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True transparent eye candy on Fluxbox

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I often hear people asking how to install compiz, beryl on Fluxbox at IRC during the period when 3D desktop effects caught the crowd’s attention. And the answer is definitely NO! you can’t mix beryl with Fluxbox.

Why?

Tips for transitioning to a GNU/Linux distribution

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So, you've made the choice to try a GNU/Linux distribution or distro and have completed the installation. But now what? While doing some spring cleaning on my desk, I came across the notes from my last distro installation. Here are the key tips that made my last transition from Windows to GNU/Linux easier.

How to enable subpixel hinting in openSUSE 10.2

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Only works on openSUSE 10.2 -- on older openSUSE versions, it might create issues because the following instructions also upgrade to the latest freetype2 library.

Rebuild freetype2 with subpixel hinting

Note: the following commands must be executed using your regular non-root account

Tips: Changing Root Mode In Ubuntu/Kubuntu -> The Old Way

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Some people find the default root access (sudo) in Ubuntu/Kubuntu distributions little frustrating and would rather prefer to have it the old way, that is by typing su followed by password and then performing the tasks as root.

Search and Indent in Vim

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I want to discuss a couple handy tricks that I learned today, while coding. If you’re a Vim user, you will probably find these helpful as well.

Debian Etch And Xen From The Debian Repository

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This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to install Xen on an already working Debian Etch system. You can find all the software used here in the Etch repository, so no external files or compilation are needed.

13 Things to do on a New Mandriva Free 2007 Linux Installation

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Mandriva linux is one of the more user friendly linux distributions available ,Right from it's earlier days when it was called Mandrake Linux (Later they changed name to Mandriva after Mandrake acquired another popular linux distribution ) and Desktop Linux was still infancy , Mandriva Linux has been very user friendly and unlike some other linux distributions has been quite pleasant to work with

Sound problems?

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A couple of times I’ve encountered problems with the sound card on Debian boxes. Some notes I’ve found that may help others having difficulties:

* Check the permissions on /dev/dsp, and make sure that the relevant user(s) are in the audio group in /etc/group. You may need to log out & back in again for this to take effect.

Howto: Use rtorrent like a pro

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I’m a huge rtorrent fan. I can’t imagine why anyone would use anything else, unless there’s something funky the big-name programs can do, that rtorrent just doesn’t handle yet.

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