Posts Tagged ‘linux’

How to Customize Extra Mouse Buttons in Linux

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Here’s a cool trick for Linux users …

If you are using a mouse, trackball, or touchpad with extra buttons in Windows, chances are the manufacturer has created software to configure the buttons. Rarely do they create such software for Linux. Btnx (button x) can be used to configure the mouse buttons in Linux for a variety of pointing devices.


Adding Folder Sharing in Bodhi Linux

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Here’s a simple-yet-useful trick for Linux users …

If you are a fan of modern Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, that offer incredibly simple ways to share folders with workgroup computers, you will be happy to know the same feature can be added to Bodhi Linux (my new favorite Linux distribution.)


Use Gvim for a Better vi Experience

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

A good, simple plain text editor is definitely a handy thing to have available …

If you edit configuration files by hand, or if you prefer a more “manual” approach to the process of writing, you most likely use a text editor. Of the available editors there exists everything from bare-bones, no frills editors all the way to highly complex feature-abundant editors (and everything in between). One of those editors was born out of a need to make one of the most powerful text editors available – vi.


The Latest Ubuntu Unity – Good or Bad?

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming Ubuntu Unity release …

It’s almost here. Ubuntu 11.04 will be arriving in less than two months and when it does, there will be reactions. Big reactions. Some of those reactions will not be so great. I took the time to install the latest Ubuntu Unity and thought I should give my reaction to how this new desktop is going to effect the crowds. My overall reaction really surprised even me.


Using the Linux df Command

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Here are some useful tricks for Linux users …

The Linux df command is an incredibly useful tool. What this command does is report file system disk usage. So when you want to see how much file system disk space is available, you can fire up your terminal and use df to learn everything you need to know about disk usage.


Get to Know the Banshee Multi-Media Player

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Here’s an interesting multi-media player for Linux …

If you are a Ubuntu fan, you know the change is coming. As of Ubuntu 11.04, the default media player will migrate from Rhythmbox to Banshee. When I first read this announcement, I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. I was a fan of and knew, in order to stream in Banshee a paid subscription was required. But when I found out that MP3 integration was now built into Banshee, I lost any trepidation.


Some Cool Quick Linux Command Line Tricks

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

A couple of these are pretty handy tricks; Linux users should check this one out …

If you’ve used Linux long enough, you know there are some seriously cool tricks you can pull from the command line. Some of these tricks are just for fun, but the vast majority of them actually serve a purpose. It is the latter type of trick I want to highlight here. The purpose they serve will all vary so you might only find one or two that are of use to you. But no matter if you find a command you can use immediately, you might be able to find one that you can modify to fit some need or other. With that said, let’s dig in.


Electric CAD program on Linux

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Here’s an interesting freeware design tool for Linux users …

If you are an electrical engineer, or someone who likes to dabble in designing electrical circuit boards (or anything with regards to electricity) and you’re looking for a FOSS (Free, Open Source Software) CAD program to aid you in the process, then Electric might be the solution. Although it doesn’t have the most modern looking GUI – what electrical engineer really cares about how “modern looking” a GUI is? – Electric offers a lot of features and will serve you well in your designs.


Blog from your desktop with GNOME Blog

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

This sounds like an interesting tool for bloggers …

With my on-going search for making my life ever-easier, I have turned to using smaller applications to keep my readers and fans informed. This can get to be an overwhelming problem when you are tweeting, facebooking, blogging, and – oh yeah – writing. So instead of adding to my already-large collection of tabs in Chromium Browser, I have found smaller tools that are one-trick ponies that tackle the task at hand with simplicity and speed.


Get Your Ubuntu Tips with This Handy Applet

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

If you’re new to Ubuntu, this applet would definitely be helpful …

We could all use some handy tips now and then. Wouldn’t it be great if they were, quite literally, at our fingertips? If you are a Ubuntu user, those tips can be at your finger tips with the help of a handy tip applet. This applet works in conjunction with the Fortunes application and serves up helpful tips for any level of Ubuntu user. Let’s install and use this handy tool.