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Linux Desktop Hacks Tips and Tools for Customizing and Optimizing Your OS

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ISBN-10: 0596009119

ISBN-13: 9780596009113

Edition: 2005

Authors: Jono Bacon, Nicholas Petreley

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The KDE and Gnome desktops have developed into mature operating environments. These technologies not only act as interfaces between the user, the powerful Linux kernel and GNU operating system, but they do so in a fun and intuitive way. Many users are content with the tools and facilities included with these desktops, but--for those who are ready to probe a little deeper--much more functionality can be found by going under the hood. With hacks that any user can follow, "Linux Desktop Hacks demonstrates how easy it is to modify Linux to suit your desires. The book is packed with tips on customizing and improving the interface, boosting performance, administering your desktop, and generally…    
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/2/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 342
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034

Nicholas Petreley began his career in computing in 1983 as an Assembly-language programmer for a signal-processing research and development firm called Adaptronics, located in McLean, Virginia, and he hasn't been able to escape the field since. After getting a taste of writing as a weekly columnist for the Times in New Jersey, Nick began spending more time with the English language than with Pascal, C, C++, and the dozens of other languages that previously dominated his life.Nick's former lives also include conference advisor for LinuxWorld Expo, creator of the Golden Penguin Bowl quiz show, editorial director of LinuxWorld, editor-in-chief of Network Computing World, executive editor of…    

Credits
Preface
Booting Linux
Give Your Computer the Boot
Kill and Resurrect the Master Boot Record
Bypass the Boot Manager
Set a Bitmap Boot Screen for LILO
Create Your Own LILO Boot Splash
Display a GRUB Boot Splash Background
Create a GRUB Boot Splash Background
Jazz Up Your Debian System Boot
Graphics on the Console
Console
Redefine Keyboard Actions
Energize Your Console with Macro Music Magic
Take a Screenshot from the Command Line
Put Your Command Prompt on a Diet
Simplify Changing Directories
Colorize Files in Your Pager
Login Managers
Switch Users Fast
Double Your KDM (KDE) Login Screens
Double Your GDM (GNOME) Login Screens
Get Multiple Desktops the Macho Way
Scrap X11 for Fancy Login Consoles
Personalize Your Qingy Theme
Related to X
Take Your Screens Black
Spice Up Your Desktop with Creative Mouse Cursors
Convert CursorXP Themes for Use with Linux
Use Windows and Mac Fonts
Never Miss Another Reminder
Make Applications Trigger On-Screen Alerts
Heat Up Your Keyboard with Hotkeys
Get Hotter Hotkeys with LinEAK
Access Windows and Mac OS X from Linux
Run Your Desktop over the Internet
Access Your Programs Remotely
Add Depth to Your Desktop
Give Your Desktop X-Ray Vision
KDE Desktop
Make Konqueror a Window into Remote Spaces
Konquer Remote Systems Without Passwords
Ai Karamba! Flashy KDE Gadgets!
Start Applications in Weird and Wonderful Ways
Script Hacks with DCOP
Create Your Own KDE Right-Click Menu Actions
Make KDE Even Easier to Use
Give Depth to Your KDE Windows
Lock Down KDE with Kiosk Mode
Run KDE on the Bleeding Edge
GNOME Desktop Hacks
Randomize Your GNOME Wallpaper
Grow Your GNOME with gDesklets Steroids
Create Your Own GNOME Right-Click Actions
Compile a Bleeding-Edge GNOME Desktop
Terminal Empowerment
Share Applications and Monitors with screen
Stop Using Terminal Command-Line Switches
Ultimate Terminal Transparency
View Microsoft Word Documents in a Terminal
Display PDF Documents in a Terminal
View Word and PDF Files from Within Mutt
Desktop Programs
Reduce OpenOffice.org Startup Time
Read Yahoo! Mail from Any Email Client
Encrypt Your Email
Reclaim Your Email with procmail
Convert Your Mailbox
Configure Firefox Under the Covers
Eliminate Annoying Browser Stalls
Get Browser Plug-ins Working
Create an Internet Phone
Motion Capture and Video Conferencing Fun
Put Screenshots Automatically on the Web
Scan for Wireless Networks
Map Your Meatspace
Connect to a Microsoft PPTP VPN
Play Restricted Media Formats
Administration and Automation
Automate Your Life with cron
Update Your Clock via the Internet
Start Desktop Applications Automatically
Don't Let Elvis Leave the Building
Clone Your Linux Install
Forward Ports over SSH
Take Control of New User Setups
Send Email Alerts for System Events
Create a Passwordless Login
Magically Empower Your Network Cable
Protect Yourself from Windows Applications
Build a Custom Firewall Computer
Link Monitoring in Linux with Wavemon
Make Network Backups
Recover from Debian Disaster
Prelink for Performance
Grab the Latest Source Code
Speed Up Compiles
Kernel
Compile a Kernel
Upgrade Your Kernel to 2.6
Use CKO to Make Your Desktop Go to 11
Tweak Your Kernel Without Recompiling
Hardware
Make an Internet Connection Using Bluetooth and a Mobile Phone
Perfect USB Devices with Project Utopia
Optimize Your Refresh Rates
Print to Unsupported Printers
Control Your Power with ACPI
Use an iPod with Linux
Sync Your iRiver with Linux
Boost Hard-Drive Performance
Accelerate Your Gaming
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