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Ubuntu Linux Install GDesklets GNOME Program

Q. How do I install GDesklets GNOME program under Ubuntu Linux to enhance my desktop?
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Linux: Resetting a user’s password

Q. How do I reset a user's password under any Linux distribution from command prompt?

A. To reset a user's password, use passwd command. You have to change it to a different password.

Login as the root user

Open terminal or shell prompt

Type the following command:
# passwd username
For example, reset a tom's password, enter:
# passwd tom
Type a new password twice.

Ubuntu Linux: Upgrade Linux Kernel

Q. How do I upgrade my Linux kernel version under Ubuntu Linux 7.04 / 7.10?

A. You can use any one of the following method:
(a) Command Line Tools - apt-get

(b) GUI tool

apt-get command - Upgrade Linux Kernel

Open terminal and type the following commands:
$ sudo apt-get update
Now search kernel version:
$ apt-cache search kernel-image
Now install kernel by explicitly specifying version number:
$ sudo apt-get install linux-image-2.6.xx-yy-generic
Replace xx.yy with kernel version number. Reboot the system.

GUI tools

This is recommended method for most user. Click on System > Administration > Update Manager > Click on Check button > Apply all updates including kernel.

Q. I would like to install latest and greatest Mozilla thunderbird mail client under Linux.

How do I download and install the same to read emails?

A. Mozilla’s Thunderbird 2 email application is more powerful than ever. Thunderbird 2 features many new enhancements to help you better manage your unruly inbox, and stay informed. Thunderbird 2 scales to the most sophisticated organizational needs while making it easy to find what you need. It is the best mail/news client with RSS and integrated spam filter support.

Download Thunderbird to your Linux desktop

=> Visit this site to download Thunderbird

Thunderbird 2.0 installation - Just untar file and install it

Let us say you would like to install thunderbird in your own home directory called /home/jerry/. Open X terminal and type following command.

Copy your downloaded file to /home/tom/ and untar it:
$ cp /home/tom/Desktop/thunderbird- .
$ tar -zxvf thunderbird-

Now software was installed. To start Thunderbird mail client, enter:
$ cd thunderbird
$ ./thunderbird

How do I install thunderbird for everyone?

Install thunderbird in /opt directory. Login as root user:
# cd /opt
# mkdir thunderbird
# cd thunderbird
# cp /home/tom/Desktop/thunderbird- .
# tar -zxvf thunderbird-

To start thunderbird, enter:
$ /opt/thunderbird/thunderbird &

How do I create thunderbird icon on my desktop?

Right click on your Linux desktop
Select Create Launcher
Fill the details as follows:

  • Set name to : Thunderbird
  • Set command to : /opt/thunderbird/thunderbird
  • Set comment to : My Email Client
  • Hit OK to create an ICON

Howto install thunderbird- and create an ICON in Linux

A note about Ubuntu / Debian Linux user

If you are using Ubuntu / Debian Linux, open terminal and type the following command to install thunderbird:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install thunderbird