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some howtos:

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  • Facebook Chat In Bitlbee
  • Install Moovida Media center in Ubuntu 9.10
  • Convert 3gp Videos to XviD AVI
  • Prompt Tricks 2
  • PAC Manager - Perl/GTK Gnome replacement for SecureCRT/Putty/etc

Linux super-duper admin tools: OProfile

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HowTos A few weeks ago, we've learned about strace, a simple yet powerful system debugging tool that allows you to trace the system calls during the execution of a process, allowing you to solve many problems quickly and efficiently. It's time to step up the geeky fun a notch and learn about OProfile.

KDE 4.4 available for Mandriva 2010

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  • KDE 4.4 available for Mandriva 2010
  • Upgrade to Kde 4.4 in Kubuntu 9.10
  • Gentoo major version KDE upgrade HOWTO

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  • How To Hide Kernel Updates in Ubuntu
  • Ripping DVDs on Linux
  • Fast access to templates in GNOME
  • How to Create a Mac Boot Entry in Grub2
  • KVM ‘Quick’ (n dirty) howto
  • How to Install Google Chrome OS
  • How to change back Nautilus as your default file manager
  • Extending CentOS
  • Install Picasa 3.0 Beta in Ubuntu using Repository

NTFS Disk Recovery

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Mary, the daughter of a friend is in college: her Windows XP laptop constantly reboots and, we suspect, has a bad hard drive. The system will boot a live CD (Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Desktop), and data on the hard drive can be read. During boot, the live CD identifies disk errors and tries unsuccessfully to repair them.

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  • Save and Restore MBR in Linux
  • VirtualBox/Linux Mint 8: Changing Screen Resolution
  • Using Facebook XMPP chat on Ubuntu
  • Decorate Grub 2 boot loader using BURG
  • Linux Mint 8 Enabling DVD Playback
  • Upgrade your Kernel the easy way in Ubuntu | LinuxMint
  • Another ten essential Python tips
  • Quick and Dirty with OpenOffice Base
  • Dependency Problem Installing sun-java6-plugin
  • Taking Command of the Terminal with GNU Screen
  • Kubuntu Karmic, KDE 4.4 and Nepomuk
  • Cedega Install: KDE4
  • Drawing a straight line in GIMP
  • Standalone OpenSim on Ubuntu
  • Cinecutie - New Video editor and composer
  • Easily Install Windows Applications In Linux With Wine-doors
  • Install KDE4.4 in openSUSE 11.2

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  • Using screen as your login shell
  • Secure your Linux box with MoBlock
  • Backup Your Firefox Profile Easily using about:support
  • Hidden Linux : Example commands - df and du
  • How To Set JAVA_HOME in Ubuntu
  • Linux Mint 8 Installing Adobe AIR…
  • How To Replace The Pino Notification Area Icon
  • Turbocharge Awk Scripts – Translate into C (Sudoku Revisted)
  • Prompt Tricks
  • Sync Files Between Your iPhone/Touch And Linux PC
  • White Dune is a low level VRML97 tool
  • Migrate users from one Linux machine to another
  • Determine If Shell Input is Coming From Terminal or Pipe
  • Use Latex like a guru
  • Pidgin Plugin That Enables Invisible Status For GTalk
  • How to install Songbird Music Player in Ubuntu 9.10

Running Virtual Machines With VirtualBox 3.1.x On An OpenSUSE 11.2 Server

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This guide explains how you can run virtual machines with Sun VirtualBox 3.1.x on a headless OpenSUSE 11.2 server. Normally you use the VirtualBox GUI to manage your virtual machines, but a server does not have a desktop environment. Fortunately, VirtualBox comes with a tool called VBoxHeadless that allows you to connect to the virtual machines over a remote desktop connection, so there's no need for the VirtualBox GUI.

today's howtos:

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  • Stunning Wallpaper Clocks For Ubuntu - Installation Simplified
  • LinuxMint8 Kde step by step installation for Newbies
  • How to install Gyachi in ubuntu
  • Guayadeque - Nice music player
  • Managing a Linux Wireless Access Point
  • Deja-dup, a great Backup utility
  • how to profile a perl program
  • Installing Pentoo on Hard Drive with LUKS encryption
  • Quick Compiz Screenshots

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  • Useful Command line little tricks (part 1)
  • Synchrorep - A one click folders synchronization
  • Learn and use regular expressions with Kodos
  • Quick guide to convenient tools in GIMP
  • Writing a Simple Bash Script
  • How to setup MPD with PulseAudio independent on X
  • How to repair Windows partition through Ubuntu Linux
  • Tweeting from the Command Line with Twyt
  • Power Up Linux GUI Apps
  • Puppet Drupal recipes
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today's leftovers

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    The Windows version of Sonic Mania is playable on Linux using WINE — and that’s not just me saying that, that’s a bunch of Linux gamers over on Reddit (where else?).
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    Ever heard of the on-demand subscription gaming service Jump? It's an on-demand game streaming service and Icculus just ported The End is Nigh to it. Recently, I wrote about how The End is Nigh might be coming to Linux. Sadly, that's not actually the case just yet. Announcing it on his Patreon, Icculus noted about his work to port it to the on-demand service Jump. They actually reached out to him to do it, as it turns out.
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