Meld is considered as one of the best difference viewer application, it views differences between files and directories. It makes it easy to isolate and merge these differences. It is dead-simple to compare two file and edit them in a place, you can also compare three file and folders. As this tool is very useful for programmers so it is not just limited to the simple files comparison, it also lets you browse and view a working copy from some commonly used version control systems like CVS, Subversion and others. Read More
Ubuntu offers you a default utility called System Monitor to monitor your system's performance, no doubt it is a great tool but it also consumes a lot of your system's resources. If you are looking for a light-weight utility to monitor your Ubuntu system then you should try out Conky. It is a free, cross-platform, and highly customizable system monitoring tool which lets you monitor the important factors like CPU, disk usage, swap space, processes, network interface, etc. Lets see how we can install and use it in Ubuntu. Read More
You can make the configuration of the services
(e.g disable services) from System > Administration > Services
in Ubuntu, but if you need to start or stop any particular service then you need to run commands from terminal. Gnome Tray Services
application lets you manage services from your system tray. Once installed, it gets launched in the system tray and you can click its icon to start and stop the service you want. It is only supported for Ubuntu and Debian. Installation is a bit tricky, but follow our steps and it will be up in no time.
It is a well known fact that all Linux based system works with services. A Linux service is an application that is either runing in the background waiting to be used, or carrying out essential tasks. When you install Ubuntu, there are many services which are enabled by default. Whenever Ubuntu starts, it also starts all these services, there could be so many services which you are no longer using or you have never used them before, so do you think that there is any need to start these services every time on the system boot up? The answer should definitely be "No" because these services are consuming your system's resources and also slowing your system's boot process.
is basically inspired from Microsoft Visio
, it can be used to draw many different kinds of diagrams. It has special objects which let you draw many types of diagrams like ERD (Entity Relationship Diagrams), UML diagrams, flowcharts, and network diagrams easily. Whatever type of diagram you need to draw, whether it is some map or some plan of any room of your house, it has the full ability to cater to your needs and helps you produce a precise and professional-looking diagrams within minutes.
Tracker Search Tool
is the default search tool in Ubuntu which is used for locating files and folders on your computer by name or content. It is a very handy tool that lets you do a full-text search against your files, and it uses the categories to group similar files together. You can launch it from Applications > Accessories > Tracker Search Tool
is one of the perks in Linux based systems that allows user to manage the open windows and running programs. You can consider workspaces as virtual screens which you can switch between at any time. You will get the same desktop, panels, and menu in every workspace. However, the main purpose of workspace is that you can run different applications and open different windows in each workspace. Whenever you will switch the workspace there will be no change to the applications running in the first workspace, they will keep running normally.
As you all know that the process is an instance of a computer program and one process may consist of many threads. Process Management is one of the most important responsibility of the operating systems. Ubuntu start many processes with priority 0, which is the highest priority (as the rule of thumb is that the lower the number, the greater the priority). If you are running any resource hungry application then this priority mechanism causes some problems. In many cases you will need to tell Ubuntu, which process to run on which priority so that the resource allocation should be according to the respective needs. Lets explore how we can change the priority of any process in Ubuntu.
is a very light-weight and useful tool for Ubuntu which lets you dock any applications to the system tray that do not have a native tray icon. There are so many such applications which don't have native tray icon like Mozilla Thunderbird, Evolution, etc, now you can easily dock such applications to the system tray. It works on almost all types of desktops like KDE, Gnome, Xfce etc. Lets explore how we can install and use it in Ubuntu.
Linux is considered to be one of the most secure operating systems, but what if you are setting your system for public use? Then it becomes necessary that you should set some rules on the usage of computer so that the users are restricted to some particular areas of the system and they should not play with sensitive options. In Ubuntu, you can use Lockdown Editor (Pessulus)
to lock down your settings specially Gnome Desktop and Panels.
It is never easy to tweak your Ubuntu system unless you use some graphical tool like Ubuntu Tweak. It lets you tweak your system in an easy and safe way, otherwise you will have to play with configuration files and it could lead to system crash. It is currently supported in Gnome desktop environment only and provides you many useful desktop and system tweak options. You can easily tweak the hidden settings, cleanup the unneeded packages, install up-to-date versions of applications, and do much more with it. Lets explore how we can install and use it in Ubuntu.
There is no doubt that Gmail is the fastest growing email service at the moment and million of users are using it. If you have logged in to Google Talk then it notifies you when a new email arrives, but what if you are on any flavor of Linux and you are having no luck with Google Talk? Keeping GMail open all the time is not a good idea.
is considered to be read-ahead daemon application as it analyzes the applications which user runs, and on the basis of this analysis it predicts which applications user can run next time and launches these applications in RAM. Its daemon keeps running in background all the time and saves the required information about the applications you are running so that it may load them quickly next time.
As you all know that Nautilus is the default file manager for Ubuntu and offers a large number of features, but sadly it consumes lots of resources and is considered to be a resource hungry application. If you are not using all features of Nautilus then you can give PCMan a try. It is extremely small and fast file manager that supports Tabbed Browsing and some other basic features like Thumbnail view , Drag and Drop support, etc.
If you analyze your Ubuntu machine then you will be amazed to see that there is a long list of utilities and packages which you have never used or have no intention to ever use, but they are installed in your system nevertheless. Although they are not being used they are still consuming some resources in your system. You should clean up your system from unused packages so that you should get plenty of resources free for running applications.
is a service which manages and operates its own weather network. It pin points the weather conditions in your area. One feature that makes it stand out from other similar services is that it provides live weather information, other weather services never provide live data and their data is usually one or two hour old. Lets see how we can install it in Ubuntu.
Editor’s Notes: This post will mostly help those who are running their website on Ubuntu Linux Server. It is interesting nevertheless and gives insight into the reality behind managing the server.
During the last two weeks my database has been crashing constantly at almost the same time during the day, daily. I ignored it at first and thought it to be a short-term problem, but then it never went away. In fact, with time it became a huge problem and crashed my database multiple times during the day, for me, it became a battle to keep the server alive and kicking.
When I asked for help on forums, some calmed that my database is corrupt, some said that my apache configuration is not correct, and so on. But after looking over and over again at all configurations, there seemed to be no problem at all. “So what the hell is taking down my server daily at almost the exact same time during the day”, I ask my hosting provider(SliceHost
) team during a live chat. I share a few lines of my Apache error log just before my sever went down and guess what I hear back from them, “This pattern in the error log seems like a Brute Force Attack to me
Everyone is conscious about keeping his/her system up-to-date and secure. But its always hard to find the latest updates and fixes of your operating system and once you have installed some particular update, a reboot is often required to make it work. Ksplice Uptrack
is a tool which keeps your Ubuntu secure and up-to-date without rebooting your system every time an update is installed. Isn't it interesting and worth using?
Most of us know that Pidgin is a universal chat client software which is most commonly used in Linux based systems. It lets you connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, Google talk and more chat networks all at once, but now you can also enable Facebook chat with it in an easy way. In order to achieve it, you will need to simply install Facebook Chat for Pidgin
APT (Advanced Package Tool) is a tool which is used to handle the installation and removal of different software in Ubuntu and Debian.
APT uses the concept of repositories in order to find software and resolve dependencies. Now what if you don't have enough technical knowledge to work with APT or you are newcomer to Ubuntu? This is where Appnr
comes in. It is web based tool which is used to install application in your Ubuntu in a very easy way and one of the perks of Appnr is that it always installs the latest available release of any particular software.