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Find Files Containing a Text Pattern
find . -iname "*.txt" -exec grep -l "hello" {} +
Quick Tip
Create a Bootable USB from an ISO Image
sudo dd if=/path/to/image.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=4096k
Replace /dev/sdX with your USB device, for example, /dev/sdb.
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Disable Overlay Scrollbars in GNOME
gsettings set com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode normal
Changes should occur instantly. The overlay scrollbars should now be replaced with normal scrollbars. This method works for Ubuntu 12.10 and above.
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Although it describes itself as a minimalist file manager, I have only words of praise for Sunflower, since it rather gathers a lot of features in a compact interface, and I do believe it needs a bit more attention. Sunflower is a twin-panel file manager with a somewhat different approach compared to standard GNOME/KDE/Xfce file browsers, written in GTK with several notable features and support for plugins.

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This is an overview providing 10 Linux open-source replacements for various commercial power tools, most of them available only on Windows.

Computer-Aided Design: AutoCAD
Replacement: QCAD

It’s true, QCAD has some paid plug-ins, but they can be removed very easy and QCAD will offer most of AutoCAD’s features in a similar fashion, but with an interface that is maybe 10 times faster. The good thing about QCAD is that those who are used to AutoCAD can make the transition pretty easily, since QCAD has similar syntax for commands, and similar menu entries.

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I remember the first time I’ve encountered Dillo was when trying one of the older versions of Damn Small Linux, which at the time was pretty popular as a minimal distribution and came with this very small web browser.

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In this tutorial I’ll show you how to automatically fire up any program or command when KDE starts up. You can create your own launchers (desktop files) to be ran or even Bash scripts with commands to be executed.

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According to an official announcement on their website, a new expansion pack for the Faster Than Light game will be made available freely on April 3rd. Along with this release an iPad 2 version will also be released. The expansion pack will be free and will not include any additional in-app purchases.

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Cannons Lasers Rockets is a free space exploring game available on Steam for Linux and Windows with 3D graphics and futuristic space environments. The game was released on February 4, 2014, uses the powerful Unity Engine and takes place in various space environments, with 2D battles and a simple gameplay idea: all you need to win are three weapons, obviously cannons, lasers and yes, you guessed it, rockets.

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KKEdit is a text editor based on GTK3 for GNOME, currently under development, with several useful features for the average programmer.

The latest release, 0.0.32, came out a few hours ago, and includes several new features, like two new menu entries, New Editor and New Admin Editor, two fixes in the source highlighting dropdown list, and several other minor fixes.

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Earlier today GNOME 3.12 has been released, bringing major new features, several redesigned programs and three new applications: Logs, Sound Recorder and Polari.

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No More Room in Hell is a horror-themed, cooperative zombie survival shooter which is available freely for Linux on the Steam platform. NMRIH started as a Half-Life 2 mod in 2011, and was released as a standalone game for Steam on October 2013.

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When it comes to console music players, there are pretty decent options out there, and MOC is one of them. Together with applications like mp3blaster or the powerful CMus program, MOC, which stands for Music On Console, uses the Ncurses library, with a text-user interface, support for playlist, shortcuts and more.

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Gmusicbrowser is a music player and audio collection manager for GNOME written in Perl and GTK2, built to handle large collections, highly configurable, with integrated music library, plugin support, many view modes, lyrics and Wikipedia info integration, as well as equalizer.

The latest version was released on February 15, 2014, and added several fixes for the playlist, the interface, and the export plugin.

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Controlling Amarok from a terminal may come in handy in various situations, and can also be a way of using scripts or aliases to give commands directly to Amarok, without having to even keep the window opened, instead leaving it running in the system tray.

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Kate (the KDE Advanced Text Editor) is the well known, powerful text editor that ships by default in KDE, and has plenty of powerful features for both simple text editing as well as programmers. Some of the notable functions that it offers include indentation, syntax highlighting for hundreds of programming languages, block-selection mode or spell-checking.

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