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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 […]

Fetching Files with wget

Fetching Files with wget

Perhaps your X server has crashed. Or you’re working on a shell script. Or you’re SSHed into a headless server. For one reason or another, if you need to fetch a file and a web browser’s not an option, you might want to look into wget. If you’ve used the Linux shell much and worked […]

How to Change Linux Displays on the Fly with Disper

How to Change Linux Displays on the Fly with Disper

Using Linux on a laptop has always been a hit and miss affair. With sometimes obscure proprietary hardware, many laptop manufacturers have showed no interest in supporting the free operating system. Nevertheless, through hard work by developers and support from some hardware manufacturers, Linux now supports a wide variety of laptops and netbooks. Many laptop […]

How to Upgrade Your Dropbox to Version 1.0 in Ubuntu

How to Upgrade Your Dropbox to Version 1.0 in Ubuntu

The Dropbox team has recently updated its popular Dropbox software to version 1.0 and shedded its beta tag. This newest version comes with selective sync (choosing which folders to sync on each computer), better bandwidth utilization and memory usage. In Windows/Mac, you just have to download the respective software and uninstall it in your system […]

Ubuntu as Intended. My Experience Of Using the ‘Default’ Ubuntu

Ubuntu as Intended. My Experience Of Using the ‘Default’ Ubuntu

Like many so-called “power users”, the first thing I do after installing Linux is customize it. I set it to my preferred desktop settings, applications and configuration because I know what I like, and I normally go to great lengths to get it just right. Recently, after setting up a new Ubuntu Maverick install for […]

Synapse: A Useful Zeitgeist-based Application Launcher

Synapse: A Useful Zeitgeist-based Application Launcher

If you have used Gnome-Do in Linux, you will find some resemblance in Synapse. The user-interface is the same – activate the launcher, type the search term, press Enter to execute. The only difference is that Synapse makes use of the Zeitgeist engine to display your search result. An appropriate description would be: Synapse is […]

Configuring Places, Bookmarks, and Locations in KDE

Configuring Places, Bookmarks, and Locations in KDE

Part of the free software experience is having the freedom to setup your workspace the way you want it. KDE, the popular free software compilation for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems, offers a plethora of configuration and customization options. Among those options are a number of methods for accessing files quickly and easily.

7 Ways to Beautify Your KDE 4 Desktop

7 Ways to Beautify Your KDE 4 Desktop

Part of the big hype over the release of KDE 4 was its new and improved eye candy, mostly due to the Plasma workspace. Those who liked the changes, loved the new KDE from the beginning. Those who did not are still complaining about it. But like any good desktop environment, you are by no […]

A Long Overdue Look at XFCE

A Long Overdue Look at XFCE

Here at MakeTechEasier, we’ve covered Linux desktop issues of all kinds, and we’ve examined desktop environments both well known (Gnome and KDE) as well as somewhat obscure (Window Maker, LXDE). For some reasons, we’ve never taken a close look at the very popular XFCE desktop environment. It’s nearly as feature-rich as Gnome, but with a […]

Banshee: Is It Good Enough To Be The Default Music Player For Ubuntu?

Banshee: Is It Good Enough To Be The Default Music Player For Ubuntu?

In the upcoming version of Ubuntu (11.04 Natty Narwhal), Banshee will be replacing Rhythmbox as the default music player. A quick look at our archive and we were surprised that we have not covered Banshee before. It is always better late than never. In this article, we are going to take a closer look at […]

4 More Linux Games to Distract You From Work

4 More Linux Games to Distract You From Work

As Linux gains more popularity, the number of major commercial game vendors supporting Linux has not increased, but independent developers are certainly taking notice. Here are four more Linux games that are sure to distract you from real work. Be sure to play them only when your boss is not looking. Enjoy!

DoudouLinux: A Fun Linux Distro For Kids

DoudouLinux: A Fun Linux Distro For Kids

Linux is really a versatile piece of software. You can use it as your daily working OS, a server that runs most of the website in the world, as a multimedia center or even as a way to promote your religion. A more creative use of Linux is to turn it into an educational piece […]

2ClickUpdate Maintains And Clean Up Ubuntu With A Single Click

2ClickUpdate Maintains And Clean Up Ubuntu With A Single Click

We have previously came up with 8 ways to clean up your Ubuntu machine, but 2ClickUpdate manages to reduce all the steps to just a single click. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to update, maintain and clean up your *buntu machine, you have just found it. By itself, the update […]

Easily Print to PDF, Postscript And SVG Files From Any Application [Ubuntu]

Easily Print to PDF, Postscript And SVG Files From Any Application [Ubuntu]

There are plenty of extensions you can install that allow you to create PDF file for any webpage you come across. Well, if you are using Linux (particularly Ubuntu), this PDF creation feature is already inbuilt in your system and you can use it without installing any other extensions/applications. In Ubuntu, regardless which browsers or […]

Having Pidgin SSL Certificate Error? Here’s The Fix

Having Pidgin SSL Certificate Error? Here’s The Fix

Update: The latest version of Pidgin (2.7.7) has fixed this issue. For Windows users, uninstall your current version, download and install the latest version. For Ubuntu users, add the following PPA and update your system: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pidgin-developers/ppa sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade If you are using Pidgin to connect to your MSN […]

How to Display The Weather Condition As Wallpaper [Linux]

How to Display The Weather Condition As Wallpaper [Linux]

There are many ways to find out the weather condition in your city. You can go to weather.com, use weather widget or even set it on your desktop with conky. Here is yet another way that you can obtain weather information quickly: display the weather condition as a wallpaper in your desktop. WeatherPaper is a […]