SEARCH

LINUX IS CONFUSING. THESE ARTICLES SHOULD HELP.

Ubuntu provides four different software repositories, all of them official — Main, Restricted, Universe, and Multiverse. Main and Restricted are fully supported by Canonical, while Universe and Multiverse don’t receive the support you might expect.

about 5 months ago - by  |  1 Reply

Your Windows system’s uptime is displayed in the Task Manager. Right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager or press Ctrl+Shift+Escape to open it.

about 5 months ago - by  |  20 Replies

Development on the next release of Ubuntu is continuing to move along, so if you like helping with the testing phase or simply want a peek at the newest features, then here is your chance for some fresh 14.10 goodness. So grab a stack of blank DVDs and get ready for some alpha release fun!

about 5 months ago - by  |  1 Reply

When you run a command using sudo in Linux, the Terminal prompts you to type in your password with no visual feedback as you type. We’ll show a quick tweak that will show asterisks (*) when you type in your password in the Terminal.

about 5 months ago - by  |  8 Replies

Downloading files from the PHP mirrors is annoying, because by default the redirector makes the name of the filename change to just “mirror.” So how do you fix this? Luckily wget has a simple argument that you can use to fix it — and it is useful for many scenarios.

about 5 months ago - by  |  4 Replies

Nautilus contains some pre-defined bookmarks that provide quick and easy access to some common folders, such as Music and Pictures, as well as devices such as USB flash drives and network locations. You can add custom bookmarks to quickly access folders you use often.

about 5 months ago - by  |  1 Reply

Adobe is no longer developing the Flash for Firefox on Linux. You’re still getting security updates, but that’s it — your Flash Player plug-in is already several major versions out-of-date.

about 5 months ago - by  |  14 Replies

When you use the sudo command to run commands as root or administrator you are prompted to enter your password. You may have noticed that if you run another command using sudo shortly after the first command, you are not prompted for your password again.

about 5 months ago - by  |  1 Reply

Recently, we showed you how to open a directory in Terminal from within Nautilus. However, what if you’re working on the command line in Terminal and need to access the same directory in Nautilus? There’s an easy solution for that.

about 5 months ago - by  |  5 Replies

Each Linux distribution comes with a single default desktop environment chosen from the many different desktop environments available for Linux. But you don’t have to stick with the default.

about 5 months ago - by  |  7 Replies

Whether you want to use a new font in a Word or just change your operating system’s system font to give it a different look, you’ll first have to install the font on your operating system.

about 5 months ago - by  |  3 Replies

There may be times when you’re working with files in Ubuntu’s File Browser, Nautilus, and you want to switch to working on the command line in Terminal. Instead of manually navigating to the same folder in Terminal, you can easily jump directly to that folder.

about 5 months ago - by  |  5 Replies

Whether your device was stolen or simply lost, you can remotely track, lock, and wipe it. Don’t wait until you’ve lost your hardware to think about this — these features need to be enabled ahead of time.

about 5 months ago - by  |  2 Replies

Linux distributions tend to use two different types of release cycles: standard releases and rolling releases. Some people swear by rolling releases to have the latest software, while others like standard releases for being more stable and tested.

about 5 months ago - by  |  1 Reply

Passwords can be reset or bypassed on every operating system. On Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, you can gain access to a computer’s unencrypted files after resetting the password — the password doesn’t actually prevent access to your files.

about 5 months ago - by  |  3 Replies

By default, Ubuntu is configured to always prompt you with a confirmation dialog box with two choices when you want to shut down or restart your computer. The same thing happens when you log out of your account or lock your session.

about 6 months ago - by  |  1 Reply

Do you have some .mobi files you’ve been trying to read on your Linux machine? FB Reader is an eBook reader program that allows you to read .mobi files (as well as other eBook formats) in Linux.

about 6 months ago - by  |  5 Replies

Coming from Windows, file extensions on Linux and Mac OS X can seem a bit strange. The operating system seems to know what files are without relying on the file extension — it does this using MIME types.

about 6 months ago - by  |  5 Replies

Linux is easier to install and use than ever. If you tried installing and using it years ago, you may want to give a modern Linux distribution a second chance.

about 6 months ago - by  |  45 Replies

All mainstream desktop operating systems include powerful search features. They all offer the ability to create a “saved search,” which functions as a virtual folder. The saved search folder appears to contain the files that match your search.

about 6 months ago - by  |  2 Replies

We’ve recently showed you how to manage startup applications in Ubuntu 14.04, just like you can in Windows. However, when you access the Startup Applications Preferences tool not all startup applications are listed. Some are hidden. We’ll show you how to reveal these hidden applications.

about 6 months ago - by  |  2 Replies

Each network interface on your computer or any other networked device has a unique MAC address. These MAC addresses are assigned in the factory, but you can change, or “spoof,” MAC addresses in software.

about 6 months ago - by  |  5 Replies

Work on the latest version of Ubuntu continues to move forward and now the first set of alpha releases is available for download. So pull out the blank DVDs, because this weekend is the perfect time to grab copies of the new alpha and indulge in some 14.10 goodness!

about 6 months ago - by  |  1 Reply

By default, Ubuntu does not come with Java (or the Java Runtime Environment, JRE) installed. However, you may need it for some programs or games like Minecraft. We will show you how to quickly and easily check if Java is installed and how to install it.

about 6 months ago - by  |  5 Replies

Windows, Mac, and Linux can all get along together, sharing files with each other on a network. They can also share printers, allowing you to use a single wired printer for all the computers on your home network.

about 6 months ago - by  |  2 Replies