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  • TLPUI Is A Graphical User Interface For TLP Power Management Tool (Ubuntu Installation Instructions)

    TLP is an advanced power management tool for optimizing battery life on laptops running Linux. Its default configuration is usually enough to see an improvement in battery life, however, TLP offers a wide range of configuration options which can be changed by editing its configuration file.

  • Filelight – Visualize Disk Usage On Your Linux System

    Finding disk space usage is no big deal in Unix-like operating systems. We have a built-in command named du that can be used to calculate and summarize the disk space usage in minutes. And, we have some third-party tools like Ncdu and Agedu which can also be used to track down the disk usage. As you already know, these are all command line utilities and you will see the disk usage results in plain-text format. However, some of you’d like to view the results in visual or kind of image format. No worries! I know one such GUI tool to find out the disk usage details. Say hello to “Filelight”, a graphical utility to visualize disk usage on your Linux system and displays the disk usage results in a colored radial layout. Filelight is one of the oldest project and it has been around for a long time. It is completely free to use and open source.

  • WPS Office Update Now Available to Download for Ubuntu

    An updated version of WPS Office for Linux is available to download for Ubuntu and other Linux distributions.

    The popular China-based office suite (formerly known as Kingsoft Office) is not open source but it is free to download and to use.

    A handful of features (including cloud backup) are only available to users with a premium or professional subscription/serial key, while other features (like a PDF reader) are exclusive to the iOS and Android apps.

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