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Manual disk partitioning guide for Deepin 2014

Manual disk partitioning guide for Deepin 2014

Deepin 2014 is the latest edition of Deepin, a Linux desktop distribution based on Ubuntu. Deepin 2014 is the first version of the distribution that comes with its own graphical installer. Like all Ubuntu-based distributions, previous editions (of Deepin) used their parent distribution’s graphical installer. This tutorial provides a step-by-step guide on how to partition a hard drive manually for […]

Dual-boot Deepin 2014 and Windows 7 on a PC with UEFI firmware

Dual-boot Deepin 2014 and Windows 7 on a PC with UEFI firmware

Deepin 2014 is the latest edition of Deepin, a Chinese, Linux desktop distribution that’s based on Ubuntu. Aside from the fact that it comes with its own desktop environment called Deepin Desktop Environment, it also uses its own graphical installation program. The installer doesn’t have support for disk encryption and LVM, the Linux Logical Volume Manager, but for plain-vanilla installations […]

Manual disk partitioning guide for Linux Mint 17 KDE

Manual disk partitioning guide for Linux Mint 17 KDE

This tutorial provides a handy, manual disk partitioning guide for the KDE edition of Linux Mint 17, which comes with an installer that has an interface that’s slightly different from that used on the Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce editions. The installer has automatic and manual disk partitioning options, with support for UEFI systems, which means that the installer is able […]

Dual-boot Windows 8 and Linux Mint 17 on a PC with 2 disks and UEFI firmware

Dual-boot Windows 8 and Linux Mint 17 on a PC with 2 disks and UEFI firmware

This tutorial shows how to dual-boot Linux Mint 17 and Windows 8 on a computer with two hard drives and UEFI firmware. For a guide on how to perform the same operation on a computer with one hard drive, see How to dual-boot Linux Mint 17 and Windows 8 on a PC with UEFI firmware. The computer used for the […]

How to dual-boot Linux Mint 17 and Windows 8 on a PC with UEFI firmware

How to dual-boot Linux Mint 17 and Windows 8 on a PC with UEFI firmware

This tutorial shows how to dual-boot Linux Mint 17 and Windows 8 on a PC with UEFI firmware. The computer used for the test installation is not an OEM one. Rather, it is a custom-built computer, with an ASRock motherboard and Intel Core i3 processor. However, if you follow this guide step-by-step, you should be able to use it to […]

Replace Ufw firewall with FirewallD on Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon

Replace Ufw firewall with FirewallD on Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon

Ufw (Uncomplicated FireWall) is the firewall application that comes with a default installation of Linux Mint 17 – Cinnamon or MATE. This article shows how to replace it with FirewallD, a firewall application that has support for dynamic rules and network zones. It originated from the Fedora project. FirewallD comes with a command-line utility called firewall-cmd, a graphical interface called […]

Managing startup applications in GNOME 3

Managing startup applications in GNOME 3

If you wanted to set up an application or applications in GNOME 3 to launch on boot, you’ll probably go looking for a module in the desktop’s System Settings. But you’ll be disappointed because there’s no module in there, at least from GNOME 3.10.2, to do that in System Settings. The application you’ll need for the task is called GNOME […]

Triple-boot Windows 7 and 8 and Ubuntu 14.04 on a PC with UEFI firmware

Triple-boot Windows 7 and 8 and Ubuntu 14.04 on a PC with UEFI firmware

This tutorial provides a step-by-step guide on how to triple-boot Windows 7 and 8 and Ubuntu 14.04 on a computer with UEFI firmware and on a single hard disk drive (HDD). The working assumption is that the first OS on the computer, which could be OEM or self-built, is Windows 8. Windows 7 will be installed alongside it, followed by […]

From GNOME 3 to GNOME Classic in 3 extensions, or why GNOME Classic has become redundant

From GNOME 3 to GNOME Classic in 3 extensions, or why GNOME Classic has become redundant

GNOME Classic is a GNOME 3 desktop designed to offer the look-and-feel of a GNOME 2/MATE desktop, that is, of a traditional or classic GNOME desktop. It’s for people who are not fond of the default GNOME Shell. It comes with every installation of GNOME 3, offered as an option in the login screen’s Session menu. To use it (GNOME […]

How to customize GNOME 3.12 GNOME Shell

How to customize GNOME 3.12 GNOME Shell

This tutorial shows how to customize a GNOME 3 desktop, that is, take a plain-vanilla GNOME Shell and transform it into a desktop that is a little bit more user-friendly. That means installing and customizing a few GNOME Extensions directly from http://extensions.gnome.org or by using the GNOME Tweak (Tool). So if you’re using a GNOME 3 desktop with the default […]

GNOME 3.12: The cool and the not-so cool features

GNOME 3.12: The cool and the not-so cool features

GNOME 3.12 was released on March 26 (2014), but it didn’t start shipping on many distributions until very recently. In this post, I’ll let you in on what I think about it; the cool (good) features and those features I think the developers need to take a closer look at and try to make it better and more user-friendly. If […]

How to delete boot managers from a UEFI boot menu

How to delete boot managers from a UEFI boot menu

This short tutorial shows how to delete boot managers from a UEFI boot menu. It might not apply to all computers, but if your computer is anything like mine and you install and reinstall Linux distributions and other operating systems as often as I do, I think you’ll like to know how to remove those boot manager entries that you […]

Dual-boot Windows 7 and Antergos on a PC with 2 HDDs and UEFI firmware

Dual-boot Windows 7 and Antergos on a PC with 2 HDDs and UEFI firmware

This post shows how to dual-boot Windows 7 and Antergos 2014.05.26 on a computer with two hard disk drives (HDD) and UEFI firmware. The test computer used for this tutorial has a 500 GB and a 250 GB hard drives connected, with Windows 7 Pro already installed on the 500 GB HDD. The screenshots and descriptions in this tutorial show […]

How to create MBR-based disk partitions for Antergos

How to create MBR-based disk partitions for Antergos

This tutorial provides a step-by-step guide on how to create MBR-based disk partitions for Antergos, using the latest edition of Cnchi, the Antergos graphical installation program, which shipped in Antergos-2014.05.26. Antergos is an Arch Linux-based desktop distribution that offers a choice of multiple desktop environments during the installation process. Cnchi is a relatively new graphical installer that shares many design […]

Dual-boot Ubuntu 14.04 & Windows 7 on a PC with 2 HDDs and UEFI firmware

Dual-boot Ubuntu 14.04 & Windows 7 on a PC with 2 HDDs and UEFI firmware

This post shows how to dual-boot Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7 on a computer with two hard disk drives (HDD) and UEFI firmware. The test computer used for this tutorial has a 500 GB and a 320 GB hard drives connected, with Windows 7 Pro installed on the 500 GB HDD. The screenshots and descriptions in this tutorial show how […]

Dual-boot Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7 on a PC with UEFI firmware

Dual-boot Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7 on a PC with UEFI firmware

This post shows how to dual-boot Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7 on a computer with UEFI firmware. Note that the computer I used for the tutorial is not an OEM one. Rather, it is a custom-built computer, with an ASRock motherboard and Intel Core i3 processor. However, if you follow this guide step-by-step, you should be able to use it […]

How to install Ubuntu 14.04 on encrypted MBR partitions

How to install Ubuntu 14.04 on encrypted MBR partitions

This tutorial shows how to install Ubuntu 14.04 on encrypted MBR partitions. It is only slightly different from Manual full disk encryption setup guide for Ubuntu 13.10 & Linux Mint 16. The only difference: A partition mounted at /home is not part of the mix. But there’s no real reason for not creating a separate partition for home. I just […]

How to upgrade Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

How to upgrade Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

This article shows how to upgrade Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Warning: Before upgrading, backup your data. Note that it is generally not recommended to upgrade from one LTS (Long-Term Support) release to the latest LTS edition until a point edition of the latest LTS has been released. For example, you are not expected to upgrade a previous […]

4 things to do after installing Ubuntu 14.04

4 things to do after installing Ubuntu 14.04

So now that you’ve installed your new copy of Ubuntu 14.04, there must be at least one default setting that you would like to change. At least one. On my new installation, I found four of those default settings that when modified, made using Unity, the Ubuntu desktop, a little bit more user-friendly. This post show what those settings are […]

How to install Anaconda 1.9 in Ubuntu 13.10

How to install Anaconda 1.9 in Ubuntu 13.10

This short article shows how to install Anaconda 1.9 in Ubuntu 13.10. No, it’s not that Anaconda. This Anaconda is a free Python package for large-scale data processing, predictive analytics, and scientific computing. It is developed by Continuum Analytics, and is completely free to download and use. The latest version is Anaconda 1.9. It comes with more than 125 Python […]