Working with your desktop

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A comprehensive guide to using Ubuntu in a desktop environment.

Table of Contents

1. Linux Basics
Directories and File Systems
Text Editing
Users and Groups
2. Administrative Tasks
3. Adding, Removing and Updating Applications
What is a package manager?
Add/Remove Applications
Synaptic Package Manager
Command-Line Package Management With APT
Installing a Single Package File
Software Repositories
4. Music and Video
Playing and Organising Music Files
Playing and Extracting Audio CDs
Burning CDs
Video Playback
Multimedia Codecs
Using an iPod
Editing Audio Files
DVD Playback
Backing Up DVDs
Video Editing
5. Internet
Connecting to the Internet
Web browsing
Instant Messaging
Peer To Peer
News Readers
6. Office
GNOME Office
GnuCash Accounting Application
Scribus Desktop Publishing Application
7. Graphics & Photos
Digital Cameras
3D Graphic Cards
gThumb Image Viewer
The GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program)
Inkscape Vector Graphics Editor
Blender 3d Modeller
8. Games
PlanetPenguin Racer
Windows Games
9. Programming
Basic Compilers
Java Runtime Environment (1.5)
Development Tools
Learning How to Program
10. Partitions and Booting
Graphical Partition Editor
Make Windows partitions available from Ubuntu
Make Windows partitions automatically available
Run a system command automatically at startup
Change default operating system at boot
Configure startup services
Other Tips
11. Printing
12. Advanced Desktop Configuration
Log in automatically when the computer starts
Open files with administrative privileges from the file manager
Install Extra Fonts
RAR Archiver
Advanced Desktop Applets
Hide Recent Documents in the Places menu
Show the Computer, Home, and Trash desktop icons in GNOME
Restart GNOME without rebooting the computer
Preventing the Ctrl-Alt-Backspace shortcut keys from restarting X