Archive for May, 2010

Manual LVM configuration on Fedora 13

Manual LVM configuration on Fedora 13

Fedora 13 is one of the Linux distributions that supports and uses Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM) as the default disk partitioning scheme. While this is a good thing (it has its benefits), the space allocation to the partitions and logical volumes is not optimal. This tutorial provides a step by step guide on how to configure LVM (on Fedora […]

Disk encryption on Fedora 13

Disk encryption on Fedora 13

Disk encryption is one very important tool that you can use to enhance the physical security posture of our computer, and Fedora is the only distribution that makes it very easy for every computer user to enjoy its security benefits. Fedora 13’s implementation of disk encryption is still the same as on prior releases. The only difference is that the […]

LVM configuration on Fedora 13

LVM configuration on Fedora 13

Fedora is one of a handful of Linux distributions that adopts the Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM) as its default disk partitioning scheme. LVM provides more flexible disk management capabilities than the age-old UNIX/Linux method, and that’s why I prefer Linux distributions with support for it over those that do not. The problem with Fedora’s default LVM configuration is that […]

Ubuntu 10.04 review

Ubuntu 10.04 review

We are in the middle of another release cycle. Folks in the community are updating their systems, and demoing distributions that hold promise. Should Ubuntu 10.04, Lucid Lynx, be on your demo list? I can’t answer that for you. The best I can do to help you decide, is present to you a list of features that should make you […]

Manual disk partitioning guide for Linux Mint 9 and Ubuntu 10.04

Manual disk partitioning guide for Linux Mint 9 and Ubuntu 10.04

The installation program on Ubuntu 10.04 and Linux Mint 9 are the same. And that’s because Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu. So if you install one, which involves a simple seven-step process, you can use the same instructions to install the other. But being simple does not mean that the default partitioning scheme, which creates only two partitions, will […]

MeeGo v1.0 Core Software Platform & Netbook User Experience project release

MeeGo v1.0 Core Software Platform & Netbook User Experience project release

Today we are announcing the project release of MeeGo v1.0. This release provides developers with a stable core foundation for application development and a rich user experience for Netbooks. The MeeGo Netbook user experience is the first to appear, with the development of the MeeGo Handset user experience moving to the open in June.

How to dual boot Linux Mint 9 and Ubuntu 10.04

How to dual boot Linux Mint 9 and Ubuntu 10.04

In some situations, you may want to install more than one operating system on a computer. One method of accomplishing that is to utilize virtualization applications to run one atop the other. Another method, one that does not require specialized hardware or software, is to create a multi-boot scheme – installing multiple operating systems on one or more hard drives […]

How to create a guest user account on Ubuntu 10.04

How to create a guest user account on Ubuntu 10.04

When installing Ubuntu, you are required to create one user account. That account is the “root” account, used to perform all administrative functions on the system. Any user with access to that account can modify or change any setting they want. Sometimes it necessary to create another account, say, for a guest, or for some one you want to use […]

How to customize Ubuntu 10.04 desktop

How to customize Ubuntu 10.04 desktop

It’s been almost a month since Ubuntu 10.04 was released. I’m not a fan of Ubuntu, but Lucid Lynx, the code name for the latest version of Ubuntu, is, in so many ways, a better operating system to use than prior releases. However, it still falls short in some areas. This aim of this article is to offer customization tips […]

What we can learn from Jason Chen’s experience

Not too long ago, Jason Chen, a Gizmodo editor, had all the computer related materials in his residence seized by cops acting on a warrant in relation to Apple’s missing iPhone 4G prototype. If you recall, Jason Chen got hold of the pre-release iPhone from a guy who found it in a California bar. So Jason blogged about it (the […]

A Bill of Privacy Rights for Social Network Users

Social network service providers today are in a unique position. They are intermediaries and hosts to our communications, conversations and connections with loved ones, family, friends and colleagues. They have access to extremely sensitive information, including data gathered over time and from many different individuals. Here at EFF, we’ve been thinking a lot recently about what specific rights a responsible […]

EFF Seeks Attorneys to Help Alleged Movie Downloaders

Are you an attorney licensed to practice law in the United States? If you are, EFF needs your help to fight spam-igation. The U.S. Copyright Group has quietly targeted 50,000 Bit Torrent users for legal action in federal court in Washington DC. The defendants, all Does, are accused of having downloaded independent films such as “Far Cry,” “Steam Experiment,” and […]

3 Problems Cloud Security Certification Can Solve

What if there were widely accepted standards for cloud security and, better yet, a universally recognized designation for “trusted” cloud providers? The basic promise of cloud computing is undeniably appealing: Increase efficiency and reduce cost by taking advantage of flexibly pooled computing resources managed by somebody else. Indeed, as Bill Brenner of CSO put it, “Given how expensive it is […]

Who Controls Identity on the Web?

The race to own your virtual identity is on. In announcements made just days apart at the end of April, Facebook and the Mozilla Foundation launched parallel efforts to extend the way users are identified and connected on the Web. The two approaches are fundamentally different. Facebook’s Open Graph Protocol uses the oAuth standard, which lets a website identify a […]

Over a hundred schools using open source

More than a hundred schools across Finland are using open source for all of their desktop PCs, according to Opinsys, an open source services provider. The company assists ninety schools in 28 municipalities with the maintenance of PCs and laptops running Ubuntu Linux. Tens of other schools are managing similar PCs themselves, according to Mikko Soikkeli, the company’s sales director. […]

It’s not the Gates, it’s the bars

To pay so much attention to Bill Gates’ retirement is missing the point. What really matters is not Gates, nor Microsoft, but the unethical system of restrictions that Microsoft, like many other software companies, imposes on its customers. That statement may surprise you, since most people interested in computers have strong feelings about Microsoft. Businessmen and their tame politicians admire […]

Beware of Proprietary Drift

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) announced yesterday a campaign to collect a clear list of OpenOffice.Org extensions that are FaiF, to convince the OO.o Community Council to list only FaiF extensions, and to find those extensions that are proprietary software, so that OO.o extension developers can focus of their efforts on writing replacements under a software-freedom-respecting license. I use OpenOffice.Org […]

Improved Online Security for a Tenth of the Cost

Computer scientists at the University of Hertfordshire have found a way to share information online securely for a fraction of the cost of existing systems. Professors Bruce Christianson and Alex Shafarenko at the University’s School of Computer Science, working in collaboration with Professor Sergei Turitsyn at the University of Aston, have been awarded a UK patent for a fibre optics […]