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Partition Editors in Ubuntu GNU / Linux

February 17, 2008 Leave a comment

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Playing around with the filesystem partitions is a very risky job and needs great care, or else one could loose important data on the system. There are a variety of partition editors that come with your linux distribution. I will enumerate a few of them here. You could use one of them depending on your expertise and level of comfort with linux system. Some of the description is taken from the respective man pages as it is. This is to provide you a single point reference for the tools that you could use for partitioning.

  1. parted : parted is a disk partitioning and partition resizing program. It allows you to create, destroy, resize, move and copy ext2, ext3, linux-swap, FAT, FAT32, and reiserfs partitions. It can create, resize and move Macintosh HFS partitions, as well as detect jfs, ntfs, ufs, and xfs partitions. It is useful for creating space for new operating systems, reorganising disk usage, and copying data to new hard disks. Level of expertise : intermediate to advanced
  2. gparted : GNOME frontend for parted . This is a easy to use interactive graphical tool to manipulate partition tables. Ones who want to use a simple tools for playing around with the partitions should use this one. Level of expertise : intermediate
  3. fdisk : Fdisk is a interactive command line tool to manipulate partition table. This is a very powerful tool but needs advanced level of expertise. Be very careful while using it. Level of expertise : advanced
  4. sfdisk : Another command line utility to manipulate partition table. sfdisk has four (main) uses: list the size of a partition, list the partitions on a device, check the partitions on a device, and – very dangerous – repartition a device.Level of expertise : intermediate to advanced
  5. cfdisk: This is a curses based disk partition table manipulator for Linux.Level of expertise : intermediate to advanced

Restoring System Tray / Task Bar on Ubuntu Linux

February 2, 2008 29 comments

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I just removed my system tray from the gnome top panel in Ubuntu. I did right click on the panel, and selected add to panel option. I tried searching for System Tray / Task Bar / Launch Bar without any success. Finally searched through some docs and found out that they actually call it ” Notification Area ” . Added it to panel and got back my system tray, or notification area as they say.