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Ok so you set up your Linux distro on your Box properly.. but you dont want to always use your root account? So lets create a new account just for you! I understand that this post might look a bit redundant because almost all Linux Distros these days come with a very simple, straight forward GUI solutions to create and manage users and groups. I just think knowing how to do it through bash can sometimes be useful, plus it’s a hell of alot faster!

Step 1 Create the Account

Creating a New user Account:

Default Syntax:

useradd [-c comments]

[-d home_directory]

[-e expire_date]

[-g initial_group]

[-G group1,group2,….]

[-s shell]

[-u uid]

Ok so all these different arguments can be typed in one line, dont try to type them out in different lines… Almost all of them are pretty self explanatory. You’ll see that -g and -G are two different arguments, yes linux makes a huge fuss about capital and simple letters ( geekdomain and Geekdomain and two different user accounts in linux).

Please realize that UID is NOT the user name.. that’s the User ID, which is a numerical value.
Examples :

useradd -c test_account -g users geek   (Here the comment is “test_account” the account has a initial group of “users” and username of geek)

useradd -g root geek (here a new user is added, with a initial group of “root” and username of geek”)

By now you must have noticed that you DONT need to actually type out ALL the arguments, linux will use the default value if you dont type them in.

Step 2 Set a password for the account


passwd user_name

Type this out, press enter and when prompted for, enter the new password for that account!


passwd geek

(press enter)

(type in new password)


I dont know about you guys , but as soon as I installed my fresh new Ubuntu 8.10 intrepid ibex release on my desktop computer, the first problem i faced was how to share files between linux and my windows Vista laptop! I went and checked in linux, there was no “Share” button in the folder properties pane.

So After doing a bit of reading i came to understand that in order to share files between Windows and Linux Computers you have to install a Program(deamon) called samba!

It’s actually quite easy ! so lets get started!


Ok here’s a Quick Guide on How to Install and get Compiz Up and Running On Your New Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex Machine!

STEP 1 (Graphics Cards) – Installing Graphics Card Drivers, Activating Them…

Ok First off we need to get your Graphics cards up and Running! Install Graphics Card drivers in Linux and Activate them! It’s really not that hard now with the New ubuntu release

1. Goto Add/Remove Applications from yours Applications Menu

2. Searching :

2.1 If You have an ATI Card Search for “ATI graphics”

Tick The Packages

  • ATI Binary Driver
  • ATI Catalyst Control Center

Click Apply Changes!

2.1 If You Have an Nvidia Card Search For “Nvidia”

Tick the Packages

  • Hardware drivers
  • Nvidia X Server Settings
  • Nvidia binary driver (version 177 driver)
  • NTv Tv Out

Click Apply Changes!

This step should install your Graphics Drivers Without any problems….

3. Autharizing Drivers

After You install the drivers you have to enable them for them to be used by Ubuntu.. This can be done very Easily!

Goto System>Administration>Hardware Drivers

From There, If Your Using an Nvidia Card Select the “Nvidia Accelerated Graphics Driver (Version 177) and click Activate

If your Using an ATI card, Select the ATi Driver and Click Activate!

STEP 2 Installing Compiz!- Downloading and installing compiz,

1. Goto Applications> Add/Remove Applications

2. Search For “Compiz”

3. Tick

  • Advanced Desktop Effects Settings (ccsm)
  • Compiz Fusion Icon
  • Screenlets (Optional)

4. Click Apply Changes!

Side Note : You Can Make Compiz Start Automatically With Ubuntu on Start up Through the Compiz Fusion Icon Program…..

Hmmm I recently migrated my desktop Completely From Windows XP to Ubuntu Linux 8.10 Intrepid Ibex… And here are some softwares i found i MUST install on Ubuntu To use productively…

MUST HAVE SOFTWARE IN LINUX!  For Ubuntu (8.10 Intrepid Ibex)

Mozilla Thunder Bird


O.K! I mean do i even have to explain my self?? i mean what could be better than ThunderBird Right!? Ok i am a self acclaimed Mozilla fan boy, But when it comes to


Ok Sabayon Linux? Never Heard of it? If so you probably havent been On-Line and updated recently enough. Sabayon Linux a New Gentoo variation ( I think), is a new kid on the block making quite a stirr in the Linux World. While Ubuntu and Other Distro are made to be used by Everybody, I see that Sabayon is mainly marketing on Younger Users ho are Hardcore Graphics enthusiast.  Also this Distro Is also geat for recent Windows migrants because alot of the coolest new fetures and what i like to call Vista-Killing Apps are Pre – Loaded in this Distro.


Ever heard of the fraze with love in every stitch? Well, now the new AirBus 380 on Singapore AirLines will have A Personal Linux PC for all their passengers.It’s like Linux in every Seat!RedHatLogo

All standard seats will have a 10″ screen with a USB port connected to a PC running RedHat Linux. All passengers (more…)

Ok this article doesn’t really tell people exactly how to hack ( i think thats illegel and would most likely get me kicked out of Word press.) Anyways i found this great artice from a blog that explained (very in -dept), how he found a hacker inside his friends Linux server and how he traced it to the hackers residence. All the credit goes to that Arthur. I just thought e aught to be more well know for his hard work.


Holliday cracking

SecurityA friend of mine asked me to have a look at his Linux-server. “It behaves strangely” he said, most notably the web-server apache refused to start. It turned out to be more than just a problem with apache.
I already had an account, so I started to poke around. The first thing I noticed was some strange ls behavior: (more…)

Windows Is Trying To Go Open Source??

Since Microsoft Signed Those Dozens Of Agreements With Different Linux Distributions Around the World, Linux users were getting a bit impatient with Windows and Specially their trusted Distro’s Because of the Recent Problems and court cases where Microsoft was saying that though it made agreements with Linux that some of their softwares aren’t going to be Open source.