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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. What is Wine ? Using Wine you can execute Windows application like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc., in your Linux.  Currently, 12,000+ Windows applications can [...]

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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 [...]


Customize Your Ubuntu Laptop Appearance with Themes

Ubuntu by default comes with a very decent theme, back ground image, and font. However if you are bored with the default Ubuntu appearance, you can change those as explained in this article. This article explains how to change Ubuntu Themes, background images, fonts and visual beeps. 1. How To Change Ubuntu Themes Theme changes [...]


Ubuntu Tips: How To Fix Firefox Slow Scrolling Problem

Question: Firefox 3 is very slow on my Ubuntu. How do I fix it? Some of the symptoms are — Scrolling on a web page is very sluggish, running flash on Firefox is slow, watching YouTube videos on Firefox is slow. Answer: Try one of the following suggestions, which may solve the Firefox running slow [...]


Question: How do I open Firefox browser (or any application) automatically when I login to Ubuntu or Kubuntu ? Answer: In gnome you can do this by using the gnome-control-center (or) directly from the “Startup Application Preferences” as explained in this article. Step 1: Go to “Startup Application Preferences” in Ubuntu Go to System -> [...]


Question: How to enable automatic login in Ubuntu or Kubuntu ? Answer: You can enable auto login in Ubuntu using the following 3 simple steps. Please understand that it is not security best practices to enable the automatic login. Do this only if you are in a controlled environment and very confident that nobody will [...]