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A Week with Pinguy – The Slick Ubuntu Remix

A Week with Pinguy – The Slick Ubuntu Remix

These days, Linux distros are a dime a dozen, especially in the field of the Ubuntu remix. Just about anyone thinks they can create a usable spinoff (they’re probably right) and that it’ll be wildly successful (they’re probably wrong). For this reason, we don’t often give a full writeup to an Ubuntu remix on MTE […]

KDE 4.6 Review: It’s Full Of Awesomeness

KDE 4.6 Review: It’s Full Of Awesomeness

On January 26th of this year, KDE released version 4.6.0 of its Plasma Workspaces, Applications, and Development Platform. While many major versions of KDE have focused on features, 4.5 was mostly a stabilizing release, fixing thousands of bugs. The 4.6 release is all about polish. It is the icing on the cake for KDE 4, adding speed, visual […]

How to Supercharge Your Shell with Bashish [Linux]

How to Supercharge Your Shell with Bashish [Linux]

If you’re a Linux (or even Mac) user, and you’ve never toyed with your shell prompt, you might not realize just how useful a good prompt can be. Sure, it can show your user and host names, and perhaps the current directory, but a really good prompt can do a whole lot more. Those who […]

How to Encode WebM Videos for YouTube in Linux

How to Encode WebM Videos for YouTube in Linux

WebM is the new open video file format that Google created for HTML5 video. It is a combination of the VP8 video codec and Ogg Vorbis audio codec, wrapped in a Matroska container. It is free and open source, giving anyone the ability to encode videos without restrictions, and play them in supported browsers (Mozilla […]

Wallch Set Live Earth As Your Desktop Wallpaper

Wallch Set Live Earth As Your Desktop Wallpaper

There are no short of wallpaper changers for Linux – Drape, Wally, Cortina, Wallpapoz, Webilder, and many more. Wallch is yet another wallpaper changer for Gnome, but with a twist. You can set Live Earth image as your desktop wallpaper. Wallch is a pretty new wallpaper changer app for Gnome. It has just released version […]

Easily Search And Manage PPAs With Y PPA Manager

Easily Search And Manage PPAs With Y PPA Manager

Installing applications in Ubuntu, in most cases, is as easy as going to the Ubuntu Software Center, search for the application and press the install button. However, there are times when the applications you are looking for is not available in the Ubuntu repository, or that the software version in the repository is outdated. This […]

Getting Enlightened with Bodhi Linux

Getting Enlightened with Bodhi Linux

In our recent discussion about Ubuntu Remixes, there were a few names that kept popping up in the comments. One of them was a distro mostly unknown to MTE but immediately of interest, and that’s Bodhi Linux. With an Ubuntu base it’s got a solid core behind it, but the real kicker is the Enlightenment […]

Steel Storm Indie Game Review

Steel Storm Indie Game Review

As the indie game market continues to grow, we thought it would be timely to kick off 2011 with another game review. Steel Storm, a game produced by a small company called Kot in Action Creative Artel, is a top-down arcade shooter that puts you in control of a small futuristic aircraft. Like the addictive space […]

Split And Merge PDF Files With PDF-Shuffler [Linux]

Split And Merge PDF Files With PDF-Shuffler [Linux]

If you have two or more Words documents, you can easily open them in any Office suite and cut/paste the content to split or merge them. What about PDF files? If you have several PDF files that you want to merge together, how can you do it with the same ease? In Linux, PDF-Shuffler is […]

15+ Useful AppIndicator Applets For Ubuntu

15+ Useful AppIndicator Applets For Ubuntu

Appindicator was first introduced in Ubuntu karmic as a replacement for the Gnome panel applet. It is a small applet to display information from various applications consistently in the panel. It can also be used as a access point to access (and control) the application without having to open the application. if you are running […]

WingPanel: A Super Sexy Space-Saving Top Panel

WingPanel: A Super Sexy Space-Saving Top Panel

For those who are tired of the top Gnome panel taking up the full length of the screen, you can now try out Wing Panel to free out the extra space. Wing Panel is a panel (created by the Elementary team) designed to show only the indicator-applets and session applet. It is a small panel […]

How to Setup HDMI Digital Playback in Linux

How to Setup HDMI Digital Playback in Linux

Like many people, I have an HDTV in my house that supports HDMI input devices, such as Blu-ray players. I also like to watch streaming content over the Internet, downloaded videos, and listen to music all from my TV and home theater system. Unfortunately, I do not have a Boxee box or a Roku box. […]

How to Import KeePassX Password to LastPass (And Vice-versa)

How to Import KeePassX Password to LastPass (And Vice-versa)

KeePass (KeepassX for Linux) has always been my favorite password manager. It works in all platforms, including portable USB drive and can generate secure passwords and store them securely. One thing that it doesn’t support is a browser plugin that can detect the site you are visiting and auto-fill the login field for you. For […]

Ubuntu Remixes: 4 Of The Best Alternatives to Ubuntu

Ubuntu Remixes: 4 Of The Best Alternatives to Ubuntu

Our recent article entitled Ubuntu As Intended drew in a fair amount of discussion about the base software and configuration in the default Ubuntu install. Some readers pointed out a few alternatives that aim to take the standard Ubuntu desktop and give it more polish than the original. Some of these projects just include a […]

The Kno Textbook Tablet Preview

The Kno Textbook Tablet Preview

Almost every new tablet that has emerged in the iPad-dominated market has essentially been a direct competitor to the iPad, offering little, if any, basic usability advantages. It is for that reason that the Kno tablet stands out from the crowd. This tablet is being marketed to schools that are tired of dealing with the […]

How to Install and Use Dropbox in Kubuntu

How to Install and Use Dropbox in Kubuntu

We have gone through how you can upgrade your Dropbox to version 1.0 in Ubuntu, but that method won’t work for Kubuntu (which is running KDE). The frontend for Ubuntu included with Dropbox currently has Gnome dependencies, namely Nautilus. If you are using Kubuntu or any other KDE-based distribution, you probably do not want Nautilus […]