

The release of the newest version of Ubuntu is only 10 days away. Many sites, including MakeTechEasier have covered its pending arrival and given you a glimpse of the Beta version. Today we are going to take a look at Kubuntu, the KDE-based version of Ubuntu. Installation As with previous Kubuntu versions, you can install it from […]

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The Many Ways to Copy, Move, Rename, and Archive in KDE 4

The Many Ways to Copy, Move, Rename, and Archive in KDE 4

In my last post, I covered some of the features in Dolphin that I find particularly useful. In this post, you will learn about some very basic features that everyone uses, but you may not know all of the various easy methods of accomplishing them. In KDE, there are several ways to copy, move, rename, […]

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Master Dolphin in KDE 4

Master Dolphin in KDE 4

Dolphin is KDE 4’s default file manager, and is a departure from KDE 3, which relied on Konqueror for file management. Unlike Konqueror, which functions as a web browser and many other things, Dolphin is specifically used for file management. If you prefer to use Konqueror or any other file manager, you can change the […]

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How to Configure Custom Shortcuts in KDE

How to Configure Custom Shortcuts in KDE

Perhaps Mac users know this better than anyone else.  Shortcut keys do exactly what they say, give you shortcuts, saving you time. On my previous computer, my “C” key had worn off the keyboard because I spent so much time copying with “Ctrl-C” rather than going to the menu each time to select “copy”. Whether you […]

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How to Use Digikam to Export Photos to Flickr, PicasaWeb, and Facebook

How to Use Digikam to Export Photos to Flickr, PicasaWeb, and Facebook

Digikam is a free and open source photo management software package for KDE. Many KDE-based Linux distributions either come with Digikam installed or have it available in their repositories. With Digikam, you can import photos from your digital camera or flash memory, organize and tag them, rate them, edit them, and export them to various services […]

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How to Slice Images with Xara Xtreme

How to Slice Images with Xara Xtreme

Xaralx, now known as Xara Xtreme for Linux, is a free and open source image editing program for Linux. It is based on the commercial Xara imaging editing software for Windows, and is primarily used for vector image creation and editing. Over the next few weeks, I will provide some handy tips that you can use in […]

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How to Use ‘remote:/’ KIO and KNetAttach

How to Use ‘remote:/’ KIO and KNetAttach

In my post two weeks ago, I introduced you to KDE’s KIO slaves and gave you a brief overview of the services they offer. One of the KIO protocols is “remote:/”, which relies on KNetAttach to create virtual network folders.  With it, you can create folders for the following services: WebFolder (webdav) FTP Microsoft Windows network […]

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How to Configure File Associations in KDE

How to Configure File Associations in KDE

Many Linux users, even the newest ones, love Linux because it is highly customizable. KDE in particular is one desktop environment that is very easy and fun to customize. Whether you want three panels and a rotating slideshow of wallpaper photos from your vacation in Peru, or simply want to make sure text files always open in […]

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A Quick and Easy Guide to KDE KIO slaves

A Quick and Easy Guide to KDE KIO slaves

One of the many ways KDE makes our lives easier is by providing graphical interfaces for many of the  tasks that computer users want to perform. Web browsers typically accept certain protocols that connect them to resources, such as http, https, and ftp. In KDE, these are called KIO slaves, and nearly all KDE applications can […]

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How to Run 32-bit Apps in 64-bit Linux

How to Run 32-bit Apps in 64-bit Linux

Most Linux distributions have 64-bit versions for x86_64 processors, such as the AMD Athlon II or the Intel Xeon. Since these distributions maintain their own package repositories, they usually provide binary packages for all of their supported applications. If you are completely content with your out-of-box Linux installation, you may never need to run a 32-bit […]

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How to Set Special Window Settings with KWin

How to Set Special Window Settings with KWin

KWin is a free and open source window manager and is the default in KDE. It is a powerful, highly customizable window manager with a plethora of both aesthetic and nuts and bolts features. With the release of KDE 4, the developers added 3D desktop effects, but they also carried over many customization features from KDE […]

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