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Editing Videos With Kdenlive

Editing Videos With Kdenlive

For many years, editing digital video in Linux was not an easy task.  Linux users have long sought a nonlinear video editing solution that was both powerful and easy to use.  Kdenlive is the first video editor for KDE to combine both of these critical aspects into one package.  Its easy drag and drop functionality […]

How to Get a Quake-style Drop-down Terminal in Linux

How to Get a Quake-style Drop-down Terminal in Linux

A lot of games out there have some form of command prompt, often just for entering cheat codes. You know the type – you hit some function key and a bar drops down from the top of the screen letting you enter commands or codes or whatever else. Well some clever folks have taken that […]

How To Setup Dual Monitors With XRandR

How To Setup Dual Monitors With XRandR

Dual monitor setup in Linux has never been easier. While methods such as the xinerama extension sometimes drive people insane, using RandR (Resize and Rotate) is quick and painless. This will allow you to use both monitors as one big screen instead of two identical ones (cloning). Follow these simple steps to get started. Note: […]

How To Automate Tasks In KDE

How To Automate Tasks In KDE

KDE provides users with the tools to run software automatically using two features: Autostart and Task Scheduler (formerly called KCron). These tasks can be initiated immediately prior to KDE startup, during KDE startup, or scheduled at anytime: daily, hourly, weekly, or even every five minutes. Both of these features were present in KDE 3. Autostart […]

Ubuntu: How to Mount iso, Bin And Cue Files Directly From Nautilus

Ubuntu: How to Mount iso, Bin And Cue Files Directly From Nautilus

We have covered the easy way to mount iso images in Windows. This time round, we are going to cover the easy way to mount an iso, bin or cue file in Ubuntu without having to hit the terminal every time. With the use of fuesiso and nautilus-actions, we can easily create an option in […]

How To Enable 3D Acceleration In VirtualBox

How To Enable 3D Acceleration In VirtualBox

Virtualbox is an excellent application to have if you’re looking to try out new operating systems and/or are generally interested in virtualisation for the many benefits it offers. Make Tech Easier has extensively covered VirtualBox a couple of times earlier and we are great fans of this cross platform, open source application. One thing which VirtualBox […]

Mastering the Bash History

Mastering the Bash History

The Bourne Again Shell, better known as bash, is the default for most Linux distributions. It’s extremely powerful as far as command shells go, and holds all kinds of nifty tricks for those willing to learn. One of the best features is, in my opinion, the command history system. There are many options to use […]

How to Integrate Google Gadgets With Plasma in Kubuntu

How to Integrate Google Gadgets With Plasma in Kubuntu

When Google Gadgets were released for Linux, many people once again praised Google’s support of free and open source software, but there was just one problem. The two major desktop environments for Linux, GNOME and KDE, both already had desktop widget components that were better integrated into their overall desktops. Fortunately, the Google developers were […]

How to Restore Ctrl + Alt + BackSpace In Ubuntu Jaunty

How to Restore Ctrl + Alt + BackSpace In Ubuntu Jaunty

In most Linux distro (including Ubuntu), the keyboard combo Ctrl + Alt + Backspace is often used as a shortcut key to restart X. However, in Ubuntu Jaunty, this keyboard shortcut was disabled, “to reduce issues experienced by users who accidentally trigger the key combo”, as quoted by Ubuntu. I don’t know how many people […]

The Best KDE Twitter Client

The Best KDE Twitter Client

You would be hard-pressed to go anywhere or even watch television without hearing some reference to “Twitter”, “tweets”, or “tweeting”.  From your cousin in Iowa to Shaquille O’Neal, all types of people from all walks of life have taking a liking to Twitter. Whether or not Twitter will become a technological standard as email or […]

Gmail Notifier For Ubuntu 9.04

Gmail Notifier For Ubuntu 9.04

Ubuntu 9.04 is the latest major release of Ubuntu. Among it’s many improvements, it brings with it a very cool new notification system to notify the user of events happening on the system using a nice transparent popup window in one corner of the screen. The notification system has been designed to be non intrusive […]

How to Get The Most Out Of KDE4’s Folderview Widget

How to Get The Most Out Of KDE4’s Folderview Widget

One of the most innovative and simultaneously controversial features of KDE 4 is the Plasma widget, Folderview. Simply put, it allows a user to display the contents of a file system folder within a widget on the desktop. Beyond just displaying files on your computer, Folderview can be used to launch applications, display remote file […]

10 Useful Ubuntu-related Sites You Should Bookmark

10 Useful Ubuntu-related Sites You Should Bookmark

We have arrived at the last part of the Ubuntu Jaunty series. If you have missed the first four part, here are the links: First part – What’s new in Ubuntu 9.04 Second part – How to upgrade from ext3 to ext4 without formatting the hard disk Third part – 9 things you need to […]

Download Ubuntu Installation Guide and Cheatsheet Now

Download Ubuntu Installation Guide and Cheatsheet Now

Today is the big day you have been waiting for, the day where Ubuntu 9.04 is released. I hope you have successfully downloaded the LiveCD and installed it on your system. For those who have difficulties installing or migrating to Ubuntu, we thought this would be a good time to bring a nice little cheat […]

9 Things You Need To Do/Install After Installing Ubuntu 9.04

9 Things You Need To Do/Install After Installing Ubuntu 9.04

After you have downloaded and installed Ubuntu 9.04, what is next thing you should do? Getting Ubuntu onto your hard disk is only the first step. It is still in the raw and unpolished state. To get the best out of it, you really need to configure and customize it to suit your needs. In […]

Taking LXDE For a Test Drive

Taking LXDE For a Test Drive

There are a lot of contenders in the ring when it comes to open source desktop environments. The most well known would probably be Gnome and KDE in the heavyweight class, XFCE for middleweight, and any number of small, fast desktop environments and window managers in the lightweight ring. When it comes to the lightweight […]

How To Upgrade From Ext3 To Ext4 Without Formatting The Hard Disk

How To Upgrade From Ext3 To Ext4 Without Formatting The Hard Disk

Yesterday, we have discussed some of the new features in Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty. In that article, I did mention that the new filesystem – ext4 is stable, fast and backward compatible with ext2 and ext3. Today, we will look at how you can upgrade your existing ext3 filesystem to ext4 without reformating your hard disk.