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5 Alternatives to Unity in Ubuntu Oneiric

5 Alternatives to Unity in Ubuntu Oneiric

With the past few releases, Ubuntu has been focusing more and more on their homegrown desktop Unity. Some people love it, but a lot of us don’t. Fortunately, as with all things Linux, there are many alternative options. For those of us who just can’t find a way to unite with Unity, here are 5 […]

How to Get Great Looking Fonts in KDE

How to Get Great Looking Fonts in KDE

Text appearance is probably one of the most underrated features of any computing experience. It is easy to overlook fonts because words are all around us, and we expect them to be pleasing to the eyes and easy to read, but probably only notice when they are not. In reality, a font can make or […]

Useful Ubuntu Unity Lenses For Ubuntu Oneiric

Useful Ubuntu Unity Lenses For Ubuntu Oneiric

One of the best feature of the Unity desktop in Ubuntu is the lens. Lens are the search feature in the Dash. Different lenses allow you to perform search functions, for example, the Music Lens allows you to search for music that you have recently listened to while the Applications Lens searches for all your […]

How to Optimize KDE Desktop Effects

How to Optimize KDE Desktop Effects

Since its official inclusion in KDE, the Desktop Effects component of KWin has received mixed reviews. Many of the negative reviews point to performance problems, some of which are the result of the dramatically diverse offering of Linux drivers available for graphics cards. Not all graphics cards are equal, but one would expect them to […]

Can I Install Amd64 Ubuntu On My Intel 64-bit Machine? [MTE Explains]

Can I Install Amd64 Ubuntu On My Intel 64-bit Machine? [MTE Explains]

If you have been to the Ubuntu download page, you will notice that there is a big list of ISOs that you can download. For the desktop version, there are always two versions: amd64 and i386. Which one should you download? Can I install the amd64 version of Ubuntu on my Intel machine? Let MTE […]

How to Remove Appmenu (Global Menu) In Ubuntu Oneiric

How to Remove Appmenu (Global Menu) In Ubuntu Oneiric

The appmenu (also known as the global menu) in Ubuntu Oneiric can be both a useful and annoying feature. When it is in action, it reduces the screen space required to render the menu bar. If you are using a computer with small screen, this is very useful for you. On the other hand, if […]

A Simple User Guide For Ubuntu Oneiric

A Simple User Guide For Ubuntu Oneiric

Ubuntu Oneiric, while added much improvements to its Unity desktop, also brought lot of changes that make it more confusing and difficult to use. Users who have come from previous version of Ubuntu will find that some of their favourite applications are missing and replaced with another application that is either more resource intensive or […]

How To Integrate Google Calendar Into Gnome Shell

How To Integrate Google Calendar Into Gnome Shell

The most distinct feature in Gnome Shell is the Time/Date applet at the top center of the screen. When clicked, it will popup a window and show you the calendar and all your events. However, if you mostly use Google Calendar to manage your events and tasks, you won’t have much use for this time/date […]

Linux Running Too Slow?  Here’s How to Find the Cause

Linux Running Too Slow? Here’s How to Find the Cause

I think it’s safe to say that most people familiar with both Linux and Windows would tell you that your average Linux install would outperform an equivalent Windows install on the same machine. That may not always be the case, and some people might have contradictory stories to share, but that’s sure been this author’s […]

How to Install Custom Gnome Shell Themes

How to Install Custom Gnome Shell Themes

It used to be very easy to install custom themes in Gnome 2, but if you have upgraded to Gnome Shell, particularly in Ubuntu Oneiric, you will find that there are not much customization options available for you. While Gnome Shell supports theming, there doesn’t seem to be an option for you to switch to […]

More Useful and Interesting Bash Prompts

More Useful and Interesting Bash Prompts

A while back, we listed 8 Useful and Interesting Bash Prompts. That turned out to be one of our most popular articles, and still generates user response and feedback. This time we’ve found a few more gems, as well as some handy tips and tricks for having the coolest shell prompt on the proverbial block.

How to Batch Convert Documents at the Command Line

How to Batch Convert Documents at the Command Line

There comes a time when you need to convert one or more files to another format. Say, for example, you have a bunch of .rtf files that you want to turn into OpenDocument files. Chances are you don’t need to do that too often, but when the time comes, opening each file in a word […]

How to Reverse The Mouse Scrolling Direction in Ubuntu (aka Natural Scrolling)

How to Reverse The Mouse Scrolling Direction in Ubuntu (aka Natural Scrolling)

When Apple releases Mac OSX Lion, one of the changes is the switching of the trackpad/mouse scrolling direction. Instead of scrolling the mouse wheel down to move down the page, you have to scroll up to move down. Apple imported this feature from iOS and call this feature “natural scrolling”. Not everyone love this feature, […]

Scribes: A Lightweight Yet Powerful Text Editor For Linux

Scribes: A Lightweight Yet Powerful Text Editor For Linux

Being a developer, one of the tool that I use on a day-to-day basis is a text editor (or you can call it IDE). I used to love Dreamweaver, but I find that it is too heavy and doesn’t work well on Linux. Then I switched to Aptana (it was very resource intensive as well), […]

How to Install KDE 4.7 In Kubuntu Natty [Quick Tips]

How to Install KDE 4.7 In Kubuntu Natty [Quick Tips]

The KDE team has released the latest version of KDE 4.7 late last month. This latest version brings many new features and improved stability and performance, particularly in the Plasma workspaces and the various KDE applications. What’s new in KDE 4.7 Improved Oxygen theme Long time KDE user will know that the Oxygen GTK theme […]