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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 […]

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 […]