Ubuntu Linux

Tutorials and how-to guides about how to make Ubuntu Linux work with Windows.

Connect to a Windows PC from Ubuntu via Remote Desktop Connection

ubuntuA useful feature of Windows is being able to connect to your Desktop from another location to remotely manage your computer. While this functionality is native in Windows, it is not supported by default in many Linux distributions, including Ubuntu. However, you can connect to a Windows remote desktop, if you are willing to use third-party tools found in the Ubuntu Software Center. This tutorial will show how.

Download the Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop Theme for Windows 7 & Windows 8

One of the things I like Ubuntu is that it bundles high quality wallpapers with each new version of the operating system, just like Windows does. For their 13.04 version, Canonical has organized a wallpapers contest which received some amazing entries. Therefore, Ubuntu 13.04 has some of the best wallpapers out there. That's why I decided to pack them in a theme for Windows 7 and Windows 8, so that Windows users can also enjoy them. It looks great and you must try it out.

Set Up Windows 7 & Windows 8 to Share with Mac OS X & Ubuntu Linux

Network and Sharing CenterDo you have a network with multiple devices, computers and operating systems? What does it take to set up Windows 7 and Windows 8 so that you can easily share folders, libraries and devices with the other computers that are part of the network? It turns out that the answer is: "not much". All you have to do is to double check a few settings and adjust them where appropriate.

Mount Windows 7 Shared Partitions & Folders in Ubuntu

In previous tutorials we have covered how to share files between Ubuntu and Windows 7 computers on your home network. This tutorial will complement previous ones and show how to make Ubuntu auto-mount a partition or folder from Windows 7 so that you can always have access to it from the second you log in to Ubuntu. The procedure has some complexity but once you do it the first time, it will be easier to do it a second or third time.

NOTE: This tutorial updated to work on Ubuntu v10.10 & 11.04.

How to Access A Windows Shared Printer from Ubuntu

Anyone who utilizes multiple computers in a network with a single printer knows the importance of being able to share resources. In a previous tutorial, we explained How to Access Windows 7 Shared Folders from Ubuntu. However, the sharing doesn't stop there. This tutorial will show how to access from Ubuntu printers that are shared from another Windows computer.

NOTE: Article updated to work on Ubuntu v10.10 & 11.04.

How to Access Windows 7 Shared Folders from Ubuntu

A common goal of setting up computers on a local network is being able to share files and folders. In order for file sharing to work, the computers must exist on the same network and Workgroup. Then, the computer sharing files must have a folder configured with the proper permissions to allow other computers in the network to access it. This tutorial will show how to configure shared folders on your Windows 7 computer and access them from Ubuntu via your home network.

How to Share Folders in Ubuntu & Access them from Windows 7

In a previous tutorial I have shown how to enable the sharing service in Ubuntu and change the Workgroup so that it is the same with all the other computers in your network, thus making networking between Ubuntu and Windows 7 easier. In this tutorial I will show how to share folders in Ubuntu and how to access them from Windows 7 computers.

How to Enable File Sharing & Change the Workgroup in Ubuntu Linux

Windows 7 uses a feature called Homegroup, which enhances the Workgroup feature in order to make home networking easier for all Windows 7 computers. However, this feature doesn't work on Linux or older versions of Windows. In order to connect your Linux computers to Windows 7 computers and share files and folders, you need to make a series of settings. The first setting is to enable file sharing. Then, you need to change the Workgroup, so that all computers belong to one Workgroup. In this tutorial I will demonstrate how to enable file sharing and then how to configure and change the Workgroup on an Ubuntu PC.

NOTE: Article updated to work with Ubuntu 10.10 & 11.04.

How to Install Windows 7 - Complete Round of Installation Guides

Windows 7 Setup LogoWindows 7 is most probably Microsoft's easiest to install operating system. It seems that the company has learned from past mistakes and now almost everyone can install Windows 7 on their computer by themselves, provided that the computer complies with the minimum system requirements. In this blog post, I will share with you the best Windows 7 installation guides that can be found on the internet. Apart from installing Windows 7 from scratch, there are situations when you will want your new operating system to run in parallel with another one, be it Mac or Ubuntu Linux. In this post I will cover the following installation scenarios: installing Windows 7 from scratch, upgrading from Windows Vista or Windows XP, as well as dual-booting with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac OS X Leopard and Ubuntu Linux.