Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Why you'd love Ubuntu: terminate apps with a button

Ubuntu allows you to quickly terminate unresponsive applications with the press of a button. Just create a shortcut to 'killall processname' and you're all set up. Popular uses of this little feature include killing Firefox ('killall firefox-bin') and making all command line media players shut up ('killall mplayer').

If you don't know the process name of the application you want to set up a kill switch for, look for it in GNOME's task manager. You can find it in the System menu or if you prefer the quick and dirty method, run 'gnome-system-monitor'.

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