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This particular guide is directed at any Kubuntu user who finds that their Kubuntu interface has stopped working and would like to restart the KDE interface without resetting their computer by powering it off. Read below to find out how you can restart your KDE interface at any time without the added irritation of having to power off.

Restarting the KDE interface in Kubuntu is as easy as two simple steps.

 

Firstly you will need to go to your desktop and hit the following key combination using your keyboard:

ctrl + alt + del

 

If you are a current or ex-Microsoft Windows user then you will probably have noticed that the above key combination, used in Windows will provide you with the task manager or the logout screen.

 

In the case that you are using Kubuntu, which you will be if you are reading this guide, this key combination, entered at the desktop will provide you with a popup dialogue box which will give you the following options to choose from:

  • Logout
  • Turn Off Computer
  • Restart

 

You will need to click the “Logout” option. Clicking the “Logout” button will bring you to the KDE login screen. From this screen you will need to perform the following key combination:

ctrl + alt + backspace

 

Once you this, Kubuntu will reload itself and then allow you to log in again. This will refresh your desktop and terminate all unresponsive programs, allowing you to fully enjoy your KDE desktop, without the irritating unresponsive program(s).

Be sure to use this guide whenever your KDE desktop decides to lock or freeze on you. Enjoy your newfound Kubuntu knowledge.

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This guide is aimed at any Kubuntu user who wishes to be able to hit the power button on the computer and come back to find their computer logged in, without the irritating login screen nagging you to enter your password. This is not recommended for any high traffic areas such as a school, office or library as it could run a very high risk of somebody viewing, deleting or stealing your valuable files. Read below to find out how to enable automatic logins on your Kubuntu computer.

The very first thing you are going to have to do to ensure that this guide is of 100% use to you is be sure that you are running Kubuntu, this guide does not apply to Ubuntu.

 

Next you will need to click the “start” button in the taskbar (usually found at the bottom left of the screen with a “K” inside a blue box). Clicking the “start” bar will open the programs menu, from here you can click “System Settings”. This opens the “System Settings” window, allowing you to change your computer’s settings.

 

Next you will need to scroll to the bottom of the windows and open the “Login Manager” icon. This will open the windows that you can use to manage nearly everything related to the login system of your Kubuntu computer.

 

Once you have accessed the “Login Manager” screen you then need to enter your password to gain full access to the window.

 

Now select the “Convenience” tab located at the top of the “Login Manager” window and then select the user to “Autologin” using the appropriate drop-down box. Once you have selected the appropriate text from the drop-down box you then need to set a time delay most appropriate to your needs.

 

Now click “Apply” and close the window. From now on (or until you change the setting back by reversing this guide) you will only need to power on your computer and it will load the operating system and present you with your Kubuntu desktop. This is especially useful when you are in a hurry to get to work and need to check your e-mails but are busy making breakfast or on the phone to a workmate.

 

Be sure to utilize this guide as well as possible. Enjoy your newfound Kubuntu knowledge.

This guide focuses on easing a new or even an experienced Kubuntu user into making an educated choice when installing software. The “apt-get” command in the Terminal of Kubuntu is a great timesaver and is an everyday feature to myself and surely many other Linux users around the world. Read below to find out how easy it is for you to diminish your program installation times at the same time as keeping the installation virtually completely unattended.

The first thing you will need to do is open your “start” button in the taskbar. Once you have opened this you will need to type directly into the terminal window the following:

sudo –i

This command will allows you to login to the terminal as root. Thus ultimately allowing you to take complete control of the software on the system without losing your current login session.

 

You will be prompted with a line of text asking you to type your login password. Type in the password for the account that you are currently logged into. Note: The text does not appear on the screen for security reasons. Once you have typed in your password hit the “Enter” key.

 

You will now be prompted with a “root” command line. From here you can install your apt-get software by running the appropriate command. Which should be something similar to this:

sudo apt-get install <your software name>    and then hit “Enter”

 

To find the apt-get command for the piece of software or suite of software that you want can be found by typing into Google’s search engine the following:

sudo apt-get for <your software name>

(replacing <your software name> with the apt-get code for your software.

 

For example, say you would like a game suite to play at home or at work on your Kubuntu computer. Difficult? Not at all. It is as simple as typing in the apt-get code written below:

sudo apt-get install kdegames

 

Once you have typed the above command and hit the “Enter” key you will be prompted with a “y/n” prompt. Hit “n” and “Enter” and then watch the magic happen.

 

Allow the terminal to continue spitting out data and code until it stops and presents you once again with the “root” prompt. You will now notice that in this one games suite alone you will have the following games stored categorically in your “start” bar:

 

Arcade

  • KBlocks – A Tetris clone

  • KBounce – A JezzBall clone for KDE

  • KBreakout – A Breakout type game

  • KGoldRunner – Run around an area collecting gold then run to the next level. (a clone of Lode Runner)

  • KLines – A clone of Lines

  • Kolf – A Miniature golf simulation

  • Kollision – A game of dexterity

  • KSameGame – A wall of balls that need to be deleted

  • KSnake – A KDE clone of Rattler Race (a variation of Snake).

  • KSpaceDuel – A variation on the Spacewar! game

  • KTron – A rudimentary Tron Light cycle racing game.

Board

  • Bovo – A Gomoku game

  • KBattleship – Battleship for KDE.

  • KMahjongg – Mahjong solitaire

  • Shisen-Sho – A Mahjong-like game

  • KReversi – A Reversi game

  • KFourInLine – A Connect Four game. Used to be called KWin4

Card

  • KPat – A card game with solitaire games Klondike, Spider, FreeCell and other card games included.

  • Lt. Skat – A card game for KDE, based on the German Offiziersskat game.

Dice

  • KJumpingCube – A board game where players make boxes change color and try to succeed in taking over the board.

  • Kiriki – A Yahtzee game

Logic

  • KAtomic – A clone of the early 1990s commercial game Atomix.

  • KBlackBox – Black-box logic game. Shoot rays into a black box to find some balls.

  • KDiamond – A Bejeweled type game

  • KMines – A Minesweeper implementation for KDE.

  • KNetwalk – A puzzle game. The player must arrange sections of wire to connect the computers.

  • KSquares – A Dots and Boxes game

  • KSudoku – A Sudoku game

  • Kubrick – A Rubik’s Cube game

Strategy

  • Konquest – A simple turn-based strategy game with the theme of galactic conquest.

  • KsirK – A Risk clone

Toy

  • KTuberling – A Potato Guy game for kids. (Modeled after the Mr. Potato Head children’s toy)

 

Now, that is a fairly decent amount of games for a few commands and less than 2 minutes of your time isn’t it?

 

There are many, many more games and software available in this way. Refer to my guide on how to install a suite of games intended for the GNOME desktop environment used on Ubuntu systems linked below:

https://chafflube.wordpress.com/2010/09/30/how-to-install-gnomegames-using-apt-get-in-kubuntu/

 

Have fun experimenting with your new game suite. Enjoy your newfound Kubuntu knowledge.

    This guide applies specifically to a Linux user running the Kubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) operating system. It will show you exactly how you can install a decent amount of attractive and entertaining games just by typing a few simple lines of code into the Kubuntu terminal. Read below to find out how you can do it.

    The first thing you will have to do is go to your “start” bar in the taskbar (usually found at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen) and click it. Once you have clicked it, type into the box at the top of the bar “Terminal” and then click on the command prompt icon that appears (should be first in the list. closest to the top).

     

    Now that you have opened the terminal window you can begin installing your GNOMEgames suite. The first command you will need to type into the terminal windows is:

    sudo –i

     

    Once you have typed this and hit the “Enter” key you will be prompted with a line of text asking for your current user login password. Enter your password (which will not appear as you are typing it) into the line next to the prompt. Once you have typed your current user login password hit the “Enter” key.

     

    Once you have hit the “Enter” key you will notice that your command prompt will have replaced your current user name with “root”. This means that you now have administrative power over your computer, which is of course required to install the games suite.

     

    Now you will need to type in the following command into the terminal window:

    sudo apt-get install gnome-games

     

    As soon as you have typed the above command into your terminal windows you may hit the “Enter” button. Once you do so, you will occasionally be prompted with a simple “y/n” prompt.If this is the case, simply hit the “y” key and then the “Enter” key to begin the download and installation of your gnome-games suite.

     

    You will notice that the terminal window is now bustling with activity and is putting out codes rapidly, ignore this as it is only doing your job for you; convenient yes?

     

    Be sure not to close the terminal window until all of the codes stop scrolling and you are again presented with the “root” line. Feel free to do anything else on your computer while you wait though, minimizing your terminal windows if you wish,

     

    As soon as your terminal has stopped spewing code, you will notice that your gnome-games suite is now installed categorically into your “start” bar. The games within the package are as follows:

    • AisleRiot – (also known as "sol") – a suite of Solitaire card games.

    • GNOME Blackjack – a computerized implementation of the gambling game. (Removed in October 2009)

    • Five or more

    • Four-in-a-row

    • GNOME Chess – a chess game.

    • GNOME Mahjongg – the traditional Chinese game for a single player.

    • GNOME Mines – an implementation of the Minesweeper computer game.

    • Klotski

    • lagno – an implementation of Reversi

    • Nibbles

    • Quadrapassel – a Tetris clone (called Gnometris prior to October 2009).

    • Robots

    • Same GNOME

    • Sudoko – a Sudoku generator and game.

    • Tetravex

    • Swell Foop – a SameGame clone.

    • GNibbles – a remake of Nibbles.

    • Tali – A dice-style poker game, similar to Yahtzee.

     

    Now that is simplicity. Have fun with your new game suite. Be sure to have a look at my guide on how to install the KDEgames suite to, if you are interested in adding to your new collection of free, open-source games by following the link below:

    https://chafflube.wordpress.com/2010/09/30/how-to-install-kdegames-using-apt-get-in-kubuntu-10-04/

     

    Have fun at work or at home with your new GNOME game suite. Enjoy your newfound Kubuntu knowledge.

    This guide will tell you exactly how you can easily create your very own free e-mail account using Gmail.com. Read below to find out how quickly and simply you can start your own secure and free e-mail account.

    Firstly, you will need to head to the Gmail website. Which can be found by clicking the link below:

    http://mail.google.com/mail/signup

     

    Once you have clicked the above link you will find that there is a reasonable long list of boxes requiring information. You will need to fill out the necessary boxes as accurately as possible and then click the “I accept. create my account.” button at the bottom of the page.

     

    Be sure that the password you entered for your account is not too hard to remember but also too hard for people to guess. A password like your first name, last name, nickname, pet’s name, birthday or anything similar will put you at a much higher risk of having you account and details stolen by a hacker.

     

    Now once you have created your account you will be able to log into your new e-mail account, also you will be able to subscribe to sites using your e-mail address as well as share it with friends who you would like to keep in contact with.

     

    To log into your Gmail e-mail account you can go to the link below:

    http://mail.google.com/

     

    Once you follow this URL, look to the right of the page and you will notice two small text boxes. Written next to the text box is “username” and “password”. The boxes will appear like so:

    Google Sign In

     

    All you need to do now to achieve a fully functional free e-mail account is enter your login details, which will be:

    username:   (type the e-mail address that you chose)

    password:   (type the password that you chose)

     

    Once you have done this correctly, your browser will redirect you to your e-mail inbox and you can read your e-mails at your leisure.

    Enjoy your newfound e-mail creation knowledge.

    This guide I am writing is intended to finally give the Facebook community the freedom to add the long awaited “Dislike” button into their statuses. Read below to find out how easy it is to post a status on your profile with a “Dislike” button. The first thing you will need to do is sign into your Facebook account. Then you will need to visit the following link to acquire the “Status Magic” app:

    http://apps.facebook.com/statusmagic/ Once you have visited this URL and you have installed the application you can then post your statuses through the “Status Magic” app and add any button you would like (in place of the “Dislike” button). Once you have installed the app you can click the “Account” tab in the top right of your Facebook browser and then click “Application settings”. Once you have clicked “Application settings all you will need to do is scroll through your applications and find “Status Magic” and then click the “Status Magic” link to open it. When you open the “Status Magic” app through the “Account/Application settings” Link you will be led to a page similar to the one shown in the screenshot of my computer running the same app below: Status Magic Demo Now that you have opened “Status Magic” you can type your status in the text box provided and then type in the options for your custom button. Once you have written your post and edited the text for your custom button you can click the “Share” button and you are done. Your Post will now be published with the added option of the custom button you created.

    It is that simple to create a “Dislike” button, or any custom button on Facebook for that matter. Enjoy your newfound Facebook interface enhancement knowledge.

    This guide is written in order to guide any frequent Facebook users to fully understand how it is that some people can apply a full skin or theme to their Facebook interface. It is easier than some might think. Read the guide below to add some personalized style to your Facebook visit.

    First of all you will need to make the Firefox browser your friend by using it as often as possible, if not all the time to surf the internet in general, Facebook especially.

     

    The reason for making Firefox your preferred browser is that you will need Firefox to install your own personal theme to Facebook, as Microsoft Internet Explorer and most other internet browsers are not customizable. Firefox on the other hand is, in my opinion one of the most customizable and versatile web browsers in the world.

     

    Now, if you do not have a copy of Firefox installed on your computer then head to the Mozilla site to download your free copy of Mozilla Firefox. Be sure to click on the download button that is most relevant to your current operating system.

     

    Once you have downloaded the Firefox installer and you have installed it onto your computer, you can then run Firefox and watch the world of internet customization unfold before you.

     

    First I recommend that you head to http://www.facebook.com and check out Facebook on Firefox to get a feel for your new browser.

     

    Once you have familiarised yourself with Firefox you can then begin the fun part, customizing your Facebook. The first thing you will need to customize Facebook is a Firefox addon. This addon is called “Stylish” can be downloaded by following the link below and clicking the “Add to Firefox” button:

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2108/

    Or by following the direct link below:

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/downloads/latest/2108/addon-2108-latest.xpi?src=addondetail

     

    Once you click either of the two links you will be presented with a dialogue box that will look like so:

    Stylish Addon Install

     

    You will need to wait for the seconds to count down on the “Install Now” button before you are able to click it. Or you could disable this wait by using the following guide:

    https://chafflube.wordpress.com/2010/08/24/how-to-remove-the-s-wait-when-installing-an-add-on/

     

    Once the seconds have counted down (or you have disabled the (s) wait using my guide in the hyperlink above, you will be able to click “Install Now”. Once you click the “Install Now” button the addon will automatically install into Firefox; requiring a restart of Firefox. To restart Firefox you will need to hold “ctrl+shift+escape’ which brings up the task manager and then you need to locate the “Firefox” process and right-click it and then click “end process”. Now Firefox will close completely, so you now need to reopen Firefox just like you normally would.

     

    After you have started Firefox you will notice an icon that looks like an “S”. That is your Stylish addon. Now to add a theme to your Facebook all you need to do is go to http://www.facebook.com and once the page has loaded right-click the “S” icon in the bottom right of your browser and then click “Find styles for this site…” like so:

    Stylish addon

     

    Once you click “Find styles for this site…” you will be taken to http://www.userstyles.org which is a site that allows you to download themes for Facebook to apply using the Stylish addon.

     

    Now all you have to do is pan through all of the different themes that you are fronted with and choose the one you like best and click on any of the links like so:

    Facebook theme selection

     

    Once you have clicked on a link that you think sounds good you will be presented with a page that will allows you to download and install the theme you have chosen. This page should look like so:

    Installing stylish theme

     

    You will notice above that you are shown a preview of the theme. Also you will notice that the circled button will allow you to install the theme and it will become effective as soon as you have clicked the button and allowed it to install. When you click the “Install with stylish” button as shown above, you will be confronted with this dialogue of which you will have to click the “Install” button on, like so:

    Install theme

     

    Now once you have clicked the “Install” button like shown above, your theme will be active immediately. Now look what happens as soon as I head back to Facebook:

    Theme has been applied

     

    There you have it. Your very own personalized Facebook. Enjoy it.

    It really is that simple to completely customize your Facebook experience with this simple, easy-to-understand guide.Be sure to send the link to this guide to all of your friends and family who use Facebook, I am sure they would love to personalize their Facebook to. Enjoy your newfound Firefox knowledge.

    This guide will teach any Firefox user how to use their “about:config” page to increase the page load times on a dial-up or broadband connection by using the rarely mentioned technology called “pipelining”. Pipelining will cause Firefox to override its default setting of loading one item on a page at a time and instead loads multiple items on the page simultaneously, ultimately speeding up your page load times in Firefox.

    To enable optimum pipelining you will need to go to the about:config page by typing “about:config” into the address bar and then accepting the warning message.

     

    Once you are in the configuration editing page you are then able to change the following items to enable pipelining, which in most scenarios will provide an optimum web browsing experience.

     

    Type into the Filter bar at the top of the page the following text:

    network.http

     

    Once you have entered this text you will be faced with an array of values relevant to the network settings of Firefox. You will need to change the following values as shown below:

    Set “network.http.proxy.pipelining” to “true”

    Set “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” to “a number between 20 and 40”

    Set “network.http.pipelining” to “true”

    Also, right-click anywhere in the white/empty area of the page and click “new/integer”

    You must then name this integer as “nglayout.initialpaint.delay”

    And give it a value of 0

     

    Once you have completed all four of these tasks then you will be able to restart Firefox and you will notice instant increases in page load times (unless of course you are on a dial-up internet connection, in which case you may only notice a slight improvement).

    Now you will be using a pipelined version of Firefox that will give you an advantage over all other web users in terms of speed, reliability and data integrity. Enjoy your newfound Firefox pipelining knowledge.

    This guide will let you control the amount of RAM that the Firefox browser on your computer is using while you are on the web. This guide is particularly useful if your computer does not have a lot of RAM. Read below to find out how you can use the “about:config” page to maximize the performance of your computer without losing the ability to explore the internet.

    The first thing you will have to do is open your Firefox browser and then enter the following URL into the address bar at the top of the browser:

    about:config

     

    This URL is a webpage that accesses he configuration values of your browser directly. Thus allowing you to edit completely the look, feel and functionality of your Firefox browser. Once you have typed in this address you will be greeted with a page warning you about the dangers of entering this page. The page will say “Here be dragons!”. Although, don’t be worried this is only to protect the Firefox settings of an inexperienced computer user so you will just click the “I’ll be careful, I promise!”. Once you have clicked this button you will be led to the configuration page which will contain a lot of values.

     

    Now what you will need to do is enter in the “Filter” bar at the top of the about:config page the following text:

    browser.cache.disk.capacity

     

    Once you enter this text into the Filter bar you will be left with a single value which will have a number value in Kb (Kilobytes) of your default RAM maximum for Firefox, which will usually be “51200”.

     

    You can now change this value to anything you feel most fitting. I recommend the following:

    Amount in Mb of System RAM         Recommended Kb For Firefox

     

         0 – 128 10000
    128 – 512 15000
    512 – 1024 20000
    1024 – 2048 35000
    2048 + 45000

     

    As soon as you have edited the value to suit the total system RAM of your computer the you can resume using Firefox and the edited value will take effect next time you start Firefox. If you would like to see the effects immediately then open task manager, by right-clicking the start bar and then clicking “Task Manager” or hold “ctrl+shift+esc”.

    It is that simple to decrease the impact on system performance that Firefox creates on your computer. Enjoy your new found Firefox configuration knowledge.

    This guide will tell a Firefox enthusiast how to disable the “Here be dragons!” warning screen that appears when you enter the URL “about:config”. Disabling this warning will save time and provide convenience for a Firefox user who is interested in changing the look, feel or performance of their Firefox browser. Read below to find out how easy it is to remove this pesky and unnecessary warning screen and get on with your configuration editing.

    Firstly you will need to type "about:config” into your address bar of Firefox and then click the “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button on the “Here be dragons!” Warning page. Once you have done this and you are fronted with the list of values in the configuration page, you will need to enter “general.WarnOnAboutConfig” into the “Filter” bar at the top of the page.

     

    Once you have entered the text into the Filter bar of the about:config page you will be left with a single value. The value will of course be: “general.WarnOnAboutConfig” and will be set to “true”, unless of course you have already disabled the warning message.

     

    To disable the warning message until you decide to re-enable it is as simple as setting this value to “false”. Once you have changed the value to false you will notice that from now, until you re-enable the value; you will be fronted directly with the configuration page as opposed to the warning page upon entering “about:config” into your address bar.

    It is that simple to disable that irritating warning message that slows down your configuration editing. Enjoy your newfound Firefox configuration editing knowledge.

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