Bash to Basics: Print Text with echo

May 14, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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In the first installment of Command Line Basics, I explained the use of the echo command. In this first installment of Bash to Basics, I'll show how to use the echo command in a script.

Open up a text editor and paste the following text into it. Read more

Command Line Basics: echo

May 13, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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I'm starting a new feature called Command Line Basics. In this first installment I'm going to cover the echo command.

The echo command is used for sending text to the standard output. In most cases, the standard output is your terminal. For example, to print the word "echo" to your terminal output, enter the command Read more

Install the Firefox 3.5 Beta in Linux

May 12, 2009 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: firefox, HowTo, linux 

The beta version of Mozilla Firefox 3.5 is out and available for download. The process I'm going to show is to install the beta without removing your current installation. This is just a basic testing setup. If you want to do a true full install, follow the directions in the Ubuntu documentation.

First off, download the appropriate version from Mozilla.

Backup your Firefox profile. Open a terminal window and enter: Read more

Create a Bootable USB Drive with Ubuntu and FreeDOS

May 8, 2009 by · 21 Comments
Filed under: HowTo, linux, Ubuntu 

Sometimes you just need a DOS boot disk. Many motherboard manufacturers and computer companies only provide DOS based BIOS update utilities. A further challenge is that many computers no longer have floppy disk drives. The solution is to create a bootable USB drive that boots to FreeDOS. The beauty of this method is that you can create a DOS boot drive using only free software. Read more

Revert the Update Behavior in Jaunty to the Old Way

May 7, 2009 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: gnome, HowTo, lame, Ubuntu 

If you've recently updated your Ubuntu installation to version 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope), then you've probably noticed that the update manager starts up automatically when there are updates available. The old behavior was to provide a notification icon in the system tray. If you prefer the new behavior, great. Leave things alone. If you would like Ubuntu to behave like it used to, then read on. Read more

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