How to get gorgeous looking fonts on Linux Mint

Fonts In this post I am going to show you how to optimize font rendering on Linux Mint to get the best looking fonts. Linux Mint uses the Sans font by default on the desktop, that do not look that very nice on lcd monitors. So we shall do some tweaks to get great looking fonts on the desktop. The tweaks involve ...

20 cool things to do after installing Kubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

Kubuntu 14.04 Ubuntu 14.04 LTS has been recently released and Kubuntu 14.04 followed up swiftly. Kubuntu is been my primary distro for many years now. It brings together the wonderful KDE desktop along with the app laden Ubuntu. So if you have just done a fresh install of Kubuntu then you can tweak few things and install some apps to make sure ...

Fix low resolution grub and splash screen with Nvidia drivers on Ubuntu 14.04

Nvidia drivers With the Nvidia official drivers you are able to throttle the performance of the nvidia graphic cards (gpu) to the maximum. However there are small glitches that need to be fixed manually. After installing and enabling the nvidia proprietory drivers you would notice that the grub screen and the Ubuntu splash screen (called Plymouth at startup and shutdown are displaying ...

How to install Virtualbox guest additions on Ubuntu 14.04

After installing Ubuntu inside virtualbox, you need to install the guest additions to get better hardware functionality inside it. These include full screen resolution, mouse wheel and pointer integration, copy paste from host os (shared clipboard), shared folders etc. This tutorial shows you how to install VirtualBox guest additions in Ubuntu. The same method works for similar distros like Xubuntu, Kubuntu ...

24 things to do after installing Xubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

Xubuntu 14.04 Xubuntu is a great distro, that combines the great Xfce desktop with the great Ubuntu. It presents the conventional desktop with a pleasant and rich looking user interface. Its fast and less resource intensive compared to Gnome shell, unity and kde variants of ubuntu. Xubuntu 14.04 has just been released the same day with Ubuntu 14.04. So go ahead to ...

How to install guake (dropdown terminal) on Xubuntu 14.04

Guake dropdown terminal Guake is a dropdown terminal for gtk based desktop environments like gnome, xfce etc. Its a useful tool that brings up a terminal at the press of a key. Guake is written in Python. It supports hotkeys, tabs, transparent backgrounds and other stuffs. This post shows how to install and configure guake. Install Guake The first step is to install guake. Its ...

How to install the latest Nvidia drivers on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

Nvidia drivers If you have an Nvidia graphics card on your system, then its recommended to install the official drivers provided by Nvidia. The proprietory drivers would utilise the hardware properly delivering full performance. Installation is pretty easy and it uses a ppa repository. So you do not need to compile anything. However, make sure to follow the steps properly. These steps would ...

How to fix “System program problem detected” error on Ubuntu

The error "System program problem detected" comes up when a certain application crashes. Ubuntu has a program called Apport that is responsible for detecting such crashes and upon user consent, report these crashes to developers. This process intends to get the problem fixed by the developers. However it can be very annoying to common users, and there is no point ...

How to get information about graphics card (GPU) on Linux

Graphics processing units - GPU You need to find out the correct model and vendor of the graphics card on your system, to be able to install the appropriate drivers and get the hardware to function properly. Most modern linux distros can detect variety of graphics card, but do not always have the best driver for it. So if you have an ...

Benchmark graphics card (GPU) performance on Linux with glmark

Graphics performance - measure it Recently when I added a new nvidia graphics card to one of my desktops, I was curious to measure and compare the power of this graphics card with whatever it was before. One way to do this is with benchmark tools which would run a series of "drawing" tests to measure the graphics processing capacity of the ...

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