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KDE provides users with the tools to run software automatically using two features: Autostart and Task Scheduler (formerly called KCron). These tasks can be initiated immediately prior to KDE startup, during KDE startup, or scheduled at anytime: daily, hourly, weekly, or even every five minutes.
"Known as a company that innovates in many fields, IBM dishes out an interesting Web 2.0-ish gem every now and then. The latest is CoScripter, which launches today; it’s a Firefox plugin that lets you automate various mundane tasks which you regularly do online..."
Quickly is a new utility to simplify Linux application development by bootstrapping repetitive project setup, user interface, packaging, and release chores. It targets both new application developers and those who simply want to speed up recurring tasks.
As a system administrator, one often have to do repetitive tasks such as checking for free disk space, check mail queues and monitor critical services. If there are only a handful of servers, this task may not be very intimidating, but there are many times when there are many servers to monitor, or just for the sake of automation. This is where Nagios comes in.
The Ubuntu Desktop Training program, aimed at new users, is now available. The training provides simulations, practical exercises and information to make daily tasks easy. While prior experience with Linux is not required, basic computer skills are a pre-requisite.
Although a command line isn't a necessity anymore in modern desktop Linux distributions, there are many situations where it's still the most efficient way to perform and automate tasks. One good solution is an alternative terminal application for GNOME called Terminator.
I was browsing the Get Deb site and happened to find an application called Ubuntu Tweak which piqued my interest. I'm now wondering how I ever managed to use gnome with Ubuntu Tweak - I spent ten minutes tweaking settings that I didn't even know existed. I'm also wondering why this application isn't shipped with Ubuntu. This application is a must for new Ubuntu users and veterans alike.
"Many professionals bill clients for their time. Even if you don't, keeping track of the time you actually spend on tasks can help you improve your time estimates and check if you're spending enough time on the things that are important to you. For example, keeping track of the time you spend on tasks might show you that you spend two and a half hours each day just responding to e-mail. If you can identify problem areas like that, then you can look for more effective ways to perform the tasks that take up a lot of your time. I love Org's timeclocking support, and I think you will too. Because it's integrated with your task list, you don't have to switch to separate application or reenter data. You can get more detailed time reports, too.