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How To Change Password On Ubuntu

Question: How do I change password for my account and other user accounts on Ubuntu Linux OS? Answer: On Ubuntu, you can change password from either GUI or command line as explained below. Launch Change Password Window by clicking on "System -> Preferences -> About Me", which will display the following window. Click on 'Change [...]


Ubuntu Tips: How To View System Log Files in GUI

Question: When debugging an issue on Ubuntu, I typically go to the command line to view the log file. Are there any GUI log file viewers available for Ubuntu? Answer: Ubuntu comes with an inbuilt system log file viewer. Click on System -> Administration -> Log File Viewer, to launch the GUI log viewer tool. [...]


Similar to Windows Task Manager, Ubuntu offers a system monitoring utility that will display running processes, memory usage, file system usage.  Apart from monitoring, you can also take several actions from the system monitor user interface -- such as killing a running process. In this article, let us review how to put the basic monitoring [...]


Debian based systems (including Ubuntu) uses apt-* commands for managing packages from the command line. In this article, using Apache 2 installation as an example, let us review how to use apt-* commands to view, install, remove, or upgrade packages. If you are installing Apache 2, you may guess that the package name is apache2.  [...]


Ubuntu Tips: How To Enable Root User ( Super User ) in Ubuntu

Question: I'm unable to do su - on Ubuntu. It says "su: Authentication failure". How do I fix it? Also, is it possible for me to login to Ubuntu using root account directly? Answer: Let us address these two question one by one. Warning: Enabling root is not recommended. If possible, you should always try [...]


Question: How to run Windows applications in Ubuntu or any other Linux desktop distribution ? Answer: Install wine project, which will enable you to use Windows applications in Linux systems. Using Wine you can execute Windows application like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc., in your Linux.  Currently, 12,000+ Windows applications can run in Ubuntu with [...]

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Ubuntu Tips: What is a Timed Login In Ubuntu or Kubuntu ?

Question: What is a timed login in Ubuntu or Kubuntu ? How does it work? Answer: If you have created a guest account on your laptop, you may want the guest account to automatically login when you reboot the machine. But, wait. You don't want that guest account to login automatically when you want to [...]


Question: How to change date and time on my Ubuntu or Kubuntu laptop ? Answer: You can change the date and time from the 'Time and Date Settings window' that can be launched using one of the following two methods. Right click on the date and time that is displayed on your system tray and [...]