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The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint Debian 201009

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This tutorial shows how you can set up a Linux Mint Debian 201009 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. While the "normal" Linux Mint editions are based on Ubuntu, Linux Mint Debian 201009 is a Linux distribution based on Debian Squeeze (testing); its aim is to look identical to the main edition and to provide the same functionality while using Debian as a base.

some howtos:

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  • Creating Logos in Inkscape
  • CentOS LVM Resizing Guide
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  • Rar Unrar Support For Fedora 14
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  • Dealing with bash history
  • enabling TRIM for your SSD on Ubuntu 10.10
  • Howto bake Persistent Live USB – Debian Way (live-build)
  • Getting Drupal and mod_security to Play Nicely Together on Red Hat 5.x Servers
  • Easily Change Splash Theme Without Commandline in Ubuntu
  • How-to: Program PICs using Linux
  • Linux File Permissions, Groups, and Users
  • How to enable btrfs on Fedora 14
  • Programming Using Glade and Perl
  • How-To: Remaster Debian 6 "Squeeze"
  • Change timeout delay for Sudo command password in Ubuntu

some howtos:

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  • Using UNetbootin to create a Linux USB from Linux
  • MultiBoot – Create a MultiBoot USB from Linux
  • How to work with csv files in Linux
  • Free Tutorials and Resources for Inkscape
  • Vim Plugins: CMake Lint
  • Linux Strings Command Examples
  • 7 Uncommon Uses for iptables
  • Building ffmpeg in Debian (Lenny)
  • Access remote Ubuntu using Shellinabox, A Web Based Terminal Emulator
  • How to join Ubuntu to a Windows Workgroup
  • Limit network access by user / group using iptables - Owner Match

Installing Apache2 With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Ubuntu 10.10 (LAMP)

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LAMP is short for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. This tutorial shows how you can install an Apache2 webserver on an Ubuntu 10.10 server with PHP5 support (mod_php) and MySQL support.

some howtos:

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  • Fixing a lock on a mysql database running on bluearc with fsm utility
  • Find Out Which Process Is Listening Upon a Port
  • Minimize all windows using the Docky anchor icon
  • Batch Edit Images In Ubuntu With Phatch
  • Fixing Plymouth (boot splash) in Ubuntu 10.10
  • Ubuntu Update Manager's Proxy does not change when system proxy is changed
  • 9 Linux ethtool Examples to Manipulate Ethernet Card
  • Gnumeric: Change rows into columns
  • Install Dropbox on KDE desktops
  • How to Create CDs and DVDs with Menu in Ubuntu 10.10 : DeVeDe

The Filesystem Hierarchal Standard

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HowTos If you open nautilus and browse to the root filesystem, you’ll see something that looks like the image to the left. This is the default layout of the filesystem in Ubuntu 10.10, and is a peek into the ancient history and genealogy of Linux.

some howtos:

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  • How To Expand Usable Storage Space In Ubuntu
  • Encrypt Files
  • How to get information on your graphics card in Linux
  • How to upgrade to Fedora 14 "Laughlin" from Fedora 13 & 12
  • Panorama without Hugin
  • Change perspective of images in The GIMP
  • How to get gwibber to use the Ubuntu font
  • Eclipse for Drupal in Ubuntu
  • Speed Up Program Installs / Upgrades in Ubuntu
  • Alias in zsh

The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu Studio 10.10

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This tutorial shows how you can set up an Ubuntu Studio 10.10 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.

some howtos:

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  • Fixing Slow, Choppy and Laggy Maverick
  • DNS cache
  • Music And EXIF Metadata Information In Nautilus
  • How To: Run applications on port 80 without being root user
  • How to record screen activities in Ubuntu
  • Transcode Videos In WebM, Under Ubuntu
  • Manage Gnome Plymouth splash theme using Splash Screen Manager
  • The easiest SVN tutorial ever
  • Copying with scp from STDIN
  • Improve Firefox Speed
  • Password-less ssh
  • Mobile broadband on Ubuntu
  • Enable IMAP push (Gmail) in Evolution
  • Linux authentication login with USB device
  • Rsync : A handy tool to sync with
  • How To Connect MySQL with Open Office on Linux

Some howtos:

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  • Arch Linux Backup Server, part 2
  • Restore the Windows Boot Loader After an Ubuntu Update
  • Use Bluefish as your HTML editor
  • VirtualBox: Port Forwarding for NAT network
  • How to setup Static IP Address in Ubuntu 10.10
  • Run ASP.NET applications (mono) on Ubuntu
  • Stream Internet Radio from the Command Line with mpg123
  • Making Single Click on a URL Do the Right Thing on Linux
  • Easy binary/decimal (denary) conversions in Python 2.6+
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