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Sun Microsystems is contributing Project Looking Glass, based on Java™ technology, to the open source community.

Project Looking Glass is an exploratory project to bring innovative 3D features to the desktop environment. The desktop interface will offer an intuitive, new 3D environment to interact with desktop applications featuring window transparency, rotation, zoom, multiple desktop workspaces, and miniaturization. Project Looking Glass offers a platform to realize a far richer and more entertaining user experience for existing and new applications in 2D or 3D. The technology enables developers to build highly visual 3D desktops and applications that will run on Linux systems such as Sun’s Java Desktop System. The Solaris™ environment will be supported in the near future.

Install Looking glass in Ubuntu

There are 3 LG3D repositories. The stable repository has the latest stable releases (0.8.1, 1.0 etc.). The testing repository has the pre-release builds (alpha, beta etc.) for the latest version and the unstable repsoitory has the nightly builds.

Install Sun Looking glass Desktop environment in Ubuntu


The latest Fedora release [Fedora Core 6] comes with only Firefox 1.5 intalled as standard. In a few quick steps you can update it to Firefox 2.0.0.1.

Note : You have to be the Admin of the system and know what you are doing !
Steps to Follow :

1. Start Fedora Core 6 and Logon as root

HOWTO: Install Firefox 2.0 on Fedora Core 6 : Simplest Way


It is very useful to combine multiple PDF documents into one file. This is useful especially if you accumulate many PDFs (newsletters, bills, etc.) over time.

Preparing Your system

sudo apt-get install ps pdftk

Now we will see one example how to combine pdf files let us assume we have 1.pdf,2.pdf,3.pdf files and now we need to cobmine this files using the following command:

Combine multiple PDFs into one file in Ubuntu Linux


If your vim have auto indent enabled, you may facing this problem. Vim are too smart to help you indent copied source code, and the comment line will kill your pasting very much. I usually do copy and paste source code from ebook or web page to a file so that I can compile and run for test. In this case vim is not helping. I use cat instead.

Cut & Paste Source Code to Console


Let me tell you, I’m a busy man. I’m always on the go and my trusty laptop is the only thing to keep me company much of the time. Despite being here, there and everywhere I still need access to my files and folders at home. But how can I access my files, securely, from anywhere on the planet? It is simple with SSH.

If you’re not familiar with SSH you’ll definitely want to check it out. SSH stands for Secure SHell and is probably one of the most used programs on the internet with its long list of uses. It is always encrypted, always secure and easy to use. I have long used it on a daily basis and here is how you can do the same.

Mount Remote Directories Securely with SSH : Ubuntu (6.06.1 / 6.10)


This tutorial shows how to create a Debian/Ubuntu mirror for your local network with the tool apt-mirror. Having a local Debian/Ubuntu mirror is good if you have to install multiple systems in your local network because then all needed packages can be downloaded over the fast LAN connection, thus saving your internet bandwidth.

How To Create A Local Debian/Ubuntu Mirror With apt-mirror


The zip program is a useful tool for archiving or transferring a set of files. A simple command like "zip archive dir" can quickly package a whole directory into a single compressed archive file (often called "zip file"). Depending on the type of files being packaged, the size of the archive often gets compressed to a fraction of the size of the original files.

Archiving With The zip And unzip Commands


First you need to install the language xpi that you want (Just click the .xpi to install it).Download .xpi file for Firefox/Swiftfox 2.0.0.1 from here
After you have installed the xpi file, open up a new window/tab. In the addressbar copy and paste

about:config

Change language in Firefox and Swiftfox web browsers


Install ndiswrapper, specifically ndiswrapper-utils-1.8
sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-utils-1.8
Blacklist existing drivers.*
sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
Copy and paste the following to the bottom of the file. Save it. Close it.

How to Install Netgear wg111v2 wireless dongle card on Ubuntu Edgy


While not perfect, support for scanners on Linux is constantly improving; just check the list of devices supported by SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy -- the scanning suite for Linux and other Unix-like systems). One thing that's still missing though is a way to make a scanner's buttons work on Linux. That's what this tutorial is about.

I run Ubuntu 6.10 (Egdy Eft) on my desktop system, but all required programs are available on most Linux distributions and, possibly, BSD variants. The actual programs you will need for this setup are:

How to configure a scanner's buttons on Linux


I'm sure everyone reading here has used "-exec" with "find"; for example:

find . -name core -exec rm {} \;

When I want to do something more complex to each found file, I usually pass the name to another script:

find . -exec my shellscript {} \;

Using sh -c with find


The most interesting and dangerous phase of this learning experience is when the start mucking about in the Command Line Interface (CLI). It’s exciting for them to suddenly feel powerful on their own computer. They can make sweeping changes with the tap of a few keys.

Sadly, they do this. A lot.

Before they really know what they’re doing. So I’ve implemented a few quick changes to their machines to always prompt before removing, copying or moving files.

Quicktip - How to get Linux to prompt before removing a file in the CLI


I have switched to Xubuntu a few months ago coming from Kubuntu. In Kubuntu I liked the (already available) option of setting up a list of image files and have them randomly displayed as background image on the desktop. This was one of the things I have missed so far in Xfce. This small howto shows you how you can randomly display background wallpapers in XFCE.

Create A Desktop Background Wallpaper Changer For Xfce


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