Q. How do I install GDesklets GNOME program under Ubuntu Linux to enhance my desktop?
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.
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.
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. Mozillaâ€™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-126.96.36.199.tar.gz .
$ tar -zxvf thunderbird-188.8.131.52.tar.gz
Now software was installed. To start Thunderbird mail client, enter:
$ cd 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-184.108.40.206.tar.gz .
# tar -zxvf thunderbird-220.127.116.11.tar.gz
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
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