Quick Reference — Converting Images with ImageMagick

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While you might associate working with images with big graphical programs like GIMP or Photoshop, ImageMagick is an entirely different animal. It is a suite of command-line programs for converting and manipulating images.

But why would you use a command line program to work with images, which are by definition, graphical? Well, for a start, you don’t have to load up a slow (and dare I say bloated) graphical ...

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Getting to Grips with GRUB 2

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For a long time, the Grand Unified Bootloader, or GRUB, has been the standard way of getting a PC to boot into your Linux, or other Unix operating system. The flexibility offered by GRUB makes it easy to dual boot, triple boot… well, actually, do pretty much what you want in terms of installing operating systems on your own computer.

The newer versions of Ubuntu (from 9.10) and their ...

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Roundup: Text Based Text Editors

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For some reason, text editors are something that us Unix geeks get very passionate about. Whether it’s an argument over which editor is better, or just professing our love for our favourite keyboard shortcuts, it’s an emotive issue.

You might think that a plain text editor is a pretty simple affair. After all, all it has to do is allow you to type stuff in and then change ...

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