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Ubuntu 11.10

I have been using the latest and greatest Ubuntu 11.10 for a few weeks now and have to say that overall I am impressed.
Since 2006 I have been using Ubuntu as my main OS, come rain or shine, and without too much doubt I can say that 11.10 is simply the best that we have [Read More →]

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IBM Thinkpad X31

So I have had this X31 Thinkpad for a couple years now and always noticed these dark spots on the LCD panel. At first I thought they were dead or stuck pixels, but due to their odd shape and coloration I began searching Google for other LCD anomalies.
One thing I came across was someone wondering [Read More →]

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Install the latest GIMP on Ubuntu!

https://launchpad.net/~matthaeus123/+archive/mrw-gimp-svn

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Ubuntu 10.04 – RTF’s executable!?

I have had this problem for some time now but never was too bothered by it.
Basically the RTF files on my Ubuntu system would always be seen as being executable and when double-clicked there would appear a window asking what you wanted to do with the file. I had already set OpenOffice as the default [Read More →]

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Ubuntu 10.04 – Show Boot Splash

I was having a problem with the boot splash not showing up – and here is what fixed it:
- Open a Terminal and execute:
sudo gedit /etc/default/grub
- Add this line to the file:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=” splash vga=795″
- Save and close the file, and then execute this command:
sudo update-grub
- Then execute this command:
echo FRAMEBUFFER=y | sudo tee /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash
- And [Read More →]

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Adobe Reader in Ubuntu Lucid 64bit

Since Adobe only offer the 32-bit versions of Acrobat Reader for Linux you need to do a couple simple things to use the 32-bit .deb in 64-bit Ubuntu.
1) Download the 32-bit DEB from Adobe HERE
2) Install the package called ia32-libs either through Synaptic Package Manager (System > Administration), or by opening Terminal and running the [Read More →]

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Ubuntu 10.04 – Skype Dark Theme Solution

After upgrading to Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) I noticed that the Skype menus were dark and that the text was also dark, meaning I could not read any of the menu entries or another text that would normally appear when hovering over an emoticon or contact.
There is an easy fix if your using Skype 2.1 [Read More →]

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Ubuntu 10.04 – Intel Gfx + Desktop Effects

I upgraded one of my systems (an R61 Thinkpad) from Karmic to Lucid and immediately noticed I could no longer enable Desktop Effects.
Now this system has the Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 0c) and I was told in the #ubuntu by some well-meaning folk that this was due to a known issue/bug [Read More →]

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Lenovo Update – Laptop/Tablet Hybrid

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IBM Lotus Symphony 3 Beta 2 – Ubuntu 9.10 64bit

Here are the screenshots of the new UI – I approve!
Since there is no Symphony installer for 64bit Ubuntu I had to do the following to get it working: (Courtesy of Symphony support … I just changed what’s in red to suite Ubuntu Karmic.)
How can I install Lotus Symphony on 64-bits Ubuntu?
You can install [Read More →]

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