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13 Things to do immediately after installing Ubuntu

In this article i describe some of the things to do immediately after installing ubuntu on your machine . Since most of the people reading this would be shifting from Windows to Linux with a system dual booting so i would focus more on making transition easy from Windows to Linux.

Creating Your ultimate Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop

Ubuntu 7.10 Codenamed Gusty Gibbon was released few weeks back with much fanfare ,now Ubuntu for past couple of years has been one of the most popular Desktop Linux distributions . Ubuntu 7.10 includes a number of features , applets and Wizards to simplify desktop Linux experience however because of many licensing restrictions it does not include out of the box support for popular audio/video codecs and many commercial but good applications . Also because of the limitation of trying to accommodate all kind of applications on single CD Ubuntu comes with a limited set of applications .

Now , i often have arguments with my friends who are new to computers that windows is…

Using Archives on Linux

Archives like tar,gzip,bzip2,rar,zip pack in a number of files in a single archive and further compresses them using various algorithms thus making the files occupy much less space as compared to original files. Linux provides a number of options for compressing the file , in the article we look at various options available under Linux and using them describing the command line tools and graphical front-ends like Ark and File-roller.gzip (GNU Zip)

gzip can be used for compressing a single file , it is not meant for compressing entire directories as other file formats do . The default extension used bu gzip archives is (.gz) .

gzip filename.ext
This would create a file name filename.gz and replace the existing filename.ext file with filename.ext.gz file which is compressed gzip archive , the gzip command retains the file's attributes the modification,time stamp, access etc.

The compression level of the file can be varied by using options from 1 to 9 while com…

DreamLinux 2.2 : Review - A Nice Linux based OS based on XFCE

DREAMLINUX : not quite a dream but still good

Number of Linux distributions just keeps on increasing, every now and then a new distro pops up claiming to be different from other but most of them are remarkably similar in features . However Dreamlinux was one distro I was highly impressed with to start with the distribution was based on XFCE as it's default desktop environment which was a very welcome change considering that Gnome and KDE are resource hungry and do make your old hard-ware slow. It was nice to see a Linux distribution based on XFCE .There are few Linux Distribution based on XFCE and the most notable is Xubuntu.

I tested DreamLinux 2.2 Multimedia Edition on my IBM Thinkpad(Cel 1.4 Ghz , 256 MB RAM ) , the distribution was LIVE CD on booting the CD-ROM the grub menu provided a number of options for booting the distribution , it was the largest set of options i have seen for any distribution .

DreamLinux Booting Up

I chose the default option the system booted in les…

Eleven Really usefull Linux Tips


1. Making linux files and folder unalterable : -

Suppose one has a folder/file 'linux' and you want to make it unalterable so that it does not get deleted mistakenly. This can be done with the following command

chattr -R +i [Replace this with the folder address , in this case it is /home/ambuj/linux]
After completeing the step the folder becomes unalterable and even the superuser - ' root' cannot delete the folder.

Now if you again want to delete the folder it can be done first by removing these attributes from the folder

chattr -R -i [ Folder address, /home/ambuj/linux in this case ]
Now the folder can be removed.

2. Resetting user password

There are often case when some new user forgets his/her password , this password can be reset by the root user
using command

passwd [name of user]

this will ask for new user password of the user.

3. Recovering lost root password

if one has lost his root/superuser password , then the passwo…