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Archive for June, 2012

KLook gets PDF/ODT support, while StackFolder gets drag-n-drop

KLook gets PDF/ODT support, while StackFolder gets drag-n-drop

KLook and StackFolder are two really cool features on the K Desktop Environment. Currently, they are only available by default on KDE editions of ROSA Linux, a line of Linux distributions from ROSA Laboratory, a Linux solutions provider based in Moscow, Russia. KLook is a multi-file-type viewer. It is not an application that can be started standalone, but is integrated […]

Why Google’s Nexus 7 tablet computer is a buy

Why Google’s Nexus 7 tablet computer is a buy

An HP TouchPad with 32 GB of internal storage takes the tile of “My first tablet computer.” It was an early Christmas gift to myself last year. Compared to the latest offerings, it is a little bit old, but for a device that enables me to step away from my desktop computers and still consume digital content comfortably, it comes […]

ANDHDM2S: Dual-core Android computer-on-a-stick with HDMI connectivity

ANDHDM2S: Dual-core Android computer-on-a-stick with HDMI connectivity

The HDMI Dongle and Cotton Candy were the first USB stick-sized Android devices profiled on this website. Here comes a third one – the ANDHDM2S. It comes to us courtesy of Sanko Co., Ltd. of Japan. Measuring just (in mm) 10x98x42, and weighing in at just 39 g (1.4 oz), this computer is really small. But size is not just […]

Public preview release of Snapdragon SDK for Android

Public preview release of Snapdragon SDK for Android

Qualcomm has announced the public preview release of Snapdragon SDK for Android. Snapdragon is Qualcomm’s single-chip, all-in-one mobile processor for smartphones and tablet computers. “The Snapdragon SDK for Android is a collection of software components that can be downloaded to enhance your app – especially when it’s running on Snapdragon Processor powered devices. It is designed to make it easy […]

ROMP gets support for MIDI files

ROMP gets support for MIDI files

ROSA Media Player, (ROMP), is a media player from ROSA Laboratory (ROSA Company), a Russian Linux software solutions provider responsible for ROSA Linux distributions. It is the default media player on the KDE edition of ROSA Desktop, a distribution derived from Mandriva. It is one of the better media players available on any distribution, with a feature that other applications […]

ROSA 2012 LXDE review

ROSA 2012 LXDE review

ROSA 2012 LXDE is the stable release of a desktop edition of ROSA Linux which uses the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment. ROSA Linux is published by ROSA Laboratory, a Linux solutions provider based in Moscow, Russia. ROSA 2012 LXDE is the company’s second stable release this year. The first was ROSA Marathon 2012, which uses the K Desktop Environment (KDE), […]

Downloads of Apache OpenOffice 3.4.0 top 5 million

Downloads of Apache OpenOffice 3.4.0 top 5 million

Apache 3.4 was released just six weeks ago. Since that time, download rate has been brisk. That is relative, of course, but for a software that is no longer installed by default on Linux distributions, surpassing the 5 million download mark in six weeks is still impressive. If you just dropped in from outer space, Apache OpenOffice, or what used […]

How to make Fedora 17 more user-friendly with easyLife

How to make Fedora 17 more user-friendly with easyLife

Because of the philosophical stance of the Fedora project’s team, a default installation of Fedora 17 requires a lot more tweaking than other distributions to get it to a user-friendly state, where you can accomplish most tasks on the system without getting digital grease on your finger tips. That is a reference to the fact that Fedora 17 or previous […]

Zorin OS 6 Core preview

Zorin OS 6 Core preview

I do not have the exact numbers, but I think it is save to say that there are more distributions that are based on Ubuntu than on any other (actively) developed distribution. While most add no real value to the system, a few attempt to do something different, even if slightly, from the parent distribution. Zorin OS is one of […]

Mandriva 2012 technical preview

Mandriva 2012 technical preview

With the release of Mandriva 2012 technology preview last week, Mandriva SA has taken the first step towards publishing Mandriva 2012. The release announcement shows that the company will now support desktop environments other than the K Desktop Environment, which was the default and only desktop environment supported in Mandriva Desktop 2011. The installer in this technical preview gives you […]

Fedora 17 KDE review

Fedora 17 KDE review

Fedora 17, code-named Beefy Miracle, is the latest release of Fedora, a Linux distribution sponsored by Red Hat, Inc. Though the main edition uses the GNOME 3 desktop environment, the Fedora Project offer Spins that use other major desktop environments. So aside from the main edition, there are Spins that use KDE, LXDE and Xfce. And besides the Spins for […]

Sabayon 9 KDE and GNOME preview

Sabayon 9 KDE and GNOME preview

Sabayon 9 is the latest release of Sabayon, a multi-purpose Linux distribution derived from Gentoo Linux. Made available for download are 32- and 64-bit installation ISO images for KDE, GNOME 3 and Xfce desktop environments. Sabayon is a rolling-release distribution, so existing users do not have to reinstall to get the latest core and applications of a Sabayon release. That […]

Linux Mint 13 MATE/Cinnamon review

Linux Mint 13 MATE/Cinnamon review

Linux Mint 13 MATE and Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon are the latest releases of the main line distribution of Linux Mint, the desktop-centric distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. MATE is a desktop environment forked from GNOME 2, while Cinnamon is a fork of GNOME (3) Shell. Both desktop environments aim to satisfy users who refuse to let go of old […]

How to dual-boot Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon/MATE and Windows 7

How to dual-boot Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon/MATE and Windows 7

Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon and Linux Mint 13 MATE are the latest editions of the popular Linux desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. This tutorial presents a step-by-step guide on how to dual-boot either one with Windows 7 on a computer with a single hard drive. Because the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 13 share the same installation […]

2 cool features to expect in KDE 4.9

2 cool features to expect in KDE 4.9

The first beta of what will become KDE 4.9 was released yesterday, just four day past due date. After the usual round of testing and more pre-stable releases, the final, stable version of KDE 4.9 should hit the proverbial shelves early August 2012. The complete release schedule is available here. The list of planned features is very long and includes […]

How to change the height and position of the KDE panel

How to change the height and position of the KDE panel

You would think that the process involved in changing the height and position of the KDE panel should not need documentation, but apparently, it does. Partly because it is not as obvious as it should be. It is not the type of subject I write tutorials about, but one too many search traffic to this website on the topic moved […]

Mageia 2 review

Mageia 2 review

Mageia 2, the second edition of the Linux distribution forked from Mandriva Linux, was released late last month, May 22 to be exact. Made available for download, were Live CD installation images for KDE and GNOME 3, and other ISO installation media that allows you to install desktop environments and window managers other than KDE and GNOME 3. The other […]

MATE vs Cinnamon

MATE vs Cinnamon

Read an updated version of this article at Your choice: Cinnamon or MATE. MATE and Cinnamon are two recent additions to the list of desktop environments and window managers available for Linux and BSD distributions. You see, in the free software/open source community, there is nothing like too many options. The more, it appears, the better. The aim of this […]

Piwik 1.8 released

Piwik 1.8 released

Piwik is a free software/open source Web analytics software developed in much the same manner as most open source applications – global collaboration of talented coders doing what they love. It is an alternative to Google Analytics and from my experience, better in many respects. If you manage websites and want to have complete control over traffic monitoring, Piwik is […]