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Desktop Gadgets/Widgets For Ubuntu Part 2: Screenlets

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In Part 1 of this 2-part article, we discussed gDesklets, an older (but still useful) program for placing gadgets, or widgets, on your Ubuntu Linux desktop. While gDesklets isn’t quite as visually appealing as Screenlets (it’s fairly obvious that it’s an older program), gDesklets certainly has its uses. If you’re the type of person who […]

Desktop Gadgets/Widgets For Ubuntu Part 1: gDesklets

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In helping a friend make the transition from Windows to Ubuntu, one of the “missing” features was the idea of desktop gadgets (or widgets). Windows has them built-in, thanks to the Windows Desktop Gadgets framework. And even if you don’t like the ones from Windows, Windows users (and Mac as well), can try out Yahoo […]

Change the Ubuntu 12.04 Login Screen Using Ubuntu Tweak

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In Ubuntu 11.10, when you logged into your computer, or changed users, the login screen looked pretty much like this. With the decision to start using LightDM as the login manager, it was very simple to change the login screen background. We wrote about it in this article. All you need is a simple text […]

Easily Upgrade From Ubuntu 10.04 LTS or 11.10 to 12.04 LTS

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About a week from now (April 26), the newest version of Ubuntu (12.04) will officially be released. At that point, it’s a safe bet to assume the Ubuntu software servers will be hammered pretty hard for a day or so, as everyone attempts to upgrade. If you want, you can get a jump on that […]

Delete Browsing History in Firefox

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Firefox, as is true of any Web browser worth anything, keeps track of your browsing history. This not only lets you keep a record, should you need such a thing, but also makes it easier to get back to websites you’ve previously visited. In Firefox, this is revealed when you start to type a name […]

Customize VLC’s Toolbar Icons For A More Streamlined Look

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One of the biggest knocks against the VLC multimedia client is its looks. Instead of having a smooth, modern-looking appearance, it sometimes seems a bit clunky. This could likely have something to do with its toolbar, which seems a bit out of place, especially in Linux. Compare, by way of example, the toolbar used by […]

Try Out GNOME 3.4 Without Installing It To Your Hard Drive

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Along with Ubuntu’s new Unity interface and the not-always-smooth upgrade from KDE3 to KDE4, one of the larger adjustments Linux users have needed to make in how they interace with their computer was with the release in April of 2001, of GNOME 3. GNOME 3 moved away from the traditional desktop metaphor, instead using a […]

Convert MS Office Formats To OpenDocument Using LibreOffice

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As the years go by, it isn’t too uncommon to have amassed a large collection of documents. For most people, those documents will likely be HTML files, TXT files, RTF files, and of course files from Microsoft Office: DOC, XLS and PPT. You might not have all those file types, but it’s very likely you […]

Add Google Calendar Events To The Ubuntu Panel With Evolution

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Not too long ago, we highlighted a handy indicator applet called Calendar Indicatorthat made it simple to view your Google Calendar events in the Ubuntu Unity Panel. Simply add the PPA, install the indicator applet, and configure it. It’s a nice tool that works for what it does. For those Ubuntu users who use Evolution […]

Enable Anti-Aliasing For Better KDE App Integration In GNOME

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In Linux, you have a wide variety of desktop environments to choose from. GNOME, KDE and Xfce are among the more popular choice. Each has its own set of default applications. As an example, Xfce uses Mousepad as its text editor (or Leafpad, depending upon the distro), while KDE distros generally use Kate and GNOME […]