Ubuntu tip - get Mplayer and play everything

Feeling in the dark when it comes to WMV files, QuickTime movies, Real media files or any other popular (but proprietary) media format?

If you're running the latest version of Ubuntu, it's actually pretty easy to get yourself playing all of these formats and more with Mplayer - one of the best media players for Linux, and the Win32 codecs.

First of all, hit Alt-F2 and type in:

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Running older Windows applications on Linux

While generally speaking Linux can't run Windows applications, some older programs and basic apps will work thanks to an awesome piece of software called wine.

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to install wine and use it to install and run an old version of Paint Shop Pro for Windows - version 4.

Note: this tutorial only works on standard x86 PC hardware. That's the ...

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Ubuntu dual-boot tip - retain Windows as your default OS

If you've just installed a dual-boot Windows XP and Ubuntu system (as per this tutorial perhaps), you might notice that the new boot menu that comes up when you start your computer has Windows last and all the Ubuntu options first.

If you're not ready to jump in at the deep end just yet, or you've got some Windows apps you still need, or you're just ...

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