Personalise your GRUB Boot Menu with a Custom Image

If you dual (or triple, or more) boot your machine, i.e. you have many different operating systems you choose between at startup, you might have to use your bootloader fairly frequently.

GRUB is a very functional boot loader and can do the job in most cases. But its default text-based view is a little visually unattractive, is it not?

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to put ...

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Speed up your system by avoiding the swap file

Most modern operating systems are capable of using a file or partition known as a swap or paging file. Most Linux distributions will also install one for you by default. This file is used to extend the amount of available RAM by writing some of it to your hard drive.

There's just one problem: hard drives are slow. We can't fix that problem yet, but we can avoid ...

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Try out the Metacity compositor

Peter told you how to quickly set desktop effects in KDE with the press of a button if you're using KWin. A similar trick is available for GNOME's Metacity.

First, you'll need to be using Metacity, and not Compiz. Yes, Metacity has compositing.

Metacity's compositor can be turned on in GConf, but for the enlightened, it's an Alt+F2 and a command away:

metacity -c ...

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