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Ubuntu 13.04

How to Customize / Configure Unity

Believe it or not, you can customize Unity without needing to be a command line guru.

Ubuntu 13.04

How to Enable Multiple Workspaces

Ubuntu 13.04 set the number of workspaces to 1, learn how to up that number.

Ubuntu 13.04

How to Switch Between Workspaces

These instructions are for Ubuntu 13.04 running the Unity Desktop. They may be similar or the same for other versions, but no guarantee is made. There are three ways to switch between workspaces. Your preference will depend on how you navigate your desktop. Using the Arrow Keys Press Ctrl + Alt + <arrow key> to […]

Ubuntu 13.04

Checking if you have 3D Hardware Acceleration

These instructions are for Ubuntu 13.04, they are probably the same for any version of Ubuntu that shipped with the Unity desktop (Ubuntu 11.04 and later), but no guarantee is made. Without 3D hardware acceleration, the Unity desktop (and other desktops that require 3D hardware acceleration, like Cinnamon, GNOME 3, KDE Plasma, etc) run very, […]

Ubuntu 13.04

How to Install / Update Drivers

These instructions are for Ubuntu 13.04 running the Unity interface. They may be the same or similar for other versions of Ubuntu, but no guarantee is made. In general, Ubuntu does a good job providing drivers for your system hardware. However, sometimes a suitable driver is not available via the Linux kernel (which is what […]

Ubuntu 13.04

How to Uninstall VirtualBox Guest Additions

These instructions are for removing VirtualBox Guest Additions from Ubuntu 13.04 running under VirtualBox version 4.2.12. They may be the same or similar for other version combinations and other Linux distros, but no guarantee is made. Assumes you know how to open a terminal. Instructions for opening a terminal can be found here. Uninstalling VirtualBox […]

Ubuntu 13.04

How to Disable / Turn Off Amazon Ads in the Dash

This tutorial shows how to disable advertising from Amazon being displayed in the Dash. The instructions are for Ubuntu 13.04, it should be the same or similar for other versions, but no guarantee is made. When you interact with Ubuntu through the Dash Panel, search results from Amazon are displayed to you. 1) Launch the […]

Ubuntu 13.04

How to Install VirtualBox Guest Additions

These instructions are for Ubuntu 13.04 running under VirtualBox 4.2.12 on Windows 7 with SP1. They should be the same or similar for other version combinations, but I make no guarantee. These instructions are the same or very similar for many other Linux distros, however, the VirtualBox Guest Additions don’t work with all distros of […]

Ubuntu 13.04

How to get a Command Line, Shell, or Terminal

These instructions are for Ubuntu 13.04 using the Unity interface (although, hints are provided at the bottom of the article for those who have installed a different desktop). Linux (of which Ubuntu is a flavour) and it’s inspiration Unix, have a strong emphasis and tradition of doing everything via typed commands. Often, when searching the […]

Ubuntu 13.04

How to Enable 3D Hardware Acceleration under VirtualBox

These instructions are for Ubuntu 13.04 running under VirtualBox 4.2.12 on Window 7 with SP1. The instructions are probably the same or similar for other version combinations but no guarantee is made. 1) Install VirtualBox Guest Additions. Full instructions can be found here. 2) Shut down the virtual machine. It is not possible to change […]

Ubuntu 12.04

How to Run a Shell / Command Line / Terminal with root Privilege / Access

This tutorial is for Ubuntu 12.04. It should be the same for other versions of Ubuntu and (probably) most other Linux distributions, but no guarantee is made./p> Detailed instructions for opening a command line / terminal can be found here. When you open a terminal in Ubuntu, you do not have administrative privileges. This means […]

Ubuntu 12.04

How to Change the Timeout Period for sudo

This tutorial is for Ubuntu 12.04. It should be the same for other versions of Ubuntu and (probably) most other Linux distributions, but no guarantee is made. Detailed instructions for opening a command line / terminal can be found here. By default, sudo temporarily grants administrative privileges for 15 minutes. This means the first time […]