Great writeup on How to Switch from Microsoft Office to

How to set up to work how you want it with templates and clip art, configurations, shortcuts, and more (download the PDF file for this article)

Switching to Step 1

The first step, of course, is to get the software. Here are some options:

Then install Just double-click the downloaded file, or follow the instructions for installing it for your operating system here.

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7,000 Linux Guides for the Linux Laptop

TuxMobil has announced that the number of howto’s and guides on their site has more than doubled, with more than 7,000 Guides for the Linux laptop.

The TuxMobil project covers all aspects concerning Linux on laptops and notebooks. The number of free guides and how-to’s has more than doubled in less than three years, and more than 7,000 links to Linux laptop and notebook installation and configuration guides are now listed at TuxMobil.

Congratulations to TuxMobil on their hard work and dedication.

How to use a Bluetooth phone in Linux

Ryan Paul published a nice article on how to use a Bluetooth phone in Linux using a cheap USB Bluetooth adapter, GNOME’s Bluetooth tools, and Ubuntu.

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If you don’t want your mounted drives to show up on your Ubuntu GNOME desktop, all you need to do is mount them somewhere other than /media/. Here is an example:

mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/usbdrive


Jacob from FOSSwire has a nice tip that will allow you to quickly open any folder from your GNOME Desktop.

While on your desktop (either with no windows open or with the desktop focused) type / (forward slash). Now type in a folder path and hit Enter. The directory will be opened in a new Nautilus window. On top of that, it will also autocomplete most paths.

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Compile an Ubuntu Kernel from scratch

This complete guide to compiling an Ubuntu kernel is very well detailed. The purpose of compiling your own kernel is to tune it specifically to your hardware specifications, as sometimes the install CD provides you with a generic kernel set up.

How to make Kontact work with Google Apps

Andrew Min has a nice article describing how to make Kontact work with Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Reader for all of you KDE users out there.

How to install Fedora 8 Desktop

This document describes how to set up a Fedora desktop – including how to enable special mouse buttons, improve laptop support (depending on your model), set up printers (especially HP) and the usage of Compiz Fusion. The result is a fast, secure and extendable system that provides all you need for daily work and entertainment.

This howto is a practical guide without any warranty – it doesn’t cover the theoretical backgrounds. There are many ways to set up such a system – this is the way I chose.

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Quickzi: Delete files that are a year old

Here’s a quick tip on how to delete files that are a certain amount of days old. In my example, I use 365 days.

find / -type f -mtime +365|xargs rm -f

You could easily replace 365 with any amount of days to achieve a different goal.

If you’re like me, you like the option of being able to open certain applications on the fly, simply by selecting them from your right click menu. It is possible to add your most used, or any applications to the Ubuntu right click menu with a tool called Nautilus Actions.

1. The first thing you need to do is install the Nautilus Actions application:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-actions

2. After it is installed, navigate to your System > Preferences menu and select Nautilus Actions Configuration

Adding Shortcuts to the right click menu in Ubuntu

You should now see the Nautilus Actions main screen

Adding Shortcuts to the right click menu in Ubuntu

3. Click the Add button and you should see the Add a New Action screen

Adding Shortcuts to the right click menu in Ubuntu

4. Fill out the Menu Item & Action properties with whatever you would like in your right click menu. Above, you can see I am using VLC as an example.

Next, click on the Conditions tab.

Adding Shortcuts to the right click menu in Ubuntu

5. Under the Conditions tab you need to make sure that Both is selected under “Appears if selections contains”.

Next, click on Advanced Conditions

Adding Shortcuts to the right click menu in Ubuntu

6. First, uncheck the “File / Local Files” box. Second, in order for the menu items you add to appear every time you right click, you will need to add a blank entry under the Advanced Conditions. To do this, click on the + and erase “new-scheme” and “new-scheme description” so that both entries are blank.

7. Click OK.

8. You now have added your first right click menu item. In order for the item to appear on your right click menu, you need to restart the nautilus daemon.

killall -HUP nautilus

Now you should be able to see the VLC media player on the right click menu.

Adding Shortcuts to the right click menu in Ubuntu

To continue adding more items to the menu, repeat steps 3 through 8 until you are satisfied.