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Linux for Parents - A Beginners Guide to Ubuntu

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HowTos

Recently I upgraded my mum from Windows XP to Ubuntu. This page will serve as a central location for all of the beginner-to-intermediate Ubuntu “how-to” tutorials that I create.

Topics include:

Browser Related

How to change your Home Page in Firefox
How to delete one (or more) sites from your Firefox address bar (the drop-down list of previously viewed sites)
How to add and edit the sites in the Firefox Bookmarks Toolbar

Managing Files, Folders and Programs

How to rename a file or folder in Ubuntu
How to create a desktop shortcut in Ubuntu
How to install programs in Ubuntu using the Synaptic Package Manager
How to install, setup and use Google Desktop Search in Ubuntu
How to share files and folders across your network in Ubuntu
How to install Windows programs and applications in Ubuntu - using Wine

Ubuntu “Look and Feel” (User Interface)

How to change your desktop background/wallpaper
How to change the Ubuntu screensaver
How to change the Ubuntu theme
Email Related

How to set up and use Evolution - the default email program in Ubuntu

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Distro Development: Rescatux and Bodhi

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    Many code in the grub side and in the windows registry side has been rewritten so that these new features could be rewritten. As a consequence it will be easier to maintain Rescapp. Finally the chntpw based options which modify the Windows registry now perform a backup of the Windows registry files in the unlikely case you want to undo some of the changes that Rescapp performs. I guess that in the future there will be a feature to be able to restore such backups from Rescapp itself, but, let’s focus on releasing an stable release. It’s been a while since the last one. UEFI feedback is still welcome. Specially if the Debian installation disks work for you but not the Rescatux ones.
  • Bodhi 4.0.0 Updates and July Donation Totals
    Late last month I posted a first alpha look at Bodhi 4.0.0. Work since then has been coming along slowly due to a few unpredictable issues and my own work schedule outside of Bodhi being hectic over the summer. Bodhi 4.0.0 will be happening, but likely not with a stable release until September. I am traveling again this weekend, but am hoping to get out a full alpha release with 32bit and non-PAE discs next week.

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Leftovers: BSD/LLVM

Emma A LightWeight Database Management Tool For Linux

Today who does not interact with databases and if you're a programmer then the database management is your daily task. For database management, there is a very popular tool called, MySQL Workbench. It's a tool that ships with tonnes of functionalities. But not all of us as beginner programmers use all Workbench features. So here we also have a very lightweight database manager in Linux, Emma. Read
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