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Linux (especially Ubuntu) tips & tricks

How to Recover Data and Partitions for Free with TestDisk

How to Recover Data and Partitions for Free with TestDisk

Sometimes in the world of free software, you have to make the best of what’s available. Sometimes what’s available isn’t all that great. When I suddenly lost some critical data as a result of a corrupted drive, I thought I’d have to shell out some potentially serious cash for a high-quality recovery utility. In my […]

How to Install Plasmoids In Kubuntu (KDE)

How to Install Plasmoids In Kubuntu (KDE)

I have just started using Kubuntu a week ago. Being a new user of the KDE desktop, I admit that I am have difficulty getting used to its terms. One of the thing I am always confuse is the difference between plasmoids and widgets. The two terms are used interchangeably and it took some googling […]

Need A Password Manager? Install KeePass2 In Ubuntu Natty

Need A Password Manager? Install KeePass2 In Ubuntu Natty

In the past, the best way to get KeePass running on Linux is to install KeePassX, which is a port over version of KeePass 1.x. To get KeePass 2.x to run in Linux, you will need to install a whole bunch of mono libraries and manually install the source file. Worst still, it might not […]

Take Your To Do List to the Command Line with iKog

Take Your To Do List to the Command Line with iKog

I like a good GUI as much as the next person, but some things beg for a little more simplicity. One of those things is a to do list. Which is why I turn to the command line and a text file for mine. Of the several command line to do applications out there in […]

How to Gather Hardware Information in Linux

How to Gather Hardware Information in Linux

Can you name your motherboard’s chipset off the top of your head? What about NIC type? If not, how would you go about finding it? Could you do it from the command line? As with a lot of Linux software, there are many ways to go about this. Some tools are built right into any […]

Virtualbox: How to Set 32-bit Display In Ubuntu Guest  [Quick Tips]

Virtualbox: How to Set 32-bit Display In Ubuntu Guest [Quick Tips]

I installed Ubuntu Natty on my Virtualbox (Ubuntu guest on Ubuntu host) and the first problem that greeted me when I boot up is the 16-bit display error message: The virtual machine window is optimized to work in 32 bit color mode but the virtual display is currently set to 16 bit. Please open the […]

How to Install KDE In Ubuntu Natty [Quick Tips]

How to Install KDE In Ubuntu Natty [Quick Tips]

Ubuntu Natty has been out for almost two weeks. If you do not like the Unity interface, nor the classic Gnome, you could install KDE and give it a spin. We have covered KDE 4 several times and it is elegant and by far the best KDE distribution. Here’s how you can install KDE in […]

8 Really Useful Ubuntu Unity Quicklists

8 Really Useful Ubuntu Unity Quicklists

One of the useful features in Unity (Ubuntu Natty) is the adding of quicklists to the application icons in the launcher. For example, you can right click on the Google Chrome icon and access the option to open an incognito window, or right click the Gmail icon and select “Compose New Email” option. For those […]

How to Quickly Convert Audio Files with Gnac [Linux]

How to Quickly Convert Audio Files with Gnac [Linux]

If you’re like most people, you probably have more than a couple of audio files on your computer. And they’re probably in a few different formats. Like what? Like MP3, MP4, WAV, FLAC, or even Ogg. And maybe you want to covert to those files to another format – say MP3 to Ogg. There’s no […]

4 Great Sources of Information About Linux and Open Source

4 Great Sources of Information About Linux and Open Source

If you’re new to Linux and free/Open Source software, or even if you’re a more seasoned user, then you’re often looking for more information. Not just documentation, but also useful tips and tricks. The team here at Make Tech Easier works hard to provide as much quality information as we can. But we can’t write […]

How to Multitask at the Linux Command Line with Screen

How to Multitask at the Linux Command Line with Screen

I’ll admit up front – it’s embarrassingly late for me to have discovered screen. Friends and coworkers have been suggesting it to me for years, but it wasn’t until recently that I had a concrete need for it. Now I wish I’d had it all along. In short, screen gives you the equivalent of the […]

Rip Your CDs At The Command Line

Rip Your CDs At The Command Line

Are you looking for a fast, efficient, and easy way to rip music from your CDs in Linux? Then look no further than the command line. Yes, you read that correctly. The command line. For a variety of reasons, the Linux command line has a reputation for being difficult and unwieldy. In some cases, that’s […]

How to AutoHide the Unity Launcher In Ubuntu Natty

How to AutoHide the Unity Launcher In Ubuntu Natty

One of the (most hated?) features in Ubuntu is the Unity theme that changed almost every aspect of the familiar GNOME environment that you are used to. You can’t add custom icons to the panel or to the system tray, you have to change your workflow and get used to the dash. To make it […]

How to Batch Convert and Resize Images with Converseen

How to Batch Convert and Resize Images with Converseen

Converseen is a free and open source batch image converter and resizer. With it, you can quickly and easily convert your images to and from over 100 formats. It is based on Qt4, making it cross-platform, and it uses ImageMagick to handle the heavy lifting. Supported image formats include JPEG, PNG, EXR, SVG, Postscript, TIFF, […]

WriteBoard: A Free Note-Taking Web App That Supports Collaboration and Exporting

WriteBoard: A Free Note-Taking Web App That Supports Collaboration and Exporting

The first step in working on a project as a group is to collect resource material. This is often done by project members collecting relevant URLs and sharing them with each other. A highly effective way to get this done is through online note-taking applications that support note-sharing and collaboration. Not only do these apps […]

How To Manipulate PDFs with PDF Chain [Linux]

How To Manipulate PDFs with PDF Chain [Linux]

There comes a time when every serious Linux user needs to do something more than read a PDF file. That something could be combining several PDFs into one file, splitting a file into individual pages, or pulling an attachment out of a PDF. Windows users have it easy. If they’re willing to part with a […]

Quick And Dirty Scanning On The Linux Desktop

Quick And Dirty Scanning On The Linux Desktop

Even though we’re supposed to be in the digital age, it’s amazing how much paper and printed matter we still have to deal with. Contracts, receipts, photos, forms. It’s hard to count how many trees have been sacrificed to print those kinds of things. If you want to try to go paperless, one way to […]