Installing Sun Java on Linux

Java logo While Sun's Java platform is now almost completely open source, most distributions haven't been updated to ship with the technology (and there is a small amount of code that still isn't open source). Without Java, you could be missing out on running some applications and (less frequently now) Java applets on websites.

It is a little bit of a pain to install however, so in this tutorial ...

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Make a zip archive from the command line

There's only really one universally interchangeable archiving and compression format that works across all major platforms, and that's the Zip format. Like it or not, that's what you are stuck with using if you need to exchange files with other operating systems.

Creating a Zip archive using a GUI is usually a very simple process which involves right-clicking a group of files or a folder and choosing ...

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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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