How to Upgrade Your Dropbox to Version 1.0 in Ubuntu

How to Upgrade Your Dropbox to Version 1.0 in Ubuntu

The Dropbox team has recently updated its popular Dropbox software to version 1.0 and shedded its beta tag. This newest version comes with selective sync (choosing which folders to sync on each computer), better bandwidth utilization and memory usage. In Windows/Mac, you just have to download the respective software and uninstall it in your system […]

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Ubuntu as Intended. My Experience Of Using the ‘Default’ Ubuntu

Ubuntu as Intended. My Experience Of Using the ‘Default’ Ubuntu

Like many so-called “power users”, the first thing I do after installing Linux is customize it. I set it to my preferred desktop settings, applications and configuration because I know what I like, and I normally go to great lengths to get it just right. Recently, after setting up a new Ubuntu Maverick install for […]

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Synapse: A Useful Zeitgeist-based Application Launcher

Synapse: A Useful Zeitgeist-based Application Launcher

If you have used Gnome-Do in Linux, you will find some resemblance in Synapse. The user-interface is the same – activate the launcher, type the search term, press Enter to execute. The only difference is that Synapse makes use of the Zeitgeist engine to display your search result. An appropriate description would be: Synapse is […]

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Configuring Places, Bookmarks, and Locations in KDE

Configuring Places, Bookmarks, and Locations in KDE

Part of the free software experience is having the freedom to setup your workspace the way you want it. KDE, the popular free software compilation for Linux and other Unix-like operating systems, offers a plethora of configuration and customization options. Among those options are a number of methods for accessing files quickly and easily.

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7 Ways to Beautify Your KDE 4 Desktop

7 Ways to Beautify Your KDE 4 Desktop

Part of the big hype over the release of KDE 4 was its new and improved eye candy, mostly due to the Plasma workspace. Those who liked the changes, loved the new KDE from the beginning. Those who did not are still complaining about it. But like any good desktop environment, you are by no […]

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Banshee: Is It Good Enough To Be The Default Music Player For Ubuntu?

Banshee: Is It Good Enough To Be The Default Music Player For Ubuntu?

In the upcoming version of Ubuntu (11.04 Natty Narwhal), Banshee will be replacing Rhythmbox as the default music player. A quick look at our archive and we were surprised that we have not covered Banshee before. It is always better late than never. In this article, we are going to take a closer look at […]

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DoudouLinux: A Fun Linux Distro For Kids

DoudouLinux: A Fun Linux Distro For Kids

Linux is really a versatile piece of software. You can use it as your daily working OS, a server that runs most of the website in the world, as a multimedia center or even as a way to promote your religion. A more creative use of Linux is to turn it into an educational piece […]

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2ClickUpdate Maintains And Clean Up Ubuntu With A Single Click

2ClickUpdate Maintains And Clean Up Ubuntu With A Single Click

We have previously came up with 8 ways to clean up your Ubuntu machine, but 2ClickUpdate manages to reduce all the steps to just a single click. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to update, maintain and clean up your *buntu machine, you have just found it. By itself, the update […]

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Easily Print to PDF, Postscript And SVG Files From Any Application [Ubuntu]

Easily Print to PDF, Postscript And SVG Files From Any Application [Ubuntu]

There are plenty of extensions you can install that allow you to create PDF file for any webpage you come across. Well, if you are using Linux (particularly Ubuntu), this PDF creation feature is already inbuilt in your system and you can use it without installing any other extensions/applications. In Ubuntu, regardless which browsers or […]

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Having Pidgin SSL Certificate Error? Here’s The Fix

Having Pidgin SSL Certificate Error? Here’s The Fix

Update: The latest version of Pidgin (2.7.7) has fixed this issue. For Windows users, uninstall your current version, download and install the latest version. For Ubuntu users, add the following PPA and update your system: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pidgin-developers/ppa sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade If you are using Pidgin to connect to your MSN […]

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How to Display The Weather Condition As Wallpaper [Linux]

How to Display The Weather Condition As Wallpaper [Linux]

There are many ways to find out the weather condition in your city. You can go to weather.com, use weather widget or even set it on your desktop with conky. Here is yet another way that you can obtain weather information quickly: display the weather condition as a wallpaper in your desktop. WeatherPaper is a […]

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How to Play The Sims 3 in Linux

How to Play The Sims 3 in Linux

Wine has come a long way in the last few years, making it fairly simple to install many popular Windows games on Linux. Cedega and PlayOnLinux have made it even easier by providing GUI assistance and management of your games. One game series, however, has proven to be consistently difficult to get working, and that’s […]

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Easy Samba Sharing Setup with KDE

Easy Samba Sharing Setup with KDE

Recently, I decided that instead of copying video files from one computer to another when I wanted to watch something on my TV, I would setup my network to stream the videos. I had previously tried NFS and UPnP, both without very impressive results. Therefore, I decided to try Samba, even though my perception of […]

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8 Alternative PDF Readers For Your Consideration [Linux]

8 Alternative PDF Readers For Your Consideration [Linux]

Linux users, regardless which distro you are using, it bound to come with a default PDF reader that you can use to read PDF files. In Ubuntu, that software is Evince. In most instances, Evince works well for me. It can remember the page where I last stopped and allows me to print without any […]

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Can’t Play Full-screen YouTube Video In Ubuntu Maverick 10.10? Try This Fix!

Can’t Play Full-screen YouTube Video In Ubuntu Maverick 10.10? Try This Fix!

If you installed Ubuntu Maverick on a old computer with Intel graphics chipset, you will find that you won’t be able to watch YouTube video in full screen, regardless which browser you are using. Apparently, the problem lies with the embedded Flash player conflicts with the hardware acceleration. For those who are having this problem, […]

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Easy Organization with KDE’s Plasma Shelf Widget

Easy Organization with KDE’s Plasma Shelf Widget

Balancing work, home, school, or any other component of your life can be hectic. Many people use computers with the intention to simplify their lives, but that does not always happen. One of the biggest obstacles to effective use of computers is file and application organization. File managers, docks, panels, task bars, and other similar […]

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10 Useful Tools, Websites And Tricks to Help You Master Linux Command

10 Useful Tools, Websites And Tricks to Help You Master Linux Command

When it comes to Linux command, it is always a love and hate affair. Newbies tend to shun away from the command line as much as possible while the intermediate to expert users who are used to it will swear by it, and boost how much faster and more productive they have become due to […]

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How to Install Ubuntu Maverick On Your Mac Virtualbox

How to Install Ubuntu Maverick On Your Mac Virtualbox

Ubuntu is all the rage lately in the tech world. While Linux has been largely an operating system for hobbyists and geeks, its popularity is growing with every new release of Ubuntu. From its simple installation to its touch screen friendliness and built in social networking features, Ubuntu is more viable an option today than […]

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Linux Game Review: Sun Blast

Linux Game Review: Sun Blast

Remember those insane arcade games that kept you up all night, blasting away at ship after ship, leading up to a showdown with a massive star destroyer that relentlessly hurled various dangerous objects at you? More than likely, the game you remember offered a 2D top-down or side-scrolling view of space. But now take a […]

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How to install Photoshop CS5 in Ubuntu Maverick 10.10

How to install Photoshop CS5 in Ubuntu Maverick 10.10

If you are running Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick and own a copy of the Photoshop CS 5 installer, you will find that you won’t be able to install it under wine. Photoshop CS5 on Ubuntu 10.4 works fine, but not 10.10. Here’s what I did to get it running on my Ubuntu Maverick machine. What you’ll […]

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Kubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Review

Kubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Review

On October 10, Canonical released its latest installment of Ubuntu, codenamed “Maverick Meerkat”. Like previous iterations, Maverick also includes variations from the standard Ubuntu Gnome interface. Kubuntu is the KDE variation of Ubuntu, and last week, I decided to upgrade from 10.04 and give 10.10 a try. Eye Candy is Yummy Maverick ships with KDE […]

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From Noob to Ninja – Your Guide to Mastering Linux

From Noob to Ninja – Your Guide to Mastering Linux

Every Linux user has been new at some point, and unless you’ve got a history of UNIX administration, the transition was likely a bit daunting. Many people began learning Linux before sites like Google and StackExchange made it easy to find answers, and ended up having to figure everything out in their own. While inconvenient, […]

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Advanced KDE Administration

Advanced KDE Administration

For general use, it is sufficient to configure KDE using the options provided in System Settings and in individual application settings. Nevertheless, to unlock the full power of KDE, you should learn some of the system administration tools that it provides. Command Line Options Every KDE applications has its own unique command line options. Additionally, […]

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PDFTiger Free Giveaway

PDFTiger Free Giveaway

We have previously covered how to convert PDF file to Word document, but if you are looking to convert your PDF into images, spreadsheet, HTML or even SWF files, then you got to give PDFTiger a try. The best of all, it’s free for now. PDFTiger is having a time-limited giveaway promotion for… well, you […]

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Qalculate is a Powerful Calculator For Linux

Qalculate is a Powerful Calculator For Linux

Regardless which platform you are using, there’s bound to be a calculator included in the stock OS. For simple calculation, these calculators work fine, but if you want to do more complex calculation, like solving an algebraic expression, it won’t make the mark. Qalculate is a powerful calculator for Linux that can solve complex mathematical […]

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Snippet: How to Add UbuntuOne Indicator to Your Ubuntu Panel

Snippet: How to Add UbuntuOne Indicator to Your Ubuntu Panel

If you are using Ubuntu Karmic, Lucid, or even the newly released Maverick, you should already have Ubuntu One installed in your computer. While Ubuntu One has become an useful tool in syncing your files/folders/music, most of the time, we are left guessing whether the sync is working or not. Wouldn’t it be great if […]

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Midori – The Little Browser that Just Might Surprise You

Midori – The Little Browser that Just Might Surprise You

You know all the web browsers, right? At least, all the REAL browsers. There’s Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chrome, and of course Internet Explorer. It’s not likely any more little guys could join a game with players like that, right? If you were to try Midori, the WebKit-based GTK web browser for Linux and Windows, you […]

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Beautify Your Gnome Desktop With Elegant Gnome Pack [Linux]

Beautify Your Gnome Desktop With Elegant Gnome Pack [Linux]

Linux users who are using the Gnome desktop and love the dark theme, you got to try the Elegant Gnome Pack – said to be the most complete dark theme for Gnome desktop. Don’t take my word for it. Check out the screenshots below and decide for yourselves. Desktop with Cairo Dock (Click to enlarge)

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Google Chrome For Linux Now Comes With About:Labs Features [News]

Google Chrome For Linux Now Comes With About:Labs Features [News]

For Linux users who have been using the dev build of Google Chrome, you can now head over to the “about:labs” page and enjoy some Labs feature. The “about:labs” page has been around for the Linux build for quite some time, but unlike the Windows version, nothing was available. In the latest update of Google […]

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How to Configure Language Settings in KDE

How to Configure Language Settings in KDE

KDE Software Compilation is managed and developed by people who live all over the world, and users from all over the world contribute by providing translations, regional settings, and keyboard layouts for various languages. Because of this, there is a good chance that you can configure KDE to work with your language. All of the […]

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DragonDisk: A Free Amazon S3 Desktop Client For Linux And Windows

DragonDisk: A Free Amazon S3 Desktop Client For Linux And Windows

Amazon S3 is an useful web service that provides unlimited storage at a very cheap rate. It is a good place for people to backup their files to and also for webmasters to offload their images/scripts to reduce their server load. In Windows and Mac, there are several applications that allow you to access Amazon […]

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How to Install and Run Silverlight in Linux

How to Install and Run Silverlight in Linux

Love it or hate it, we all know Flash, but Microsoft’s equivalent, Silverlight, is a bit less well known. With Silverlight you can stream video and create animations, in fact you can even use it to create Windows sidebar widgets. However, in what may come as a bit of a shock, Microsoft Silverlight doesn’t play […]

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How to Resize Video In Mac, Windows and Linux

How to Resize Video In Mac, Windows and Linux

Occasionally, while editing videos, we might need to resize it and change the screen resolution. It could be because the video screen size is too big to be uploaded to YouTube, or you need to enlarge a small video to fill up your large monitor. Previously, we have mentioned several software for video editing, compression […]

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5 Intriguing KDE Apps

5 Intriguing KDE Apps

The beauty of an open development platform is that anyone can take a stab at creating an application. KDE, which is built upon the Qt application and UI framework, is a shining example of this. A quick look at KDE-Apps.org reveals that new apps are added daily. I periodically browse through the latest KDE apps […]

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Ninite For Linux: Install Multiple Applications Without Any Hassle

Ninite For Linux: Install Multiple Applications Without Any Hassle

The one thing that almost everyone does after a system reformat is to re-install all the applications and restore the system back to its previous state. A troublesome, boring, and sometime tedious task. It can get worst if you do not have access to the Internet. Wouldn’t it be great if you can install all […]

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How to Limit The CPU Usage of Any Process in Linux

How to Limit The CPU Usage of Any Process in Linux

Have you ever experienced the situation where you open one particular application (such as Firefox) and it brings the whole system to a standstill? If you are running a web server, the last thing that you want to see is to have an application crashes the whole system and bring all the websites down. Cpulimit […]

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Spiritual And Religious Software For Linux

Spiritual And Religious Software For Linux

While some might assert that Linux itself is a religion, there are plenty of religious and spiritual people who use and love Linux. Therefore, there are naturally a number of software packages for various religions. In my search for such software, I have undoubtedly left some out, so feel free to suggest any I have […]

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Relooking at Cairo Dock For Linux

Relooking at Cairo Dock For Linux

More than a year ago, we reviewed Cairo Dock for Linux and how you can install and configure it in Ubuntu Intrepid. Fast forward to the present moment, Cairo Dock (now known as Glx-Dock) is still very much alive and has become one of the best dock application for Linux. The release of the latest […]

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Okular: Universal Document Viewer For KDE 4

Okular: Universal Document Viewer For KDE 4

One of the new applications introduced with KDE 4 was Okular. KDE 3 had a PDF viewer named KPDF, but Okular aims to be a complete document viewing solution, supporting many different file types. Okular is fast-loading and works in any operating system and desktop environment that can run KDE applications.

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How to Create a Custom Debian Live CD through the Web

How to Create a Custom Debian Live CD through the Web

If Debian means one thing, it’s functionality. You typically don’t go to Debian for cutting-edge features or fancy bells and whistles, but if you’re after an extremely versatile, stable, and dependable Linux, it can’t be beat. One of Debian’s newer offerings is the ability to create a custom Live CD directly from their website. You […]

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How to Enable Foreign Language Input In Ubuntu

How to Enable Foreign Language Input In Ubuntu

Q: Thanks for your useful guide in Make Tech Easier, they are really very useful. Recently I have just switched to Ubuntu and I really love it. However, I can’t seem to find a way to input foreign language (Chinese) other than English. How can I do that in Ubuntu? Assuming that you are using […]

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How to Manage Fonts in Linux with FontMatrix

How to Manage Fonts in Linux with FontMatrix

I’ve written software on Linux, compiled kernels, set up servers, and a whole host of other pretty technical feats. Having been a die-hard Linux user for 10 years, I thought I had handled just about every situation a desktop user is likely to encounter. That is, until I installed Linux for a friend, who then […]

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How to Rip Audio CD in Linux

How to Rip Audio CD in Linux

As MP3 players and mobile devices become very common, more and more people are beginning to convert their audio CD collection to music files so they will listen to them while on the move. In Windows and Mac, the conversion can be done automatically with Windows Media Player or iTunes. What about Linux? Let’s take […]

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[Snippet] Ubuntu: Backup Your Applications Easily With A Single Command

[Snippet] Ubuntu: Backup Your Applications Easily With A Single Command

Installing applications in Ubuntu is as easy as the app store in iPhone. Hit the Ubuntu Software Center, find the application you want and click Install. Due to this convenience, most of the time, you won’t need to backup the applications itself. However, there are times when you want to restore the newly formatted machine […]

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How to Use KDE Plasma Activities

How to Use KDE Plasma Activities

The concept of activities is a new feature introduced with KDE 4. In the old desktop model of KDE 3, the desktop was a program called “kdesktop”, which gave users the ability to have a number of virtual desktops. Although other tools like Superkaramba could be used to add more features, the essential KDE desktop […]

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Review of Qimo: Linux for Kids

Review of Qimo: Linux for Kids

We’ve talked about Linux software for kids a few times here at MakeTechEasier, but so far we’ve never actually sat down to take a closer look at whole distributions intended for children. Many people are familiar with Edubuntu, the Ubuntu spinoff intended for school and other educational institutions, but you may not know much about […]

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Configuring Conky The (Very) Easy Way

Configuring Conky The (Very) Easy Way

Conky, the amazingly versatile and useful Linux desktop application, has a bit of a reputation. It’s clearly a great app, but getting it configured can be a serious pain. Changing anything about it has always required digging through a long text file and editing cryptic lines like ${offset 240}${time %a, } ${color }${time %e %B […]

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How to Upload Photos to Facebook From Ubuntu

How to Upload Photos to Facebook From Ubuntu

Since the last article on downloading photos from facebook, I have received several requests to come up with an article on uploading photos to Facebook from Ubuntu. Well, there are plenty of Windows apps that allow the users to upload photos to Facebook, but when it comes to Linux Ubuntu, there are not really too […]

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Using the /proc Filesystem to Examine Your Linux Inner Working

Using the /proc Filesystem to Examine Your Linux Inner Working

Quick – answer me this: How much swap space is in use on your system right now? How big is the cache on your CPU? What kernel modules are currently loaded? How many total drives and partitions are you running? If you’re running Linux, all these questions (and a whole lot more) can be answered […]

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