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How to Install Blender 2.74 in Ubuntu 14.04/Linux Mint 17

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A new stable release of the professional free and open-source 3D graphics software, Blender 2.74, was announced by the Blender Foundation and the online developer community a few days ago at the end of March. Here are the release highlights according to the release note: Cycles got several precision, noise, speed, memory improvements, new Pointiness attribute. Viewport has new cool ...

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How to Speed up Application Search in the Unity Dash

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Running Ubuntu on an old laptop? Well, you may found that the Dash for searching files and installed applications is a little slow and heavy. Here I’m going to show you how to speed up the Dash by disabling unwanted search results and doing a little tweak on graphics settings. 1. Disable undesired search results. First, you may install Dconf ...

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Easily Eject/Close CD-Rom Tray in Ubuntu via Keyboard Shortcut

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Without pushing the physical eject button, here’s how to easily toggle (eject/close) your CD-Rom tray via keyboard shortcut or hotkey in Ubuntu. In Ubuntu Linux, we can use eject command to eject CD-Rom tray, eject -t command to close, and eject -T to toggle (if open, close and if closed, open) CD-Rom tray. For those who hate Linux command, toggle ...

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How to Install MineCraft in Ubuntu 15.04

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This quick tutorial shows how to install Minecraft in Ubuntu 15.04 properly (i.e., create symbolic link and launcher), while minecraft website only provides a java archive for download. Thanks to Cassidy James, an installer script has been made into PPA that automatically downloads the game archive from Mojang’s servers and installs it on your Ubuntu properly by adding a software ...

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How to Install Google Earth in Ubuntu 15.04 64-bit

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Installing Google Earth in Ubuntu is quite easy because there are .deb packages available for download in Google website. All Ubuntu users have to do is grab a .deb package and install it via Ubuntu Software Center. However, the 64-bit .deb package requires ia32-libs, while the package is not available in Ubuntu 15.04 repositories. The correct way to install these ...

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How to Install Latest Mkvmerge GUI in Ubuntu

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MKVToolNix, is a set of tools (e.g. mkvmerge gui, mkvinfo) to create, alter and inspect Matroska files under Linux. As both Matroska and MKVToolNix are under heavy development here’s how to install the latest release from its official repository and keep it up-to-date through Software Updater. 1. Add MKVToolNix repository MKVToolNix repository so far supports Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Linux ...

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How to Install Sublime Text 2 or 3 in Ubuntu 15.04

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Sublime Text is a cross-platform text and source code editor with a Python API. It is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. Its functionality is extendable with plugins. Most of the extending packages have free-software licenses and are community-built and maintained. Sublime Text features: “Goto Anything,” quick navigation to files, symbols, or lines “Command palette” uses adaptive ...

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How to Close Notifications on Click in Ubuntu 14.04, 14.10

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When a notification bubble pops up in Ubuntu Unity desktop, you have to wait a few seconds until it disappears automatically. This tutorial is going to show you how to configure Unity’s notify-OSD, so that you can easily close the notification bubbles by simple mouse-clicking on them. 1. To get started, first install a graphical tool for configuring notify-OSD. Open ...

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How to Install Skype 4.3 in Ubuntu 15.04

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Canonical Partners repository finally adds support for Ubuntu 15.04. Here’s how to enable the repository and install Skype 4.3 in Vivid Vervet 1. Enable Canonical Partners Repository: The partner repository offer access to proprietary and closed-source software and are not enabled by default. To enable it, launch Software & Updates from the Unity Dash, go to Other Software tab. Check ...

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How to Create A Live Ubuntu System on USB Stick

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This tutorial shows how to burn an Ubuntu .iso image into an USB stick, so you can boot into Live Ubuntu system by plugging it in any computer. An Ubuntu Live-USB is useful when your machine won’t boot. With it, you can: install Ubuntu on a computer re-install/restore Grub bootloader when you get boot errors e.g. “Grub rescue>”, “Error 17”. ...

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