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Appnr: Web-based app director and installer for Ubuntu

Appnr is a web-based directory of applications for Ubuntu Linux. You can also launch Ubuntu's package manager to install any application on the site with a click of a button. Nothing to write home about there. You can get a list of apps for Ubuntu by firing up the Synaptic package manager from your desktop. But Appnr differentiates itself in at least two ways: You can sort applications...

The one thing I hate about Linux

There are plenty of things to love about a modern desktop Linux distribution like Ubuntu 8.04. It's got nifty desktop effects, comes with an office suite, web browser, media player, and pretty much anything else you need for day to day computer user. And there's a huge list of applications you can install with the click of a mouse. But there's one thing I absolutely hate. And that's the fact...

3 Linux Apps That Make Me Hate Windows

I'm a Windows user, and it has served me well. That being said, I play with a lot of Linux distributions and there are some applications that are just so much better than anything Windows can offer that I find myself wondering how long it'll be until I make the switch. For starters, there's the APT and the Synaptic Package Manager. Microsoft has been promising updates and installs without...

Flipping the Linux switch: Package management 101

Your shiny new Linux system has it all -- except that one program you really needed it to install. You get online, you find the program's website, and click 'download'. Except there's not just a link to the program there. There are four, or five, or more links to the program. Each has a slightly different format, ending with .rpm, .deb, .tgz, or possibly even .ebuild. Some include x86 in the...

Eee PC Tips: A crash course in Linux

So you're an early adopter and you've run out to buy yourself Asus's $400 Eee PC because it seemed like a great price for a fully functional 2 pound computer that's about the size of a typical hardcover book (and far smaller than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows). But the innovative easy to use interface might get old pretty quickly if you want to do more than surf the web and create letters,...