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  • Enabling and disabling services during start up in Linux
  • Make it easy to find recent files using Avant Window Navigator applets
  • Choose What to Back Up on Your Linux Home Server
  • MultiTail on Linux
  • Tracking Linux Network Stats with vnStat
  • Set up easy file sharing with NFS on Linux
  • Image Processing with OpenGL and Shaders
  • ‘Orta’ theme guide – Firefox, Docky, AWN, Chrome
  • 7 Steps for Linux vsftpd Install, Configuration, Users Setup
  • How to list or show databases in MySQL
  • Tutorial: Create cool rifts with translucent lights!
  • Lenny->Squeeze upgrades of the Gnome and KDE desktops
  • Keep Your Desktop Clean With Directory Cleaner And Files Organizer
  • Booting an lvm snapshot of /

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  • Install Big Fish Game Manager on PCLinuxOS
  • Manually adding an entry for Windows 7 to Grub
  • GNU Screen and ssh-agent magic
  • Harmonize Your Dual-Boot Setup for Windows and Ubuntu
  • Xt7-player - A very comprehensive GUI for MPlayer
  • Get gorgeous transparent blurred app windows in Kubuntu
  • Grub Customizer 2.0
  • Coupla KDE Tips
  • Setting up an Ubuntu-based ASP.NET Server with Mono

How To Install Google Earth On Ubuntu 10.10

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In previous Ubuntu versions, there was a Google Earth .deb package available in the Medibuntu repository; unfortunately there is no such package for Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat). While it is possible to install the Google Earth package for Ubuntu 10.04 on Ubuntu 10.10, there is another way of installing Google Earth on Ubuntu 10.10. The method described in this tutorial will create a Google Earth .deb package for Ubuntu 10.10 from which Google Earth can be installed.

Choose the Best Server for your Ubuntu updates & SC

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HowTos There are many download servers and mirror server, for ubuntu packages and updates, in this world. You can choose the best server available and set it as the download server for your software source in Ubuntu.

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  • Install Virtualbox on Linux Mint Julia with USB Support and Shared Folders
  • How-To: Install Windows 3.1 on a Virtual PC
  • Lock down GNOME with Pessulus
  • Fedora 14 - How to Improve the font rendering
  • Faenza Icon Theme Not Only For Ubuntu
  • Gmail with Mutt email client
  • GNOME Shell and Debian Menu
  • Zombies, pocketbook, survival, Dedoimedo style
  • Use MintMenu In Avant Window Navigator
  • Disabling antialiasing for a specific font with freetype

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  • Using Multiple Arguments in the Bash Shell
  • How to Display The Weather Condition As Wallpaper [Linux]
  • Bypass Flash GPU validation in Linux & improve performance
  • Add/Change plymouth theme in Debian Squeeze Testing
  • How to Crack Password-protected Zip Files Using Linux
  • How to: Test your skillz by breaking your Linux install and fixing back!
  • Installing and tweaking Linux Mint 10
  • How to Compile and Run C# .NET application on Ubuntu - mono
  • How to install and test vanilla GNOME 3 in Maverick
  • Drupal 6 Theming: Adding and Optimizing CSS Files
  • Realtime syntax checking with emacs
  • systemd for Administrators, Part IV
  • How to rebuild vmware kernel module

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  • Dig Into Your History
  • How to Play The Sims 3 in Linux
  • Match Literal Text Strings in Regular Expressions
  • install Rediff Bol 8.0 (Messenger) in Ubuntu
  • Linux Protects Your Servers with Scapy (part 1)
  • Fix the Pidgin ‘SSL Error’ in Ubuntu
  • HPLIP Syntax error invalid syntax
  • Disable Auto-Hinting to Fix Windows Fonts in Linux
  • 4 tips to maintain a “3.0 (quilt)” Debian source package in a VCS
  • What Hardware Do I Have?
  • A Tweaker's Guide to Solid State Drives (SSDs) and Linux
  • Apache with mod_pagespeed on CentOS 5.5
  • A transient /var/log
  • Alternative To The "200 Lines Kernel Patch That Does Wonders"
  • Install Wifi Driver RTL8191SE on Slackware Linux
  • Create Movies out of your pictures on Ubuntu Linux - PhotoFilmStrip
  • How to block flash videos / Youtube using Squid proxy Server

The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 10 (Julia)

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This tutorial shows how you can set up a Linux Mint 10 (Julia) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge. Linux Mint 10 is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 10.10 that has lots of packages in its repositories (like multimedia codecs, Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, Skype, Google Earth, etc.) that are relatively hard to install on other distributions; it therefore provides a user-friendly desktop experience even for Linux newbies.

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  • The mystery behind LUN (Logical Unit Number)
  • Easy Samba Sharing Setup with KDE
  • How to Choose a Partition Scheme for Your Linux PC
  • BTTB: looping for shell script under embedded linux
  • Change Bootsplash In Fedora 14
  • How to change network card speed and duplex settings in ubuntu
  • Apache, Authentication and MySQL
  • Convert DEB to RPM (RPM to DEB) Package Using Alien Command
  • Easily Find Subtitles for Any Video with Periscope
  • Install Galaxy Live Wallpaper Compiz Plugin On Ubuntu 10.10
  • Resize, Rename and Convert Images on Linux - EasyImageSizer
  • Using Variables With awk
  • Which Linux® or UNIX® Version Am I Running?

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  • OpenOffice Bug-- Stuck in Document Recovery Loop
  • MouseControl, Do More With The Mouse In Firefox
  • Get rid of unwanted and duplicate entries in “Open With” in Linux
  • [SOLVED] “No packages with the requested plugins found” in Debian
  • Decorate Grub 2 boot loader with Burg-Manager (GUI for Burg)
  • Navigating and Working in Scribus
  • How to create database on MySQL
  • Create a foggy window in Blender
  • Emacs in the real world – part 3
  • Useful PHP date period functions
  • Server monitoring by Monit and Munin
  • Declaring Variables in Bash Shell Scripting
  • Enhance screen with Byobu's cool functionality
  • Use byobu for extended features in your terminal window
  • Install CHDK on Your Canon Camera Using Linux
  • Sending commands to Xchat from the command line
  • LatencyTop - Track down latencies or lag on your Linux system
  • Create 'Internet Radio Station' With Ubuntu And Ampache
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