10 Unique Tips to get Elegant Gnome Desktop

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You can see many pretty Linux desktops every where on the internet.
but having a really cool desktop like shown in screenshot is not possible for everybody. Most of the time customizing the look and feel ends with a bulky desktop that you never thought of!

So I'm going to give you 10 tips to establish a elegant desktop.
That means, your desktop should be beautiful but also powerful.
Elegance is not achieved by adding Vista like Sidebar, Mac like DockBar, Heavy Compiz effects or anything even more stupid, like a system monitor to show off your system configuration X_X.

Access Virtual Box Shared Folder on Linux Guest – How TO

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You might have used shared folder on Windows client, which is quite easy.
The procedure is bit different in Linux, Lets see how -

Virtual Box 3 - 3D Acceleration on Linux guest

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How To – Install Virtual Box Guest Additions on Linux.
Virtual Box Guest Additions allows -
OpenGL 3D Acceleration
Mouse Integration
Shared Folders
etc.

Not just Ubuntu, Go for Variants

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You may have used Ubuntu, Its quite famous... Actually damn famous, Ubuntu is the one of the most used Linux Distro.
Many newbies use Ubuntu as their first Distro, and they even like it. But there is no Perfect OS or Perfect Distro, so even Ubuntu isn't perfect for every role on your desktop.
That is why the Ubuntu variants are for!
Each variant have a small but specific objective, Variants are optimized to satisfy your needs in best way.

Web Browser Comparison and Benchmarks - Linux

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This is the result of running the Acid3 test o...Image via Wikipedia
Head to Head comparison of some commonly used Linux ‘Web Browsers’
Comparison includes – JavaScript and CSS Rendering Tests, Start-Up Time, Memory Usage and Key Features
Participants -
Firefox 3.5.2
Chromium 4 [Dev build]
Opera 10 Beta 3
Epiphany 2.26.1
Konqueror 4.2.2
Operating System -
Ubuntu 9.04 ( Jaunty Jackalope ) – i386

Best Gnome Performance Tweaks – Notebook Optimization

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Curse all those who say Gnome is slow and fat, actually I’m also the one who say that.
For some reasons Gnome can’t be used for low-end machines or notebook computers.
I’m going to write down some performance tweaks and tricks that will cut-off the least used features and some eye-candy from your gnome setup.

10 Things non-geeks should not do on Linux desktop

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Some common mistakes done by many people while trying out Linux desktop for first time …
[These tips are for those people who are not familiar to computers very well]

Linux, FUD and Misunderstanding

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Recently I read the Article on Linux Journal – Why Has Linux Struggled on the Desktop
and found it very stupid.
People who think, "I just bash the MS Windows with stick" must know that, I have used MS Windows for bloody 13 Years, a lot more compared to the time I have spend on Linux which is One and Half Year.

LAMP Home Web Server on Linux Without Commands - How TO

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Setting up a LAMP Server on Linux..
Without Touching the CLI.. as some people got allergy to Terminal



This Tutorial is separated in 3 Parts
1. Setting Up LAMP Server on Linux <-- You are here


Setting up a CMS on LAMP - Joomla

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Continued from PART 1..
LAMP Home Web Server on Linux Without Commands - How TO



This Tutorial is separated in 3 Parts
1. Setting Up LAMP Server on Linux
2. Setting up a CMS on LAMP ( Joomla shown as example ) <-- You are here

3. Making your LAMP Home Server available to Public domain --> Continue

Making your LAMP Home Server available to Public domain

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Continued from PART 2..
Making your LAMP Home Server available to Public domain..

This Tutorial is separated in 3 Parts
3. Making your LAMP Home Server available to Public domain <-- You are here

Customizing and Enabling Metacity's extra features - Compositing Manager

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Are you tired of using Compiz? but still need Screen Compositing?
Don't worry you can use Metacity's compositing features.



You need screen compositor to enable real transparency on the desktop and for use of applications like Avant Window Manager.
Compiz is heavy on your system's resources, and you may not need always need the other compiz-fusion features.

How To Setup Chromium (Google Chrome) with Adblock, Greasemonkey, Themes and Plugins on Linux

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Introduction -I’ve seen people giving very bad review of Google Chrome..even I don’t like it, Google Chrome is a Chromium based (Open Source) browser coded in C+++ with some Google branding. however If you want to use it on Linux you have to use unbranded Chromium browser <--- Now this is what I like, a good Open Source browser for an Open Source Operating System.
Chromium is quite good and possibly can be the browser for future.

Using GIMP as Single Window – Tabs and Groups in Compiz

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Ever tried GIMP? GNU Image Manipulation Program – A excellent open source image editor you can ever get, but it got a annoying side too. GIMP doesn’t support MDI form, and your toolbox and extra windows are floating on screen like crazy. GIMP is intentionally based on SDI, to make it compatible with most Window Managers on Linux.
This problem can be solved by using Window Managers supporting Tabs or Grouping. e.g. Fluxbox, Compiz, or IceWM
While using tabs you should remember that only One Window will be visible and its not convenient to use GIMP with it, We will use Compiz – Tabs and Group plug-in for this purpose.

Top 10 Multi-Language IDEs for Linux

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Top 10 / Best Multi-Language IDEs for Linux
“Hardest thing about programming is typing” - I don’t know who said it, but True.
Therefore we always need something to help us, an IDE

There are many around. but not all of them support more than one or two languages. Keeping all of them is definitely not an option and you need to choose between the best ones available.

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