Jan 02

Removing the Top Panel

The main Ubuntu desktop has two panels (or toolbars), one at the top and one at the bottom. If you’re coming from the Windows world, if you’re running Ubuntu on a netbook (or laptop), or if you just don’t like wasting space, you probably want to get rid of one of them. This tutorial explains how to remove the top panel and move it’s functionality to the bottom panel, cleaning some things up along the way.
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Jan 01

Automatic CD Ripping With abcde

This tutorial describes how to automate the process of ripping CDs in Ubuntu. While it’s possible to rip CDs with a nice GUI tool, what I want is a completely automated process where all I have to do is put the CD in, then remove it once it’s ripped. I also want to rip to multiple formats simultaneously, specifically FLAC and MP3. The tool I use to do this is called abcde. This is a little known command line program that does everything I want and more. It’s easy to use and produces excellent rips.

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Dec 27

Configuring Nautilus

Nautilus is the file browser used in Ubuntu Linux, and is a standard part of the Gnome desktop. As a computer programmer, it is probably the most fundamental program in my toolset. It is automatically started when I log in and I use it repeatedly until I log out. It’s how I view, access and modify the elements of my computer world, the files. I want it to display a lot of information in a small area and I want it to be easy to use. More than any other, it is my “home” program. So I want it to be configured just right.

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Dec 09

Installing Ubuntu 9.10

This tutorial will describe how to install Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) for a desktop or server machine. Obviously I’ll be using the normal version of Ubuntu for the desktop install, but less obviously, I’ll also be using this same version for the server install. This is because I don’t find much need for most of the things in the server version, and this install is primarily intended for home use, where the central function of the server is to share files amongst the desktop machines. So think of it as installing a simple home file server. From there you can do whatever you want with the server, but I’ll leave that for another tutorial.

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