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SSHMenu Lets You Conveniently Connect to Remote Machines From the Panel

SSHMenu is a panel applet for GNOME that allows users to connect to remote computers over SSH with a single click. The menu looks incredibly similar to the GNOME Applications menu, and it is fully customizable. The interface allows you to add seperators, submenus, and new entries really easy.

GnuCash - Keep Your Cash (or lack thereof) in Order

GnuCash is a personal finance and accounting application created to keep you crazy organized. It can do simple things like recording expenses and take care of register transactions, but it can also handle tracking bank accounts, income, and a slew of financial instruments and derivatives.

Virtualization in Linux: A Review of Four Software Choices

From Techthrob.com: Virtualization is the technique of running a "guest" operating system inside an already-running OS; for example, Windows inside Linux, or visa-versa. This article compares four virtualization products available for Ubuntu Linux: the free, open source Qemu; the closed-but-free versions of VirtualBox and VMware-Server, and the newly-available, commercial Parallels. Read More at Techthrob.com

Howto: Delete Files Permanently and Securely in Linux

From Techthrob.com: We all know that when you simply delete a file, it's possible to recover it later. Sometimes this is useful, if you accidentally delete something important; but usually this is a problem, and you really want that file gone forever. This howto explains how to delete a file in Linux securely and permanently, so it can never be recovered. Read More at Techthrob.com

Sunbird - A Powerful Standalone Calendar from Mozilla

Sunbird is a calendar application built by the people at the Mozilla Foundation. It s entirely standalone: it doesn't require the bulk of another application to manage all of your appointments and events.

Backing Up in Linux - (Finally) made easy with TimeVault

From Techthrob.com File backups are a key element for every user and on every computer. Whether it be an office setting or a home desktop machine, backups are essential - your hard drive will fail at some point; you will need a backup, and you'll be kicking yourself if you learn this lesson the hard way. Here is an in-depth review, complete with telling screenshots, of the new TimeVault program, a backup utility for Linux similar to Apple's Time Machine. Covers installation, configuration, usage, and discuses some of the advantages and limitations of its backup abilities. The days of manual rsync are over! User-friendly backups are finally here for Linux.Read more at Techthrob.com

GLPI - IT and asset Managemet Software Setup Ubuntu

GLPI stands for “Gestionnaire libre de parc informatique”, GLPI is the Information Resource Manager with an additional Administration- Interface. You can use it to build up a database with an inventory for your company (computer, software, printers…). It has enhanced functions to make the daily life for the administrators easier, like a job tracking system with mail-notification and methods to build a database with basic information about your network-topology.

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FTP Server setup with TLS (Transport Layer Security) on Debian

ProFTPD is a ftp server written for use on Unix and Unix-a-like operating systems, there is no support for native use under Microsoft Windows.This tutorial will explain how to setup proftp server with TLS in debian etch.The TLS protocol allows applications to communicate across a network in a way designed to prevent eavesdropping, tampering, and message forgery. TLS provides endpoint authentication and communications privacy over the Internet using cryptography.

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SSH101: Secure Shell Basics and X11 Forwarding

From Techthrob.com SSH is an incredibly powerful tool. It lets you connect to a computer anywhere in the world, share files, and even run applications remotely. This tutorial will take you through installing and configuring the SSH Server, discuss some of the basic options of the SSH client, and show you how to run even graphical applications on a remote computer, from anywhere. Read more at Techthrob.com

Inkscape - The Open-Source Vector Graphics Editor

Inkscape is an open source vector graphics editor, similar to Illustrator or Xara. It uses the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. It's capable of creating objects with a variety of drawing, shape and text tools. You can edit previously created objects with scale, gradients, masks, and filtered effects.

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Hardy Heron Alpha4: A Glimpse into the Future of Ubuntu

From http://www.techthrob.com/tech/hardyalpha4.php This is a look at the fourth Alpha release of Hardy; including many of the applications that are now included by default and the major changes that will improve stability and usability. Among these are the addition of Firefox 3 and Remote Desktop on the applications side, and a new method for systems control known as Policy Kit, which enables the administrator to unlock certain functions for normal users. Read More at Techthrob.com

Enabling Temperature Sensors in Linux

From: http://www.techthrob.com/tech/linuxsensors.php Most computers these days come with a myriad of sensors to monitor the temperature of your computer. These sensors are generally located on the processor and the motherboard, and you might also have sensors on your video card. On top of that, all S.M.A.R.T-enabled hard drives have built-in temperature monitoring. The temperature of your computer is a vital thing to keep track of - heat and computers don't mix very well. Unfortunately, Ubuntu doesn't setup your computer's sensors automatically; but you can follow these steps to enable the temperature sensors in your computer in Ubuntu. Read More

Brightside - Screen Corner Actions and Edge-Flipping Made Easy

This Ubuntu application adds actions to the corners of the screen in GNOME, such as switching virtual desktops and controlling the volume. You can even enable the screensaver and control the screen brightness on your laptop.See more at The Daily Ubuntu...

Three Steps To a (Free) Domain Name for Your Home Network

From: http://www.techthrob.com/tech/dyndns.php If you have services running inside your home network, like a web server or file server, or you want to be able to access your home network while away (for example, over SSH), it's useful to have a domain name so you don't have to remember your home IP address. This guide will show you how, for free, to get your own domain name, and keep it active. Read More at Techthrob.com

Managing Your Personal Library in Linux; Alexandria: A Review with Screenshots

From: http://www.techthrob.com/tech/alexandria.php Alexandria is an application for Linux allows you to sort and track your book collection. It makes it easy to manage your collection by allowing you to sort items into multiple libraries (for example, books at your office, in your home, or elsewhere), and adding books is as simple as entering its ISBN. Once you've setup your collection, you can even export it to an HTML file, to share with other users over the web. Read More at Techthrob.com