I've written before about ripping audio CD's from the command line (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4). Certainly, if you're just ripping a new CD, then just convert the audio to your chosen format at that time. But maybe you've been archiving your music in FLAC format or you purchased some high bit-rate MP3's for download and now you want them in a different format or bit-rate for your music player. Read more
Canonical introduced a new default font for Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. In my humble opinion, this new font gives Ubuntu a more polished look. The new font is now available in the repositories for Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. Read more
For years the keyboard shortcuts in the GNOME Desktop Manager have been Print Screen to take a shot of the whole screen and Alt + Print Screen to take a shot of the active window. (See the documentation here.) Something happened in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat that breaks the functionality to take screenshots of the active window. Read more
Most Linux and Open Source enthusiasts are familiar with the OpenOffice.Org office suite. OpenOffice is great, but sometimes you just need a lighter and faster alternative. Maybe you've got a netbook or an older computer and you don't need a full, integrated, office suite, but just a few of the main applications like a word processor and a spreadsheet program. Gnumeric is one such spreadsheet program.
Gnumeric is available for Linux and 32 bit Windows. If you're running Ubuntu Linux, you can install Gnumeric from a terminal with Read more
Sometimes when you install a new program from the Ubuntu repositories, it doesn't show up on the menu until you log out and log back in. You can easily reload the Gnome panel though by killing the process and restarting it. Simply open a terminal window and enter the following: Read more