Ubuntu comes with a set of pre-loaded wallpapers that can be used individually or as a slideshow that changes the background after a certain period of time, but it does not (easily) allows you to use your own set of wallpapers.
If you want to manage your wallpapers without any special effort, here are 3 easy-to-use wallpaper apps that will the change the way your desktop looks.
However, if you are using it as frequent as me, you will find that the 20GB of storage space get filled up very quickly. If you are looking to increase the virtual hard disk size, here is how you can do it.
If you haven't noticed, if you're looking for a Linux distribution, you're spoiled for choice. Sites like DistroWatch lists hundreds of different Linux distros on the site. But where did they all come from?
Google is a favorite among free software lovers because of their tendency to "don't be evil." This guide will show you how to hook up the programs on your Ubuntu desktop to the variety of Google web apps, for the nice, Linux-y experience we're all looking for.
Zsh is a very powerful shell that is more popular than the commonly used Bash. It is highly interactive and flexible enough to customize it to your needs. It also comes with a powerful auto-completion functionality, along with recursive searches and a corrector included. For all that, some consider Zsh as an extended Bourne Shell.
Linux has been around for more than 20 years and serves happily in both desktop and server roles. But it didn't show up overnight. Linux is the result of the collaboration of lots of people over the years.
By default, when we talk about a shell in Linux, most people think of Bash. It is true that it is the most wide spread and arguably one of the simplest shell to begin with, but there are also plenty of other shells out there yearning for your attention. Today, we shall go through another very famous shell: the Korn Shell ("ksh" for the intimates).
We have shown you how to use Markdown to quickly produce clean HTML from text, but what if you also want to produce an ebook using the same content as you have on the web? There is another tool that allows you to take Markdown and turn it into OpenOffice/LibreOffice documents, PDF's, or even e-books suitable for a Kindle or other e-reader.
How many times have you come across an audio file on your Music player with the name like "01.mp3" and there is no other details like the artist, album info, etc. Multiply that by the number of songs you have in your library and you know you are in for a headache. Today, I will show how you can easily manage your song's name, structure and tags in the way you want it.
If you happened to be an Atari brat while you were growing up, you can now relieve your 8-bit glory days on your Linux machine. Stella is an Atari 2600 emulator that works on Linux, Mac OS X, Windows and even more obscure systems like IRIX. It provides a very accurate emulation of the classic gaming system, and plays nearly every game ever released for it.
GeoGebra may be a useful tool for solving maths equation, but when it comes to more powerful functions and complicated maths, you should give Sage a try. We've all heard of Matlab or Magma, but Sage offers an open source alternative to those two, and is, to my opinion, simpler to use.
When it comes to writing, it is great to always create the draft in plain text. The problem lies when you need to transform those plain-text words into something nicely-formatted and readable. Fortunately, Linux provides two programs that allow you to draft in plain text, then convert to other, more graphical formats.
You might have heard of Edubuntu, Lubuntu etc but did you know that there are over 50 unofficial Ubuntu-based Linux distributions? In this post we will see some of these niche and unique Ubuntu variants.
If you are more of a Facebook person and you want to look cool with the console, you might wonder if there is any solution for you. The answer is yes! fbcmd is a little PHP software that allows you to access your Facebook account from the command line. Except for a few missing features, fbcmd is incredibly complete.
No, no please don't shoot! Of course, all Linux distro are great and should be taken seriously. But Linux is also different in many ways, especially when it comes to jokes and pranks. For this article, I will show you a short list of examples of this "Linux Humor." 1. Killing Daemons You probably know […]
The open-source WebOS project from HP may not be as popular as Android or iOS, but it is definitely still active and surviving. For those who are keen to test it without having a TouchPad, here is how you can run the WebOS emulator in Linux.
While there are many wallpaper changing app for Linux, most of them are similar, do their job (changing the wallpaper) well and don't seem interesting enough to warrant a review here. Slidewall is yet another wallpaper changer that comes with support for live wallpaper. It is pretty cool, I must say. Check it out.
Many Ubuntu users felt the need to group similar applications together in the Unity launcher to save some space. Ubuntu doesn't comes with the ability for you to group apps together, but With Drawers, you can do so with ease.
Until Windows 8, a PC had no native support for ISO files. A little piece of software could help you cope with that very easily, but you still had to install it by yourself. On Linux, you can mount any ISO or file systems immediately with a simple command. However, it can be a little […]
We have mentioned tools that allow you to schedule tasks in Ubuntu, but if you want to set a trigger and automate tasks based on the result of a prior action, then CuttleFish would be the one for you. Cuttlefish is an app for Ubuntu that allows you to create a series of tasks that […]
Real Time Strategy (RTS) game lovers may remember a game called Age Of Empires (AOE). The much awarded and loved game has inspired many other historical RTS games such as Rise Of Nations, Age Of Mythology etc. However, these games were Windows specific and Linux users always felt a void in the field of historical, […]
There are plenty of graphical solution for dealing with archives (or zipped files) in Linux, but none of them beats the command line for the speed and versatility. The only bad thing about it is that there are so many different types of archives, each with its own specific syntax and properties and it can […]
For those of you who are in love with Youtube and have spent countless hours everyday watching the videos, you can now watch it directly from your desktop without having to open the browser. Minitube is the only software you need and it works for Windows, Mac and Linux. One good thing about the Linux […]
The most commonly used command in Ubuntu is apt-get. You can use it to install software, update the repository and upgrade the software. Without a doubt, "Apt-get" is a pretty handy tool and is very useful and good for what it supposed to do, but "good" can always be enhanced into "better" and this can […]
Qubes OS is composed of light-weight virtual machines, isolated from the admin system, with each one dedicated to a special task, such as working, Internet browsing, personal activities, etc. The security comes from this virtualization process: each virtual machine comes with its own web browser, file system, etc., making sure that the different parts of your life are separated from each other, and therefore unreachable in case of breach.
There are tons of ways to take screenshot in Linux. If you are looking for a screen capture tool that can sync your screenshots to the cloud, ScreenCloud could be the one for you. ScreenCloud is an easy to use screenshot tool. Once installed, it will appear as a tray applet in the taskbar. You […]
If you have noticed, sometimes after you have updated your system, the Ubuntu Update Manager will still show a message saying that "The Package information was last updated X days ago. Press the 'check' button below to check for new software updates.". This was interesting as clicking on the Check button did nothing but the same message was displayed again. After researching a bit, I found out that there were "sources" other than Canonical (Ubuntu's official sources) which I had added over the time from private PPAs were old and was meant for earlier version of Ubuntu or they were simply broken.
If you remember the beginning of the iPod, you will also probably remember that it was a nightmare for Linux. Apple required iTunes on your computer, and it worked only for Mac and Windows (with terrible performances). Today, the compatibility problem is solved and there is a plethora of options available for syncing your music […]
LibreOffice may be the most popular open-source Office Suite around, but that doesn't mean there aren't other good open source office suite that you can use. If you are looking for a simpler, yet equally powerful office suite for your Linux system, Calligra might be a good alternative to LibreOffice (or is it?) Let's check […]
Indicator Applets are very useful in terms of providing quick information and play a very important role in overall Ubuntu experience. These app indicators lie on the top panel and the users can use these applets to control and/or access the application without even opening it. Here are my top 10 "must have" indicator applets […]
When it comes to Twitter, there are three ways to use it: the web interface, a desktop/mobile client, or tweet from the command line (for the real Indiana Jones). The last way, despite its apparent complexity, can become very useful for people who want to reach a higher level of control over their favorite micro-blogging […]
I am not a Comic fan, but sometimes I do read some comics to keep myself entertained. My usual way of reading comic is to go online to find the comic I want and read the strips, one at a time. The problem with this method is that with a slow Internet connection, the loading […]
Samba is a useful service found in most Unix and Linux system that allows you to share file and print services with another computer, particularly a Microsoft Windows client. In Ubuntu, while the Nautiilus File Manager comes with a series of connection protocols to access files from a remote server, it doesn't turn the machine […]
I may not be a fan of the Unity desktop, but the Quicklist feature is something that I find it really useful. It might only be applicable to the Unity desktop, but with a little tweak, you can get your favorite quicklist to work in Gnome Shell too. Here's how it works. The Quicklists Gnome […]
Most households have multiple computers, whether it's a combination of desktops, laptops, or a mix of both, plus wireless gadgets such as tablets and smart phones. One of the most fundamental and useful tasks is being able to share folders, files, and printers across a home network. Let's take a look at one of the […]
If you have login to a remote SSH session before, you will know that there are times where the SSH session become unresponsive. it could be due to a break in the Internet connection, or that you were away and the session timeout. Whatever the reason is, when the SSH session becomes unresponsive, all the […]
If you have a Google App account, you will be able to connect to GTalk using your custom domain name. In Linux, you can connect to your Google Apps GTalk account using your favorite IM client too. It is very easy to do it. The trick lies in the configuration. Once you got it correct, it will work everywhere.
Everybody loves VLC. It works under Windows, Mac, and Linux; it's free and open source; it does practically everything we expect it to do and more; etc. Yet there is one thing that makes VLC really special for Linux - the command line. Every function, tip, and trick can be used via the command line, […]
If you have a habit of storing all your temporary files on your desktop (or any other folder) and forgot to remove them later, you will find that your computer get messed up easily with tons of files that you have no use for. Once that happens, cleaning up your computer becomes a tedious task […]
A LEMP server refers to a server running Linux, Enginx (Nginx), MySql and PHP (or Perl/Python). It is similar to the popular LAMP server except that the underlying web server is managed by Nginx instead of Apache. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install LEMP server in Ubuntu 12.04. Nginx vs Apache […]
Our last review on Ubuntu Tweak was close to four years back and many updates were included in this wonderful software. With every new Ubuntu release, this Ubuntu Tweak software also updates itself to remove obsolete items and add in more tweaks. At version 0.7.1, this is already the most useful tweak software you ever […]