How To

sudo vs. su

One of the things that makes Linux more secure than some operating systems is a permission system and separate logins. This adds the complication that some administrative tasks must be done using the administrator login (called root) but that is a small price to pay for the added level of security.

Different Linux distributions offer different ways to become root to perform these administrative tasks. The differences are not complicated to understand and there are valid reasons for each approach. In this article TUX explains these differences and how to get the job done using the various approaches.

admin - Mon, 2005-08-15 08:08.
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What is RSS?

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is an XML-based format for content distribution. TUX offers an RSS feed with headlines and summaries of Linux news, stories, and reviews and links back to the TUX web site for the full story.

Simply click on the orange RSS icon found on the lower left hand corner of this web page to load into your RSS reader of choice.

Common Questions


Will the TUX RSS feed also deliver headlines and summaries of the articles that are featured in the monthly digital magazine?

No. The TUX RSS feed only features content that is posted to the TUX web site. To subscribe to the monthly digital magazine, you may do so for free here. However, the RSS feed will deliver an announcement to your news reader letting you know when the next issue of the magazine is available.

Carlie Fairchild - Sun, 2005-04-24 11:24.
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Simplify Downloads With Kget

Kget is another of the little gems that are hidden within KDE. Like Kalarm and even Kruler, you aren't sure why you need them until you try them.

Kget helps you download files from the Internet. I didn't know I needed help until I tried Kget. We become very used to just clicking on links, having a dialog box pop up and waiting for a file to download. It's simple but it also means an instance of your browser is tied up with the work.

Think about what help might make sense. Here are some things that come to mind:

fyl - Tue, 2005-03-29 14:25.
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KAlarm: Your Fancy Alarm Clock

On the most basic level, KAlarm is an alarm clock with multiple alarms. It goes way beyond that but this is a good place to start. Unlike organizer tools such as KOrganizer, it just deals with alarms.

Let's look at some possible applications. My trash day is Thursday. If I get to the computer before I take out the trash (a common event) then I typically forget until I hear the truck coming down the street. What I need is a big red flag and a constant beep that come on on Thurday at 7AM and doesn't go away until I tell them to go away.

This is a perfect KAlarm job. Here is what I need to do to set this up.

fyl - Wed, 2005-03-02 08:46.
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Screen Capture with KSnapshot

If you are thinking we have some fancy screen capture program that we use to add screenshots to Tux articles, think again. There are actually quite a few capture programs included with most Linux distributions. One such program is Ksnapshot which is part of the KDE distribution itself.

Just like other programs, KSnapshot can be started from the menus (it appears in Utilities->Desktop on SUSE) or the Run Box by typing Alt-F2 and then entering ksnapshot as the command. When started, it displays a small window that looks like:

Web Editor - Tue, 2005-02-15 18:05.
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Web Page Translation Within Konqueror

Konqueror, the KDE web browser/file manager, offers a whole host of tools to make your like accessing the web easier. They are located within the Tools menu. One such tool allows you to translate web pages into different languages.

Konqueror itself does not have the translators built in but takes advantage of services available on the web itself. The richest set of translations is from English to other languages but there are quite a few other translations available.

The translation process is very simple. First, load the web page you want to translate. In my example, I have loaded Announcing the First Issue of TUX which is the From the Publisher column of the first issue of TUX. Then you just click on the Tools menu, go down to the Translate Web Page submenu, move down to the desired source language, over to the destination language and click. The translated page will appear shortly.

Web Editor - Thu, 2005-02-10 08:22.
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Entering International Characters

or "How Do I Enter That Accent on Your Name?"

Being a guy with an accent on one of the letters of his name, you can imagine that I probably spend a lot of time entering so-called "special characters" in my documents and e-mails. Short of keeping a document with these letters already written, then copying, and pasting them, entering an é can be amazingly time consuming. Worst of all, while OpenOffice.org lets me click Insert, Special Character to select from a list, not all applications have a handy list of characters to choose from. For everyone out there who routinely has to enter special characters or letters with accents, I'm going to give you a great KDE trick to use that will ease the pain.

Marcel Gagné - Thu, 2005-01-13 15:08.
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Libranet: Installing Software the Easy Way

by Jon Biddell

One of the guys I work with saw me running Libranet on my workstation the other day and said “I bet you need an Engineering Degree to install software on that sucker

Web Editor - Thu, 2005-01-06 10:32.
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Adding and Removing programs in Fedora

by Gar Nelson.

So you have your new installation of Fedora up and running and so far you're quite happy with the results. Then you decide that it's time to start installing some new programs. So how do you add in new packages, or remove packages you don't need?

Web Editor - Tue, 2004-12-28 12:43.
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Listen to the Music with KsCD!

By Marcel Gommans

If you are looking for an easy to use program to listen to your favorite CDs then you should try KsCD. KsCD comes with KDE and if you use that window environment it will most likely be installed by default. You can find it in the Kicker menu under 'Multimedia'.

Let's jump right in and see how it works now.

Web Editor - Thu, 2004-12-23 10:30.
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