Shred Files In Ubuntu From Context Menu To Make Them Unrecoverable

Sometimes it becomes necessary to not just delete confidential files permanently, but to shred them to avoid file recovery. While there are many file shredding applications for Windows (such as Moo0 File Shredder and Universal Shredder), there is a shortage of reliable file shredding methods in Linux. Shred File Script is a Linux script, which allows shredding files in Ubuntu via right-click context menu. Read More

Split Lossless: Nautilus Script To Split Lossless Audio Files [Ubuntu]

Some music players are unable to read CUE files. A solution to this can be to split single lossless audio files into multiple FLAC or MP3 files. Split Lossless is an open source Nautilus script to split lossless audio files (APE, FLAC, WAVPACK) by CUE to FLAC and MP3 (320kbps or 192kbps) formats. It automatically adds tags to the split files, however, you can also manually edit tags for artist, album, date and genre. Using Split Lossless, you can also trash input files after conversion, and receive bubble message notifications after the process is complete. Read More

Shift Nautilus Back And Forward Buttons To Left In Ubuntu [Tip]

Some Nautilus users have been rather annoyed by the positioning of back and forward buttons to the right-hand side of the Nautilus file browser in Ubuntu 11.10. While there might not appear to be any easy way of getting this fixed, a developer has posted a tip on Ubuntu Forums to provide a quick solution. This tip posted by user “nyteryder79”, allows users to shift the back and forward buttons on the Nautilus file browser, back to the left. Read More

Install Linux Mint Mate Desktop In Ubuntu 11.10

Due to frequent Unity issues and UI preferences, many Ubuntu users have installed the Gnome 3 and the classic Gnome (Gnome Fallback) sessions. Although Gnome Fallback session brings many of the Gnome 2 user interface features, it is greatly deprived of the eye candy. If you are an Ubuntu 11.10 user who wishes to obtain a Gnome 2 style desktop with a stylish interface, then try Linux Mint 12. In this post, we will provide you with the procedure to install Linux Mint 12. Read More

Get Mac OS X Style Natural Scrolling In Ubuntu 11.10

If you want to use the Mac OS X Natural Scrolling feature on your Linux machine, then we have just the right application for you. Natural Scrolling is a Linux package that brings you the reverse scrolling feature. Using Natural Scrolling, you can push your fingers upwards to move the page content upwards, and downwards for down scroll, just like one would on an iOS device. This application is available for both Natty and Onerirc, and can be installed from either the source package or by using the PPA given below.
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Install Microsoft Core Fonts in Ubuntu With Ttf Mscorefonts Installer

Ttf mscorefonts installer is a package for Linux distributions that allows easy installation of Microsoft True Type Core Fonts, like Andale Mono, Arial Black, Arial (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic), Comic Sans MS (Bold), Courier New (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic), Georgia (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic), Impact, Times New Roman (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic), Verdana (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic) etc. Read More

How To Remove Useless Logon Sessions From Ubuntu 11.10

Over time, the Ubuntu login screen menu can end up having a lot of unwanted sessions. For example, you might have installed Linux Mint on your Ubuntu 11.10 machine that you might wish to remove, or you might be willing to remove the Gnome Classic logon session. In this post, we will tell you how to get rid of these unwanted entries to clean up your logon screen drop down menu. Read More

Gnote Is A Lightweight Tomboy Alternative With Similar Functionality

In a previous post, we reviewed Tomboy, which is an open source note taking application that comes pre-installed with Linux distributions like Ubuntu. This time we have Gnote, a lightweight C++ clone of Tomboy, which is free from mono runtime dependency. It is a part of the GNOME desktop with features like full-text search, inter-note linking, font styling (bold, italic, strikeout, highlight) , bulleted lists and undo/redo options. Read More

Get JDownloader Quicklist For Ubuntu Unity Launcher

JDownloader is a famous cross-platform download accelerator, which can download content from many famous websites, including Rapidshare, Megaupload etc. It comes with many rich features like parallel streams, captcha recognition, automated file extraction, and more. Since using quicklists is always handy with the Ubuntu Unity Launcher, therefore, it might be a good idea to use a quicklist for JDownloader. Unity-JDownloader is a JDownloader extension that adds a quicklist to the Unity Launcher. Read More

Install CCSM, Faenza Icons, London Smoke Gnome-Shell & Others In One Go [Script]

If you are using the Gnome 3 shell in Ubuntu 11.10, then there are a few components that you will definitely require installing, including Compiz Config Settings Manager, Gnome Tweak Tool, XScreenSsaver and some beautiful themes like Faenza icons and Plastiq RC2 GTK3 theme. Recently, a script has been released that installs CCSM, the Faenza icons, London Smoke gnome-shell, Plastiq RC2 GTK3 theme, XScreenSaver, GNOME tweak tool all-in-one, and removes the white dots from the Unity login screen. Read More

LiveUSB Install: Create Live Linux USB, CD/DVD And Download ISO Images

Using a Live USB for installing or running an operating system can be more useful than a Live CD, as optical drives have a lower read/write rate, and do not allow writing extra information. When it comes to using Live Linux USBs, there are many available tools, such as Linux Live USB CreatorLiveUSB Install is a an application for creating Live USB, CD or DVD drives. It works on GNU/Linux and Windows, and allows effortless installation of various Linux distributions. LiveUSB Install supports more than 550 Linux distributions, which includes Android, Fedora, Debian, Zorin, CentOS, OpenSUSE, Pinguy, Xubuntu, Kubuntu and many more. Read More

MyUnity: Comprehensive Unity Tweak For Ubuntu 11.04 and 11.10

Ever since the introduction of Unity, the most tricky part of managing Unity-based options has been its customization. Previously, we brought you the Unity Launcher Editor and the Unity plugin for Compiz Config Settings Manager. Recently, a new tool was released for customizing Unity settings in Ubuntu 11.10, known as MyUnity. This tool provides full customization of Unity features, including the Unity Launcher, Dash, Panel, Desk and Font. MyUnity is a complete customization package for Unity users, and is far more comprehensive than other applications like Unity 2-D Settings, which are no longer compatible with Ubuntu 11.10. Details after the break. Read More

QMediaInfo: Get File Attribute Information For Media Files In Ubuntu

Normally, when one requires finding information about media or any other file, it can be done by accessing file properties via right-click context menu. However, in order to obtain advanced information about a file, such as codec information, tag data, bit rate, sampling rate, channel(s) etc, then one requires the use of third-party applications. QMediaInfo is one such application that parses media files. It provides information about more than 40 different attributes of a selected (media) file, right down to the files' track name, genre, duration, codec, file extension and much more. Read More

How To Display Time From Multiple Cities Or Time Zones In Ubuntu [Tip]

While tips for advanced configurations are of great help to end users, sometimes, it’s the small tips that one finds more useful. This is because, often apparently minor options can become a bit confusing to configure. In this post, we will provide you with one such tip for configuring time zone settings, allowing you to view multiple clocks within your Ubuntu system tray menu. Hit the jump to read more. Read More

How To Disable Ubuntu 11.10 Lock Screen When Screensaver Is Active

Ubuntu 11.10 does not ship with a screensaver pack, and even Gnome 3 comes with just a blank screen when your system is idle. In a previous post, we provided you with a remedy to this problem in the form of XScreenSaver application. While this application provides many attractive screensavers, it does not allow you to turn off the password lock. This means that, you have to type your password each time to login to your system, whenever the screensaver becomes active. Like many Ubuntu users, I prefer the direct login feature for Ubuntu, which means that I do not like entering password on a continual basis, including logging into Ubuntu when a screensaver becomes active. In this post, we will show you the procedure for turning off the screensaver lock. Read More

Quickly Access Tomboy Notes From Unity Dash With Tomboy Lens [Ubuntu]

A while back, we covered Tomboy, a cross-platform, note taking application that allows creating and synchronizing notes across numerous operating systems and mobile devices. Recently, an Ubuntu 11.0 lens was released for Tomboy notes, which provides access to your notes from the Unity Dash. Since Tomboy is the default note taking application for Ubuntu, therefore, accessing tomboy notes from the Unity Dash can help speed up the process of creating and accessing Tomboy notes. Read More

How To Activate Screen Saver In Ubuntu 11.10

Ubuntu 11.10 does not come with a default screen saver, and even Gnome 3 provides nothing but a black screen when your system is idle. For this reason, the only way to acquire a screensaver is to install a third-party application. Hence, to get a screensaver in Ubuntu 11.10, you can install XScreenSaver. It is the standard screen saver collection shipped with many Linux and Unix distributions, and is a perfect match for both Unity and Gnome 3. In this post, we will tell you how to install XScreenSaver in Ubuntu 11.10. Read More

How To Create Desktop Shortcuts For Websites In Ubuntu 11.10 [Tip]

There are many favorite websites that one visits more frequently than any other. Normally, we type the URL of these websites, or retrieve their links from bookmarks. However, another quicker way of launching favorite websites is by creating desktop shortcuts for them. In this tip, we will tell you how to create desktop shortcuts for your favorite websites in Ubuntu 11.10. Read More

Remmina: Feature Rich Remote Desktop Client For Ubuntu Linux

Remmina is a GTK+ based remote desktop client for Linux. It has been developed particularly to fulfill the needs of system administrators and users who often require remote access to computers on the go. It supports many network protocols, including RDP, VNC, NX, XDMCP and SSH. Remmina maintains a list of profiles, and allows organizing connections in separate groups. This makes it easier to sort and launch remote desktop connections. Furthermore, it works quite well with higher resolutions in both window and full screen mode. It also supports working in multiple tabs, which helps track numerous established remote connections. Read More