How To Delete And Disable Recent History In Ubuntu [Tip]

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Whenever files are accessed in an operating system, a log of recently accessed files and folders is created. While this can be handy to reopen recent files and folders quickly, it can also become a privacy issue for some users. Unlike Windows, where it's fairly easy to find recent documents (as explained here),  Ubuntu users often find it hard to find the recently used documents. Moreover, some users might want to prevent the logging of recent history. In this post we will tell you how to delete recent history in Ubuntu and how to disable recent history logging. Read More

How To Install Copyright Restricted Packages In Ubuntu

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Ubuntu Restricted Extras is a software package for Ubuntu that allows installing essential software which are not pre-installed due to legal or copyright reasons. This meta-package installs support for MP3 and unencrypted DVD playback, Microsoft TrueType core fonts, Flash plugin, and a number of codecs for common audio and video files. It depends on some commonly used packages in the Ubuntu multiverse repository. In this post we will tell you how to install Ubuntu Restricted Extras for your Ubuntuversion. Read More

Hamster Indicator Is Time Tracking Applet For Ubuntu Linux

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Hamster Indicator is time tracking tool which works from Ubuntu app-indicator menu. It allows you to quickly enter tasks and set the timer to track time you spend on specified tasks. After you've defined all the tasks, you can easily start and switch between listed tasks from app-indicator menu. It has the ability to monitor time you spend on tasks in real-time, as well as, to calculate the time frame which you may manually enter for spend time on specific tasks. You can receive statistics for tracking the amount of time spent on each task. Read More

Get Facebook Notifications In Ubuntu Unity Launcher With Faccialibro

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In the past we showed you how to create a Google+ quick list and notifications indicator for the Ubuntu Unity Launcher. This time we have a similar launcher for Facebook. Faccialibro is a Unity launcher indicator which provides unread notification count from the Unity Launcher and also provides a quick list for launching Facebook notifications, messages and friends page from a quick list. Read More

HardInfo – Benchmark CPU & Get System Hardware Information In Ubuntu

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HardInfo is a system information and benchmarking application for Ubuntu which displays information about your hardware and operating system. It displays indepth information about anything from your operating system and kernel type to PCI, ISA PnP, USB, IDE, SCSI, Serial and parallel port devices of the computer. The information is displayed in numerous categories including Computer (contains a system resource summary, operating system, kernel and related information), Devices (displays information about attached hardware devices), Network (provides network related information including a routing table, IP connections, DNS Servers and so on), and Benchmarks (for benchmarking CPU performance). Read More

BeatBox – Ubuntu Music Player With Smart Playlist Editor & Album Art Support

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BeatBox is a fast, simple, and elegant music player for Ubuntu Linux, with album art and playlist support. It allows creating playlists with detailed information regarding the track including the artists and album’s name, date, genre, comments, play count, year, rating, length and other related information. BeatBox volume options can be easily configured from the system tray. Album art and music files can be added by simple drag and drop. Read More

Gespeaker – Text To Speech Translation Utility For Ubuntu Linux

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Gespeaker is an open source text to speech application for Linux users to instantly obtain vocal translations of entered text in many languages.You can change various parameters such as pitch, volume, speed reading and gap between a word and the text. It is designed for multilingual environments, so you can  run it on a system with a different language other than English, which will change the user interface in the language of the operating system e.g. French. The installation installs all necessary dependencies, without adding any additional applications or uwanted daemons. Gespeaker is compatible with  XFCE and LXDE environment on Ubuntu and Debian, (both 32 and 64 bit) operating systems. Read More

How To Access GetDeb Packages From Ubuntu Software Center

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GetDeb is an Ubuntu software repository with ready to install applications which are not available from default Ubuntu packages or repositories. GetDeb has provided PPAs for new or updated versions of software (e.g. VLC and Pidgin) which were not available in the default Ubuntu repository. While GetDeb packages can be installed from its website, why not install these packages from the Ubuntu Software Center directly? In this post we will show you an easy way of doing just that. Read More

Find Answers For Ubuntu Issues With AskUbuntu Unity Lens

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We have reviewed both Google Books Lens and Gwibber Lens for the Ubuntu Unity launcher. This time we have the Unity Lens for AskUbuntu, which can help you quickly search and find answers to Ubuntu issues rather than having to endlessly search the internet. Ask Ubuntu is a community driven forum for the Ubuntu users. It’s members gain reputation based on the community's response (through voting) for questions and answers. Read More

Run Multiple Application Instances Simultaneously In Ubuntu Unity [Tip]

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Workspaces in Ubuntu provide users the convenience of having multiple desktops to easily organize their active windows. But this utility becomes limited as one can't open an instance of the same application in another workspace in Unity. In this post, we will provide you with an easy way of opening multiple instances of the same application within different workspaces. This great tip was posted by Johneker in the form of a YouTube video which is also embedded at the end of this post. Read More

Create Google Plus Unity Launcher Quick List In Ubuntu Linux

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Google+ is becoming more and more interactive due to third party development efforts and tweaks. In the wake of Google Plus hype, it is worth providing an Ubuntu based utility for it. In this post we will tell you how to create a Unity Launcher Quick list for Google Plus to instantly launch Google+ features in your default browser. As quick lists are one of the favorite features of Ubuntu users, therefore, this quick list is likely to make it easier and fun for Ubuntu users to instantly launch desired features of Google Plus from the Unity Launcher. Once the quick list is created, you will be able to instantly open your photos, stream, hangouts, notifications and circles from the Ubuntu Unity Launcher. Read More

Remove PPAs Which Cause 404 Not Found Errors In Ubuntu With Fix404 PPA

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Entering the wrong PPA (Private Package Repository)  in the Ubuntu Terminal results in a 404 Not Found error. This error can result in the slow down of the apt-get update and seems pretty annoying. Fix404 PPA is a script which disables the PPAs that cause 404 Not Found errors. It provides the convenience of not having to disable faulty PPAs from Software Sources. Fix 404 PPAs checks for 404 messages for PPAs and alerts you to disable them. Read More

DesktopNova Is A Wallpaper Rotation Application For Ubuntu Linux

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DesktopNova is an Ubuntu wallpaper rotator which switches the desktop background after a set time interval. This is quite similar to the Windows 7 style wallpaper rotation feature. DesktopNova is similar to the previously reviewed Desktop Drapes, however, it has more options and primarily relies on a daemon to rotate the wallpapers. Wallpapers can be specified either by selecting a folder or individual images. Read More

Purge PPAs And Clean Ubuntu Cache, Kernels And Config Data [Tip]

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It can be quite a nuisance to remove out dated packages, cache, purge PPAs and cleanse the kernel in Ubuntu. While there are a few individual applications like YPPA Manager which allow purging outdated PPAs, one seldom finds an application which gives an integrated interface for performing multiple important tasks in Ubuntu (such as the aforementioned). Recently while exploring the Ubuntu Tweak, I came across it’s package cleaning utility and thought it might be a good idea to share this utility with our readers. The Package Cleaner in Ubuntu Tweak allows purging PPAs, and cleaning the cache, config, and kernels within and easy GUI interface. Read More

CLI Companion Is A GUI Based Terminal For Beginners

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Ubuntu newbies always find the Terminal to be the most puzzling part of the operating system. It can be quite hard to remember even basic commands and to understand the concept of adding PPAs for downloading application packages. Although, there are many Terminal alternatives like Guake, but they do not provide help for new users and merely add some tabs and interfaces changes which only add convenience for the Pro users. CLI Companion is a GUI alternative for the Ubuntu Terminal which displays Terminal commands in a list and allows running them in one click. Previously performed commands are also stored in a searchable list and tab support adds the utility of performing multiple Terminal tasks conveniently. Read More

Synapse Is An Alternative To Gnome Do With Zeitgeist Integration

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Synapse is an application and file launcher which can be used as a viable alternative to Gnome Do and Kupfer. Synpase automatically detects applications, documents, videos, images, etc which can be launched by typing the initials of the file name. In other words it is what the name suggests, i.e. a “Synapse” (scientific term) which permits a neuron to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another cell (like the operating system and the file being searched acting as the neuron and cell). Synpase can be handy for users who may not prefer Gnome Do or would like to get a larger image display with category refinement option for a searched item. It is also quite useful due to the various plugins which it uses, and due to Zeitgeist integration. Read More

Guake Is A Tabbed Terminal Emulator With Hotkey Support

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Guake is a drop-down Terminal for Linux operating systems, with multi-tab and hotkey support. It has repositories available for Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, and ArchLinux. The initial display is a transparent background, however, you can add colors of your choice to change the look of the text and Terminal background. Guake is not just an elegant Terminal emulator, but it also adds the convenience of using hotkeys and tabs to help perform numerous Terminal tasks. Read More

Resolve Firefox Flash Issues In Ubuntu Linux With FlashAid

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Flash issues have been quite frequent on Ubuntu systems. The problem has been often associated with installation of faulty plugins and difficulty in identifying the right flash version for an operating system. Flash-Aid is a Firefox extension for Ubuntu and Debian Linux users which helps remove conflicting Firefox Flash plugins and allows installing appropriate Flash versions. Flash-Aid has the ability to detect required settings automatically, such as, your system architecture, OS version, plugins to be removed and helps select the best plugin to be installed on your system. It also provides Flash update alerts, that detects new beta versions from Adobe Labs. It’s advanced mode allows installing Flash from Google Chrome browser or from a local file. You can also use Flash-Aid to apply some tweaks to improve performance and for fixing common issues. Read More

Screenlets 0.14 Released With App Indicator (Widgets) Support

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Remember Screenlets, the application which provides a large range of widgets for the Ubuntu desktop. It is the same app which we used earlier to show you how to get stylish wallpaper clocks. Screenlets Version 0.14 has just been released with app-indicator support and many bug fixes for Ubuntu 11.04. This is nearly the second update in two years which means that the project is moving forward with more exciting “Screenlets” for Ubuntu users. In this post we will tell you how to get the latest version and app-indicators (Widgets) for Screenlets. Read More