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How to Automate Your Podcast Downloads with gPodder

How to Automate Your Podcast Downloads with gPodder

If you’re a fan of podcasts, you’ve probably at some point become fed up with manually finding and downloading your favorites. This can be a real pain for people who count on fresh daily podcasts to make it through the work day, so multiple solutions have been attempted to make this process simpler. One such […]

How to Run Chrome OS the Easy Way

How to Run Chrome OS the Easy Way

A few of us here at MTE have a bit of a crush on Chrome OS. It’s not just the system itself, it’s the fact that someone is finally taking the concept of an operating system in a new direction. We wrote a brief synopsis of Chrome OS shortly after the first announcement that showed […]

How to Sync Your iPhone Contacts to Ubuntu One

How to Sync Your iPhone Contacts to Ubuntu One

Note: As of June 1, 2011, Ubuntu One contacts sync for mobile (including iOS) will no longer be active. For more information, please refer to this post. When Ubuntu One first launched, we all thought that it is just another file storage service, just like Dropbox, with the limitation that it is only available for […]

Using Zoho Web Service as an Alternative to Open Office in Ubuntu

Using Zoho Web Service as an Alternative to Open Office in Ubuntu

When it comes to alternative to Microsoft Office, most people will think of Open Office. But if you are just doing simple word processing or spreadsheet calculation, Open Office can also be an overkill, especially if you are using a netbook. Personally, I have a netbook running Ubuntu Lucid with Open Office pre-installed. Whenever I […]

Snippet: How to Make Google Chrome As The Default Browser in Ubuntu

Snippet: How to Make Google Chrome As The Default Browser in Ubuntu

Even though Google Chrome is faster and lesser prone to crash, it is still NOT the default browser in Ubuntu. At least until Ubuntu Lucid, Firefox still reign in Linux arena. Now, if you have installed Google Chrome and intend to use it as the default browser, won’t it be great if you can set […]

Performing Image Magic with ImageMagick

Performing Image Magic with ImageMagick

Whether you know it or not, there’s a good chance you’ve already used ImageMagick, at least if you’re a Linux user. It’s the image processor behind many graphics-related applications, and for good reason. With this one tool, you can perform dozens of common image manipulations and conversions from the command line or within a script/application. […]

The Beginner Guide to Use GoogleCL

The Beginner Guide to Use GoogleCL

At some point, the people at Google, who brought you the Linux-based Android platform and the Summer of Code, decided that they still were not geeky enough. To resolve that gut feeling, they have released GoogleCL, a command line utility for popular Google services. Now, even the most hardcore command line Linux purists have no […]

How to Build Chrome OS For Your Netbook or VM

How to Build Chrome OS For Your Netbook or VM

A few weeks ago, Google announced that Chrome OS will be ready for release this fall. Like many Google products, Chrome OS is designed to be a game changer. There are no desktop applications, as we typically think of them. Instead, the entire user experience happens within the browser. Naturally, some people think this is […]

A Review Of MeeGo v1.0: Is It Good Enough For Your Netbook?

A Review Of MeeGo v1.0: Is It Good Enough For Your Netbook?

MeeGo is a new¬†Linux-based mobile operating system designed through the collaboration of Intel and Nokia developers. The name MeeGo is meant to convey a merging of Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin. While Maemo was primarily geared toward handheld devices, such as the Nokia N800, N810, and N900 and Moblin was primarily geared toward netbooks, MeeGo […]

5 Best Linux Software Packages for Kids

5 Best Linux Software Packages for Kids

Even when computers were first being introduced, engineers realized how useful they could be to teach children. There have been multiple games and even entire programming languages developed specifically for kids. Linux’s developer-friendly tendencies have made it an obvious choice as a platform to create software for children, and its security and stability leave little […]

Cortina: Yet Another Gnome Wallpaper Changer

Cortina: Yet Another Gnome Wallpaper Changer

Few years back, I always lamented that there are few and little wallpaper changer apps for Ubuntu desktop. Fast forward to today, this is no longer the case. There is the evergreen Desktop Drapes that has been around since the early days, the still useful Wallpapoz that has stopped development and the cross-platforms compatible Wally […]

KDE Power Management 101

KDE Power Management 101

While there are exceptions, power management is primarily the concern of laptop, netbook, and tablet users, and as the world becomes increasingly reliant on these mobile devices, getting good battery life and conserving energy are top priorities. KDE’s power management is controlled by an application called PowerDevil. There are three ways to access and manage […]

4 Great Alternatives to Gnome Panel Menu Bar

4 Great Alternatives to Gnome Panel Menu Bar

One good thing about Linux system is that you can change almost every single aspect of the system. Dislike the dull wallpaper? Change it. Not happy with the default splash screen? Change it. Getting bored of the default panel menu (the place where you access Applications, Places and System)? You can change it as well. […]

Peppermint OS – A New Take on the Web-Centric Desktop

Peppermint OS – A New Take on the Web-Centric Desktop

There are a LOT of Linux distros out there, so when it comes to distro reviews, we here at MakeTechEasier usually only go in for the ones offering something unique. Nearly all operating systems these days seem to be transitioning toward a faster and more web-centric experience. Some have embraced it more than others, and […]

Turn Your Ubuntu Lucid to Mac OS X

Turn Your Ubuntu Lucid to Mac OS X

We have previously done so with Ubuntu Hardy and Intrepid. Now, we are back again, this time with Ubuntu Lucid. Being a long term release, Ubuntu Lucid comes with plenty of design changes that make all our previous Ubuntu to Mac OS X tutorial obsolete. Nevertheless, with a modified Mac4Lin theme and the maturity of […]