Ubuntu Tips and Tricks

The migration from Windows and/or the start with Ubuntu brings some challenges. Within this section you find some Tips and Tricks which shall help you to have a smooth start into the world of Ubuntu.

Install third-party software during the Ubuntu set-up

Since the Ubuntu release 11.04 you have the possibility to install third-party software during the Ubuntu set-up. If you select the "Install this third-party software", two things will happen:

Use the free image editor GIMP to open and edit PSD files (.psd > Photoshop)

Being free, open-source and covering the same range of features, GIMP is undoubtedly a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop. Furthermore GIMP gives you the possibility to open and edit PSD files out of the box, so that you can jump right in after installing the application. In Ubuntu you can install GIMP from the Ubuntu Software Center. Enjoy!

Use gscan2pdf as Paperport equivalent in Ubuntu 10.04/12.04/14.04

Many people use the Windows application Paperport (Scansoft) to scan documents and books as ebooks in pdf format. Thus I frequently was asked how one can get the same functionality within Ubuntu.

The best Bitcoin Clients for Ubuntu - Multibit, Armory and Bitcoin-Qt

The best Bitcoin Clients for Ubuntu

Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority or banks; managing transactions and the issuing of bitcoins is carried out collectively by the network. Bitcoin is open-source; its design is public, nobody owns or controls Bitcoin and everyone can take part. Through many of its unique properties, Bitcoin allows exciting uses that could not be covered by any previous payment system. We tested the best Ubuntu Bitcoin Clients for you (Multibit, Armory and Bitcoin-Qt). Here you'll find a short review with some installation instructions.

Use shutter for advanced Ubuntu screenshots and image capture

Shutter screenshot tool in Ubuntu

Whenever you take screenshots using the default screenshot tool of Ubuntu, the image does not look as good as the screen itself (the quality is deteriorated). So if would like to take high quality screenshots, you have to install an advanced tool. Our suggestion would be to use the screen capture tool Shutter. Shutter is a feature-rich screenshot program for Linux based operating systems such as Ubuntu.

Use the "WebHTTrack Website Copier" to copy simple websites with Ubuntu

Ubuntu copy websites

If you want to copy simple websites using Ubuntu, then you can very easily do so with the "WebHTTrack Website Copier". You can conveniently install this program using the Ubuntu Software Center. Obviously this program does not work properly for CMS based websites.

Use Xubuntu or Lubuntu on old computers/pcs with limited resources

If you have an old computer with limited resources you might have problems to run the recent Ubuntu releases 12.04 LTS or 13.04 smoothly. If so, I recommend you to use the derivatives Xubuntu or Lubuntu that use much less resources. While Ubuntu 13.04 is said to use around 320 MB RAM, XUbuntu 13.04 and LUbuntu 13.04 are said to use around 160 MB and 103 MB respectively.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Desktop Review: A smooth evolution

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Desktop

Although there are quite a number of changes, the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Desktop release is once more rather an evolution than a revolution. This is of course something many of us appreciate about Ubuntu, because it allows a smooth transition between the Long Term Support (LTS) releases.

Use WineHQ to run Windows Applications

If you are using Ubuntu and you want to run an application which is not available on Ubuntu, you can use WineHQ to run Windows applications. Wine (originally an acronym for "Wine Is Not an Emulator") is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, such as Linux, Mac OSX, & BSD.

Find more Ubuntu applications on the Internet

Sometimes you might need an application which can't be found in the Ubuntu Software Center or Applications Directory. Then one of the following website might provide the application you are looking for.