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Linux Desktop Hacks (Hacks)


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Publisher Comments:

The KDE and Gnome desktops have developed into mature operating environments. These technologies not only act as interfaces between the user, the powerful Linux kernel and GNU operating system, but they do so in a fun and intuitive way. Many users are content with the tools and facilities included with these desktops, but--for those who are ready to probe a little deeper--much more functionality can be found by going under the hood.With hacks that any user can follow, Linux Desktop Hacks demonstrates how easy it is to modify Linux to suit your desires. The book is packed with tips on customizing and improving the interface, boosting performance, administering your desktop, and generally making the most out of what X, KDE, Gnome, and the console have to offer.From the practical to the whimsical, and some things you never thought of trying, the hacks in the book include the following, and more:

  • Kill and Resurrect the Master Boot Record
  • Jazz Up Your Debian System Boot
  • Energize Your Console with Macro Music Magic
  • Konquer Remote Systems Without Passwords
  • Run KDE on the Bleeding Edge
  • View Microsoft Word Documents in a Terminal
  • Read Yahoo! Mail from Any Email Client
  • Motion Capture and Video Conferencing Fun
  • Automate Your Life with cron
  • Protect Yourself from Windows Applications
  • Make an Internet Connection Using Bluetooth and a Mobile Phone
  • Print to Unsupported Printers
  • Accelerate Your Gaming
If you're yearning for information to make the Linux desktop easier, more powerful, and more fun, Linux Desktop Hacks is just the ticket.

Book News Annotation:

Linux used to be considered a dark science, but super-users Petreley and Bacon are convinced it is now a distinct rival to that operating system that hails from somewhere near Seattle. Their hacks use readily available tools and include fiddling with your console and login managers, and reworking the KDE desktop, GNOME, terminal empowerment, desktop programs, administration, and automation. You can also compile a kernel and even upgrade your hardware. Some of the more whimsical hacks include reading Yahoo! Mail from any email client and protecting yourself from applications engendered by the aforesaid Seattle-based product.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


Insider tips, tricks, and tools for customizing and getting the most out of the Linux Desktop

About the Author

Nicholas Petreley began his career in computing in 1983 as an Assembly-language programmer for a signal-processing research and development firm called Adaptronics, located in McLean, Virginia, and he hasn't been able to escape the field since. After getting a taste of writing as a weekly columnist for the Times in New Jersey, Nick began spending more time with the English language than with Pascal, C, C++, and the dozens of other languages that previously dominated his life.Nick's former lives also include conference advisor for LinuxWorld Expo, creator of the Golden Penguin Bowl quiz show, editorial director of LinuxWorld, editor-in-chief of Network Computing World, executive editor of the InfoWorld Test Center, award-winning columnist for InfoWorld, and regular technical columnist for ComputerWorld. You can find his current articles on Newsforge and in other publications under various pseudonyms. He is a columnist for Tux magazine, the author of the Official Fedora Companion, a part-time Evans data analyst, a freelance writer, a creator and maintainer of the VAR-oriented web site (, and a professional open source consultant.

Jono Bacon is an established writer, developer, and musician. Jono has been working as a full-time writer and technology consultant/developer since 2000, for a variety of publishers and companies. They include Linux Format, Linux Pro, Linux Magazine, Linux User & Developer, Linux Journal, PC Plus, MacFormat, MacTech, Digital Home, Newsforge, Sitepoint, and ContentPeople. Jono has also worked as a writer/consultant/developer for Trolltech, Apple,, the University of Wolverhampton, Delta Institute, and others. In addition to this work, Jono has been a part of the Linux community since 1998 and has worked for various free software projects including KDE and Kafka, and he founded Linux UK, the KDE Usability Study, KDE::Enterprise, and the Infopoint Project. He currently works on various free software projects, as well as for OpenAdvantage in Birmingham, UK, as a professional open source consultant.

Table of Contents

CreditsPrefaceChapter 1: Booting LinuxChapter 2: ConsoleChapter 3: Login ManagersChapter 4: Related to XChapter 5: KDE DesktopChapter 6: GNOME Desktop HacksChapter 7: Terminal EmpowermentChapter 8: Desktop ProgramsChapter 9: Administration and AutomationChapter 10: KernelChapter 11: HardwareColophon

Product Details

Petreley, Nicholas
O'Reilly Media
Bacon, Jono
Operating systems (computers)
Operating Systems - LINUX
Security - General
Gnome;KDE;Karamba;Linux;Linux Desktop Hacks;USB;X;X Server;boot;boot splash;desktop;eye-candy;fast user switching;gdm;grub;hacks;kdm;lilo;sudo;wireless;xdm
CourseSmart Subject Description
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
9 x 6 x 0.79 in 1.04 lb

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