Compiz: The Ultimate in Useless Eyecandy?

That’s right, it’s time for a technologically controversial post.
Compiz is the ultimate in eyecandy. Seriously. With wobbly windows; various window-switching mechanisms such as shift-switcher, ring-swither, and regular tab-switcher; a multi-desktop cube; Mac Expose-style effects; some wicked screensavers; and a whole array of window opening, closing, minimizing, focus/unfocus, etc animations, it [...]

Hardy Heron Up For Download

Ubuntu version Hardy Heron (8.04) was officially set loose yesterday. Existing users can upgrade (instructions available for Xubuntu, Kubuntu, and Ubuntu), download (X/K/U), or torrent (some on LinuxTracker, as well as the official Xubuntu, Kubuntu, and Ubuntu downloads [Xubuntu link was not working last I checked; for Kubuntu, select a mirror site [...]

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Character Maps for Linux

Ever had to make use of special characters? For example, to put an equation like ∫x² dx in an OpenOffice document? How do you get at those characters, anyway?
In Windows, there’s the Character Map, via Start Menu -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Character Map. For KDE users, check out kcharselect. [...]

Alternative Link Underlining

Ever seen the odd site that, instead of solid or absent underlining, has a dotted or dashed underline? Ever wonder how it’s done? It’s really simple: border-style.
All you need to do to get an alternative underlining effect is to, first off, hide the default underline with text-decoration:none, and then specify a bottom [...]

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Easy Linux-to-Windows File Sharing

Samba has long been the defacto standard for accessing Windows file shares from Linux. However, there is also a Samba daemon (background service) that, if configured correctly, plays the reverse role — sharing Linux directories to Windows machines. Unfortunately, proper setup requires you to edit the /etc/samba/smb.conf file, which, like most configuration [...]