Linux Tips

Use the Linux ‘dd’ Command With A Simple GUI

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In a previous article, we talked about different ways to use the ‘dd’ command in Linux.  The ‘dd’ command is useful for many different tasks, such as creating disk images, backing up partitions, and writing disk images to portable flash drives.  Of course, ‘dd’ is only available via the Terminal, and is also capable of […]

Show and Hide Desktop Icons in GNOME Linux

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In Ubuntu, Nautilus is the default file manager.  It also takes care of drawing the desktop and icons, such as folders, files, archives and removable media.  Nautilus has the ability to display your computer’s icon, the home folder icon, a network icon, trash can icon, and icons for any mounted volumes, such as CDs, DVDs, […]

Use MSStyles to Theme Wine Applications In Linux

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If you’re a new, or even experienced Linux user, chances are pretty good that no matter how hard you try, there is always that one Windows program you need.  Maybe it’s for work.  Often a business will mandate a certain format for documents, and no matter how good it is, or how comfortable you might […]

Editing Partitions with KDE Partition Manager

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Every time you install Linux, you’re given the option to partition your hard drive.  This is necessary because – in most cases – Linux needs its own partition to operate. Partitioning a hard drive is basically slicing the hard drive into separate, discreet sections, each of which is viewed by the computer as an individual […]

Use FFmpeg To Easily Extract Audio From FLV FIles

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If you’re looking to extract the audio from Flash Video files (FLV format), there are a few options available.  Unfortunately, the choice many of them make for you is to encode the audio stream to a different format.  In some cases this isn’t a problem, but if you’re trying to keep the audio identical to […]

Forcefully Close a Program in Ubuntu

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We have previously written about how to kill a non-responsive program in Windows (see our post, How to Kill a Program using the Command Line). If you are an Ubuntu user, there is a similar method of terminating non-responsive programs. Instead of logging out or rebooting to end the program, there are a couple of […]

Display a List of Recently Installed Software Packages in Ubuntu

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There may be times when you need to view a list of the packages that were recently installed in Ubuntu for troubleshooting purposes or maybe just to find a program you installed that does not display in the menu. There are two ways to find out what was installed recently. You can view recently installed […]

Easily View Hardware Information in Ubuntu 10.04

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If you need to know the details of your PC’s hardware, there is a simple graphical application, called GNOME Device Manager, in Ubuntu 10.04 that allows you to view the technical details of your computer’s hardware. To install the GNOME Device Manager, select Administration | Synaptic Package Manager from the System menu. If you have […]

Convert Images Between Formats via the Command Line in Ubuntu

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If you need to convert an image from one format to another you can use GIMP to do so, but there is an easier way. You can use ImageMagick, which provides a way to convert images using the command line. Installing ImageMagick ImageMagick may already be installed. You can check in the Synaptic Package Manager. […]

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 […]