Tag Archive: GNU


Installing software under Linux doesn’t require one to hit the console anymore. Thanks to the graphical package managers available which have made the job of installing, uninstalling & updating software packages a child’s play. Still knowing how to manage software via console is necessary to make yourself a competent Linux user. In this first post I will cover installing software under Debian Linux. I will follow this post with installing softwares on Redhat, installing from source etc.
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After having travelled through the virus infested land of Windows, new Linux converts often have queries about viruses on their Linux systems. Here I will demystify all those queries related to Viruses, Antivirus software’s etc once & for all.
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GNOME desktop has been completely revamped in its new avatar, the GNOME 3. All the changes till now have made it more usable than before. I’m quite liking the new desktop but there is one thing that annoys me big time. Where is the shutdown button? I couldn’t find it anywhere. Is there any keyboard shortcut or mouse gesture to shutdown the desktop? I quite literally, shutdown my computer from the virtual consoles by issuing an ‘init 0′ command for some instances till I figured out the shutdown button is indeed present but not visible(as it was in testing releases of GNOME 3).

To shutdown the computer when using GNOME 3, you need to click on your user-name in the far right top corner of your screen. Upon clicking you’ll get the regular drop-down menu, with the last option as ‘Suspend’. Now press the ‘Alt’ key on the keyboard & keep it pressed and voila the ‘Suspend’ option magically turns into ‘Power Off…’. Upon clicking, you’ll get to choose between a system restart & shutdown.

There you have it. I don’t know why the GNOME team decided to make it so mysterious. GNOME has always been a user-friendly desktop environment but such moves may make its users turn to other alternatives. Already some users have expressed their annoyance to the new changes of the GNOME 3.

Whenever your Linux system boots up, certain daemons(equivalent of windows services) are loaded into the memory in background. These daemons provide certain functionalities & launch certain applications in some events. Daemons run in background all the time from bootup & get into action when a particular event happens on a system.
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Open Source is all about contributing one’s skill, knowledge & even money if one can. If you ever thought to contribute to open source but never started it due to lack of idea, then reading this piece of article will help you a long way. As usual with Open Source, possibilities are endless but here I will list some which I feel will suit most of you.

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