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Autologin, passwordless login and controlling who can reboot and shutdown your computer in KDE

Autologin, passwordless login and controlling who can reboot and shutdown your computer in KDE

Autologin and passwordless login play a critical role in the physical security posture of your computer. In KDE, they are very easy to configure. But being easy to configure does not mean that you should. Why? For one, enabling autologin makes it super easy for anybody with physical access to your computer to login, without making the required stop at […]

How to install AppMenu-QML on Fedora 16 KDE

How to install AppMenu-QML on Fedora 16 KDE

There are several menu styles available for users of the K Desktop Environment. Virtually all, should be familiar with the Classic menu, the Kickoff menu, and Lancelot. I have recently published several articles on the Takeoff Launcher, and there is, of course, Mandriva’s ROSA Launcher (view some screen shots here). Today, I bring another menu style to your attention. It […]

Install appmenu-qt, HUD-like application, on Linux Mint 12 KDE

Install appmenu-qt, HUD-like application, on Linux Mint 12 KDE

Many articles have already been written about Ubuntu’s HUD, or Head-Up Display, a feature that is expected on future versions of the popular distribution. It is intended to replace the menu as we know it, with voice capabilities built-in. You may read the original article by Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu, here. If you use a distribution running the […]

How to make DuckDuckGo the default search engine in Chromium

How to make DuckDuckGo the default search engine in Chromium

The folks behind DuckDuckGo have been deftly positioning the search engine as one you should be using, if you are tired or want to avoid snooping by Google and others like it. It is a message that I have bought into, and I think you will too, once you get to know how Google and other search engines track and […]

How to customize Linux Mint 12 KDE

How to customize Linux Mint 12 KDE

Linux Mint 12 KDE is the latest release of Linux Mint KDE, a distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. It has already being reviewed on this website (see Linux Mint 12 KDE review), and several other articles written about it here. This article provides simple suggestions that you can employ to customize an installation of Linux Mint 12 KDE that would […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to access Microsoft Windows files and folders from Linux

How to access Microsoft Windows files and folders from Linux

Dual-booting (a special case of multi-booting, running more than one operating system on the same computer) makes it possible to run Windows and Linux or other UNIX-like operating systems on the same computer. When set up and functioning correctly, it gives you the option to choose what OS to boot into. Because of the nature of Linux, when you boot […]

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 […]