Archive for December, 2011

How to dual-boot Pear OS Panther 3 and Windows 7

How to dual-boot Pear OS Panther 3 and Windows 7

Pear OS is a desktop Linux distribution based on Ubuntu, Desktop, but with a desktop appearance fashioned after the Mac OS X UI. A review of the latest edition, Pear OS Linux Panther 3, has already been published on this website (see Pear OS Linux Panther 3 review). This article presents a step-by-step guide on how to dual-boot Pear OS […]

How to dual-boot Chakra Linux Edn and Windows 7, part 1

How to dual-boot Chakra Linux Edn and Windows 7, part 1

Editor: An more detailed, comprehensive and updated version of this tutorial has been published. If you have been expecting “Part 2″, sorry, that has been shelved. You may read it at How to dual-boot Windows 7 and Chakra Linux Archimedes, with shared NTFS partition at the end. Chakra Linux is one of the most promising desktop distributions of 2011. It […]

Linpus Lite Desktop 1.6 review

Linpus Lite Desktop 1.6 review

Linpus Lite is a Linux distribution published by Linpus Technologies, Inc., a Linux software solutions provider based in Taiwan. Linpus Lite Desktop is, as the name suggests, the version designed for traditional desktop computing. Aside from that, the company also publishes other editions (for example, Linpus Lite Android Edition and Linpus Lite PCTV), but those are for OEMs and ODMs […]

Chakra GNU/Linux Edn 2011.12 review

Chakra GNU/Linux Edn 2011.12 review

Chakra Edn 2011.12 is the third and final edition of the Chakra Edn line of Chakra, a desktop GNU/Linux distribution based on Arch Linux. The first two editions were Chakra Edn 2011.09 and Chakra Edn 2011.11 (see Chakra Edn 2011.11 review). I always like to start my reviews by providing information about the installer and installation process of the distribution […]

How to customize Pear OS Linux Panther 3

How to customize Pear OS Linux Panther 3

Pear OS Linux Panther 3 is the latest edition of the desktop Linux distribution based on Ubuntu, but with a desktop appearance that is fashioned after the Mac OS X UI. It has already been reviewed on this website (see Pear OS Linux Panther 3 review). It is the only distribution released this year that actually makes GNOME 3 look […]

Linpus Lite 1.6 desktop edition screenshot preview

Linpus Lite 1.6 desktop edition screenshot preview

Linpus Technologies, Inc., a Linux software solutions provider with headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, today announced that the latest edition of the desktop edition of Linpus Lite is now available for download. The last edition of Linpus Lite that was reviewed on this website, was Linpus Lite 1.4, and that was in September 2010 (see Linpus Lite 1.4 review). That edition […]

Pear OS Linux Panther 3 review

Pear OS Linux Panther 3 review

Pear OS is a new Linux desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop with the graphical installer. Its development started in early August 2011 by David Tavares (from France), and on August 15 2011, Pear OS 1.0, the first version marked “stable,” was released. The latest edition, release on December 14 2011, is Pear OS Linux Panther 3. Though a Linux […]

Pear OS Linux Panther 3 screenshot preview

Pear OS Linux Panther 3 screenshot preview

Pear OS is a new Linux desktop distribution based on Ubuntu. Development started in early August 2011, and Pear OS 1.0, the first version marked “stable,” was released on August 15 2011. The newest release is Pear OS Linux Panther 3. I tend not to pay too much attention to Ubuntu-based distributions especially when there is no feature or features […]

Fedora 16 KDE review

Fedora 16 KDE review

Fedora 16 is the latest stable edition of Fedora, a Linux distribution whose development is sponsored by Red Hat, Inc. The main edition uses the GNOME 3 desktop environment, but there are editions, called Spins, that use other desktop environments. The available Spins in order of popularity, based on download count, are: Fedora KDE, Fedora Xfce, Fedora LXDE, Security, Games, […]

4 security features in Fedora 16

4 security features in Fedora 16

The security features in Fedora make it one of my favorite Linux distributions. And that is partly why it is in my list of the top 6 KDE distributions of 2011, even though it takes some tweaking to get it to the it just works state. I will take the security advantages of an operating system over any user-friendliness weaknesses, […]

How to run Unity desktop on Linux Mint 12

How to run Unity desktop on Linux Mint 12

Out of the box, Linux Mint 12, the latest edition of Linux Mint, a desktop Linux distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop, comes with a choice of two desktop environments – GNOME 3 with Mint GNOME Shell Extension (MGSE), and MATE, a fork of GNOME 2. While the combination of GNOME 3 and MGSE is an attempted to improve on the […]

webOS: The latest open source, Linux distribution

Elation does not come close to describing what I am feeling right now. Euphoria does not even do it justice. Every cell in my being is in a state of extreme, joyful excitement as I speak (or write). The source or cause of the joy is none other than the announcement from HP that webOS will be, in their own […]

How to setup Wuala secure cloud storage in Ubuntu 11.10 and Linux Mint 12

How to setup Wuala secure cloud storage in Ubuntu 11.10 and Linux Mint 12

Wuala is a cloud storage service offered by LaCie, a computer storage and display outfit. Wuala is supported on all major operating system platforms, and there is even an app for iPhone and iPad. Like all cloud storage services, Wuala makes it easy for you to backup, sync, share and retrieve your data from any location. Yesterday’s article about Wuala […]

Linux Mint 12 review

Linux Mint 12 review

Linux Mint 12 is the latest edition of the popular Linux distribution. Not to be confused with Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE), the version of Linux Mint that is based on Debian, Linux Mint 12 is based on Ubuntu Desktop. This release, code-named Lisa, comes with more desktop options than you would normally find on a Ubuntu-based distribution. That of […]

Is the Wuala cloud storage service truly private?

Is the Wuala cloud storage service truly private?

Wuala is a cloud storage service by LaCie, a computer storage and display outfit. Like all cloud storage services, Wuala makes it easy for you to backup, sync, share and retrieve your data from any location. How does it differentiate itself from the rest of the pack? Well, LaCie claims that Wuala is different because “All files get encrypted and […]

3 application-level “firewalls” for Linux distributions

3 application-level “firewalls” for Linux distributions

A packet filtering firewall, designed to regulate incoming and outgoing packets from a network or an operating system, is akin to security personnel guarding the entrance to a commercial or residential property. Such a system has very little authority, unless given additional powers, in what applications inside the operating system or network are able to do. That is where an […]

How does your package manager handle orphaned packages?

How does your package manager handle orphaned packages?

The last time I followed a distribution’s suggestion to remove some packages that were no longer needed, I completely hosed the system. Could not use it afterwards. Though the machine was a test machine, the experience thought me to always let sleeping dogs lie. If what those orphaned packages, as they are called, are doing is just using up a […]

Does disk encryption really protect your data from unauthorized access?

Does disk encryption really protect your data from unauthorized access?

Disk encryption is one of several physical security measures that could be used to protect data on your computer from unauthorized physical access. And it is best configured during installation, not after. But once configured, how effective is it? First, let’s see how it is implemented in some popular Linux distributions. In Fedora, for example, all you need to encrypt […]