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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