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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 […]

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 […]