Westcliff High School for Girls Academy switches to OpenSUSE KDE desktops instead of Windows.

The Westcliff High School for Girls Academy has switched from Windows on their workstations to the KDE Plasma desktop. This means that they are avoiding the licensing hassles of using Windows and they are adopting a free and open operating system that will provide the students with a desktop environment reminiscent of Windows but with […]

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Useful bash commands and how to manage packages with dpkg on a Debian distro.

This is another way to find out who your user is. bash 07:15:16 Fri Jul 05 [homer@deep-thought $ who is linux homer pts/0 2013-07-05 19:10 (:0.0) And this command lists all logged in users on your Linux system. bash 07:15:09 Fri Jul 05 [homer@deep-thought $ pinky Login Name TTY Idle When Where homer Homer Simpson […]

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How to install Sublime text in Linux Mint 15 with a PPA.

The Sublime text 2 editor is an amazing new text editor for Linux and Windows that will make your text editing duties much easier. Firstly, you need to add the PPA for Linux Mint 15/Ubuntu 13.04. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/sublime-text-3 Then update the package repositories to enable the apt application to find the new packages. sudo […]

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More awesome shell tricks for the Linux command line. This is using the bash shell.

This is another way to see where you are in the directory stack. homer@deep-thought ~/Documents/basenew $ echo $DIRSTACK ~/Documents/basenew Here is another way to show the $PWD value one directory down from where you are now. homer@deep-thought ~/Documents/basenew $ echo $OLDPWD /home/homer/Documents This example shows how to print a $PWD value in uppercase. If you […]

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The Fedora Project has officially announced the release of Fedora 19 ‘Schrödinger’s Cat’ today.

The latest Fedora release; Fedora 19 ‘Schrödinger’s Cat’. This brings many improvements to the venerable Linux distribution. The main updates include OpenShift Origin, which allows easy building of Platform-as-a-Service infrastructure; node.js; Ruby 2.0.0; MariaDB; Checkpoint & Restore, which allows users to checkpoint and restore processes; and OpenLMI, which makes remote management of machines simpler. The distribution also packs GNOME 3.8, KDE Plasma Workspace 4.10 and MATE Desktop 1.6.

Get the downloads here: http://fedoraproject.org/en/get-fedora-options.

How to remove the ATI unsupported hardware watermark in Linux Mint 15.

The ATI “unsupported hardware” watermark is a very annoying sight in Linux Mint 15. Here is how to remove it. This tip is for anyone who has installled the ATI drivers by typing sudo apt-get install fglrx fglrx-amdcccle. Firstly; download the ATI drivers from the website. http://www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13-4-linux-x86.x86_64.zip. Then move the downloaded file into a new […]

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How to watch a file in a terminal and see changes right away. Good for logfiles.

Here I am using the watch ‘tail access.log’ command to watch the access log file for the Apache web server. This will update every two seconds and show changes to the logfile when someone accesses the server. Every 2.0s: tail access.log Tue Jul 2 10:26:04 2013 77.78.106.75 – - [30/Jun/2013:18:03:09 +1000] “HEAD / HTTP/1.0″ 200 […]

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How to filter text with the sed command. This is useful for various shell tricks.

This is a standard listing of files with wildcards in the bash shell. homer@deep-thought ~/Documents $ ls *.wad basenew.wad cc4-tex.wad city-heat.wad dark.wad doom.wad plutonia.wad scythe2.wad SKYTEST.wad brick.wad cchest4.wad consoleCopy.wad doom2.wad hexen.wad RIII.wad scythex.wad SODfinal.wad And this is how to use the sed command to filter the output to change it. homer@deep-thought ~/Documents $ ls *.wad […]

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New Linux Mint minicomputer in the works. Very useful little device.

There is a new mini-pc in the works, this is a diminutive fanless computer that runs Linux Mint and is perfect as a hidden computer in the living room. This computer has impressive specifications for the size. Intel Core i5 CPU. Intel HD integrated graphics. 4 Gigabytes of RAM. 500 Gigabyte HDD. Dual-Gigabit Ethernet ports. […]

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Voyager probe leaving the solar system behind and strange finds at the edge of the solar system.

The Voyager probe is still travelling out to the edge of the solar system and it has found to the surprise of many that even though the solar winds have dropped away, the magnetic field has not dropped. This seems to indicate that the solar systems edge is fuzzier than first thought. This could mean […]

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Lovely icon themes for your Linux Mint gnome desktop.

OSX Nostalgie: http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/OSX-Nostalgie?content=157390. This icon theme is a copy of the default icon theme for Macintosh OSX. Faenza: http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Faenza?content=128143. This is the highest rated icon theme on the Gnome Look website. Win2-7: http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Win2-7+Pack?content=113264. The Windows 7 transformation pack for Gnome. This will make your Linux desktop look like Windows 7. Elementary icons: http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/elementary+Icons?content=73439. A beautiful […]

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