Linux documentation

    The Linux Documentation Project (LDP), headed by Matt Welsh, has developed a complete set of Linux manuals. The documentation is available at the LDP home site at The Linux documentation for your installed software will be available at your … Continue reading

    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

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    Software Sources managed from Ubuntu Desktop

    You can manage your repositories with the Software Sources dialog, allowing you to enable or disable repository sections, as well as add new entries. This dialog edits the /etc/apt/sources.list file directly. Choose System | Administration | Software Sources to open the Software Sources … Continue reading

    Installing and Updating Software

    Ubuntu software distribution is implemented using the online Ubuntu software repositories, which contain an extensive collection of Ubuntu-compliant software. With the integration of repository access into your Linux system, you can think of that software as an easily installed extension of your current … Continue reading

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    Thunderbird is a full-featured stand-alone e-mail client provided by the Mozilla project ( It is designed to be easy to use, highly customizable, and heavily secure. It features advanced intelligent spam filtering, as well as security features like encryption, digital … 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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    Java for Linux

    To develop Java applications, use Java tools, and run many Java products, you use the Java 2 Software Development Kit (SDK) and the Java 2 Runtime Environment (JRE). The SDK is a superset of the JRE, adding development tools like … Continue reading

    Web Clients

    Ubuntu provides powerful Web, FTP, and messaging clients for accessing the Internet. Many of these applications are installed automatically and are ready to use when you first start up your Ubuntu system. Ubuntu also includes full Java development support, letting you … Continue reading

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    System Tools

    Useful system tools as well as user specific configuration tools can be found in the Applications | System Tools, System | Preferences, System | Administration, and Applications | Accessories menus. The Administration menu holds tools like the System Monitor for checking on resource … Continue reading

    Automatic Login Preferences

    If you want to change automatic login preferences, you can use the Login Screen Settings window accessible from System | Administration | Login Screen. This configures the GNOME Display Manager, which runs your login process. With Ubuntu 10.10 the Login … Continue reading

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    System Administration

    Most administrative configurations tasks are performed for you automatically. Devices like printers, hard drive partitions, and graphics cards are detected and set up for you. There are cases where you may need to perform tasks manually like adding new users and installing … Continue reading

    Controlled Administrative Access

    To access administrative tools, you have to login as a user who has administrative permissions. The user that you created during installation is given administrative permissions automatically. Log in as that user. When you attempt to use an administrative tool, … Continue reading

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    KDE Kickoff and Quick Access menus

    The KickOff application launcher organizes menu entries into tabs that are accessed by icons at the bottom of the Kickoff menu. There are tabs for Favorites, Applications, Computer, Recently Used, and Leave. You can add an application to the Favorites … Continue reading


    If you are using the KDM to login, a box will be displayed at the center of the screen where you can enter your user name and password. Shutdown and Session (down arrow) menus are displayed at the bottom left … Continue reading

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