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Tired of Ubuntu’s Unity desktop environment? Try Cinnamon, the latest desktop environment from Linux Mint. Cinnamon offers a more traditional, GNOME 2-like layout, but it’s based on the modern GNOME Shell — and you can install it on Ubuntu.

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In Windows we have the Startup folder where we can easily place a shortcut to a program that we want to launch automatically. In Linux Mint there is a way easier way to manage startup applications–here’s how to do it.

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Mark Shuttleworth has made an announcement introducing a new UI enhancment in the upcoming 12.04 LTS release. Application menus will be replaced by a new Heads-Up Display (HUD) that utilizes an intelligent search-based approa...

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W3M is a terminal web browser for Linux. It’s got a few tricks up its sleeve, including support for images, tabs, tables, frames and other features not usually included with terminal web browsers.

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Our latest edition of WIG is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as the password hack of web-hosting service DreamHost, the attempted blackmailing of Facebook users by a bot (trojan), the $9.5 million worth of source code stolen from the NY Federal Reserve Bank, and more.

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With all of the online accounts we all have, it’s easy to get lazy and start using the same password for multiple websites, services, and accounts, for fear of forgetting an important password. However, this can compromise your private information.

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LastPass is an online password manager that allows you to securely store all your passwords and access them from anywhere. As the developers of LastPass say, it is the last password you’ll have to remember.

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If you’ve spent any amount of time playing multiplayer PC games online, you’ve probably encountered Ventrilo. It’s one of the most popular VoIP apps among PC gamers, but its user interface is hostile to newbies.

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This week’s edition of WIG is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as Microsoft’s collecting of royalties on 70% of US Android smartphones now, Google’s uncloaking of Chrome’s top security goals, Microsoft’s possible prevention against letting Linux boot on ARM hardware, and more.

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Vi is a powerful text editor included with most Linux systems, even embedded ones. Sometimes you’ll have to edit a text file on a system that doesn’t include a friendlier text editor, so knowing Vi is essential.

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Our latest edition of WIG has lots of news link goodness covering topics such as Google’s demotion of Chrome in search results, Ramnit malware’s theft of over 45,000 Facebook logins, WebOS’s second chance in Healthcare, and more.

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If you like to use multiple operating systems but don’t have extra computers to spare, we at How-To Geek have can help you set up your computer or tablet to run more than one operating system.

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Ubuntu’s Grub boot loader lets anyone edit boot entries or use its command-line mode by default. Secure Grub with a password and no one can edit them — you can even require a password before booting operating systems.

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Our first edition of WIG for the new year is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as phishing attacks targeting new Apple users, HTC’s discontinuation of locked bootloaders, Verizon’s surrender to public pressure over the extra $2 fee, and more.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your geeky New Year’s resolutions and now we’re back to highlight them. Read on to see what your fellow How-To Geek readers are resolving to do in the coming year.

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Ubuntu’s Unity desktop environment has customizable keyboard shortcuts and animations, but its options are all hidden. We’ll show you how to get started with the CompizConfig Settings Manager and point out some of Unity’s more interesting configuration options.

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The cron daemon on Linux runs tasks in the background at specific times; it’s like the Task Scheduler on Windows. Add tasks to your system’s crontab files using the appropriate syntax and cron will automatically run them for you.

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If you’re looking for some fun games to chew up a little holiday down time, the Humble Indie Bundle is back with 7 awesome games.

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Before we start there is a couple of things that you are going to need:

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Do you have an OS installed on your USB thumb drive? Booting from it in a VM is now possible, you’ll just have to use a simple trick to get it to work.

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This week we learned how to safely eject your USB devices from the desktop context menu, make the Kindle Fire Silk Browser *actually* fast, “disable Windows startup programs, use DNS names on your home network, & restore a vintage keyboard”, print or save a directory listing to a file, make your computer press a key every X seconds, and more.

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At the top of the heap, by a wide margin, was Evernote—the ubiquitous web-based notebook that makes it super simple to sync and share your notes. It has a snappy clipping tool built right in, and readers were quite fond of the wide ranging tools and integrations supported by Evernote. Laurel writes:

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This week we learned how to “read Blue Screen codes, clean your computer, & get started with scripting”, upgrade or install Mac OS X Lion on a Hackintosh using UniBeast, use Amazon’s barcode scanner to easily buy anything from your phone, had fun with a great set of geeky do-it-yourself projects for pets, got introduced to How-To Geek’s new Google+ account, and more.

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We have discussed installing Ubuntu on a USB thumb before. This time, we’re doing it differently, to make it cleaner and easier to store your files.

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OpenELEC is an installation and optimization tool for XBMC that aims to make installing and using XBMC. the beloved but sometimes technically challenging media server software, as simple as using a DVD player.

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