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How to Create Screencasts in Linux

How to Create Screencasts in Linux

MakeTechEasier.com is exploring the possibility of creating screencasts for our users, so that we can quickly visualize some of the tutorials that might make more sense in a video format. In researching this, we found an awful lot of software for desktop recording. These programs can differ widely in features like video quality, performance, and […]

Beginner’s Guide to Grep

Beginner’s Guide to Grep

There is a classic bit of computer wisdom that states “If you’ve got a problem, and decide to solve it with regular expressions, now you’ve got two problems.” This of course stems from the perception that regular expressions are a complicated mix of magic characters and Voodoo. Regular expressions can allow you to achieve elegant […]

How to Install QtCurve in KDE

How to Install QtCurve in KDE

In a previous MTE article, you learned how to create a unified desktop using the KDE 4 Oxygen themes for KDE, GTK, and Firefox. Oxygen is clean, simple, and visually pleasing, but some people want a little more flexibility. QtCurve is a theming system that gives you the configuring power to have varieties of themes, […]

Quick Review: What You Should Expect For Ubuntu 10.04

Quick Review: What You Should Expect For Ubuntu 10.04

Ubuntu is set to release their next Long Term Support version at the end of April, and we now have a beta version to look at and see what we can expect. There are some pretty big changes coming in Lucid Lynx, many of which are partly or fully implemented in the current beta. There […]

How to Selectively Color Images in 5 Minutes

How to Selectively Color Images in 5 Minutes

Using color to highlight a particular portion of your image can have drastic effects on the end result. Using photo editors like Photoshop and Gimp you can emphasize whatever colors you choose in an image. Music videos and films like Sin City used this extensively, and the resulting look can be replicated in Gimp in […]

How to Install OpenOffice.org 3.2 in Ubuntu 9.10

How to Install OpenOffice.org 3.2 in Ubuntu 9.10

Few free software projects have had as large of an impact as OpenOffice.org.  It is used by millions of users all over the world and is the primary competition to Microsoft Office in the desktop market.  The latest version of OpenOffice.org (3.2) adds a number of notable features worth trying.  Among them are: Faster startup […]

How to Use Dropbox in a Non-Gnome Environment

How to Use Dropbox in a Non-Gnome Environment

Without a doubt, Dropbox is easily the best online storage and file sharing services around. Not only is it easy to use, its support for multiple platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone) also make it one of the most versatile online services around. Now, if you are using a Linux distro with Gnome environment, you can […]

Snippet: Troubleshooting Empathy “Network Error” Issue In Ubuntu

Snippet: Troubleshooting Empathy “Network Error” Issue In Ubuntu

If you are using Empathy, there will be situations where you will see a “Network Error” message and you can’t log in to your favorite IM network. The fix for this is simple: 1. Close your Empathy. 2. In the terminal, type: killall telepathy-butterfly 3. Restart your Empathy. It should work now. Snippet is a […]

A Brief History of Brown: Ubuntu Feature Timeline

A Brief History of Brown: Ubuntu Feature Timeline

Love it or hate it, Ubuntu has changed the way Linux is perceived by many. What was once a mysterious hacker OS is now on the desktop of many technophobic grandmothers, and part of that success in recent years is due to Ubuntu. Next month, we’ll have the newest long-term release, 10.04 Lucid Lynx. A […]

How to Install And Setup Ubuntu One In Kubuntu

How to Install And Setup Ubuntu One In Kubuntu

Last year MTE gave you a hands on review of the beta release of Ubuntu One, Canonical’s answer to the popular Dropbox file syncing service. Ubuntu One allows users to have a local folder on their computers linked and synced with a folder on an Ubuntu One server. They can also share files with their other […]

Beginner’s Guide to Git

Beginner’s Guide to Git

If you’re a Linux user, you’ve likely come across Git at some point, perhaps while trying to download a new program or looking into version control systems like CVS or Subversion. Git is the revision control system created by the Linux kernel’s famous Linus Torvalds due to a lack of satisfaction with existing solutions. The […]

How to Create Your Own Torrent Tracker with RivetTracker

How to Create Your Own Torrent Tracker with RivetTracker

There are some things that are less about usefulness, and more about the cool factor. One such thing is setting up your own torrent tracker. There are plenty of legitimate use cases, but for most people, a personal tracker would be overkill. If, however, you need to distribute large files without wasting bandwidth, or just […]

How to Run Fullscreen Games In Linux With Dual Monitors

How to Run Fullscreen Games In Linux With Dual Monitors

As with all operating systems, the way a Linux game behaves on a computer is largely dependent on the design of the game, the graphics hardware and drivers the user has, and the settings one chooses. Native Linux games are typically better at supporting the computer’s default resolution without much tweaking, but the way it […]

How to Turn Your Linux Box into a Home Theater with Boxee

How to Turn Your Linux Box into a Home Theater with Boxee

Boxee is a home theater PC software program that runs on Linux and has been designed to be used like an interactive TV, somewhat like the Xbox 360 interface. In fact it’s based on another program called XBMC which was originally created to run on the first Xbox consoles. These days, you can use Boxee […]

Snippet: Add Facebook Chat to Empathy

Snippet: Add Facebook Chat to Empathy

If you are a regular Facebook Chat user, you will be happy to know that Facebook has recently launched the XMPP support which allows you to connect to FB Chat from (almost) any IM applications (only applies to those that support the XMPP protocol). For Ubuntu Karmic users who are using Empathy rather than Pidgin, […]

Better Linux Package Management with Checkinstall

Better Linux Package Management with Checkinstall

If you use Linux in any depth, you’re eventually have to install a program from source code. Normally the process is pretty quick and painless, but it still has some drawbacks, especially when it comes to upgrading or uninstalling that program. To help resolve this, we’ve got checkinstall, a useful tool that adds some cleverness […]

How to Combine Multiple PDF Files With pdftk

How to Combine Multiple PDF Files With pdftk

At first glance this topic might seem like an easy fix, but if you stop and think about it, there are few quick and easy methods for merging two or more PDF files. The desired end result is one PDF file that contains all of the information from the original two or more files without any […]

How to Get Mac’s QuickLook Function In Ubuntu

How to Get Mac’s QuickLook Function In Ubuntu

In Mac, the QuickLook feature allows you to preview your files without opening them. For Linux users, particularly for those with Gnome desktop, you can also get a similar QuickLook functionality in your desktop with Gloobus-Preview. Gloobus-Preview is an extension for the Gnome desktop designed to enable a full screen preview of any kind of […]