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How to configure disk encryption on Sabayon 5.2

How to configure disk encryption on Sabayon 5.2

Disk encryption is one of five methods you can use to enhance the physical security posture of your computer (laptop, netbook, desktop or server). It enables you to protect your data in the event that your computer is ever lost or stolen. Sabayon’s installer has had the disk encryption feature for some time, but it is not as simple and […]

Epidemic 3.1 installation guide

Epidemic 3.1 installation guide

Epidemic is a desktop-oriented, KDE, Debian-based (GNU/Linux) distribution developed in Brazil. Epidemic 3.1, the latest edition, features a number of custom tools and improvements. One of those tools is EInstaller, the graphical installation program. It is supposed to be easy to use, but if you have are not familiar with disk partitioning under Linux, you’ll find that it’s not so […]

Printer configuration and management on PC-BSD 8

Printer configuration and management on PC-BSD 8

PC-BSD is a desktop-centric distribution based on FreeBSD. The latest stable version, released just this week, is PC-BSD 8. On most Linux, desktop distributions, a connected printer is automatically configured. On PC-BSD 8, however, getting a printer to work requires manual configuration. To simplify that task, a number of printer management utilities are available. You may access the main printer […]

Qt + Box2D is easy!

Qt + Box2D is easy!

Box2D is an Open Source rigid body 2D physics engine for C++. It’s currently (2.0.1) released under the MIT license, which is quite permissive. Box2D is used by, among other things, Gluon (http://gluon.tuxfamily.org/), which is a game library from KDE in-the-making. Integrating Box2D into your Qt application is quite easy, and this blog shows you how to get started. First […]

PC-BSD 8 installation guide

PC-BSD 8 installation guide

PC-BSD 8 is the latest edition of PC-BSD, a desktop distribution based on FreeBSD, with KDE as its default desktop environment. It features a graphical installation program that should be easy enough for anybody to use. However, some sections of the installer could pose some difficulty to those new to the this distribution (and to the BSDs). If you belong […]

Add cloud storage to OpenOffice.org with SMECloud

Add cloud storage to OpenOffice.org with SMECloud

Cloud computing is all the rage these days. But while the idea of using your browser to access your applications and documents sounds like a great idea on paper, in practice there are all kinds of reasons to stick to your desktop software. Take OpenOffice.org, for example. None of the available Web-based word processors can compete with Writer when it […]

OpenOffice.org: The Need for Style

OpenOffice.org: The Need for Style

Office applications like OpenOffice.org can bring out the worst in people. The same people who wouldn’t dream of driving a car without a few lessons will start pounding away in a word processor as though it were a typewriter, ignoring basic features like styles and templates. In the end, they may produce the documents they want, but only with far […]

PC-BSD’s graphical firewall manager

PC-BSD’s graphical firewall manager

PC-BSD is a desktop-oriented, FreeBSD-based distribution with KDE as the default desktop environment. The version due to be released shortly is PC-BSD 8. Because it the only BSD-based desktop distribution that’s in a position to compete with the best Linux desktop distributions, I’ll be publishing a number of articles over the next few weeks to introduce those not yet familiar […]

Star rating system for the physical security profile of your computer

In how to enhance the physical security posture of your PC, five physical security features were identified in that article. Here’s a summary of those features: Enable BIOS password Password-protect the bootloader Full disk encryption Use strong passwords Implement password aging From this list comes the following star-rating system:

LVM configuration on Openfiler 2.3

LVM configuration on Openfiler 2.3

Openfiler is one of two free and open source NAS/SAN applications in active development (the other one is FreeNAS). By default, Openfiler is installed to hard disk using the traditional Linux disk partitioning system. Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM) adds a layer of flexibility to disk space configuration and management that is not possible with the traditional method of disk […]

How to enhance the physical security posture of your Linux/BSD-powered PC

How to enhance the physical security posture of your Linux/BSD-powered PC

Securing a computer goes beyond more than just using strong passwords. You should consider what happens if an unauthorized person gains physical access to your computer. If the only security feature protecting your data from an unauthorized person is a user account password, then you have not taken enough steps to protect your computer and your data. This article presents […]

How Fedora protects your data with full disk encryption

How Fedora protects your data with full disk encryption

Disk encryption in one of the most overlooked and underused security tools in computing. When most people think about securing a computer or the operating system that powers it, a firewall, anti-virus, and other anti-malware software comes to mind. Those are all good and necessary tools, but they are only concerned with network security. What about physical security? What happens […]

Configure the graphical firewall manager on Pardus 2009.1

Configure the graphical firewall manager on Pardus 2009.1

Pardus is a desktop-oriented, Linux distribution. The latest release is Pardus 2009.1, and just like Pardus 2009, it comes with IPTables/Netfilter, the firewall application built in to the Linux kernel, disabled. This is a short tutorial showing how to enable the firewall via the graphical firewall manager, and tweak the configuration options available. It’s always better, whether there are open […]

How to configure a network interface on Pardus 2009.1

How to configure a network interface on Pardus 2009.1

Pardus 2009.1 is the latest release of the desktop-oriented, Linux distribution from Onur Küçük and his crew in Turkey. It is one of those distros that does not automatically configure your Internet connection. You are expected to configure it from Kaptan, the Pardus system modifier, or from the network manager applet.. This tutorial gives a step by step guide of […]

How to avoid spyware, viruses on Windows 7, Vista and XP

If you are a Windows user, you ought to be familiar with all forms of malware that has ever been created by man (and woman). By malware, I mean spywares, viruses, trojans, etc, that infect your Microsoft Windows-powered computer. You can’t avoid them, no matter how hard you try. Even the latest and most expensive anti-virus security software has not […]

How to install Moovida media center on Linux Mint 8

How to install Moovida media center on Linux Mint 8

Moovida is a free media center application available for users of Linux and BSD desktop operating systems. It is developed by Fluendo S.A., an outfit based in Barcelona, Spain. With Moovida, you can watch movies and TV shows, kickback and enjoy your music, view your pictures. and a whole lot more. Though it is not installed by default, it is […]

Configure the graphical firewall client on Linux Mint 8

Configure the graphical firewall client on Linux Mint 8

Linux Mint 8 (aka Helena) is the latest version of the popular, desktop-oriented distribution. It is based on Ubuntu 9.10, and like Ubuntu, it comes with ufw, the uncomplicated firewall, running out of the box (actually, on Mint 8, it is not enabled). Ufw presents a user-friendly command line syntax for managing IPTables/Netfilter. However, a graphical interface presents an even […]

How to install Cairo-Dock on Simply Linux 5

How to install Cairo-Dock on Simply Linux 5

Simply Linux is an Xfce-based distro from the same Russian team that publishes ALT Linux. After the customizing simply linux 5 post, the next obvious tip for our new-to-Linux friends is how to sex up their Simply Linux 5 desktop with Cairo-Dock.

Customizing Simply Linux 5

Customizing Simply Linux 5

Simply Linux 5 is a distro from the same team that publishes ALT Linux. The first review of this distro on this site has just been published. This post is to offer some customization tips to those new to Linux and to this distro, and will address the following configuration changes: Change system font size Point the package manager to […]

Customizing ALT Linux 5 Ark desktop

Customizing ALT Linux 5 Ark desktop

ALT Linux is an rpm based distro that was just reviewed and listed on this site. It is a GNOME-based distro with decent graphical management utilities. Like most distros, the default installation leaves room for some tweaking and customization. This post presents detailed step by step guides on how to customize or enable several aspects of the installation that should […]