Monthly Archives: May 2014

Editing Your Linux Configuration

For starters, today’s tip is for people not afraid to break their Linux installation. I say that because if you use this tool incorrectly, you may find your computer no longer working!

That said, Go to Menu–> System Tools–> Configuration Editor

Configuration Editor

Configuration Editor

You can’t hurt anything by just poking around, and even if you don’t actually make any changes, you can learn a lot about your Linux system my clicking through the configuration options.

Some of the things that are handy in the config editor are the ability to disable features you may not want your kids using, like using the command terminal, or disable printing, or even logging out.

 

Easy Web Page Authoring

I’m going to mention a package today that is a bit dated, but not quite abandoned.

If you have no idea how to program in HTML or PHP but want to put together a quick web site for yourself, then consider running Kompozer

Kompozer is a what you see, is what you get software application that will allow you to quickly build a web page.

Kompozer

Kompozer

As your skill level increases, Kompozer will grow with you. If you want to edit your style sheet for instance, you can do it, seeing the changes right away.

Style Sheet Construction

Style Sheet Construction

The interface is pretty intuitive, and first time users should have no problem building a web page with ease.

Once you are done, save your page and upload it to your web server and off you go!

 

The Best Linux Twitter Client: Choqok

There are a few Twitter clients out there for Linux, and I’ve tried every

Twitter Client

Choqok

single one of them! Quite some time ago however, I discovered a wonderful software package called Choqok (It means sparrow in ancient Persian!)

Twitter threw a huge monkey wrench into everyone’s Twitter client about a year ago when they changed their API (all purpose interface) which required a complete rewrite of all the software that used it!

Many Twitter clients died at that point, but Choqok kept up with the changes and the result is a wonderful piece of software, that can support multiple Twitter user names,  Besides twitter, it works with several other messaging systems.

Installation is easy in Linux, just navigate to your Software Manager and search for Choqok.

Once installed, the user interface is quite intuitive, just click on Settings and then select Configure Choqok to set up your desired configuration and Accounts.

Choqok Configuration

Choqok Configuration

I manage  5 Twitter accounts with Choqok, and it really makes it easy to keep up with your life on Twitter!

There are several plugins included in Choqok, my most used, being the message filter. The filter allows you to select users, or keywords that you wish to hide. Useful if you don’t want to stop following someone, but want to cut down on the noise.

Of note, Choqok is written for the KDE desktop, so when you install in in an Ubuntu distribution like Linux Mint, it will need to also install the KDE dependencies it will require to run. Most important of these is the KDE wallet, to store your passwords in.

 

ImageWriter: An Easy Way to Try a Different Linux

So you’re finally running a version of Linux. We of course, recommend Linux Mint for first time Linux users. But would you like an easy way to try other Linux flavors? Then open up the ImageWriter software.

Imagewriter

Imagewriter

To try a different Linux distribution, head over to Distrowatch, and read all the descriptions of what’s available. Once you find something you like, download it to your computer.

Once downloaded, plug a 2 or 4 gig thumb drive into an open USB port, and then launch the ImageWriter tool at: Menu–> Accessories–> ImageWriter

In the left drop down menu, select your download .iso file from your Download directory, and in the right drop down menu, select your thumb drive.

Next, click on the Write to Device button and let your computer do its thing!

Once written, you can reboot your computer, and boot directly to the thumb drive. On most modern machines, pressing the F8 or F12 key while the computer boots will allow you to select the boot device. In this case, your thumb drive.

Once booted, you can play with the new distribution, explore the menus, play with the settings etc. If you like it, you can even install the new operating system directly from the thumb drive. (But of course, you’ll want to have backed up first!)