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Download of the day: SSH Menu ~ Save and Open SSH Connections on a single mouse click

For last couple of years I’ve used my own shell script based solution to list and open ssh connections. Now I found a nice applet called SSHMenu:

The SSHMenu is a panel applet that makes all your regular SSH connections a single mouse click away. Each menu option will open an SSH session in a new terminal window. You can arrange groups of hosts with separator bars or sub-menus. You can even open all the connections on a submenu (in separate windows or tabs) with one click.

Overall I'm quite happy with SSHMenu, a must have tool for all admin, IMHO.


a] SSHMenu allows you to add key so that you can run rest of the all session without a problem and password.
b] Every connection you make using using SSHMenu will use the terminal profile you've selected, to set the color scheme, terminal font and other settings.
c] You can open all connection at a time and much more...

SSH Menu ~ Save and Open SSH Connections on a single mouse click
(SSHMenu in action - click to enlarge)

Download SSHMenu

=> Visit official site here ( hat tip to carthik )

Amarok audio player for Linux / UNIX Tips and Howto

Amarok is an audio player for Linux and Unix-like operating systems. This article offers some good tips for new Linux users:

Amarok is one of the best audio players for Linux, but there is a lot more it can do than just play your tunes. We are taking a look at our top five tips of things you can do with this amazing player. A part of the KDE suite of applications, Amarok has been around for a while. It continues to be one of the most widely used audio players in Linux, partly in thanks to the fact that it's included in many distros. It was originally developed as a means to replace and outperform XMMS, and oddly enough it was those goals that made me first give it a try. Despite the fact that I've been using Amarok for a few years now, I continue to stumble on features I didn't know existed, and also easier ways of handling simple tasks.

In this short article, I will be relaying a few of my favorite features of Amarok that you just may not know about. I have to mention that depending on your distro or method or installation, some features may not be automatically available to you. Also, some of these features are more obvious than others, but might be largely ignored for those lacking investigative motivation


Download OpenSuse Linux 10.2

Download OpenSuse

Update: Download latest OpenSuse Linux version 10.3.

I know most of us tired of answering questions about the Microsoft-Novell deal.. but OpenSuse Linux 10.2 is here....

openSUSE is a community project, sponsored by Novell, to develop and maintain SUSE Linux components (such as YaST).

Some of the Good application included:
* AppArmor: gives certain applications rights based on how they run and interact with the environment.
* YaST: a system management application
* Xen: virtualization software
* The KDE and GNOME desktop environments and many more

It's available for download on http://download.openSUSE.org in x86, x86-64, and ppc versions - via ftp from our mirrors and bittorrent.

Read more at OpenSuse mailing list...

Quick way to switch from KDE to GNOME or viceversa

This tip is submitted by reader Zacharie:

switchdesk is the command to switch from KDE to GNOME or viceversa. This command provides a simple method of choosing between the various desktop environments available under Fedora Core, Cent OS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

If X Windows is running, switchdesk will bring up a dialog box which allows the user to choose between the available desktops installed on the system.

Task: To switch from GNOME to KDE, use the command

$ switchdesk kde

Task: To switch from KDE to GNOME, use the command

$ switchdesk gnome

Please note that file ~/.Xclients, ~/.Xclients-default stores the currently selected desktop.

A note about other distros/BSD

switchdesk is RedHat and friends only command. If you are using different Linux distribution or FreeBSD, open ~/.xinitrc file and type full path to your desktop manager. For example, to use xfce4 desktop:
$ vi .xinitrc
Append following line (your path may be different use, which command to get exact path):

Save and close the file. Enjoy new desktop.

While login you will see option for different desktops (provided that all of them are installed). Usually this is located below Username / password box or lower left button. Just select appropriate desktop (KDE/XFC4 etc).

Load KDE while running Gnome

You can load KDE while running Gnome desktop (thanks to sweta for pointing it out):
Just open your gnome terminal and type the command:
$ startkde &