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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 […]

Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Beta 1 Review And Screenshots Tour

Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Beta 1 Review And Screenshots Tour

In case you are still not aware, Canonical (the team behind Ubuntu) has released the first beta of Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric. There are several new additions to the family, notably the revamp of the Ubuntu Software Center and the replacement of the Evolution with Thunderbird. Follow us for the full review and screenshots tour of […]

Use Mechanig to Easily Clean Up Your Ubuntu Machine

Use Mechanig to Easily Clean Up Your Ubuntu Machine

Usually when we discuss the ways to clean up your Ubuntu system, it will always involve command lines like “autoremove“, “autoclean“, “clean” etc. For those who are not used to the command line, an alternative is to use GUI software to get the things done. One such software is 2ClickUpdate, which we have reviewed earlier. […]

How to Build a Lightweight Linux for your Low-End Laptop

How to Build a Lightweight Linux for your Low-End Laptop

Like many of you, I occasionally come into possession of an older laptop. Usually, it’s something that used to run Windows XP, sometimes even older. You always hear that Linux is supposed to be so great for resurrecting old hardware, but many modern desktop distributions with all their bells and whistles end up chugging along […]

Create and Edit Web Pages on the Linux Desktop with BlueGriffon

Create and Edit Web Pages on the Linux Desktop with BlueGriffon

One of the applications that’s missing from the Linux desktop is a good WYSIWYG HTML editor. There have been a few, like NVU and KompoZer, but they haven’t been actively developed for a while. Enter BlueGriffon. Built on top of Gecko (the rendering engine used by Firefox), BlueGriffon enables you to create web pages using […]

Three Great Mindmapping Tools for the Linux Desktop

Three Great Mindmapping Tools for the Linux Desktop

Sometimes, you run into a problem that you just can’t work through with mental brute force alone. Brainstorming with others works, but that’s not always an option. One popular and effective way of beating a problem or releasing your creativity is mindmapping. While you can go old school and use pen and paper, there is […]

How to Play MP3s From The Linux Command Line

How to Play MP3s From The Linux Command Line

At first, this may sound pointless. After all, aren’t there dozens of perfectly good GUI music apps out there? Haven’t we all found something we like, or at least don’t hate? Perhaps that’s true, but how much happier would you be if your music app of choice used a whole lot less resources? Or what […]

4 of the Best Economy Games for Linux

4 of the Best Economy Games for Linux

If you’re anything like me, sometimes you just crave a particular kind of game. Maybe it’s an FPS, maybe a puzzle game, maybe a new Real Time Strategy. Lately for me, it’s been games of economy. SimCity and Tycoon type games – where you build up your business/city to greatness through clever monetary strategy. As […]

How to Install Gnome 3 In Ubuntu

How to Install Gnome 3 In Ubuntu

Even though Gnome 3 (aka Gnome shell) is still in beta, it has sure garnered a lot of attention from both Linux enthusiasts and power users. Most of us who are not happy with Ubuntu unity tend to install Gnome 3 (or try out Fedora) and see how it fares against the Unity desktop. If […]

How to Check for Rootkits on Linux, BSD, and OSX

How to Check for Rootkits on Linux, BSD, and OSX

Those of us in UNIX-land (and yes, Mac people, that includes you) don’t often have to deal with malware. There is room for debate about the exact reasons for that, but few would argue that Linux, BSD and OSX get hit as hard or as often as Windows. This does not, however, make us immune […]

Living with Fedora – A Debian/Ubuntu User’s Take on Fedora 15

Living with Fedora – A Debian/Ubuntu User’s Take on Fedora 15

I’ve been a die-hard Debian fan for about 10 years, and I’ve written several articles on the subject. That said, most of our Linux-savvy readers are Ubuntu users, so that’s been my main desktop OS for as long as I’ve been a MakeTechEasier writer. Ubuntu has always been fine, and generally got the job done […]