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June 2, 2009

Video Tutorials on Ubuntu and Linux

These Linux and Ubuntu Video Tutorials at showmedo allow a more dynamic approach to working with Ubuntu’s Linux distribution. These Ubuntu video tutorials provide a first-hand working and learning experience on various Ubuntu and Linux features such as the introductory features of Ubuntu, coding on Ubuntu, Screen Casts, using Open Office and working with graphics. Also included are video tutorials of creating a .deb package, downloading and burning an Ubuntu ISO and publishing email in a spam-proof manner. Other Linux video tutorials consist of video editing and adding effects to videos and installing and configuring Ubuntu Linux for commercial use.


Linux and Ubuntu Video Tutorials:

 - Gnu/Linux casts (2 videos)
 - Beginning GNU/Linux with Ubuntu (6 videos)
 - Ubuntu: Making a .deb package out of a python program
 - Downloading and Burning an Ubuntu ISO
 - Screen cast: upgrading to OOov3
 - Committing your changes in Bazaar
 - Getting Started: Installing Bazaar, Downloading the Source
 - VirtualBox Shared Folders (3 videos)
 - Introduction to C++ on Linux with Hello World (2 videos)
 - Misc (9 videos)
 - Installing and using Linux (2 videos)
 - Python: create art with xturtle, random and genetic_algorithm (4 videos)
 - QCake the open-source 3D engine (3 videos)
 - Graphic: transparent background with GIMP
 - Showmedo: How to publish your email address in a spam-proof way
 - Audacity export mp3 from ubuntu 7.10 (2 videos)
 - OpenOffice (6 videos)
 - 7-zip file compression programme (10 videos)



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May 26, 2008

Ubuntu Desktop Essentials Online Book

This is Techtopia's Ubuntu Desktop Essentials online book, which is the companion book to their Ubuntu Linux Essentials Techotopia. This Ubuntu Desktop book covers everything you need to know to use and customize the Ubuntu Gnome desktop. It first gives a detailed overview of the how the desktop works, and then provides step-by-step tutorials covering every aspect of setting up and managing the desktop, from changing the background and desktop themes to activating and configuring the new Compiz Fusion desktop visual effects. You will also learn topics such as changing fonts, setting up keyboard shortcuts, enhancing the desktop with desklets, configuring and saving sessions and customizing the file manager.


Table of Contents of Ubuntu Desktop Essentials:

  1. About Ubuntu Desktop Essentials

  2. Logging into the Ubuntu GNOME Desktop
    • The Ubuntu GNOME Login Screen

  3. A Guided Tour of the Ubuntu GNOME Desktop
    • The Ubuntu GNOME Desktop
    • The Desktop Background
    • The Desktop Panels

  4. Changing the Ubuntu GNOME Desktop Background
    • Changing the Ubuntu GNOME Desktop Background
    • Selecting a Background from the Wallpaper List
    • Creating a Solid or Graded Background
    • Specifying a Background Image

  5. Installing and Customizing Ubuntu Desktop Themes
    • What is a Desktop Theme?
    • Changing the Ubuntu Desktop Theme
    • Downloading and Installing a Theme

  6. Configuring Ubuntu Desktop Fonts
    • Font Options on Ubuntu
    • Changing Font Settings
    • Font Rendering Settings
    • Advanced Font Rendering
    • Viewing Fonts in the Font Folder
    • Adding New Fonts

  7. Configuring the Ubuntu Desktop Panels
    • What are Desktop Panels
    • Changing the Position of a Panel
    • Adding and Deleting Desktop Panels
    • Changing the Appearance of a Desktop Panel
    • Adding Items to a GNOME Destop Panel
    • Adding Menus to a Panel
    • Changing the Number of Ubuntu Desktop Workspaces

  8. Configuring the Ubuntu Desktop Menu System
    • Customizing a Ubuntu Desktop Menu
    • Moving Menu Items
    • Adding and Deleting a Menu Item

  9. Ubuntu Desktop Visual Effects
    • Introducing Compiz Fusion
    • Changing the Default Visual Effects Settings
    • Advanced Desktop Effects Settings

  10. Enhance your Ubuntu Desktop with gDesklets
    • Installing gDesklets
    • Launching gDesklets
    • Moving a Desklet
    • Setting the Properties of a Desklet
    • Raising Desklets to the Front of the Desktop
    • Install New gDesklet Packages

  11. Browsing My Computer, Files and Folders on the Ubuntu Desktop
    • Accessing Nautilus
    • Nautilus and the Computer Icon
    • Adding Emblems to Files and Folders
    • Changing File and Folder Permissions
    • Renaming and Deleting Files and Folders

  12. Configuring the Ubuntu File Manager
    • Changing the File Manager Background Pattern and Color
    • Displaying Icons or Lists
    • Configuring the List View
    • Configuring the Icon View
    • Changing File Manager Behavior

  13. Ubuntu Desktop - Starting Applications on Login
    • Understanding Sessions
    • Configuring Desktop Startup Programs
    • Listing the Currently Running Programs
    • Saving the Current Session

  14. Ubuntu Desktop Keyboard Shortcuts
    • Viewing Keyboard Shortcuts
    • Changing a Shortcut
    • Disabling a Keyboard Shortcut



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Ubuntu Linux Essentials Online Book

Here is Ubuntu Linux Essentials, an excellent online book hosted by techotopia.com. This book provides everything you need to know for installing, using, and administering an Ubuntu Linux system. Ubuntu Linux Essentials imparts the essential knowledge required to use and maintain an Ubuntu Linux system. From the basics of installation, configuring the desktop and implementing wireless networking through to tasks such as configuring firewalls, setting up a web server and providing remote desktop access via an SSH tunnel, Ubuntu Linux Essentials takes a step by step approach to installing, using and administering Ubuntu Linux.


Table of Contents of Ubuntu Linux Essentials:

  1. Notes from the Author

  2. About Ubuntu Linux Essentials

  3. The History of Ubuntu Linux
    • What Exactly is Linux?
    • Who Created Linux?
    • The History of Ubuntu
    • What does the word "Ubuntu" Mean?

  4. How to Try Ubuntu Linux
    • Try Ubuntu Without Installing it
    • Installing Ubuntu on a Disk Drive Containing Microsoft Windows
    • Performing a Clean Ubuntu Linux Installation

  5. Performing a Clean Ubuntu Linux Installation
    • Beginning the Ubuntu Linux Installation
    • Creating an Ubuntu Linux User Account/Computer Name
    • Performing the Ubuntu Linux Disk Partitioning and Operating System Installation
    • Booting Ubuntu Linux for the First Time
    • Finding the Migrated Windows Files and Settings

  6. Installing Ubuntu Linux on a Windows System (Dual booting)
    • Beginning the Ubuntu Linux Installation
    • Migrating Windows Files and Settings
    • Creating an Ubuntu Linux User Account/Computer Name
    • Performing the Ubuntu Linux Disk Partitioning and Operating System Installation
    • Booting Ubuntu Linux for the First Time
    • Finding the Migrated Windows Files and Settings

  7. Allocating a Windows Partition to Ubuntu Linux
    • Deleting the Windows Partition from the Disk
    • Formatting the Unallocated Disk Partition
    • Editing the Boot Menu
    • Mounting the New Partition

  8. Configuring Ubuntu Linux Wireless Networking
    • Checking for a Wireless Connection
    • Configuring a Wireless Network Connection
    • Using the Ubuntu Linux Network Settings Dialog

  9. Configuring the Ubuntu GNOME Desktop Background and Themes
    • Changing the GNOME Desktop Background
    • Changing the GNOME Desktop Theme
    • Customizing a Desktop Theme
    • Downloading and Installing Desktop Themes

  10. Customizing the Ubuntu GNOME Desktop Panels
    • Changing Desktop Panel Properties
    • Adding Items to a GNOME Destop Panel
    • Customizing the Desktop Menus

  11. Configuring Ubuntu Linux Printers
    • Installing a Directly Connected Printer
    • Configuring a Printer Connected to a Windows System
    • Detecting LAN Printers
    • Configuring a Printer Connected to a Remote System

  12. Connecting an Ubuntu Linux System to a DSL Modem
    • Making the Connections
    • Configuring Ubuntu Linux to Connect to a DSL modem
    • Establishing a DSL Connection
    • Disconnecting from a DSL Connection

  13. Updating Ubuntu Linux
    • Notification of Ubuntu Linux Updates
    • The Ubuntu Linux Update Manager

  14. Basic Ubuntu Linux Firewall Configuration
    • Ubuntu Linux Firewall Options
    • Configuring a Basic Ubuntu Linux Firewall
    • Running the lokkit Firewall Tool
    • Understanding the lokkit Firewall Customization Screen

  15. Using Firestarter to Configure an Ubuntu Linux Firewall
    • Installing Firestarter on Ubuntu Linux
    • Running Firestarter
    • Using Firestarter
    • Designing Firewall Policies
    • Defining Inbound Policy
    • Defining Outbound Policy

  16. Managing Ubuntu Linux Users and Groups
    • Adding a User to an Ubuntu Linux System
    • Editing the Properties of a User
    • Deleting a User from an Ubuntu Linux System
    • Adding a New Group to an Ubuntu Linux System
    • Modifying an Ubuntu Linux Group

  17. Configuring Ubuntu Linux Remote Access using SSH
    • Installing SSH on an Ubuntu Linux System
    • Configuring the Ubuntu Linux Firewall to Allow SSH Connections
    • Using SSH on Ubuntu Linux
    • Copying files using SSH
    • Disabling the SSH Server

  18. Remote Access to the Ubuntu Linux Desktop
    • Activating Remote Desktop Access
    • Accessing a Remote Ubuntu Linux Desktop
    • Accessing a Remote Ubuntu Linux Desktop from a Windows System
    • Establishing a Secure Remote Desktop Session
    • Establishing a Secure Remote Desktop Session from a Windows System
    • Creating Additional Desktops

  19. Displaying Ubuntu Linux Applications Remotely (X11 Forwarding)
    • Requirements for Remotely Displaying Applications
    • Remotely Displaying a Linux Application
    • Trusted X11 Forwarding
    • Compressed X11 Forwarding

  20. Configuring an Ubuntu Linux Based Web Server
    • Requirements for Configuring a Web Server
    • Installing the Apache Web Server on Ubuntu Linux
    • Testing the Web Server
    • Configuring the Apache Web Server for Your Domain
    • Web Server and Firewall Issues

  21. Sharing Ubuntu Linux Folders with Remote Linux and UNIX Systems
    • Installing the NFS Services on Ubuntu Linux
    • Setting up Ubuntu Linux Folder Sharing
    • Accessing Ubuntu Linux Shared Folders
    • Mounting an NFS Filesystem on System Startup
    • Unmounting an NFS Mount Point

  22. Sharing Ubuntu Linux Folders with Remote Windows Systems
    • Setting Up Ubuntu Linux/Windows File Sharing
    • Sharing Ubuntu Linux Folders

  23. Adding a New Disk Drive to an Ubuntu Linux System
    • Getting Started
    • Finding the New Hard Drive in Ubuntu
    • Creating Linux Partitions
    • Creating a Filesystem on an Ubuntu Disk Partition
    • Mounting a Filesystem
    • Configuring Fedora to Automatically Mount a Filesystem



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January 5, 2008

222 Open Source Online Books and Tutorials

Here is a website, Opensourceproject.org.cn, that offers 222 freely available online books and tutorial articles covering open source technologies. Most of these are written in English, some are in Chinese. The numbers below refer to the number of English books. These will help you learn how to program in open source languages and frameworks, such as Eclipse, Perl, Ruby, PHP, and Python. These will also help you gain knowledge and increase your skills with Ubuntu Linux, Red Hat Linux, Fedora, Suse Linux, the Linux Kernel, and Embedded Linux.


Open Source Books and Tutorials:


78 Programming Languages Books and Tutorials
 - 7 Eclipse Books and Tutorials
 - 31 Perl Books and Tutorials
 - 6 Ruby Books and Tutorials
 - 9 PHP Books and Tutorials
 - 23 Python Books and Tutorials


25 Linux Distribution Books and Tutorials
 - 5 Ubuntu Linux Books and Tutorials
 - 8 RedHat / Fedora Linux Books and Tutorials
 - 5 SuSE Linux Books and Tutorials


4 Linux Kernel Books and Artilces


13 Embedded Linux Books and Tutorials


14 Shell Programming Books and Tutorials


23 MySQL Books and Tutorials


5 PostgreSQL Books and Tutorials


11 Apache Books and Tutorials


6 Samba EBooks and Tutorials


15 Email Books and Tutorials


22 Security Books and Tutorials
 - Antivirus
 - Cryptography
 - Firewall
 - Internet IDS
 - Kerberos
 - System Security


6 OpenOffice Books and Tutorials

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January 2, 2007

Ubuntu Linux Video Tutorials

Ubuntuclips.org offers free tutorial and training videos for learning Ubuntu Linux. Their web site states these are "video howtos for human beings". These videos are especially for those who are new to Ubuntu and demonstrate and show how to use and manage Ubuntu's features. Using these you will learn how to complete common tasks in this increasingly popular Linux distribution. Click here to take a video tour of Ubuntu. If you have recently installed Ubuntu, here is a video that will help you to explore and learn about your newly installed Linux operating system.

Video Tutorials from Ubuntuclips.org

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Here are some of their Most Popular Tutorial Videos:
  • Considering Ubuntu?
    Ubuntu is a freely available and open source GNU/Linux operating system with a wealth of features and programs.

  • Ubuntu is Installed, Now What?
    Looking for some advice and help with your new Ubuntu installation? Start here.

  • Introduction to Applications
    This video clip shows you the applications and programs that are installed with Ubuntu and how to access them from the desktop.

  • Install EasyUbuntu, Part 1
    This video clips shows you how to download and install EasyUbuntu, a setup program that helps you install support for common, proprietary audio and video formats in Ubuntu.

  • Install New Programs
    This video clip shows you how to install new and additional programs on Ubuntu. This example shows you how to install an MP3-compatible music player for Ubuntu.

  • Support for MP3s and DVDs
    By default, Ubuntu does not include support for proprietary media formats. If you need or wish to use these formats, you can use the EasyUbuntu installer.

  • Copy Images from Digital Camera
    This video clip shows you how to copy images from your digital camera to your Ubuntu computer.

  • Installing Ubuntu
    The following collection of video clips provide you with an overview of all of the steps required in order to install Ubuntu.

  • Install EasyUbuntu, Part 2
    This video clips shows you how to use EasyUbuntu, a setup program that helps you install support for common, proprietary audio and video formats as well as the Macromedia Flash plugin for the Firefox web browser.

  • Copy Music to MP3 Device
    This video clip shows you how to copy your MP3 music files to your MP3 player using Ubuntu.

  • Securing Your Web Experience
    This video clip shows you how to enable web privacy and security settings in Ubuntu. Enabling these features is especially useful if you share your Ubuntu computer or use a public computer terminal.

  • Install Ubuntu
    This video clip shows you how to install Ubuntu from the Ubuntu live CD.

  • Add New Web Functions
    This video clip shows you how to add new web functions to Ubuntu. The example extension in this video clip is an online weather forecast for the Firefox web browser.

  • Download Ubuntu CD Image
    This video clip shows you how to download the Ubuntu CD image from the Ubuntu web site. The Ubuntu CD image is needed in order to create the Ubuntu live and installation CD.

  • Burn Files to CD or DVD
    This video clip shows you how to burn files to a CD or DVD using Ubuntu.

  • Disable Preview of Files
    This video clip shows you how to disable the preview of text and image files in order to improve the performance of Ubuntu on older computers.

  • Install Macromedia Flash for Firefox
    By default, Ubuntu does not include support for proprietary media formats. If you need or wish to use these formats, you can use the EasyUbuntu installer to install the necessary programs.

  • Burn Ubuntu CD Image to CD Using Nero
    This video clip shows you how to burn an Ubuntu CD image to a CD using Nero Burning Rom. The burned CD can then be used to run the Ubuntu live CD and/or to install Ubuntu on your computer.

  • Remove Desktop Wallpaper
    This video clip shows you how to disable the desktop wallpaper in order to improve the performance of Ubuntu on older computers.

  • Use Multiple Workspaces
    This video clip shows you how to use and customize the Ubuntu workspace switcher. The workspace switcher enables you to use multiple workspaces, which can be used to organize your windows and applications.

  • Install MP3 Player
    This video clip shows you how to install an MP3-compatible music player on Ubuntu.

  • Add Application Launcher
    This video clip shows you how to add shortcuts to the Ubuntu desktop for your favorite applications and programs.

  • Burn Ubuntu CD Image to CD
    Before you can install Ubuntu or try the Ubuntu live CD, you will need to burn the Ubuntu image to a CD. The following video clips demonstrate how to burn an Ubuntu image to a CD using different CD burning utilities.

  • Using Web Tabs
    This video clip shows you how to use web tabs in the Firefox web browser. Web tabs enable you to view multiple web pages in a single Firefox window.

  • Copy Files to USB Memory Stick
    This video clip shows you how to copy files from and to a USB memory stick using Ubuntu.

  • Burn Ubuntu CD Image to CD Using ImgBurn
    This video clip shows you how to burn the Ubuntu image to a CD using the freely available ImgBurn utility for Windows.

  • Resize Digital Photo
    This video clip shows you how to resize a digital photo using the Ubuntu image editor.

  • Increase Desktop and Application Font Size
    This video clip shows you how to increase the font size for your Ubuntu desktop and applications.

  • Use Large Text and Icons Theme
    This video clip shows you how to change the default Ubuntu theme. The new theme uses large text and icons and is well suited if you have difficulty viewing small text and graphics.

  • Crop Digital Photo
    This video clip shows you how to crop a selected region from a digital photo using the Ubuntu image editor. The selected region is then used to create a new image.

  • Change Desktop Wallpaper
    This video clip shows you how to change the desktop wallpaper on Ubuntu.

  • Add New Web Tab Button
    This video clip shows you how to add a "new web tab" button in Ubuntu. This button can then be used to open web tabs, which allow you to have multiple web pages open in a single Firefox web browser window.

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