How to launch applications differently with Gnome-Pie on Linux desktop

The biggest complaint you can hear those days about Ubuntu is the new Unity interface. I remember leaving for Archlinux precisely when Unity started to rise, and when it was made clear that it was here to stay. However, Unity indirectly has led to good consequences: it allowed other distributions and other desktop environments to […]
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How to adjust screen lock settings on Linux desktop

Every major Linux desktop nowadays comes with a screensaver program by default (e.g., xscreensaver), which then can be used to lock the screen for security purposes. The default screensaver is typically configurable, and you can change settings like inactivity period or screen lock delay. You may want to adjust these settings based on your typical […]
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How to start a program automatically in Linux desktop

Sometimes you may want to launch a program automatically when you log in to your Linux desktop. Such start-up programs can conduct system-wide configuration (e.g., auto proxy) or user-specific desktop customization (e.g., Conky), at the time you log in to your desktop. Most Linux desktop environments have their own GUIs that allow users to configure […]
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How to create desktop shortcut or launcher on Linux

If you have a program you use regularly on Linux desktop, you may want to create a “desktop shortcut”, so you can launch the program by simply clicking on the shortcut. While most GUI programs automatically create their desktop shortcut during installation, GUI programs built from their source or terminal applications may require you to […]
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How to create custom business cards or labels in Linux

A savvy business person may believe that a lasting impression starts with a good looking business card. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to order expensive business cards from somewhere. There are plenty of image editor software that can be used to create DIY great looking business cards or name labels. In Linux, there […]
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How to launch a GUI-based desktop program from command line in Linux

If you often use a particular GUI program in your desktop environment, it may be cumbersome to launch the program by navigating desktop menus which may be several mouse clicks away. To speed things up, you can create shortcuts to your favorite programs inside Application Launcher (e.g., Ubuntu Desktop). Alternatively, you can use a command […]
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How to check GNOME version

GNOME is a community-driven open-source project for desktop environment for GNU/Linux. The GNOME community is also involved in contributing a wide range of core applications that run on GNOME desktop. In this tutorial, I will describe how to check if you are using GNOME desktop, and how to find GNOME version. Check If You Are […]
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How to disable touchpad on Debian or Ubuntu Desktop

On my Dell Inspiron laptop, touchpad is extremely sensitive, even with lowest sensitivity level. This ultra sensitive touchpad often comes in my way as I type in keyboard, causing all sorts of unintentional actions, including accidental clicks, randomly opened/closed browser taps, runaway mouse pointer, etc. The “disabling touchpad while typing” option on Ubuntu Desktop did […]
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