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Index for the Using Linux Guide

Index of topics in our Using Linux guide

This section lists all the topics covered in our Using Linux, plus any subsections within them.

TopicSection
$STDIN; $STDOUT and $STDERRThe difference between $STDIN; $STDOUT and $STDERR
A Scripting ExampleExamples of how to develop a shell script from scratch
 An example of the evolution of a Shell Script
Adding  Applications to GnomeHow to add an application into the Gnome Activities Area
 Adding Applications to the Activity Area under Gnome 3.x
 Running the 'alacarte' Utility
An Introduction to FedoraAn introduction to the Fedora Linux Distribution
 The Advantages of Fedora
 Different Versions of Fedora
 The Disadvantages of Fedora
 Video Tours of the Fedora Desktop
 Fedora Releases
 Links to Fedora Linux Articles
 Fedora Applications
 Fedora Minimum Requirements
 Installing Fedora
An Introduction to MEPISAn introduction to the MEPIS Linux Distributions: SimplyMEPIS and AntiX
 MEPIS Minimum Requirements
 The Advantages of MEPIS
 The Disadvantages of MEPIS
 Links to MEPIS Linux Articles
 Video Tour of the MEPIS Desktop
 MEPIS Releases
 MEPIS Applications
 Installing MEPIS
An Introduction to MintAn introduction to the Linux Mint Distribution
 The Advantages of Linux Mint
 Different Versions of Linux Mint
 The Disadvantages of Linux Mint
 Video Tour of the Linux Mint Desktop
 Mint Releases
 Links to Linux Mint Articles
 Mint Applications
 Mint Minimum Requirements
 Installing Mint
An Introduction to PuppyAn introduction to the Puppy Linux Distribution
 The Advantages of Puppy Linux
 The Disadvantages of Puppy Linux
 Video Tour of the Puppy Linux Desktop
 Puppy Linux Releases
 Links to Puppy Linux Articles
 Puppy Applications
 Puppy Minimum Requirements
 Installing Puppy
An Introduction to TinyCoreAn introduction to the TinyCore Linux Distribution
 The Advantages of TinyCore
 The Disadvantages of TinyCore
 Video Tour of the TinyCore Desktop
 Links to TinyCore Linux Articles
 TinyCore Minimum Requirements
 Installing TinyCore
An Introduction to UbuntuAn introduction to the Ubuntu Linux Distribution
 The Advantages of Ubuntu
 Different Versions of Ubuntu
 The Disadvantages of Ubuntu
 Ubuntu Releases
 Links to Ubuntu Linux Articles
 Ubuntu Applications
 Ubuntu Minimum Requirements
 Installing Ubuntu
 Video Tours of the Ubuntu Desktop
An Introduction to ZorinAn introduction to the Zorin Linux Distribution
 The Advantages of Zorin OS
 Different Versions of Zorin OS
 The Disadvantages of Zorin OS
 Video Tour of the Zorin OS Desktop
 Zorin Releases
 Links to Zorin OS Articles
 Zorin Applications
 Zorin Minimum Requirements
 Installing Zorin
An Xfce Desktop OverviewAn overview of the Xfce desktop
 The Xfce Graphical User Interface (GUI)
 Xfce Core Components
 Xfce Minimum Requirements
 Can I run Gnome/KDE Applications unde Xfce?
 Should I use Xfce or LXDE?
Auto Starting ApplicationsHow to automatically start applications when you log in
 Enabling Programs to Start Automatically in Ubuntu
 Stopping Programs from Starting Automatically in Ubuntu or Fedora
 Enabling Programs to Start Automatically in Fedora
 Adding Startup Programs in Ubuntu or Fedora
Can I run Windows Apps under Linux?The Windows emulator
 Is there any way I can run my Windows Application under Linux?
 Installing WINE
 Installing Programs under WINE
 Running Programs under WINE
Common Linux CommandsLists some of the commonly used Linux commands
 Common Commands
 Command Documentation
 A Session Example
Configuring a KDE PanelHow to Configure and Customize KDE Panels
 KDE Panel Configuration
 Creating a New KDE Panel
 Adding a Widget to a KDE Panel
 Configuring the KDE Panel
 Preventing Accidental Changes
 Adding Applications to the Panel
Controlling ProcessesHow to check running processes and stop them
 Monitoring Processes from the Command Line
 Stopping Processes from the Command Line
 Process Permissions
Creating Fedora Live USBsHow to use the Fedora Live USB Creator utility to create a USB stick
 Introduction
 Installing the Fedora Live USB Creator
 Using the Fedora Live USB Creator
Cron and SchedulingHow to schedule your scripts to run at certain times
 Using Cron to Schedule the running of Scripts
 The Crontab File
 Changing the Crontab File
 Troubleshooting Cron Issues
Customising Gnome PanelsShows you how to customise your Gnome Panels
 Creating a New Panel
 Adding Built-In Functions to a Panel
 Adding User Shortcuts to a Panel
 Removing Functions from a Panel
 Removing a Panel
Customising MenusShows you how to customise Gnome 2.x Menus
 Customising Menus in Ubuntu 10.x
Customising the 2.x DesktopShows you how to customise your Gnome 2.x Desktop
 Changing the Desktop Wallpaper in Ubuntu 10.x
 Adding User Shortcuts to the Desktop in Ubuntu 10.x
 Removing User Shortcuts from the Ubuntu 10.x Desktop
 Finding the Desktop in Ubuntu 10.x
Customising the 3.x DesktopShows you how to customise your Gnome 3.x Desktop
 Changing the Desktop Wallpaper in Fedora
Customizing the KDE DesktopHow to create Icons/Widgets/Shortcuts on the KDE Desktop
 KDE Panel Configuration
 Adding a Widget to the KDE Desktop
 Adding an Application to the KDE Desktop
 Adding a Folder or File to the KDE Desktop
 Changing a Widget / Icon or Folder on the Desktop
 Changing the Desktop Wallpaper
 Preventing Accidental Changes
Customizing the LXDE DesktopHow to customize the LXDE-based Desktop
 LXDE Panel Configuration
 Creating a New LXDE Panel
 Editing an LXDE Panel
 Deleting an LXDE Panel
 Changing the Desktop Wallpaper
Customizing the Unity DesktopShows you how to personalize the Unity desktop in Ubuntu 11.04 and above
 Customizing the Unity Desktop
 Adding a Desktop Launcher in Ubuntu 12.04 and above
 Adding a Desktop Launcher pre-Ubuntu 12.04
 Customizing the Unity Launcher
Customizing the Xfce DesktopAn tutorial on how to customize the Xfce desktop
 Xfce Panel Configuration
 Customizing an Xfce Panel
 Adding a New Xfce Panel
 Deleting an Xfce Panel
 Changing the Desktop Wallpaper
Different Linux DistrosDifferent versions of Linux available
 Linux Distros
Directory StructureFinding your way around the directory structure
 The Linux Directory Structure
 Using Absolute Paths
 Using Relative Paths
 The Ubuntu /home Structure
 The Fedora /home Structure
Disabling UnityShows you how to disable the Unity desktop in Ubuntu 11.04 and above and use the Classic Gnome Desktop Instead
 Disabling Unity
Downloading a Linux ImageShows you how to download a Linux distribution
 Downloading a Linux Image to your PC
 Downloading the Ubuntu Image
 Downloading the Fedora Image
 Downloading the TinyCore Image
 Downloading the Puppy Image
 Downloading the Mint Image
 Downloading the SimplyMEPIS / AntiX Image
Housekeeping DutiesHow to perform periodic cleanup activities
 Performing Routine Housekeeping
IO Redirection and PipesShows how to use Input/Output redirection and Pipes
 Input / Output Redirectors
 Redirection Examples
 Dealing with Long Lines of Code
Index of SectionsShows a clickable list of all the available O/S topics
 Index of topics in our Using Linux guide
Installing & Using BitTorrentHow to download/install and use a LinuxBitTorrent Client on your Linux PC
 What is BitTorrent?
 Installing a BitTorrent Client
 Running a BitTorrent Client
 Using a BitTorrent Download
 Exiting the BitTorrent Client
Installing Fedora 15Shows you how to install Fedora 15 Linux
 The Fedora Installer
Installing Fedora 17Shows you how to install Fedora 17 Linux
 Introduction
 Test Driving Fedora
 The Fedora Installer
Installing Linux MintShows you how to install and boot Linux Mint
 The Mint Installer
Installing Multimedia Support in Fedora How to install proprietary multimedia support in Fedora 18
 Introduction
 Enabling the RPMFusion Software Repository
 Installing Adobe Flash Player
 Installing Video Support with VLC
 Installing MP3 Audio File Support
Installing New KDE WidgetsHow to Install New KDE Widgets from the Web
 Third Party KDE Widgets
 Downloading a New Widget to the KDE Desktop
Installing Puppy LinuxShows you how to install Puppy Linux
 What is Puppy Linux?
 Installing Puppy Linux to a USB Drive
 Booting Puppy Linux from the USB Drive
Installing SimplyMEPIS & AntiX LinuxShows you how to install and boot both SimplyMEPIS and AntiX Linux
 The MEPIS Installer
Installing TinyCore LinuxShows you how to install and boot TinyCore Linux
 TinyCore Boot Modes
 Booting into Cloud Mode
 Booting into USB Stick Mode
 Creating a USB Boot Device
Installing Ubuntu LinuxShows you how to install Ubuntu Linux
 The Ubuntu Installer
 Partial Upgrades
Introducing the Unity DesktopIntroduction to the Unity GUI in Ubuntu 11.04 and above
 Introduction to Unity
 The Top Panel
 The Unity Launcher
 The Desktop
LXDE Desktop OverviewAn overview of the LXDE desktop
 The LXDE Graphical User Interface (GUI)
 LXDE Minimum Requirements
 Can I run Gnome/KDE Applications under LXDE?
Linux Costings verses WindowsSoftware costs under Linux and Windows
 A Comparison of the Relative Costs of Linux verses Windows
 Remember the Cost of Upgrades!
 Multiple PCs
Linux DistributionsOur Guide to Using Linux
Linux Log FilesA description of the various log files available and how to use them
 The Main Linux Log Files
 Log Files Generations
 Accessing the Linux Log Files
 Finding the Root Cause
Making a Boot DiscShows you how to create a Boot Disc or USB Stick
 Restarting using the Boot Disc
 Writing the Image to a Boot Device
Monitoring System ResourcesHow to monitor what is running on your system
 Monitoring System Resources
Other Scripting LanguagesA brief overview of some of the many scripting languages available
 Other Scripting Languages
Passing Arguments to ScriptsHow to pass arguments into shell scripts
 Why use Arguments?
 Passing Arguments to Shell Scripts
Patching Fedora LinuxShows you how to patch Fedora Linux
 Making Updates to Fedora Linux
 Configuring Automatic Updates to Fedora
 Problems Updating Fedora Linux
Patching Linux MintShows you how to install patches on Linux Mint
 Making Updates to Linux Mint
Patching Ubuntu LinuxShows you how to update Ubuntu Linux
 Making Updates to Ubuntu Linux
Reading and Writing FilesA simple guide to file handling in scripts
 Reading from Text Files
 Writing Data to a Text File
 Updating an Existing File
 Testing an Existing File
Recommend Me a Linux Distro!Use our tool to pick the right Linux Distro for you
 Introduction to the Distro Tool
 Specify your Criteria
 Your Recommended Distro(s)
Script PermissionsSetting shell script permissions
 Checking Shell Script Permissions
 Setting Shell Script Permissions
Shell ScriptsBundling commands into files for automating tasks
 Introduction to Shell Scripts
Sourcing a Linux DistributionShows you where to locate linux distributions
 Obtaining a Linux Distribution
The AntiX LXDE DesktopUsing the LXDE-based Desktop in AntiX Linux
 The AntiX Graphical User Interface (GUI)
 The AntiX Control Center
 The IceApe Email Client
 The AntiX Fluxbox Desktop
 Default Applications
 The AntiX Desktop
 The AntiX Toolbar
 The Main Menu
 The Thunar File Manager
 The Context Menu
 Exiting AntiX
The Fedora Gnome 3 GUIGives you a brief tour of the Gnome 3 desktop used by Fedora 15
 The Fedora Gnome 3 Graphical User Interface (GUI)
 The Menu Bar
 The Activities Area
 The Desktop
 Alerts and Messages
The Fedora KDE DesktopUsing the KDE-based Desktop in the Fedora Linux Spin
 The Fedora KDE Graphical User Interface (GUI)
 The Fedora Activity Manager
 The Escape Menu
 The Kmail Application
 Default Applications
 The Fedora KDE Desktop
 The KDE Panel
 The Main Menu
 The Dolphin File Manager
 The Context Menu
 Exiting Fedora
 The Desktop Cashew Menu
The Fedora LXDE DesktopUsing the LXDE-based Desktop in Fedora Linux
 The Fedora LXDE Graphical User Interface (GUI)
 The Firefox Browser
 The Fedora Workspace Switcher
 Default Applications
 The Fedora Desktop
 The LXDE Panel
 The Main Menu
 The PCManFM File Manager
 The Context Menu
 Exiting Fedora
The Fedora Xfce DesktopAn overview of the Fedora Xfce desktop
 The Fedora Xfce Spin Graphical User Interface (GUI)
 The Firefox Browser
 The Fedora Xfce Spin Workspace Switcher
 The Fedora Application Browser
 Default Applications
 The Fedora Xfce Spin Desktop
 The Xfce Top Panel
 The Main Menu
 The Thunar File Manager
 The Context Menu
 Exiting Fedora Xfce Spin
 The Application Launcher Bar
The Gnome GUIGives you a brief tour of the Gnome desktop
 The Gnome Graphical User Interface (GUI)
 The Top Panel
 The Bottom Panel
 The Desktop
The KDE DesktopAn overview of the KDE desktop
 The KDE Graphical User Interface (GUI)
 KDE verses Gnome
 KDE Releases
 Can I run Gnome Applications on KDE?
The Kubuntu KDE DesktopUsing the KDE-based Desktop in Kubuntu
 The Kubuntu Graphical User Interface (GUI)
 The Ubuntu Activity Manager
 The Escape Menu
 Default Applications
 The Kubuntu Desktop
 The KDE Panel
 The Main Menu
 The Dolphin File Manager
 The Context Menu
 Exiting Kubuntu
 The Desktop Cashew Menu
The Linux Mint Gnome 3 GUIGives you a brief tour of the Gnome 3 desktop used by Linux Mint 12
 The Linux Mint Gnome 3 Graphical User Interface (GUI)
 The Top Panel
 The Activities Area
 The Desktop
 The Bottom Panel
 The Context Menu
The Linux Mint LXDE DesktopUsing the LXDE-based Desktop in Linux Mint
 The Mint Graphical User Interface (GUI)
 Default Applications
 The Mint Desktop
 The Mint Bottom Panel
 The Mint File Manager
 Exiting Mint
The Lubuntu LXDE DesktopUsing the LXDE-based Desktop in Lubuntu Linux
 The Lubuntu Graphical User Interface (GUI)
 The Chromium Browser
 The Lubuntu Workspace Switcher
 Default Applications
 The Lubuntu Desktop
 The LXDE Panel
 The Main Menu
 The PCManFM File Manager
 The Context Menu
 Exiting Lubuntu
The Mint KDE DesktopUsing the KDE-based Desktop in Mint
 The Mint Graphical User Interface (GUI)
 The Activity Manager
 The Escape Menu
 Default Applications
 The Mint Desktop
 The KDE Panel
 The Main Menu
 The Dolphin File Manager
 The Context Menu
 Exiting Mint
 The Desktop Cashew Menu
The Puppy DesktopGetting around the Desktop in Puppy Linux
 The Puppy Linux Graphical User Interface (GUI)
 The Puppy Linux Desktop
 Using Virtual Desktops
 The Puppy Linux Toolbar
 Exiting Puppy Linux
 Configuring the Number of Desktops
The Puppy File ManagerUsing the Puppy File Manager to navigate the directory structure and access files
 Using Puppy Linux to View Files and Folders
 Accessing Files from the Puppy File Manager
The SimplyMEPIS KDE DesktopUsing the KDE-based Desktop in SimplyMEPIS Linux
 The SimplyMEPIS Graphical User Interface (GUI)
 System Settings
 The Kmail Application
 Default Applications
 The SimplyMEPIS Desktop
 The KDE Panel
 The Main Menu
 The Dolphin File Manager
 The Context Menu
 Exiting SimplyMEPIS
 The Cashew Menu
The TinyCore DesktopUsing the flwm Desktop in TinyCore Linux
 The TinyCore Graphical User Interface (GUI)
 The TinyCore Desktop
 Using Virtual Desktops
 The TinyCore Toolbar (wbar)
 Exiting TinyCore
The Xubuntu DesktopAn overview of the Xubuntu Xfce desktop
 The Xubuntu Graphical User Interface (GUI)
 The Firefox Browser
 The Xubuntu Workspace Switcher
 Default Applications
 The Xubuntu Desktop
 The Xfce Top Panel
 The Main Menu
 The Thunar File Manager
 The Context Menu
 Exiting Xubuntu
 The Application Launcher Bar
The Zorin Lite LXDE DesktopUsing the LXDE-based Desktop in Zorin Lite Linux
 The Zorin OS Lite LXDE Graphical User Interface (GUI)
 The Media Player
 The Zorin Look Changer
 Default Applications
 The Zorin Desktop
 The Bottom Panel
 The Main Menu
 The File Manager
 The Context Menu
 Exiting Zorin
 The Internet Browser
The Zorin OS Gnome 3 GUIGives you a brief tour of the Gnome 3 desktop used by Zorin OS6
 The Zorin OS Gnome Graphical User Interface (GUI)
 The Zorin Look Changer
 Default Applications
 The Zorin Desktop
 The Bottom Panel
 The Main Menu
 The Nautilus File Manager
 The Context Menu
 Exiting Zorin
Undeleting FilesShows you how to recover deleted files
 Undeleting Files using the Gnome Desktop GUI
 Opening the Rubbish Bin in Ubuntu
 Opening the Trash in Fedora
 Using the Rubbish Bin / Trash Can
Unity Keyboard ShortcutsShows you the various keyboard shortcuts you can use to speed up using Unity
 What is a Keyboard Shortcut?
 Available Keyboard Shortcuts in Unity
 Application Switching Shortcuts in Unity
 Window Switching Shortcuts in Unity
Using CommentsHow to comment your code and why you should do it
 Using Comments
Using Conditional StatementsShows you how to use the if..then..else..fi construct
 Conditional Structures
Using Gnome to View FoldersShows you how to navigate your directory structure graphically
Using Gnome to View FoldersShows you how to navigate your directory structure graphically
 Viewing Files in Fedora
 Viewing Files in Linux Mint
 Using the File Manager
 Using Gnome to View Folders
 Viewing Files in Ubuntu
 Using the File Manager
Using Loop StatementsIntroduces the various looping constructs
 What is a Loop?
 Using the FOR Loop
 Using the WHILE Loop
 Using the UNTIL Loop
Using Regular ExpressionsExplains what Regular Expressions are and how to use them
 Using Regular Expressions
Using Workspaces in Gnome 3.xHow to use virtual workspaces in Gnome 3.x
 What are Workspaces?
 Switching Workspaces in Gnome 3.x
 Moving Windows between Workspaces
Using Workspaces in UnityShows you how to switch workspaces with the Unity desktop in Ubuntu 11.04 and above
 Switching Workspaces under Unity
 Moving Windows between Workspaces in Unity
Using WorkspacesShows you how to use Gnome workspaces
 What are Workspaces?
 Using Workspaces in Ubuntu
 Moving Windows between Workspaces
Using the  Gnome 3.x Activities AreaHow to use the Gnome 3.x Activities Area
 Finding Installed Applications under Gnome 3.x
 Finding and Switching Windows under Gnome 3.x
Using the Favourites List in FedoraHow to add and use applications in the Gnome 3.x Favourites list in Fedora
 Adding an Application to the Favourites List
 Using the Favourites List
Using the Unity DesktopShows you how to use the Unity desktop in Ubuntu 11.04 and above
 Accessing Applications with the Unity Launcher
 Adding Applications to the Unity Launcher
 Dockable Menu Bars
 Keyboard Shortcuts
What is an Operating System?Introduction to Operating Systems
 Introduction to Operating Systems
When not to use LinuxLists reason why you would not want to use Linux
 When not to use Linux
 Making your Decision
Why use Linux?Introduction to Linux and why you would want to use it
 Why Linux?
 Isn't Linux just for Geeks?
Why use the Command Line?Why you should get know and love the command line
 Why use the Command Line?
 Invoking the Command Line in Ubuntu
 Invoking the Command Line in Fedora
 Invoking the Command Line in Mint


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