Make Changes to Grub Boot Loader

People often ask about how they can make changes to their Grub boot loader menu. This is one of the most commonly asked question that comes from newbies who have a dual/multi boot Ubuntu with some other operating system(s) like Windows, Kubuntu,Xubuntu or some other Linux distro installed. Open Source software are about Freedom, so … Continue reading →

Linux Command Line Interface

I have started to like the Terminal. Like all those people who never used anything else other than MS Windows OS, I was afraid of doing things by typing commands manually. I wanted graphical user interface for every thing. Now that I am using Ubuntu for sometime, I have realized that sometimes it is easier … Continue reading →

Xubuntu: Easily Switch Keyboard Layout

Xubuntu (Ubuntu Linux’s XFCE based flavor) does not come with any graphical utility to switch keyboard layouts. There is a little XKB plugin that you can add to your XFCE panel but it only shows the layout in use. It does not provide an interface to add keyboard layouts neither it allows you to set … Continue reading →

Gnome Applets for Newbies

Applets are little applications that sit on your panels and make things easier for you. In Ubuntu, your default Gnome Desktop comes equipped with some very useful applets pre-installed but not activated by default. People who are absolutely new to Ubuntu and Gnome desktop are usually unaware of these applets and it takes sometime before … Continue reading →

Feed Reader for Ubuntu

I need an RSS Feed reader. I would definitely like to use some web based tool, but currently no bloglines, Google reader or any other feed aggregator satisfies me. I need something with a very simple user interface, little or no advance features and rock solid support for all type of feeds. After looking around … Continue reading →

Whats New in Ubuntu 6.10

I am excited all over again on the new release of Ubuntu. Expected to be released next month but the beta version is currently availabe for download. It has: Firefox 2.0 RC 1 (code named: Bon Echo): New Theme (Tangerine) and user interface have been updated to improve usability. It has inline spell check support … Continue reading →

Localizing Gnome and Ubuntu in Urdu

During last few weeks I had been working on the Localization of Ubuntu and Gnome into Urdu. As part of Ubuntu Urdu Translators Team and Gnome Localization Project on UrduWeb, I spent my time organizing the teams and translating some files. I also made a tool Word Bank for Urdu software translators. This little utility … Continue reading →

HTTP Proxy Authentication

Microsoft’s ISA server firewall is the tool used every where on networks in Pakistan and it is the second most common problem for Linux advocates in Pakistan. The first most common problem is getting drivers for win modems. My Cable Internet service provider also uses the same stupid MS ISA server firewall. They are a … Continue reading →