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Get the most out of earth’s best open-source operating system. We’ll highlight the best Linux distros, software and games, and share tips useful for anyone switching from Windows or OS X.

Have Fun Taking Photos With Cheese Photo Booth [Linux]

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Have Fun Taking Photos With Cheese Photo Booth [Linux]

Taking pictures is always a great way to keep memories, wherever you are. They’re also a fantastic way to spend some time and bond with friends and family. However, taking ordinary pictures with a camera or webcam can get pretty boring after a while. Mac OS X’s photo booth program can get pretty interesting with all of the possible effects that you can select, but what about Linux? Thankfully there’s a fairly popular application which gets the job done.

Danny Stieben September 6, 2012
Have Fun Taking Photos With Cheese Photo Booth [Linux]
SlideWall: Rotating Wallpaper With Images From Your Computer Or The Web [Linux]

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SlideWall: Rotating Wallpaper With Images From Your Computer Or The Web [Linux]

Want rotating wallpaper in Ubuntu, but don’t want to use the default slideshows? Design your own with SlideWall. This easy-to-use software lets you pick which photos you want to rotate and when, and can even automatically download and rotate high-quality wallpapers from the web. You can even set your wallpaper to a real-time depiction of where the sun is an isn’t shining on earth, if you want.

Justin Pot August 30, 2012
SlideWall: Rotating Wallpaper With Images From Your Computer Or The Web [Linux]
3 Top Cross Platform DJ Apps To Get Your Party Started

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3 Top Cross Platform DJ Apps To Get Your Party Started

I’ve got a thing for vinyl, especially white labels. If it’s dusty, dubiously labelled and going for a couple of dollars then I absolutely have to buy it. Digital DJing takes some of the fun out of the pastimes associated with DJing, but then again it also adds another layer of accessibility that manual turntablism doesn’t have. Today we’ll be taking a look at some of the best solutions around, with some impressive free options and slightly more advanced paid solutions too.

Tim Brookes August 30, 2012
3 Top Cross Platform DJ Apps To Get Your Party Started
Nitroshare: Easily Share Files On Your Network Between Multiple Operating Systems

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Nitroshare: Easily Share Files On Your Network Between Multiple Operating Systems

It’s not hard to set up home networking, including file sharing, in Windows and OS X Lion includes a quick file-sharing feature between Macs. If you want to quickly share a file between computers running two different operating systems, however, things can get complicated quickly. Not with Nitroshare. This program gives you a box you can drag any file or collection of files to. Pick a receiving computer and you’re basically done: a speedy transfer will begin

Justin Pot August 29, 2012
Nitroshare: Easily Share Files On Your Network Between Multiple Operating Systems
XnConvert – Dead Simple Cross-Platform Batch Image Processing [Windows, Mac & Linux]

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XnConvert – Dead Simple Cross-Platform Batch Image Processing [Windows, Mac & Linux]

Writing for MakeUseOf means that, as an author, I get through a lot of coffee, a lot of software and a lot of screenshots. Regardless of the operating system I’m using, if I’m reviewing software, rounding up websites or showing off tips and tricks then I’m going to be including screenshots to better illustrate the product or process. I learned pretty quickly that through the wonders of batch conversion that you can save yourself precious time when it comes to image processing.

Tim Brookes August 16, 2012
XnConvert – Dead Simple Cross-Platform Batch Image Processing [Windows, Mac & Linux]
Indicator Remindor Lets You Set Up Reminders For Anything [Ubuntu]

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Indicator Remindor Lets You Set Up Reminders For Anything [Ubuntu]

Set up regular reminders to do things on Ubuntu, or set up an alarm for later today. Whether you want to remember to let your cat out of the swimming pool today around 3 or pick up the dog from his job every weekday at 6, the oddly-spelled Indicator Remindor (yep, with an “o”) can help you out by playing a sound, displaying a notification or even running any command.

Justin Pot August 9, 2012
Indicator Remindor Lets You Set Up Reminders For Anything [Ubuntu]
Avant Window Navigator: A Great Desktop Dock With Plenty of Applets [Linux]

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Avant Window Navigator: A Great Desktop Dock With Plenty of Applets [Linux]

One of the most helpful tools we can have on our desktops are docks. Whether they help us keep track of open windows, offer us shortcuts to common folders or applications, or even update us on the current weather, they’re extremely extensible and flexible. Among Linux users, the most recommended dock is Docky, and I can’t deny that I love it too.

Danny Stieben August 9, 2012
Avant Window Navigator: A Great Desktop Dock With Plenty of Applets [Linux]
5 More Cool Things You Can Do With Google Earth

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5 More Cool Things You Can Do With Google Earth

In this article, I’m going to share five really cool features I found in Google Earth. These features are perfect if you’re looking to build a new house or trying to find a place to live, going on an adventure somewhere and need to plot out accurate distances, want to send your friends impressive views of your area from a bird’s eye view, or if you’re a history or an astronomy buff.

Ryan Dube August 8, 2012
5 More Cool Things You Can Do With Google Earth
Using Linux? Here Are Your Options For File Compression

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Using Linux? Here Are Your Options For File Compression

Under Windows, you can compress your data with the file system itself (which can be recognized by the blue file name), but under Linux, ext4 – the default file system for almost all distributions – is not capable of file compression. Don’t worry though, there’s plenty of other ways you can compress your files under Linux – quickly and easily.

Danny Stieben August 6, 2012
Using Linux? Here Are Your Options For File Compression
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