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Things You Need To Know To Become An Apt Guru

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maketecheasier.com: Quite possibly the most distinguishing feature of Debian-based Linux distributions (such as Ubuntu, Mepis, Knoppix, etc) is their package system - APT. In this article, we are going to highlight some of APT’s best features, and share a few of the lesser known features.

8 Beautiful Themes For Enlightenment WM

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linuxhaxor.net: Enlightenment is perhaps the least known and the oldest Windows manager still being actively developed. Enlightenment features an iconbar, which the “Dock” of OS X is based on, and is quite different from the traditional WM and DE that we are used to. Here are eight beautiful E17 themes that really stands out from the rest.

Reflections on a complaint from a frustrated git user

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thunk.org/tytso/blog: Last week, Scott James Remnant posted a series of “Git Sucks” on his blog. His problem? To quote Scott, “I want to put a branch I have somewhere so somebody else can get it. That’s the whole point of distributed revision-control, collaboration.” Part of the problem here is that for most git workflows, most people don’t actually use “git push”.

Variations on an Open Source Theme

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opendotdotdot.blogspot: One of the most extraordinary - and under-recognised - developments in free software is the blossoming of specialist software applications.

Fonty Python: manage your fonts

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debaday.debian.net: Fonty Python is available from the fontypython package in both Debian and Ubuntu in Universe. Fonty is a wxPython app so will work in any desktop environment. It also has a command-line interface which avoids the gui.

My Newest Favorite Audio Player

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oneclicklinux.com: While looking through the Linux Mint repository the other day, I happily stumbled upon a terrific little audio player called Aqualung.

bc - GNU Linux command line calculator

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go2linux.org: One thing I really like about GNU/Linux operating system, is that it has a lot of utilities. One of those utilities is bc a handy calculator, with it you can perform easy calculations, or perform complicated calculus, you can even define your own functions.

Eleven Tools to make your Life simpler on Ubuntu

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linuxondesktop.blogspot: I have been over the past 3 years writing about all these nifty little tools and applications that makes your life on Ubuntu simple and better, also allowing you to configure your Ubuntu installation easily.

NVidia broke my movies

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silentcoder.co.za: So here’s an interesting one… since installing that latest NVidia driver on my desktop partition, all my movies started playing with their colors all wrong.

xrandr and the X Window System

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blog.hydrasystemsllc: For those of us who have traveled outside of the world of Microsoft Windows and into UNIX-like operating systems, we should already be somewhat familiar with the X Window System. Some of us even understand its full potential. Over the years, I have grown really fond of one specific command line utility and that is xrandr.

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Leftovers: Gaming

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