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What Are Linux Meta-packages?

I was recently in a discussion about meta-packages, and realized many users don’t know what they are or what they do. So, let’s see if we can clear-up the mystery.

Meta-packages in a nutshell

A ‘meta-package’ is a convenient way to bulk-install groups of applications, their libraries and documentation. Many Linux distributions use them for a variety of purposes, from seeding disk images that will go on to become new releases, to creating software “bundles” that are easy for a user to install. A meta-package rarely contains anything other than a changelog and perhaps copyright information, it contains no applications or libraries within itself. The way they work is by having a list of “dependencies” that the package manager reads. The package manager then goes to the repositories to find the dependencies and installs them. (Read the rest at Freedom Penguin)


Exploring Tiling Window Managers

If you have a low-resource computer, one with a small screen like some laptops, or are even someone just looking for something different to try, a tiling window manager could be a good option. They’re not for everybody, but then they’re not just for command-line commandos either.

I’m a keyboard guy, I like using keyboard shortcuts and keeping my hands on the keyboard as much as possible. Besides, I suck at touch typing and reaching for the mouse constantly just throws me all out of whack when I go back to the keyboard. It’s one of the reasons I was a KDE user for such a long time. KDE’s Plasma Desktop is probably the most keyboard customizable desktop environment out there. Plasma had some quirks though; there were bugs and oddities that annoyed me quite often. So I found myself in the “looking for something different” category. (Read the rest at Freedom Penguin)


Idea – Basic English Training From Running Linux

As a non native English speaker learning English is one of those things I really appreciate. The idea I had was if the operating system could help in the English training. Could we have a language setting that mix English with the persons native language? I’m thinking several advantages. One problem I’ve encountered is to support a person who has set his system language to something I don’t understand. It would be good if we both could see what’s going on in those situations. With this getting over that first hurdle learning your first words would be much quicker. Also searching for a problem solution is generally done in English so here there is a problem if the system is only in the native language. You don’t know exactly what English words were used.

Another related idea to get more translations for software in Linux would be to let the user input their own translated words. This would mean that for every English word you see in the program you can add a translated word.



Kdenlive Easy To Use Video Editor For Linux: Review [Install In Ubuntu, Fedora & Other Distros]

Kdenlive Easy To Use Video Editor For Linux: Review [Install In Ubuntu, Fedora & Other Distros]

If you regularly make videos for your Youtube channel or other video sites then you must try Kdenlive on LinuxKdenlive is a free, open-source and easy to use video editor. It is available for Linux, Mac and FreeBSD. If you're a beginner to video editing then I'm sure Kdenlive will surely help you out. Let's see how to install and use Kdenlive inLinux.

Read At LinuxAndUbuntu


3 Twitter Clients For Linux That You Don't Want To Miss

3 twitter clients for linux and more

Do you use Twitter? Ofcourse. Do you access twitter through web browser to get notifications? Yes. Then you are missing out some great apps that can provide you the same features as web twitter client. There are numerous of twitter clients for Linux that notify on the desktopwhenever something happens on twitter. I'm compiling a list of 3 twitter clients for Linux that you will find very useful. So let's get started!

Read At LinuxAndUbuntu


Install and Run Visual Studio Code on Ubuntu Linux 15.04

Visual Studio Code is a Microsoft product, available free for Windows, Linux and Mac OS. It is an awesome source code and text editor application; currently in Public Preview. It lets your easily write and navigate through your code, build and develop both cloud and web applications using this editor. It offers cool features like code debugging, embedded Git control, and IntelliSense (Intelligent completion of the code). Read more at LinuxPitstop


5 Best Linux Desktop Environments With Pros & Cons


If you are new to Linux then I'm sure you are giving up lots of time choosing Desktop Environment of your Linux Distribution. You are probably thinking to give a try to each one of them but that's very time consuming. That's why here I'm reviewing the 5 Best Linux Desktop Environments with the pros & cons. The article gives you what you should know for choosing a DE. So let's get started!
Read More At LinuxAndUbuntu

Kodi 15.0 RC1: Features and Installation on Ubuntu

Kodi needs no introduction when speaking of home entertainment. It is most widely used media player with wonderful features, developed by XBMC, it has emerged into a must-have application for your daily use. Kodi is cross platform application and run fine on every kind of hardware. It supports lot of languages and you can highly customize its functionality to the way you want it. Kodi 15.0 RC 1 has been released, lets review its prominent features and installation steps on Ubuntu Linux. Read more at LinuxPitstop


Cinnamon 2.6 Released : Here’s What’s New

Cinnamon 2.6

Cinnamon 2.6, the latest version of cinnamon desktop environment has been released and announced few week ago by linux Mint Developer (Clement Lefebvre) via Linux Mint Segfault blog and it will become as main desktop for upcomming Linux mint 17.2 rafaela will be released end of June, 2015.

The biggest changes of the release has to be the optimisations made to the system to increase boot times for some users and that reduce the CPU usage by up to a staggering 40%. If you get cinnamon desktop freezes, just press the combination key Ctrl+Alt+Escape to restart cinnamon desktop without lose any work and all your windows and applications remain open.

More details you can read at Cinnamon 2.6 Released : Here’s What’s New


20 Things To Do After Installing Elementary OS Freya

Here is a guide for things to do after installing Elementary OS Freya to get a more polished desktop.

01 – Update your system

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist upgrade
02 – Install additional drivers

Software & Updates – Additional Drivers

03 – Install Multimedia Codecs and Enable DVD Playback

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mc3man/trusty-media
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly libavcodec-extra-54 libvdpau-va-gl1 libmad0 mpg321 gstreamer1.0-libav

Enable DVD Playback

sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.s­h

More details read at 20 Things To Do After Installing Elementary OS Freya


The Rounded Linux Desktop

This idea is really simple. Even if you can maximize the area with sharp corners it might not be the most favorable surface for us to look at. Since many of us look at computer screens all day long why not have rounded corners for our rectangular surfaces. For the desktop I provided my rounded Ubuntu MATE. View the image in full screen for the maximum effect. Click once on the image and in Firefox press F11. Pretty cool.
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