Ubuntu 10.10

    Ubuntu 10.10 introduces several new features, as well as numerous smaller modifications. It is a short-term support release. The more dramatic changes include changes to the Ubuntu Software Center, Ubuntu One setup and configuration, a new photo manager called Shotwell, … Continue reading

    Ubuntu Linux Help and Documentation

    A great deal of help and documentation is available online for Ubuntu, ranging from detailed install procedures to beginner questions (see Table 1-3). The documentation for Ubuntu 10.10 is located at https://help.ubuntu.com/10.10/. The Firefox Web browser start page displays links … Continue reading

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    Network Manager wired connections

    For computers connected to a wired network, like an Ethernet connection, Network Manager will automatically detect the network connection and establish a connection. Mostnetworks use DHCP to provide network information like an IP address and network DNS serverautomatically. With this … Continue reading

    Help Resources

    A great deal of support documentation is already installed on your system, and is accessible from online sources. Both the GNOME and KDE desktops feature Help systems that use a browser-like interface to display help files. To start the GNOME … Continue reading

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    Mail Clients

    Ubuntu supports a wide range of both electronic mail and news clients. Mail clients let you send and receive messages to and from other users on your system or users accessible from your network. News clients let you read articles … Continue reading


    Evolution is the primary mail client for the GNOME desktop. It is installed by default along with OpenOffice. Though designed for GNOME, it will work equally well on KDE. Evolution is an integrated mail client, calendar, and address book. The … Continue reading

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    URL Addresses

    An Internet resource is accessed using a Universal Resource Locator (URL). A URL is composed of three elements: the transfer protocol, the hostname, and the pathname. The transfer protocol and the hostname are separated by a colon and two slashes, … Continue reading

    Epiphany, Chromium, Lynx and ELinks

    Epiphany Epiphany is a GNOME Web browser designed to be fast with a simple interface. You can install Epiphany from the Ubuntu Software Center | Internet | Web Browsers page. You can find out more about Epiphany at http://projects.gnome.org/epiphany/. Epiphany … Continue reading

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    Ubuntu Administrative Tools

    On Ubuntu, administration is handled by a set of specialized administrative tools, such as those for user management and printer configuration. To access the desktop-based administrative tools, you log in as a user who has administrative access. You created this … Continue reading

    Backup Management: Ubuntu One

    Backup operations have become an important part of administrative duties. Several backup tools are provided on Linux systems, including Amanda and the traditional dump/restore tools, as well as the rsync command used for making individual copies. You can even use … Continue reading

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    Network Manager

    Network Manager detects your network connections automatically, both wired and wireless. Network Manager uses the automatic device detection capabilities of udev to configure your connections. Should you instead need to configure your network connections manually, you also use Network Manager … Continue reading

    Network Connections: Dynamic and Static

    Ubuntu will automatically detect and configure your network connections with Network Manager. Should the automatic configuration either fail or be incomplete for some reason, you can also use Network Manager to perform a manual configuration (System | Preferences | Network Connections). If you … Continue reading

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    Broadcast Services: Gwibber

    Ubuntu provides integrated support for social broadcasts (micro-blogging) based on the Gwibber project. You access broadcast accounts using Gwibber (Applications | Internet | Gwibber Social Client). The first time you use Gwibber, the “Broadcast Accounts” dialog is opened first letting … Continue reading

    Kopete, Ekiga, Skype

    Kopete For KDE you can use Kopete, the KDE Instant Messenger client. Kopete features a simple interface with a Status menu for selecting your availability such as Available, Away, and Busy. You can also add a new status, giving it … Continue reading

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    The KDE 4 Desktop

    One of KDE’s aims is to provide users with a consistent integrated desktop. KDE provides its own window manager (KWM), file manager (Dolphin), program manager, and desktop and panel (Plasma). You can run any other X Window System–compliant application, such … Continue reading

    Leave KDE

    To leave KDE, you first click the Leave tab on the KDE Kickoff menu. Here you will find options to logout, lock, switch user, sleep, hibernate, shutdown, and restart. There are Session and System sections. The Session section has entries … Continue reading

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    The Command Line

    The shell is a command interpreter that provides a line-oriented interactive and non-interactive interface between the user and the operating system. You enter commands on a command line; they are interpreted by the shell and then sent as instructions to … Continue reading

    Command Line Editing

    The BASH shell, which is your default shell, has special command line editing capabilities that you may find helpful as you learn Linux. You can easily modify commands you have entered before executing them, moving anywhere on the command line … Continue reading

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