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K3B is a burning tool designed for KDE but you still can run it on Gnome. The menu is simple even for a new user. You will know how to use it in a minute. There are so many things that you can do with K3b.

You can:

  • Copy CD or DVD.

  • Burn CD or DVD ISO image.

  • Rip audio CD

  • Rip Video DVD

  • Rip Video CD

  • Erase CD-RW

  • Format DVD RW

I think K3B is one of the best CD and DVD burning tools in Linux.

Installation

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You can change the Cairo-dock configuration to match your need. I like the default display but may be you don’t. Configuration menu can be accessed by doing right click on the Cairo dock then select ‘Configure’ menu.


PART 1. SYSTEM

Configuration 1: Position on Screen
The default is bottom. You may change to Right, Left or Top. I’ve tried to change it to right, but it’s didn’t work. It moved to right but I can’t access it. May be, it’s be caused my screen resolution.


Configuration 2: Auto Hide
I suggest to activate the auto hide function. Otherwise when you open an application, Cairo dock will stay on the top. You can see the sample below.


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Unfortunately, there is no Kiba Dock repository available for Gutsy. Kiba Dock repository is only for Feisty.

If you want to use the same application launcher dock, you can try Cairo Dock.

The installation in Ubuntu is not difficult. You only need to download Key Authentication Package, set the Cairo repository and install it using APT command.

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Why do we need a download manager program if we can download directly from our Web Browser?

If you only download some small or medium files size into the same directory then we don’t need it.

If you download big files size into the same directory or into some different directories and sometimes you have to stop in middle of the downloading process, then you have to use a Download Manager program.

When I browsed the internet I found a good program for Ubuntu. It’s Gwget Download Manager. It’s a download manager for Gnome. It’s very easy to install and to use.

Just paste a link of file that you want to download, set the download directory and start to download.

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Evolution is one most the complete features email client program that available in Linux. It has Contacts, Calendars, Memos and Tasks. You can storing, organizing and retrieving your personal data easily. I’ve used few email clients in Linux and Win*, and I think it’s one of the best.

BACK UP DATA

If you work based on informations, back up data is the most important think that you have to do frequently. Evolution has a very simple steps to do it.

Step 1. Open File > Backup settings

If you’ve opened your Evolution already, go to ‘Open‘ menu and choose ‘Backup settings‘.

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Childsplay is a memory game program. If you want to sharp your memory, I think it’s a good game although it’s designed for kids. The game is very simple. There are few pictures hided behind the frames. Just click any frame then you will see a picture. You have to remember this picture.

Click another picture. If the second picture that you opened is the same with the previous one, then these 2 pictures will be taken out. So, you only have less pictures to open.

If the second picture that you’ve opened is different, you have to open another picture but you have to remember this one also.

Continue the step until you find the same picture.

The idea of this game is how to open the same picture together. For example, if you are now opening a ‘Car’ picture then the next picture must be a ‘Car’ also. If it’s correct, the 2 displayed pictures will be taken out otherwise you have to click the other frames until you find the ‘Car’. Then click back at the frame that which has a ‘Car’ picture before.

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Kbounce is a clone of the popular Jezzball game originally created by Microsoft. The game is very simple but it needs skill, timing and patience to finish it. You will win if you can fill at minimum 75% of the area with the bricks. You have to do it fast because you only have 90 seconds.


Installation

From Ubuntu Terminal screen (Applications > Accessories > Terminal), type:

taufanlubis@toshiba:~$ sudo apt-get install kbounce

Reading package lists… Done

Building dependency tree

Reading state information… Done

The following NEW packages will be installed:

kbounce

0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

Need to get 174kB of archives.

After unpacking 586kB of additional disk space will be used.

Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com gutsy/main kbounce 4:3.5.8-0ubuntu1 [174kB]

Fetched 174kB in 2s (65.6kB/s)

Selecting previously deselected package kbounce.

(Reading database … 157609 files and directories currently installed.)

Unpacking kbounce (from …/kbounce_4%3a3.5.8-0ubuntu1_i386.deb) …

Setting up kbounce (4:3.5.8-0ubuntu1) …

taufanlubis@toshiba:~$


How to play?

  • Open Applications > Games > Kbounce.

  • When you start the game, there are 2 balls that bounce off inside this square area.

  • All you have to do is click the cursor on any parts inside the square to create bricks partition (wall).

  • The bricks can be built horizontal and vertical. The default is horizontal.

  • To switch between Horizontal and Vertical use Right Mouse Button.

  • You have to count to the right time and position before you start to click the area because you only have one chance.

  • First time the ball hit your ‘growing wall‘, the wall will be disappear starting the hit part.

  • Second time the ball hit your ‘growing wall‘, you lose.


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Mirror magic II is a puzzle game. The idea of this game is how to connect the Source Light to the Destination Light. You have to move the mirror to direct the light to the destination. But, your light is blocked by a wall. You can not break the wall unless you have already hit all the magic lights.

The problem is the puzzle. You have to think how to break all the Magic Lights and direct the light to the destination once the wall is broken.

Installation

From Ubuntu Terminal screen (Applications > Accessories > Terminal), type:

taufanlubis@toshiba:~$ sudo apt-get install mirrormagic

Reading package lists… Done

Building dependency tree

Reading state information… Done

The following extra packages will be installed:

mirrormagic-data

The following NEW packages will be installed:

mirrormagic mirrormagic-data

0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

Need to get 451kB of archives.

After unpacking 1905kB of additional disk space will be used.

Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y

Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com gutsy/universe mirrormagic-data 2.0.2.0deb1-6 [349kB]

Get:2 http://archive.ubuntu.com gutsy/universe mirrormagic 2.0.2.0deb1-6 [102kB]

Fetched 451kB in 9s (49.6kB/s)

Preconfiguring packages …

Selecting previously deselected package mirrormagic-data.

(Reading database … 164183 files and directories currently installed.)

Unpacking mirrormagic-data (from …/mirrormagic-data_2.0.2.0deb1-6_all.deb) …

Selecting previously deselected package mirrormagic.

Unpacking mirrormagic (from …/mirrormagic_2.0.2.0deb1-6_i386.deb) …

Setting up mirrormagic-data (2.0.2.0deb1-6) …

Setting up mirrormagic (2.0.2.0deb1-6) …

taufanlubis@toshiba:~$


How to play?

From Ubuntu Terminal screen (Applications > Accessories > Terminal), type:

taufanlubis@toshiba:~$ mirrormagic

This is the main screen where you can change Name in the game to be your name, change the setup, see the game information or start it directly by click the Blue ball.

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