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    Things you need to know about Ubuntu...that will make your life easier!

    I have been using Ubuntu for 8 months and only last week I learned that you can hit the up/down arrows in the keyboard when you are using the terminal to display the commands history . This is awesome and save a lot of time.

    So I decided to create this thread, to exchange tips and tricks that make our experience with Ubuntu a lot easier. I'm posting some things I think is worthy, but please post your own too. This is not supposed to be a tutorial thread, so if you need to post something complex and big, please just describe it and give a link. Here it goes.

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    Things you need to know about Ubuntu...that will make your life easier!

    Installation


    • you don't have to install Ubuntu to try it. You can use from the Live CD without affecting your current files
    • you can install Ubuntu from inside Windows, like a regular program, using a nice tool called Wubi
    • having a separate partition for your personal stuff can save you a lot of trouble when upgrading or fixing serious issues


    Usability

    • on Linux, you don't have to copy and paste a text using CTRL+C and CTRL+V, just select the text and hit the middle-mouse-button where you want to paste it


    Terminal (the command stuff)

    • when you type your password in the terminal it doesn't show up, but it is there. Just hit enter to continue.
    • you can hit the up/down arrows or the mousewheel to access recently used commands
    • you can type the initial letters of a command and hit Tab to auto-complete it or to display a list of options
    • this symbol ~/ before a file means that it is located on your personal directory (i.e. /home/yourself/) and you can use it instead of typing the entire path
    • most programs have a manual that you can read by typing "man nameoftheprogram"


    Security



    Backup and Upgrade



    Troubleshooting

    • you can search the forums threads using Google Site Search, by adding site:ubuntuforums.org after the keywords you want to look for.
    Last edited by lovinglinux; April 28th, 2009 at 04:04 PM. Reason: Decided to remove tips from other posts and leave the discussion flowing

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    Re: Things you need to know about Ubuntu...that will make your life easier!

    Double clicking the sound button lets you select max sound level and fixes the low sound problem.

    When playing back a video you can hit pause and select snapshot to make a cool wallpaper for your desktop from a scene in any video.

    If your videos are choppy boys then select turning video effects to off for playable videos.

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    Re: Things you need to know about Ubuntu...that will make your life easier!

    Cool post for starting users, well done.

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    Re: Things you need to know about Ubuntu...that will make your life easier!

    Quote Originally Posted by Russell Burrows View Post
    Double clicking the sound button lets you select max sound level and fixes the low sound problem.
    Until version 9.04, which shows a "Volume Control" button when you click it once. You cant double click anymore.

    Quote Originally Posted by kellemes View Post
    Cool post for starting users, well done.
    Thank you. Please add more stuff 8)

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    Re: Things you need to know about Ubuntu...that will make your life easier!

    more cool terminal stuff:

    history = displays a history of recently run commands

    you can also scroll through terminal history with the mousewheel (just like the up and down keys)

    command | more = displays the information one page at a time, very useful for commands with lots of output. use space to advance a page, return to advance a line, q to quit

    cd - = goes to the previous directory you were in

    ctrl + c = stop a running command
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    Re: Things you need to know about Ubuntu...that will make your life easier!

    Thank you. Thank you. I'm adding the stuff to the first post.

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    Re: Things you need to know about Ubuntu...that will make your life easier!

    Quote Originally Posted by lovinglinux View Post
    Until version 9.04, which shows a "Volume Control" button when you click it once. You cant double click anymore.
    I am using Jaunty and when I double-click the volume applet it mutes. It doesn't go to full volume though.

    Edit -> Also when your mouse is over the volume applet you can scroll up/down to raise/lower the volume.
    Yesterday it worked.
    Today it is not working.
    Windows is like that.

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    Re: Things you need to know about Ubuntu...that will make your life easier!

    Here's my $0.02:

    • Making backups of important data is ALWAYS a good idea, especially when trying a new operating system.
    • Read what's on the screen carefully BEFORE you click on "Next" or "Forward"
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    Re: Things you need to know about Ubuntu...that will make your life easier!

    I've been using Ubuntu longer than you and didn't know about the installed programs list. I always just made a handwritten checklist and installed the programs one at a time. huh, I guess you learn something new every day.
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    Re: Things you need to know about Ubuntu...that will make your life easier!

    After finding that history command I started looking around and found out how to search through your command history.

    http://www.talug.org/events/20030709...e_history.html
    vague memory

    * If you really are uncertain of the history or if you know you could be searching back through many similar commands for one of particular interest, then you can use this more brute-force method.

    * Type the following command to get a list of all related commands with their history numbers:

    history | grep -i "<search string>"

    * Once you've found the command you want, you can execute it specifically by its number using the following built-in history expansion command:

    !<history number>
    I finally gotta sit down and learn the terminal. There's so much cool stuff you can do.
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