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Building the XO: Porting a PyGTK game to Sugar, part one

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Welcome to this tutorial series on porting a PyGTK game to the OLPC’s Sugar environment. While we will be concentrating on a game called Block Party, the lessons taught here can be used as a guide to create or port any number of applications. Games are just more fun to learn with.

A Casual guide to some commonly used Linux Commands

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Through this document i try to explain some of the commonly used commands under linux and their basic use In this first part of series we cover ls,cat,arch,bzip2,gzip,tar,pwd,more,mpg123

1. cat : ( concatenate)

Linux tip - booting multiple desktop environments

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If you just can’t choose between GNOME and KDE, or you just want a change of scenery every now and then, it’s really easy to install multiple desktop environments and seamlessly switch between them.

It’s really easy to install them - just use your distribution’s package management system to add your desktop environment of choice.

The Newbies Guide to Compiling Your First Kernel

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So you've been using Linux for a while now and have decided to take the next step. Whether you are looking for a performance increase, added hardware support or even just to enhance your geek cred, compiling your own kernel need not be a horrifying experience. Compiling a kernel has historically been a very involved and, at times, frustratingly hair pulling experience for new Linux users.

Using Sharp Fonts On A GNOME Desktop

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You might have noticed that fonts are quite fuzzy on Linux desktops which can make your eyes ache if you have to sit in front of your computer all day long. Font rendering is still a little bit awkward and one of the last weaknesses of Linux desktops. This tutorial shows how you can make GNOME and all GNOME applications (such as Evolution, the file browser Nautilus, etc.) use sharp fonts.

Creating hackergotchis using the GIMP

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A hackergotchi is a picture of a person's head that's used as an avatar for identification on a blog. Any region below the neck is cut out, as are any portions of the picture that don't include the head. You can create a hackergotchi easily with a digital camera and the GIMP.

How to script songs lyrics retrieval

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I recently wrote a simple bash script to incorporate a lyrics database into some of my music-handling scripts. I took advantage of one of the benefits of open source software by finding an existing application that performed this task and inspecting the code to see how the developers did it.

Installing Beryl On An Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Desktop With An ATI Radeon Graphic Card

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This tutorial shows how you can install and configure Beryl on an Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) desktop with an ATI Radeon graphic card. With Beryl, you can make your desktop use beautiful 3D effects.

Software suspend under Linux

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Suspending a computer means to turn it off in a special way, so that when you power it on again it resumes what it was doing, like nothing had happend. There are two common ways of suspending a computer: suspending to RAM and suspending to disk.

Suspend to disk

Open source virtualisation with qemu

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Virtualisation is ultra-cool. For the uninitiated, virtualisation is being able to have a virtual computer running on top of a real one. It’s a great way to run two operating systems at the same time, or test out the latest stuff without committing a physical machine.

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