Yakuake - a drop-down terminal for KDE

There are plenty of different terminal programs out there for all different desktops. Yakuake is one such KDE-based terminal emulator with a difference.

It basically gives you a Quake-style drop-down terminal at the top of the screen, which you can access with a single keystroke. Installing Yakuake is extremely simple, especially if the application is your repositories. In the case of my Kubuntu system, a simple:

$ sudo apt-get install yakuake ...

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Capturing your screen with Istanbul

Making video recordings of your screen can be very useful. If you're trying to demo something to someone or just want to record something on your desktop, it can be an invaluable tool.

One such program for recording your Linux (or other X11-based) desktop is Istanbul.

Istanbul is very easy to use and creates open standard Ogg Theora files that will play back on any modern Linux distribution (you ...

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Unix fundamentals - compiling software from scratch

This is a fundamentals post - where we cover a fundamental concept to do with a particular bit of free/open source software so you can learn it, brush up and then be armed with that knowledge for future posts!

Installing software. It's something that you do quite a lot if you're like most computer users. On Unix-like systems, there are several different ways you be getting that program ...

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