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Use K3b and Audacity to convert an 8-CD audiobook to an Ogg file

Use K3b and Audacity to convert an 8-CD audiobook to an Ogg file

This tutorial presents a step-by-step guide on how I used K3b and Audacity to convert an eight (8) CD audiobook to a single Ogg file. As a bonus, the conversion could even be to an MP3 file or to any one of other audio file formats. K3b is a full-featured, graphical CD/DVD/Blu-ray burning and ripping application for the K Desktop […]

6 things to do after installing OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0

6 things to do after installing OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0

OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0 is the first stable release of OpenMandriva, a Linux desktop distribution that is a community-continuation of what used to be Mandriva Desktop. It’s just one more item in the list of distributions derived from Mandriva. The others are Mageia, ROSA Desktop and PCLinuxOS. In this article, I’ll run through a short list of things to do after […]

Homerun: Quite possibly the best app launcher for your desktop

Homerun: Quite possibly the best app launcher for your desktop

Fullscreen application menus or launchers (or whatever else you what to call them) are modern replacements for the traditional or classic application menus. If you use a GNOME 3 desktop with the GNOME Shell in its default configuration, its App View is an example of a fullscreen application launcher. The KDE desktop environment also has its own fullscreen application launchers, […]

Use HTC Scribble app to create photo blogs, diaries and greeting cards

If you use an HTC smartphone, the HTC Scribble app is something you might want to try. With it, you can create “photo blogs, personal diaries, or greeting cards complete with audio recordings and graphics (you can even insert HTC Zoe™ photos).” Read more about it here and watch the demo video below.

Regarding Fedora 19 kernel upgrades and VirtualBox kernel modules

Regarding Fedora 19 kernel upgrades and VirtualBox kernel modules

My main desktop computer is powered by Fedora 19 on which I run at least a dozen guest operating systems using VirtualBox. VirtualBox is my favorite software virtualization application. It’s really nice and easy to use. Installation packages are available for the major operating systems and distributions. My setup works fine until I upgrade Fedora to a new kernel. On […]

Installation and disk partitioning guide for Ubuntu 13.10

Installation and disk partitioning guide for Ubuntu 13.10

This is a new user’s guide for installing Ubuntu 13.10 on a computer that has another OS already installed on the hard disk drive (HDD). You would think that because Ubiquity, Ubuntu’s graphical installation is a point-and-click application, that users will not have any problem using it. But that does not seem to be the case. What’s easy for one […]

How to Install Ubuntu 13.10 on an external hard drive

How to Install Ubuntu 13.10 on an external hard drive

Installing Ubuntu 13.10 on an external hard disk drive (HDD) connected to a computer that’s already running another operating system like Windows 7/8 or another Linux distribution is the subject of this article. Installing Ubuntu or any other Linux distribution in standalone mode on an HDD is normally a simple, point-and-click operation. To do it on an external HDD connected […]

Install Ubuntu 13.10 using a USB key from Window or another Linux distribution

Install Ubuntu 13.10 using a USB key from Window or another Linux distribution

A USB key or thumb drive or USB stick is the best device to use in installing your favorite Linux distribution. It’s not just because it’s reusable forever (unless you mess it up), but the system runs much faster than if you used a CD or DVD disc for installation. This short tutorial shows how to load Ubuntu 13.10 on […]

Finalterm now has tabs, horizontal and vertical split screens

Finalterm now has tabs, horizontal and vertical split screens

Finalterm, a terminal emulator that’s being developed by Philipp Emanuel Weidmann, a mathematician and Linux Software Engineer from Heidelberg, Germany, has been updated. The first public development version of Finalterm was released a few months ago, but was slow and lacked features that are standard on existing terminal emulators. With this latest code update, I think it’s almost ready for […]

Overlay scrollbar in Ubuntu 13.10

Overlay scrollbar in Ubuntu 13.10

Overlay-scrollbar is one of those features of the Ubuntu desktop that I find very annoying. I know, I know, some people think that it’s the best thing that’s ever been implemented on the Ubuntu desktop, but… So one of the first things I tend to do on a new installation of Ubuntu Desktop is to disable it. On previous editions […]

Ubuntu Tweak: The first app to install on Ubuntu 13.10

Ubuntu Tweak: The first app to install on Ubuntu 13.10

Installing Ubuntu Tweak on Ubuntu 13.10 or any other supported version of Ubuntu gives you a simple utility that makes it very easy to customize different aspects of the Ubuntu desktop. This short tutorial shows how to install it (in Ubuntu 13.10) and use it to modify many desktop options. Installation will be from the author’s Personal package Archives (PPA), […]

Install Cinnamon 2.0 on Ubuntu 13.10 “Saucy Salamandar”

Install Cinnamon 2.0 on Ubuntu 13.10 “Saucy Salamandar”

Cinnamon 2.0, the latest edition of the Cinnamon desktop environment, was released just eight days ago, while Ubuntu 13.10, the latest version of the popular Linux distribution, was released just yesterday. This tutorial shows how to install Cinnamon 2.0 on Ubuntu 13.10 via a Personal Package Archives (PPA). Warning: Installing Cinnamon (2.0) on Ubuntu 13.10 will break Unity. You will […]

Cairo-Dock 3.3 released. Install it on Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon

Cairo-Dock 3.3 released. Install it on Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon

Cairo-Dock 3.3, the latest version of the application that provides a dock interface for Free Software desktop environments, has been released. This article highlights some of its new features and also shows how to install it on Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon. Cairo-Dock is a Mac OS X Dock-like application for Linux and BSD distributions that supports OpenGL and freedesktop standards. […]

GNOME Software preview on Fedora 20 alpha

GNOME Software preview on Fedora 20 alpha

GNOME Software is one of the more exciting features that I’m looking forward to in the next release of Fedora. This is a brand new project, but the pace of development has been fast. If you are a Fedora user, you probably already know that the graphical package manager in any of the editions is nothing to write home about. […]

How to install Lekture on Fedora 19 KDE

How to install Lekture on Fedora 19 KDE

When I started taking free online classes on Coursera and other online academies a few months ago, I always wondered whether those lecture-making software that the lecturers use to make their videos are also available for Linux. I’m referring to Free Software alternatives, not commercial ones. Then I came across Lekture, a KDE Education application. I don’t think that it […]

How to install Ajenti on Ubuntu 13.04 server

How to install Ajenti on Ubuntu 13.04 server

Ajenti is a server administration panel for Linux distributions and FreeBSD. It is similar to cPanel, ISPConfig and others like them, but kinda light in features. It is a Free Software application whose development is spear-headed by Eugene Pankov. Besides being a server administration panel, Ajenti may also be used by developers as a rapid-development platform to create Web frontends, […]

How to install S3QL from source on Fedora 19

S3QL is an online file system for UNIX-like operating systems that provide features like compression, encryption, data de-duplication, immutable trees and snapshotting. It can be used to create a local or remote (online) file system and so can be used to backup your data to a supported Cloud storage platform. Google Storage, Amazon S3 and OpenStack are supported online Cloud […]

Usability, user-friendliness and the Linux desktop

A point I’ve been trying to convey about the Linux desktop through my reviews and tutorials is that distribution developers are doing a bad job of giving users all the goodness of what’s available in Linux and GNU software in a manner where the system just works. So that in most cases, users get a system that, from a broad […]

Tahoe Least-Authority File System for secure, distributed data storage

Tahoe Least-Authority File System for secure, distributed data storage

Looking for a solution to give you an edge in the ongoing struggle between you and the authorities over the privacy of your data? Then you should take a look at Tahoe Least-Authority File System, or Tahoe-LAFS. Or just LAFS. It is a secure and distributed file system used in the S4 Cloud storage service of Least Authority Enterprises. Zooko […]

4 host-proof or PRISM-proof Cloud storage services

4 host-proof or PRISM-proof Cloud storage services

Image from SpiderOak.com. In light of ongoing debate about data privacy and security and government surveillance, courtesy of the decision that Edward Snowden made, a significant percentage of users have been flocking to companies that provide some form of security and privacy guarantees. Those guarantees should, however, only be taken with a grain of salt. Put another way, only trust […]