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Ubuntu 12.04

Command Line Basics: Editing Files

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. When you work at the command line, from time to time, it may be necessary […]

Ubuntu 12.04

Basic Command Line Techniques

This tutorial is for Ubuntu 12.04. It should be the same for every other version of Ubuntu and all other Linux distros, but I make no guarantee. Linux (on which Ubuntu is based) is fundamentally a command line driven operating system. While there are graphical interfaces to many of the available commands, sometimes you need […]

Ubuntu 12.10

How to Completely Uninstall/Remove a Package/Software/Program

This tutorial shows how to completely remove or uninstall a package in Ubuntu 12.10. These instructions should work for other versions of Ubuntu, it’s derivatives (Edubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, Myhtbuntu) and other Debian based Linux distributions – but no guarantee is made. This tutorial is definitely on the advanced rather than basic side […]

Ubuntu 12.04

How to Completely Remove / Uninstall Xubuntu Core Desktop

These instructions are for Ubuntu 12.04 running the Unity desktop on which the Lubuntu Core Desktop was installed using either the Ubuntu Software Center or sudo apt-get on the command line. The instructions may be the same for other versions of Ubuntu, but no guarantee is made. When the Xubuntu Core Desktop is installed in […]

Ubuntu 12.04

How to Completely Remove / Uninstall Lubuntu Core Desktop

These instructions are for Ubuntu 12.04 running the Unity desktop on which the Lubuntu Core Desktop was installed using either the Ubuntu Software Center or sudo apt-get on the command line. The instructions may be the same for other versions of Ubuntu, but no guarantee is made. When the Lubuntu Core Desktop is installed in […]

Ubuntu 12.04

Installing the Xubuntu Core Desktop

These instructions are for installing the Xubuntu Core Desktop in Ubuntu 12.04 running the Unity Desktop. Installation instructions may be the same or similar for other versions of Ubuntu or for other Linux distros, but no guarantee is made. Installing Xubuntu Core Desktop installs only the GUI part of Xubuntu Desktop without all the extra […]

Ubuntu 12.04

How to Install the Lubuntu Core Desktop

These instructions are for installing the Lubuntu Core Desktop in Ubuntu 12.04 running the Unity Desktop. Installation instructions may be the same or similar for other versions of Ubuntu or for other Linux distros, but no guarantee is made. Installing Lubuntu Core Desktop installs the GUI part of Lubuntu Desktop without all the extra applications […]

Ubuntu 12.10

Installing GNOME Desktop

These instructions are for installing the GNOME Desktop in Ubuntu 12.10 running the Unity Desktop. Installation instructions may be the same or similar for other versions of Ubuntu or for other Linux distros, but no guarantee is made. If you are changing desktops because you are totally lost / confused by Unity, I suggest reading […]

Ubuntu 12.10

Installing GNOME Shell

These instructions are for installing the GNOME Shell in Ubuntu 12.10 running the Unity Desktop. Installation instructions may be the same or similar for other versions of Ubuntu or for other Linux distros, but no guarantee is made. If you are changing desktops because you are totally lost / confused by Unity, I suggest reading […]

Ubuntu 12.10

Installing GNOME Session Fallback

These instructions are for installing the GNOME Session Fallback in Ubuntu 12.10 running the Unity Desktop. Installation instructions may be the same or similar for other versions of Ubuntu or for other Linux distros, but no guarantee is made. If you are changing desktops because you are totally lost / confused by Unity, I suggest […]

Ubuntu 12.10

How to Uninstall VirtualBox Guest Additions

These instructions are for removing VirtualBox Guest Additions from Ubuntu 12.10 running under VirtualBox version 4.2.2. 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 12.10

How to Lock Your Screen / Computer

These instructions are for Ubuntu 12.10 running the Unity interface. They may be the same for other version combinations, but no guarantee is made. Sometimes you have to leave your computer but don’t want to leave your session open for someone else to start using. One option is to log out, the other is to […]