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Archive for January, 2012

ownCloud 3 released with enhanced features

ownCloud 3 released with enhanced features

Version 3 of ownCloud, the open source, cloud application that enables you to run your own cloud server from your computer, has been released. This comes roughly 47 days before the launch of a commercial entity that would provide products and services for ownCloud. “Major new features in this release include: the ownCloud application store, which allows users to take […]

Endian Firewall Community 2.5.1 released

Endian Firewall Community is a free edition of Endian Firewall, a security-focused Linux distribution developed by Endian S.r.l., a Linux solutions provider based in Bolzano Italy. Endian Firewall Community is designed for small, non-profit organizations and SOHO (Small-/Home-Office) deployments. The latest version, Endian Firewall Community 2.5.1, released today, comes with several feature enhancements, including support for most modern UMTS/3G USB […]

Anti SOPA/PIPA Protest: How it happened and what you can do

The protest against Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) has come and gone, but the fight is just getting started. Proponents of SOPA, a legislative proposal thought to be dead by those opposing it, have promised to make another pass at making it the law of the land, and PIPA is due for a test […]

How to install Takeoff Launcher on Fedora 16 KDE

How to install Takeoff Launcher on Fedora 16 KDE

Takeoff Launcher is one of my favorite menu styles and I consider it one of 2 cool reasons to use the K Desktop Environment. Though it is not in Fedora’s repository, there is an rpm package that you can install from the project’s website. In this tutorial, you will read about the steps necessary to install and customize it on […]

Install Quick Access on Linux Mint 12 KDE or any KDE installation

Install Quick Access on Linux Mint 12 KDE or any KDE installation

I am always looking for tools and applications that make the desktop a lot more fun to use, while boosting my productivity at the same time. Such tools should accomplish those objectives without getting in the way. I have already written about two of them in 2 cool reasons to use the K Desktop Environment. In this article, steps you […]

How to install Linux Mint 12 KDE on a btrfs file system

How to install Linux Mint 12 KDE on a btrfs file system

While we are still waiting for Btrfs, the B-tree File System, to be mature enough and be used as the default file system in Linux, it is already possible to install your favorite (Linux) distribution on a Btrfs file system. Linux Mint 12 KDE, a distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop, is one of those. In this article, the steps required […]

Manual disk partitioning guide for Linux Mint 12 KDE

Manual disk partitioning guide for Linux Mint 12 KDE

Linux Mint 12 KDE will be the next stable release of the KDE edition of Linux Mint, a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. (A release candidate was made available for download on Wednesday January 11.) By default, the installer creates just two partitions on which the system is installed. These are for the root and Swap partitions. While those […]

How to compile and install Takeoff Launcher on Linux Mint 12 KDE

How to compile and install Takeoff Launcher on Linux Mint 12 KDE

There are several menu styles to choose from in the K Desktop Environment, but my favorite is the Takeoff Launcher, which is why I consider it one of 2 cool reasons to use the K Desktop Environment. In this article, the steps you need to take to replace Kickoff menu, the default menu style on Linux Mint 12 KDE, are […]

3 must-have extensions for Fedora 16 and other GNOME 3 installations

3 must-have extensions for Fedora 16 and other GNOME 3 installations

A default installation of a distribution using GNOME 3 can be a pain to use, but thanks to available extensions, you can make your GNOME 3 installation a little bit more fun to use, or at least closer to the type of desktop environment you are used to. KahelOS, a distribution that was recently reviewed on this website (see KahelOS […]

How to install Razor-qt on Linux Mint 12 KDE

How to install Razor-qt on Linux Mint 12 KDE

Razor-qt is a brand new desktop environment based on Qt framework, the same development framework that KDE is based on. Though it is still in its infancy and, therefore, not as feature-complete as KDE or other well known desktop environments, it has a bright future ahead of it. And from what I have seen so far, it could be taking […]

How to enable desktop slideshow on Linux Mint 12 KDE

How to enable desktop slideshow on Linux Mint 12 KDE

Every Linux distribution comes with a static desktop wallpaper. Some of the wallpapers are very good, others, not so good. The default (wallpaper) on Linux Mint 12 KDE Release Candidate fits somewhere in between. For Linux Mint 12 KDE, the spoiler is the logo on the left (see the first screen shot below). Why the developers still choose to use […]

Linux Mint 12 KDE screen shot preview

Linux Mint 12 KDE screen shot preview

The first release candidate of Linux Mint 12 KDE was made available for download yesterday, but do not be surprised if the “stable” version is released next week. While we await that, here are a few screen shots for your viewing pleasure. This KDE version is powered by KDE 4.7.4, and comes with a comprehensive set of productivity applications installed. […]

HDMI Dongle: Portable set-top box runs Android 4

HDMI Dongle: Portable set-top box runs Android 4

HDMI Dongle is an Open Source, USB-sized set-top box from Always Innovating, a technology outfit based in San Francisco, CA USA. A TV on a stick, it is designed to turn any TV with USB and HDMI ports into a connected TV running Android 4. Like the Cotton Candy, it has an HDMI and a USB port. The magic comes […]

Cotton Candy – any screen connected device can run Android or Ubuntu

Cotton Candy – any screen connected device can run Android or Ubuntu

This post adds another scope to the types of content available on this website. It belongs in the Hardware Profiles category, and coverage will be about computing devices, sans smart phones, that runs or can run any Linux distribution, including Android and webOS. The device that made the first post in this category is Cotton Candy, a USB stick-sized computing […]

Ubuntu TV: Can it gain a foothold in the market place?

Ubuntu TV: Can it gain a foothold in the market place?

Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, the popular Linux distribution for desktops and servers, just announced Ubuntu TV, a version of the distribution targeted at OEMs and ODMs for use in connected TVs. This is the company’s first step outside its core business segment, into one where several other connected TV platforms are jockeying for dominance. On the hardware side, Ubuntu […]

KahelOS 111111 review

KahelOS 111111 review

KahelOS is a desktop Linux distribution derived from Arch Linux. Unlike Chakra, another Arch Linux-based desktop distribution, which uses the K Desktop Environment, KahelOS uses the GNOME 3 desktop environment. It employs a rolling-release development model, and comes to use by way of the Republic of the Philippines. While the last two releases of KahelOS had 32- and 64-bit editions, […]

How to install Cinnamon in Ubuntu 11.10

How to install Cinnamon in Ubuntu 11.10

Cinnamon is a new desktop environment, forked from GNOME 3 by the developers of Linux Mint. It is intended as an optional desktop for those who have not taken kindly to GNOME 3 or Unity desktop environments. While it is still very rough around the edges, I find it a lot better to use than GNOME 3 and slightly better […]

How to customize Cinnamon on Fedora 16 and Linux Mint 12

How to customize Cinnamon on Fedora 16 and Linux Mint 12

Cinnamon is a fork of GNOME 3 Shell by the developers of Linux Mint. If this is news to you, you might want to read “What does Cinnamon bring to the desktop?“. Installable packages are already available for a few distributions. However, I have only been able to install and use it on Linux Mint 12 and Fedora 16 (see […]

How to install Cinnamon on Fedora 16

How to install Cinnamon on Fedora 16

Cinnamon is a very recent addition to the list of desktop environments available for Linux, BSD and other UNIX-like operating systems. It was started by Clement Lefebvre and his crew at Linux Mint and it is an attempt to make the GNOME 3 desktop more user-friendly. If you are not happy with GNOME 3, and are using Fedora 16, that […]

What does Cinnamon bring to the desktop?

What does Cinnamon bring to the desktop?

So the GNOME 3 side of the Linux/BSD desktop is a mess at the moment. The messy situation has led to the development of MATE, a fork of GNOME 2. It also prompted Linux Mint‘s development team to make GNOME 3 more user-friendly than the stock GNOME 3 desktop. That effort, GNOME 3 + MGSE (Mint GNOME Shell Extension), was […]