Changing the default window manager

Learn how to change your default window manager or desktop. Switching window managers isn’t hard, but it’s still one of the hardest things to figure out. I’m not covering kdm or gdm here, this tuXfile teaches you how to change the default window manager if you’re using xdm or starting the X Window System manually with the startx command.

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Alright, you’ve installed a really fancy new window manager and want to try it out? If you’re booting to command line and starting X manually with the startx command, you’re probably wondering how to make that new fancy window manager your default. Or, if you use xdm as your display manager, you’re probably wondering the same thing because it doesn’t provide you with any menu that lets you change your window manager. You need some other way of telling X what window manager you want to use. read more

Linux XP – a joke becoming reality?

Because this imaginary Linux distro was supposed to be a weird result of adding Windows features into Linux, I wanted to name my imaginary distro after a Microsoft OS. First, I tried the name Lindows, but when I googled it up just to be sure, there already was a real distro named like that! I had to come up with another name, so I picked Linux XP. While googling it up, the name Linux XP didn’t seem to be taken by any real distro, so I used it instead of Lindows. To be frank, I didn’t believe anyone would actually name a real distro like that. read more

Linux file systems and directories

Linux file systems and directories

Linux’s directory structure
Lost in the file system? Where are all the files? What do the weird directories contain? How is the Linux file system organized? A little overview on the most important directories on Linux.

Moving around in the Linux file system
Learn how to move from directory to another with cd, how to find out what directory you’re in with pwd, and how to list the contents of a directory with ls. You’ll also learn what are absolute and relative path names.

Creating, copying, moving, and removing directories
How to create, move and delete directories in Linux with the mkdirmv and rmdir commands. You’ll also learn how to copy a directory with its contents and how to remove a directory that is not empty. read more

Change from text login to graphical login in Linux

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Learn how to start the X Window System automatically when your Linux system boots up, so you’ll have a graphical login. Or vice versa: if you’re already booting to X Windows, learn how to boot to the command line.

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Booting to X Windows, so you can have a graphical login in Linux, is a very simple thing to do. Or, disabling the X Window System from starting at bootup, so you’ll have a text login, is just as simple. Maybe your distro provides some fancy GUI tools for configuring this, but here I’ll concentrate on the fool-proof method that doesn’t need any weird config tools and thus works on any Linux distro: editing the /etc/inittab file. read more

A folded and cut papercraft or scrapbook style heading

The September 2008 issue of Wired Magazine had a nice new headline design created by Mario Hugo. The author of the Photoshop Roadmap blog decided to turn this effect into a very detailed Photoshop tutorial.

I decided to translate it into a very ordinary and lack-lustre GIMP tutorial – simply to do my bit to push the application I want to see more artists and designers using. Basic GIMP knowledge is assumed.

Here’s the finished product shown on Photoshop Roadmap blog site:

Installing the font

First things first, get the Disco Deck font from dafont. read more

Abstract Wave Effect

Okay everyone, first off, this is converted from a tutorial for Lipstick on the Gimper forum. So, let’s get started. Here is the final result:

Step 1

Open up a square document. Mine is 640 by 640 pixels..

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Step 2

Go to Filters>Render>Clouds>Solid Noise. In here we want to check the Randomize and and Turbulent boxes. Increase the detail level to three or four. We’ll leave the size sliders alone.

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Step 3

Now we’ll go through the same menus but choose a different option called Difference Clouds. Leave the settings alone. read more

Create a Surreal Piece of Art

This tutorial is directed towards beginners and thus will go into significant detail on how to accomplish each step. This tutorial was made specifically for Gimp 2.6.4.

In this tutorial I will show you how to create this image from scratch:

We will use several techniques including some filters and these tools:

In case at any point you have trouble finding any of the Dialogs that I refer to in the tutorial, you can find all of them by accessing this menu:

Step 1

First create a new image. I made mine 500x647px at 300ppi. Next create a new transparent layer. Use the Paths Tool and create a simple path: read more

30 Ultimate Web 2.0 Layer Styles for Gimp

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After moving from Photoshop i wanted to be able to use the Ultimate Web 2.0 Layer Styles in Gimp,So i got my self to re-create 30 of them. hopefully you will enjoy as much as i did .

With these pre-made Gradients you can easily make Cool web 2.0 headers, backgrounds, button, and almost any web based designs will always need some nice gradient affect to it and instead of creating them using multiple layers all you need is to use the Gradient fill tool to apply the effects.Here are the names of the 30 Styles. read more

2.0ish Buttons Using Pre-made Gradients


Wondering how you make those web 2.0ish button you see every where? well here is how you do it in gimp.

First download the 30 “Ultimate Web 2.0 Layer Styles for Gimp” we will use the pre-made gradients from that to get the effect.

Here are some examples of what you can make with the
With pre-made Gradients pack.


Step 1

create a new image and a new Layer and name it button, select the “rectangle selection tool” and create a button size rectangle.

Step 2

Now if you installed the “30 Ultimate Web 2.0 Layer Styles for Gimp” select the “Web 2.0 Brown Gloss” Gradient, Grab the Fill tool and place it bellow the rectangle and drag from bottom to top. read more