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Quickly Hide and Unhide Windows in Ubuntu

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Ubuntu has the ability to “roll up” open windows to just their title bars. This is known as “shading.” However, the feature isn’t activated by default. To enable the feature, a keyboard shortcut is assigned to it. This allows you to quickly roll up a window to see what’s behind it and then unroll it […]

Preview Installed Fonts in Ubuntu

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If you want to view the fonts installed on your Ubuntu system, you can do so by opening a program like OpenOffice Writer and looking at the list of fonts. However, there is another way. The Specimen Font Previewer is available in the Ubuntu Software Center for easy installation. Select Ubuntu Software Center from the […]

Virus Scanner and Protection for Ubuntu Linux

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Generally, Linux systems are not as susceptible to viruses as Windows systems are. However, it is better to be safe and install virus protection in your Linux system. The software is free and easy to install and setup. This post discuses ClamTK, which is a graphical front end for the ClamAV command-line virus scanner available […]

Automating Tasks in Linux Using Crontab

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Linux provides a method of automating a task or a set of tasks using the crontab utility. The tasks run automatically in the background on a schedule you specify. You can use crontab to automatically create backups, synchronize files, schedule updates, and more. The backup shell script discussed in Back Up a Directory in Linux […]

Back Up a Directory in Linux using a Shell Script

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There are several options for backing up your data in Linux. You can use some freely available software programs, such as fwbackups and Sbackup. However, there is a simple method of backing up a directory without installing any extra software. We will create a shell script using variables, the tar command and the date command […]

Add Shortcuts to the Right-Click Context Menu in Ubuntu

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Nautilus is the default file browser for the Gnome environment in Ubuntu. Nautilus Actions is a tool for Nautilus that allows you to add programs to the context, or the right-click menu, in Gnome. This provides the ability to right-click on a file, such as a text file, and select the program with which to […]

How to Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 is a free open source operating system developed and  distributed by Red Hat. The software can be deployed as a server or a desktop variant.  Typically this is used for businesses who want an enterprise grade OS without the cost of the more expensive Windows XP Pro or Vista Ultimate. […]

Why the “less” Command is Better Than “more” in UNIX and Linux

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I work with a lot of huge log files.  I usually connect to my UNIX and Linux servers using Putty or Telnet then I read the files using standard UNIX/Linux commands.  Other IT folks prefer to use an X-window GUI but if you have a low-bandwidth connection, it is better to use a command line […]

How to install VirtualBox Guest Additions in Ubuntu

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Yesterday I talked about how to create an Ubuntu virtual machine in VirtualBox and today I will walk through installing VirtualBox Guest Additions in Ubuntu. It, of course, requires using the command line! The VirtualBox Guest Additions are very similar to the Virtual Machine Additions that comes with Virtual PC. They basically add a couple […]

How to Install Ubuntu in VirtualBox

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Want to learn how to create an Ubuntu Guest in VirtualBox? Well, I decided to learn how to do that today and it was surprisingly easy! I just downloaded Ubuntu 9.04 and created a new virtual machine inside VirtualBox. In this article, I will go through the steps to setup your own Ubuntu virtual machine. […]