A Panel in Ubuntu is just like the task bar in Windows, it serves the purpose of a container for different objects. You may add applications, system tools, launchers, etc to a panel for faster access. Ubuntu offers a lot of control over your system, it is very easy to customize(Add/Remove) panel. Here are the steps to add additional panels to your Ubuntu System.
Note: This tutorial is focused towards those Ubuntu users who are new to the operating system.
Whenever Ubuntu is installed, the icons for all the mounted partitions show up on your desktop. They actually help to easily navigate through the file system, but if you don't want them to be displayed in order to keep your desktop neat and tidy, then let me share an easy way to get rid of them. There is a small modification required in the Gnome's configuration.
The choice of a good text editor is very important because one needs to write, edit, compose/save notes almost on daily basis while working on office projects, class assignments, etc. Like all other operating systems, Ubuntu supports a large numbers of text editors. Below we have compiled 15 useful text editors and their installation details for your productivity.
By Default Ubuntu uses DHCP settings to attain an IP Address for the system. However in many cases you may need to use a static IP address , if your Ubuntu system is using DHCP and you want to assign it a Static IP address then its not a big deal to configure it. Simply go through the following easy steps to achieve it.
is an application that is designed to install windows software on Linux based systems. It is basically a package management tool for windows software on Linux systems and is originally developed for the Gnome desktop environment but it works flawlessly on KDE as well. Once installed, it will provide you a list of popular windows applications so installing a variety of windows application is made possible in just a couple of clicks. It works in conjunction with the application wine, so before installing Wine Doors, make sure that Wine is already installed.
If you have ever used any Linux based PDF readers then you might have noticed that most of them take a lot of time to render the PDF files especially if the file has high resolution images. Now, you can view your PDF documents quickly with the help of XPDF. It has a very user-friendly interface and it takes a significantly less amount of memory. Read More
If you are looking for some cool GUI based download manager for your Linux distribution, give Downloader for X a try. It is an download manager for Ubuntu that allows easy downloading of files by providingeye-candy functions. In order to achieve faster speed, this tool splits files into multiple segments(multi-thread), supports both HTTP and FTP protocols, and can also schedule the downloads. Read More
It is an exciting day for all Ubuntu users who want to give something back to Ubuntu in one way or the other. Ubuntu has announced Ubuntu Developer Week
!, which is one week of action-packed sessions starting from Monday, 31st August 2009
to Friday, 4th September 2009
Ubuntu has been hitting the top charts for the last four years and has become the most popular Linux distribution with the biggest online community and millions of users. Ever wondered how Ubuntu development works? How to get involved yourself? Well your questions will be answered in these sessions.
Whenever you add any additional disk partition in your system, you need to make some changes in the fstab file in order to have it recognized by the operating system. Linux based systems save the mounting information for the disks and disk partitions in the fstab file, this file is very complex to understand and even a small mistake can make your system corrupt. PySDM is a Storage Device Manager that allows full customization of the hard disk mount points without manually accessing the fstab. Storage Device Manager (PySDM) is so user-friendly that even the beginners would feel comfortable while making the changes through it. It ensures that the changes you make are correct by using an awesome spell check feature. Read More
If there are some large and unused files in your system then they will obviously slow down your system performance with the passage of time. It is always recommended that you should identify and delete such type of files. The default Disk Usage analyzer tool does not provide detailed information about such files. Filelight
is the most suitable tool for consolidating and deleting unused files. It uses a pie chart to show where the largest files are located and it also offers you option to delete large files with a single click. Read More
By default, the Trash icon is located in the bottom panel of your Ubuntu system. Instead of having it on the panel, you can also place it on the desktop for easier access. The users migrating from Windows operating system will find it a useful tip, lets see how we can enable it to appear on the desktop.
It is recommended that you should use only those applications which consume less system resources and fulfills your needs at the same time. One of the good things about open source is that you can always find an alternative, Thunar
is a light-weight file manager that provides you with all features of a good file manager. As you know that default file manager for Ubuntu, Nautilus, is a very famous application and has a rich set of features. One downside is that it consumes lots of system resources and becomes resource hungry application in many situations. Thunar is similar to Nautilus but uses less resources as compared to Nautilus, and in fact, this is idea on which Thunar was born.
runs on Linux and Solaris based systems and is used to find out the programs effecting your laptop’s battery life. It is a command line tool which determines the software applications that makes your laptop use more power than necessary. It has gained much popularity recently. Many free applications including Firefox have been patched to reduce their power consumption since its release. Lets see how we can install and use it in Ubuntu.
In Ubuntu you can browse through your directory structure by using the default Gnome file manager called Nautilus. It is a very powerful file manager and offers a rich set of features. By default, whenever you delete a file via Nautilus it goes straight to the Trash, however you can change this settings very easily, go through the following steps to bypass trash and delete files directly. Read More
Ubuntu releases the latest version of its operating system almost after every 6 months. Once a release is out, the version of all packages stay constant for the entire 6 months. Although the applications are a little bit outdated as compared to the other distributions but they are at their best stable releases. Let me clarify the point with an example, consider that if Ubuntu's latest release comes with OpenOffice.org 2.0.x, it will remain at OpenOffice.org 2.0.x for the entire 6-month release cycle, even if a later version of the software gets released during this time. So in order to get the latest version of the software, you will need to wait for the new Ubuntu release, this is where Backports come in. Read More
The most commonly used method to carry out the installation of additional packages in Ubuntu is the apt-get. The working mechanism of apt-get is very easy to understand, you specify the software package to install and it searches for that particular software from the Internet and if found, apt-get downloads it to your machine and installs it. APTonCD is a graphical tool which allows you to create one or more CDs or DVDs of all the packages you've downloaded via apt-get and thus it creates a removable repository that you can use on other computers. The main advantage of APTonCD is that you don’t need to download packages again if you are doing a fresh installation of your system, you can restore the previously installed programs easily. Lets see how we can install and use it in Ubuntu. Read More
Ubuntu has the fastest boot time as compared to the other Linux based systems. Frankly speaking, the boot speed of Linux based systems depends upon different factors particularly the applications which we have configured to start on the system start up. Bootchart
is a tool for the analysis of the performance of the GNU/Linux boot process and boot performance.
The are a couple of ways in which you can install additional software in Ubuntu, you can either do so from a CD or from the Internet. Mostly these are installed from the Internet and you will usually install additionally required modules from command line or from Synaptic Package Manager. Whatever method you follow, Ubuntu downloads the software's package files from the Internet and installs it on your system. Now, if you want to speed up the download, then you will need to set the best server.
If you are able to read and understand the system log files, then you can easily troubleshoot many issues with almost all Linux based systems. Linux saves almost every piece of information about different applications and processes in log files. You can find all the log files in /var/log
directory. Only a few out of many log files may be of interest to you, for example, one of the important log files is the messages
file which saves general system logs, so if you are having any problem with your system you can view this file to get an idea of the problem. Let me share two commonly used ways to view log files in Ubuntu.
In Linux based systems, root is the main user of the system and root can execute all commands. From system administration point of view, it is never recommended that you should work as a root user, as any wrong command executed can corrupt your whole configuration. In Ubuntu, the root user is disabled by default for the security reasons, this is where sudo comes in - it allows authorized users to run root commands without having to know the root password. But only those users can run sudo commands or can perform system administration tasks that has the privileges to do so. Lets see how can add any administrator user in Ubuntu. Read More