Linux Tips

Five Extensions to Remove Common GNOME Shell Annoyances

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In a recent article, we discussed a number of different GNOME Shell extensions that made life better for the user by adding new features to GNOME Shell (or tweaking existing features to make them more useful).  In this article, we’ll highlight a handful of GNOME Shell extensions that don’t add features; in some cases, the […]

Install and Configure uTorrent Server in Ubuntu Linux

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In Linux, Transmission is one of the most popular Bittorrent clients available.  It has a nice, minimal interface and doesn’t tend to use a lot of system resources when in use, even with heavy downloading. For users making a switch to Linux, it may come as a surprise that one of the standard Bittorrent clients […]

Change The GRUB2 Boot Order and Timeout Length In Linux

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Getting ready to set up a dual-boot system on any computer can be more than a little intimidating.  You have to either re-partition your entire computer, or at least resize an existing partition, if you want your two (or more) operating systems installed side-by-side.  With the advent of Wubi, it’s possible to install Ubuntu inside […]

Install Komodo Edit Code Editor In Linux

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As more and more users have multiple operating systems installed, it becomes a smart move looking for programs that work on all of these platforms.  Say, for instance, an individual has Windows, Mac OS X and Linux installed on the same computer.  Instead of having Internet Explorer, Safari and Epiphany as your web browsers, why […]

View Hidden Programs and Services in Startup Applications in Linux Mint 12

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The list of programs in Startup Applications is very short in Linux Mint 12. These are programs that automatically start when you boot into the system. Most of the programs are now hidden by default. However, it is easy to show all the startup applications. You can view the Startup Applications by selecting Other | […]

Create and Edit Zip Files In Linux Using The Terminal

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In a previous article, we detailed how to use the tar command to create archives. While tar is a very common compression scheme for Linux, it isn’t nearly as popular for Windows and Mac OS X users, who will find most of their archives created using the zip format.  It’s easy to use Zip (to […]

Common Configuration Rules for UFW Firewall In Linux

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Most computer users are concerned (at least to a certain extent), about whether their computer is “secure” or not, and nowhere is this more important than the Internet.  Not simply because you might stumble across a malicious website or receive a virus via an email attachment, but because so many of us are running services […]

Synchronize Google Docs Between Your Desktop And The Cloud

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One of the great advances in Web technology for the Desktop user has been the increase in complexity of Web applications.  It’s now possible to not only write your emails online, but use word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation programs, not to mention edit images, audio and even video, all within your web browser.  Google Docs […]

Enable Transparent Label Text Background On The Xfce Desktop

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In Windows and Mac OS X, when an object is sitting on your Desktop, the label will generally be in white text, with no background.  Then, when highlighted, the background behind the text will become highlighted with whatever your standard “highlight” color is.  This is also true with Linux, for the most part.  Both GNOME […]

Shutdown and Restart Your Computer From The Ubuntu Terminal

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In Linux, it’s pretty simple (as it is in most operating systems), to restart your computer, logout of your user account, or completely shutdown your system.  Often, it’s as simple as hitting the power button on your computer, or clicking a button on the toolbar.  In Xubuntu, you’ll see a window like this appear. This […]