Linux Tips

Use ClamAV to Scan For Viruses in KDE (without an extra GUI)

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It’s generally considered to be a given for Linux users that anti-virus software – a staple for Windows users – is not necessary in the Linux world. While it is certainly true that there aren’t exactly the same number of viruses for Linux applications as there are for Windows programs, some users still find the […]

Return the Hibernate Option to the Ubuntu 12.04 System Menu

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In Ubuntu 12.04, due to an apparently large number of unsupported systems, the Hibernate option was removed, both from the System menu and the system’s Shut Down dialog window. What this means is that although the feature is still present in Ubuntu (if you know the Terminal command, you can still hibernate your system), it’s […]

Configure Ubuntu to Not Dim or Turn Off An Inactive Display

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It’s typically good practice for computer users to have their displays set to turn off after a certain period of inactivity. It’s good for a couple reasons. People passing by your computer (at work, for instance), can’t immediately see what’s on your screen. Also, a monitor or display that’s turned off isn’t running, thereby saving […]

Allow Regular Users To Run Some Programs as Root In Ubuntu

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If you’re an administrator of a computer with multiple users, it can be a hassle having to give permission to certain users to perform tasks above what their user privileges would normally grant them. For instance, maybe a user wants to be able to install programs from the Terminal or via the Synaptic package manager. […]

Enable TRIM for SSDs (Solid State Drives) in Ubuntu (Linux)

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As more small computing devices have started using SSDs (Solid State Drives), a concern is the fact that over time, if used in the same way as traditional hard drives, SSDs start to see noticeable performance degradation. This is due to how SSDs treat deleting and formatting, compared to how standard mechanical hard drives. The […]

Add A Force Quit Button To The Unity Dock in Ubuntu

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In versions of Ubuntu prior to 11.10, it was possible to add a Force Quit applet to your panel. Whenever you had a “problem” application (that was sucking up too much memory or seemed to have hanged for some reason), you simply needed to click the applet, at which point your cursor would turn into […]

Batch Convert Text Documents In The Terminal With Abiword

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A few days ago, we posted an article detailing how to batch convert Microsoft Office formatted documents (doc, xls, ppt), to their Open Document counterparts (odt, ods, odp), using the built-in document converter found in LibreOffice. For many people, this will be a perfect method, as LibreOffice is already installed on their computers (particularly true […]

Show Only Your Favorite Music Players In The Ubuntu Sound Menu

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One of the nice features offered by the Ubuntu Unity interface is the integration present between the sound menu and Rhythmbox, the default music player. With this sound menu integration, uses can go back to the previous track, advance to the next track, play and pause, or access the full music player. It’s a pretty […]

Restore Window Dodge Functionality To Unity in Ubuntu 12.04

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Since the introduction of Ubuntu’s new Unity interface, one of its features has been the “Dodge Windows” functionality. What this means is that if a program window were to be moved so that it would have been on top of the Unity dock, the dock would “dodge” out of the way as much as necessary, […]

Use More Than Four Workspaces In Ubuntu 12.04

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One advantage that Linux has had (for quite a few years), over both Windows and Mac OS X is the implementation of workspaces. With workspaces, it’s possible to keep windows from different applications on their own “space” but have quick access to everything with just a keyboard combination or click of the mouse button. This […]