Virtualbox: How to Set 32-bit Display In Ubuntu Guest  [Quick Tips]

Virtualbox: How to Set 32-bit Display In Ubuntu Guest [Quick Tips]

I installed Ubuntu Natty on my Virtualbox (Ubuntu guest on Ubuntu host) and the first problem that greeted me when I boot up is the 16-bit display error message: The virtual machine window is optimized to work in 32 bit color mode but the virtual display is currently set to 16 bit. Please open the […]

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How to Install KDE In Ubuntu Natty [Quick Tips]

How to Install KDE In Ubuntu Natty [Quick Tips]

Ubuntu Natty has been out for almost two weeks. If you do not like the Unity interface, nor the classic Gnome, you could install KDE and give it a spin. We have covered KDE 4 several times and it is elegant and by far the best KDE distribution. Here’s how you can install KDE in […]

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8 Really Useful Ubuntu Unity Quicklists

8 Really Useful Ubuntu Unity Quicklists

One of the useful features in Unity (Ubuntu Natty) is the adding of quicklists to the application icons in the launcher. For example, you can right click on the Google Chrome icon and access the option to open an incognito window, or right click the Gmail icon and select “Compose New Email” option. For those […]

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How to Quickly Convert Audio Files with Gnac [Linux]

How to Quickly Convert Audio Files with Gnac [Linux]

If you’re like most people, you probably have more than a couple of audio files on your computer. And they’re probably in a few different formats. Like what? Like MP3, MP4, WAV, FLAC, or even Ogg. And maybe you want to covert to those files to another format – say MP3 to Ogg. There’s no […]

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4 Great Sources of Information About Linux and Open Source

4 Great Sources of Information About Linux and Open Source

If you’re new to Linux and free/Open Source software, or even if you’re a more seasoned user, then you’re often looking for more information. Not just documentation, but also useful tips and tricks. The team here at Make Tech Easier works hard to provide as much quality information as we can. But we can’t write […]

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How to Multitask at the Linux Command Line with Screen

How to Multitask at the Linux Command Line with Screen

I’ll admit up front – it’s embarrassingly late for me to have discovered screen. Friends and coworkers have been suggesting it to me for years, but it wasn’t until recently that I had a concrete need for it. Now I wish I’d had it all along. In short, screen gives you the equivalent of the […]

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Rip Your CDs At The Command Line

Rip Your CDs At The Command Line

Are you looking for a fast, efficient, and easy way to rip music from your CDs in Linux? Then look no further than the command line. Yes, you read that correctly. The command line. For a variety of reasons, the Linux command line has a reputation for being difficult and unwieldy. In some cases, that’s […]

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How to AutoHide the Unity Launcher In Ubuntu Natty

How to AutoHide the Unity Launcher In Ubuntu Natty

One of the (most hated?) features in Ubuntu is the Unity theme that changed almost every aspect of the familiar GNOME environment that you are used to. You can’t add custom icons to the panel or to the system tray, you have to change your workflow and get used to the dash. To make it […]

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How to Batch Convert and Resize Images with Converseen

How to Batch Convert and Resize Images with Converseen

Converseen is a free and open source batch image converter and resizer. With it, you can quickly and easily convert your images to and from over 100 formats. It is based on Qt4, making it cross-platform, and it uses ImageMagick to handle the heavy lifting. Supported image formats include JPEG, PNG, EXR, SVG, Postscript, TIFF, […]

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WriteBoard: A Free Note-Taking Web App That Supports Collaboration and Exporting

WriteBoard: A Free Note-Taking Web App That Supports Collaboration and Exporting

The first step in working on a project as a group is to collect resource material. This is often done by project members collecting relevant URLs and sharing them with each other. A highly effective way to get this done is through online note-taking applications that support note-sharing and collaboration. Not only do these apps […]

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How To Manipulate PDFs with PDF Chain [Linux]

How To Manipulate PDFs with PDF Chain [Linux]

There comes a time when every serious Linux user needs to do something more than read a PDF file. That something could be combining several PDFs into one file, splitting a file into individual pages, or pulling an attachment out of a PDF. Windows users have it easy. If they’re willing to part with a […]

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Quick And Dirty Scanning On The Linux Desktop

Quick And Dirty Scanning On The Linux Desktop

Even though we’re supposed to be in the digital age, it’s amazing how much paper and printed matter we still have to deal with. Contracts, receipts, photos, forms. It’s hard to count how many trees have been sacrificed to print those kinds of things. If you want to try to go paperless, one way to […]

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Open Source File Syncing And Collaboration With Sparkleshare

Open Source File Syncing And Collaboration With Sparkleshare

Whenever software development or any other type of project requires collaboration, the process of exchanging files, saving them, revising, and re-uploading can be tedious. Because of this, developers have created revisioning control systems. These systems have even been used for documentation in collaborative tools like wikis. Sparkleshare is an extension of these collaboration tools that provides a […]

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5 More Intriguing KDE Apps

5 More Intriguing KDE Apps

Ever so often, I take a stroll over to KDE-Apps.org and look at some of the fantastic creations people from the KDE community develop. There are a wide range of apps in nearly every category, but I have selected 5 that stand out and would be very useful additions to my desktop and hopefully yours […]

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How to Customize Your Grub Screen With BURG Manager

How to Customize Your Grub Screen With BURG Manager

Ever since Ubuntu upgrades its bootloader to use Grub 2, there have been no easy way to customize the Grub screen. While you can still play around with the code and make changes to its appearance, it is no easy task for the beginner. If you are looking to beautify your boot screen, you will […]

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DexOS – The Tiny Toy OS That Runs Like a Game Console

DexOS – The Tiny Toy OS That Runs Like a Game Console

Most of the time at MTE, we focus on tutorials, reviews, and other practical applications of modern technology. Occasionally, however, some neat new toy pops up that we’ve just got to share. Such is DexOS, and if you’ve got an affinity for custom operating systems or new ways of computing, you might enjoy tinkering with […]

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How to Easily Resize Window In Gnome [Quick Tips]

How to Easily Resize Window In Gnome [Quick Tips]

How do you usually resize a window? Move your mouse pointer to the corner of the window and click to resize it, simple, right? Well, if you are using Gnome (Linux), resizing an application window can be a hit or miss affair. In some applications (such as Nautilus), the corners width are huge and you […]

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Deja Dup Makes Backup A Simple Task [Linux]

Deja Dup Makes Backup A Simple Task [Linux]

There are plenty of backup options in Linux. We have covered a few here, namely, back in time, AptOnCD, and Rsync. Deja Dup Backup is yet another backup tool, except that it turns the whole complicated backup process into kid stuff. If you are using Ubuntu, you can install Deja Dup Backup via the Ubuntu […]

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I Have Installed Ubuntu…What’s Next?

I Have Installed Ubuntu…What’s Next?

Does this sound familiar to you? You have taken the plunge and install Ubuntu on your computer. The next moment, you have no idea what to do next and where to head. Now, before any doubt creeps in and you are wondering if you have make the right choice leaving the comfort zone (Windows or […]

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How to Install And Configure Apache In Ubuntu

How to Install And Configure Apache In Ubuntu

If you intend to set up a web server (or streaming server) in your Ubuntu machine, apache is one important module that you must install. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure apache for your Ubuntu. Note: If you just want to have a quick setup of LAMP server, follow […]

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Sprinkle Some Eye Candy on your KDE Desktop

Sprinkle Some Eye Candy on your KDE Desktop

KDE is beautiful, even if you never change a thing on your desktop. What makes it even more appealing is all of the customizable visual features. Three areas you should consider spicing up a little are your KDE style/theme, your Plasma Workspace theme, and your icons. The following are just a few of the most popular […]

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Linux Startup Taking Too Long?  Chart It!

Linux Startup Taking Too Long? Chart It!

Hardware keeps getting faster and faster, and most of us are running machines that would have been unthinkably speedy a decade ago, yet somehow it never seems to feel that way. As the hardware gets faster, the software seems to get bigger and slower and we always seem to end up with something that dances […]

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Back to Basics with KDE 4

Back to Basics with KDE 4

After our review of KDE 4.6, we received a great deal of positive comments, but not all of them were sparkling assessments of KDE’s functionality. For that reason, I have decided to get back to the basics this week with a little how-to guide for KDE 3 users who may be reluctant to switch to […]

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How to Install VLC-Shares In Ubuntu And Stream Videos to Android

How to Install VLC-Shares In Ubuntu And Stream Videos to Android

VLC, without a doubt, is the best media player around. Not only is it able to play almost any file format, it is also able to stream audio/video from the Web and transcode on the fly. VLC-share is a web implementation of VLC streaming and transcoding that allows you to stream (and transcode) your videos […]

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Googsystray: Keep Track Of Your Google Apps Activities In The System Tray

Googsystray: Keep Track Of Your Google Apps Activities In The System Tray

While it may not have the world’s catchiest name, Googsystray is a heck of a useful app. That is, if you use a lot of Google apps like GMail, Reader, and especially Voice. It doesn’t just show you unread counts like so many other utilities, Googsystray integrates tightly with the Google services to give you […]

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How to Remotely Control KTorrent

How to Remotely Control KTorrent

KTorrent is KDE’s BitTorrent client that has a uniquely useful plugin allowing users to connect and add torrents remotely using a web browser. In a previous post, we gave you a taste of what Ktorrent can do. Today, you will learn how to start Ktorrent remotely, add torrents from URLs or file uploads, and make […]

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How to Manage Ruby Installations Easily with RVM

How to Manage Ruby Installations Easily with RVM

Those unfamiliar with software development may be surprised at how many so-called grey areas there can be. Even if you know you want to write, say, a Rails app, you’ve got several more specific decisions to make. What database should you use? Which version of Ruby? Which gems should be installed? Will it conflict with […]

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How to View Past Notifications In Ubuntu

How to View Past Notifications In Ubuntu

The NotifyOSD in Ubuntu does a good job in providing a growl like notification bubble when new event arrive. This is useful if you are always on your computer. If you leave your PC and new notification appears and gone, you won’t be able to know that what you have missed when you return. Recent […]

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Gnome Shell is Almost Ready to Rock Your Desktop

Gnome Shell is Almost Ready to Rock Your Desktop

When Gnome Shell was first becoming available over a year ago, we took a look at it to see what the foundation was like, and to see what direction the Gnome desktop was likely to go. At the time, we liked it, though it was clearly a “rough draft” of what it could eventually become. […]

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CloudSN Notifies You When New Mail Arrives [Linux]

CloudSN Notifies You When New Mail Arrives [Linux]

How often do you check your email? Half a day? Every hour? Every minute? What about your Facebook, Twitter and all other social networks that you are involved in? Won’t it be better if you can get a desktop notification whenever a new mail, or new update arrive, instead of having to visit the site […]

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How to Theme Up Lubuntu

How to Theme Up Lubuntu

Lubuntu is best known as a lightweight and speedy Linux distro, but when it comes to beauty and elegant, it is still lacking. Its default theme is rather plain and boring and its library of themes is limited too. Luckily, there are tons of beautiful themes out there that you can use and you can […]

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A Week with Pinguy – The Slick Ubuntu Remix

A Week with Pinguy – The Slick Ubuntu Remix

These days, Linux distros are a dime a dozen, especially in the field of the Ubuntu remix. Just about anyone thinks they can create a usable spinoff (they’re probably right) and that it’ll be wildly successful (they’re probably wrong). For this reason, we don’t often give a full writeup to an Ubuntu remix on MTE […]

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KDE 4.6 Review: It’s Full Of Awesomeness

KDE 4.6 Review: It’s Full Of Awesomeness

On January 26th of this year, KDE released version 4.6.0 of its Plasma Workspaces, Applications, and Development Platform. While many major versions of KDE have focused on features, 4.5 was mostly a stabilizing release, fixing thousands of bugs. The 4.6 release is all about polish. It is the icing on the cake for KDE 4, adding speed, visual […]

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How to Supercharge Your Shell with Bashish [Linux]

How to Supercharge Your Shell with Bashish [Linux]

If you’re a Linux (or even Mac) user, and you’ve never toyed with your shell prompt, you might not realize just how useful a good prompt can be. Sure, it can show your user and host names, and perhaps the current directory, but a really good prompt can do a whole lot more. Those who […]

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Quick Tip: How to Replace Your OpenOffice With LibreOffice In Ubuntu

Quick Tip: How to Replace Your OpenOffice With LibreOffice In Ubuntu

After much testing, the final version of LibreOffice is now released for public consumption. For those who are looking to replace your OpenOffice with LibreOffice in Ubuntu, here is how you can do it. Note: If you are not aware of LibreOffice, read more about it here. 1. Remove all instances of OpenOffice. Open a […]

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How to Encode WebM Videos for YouTube in Linux

How to Encode WebM Videos for YouTube in Linux

WebM is the new open video file format that Google created for HTML5 video. It is a combination of the VP8 video codec and Ogg Vorbis audio codec, wrapped in a Matroska container. It is free and open source, giving anyone the ability to encode videos without restrictions, and play them in supported browsers (Mozilla […]

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Wallch Set Live Earth As Your Desktop Wallpaper

Wallch Set Live Earth As Your Desktop Wallpaper

There are no short of wallpaper changers for Linux – Wally, Cortina, Webilder, and many more. Wallch is yet another wallpaper changer for Gnome, but with a twist. You can set Live Earth image as your desktop wallpaper. Wallch is a pretty new wallpaper changer app for Gnome. It has just released version 1.0 of […]

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Easily Search And Manage PPAs With Y PPA Manager

Easily Search And Manage PPAs With Y PPA Manager

Installing applications in Ubuntu, in most cases, is as easy as going to the Ubuntu Software Center, search for the application and press the install button. However, there are times when the applications you are looking for is not available in the Ubuntu repository, or that the software version in the repository is outdated. This […]

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Getting Enlightened with Bodhi Linux

Getting Enlightened with Bodhi Linux

In our recent discussion about Ubuntu Remixes, there were a few names that kept popping up in the comments. One of them was a distro mostly unknown to MTE but immediately of interest, and that’s Bodhi Linux. With an Ubuntu base it’s got a solid core behind it, but the real kicker is the Enlightenment […]

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Steel Storm Indie Game Review

Steel Storm Indie Game Review

As the indie game market continues to grow, we thought it would be timely to kick off 2011 with another game review. Steel Storm, a game produced by a small company called Kot in Action Creative Artel, is a top-down arcade shooter that puts you in control of a small futuristic aircraft. Like the addictive space […]

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Split And Merge PDF Files With PDF-Shuffler [Linux]

Split And Merge PDF Files With PDF-Shuffler [Linux]

If you have two or more Words documents, you can easily open them in any Office suite and cut/paste the content to split or merge them. What about PDF files? If you have several PDF files that you want to merge together, how can you do it with the same ease? In Linux, PDF-Shuffler is […]

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15+ Useful AppIndicator Applets For Ubuntu

15+ Useful AppIndicator Applets For Ubuntu

Appindicator was first introduced in Ubuntu karmic as a replacement for the Gnome panel applet. It is a small applet to display information from various applications consistently in the panel. It can also be used as a access point to access (and control) the application without having to open the application. if you are running […]

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WingPanel: A Super Sexy Space-Saving Top Panel

WingPanel: A Super Sexy Space-Saving Top Panel

For those who are tired of the top Gnome panel taking up the full length of the screen, you can now try out Wing Panel to free out the extra space. Wing Panel is a panel (created by the Elementary team) designed to show only the indicator-applets and session applet. It is a small panel […]

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How to Setup HDMI Digital Playback in Linux

How to Setup HDMI Digital Playback in Linux

Like many people, I have an HDTV in my house that supports HDMI input devices, such as Blu-ray players. I also like to watch streaming content over the Internet, downloaded videos, and listen to music all from my TV and home theater system. Unfortunately, I do not have a Boxee box or a Roku box. […]

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How to Import KeePassX Password to LastPass (And Vice-versa)

How to Import KeePassX Password to LastPass (And Vice-versa)

KeePass (KeepassX for Linux) has always been my favorite password manager. It works in all platforms, including portable USB drive and can generate secure passwords and store them securely. One thing that it doesn’t support is a browser plugin that can detect the site you are visiting and auto-fill the login field for you. For […]

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Ubuntu Remixes: 4 Of The Best Alternatives to Ubuntu

Ubuntu Remixes: 4 Of The Best Alternatives to Ubuntu

Our recent article entitled Ubuntu As Intended drew in a fair amount of discussion about the base software and configuration in the default Ubuntu install. Some readers pointed out a few alternatives that aim to take the standard Ubuntu desktop and give it more polish than the original. Some of these projects just include a […]

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The Kno Textbook Tablet Preview

The Kno Textbook Tablet Preview

Almost every new tablet that has emerged in the iPad-dominated market has essentially been a direct competitor to the iPad, offering little, if any, basic usability advantages. It is for that reason that the Kno tablet stands out from the crowd. This tablet is being marketed to schools that are tired of dealing with the […]

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How to Install and Use Dropbox in Kubuntu

How to Install and Use Dropbox in Kubuntu

We have gone through how you can upgrade your Dropbox to version 1.0 in Ubuntu, but that method won’t work for Kubuntu (which is running KDE). The frontend for Ubuntu included with Dropbox currently has Gnome dependencies, namely Nautilus. If you are using Kubuntu or any other KDE-based distribution, you probably do not want Nautilus […]

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How to Change Linux Displays on the Fly with Disper

How to Change Linux Displays on the Fly with Disper

Using Linux on a laptop has always been a hit and miss affair. With sometimes obscure proprietary hardware, many laptop manufacturers have showed no interest in supporting the free operating system. Nevertheless, through hard work by developers and support from some hardware manufacturers, Linux now supports a wide variety of laptops and netbooks. Many laptop […]

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