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Guides for Linux distributions (Ubuntu, Fedora, Archlinux and others) and Linux applications

Ubuntu logoSpotify is probably the most popular streaming application with millions of users and music tracks. It has mobile apps for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry and dedicated desktop clients for Windows, Mac OS and Linux. In this guide I will describe how you can easily install Spotify in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) and 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal).

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Ubuntu logoThe Unity Movie Lens can be used to search for movies in Ubuntu's Unity. It uses the themoviedb.org API (unfortunately IMDB doesn't have an API) and it supports many languages. This means that the movie description will be displayed in your language if that is available. To install Unity Movie Lens in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal open a terminal and type:

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Ubuntu logoIn Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal when you make a search in dash Amazon results pop out in the results. This is quite annoying for many users. If you want to disable Amazon search results showing up in dash there are a couple of ways to do it. Here are the ads I am talking about.

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Ubuntu logoWebapps is a new feature of Unity in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal which allows you to integrate some websites, such as Facebook or Reddit, with the Ubuntu desktop. Those Webapps are installed like native apps in your system and they can be pinned to launcher, used with messaging menu, sound menu, HUD etc. When you visit a site that has Webapps support you will be prompted to install it like this:

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Steam logoSteam Login is a package for Ubuntu and Linux Mint to login into your Steam account directly from the login screen. Steam Login doesn't load a whole desktop environment and since there is no composite manager running you have more resources available to play your Steam games!

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Linux logoGrep is a very useful Linux command. In short grep searches an input stream for a pattern and displays the results. In this guide I will show you how to colorize the output of grep by highlighting the pattern you were searching for.

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Ubuntu logoWatching Netflix requires Microsoft Silverlight which isn't available in Linux. Here comes an unofficial Netflix app for Ubuntu which makes it easy to install Netflix and start watching movies right away. The app is using WINE and can be easily installed through a PPA created by Erich Hoover. Just open a terminal and type:

 

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Ubuntu logoAlong with Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal a new Shopping Lens was introduced. However many users didn't like this feature (I've shown you how to disable Amazon Shopping Lens). Mark Tully, has developed Shopping Lens Alternate which is a separate tool to the default Ubuntu version. It doesn’ t rely on or require the original to be installed and it can be used on Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10.

 

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