Linux is the free and open source kernel that powers numerous operating systems (or distributions) that users can freely download, install, remix, share, and even sell. Linux is all about freedom, but it also has the benefit of often being free of charge as well.
Because of its free nature, there are thousands of free and open source applications for Linux. Some of them come and go quite quickly, while others are stable and even among the most widely used software applications in the world (such as Mozilla Firefox). The following are five Linux apps that are still relatively young but that show the signs of being tools Linux users will love and continue to use for some time.
KDE Plasma Workspaces provide a graphical interface and lots of eye candy for the desktop Linux experience. Many would argue that it is equal to or even better at this than Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. KDE, however, is not only a graphical frontend for Linux. It comes with a set of applications and also with a set of system administration tools that can help power users take control of their desktops or laptops without dropping to the command line.
KDE administration tools are primarily located in System Settings. Start system settings by clicking on the kickoff (K) launcher button and selecting “System Settings” or by pressing Alt+F2 and typing “System Settings”. If, for some reason, you cannot find it, the command path is /usr/bin/systemsettings.
This new fighting game called Skullgirls is about as weird as a fighting game can get. If Street Fighter could take LSD, this is what the hallucination would look like.
Yes, that I means I’m going to download it.
Luckily, most Linux distributions include these applications by default, but you also should know the options.
File encryption is not just the stuff of spy movies. There are plenty of practical reasons why you might decide to encrypt a single file, multiple files, or even an entire drive. If you keep sensitive digital copies of financial information such as bank statements and tax returns, you can encrypt them to make sure unauthorized users cannot get to them. You may just have documents, such as your first novel, that you do not want anyone to see. Encryption provides an extra layer of security that simple password protection cannot.
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KDE is the desktop environment of choice for many of the world’s Linux, BSD, and Unix users. It is easy to use and provides a solid graphical interface for many advanced operating system features.
One of those advanced features is the ability to rename a large number of files at once. This saves a tremendous amount of time for people who do this frequently. For example, a photographer may have 300 pictures in a folder and needs to have them all follow a particular naming scheme. The original files might be named something like 100_38239_3.jpg, and the photographer might want them to have the name of the location followed by the date, and time of photos. With KDE, this is easy.
Earlier, I reported that Google Chrome / Chromium would soon have KDE file dialogs for saving and opening files. This morning I installed a development build of Chromium 16, and there it is, native KDE file dialog support by default.
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If you are running Kubuntu, just add this repository:
Of all the errors messages and problems I have encountered over the years with Linux, there are few that I found more frightening than this one:
No such device: UUID=ca40b0c0-3068-4808-bea2-9b439d31e1c2
Grub Rescue >
Even with a kernel panic, your system at least started to boot, but when you get hit with the “Grub Rescue” prompt, it means your system could not even get past the bootloader. Nevertheless, as scary as it feels to suddenly have no access to anything on your computer, it is actually fairly easy to fix.