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Desktop and other miscellaneous applications

Desktop Applications

This section aims to list useful software by category that is not covered in the other software categories. In particular generic applications, such as Libre Office for example along with other general purpose software tools. Also listed are a number of Howto articles which may help a novice user, or even an experienced user, customise or install software to meet a specific need.


Tutorial Video Resources

This page divides its its appropriate sections internet links to video tutorials found on the web. Where possible we only direct you to confirmed links and to links that only contain the material being searched for. If you don't see any links here to the various videopodcast's this is due to the fact they are on the menu in in the left hand column.



Often when speaking to new (often enthusiastic) Linux users, they are anxious to personalise their computers as quickly as possible. After all, they've heard all about how Linux is so configurable and they want some of it.

For many, this means a different background is their very first choice and the aim of this page, is to show novices just how easy it is.

In order to demonstrate the procedure, I'll change my Debian computers wallpaper from the standard background, to a picture taken at random from the Internet.

Asus EEEPC Networking

Asus EEEPC Networking problem

We seem to have a steady stream of Asus eeePC lately most with Linux Xandros as a base operating system, the problem this time revolved around the failure of the eeePC to communicate via an encrypted network. In the main most wireless network routers are capable of between two or three levels of network encryption across the wireless access point.

These range from :

Firefox 3 install on ASUS EEEPC

Howto install Firefox3 with the Asus EeePC

Brian came to (SoSLUG one of our regulars), us last week with two possible methods for the installation of Firefox3, we thought we would try them out for the benefit of the many of our members that have one. You might be wondering why you should want to upgrade from firefox2 to firefox3, both look identical however firefox3 is a little faster than it's older cousin however it's most interesting feature is it's ability to page zoom, simply by using the "Ctrl +" and "Ctrl -" this allows you view any given page to your screen.