Archive for April, 2012

What will ‘rm -rf /’ actually do to your Linux/BSD machine?

What will ‘rm -rf /’ actually do to your Linux/BSD machine?

For expert users of Linux and other UNIX-like operating systems, the command line is where the action is. We (they) claim that stuff gets done faster and easier on the command line than pointing and clicking on a fancy graphical interface. While that may, to a very large extend, be true, the command line can be a scary place for […]

Linux Mint Debian 201204 MATE/Cinnamon review

Linux Mint Debian 201204 MATE/Cinnamon review

Linux Mint Debian 201204 MATE/Cinnamon is the latest edition of Linux Mint Debian, a desktop distribution based on Debian. It offers a choice of two GNOME-based desktop environments – MATE and Cinnamon. MATE is a fork of GNOME 2, while Cinnamon is an attempt to bring sanity to GNOME 3, to make it look like something designed for use on […]

What’s the point of having 2 scrollbar types in Ubuntu 12.04?

What’s the point of having 2 scrollbar types in Ubuntu 12.04?

With free software operating systems, a popular practice is to install, out of the box, more than one application for the same computing task. For new users, it is a good thing, since it made it possible for them to test-drive the best applications that their distribution has to offer. The only downside to the practice is the extra disk […]

Install the latest and greatest Cinnamon desktop on Ubuntu 12.04

Install the latest and greatest Cinnamon desktop on Ubuntu 12.04

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, code-named Precise Pangolin, is the latest release of the popular Linux distribution. It was made available for the public just a few hours ago. While the distribution itself is very popular, the Unity desktop, the graphical interface that we all see, is not necessarily as popular. And that is because it is not very user-friendly. It has […]

How to run Linux Mint Debian Cinnamon in VirtualBox

How to run Linux Mint Debian Cinnamon in VirtualBox

One edition of Linux Mint Debian released a few days ago, features two desktop environments – MATE and Cinnamon. The former is a fork of GNOME 2, while the later is an attempt to bring sanity to GNOME 3, to make it look like something designed for use on desktop computers. So that if you installed it on your computer, […]

Manual disk partitioning guide for Linux Mint Debian

Manual disk partitioning guide for Linux Mint Debian

The latest ISO installation images for Linux Mint Debian, the line of Linux Mint based on Debian, were made available for download a few days ago. While it is one of the most user-friendly desktop distributions out of the box, the installer is any thing but user-friendly. Though the default disk partitioning scheme works, you may find yourself in a […]

Gameplay 1.2, open source game development framework, released

Gameplay 1.2, open source game development framework, released

Gameplay 1.2, a cross-platform, C++ game framework designed for learning and writing mobile and desktop games, has been released. Gameplay is an open source project hosted on Github and developed by Sean Paul and Steve Grenier, both graphics and game developers at Research In Motion, maker of the BlackBerry® smartphone and PlayBook tablet computer. Aside from the BlackBerry platform, Gameplay […]

Chakra Archimedes-2012.04 review

Chakra Archimedes-2012.04 review

Chakra Archimedes-2012.04, the second iteration of the latest stable edition of Chakra, a desktop Linux distribution forked from Arch Linux, was released just this week. April 16 to be exact. The first stable edition of Archimedes was released back in February this year. You may read the review at Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.02 Archimedes review. Aside from the usual kernel and […]

How to install Takeoff Launcher on Kubuntu 12.04

How to install Takeoff Launcher on Kubuntu 12.04

Takeoff Launcher, one of 2 cool reasons to use the K Desktop Environment, is a fullscreen menu (for KDE). It is one of several menu styles available for that desktop environment. Published articles on this subject include how to compile and install it on Linux Mint 12 KDE and how to install it on Fedora 16 KDE. In this article, […]

Replace Oxygen with ROSA theme on any KDE-powered distribution

Replace Oxygen with ROSA theme on any KDE-powered distribution

I like beautiful graphics, but beauty, as they say, is in the eyes of the beholder, so what I consider beautiful, might not be that to you. So when I say the icons that come with the Oxygen theme on the K Desktop Environment are not very visually appealing, do not get mad if you do not agree. After all, […]

5 user-friendly applications you could be using now

5 user-friendly applications you could be using now

Nothing boosts productivity like an application or piece of software that makes if very easy to get your computing tasks done without fighting your way computer all the way. And I am always in search of such applications. In the past few months, five such applications have come to my attention. And they are all free software, available on your […]

Mageia 2 beta 3:  Last beta sports a new look

Mageia 2 beta 3: Last beta sports a new look

The third and final beta edition of Mageia 2, a desktop Linux distribution derived from Mandriva Desktop, has been released. The first and only Release Candidate is expected on May 2, with the final, stable edition slated for release on May 15. So, what does this release has to offer? Aside from the usual new features and bugfixes, Mageia 2 […]

ROSA Marathon 2012 LXDE beta: First impression

ROSA Marathon 2012 LXDE beta: First impression

ROSA Company has announced the release of ROSA Marathon 2012 LXDE beta edition, following the earlier release of ROSA Marathon 2012 beta, which uses the KDE 4 desktop environment. You may read a review of that KDE edition of ROSA Desktop at ROSA Desktop 2012 beta review. This is the Moscow-based outfit’s desktop distribution that uses the Lightweight X11 Desktop […]

Fedora 17 GNOME, KDE, LXDE and Xfce beta: Last before the final

Fedora 17 GNOME, KDE, LXDE and Xfce beta: Last before the final

Fedora 17 GNOME beta, as well as the beta of the KDE, LXDE and Xfce Spins, were released yesterday – almost two weeks past due date. This, however, is not highly unusual for the Fedora project. Unlike Ubuntu, their release schedule is not cast in concrete. They are more interested in getting stuff that works out the door, instead of […]

Calligra 2.4.0 released

Calligra 2.4.0 released

After a long developmental period, Calligra 2.4.0, the first stable version of Calligra, has been released. Calligra is a Qt-based graphic and office suite forked from KOffice in 2010. Note: In some quarters, Calligra is said to be a continuation of KOffice, rather than a fork. Besides a complete set of office productivity application that you will find on most […]

ROSA Desktop 2012 beta review

ROSA Desktop 2012 beta review

ROSA Desktop is a Linux distribution derived from Mandriva Desktop and developed by ROSA, a technology outfit based in Moscow, The Russian Federation. ROSA Desktop 2012 beta is the first pre-release edition of what will become ROSA Desktop 2012. It is supposed to be a Long Term Support (LTS) edition, with a 5-year support period. Given that the status of […]

ROMP: Media player with built-in desktop recorder

ROMP: Media player with built-in desktop recorder

ROSA Desktop 2012 beta is a distribution that I am currently reviewing. It is a desktop distribution derived from Mandriva Desktop. It has all the features that you will find on its parent distribution. It has also a few cool features brand new to it. One of those, KLook, I have already written about. (See KLook: A Swiss Army Knife […]

KLook: A Swiss Army Knife of media type viewers

KLook: A Swiss Army Knife of media type viewers

It is a joy to come across an application that works so well and combines the features and functionalities of several applications that it is difficult to not want to tell everybody about it. The application I am referring to, is called KLook. That is “look” prefixed with a “K.” If you have not played with the beta edition of […]

Create an app for MintChip and win 10 oz of GOLD or 1 Gold Wafer

No, this has nothing to do with Linux Mint or Linux Mint Debian Edition. What it is, is an attempt by the Royal Canadian Mint to create an alternative digital or crypto-currency. Think of MintChip as Bitcoin, but backed by a country. Bitcoin is the open source application and project operating under the MIT license with the goal of creating […]

How to install Jitsi in Fedora

How to install Jitsi in Fedora

Jitsi is a multi-protocol, multi-platform voice and video instant messenger client. It is mostly implemented in Java, and is Free/Open Source software licensed under the LGPL. Where other VoIP services and clients send data in the clear, Jitsi sets itself apart by making use of ZRTP to set up secure communication with SRTP, Secure Real-time Transport Protocol. Version 1.0 was […]