Is Skype a little too modern for your taste? Hasciicam will take you back to the electronic days of yore, where you can broadcast live video to your friends – and even the public – in ASCII art.
Some users use their text editor extensively for scripting, coding, editing while others use it simply just for note-taking. If you belong to the latter group and are looking for a lightweight text editor, Leafpad is the one for you. [Linux only]
If you are looking to use your own custom color, either for font color or background, in LibreOffice, you will find that there are no visible options for you to define a custom color. Here is how you can add a new custom color to the LibreOffice’s color palette.
The “sources.list” in Ubuntu is an important file that contains all your software repository information. What if, on a fresh install of Ubuntu, you discover that your “sources.list” is empty? Or you need to change the whole repository to one that is specific to your country? Here is how you can generate a new sources list file easily without being a Ubuntu expert.
To test out a new version of a software in Linux, the usual way is to overwrite your current stable version with the newer one. This tutorial shows you how to test the new LibreOffice without losing your current install.
Do you have ton of media files on your home computer that you wish you could play when you’re away from home? If so, Subsonic is the open source solution you’ve been waiting for.
The most controversial changes in GNOME 3.6 is the Nautilus file manager, now rebranded as Files. The interface has been stripped down to present you with as few buttons as necessary. Here is a comprehensive look around the newly-redesigned file manager, showing how to manage files in GNOME 3.6.
You may have heard of GIMP as the alternative to Photoshop, but do you know that you can perform advanced image processing on GIMP with G’MIC? Today I’m going to show you just a few of the things you can accomplish with GIMP and G’MIC together.
Most Linux distro comes with a package manager that allows you to easily install binary package (DEB or RPM). However, if you are planning to customize the software you are installing, like adding additional features, then you might want to use the source packages and compile them yourself. Here is how you can do so.
You might have seen our article on Haiku, an open source implementation of BeOS. It’s not the only open source re-implementation of a classic computer OS. Icaros is a reimplementation of the classic Amiga OS for PCs. It’s based on AROS (the Amiga Research Operating System), but is available in a ready-to-run live version.
In this installment of the “Social Media From the Command Line” series, we’re going to show you how to access Tumblr, Flickr, and YouTube from the command line.
Since young, I’ve developed an affectionate nostalgia for old school computing. Imagining how digital artists of the early ’90s laboriously crafted character-by-character ASCII text art, as well as ANSI, blows my mind! Today I’m going to blow your mind as well by showing you how to turn your boring lines of text into exciting ASCII text art.
As we welcome in a new year that many are saying will finally be “the year of the Linux desktop,” we want to take a look at some of the up-and-coming Linux distros for 2013. Read on to learn about some newer distros that we expect to continue rising in popularity, maybe even to the level of stardom, over the year.
Linux users who are using Red Hat-based distro will be familiar with the YUM repositories. Here are some basics of the Yum repositories that you should know.
In Part 1 of this series, we showed you how to use your command line to access Facebook and Twitter. Google offers many different services, several of which are available from your terminal. Today you’ll learn how to manage your Google services from the command line.
A basic SSH server is vulnerable to brute force attack. Fail2Ban can detect malicious attack on your server and block the IP accordingly. Here is how you can configure Fail2Ban to protect your SSH server in Ubuntu.
There are plenty of git site that you can use to store your projects, but if you prefer to setup and host your own git server, here is how you can do so.
There are many ways to set up a reminder. If you are using Ubuntu, you can make use of indicator-remindor to easily add and receive reminders on your desktop.
Haiku is an open-source OS is based on the older BeOS, a long-defunct operating system. The Haiku developers are keeping their project up with the times. Today I’m going to give you a screenshot tour of this unique OS.
“Apt-get” may be the default installer in Ubuntu, but when it comes to installing large sets of software, it can be really slow and obsolete. Fortunately, there’s a “tasksel”, which is just like a “apt-get for apt-get”.
If you are a Linux user and own an Android 4.0+ device (such as Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus etc), you will know that you can’t just plug in your device and have it detected by the PC. Here is how you can get your Android device to connect with Ubuntu.
Be the envy of all your geekiest friends by using command-line programs to access your favorite sites and online tools. In the first part of this series, we will show you how to update your status on Facebook and Twitter via the command line. Let’s go!
If you are getting the missing kernel headers error while compiling your packages, here is how you can install the kernel headers for your latest kernel.
RPM is the package management system for many Red Hat based distro. Let find out how RPMs works and how it compares with the “Ubuntu way” of managing software.
Evernote has a desktop syncing client for almost every OS, except for Linux. If you are using for a Linux desktop client for Evernote, Everpad is the one to go.
FreeOffice is a good alternative to Microsoft Office and LibreOffice and you can help the charity just by downloading it. Check it out.
Linux is seldom known as the platform for word processing, but do you know that it can handle text much better than other systems? Let check it out.
So you’re a live DJ or musician, and you want to get some exposure for your skills online. There are various services you can sign up for to host Internet radio stations, but getting their tools to work on Linux is not always trivial. A fine alternative is Icecast. Learn how to run a DIY Internet radio station with Icecast.
XBMC is one of the most popular open source media center systems and OpenELEC is a Linux distribution built with the XBMC code. Check out the distro and its distinct advantages over a XBMC software install
One of Vim’s features is extreme extensibility. If you can dream it up, there’s probably a plugin for it. Here are 8 useful plugins that will help you be more productive when using Vim. If you lean towards hating it now, give these plugins a try and then see how you feel.
There are no lack of to-do list apps for Linux, and with a powerful tool like Evernote or Wunderlist, one might wonder if there is any more room for new task management app. Nitro is relatively new to the “to-do” list scene, but its beautiful interface and the ease of use did turn some heads and attracted some attentions. Let check it out!
Linux users have an almost infinite number of UI’s to from which to choose. You can choose between KDE, GNOME, Unity, and XFCE and many more. If you are feeling nostalgic, here are a few retro desktops that you can choose from.
A broken link is a killer for any website and it should be eliminated at all cost. The bad thing is, it is easily said than done. If you are running a website with more than a thousand articles and every post contains at least 3 links, how are you able to find out which particular link is no longer working?
Linux is popular with programmers, and for good reason. If you’ve always wanted to learn programming, whether to develop software professionally or just for fun, there’s no better platform to cut your teeth on.
Ever wonder how and why your Linux system can always auto update itself to the latest version? Learn about the basics of the debian package management and how the APT and repositories work in Linux.
There are plenty of ways that you can integrate Google Calendar in Ubuntu, but this is the easiest that I have come across so far. Here is how you can add events to google Calendar from the system tray.
XBMC is one of the best media center software around and one of its ability is to access and stream media from all sorts of different devices. Let’s suppose you have pictures on your Windows PC, Music in iTunes on a Mac, some ripped DVD’s on your Linux file server, etc. Here’s how to connect your XBMC box to them all.
Ubuntu used to be the best distro for new Linux distro, but it seems that Linux Mint has taken over that role. Here’s why.
If you have used the Linux command line before, you’ve no doubt used “grep” to search for strings of text. There’s a better way to do so, and it’s called Ack.
If you are not able to install guest additions in Ubuntu 12.10 guest in Virtualbox, here’s the fix.
If you want to test out ChromeOS before you decide if you want to get the Chromebook, here is how you can test ChromeOS in Ubuntu.
WINE is a great tool for you to run Windows apps in Linux. qt4wine made the installation process easier. Check out how qt4wine can help you easily install Windows apps in Linux.
Adjusting the screen brightness in Ubuntu is easy, but to fully customize is not. Let’s see how you can easily configure the screen brightness in Ubuntu.
While your Linux comes with Perl support, you won’t want to use it as it is not the latest version. Perlbrew allows you to manage perl installation without root privilege.
“Hybrid Suspend” in Ubuntu allows you to first suspend your computer and if it is not restored after a while, will go into hibernation by itself. This is an effective way to save battery power and electricity bills. Here is how you can enable Hybrid suspend in Ubuntu
Package management in Debian and Ubuntu-based distro is easy. But if you are looking to create your own deb packages, there aren’t many useful tools around. Learn how you can build your own deb packages here.
If you have heard of Linux Mint, you will be pleased to know that the latest release (Linux Mint 14) comes with a new login manager – MDM Display Manager, that is both beautiful and customizable. Here is how you can get it on your Ubuntu.
Are you wondering how to make good use of the hosts file in Linux to block or redirect websites? Here is the tutorial to help you with the hosts file in Linux.
Deb is the commonly used package management system in Debian-based distro, including Ubuntu. In this tutorial, we show you the basics of a debian package and its file structure.
The Amazon file transfer software for Kindle Fire works well in Mac and Windows, but not in Linux. In Ubuntu, here’s how you can manage files on your Kindle Fire.