Command line tip - determine a file’s type with file

Unlike some popular operating systems you might know of, Linux is clever enough to actually look inside the contents of a file and not just its extension (if any) to work out what type a file is.

This functionality isn't just hidden away - if you want to quickly peek at a file's type, or you have a binary file that you want to try and identify, you can ...

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Avant Window Navigator

There are many different Dock-like launchers available for Linux these days, some of them better than others. One such program is Avant Window Navigator. It bills itself as:

Avant Window Navgator (Awn) is a dock-like bar which sits at the bottom of the screen (in all its composited-goodness) tracking open windows.

There are a couple of versions of Awn - the stable version and the BZR version, which is newer, but ...

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Ekiga: The “Duh” VOIP/SIP Software

Today you constantly see people looking for alternatives to Skype, Gizmo, or another service. One that users frequently overlook is Ekiga. It comes with a standard GNOME desktop, but many users never realize its existence. Ekiga has most of the features of Skype and Gizmo, but with the added videoconferencing feature.

It is able to call any SIP number, or another Ekiga.net user directly. Another option lets you even ...

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Finding Advanced Settings on GNOME

If you ever find yourself looking to tweak your features to the pixel, you will find that GNOME does not offer the configuration option in its standard preference dialogs. Fear not, because GNOME has a tool that lets you tweak every option of your desktop until your head explodes.

This tool is called GConf Editor. You can run it on a standard GNOME desktop by pressing Alt+F2 and typing ...

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