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How to Upgrade Ubuntu Without Rebooting with Ksplice

How to Upgrade Ubuntu Without Rebooting with Ksplice

Don’t you hate it when you’re in the middle of something important and the operating system keeps bugging you to reboot your computer, just because an important security update was installed ? I hate it and I’m sure the guys behind Ksplice hated it too. They hated it so much that they decided to do […]

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 […]

How to Record Skype Calls in Linux

How to Record Skype Calls in Linux

Skype is a proprietary voice over Internet application that allows you to call other Skype users or real telephone lines. If you happen to use Skype for business or some other important calls that you might want to record, you will need additional software. There are several ways to record inbound and outbound audio in Linux, […]

Easy Twittering and Facebook(ing) with Seesmic

Easy Twittering and Facebook(ing) with Seesmic

In the battle of the social media sites, the two that seem to be everywhere these days are Facebook and Twitter. The hardest part of immersing yourself in any type of social media, be it for fun or for business, is managing it well. With all of the web based options available, most are geared […]

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 […]

10 Awesome Features of Krunner in KDE 4

10 Awesome Features of Krunner in KDE 4

Many KDE 3 users depended on Krun, a simple yet effective application used to execute commands. Executed simply by pressing “Alt-F2″, it was much easier to start applications using it, rather than navigating through a launch menu or opening a terminal window. The only catch with Krun was that you had to know the exact name […]

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 […]

How to use SSH X-forwarding to Run Remote Apps

How to use SSH X-forwarding to Run Remote Apps

There are times when it is just quicker, easier or even necessary to use a graphical application, and there are also times when you might be away from the computer that has your crucial applications installed. Whatever the scenario, Linux and other operating systems running an X server have the ability to forward a graphical […]

Transform Kubuntu Jaunty to Windows 7 In 3 Simple Steps

Transform Kubuntu Jaunty to Windows 7 In 3 Simple Steps

One thing that I love about Linux (and Ubuntu) is that it is fully customizable and I can configure it to the way that I want it. Previously, I have already illustrated its flexibility by showing how you can transform Ubuntu Hardy and Intrepid into Mac OS X. Today, let’s bring a step further and […]

How to Remove The Annoying Update manager Pop-up in Ubuntu Jaunty

How to Remove The Annoying Update manager Pop-up in Ubuntu Jaunty

For those who are using Ubuntu Jaunty, you will notice that there is a change in the way the system notifies you to upgrade software. In the past, an icon will appear on the system tray whenever there is new update available. In Ubuntu Jaunty, instead of showing the icon, the update manager will now […]

How to Backup And Install Your Linux Applications With AptOnCD

How to Backup And Install Your Linux Applications With AptOnCD

Everytime after you have reformatted the hard disk and reinstalled the Linux distro of your choice, the one troublesome thing that you need to do is to re-download all your applications and restore all the settings. This is made worst when your wireless connection just don’t work with the newly installed distro. How are you […]

Editing Videos With Kdenlive

Editing Videos With Kdenlive

For many years, editing digital video in Linux was not an easy task.  Linux users have long sought a nonlinear video editing solution that was both powerful and easy to use.  Kdenlive is the first video editor for KDE to combine both of these critical aspects into one package.  Its easy drag and drop functionality […]

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 […]

How To Setup Dual Monitors With XRandR

How To Setup Dual Monitors With XRandR

Dual monitor setup in Linux has never been easier. While methods such as the xinerama extension sometimes drive people insane, using RandR (Resize and Rotate) is quick and painless. This will allow you to use both monitors as one big screen instead of two identical ones (cloning). Follow these simple steps to get started. Note: […]

How To Automate Tasks In KDE

How To Automate Tasks In KDE

KDE provides users with the tools to run software automatically using two features: Autostart and Task Scheduler (formerly called KCron). These tasks can be initiated immediately prior to KDE startup, during KDE startup, or scheduled at anytime: daily, hourly, weekly, or even every five minutes. Both of these features were present in KDE 3. Autostart […]

How To Enable 3D Acceleration In VirtualBox

How To Enable 3D Acceleration In VirtualBox

Virtualbox is an excellent application to have if you’re looking to try out new operating systems and/or are generally interested in virtualisation for the many benefits it offers. Make Tech Easier has extensively covered VirtualBox a couple of times earlier and we are great fans of this cross platform, open source application. One thing which VirtualBox […]

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 […]

How to Integrate Google Gadgets With Plasma in Kubuntu

How to Integrate Google Gadgets With Plasma in Kubuntu

When Google Gadgets were released for Linux, many people once again praised Google’s support of free and open source software, but there was just one problem. The two major desktop environments for Linux, GNOME and KDE, both already had desktop widget components that were better integrated into their overall desktops. Fortunately, the Google developers were […]