Category: Tutorials/Tips

Your choice: Cinnamon or MATE

I get a lot of queries regarding the difference(s) between the MATE and Cinnamon desktop environments. And of course such queries tend to come from those new to Linux and Free Software. For the benefit of those class of users, this very brief article summarizes the key difference between these two desktop environments. Nothing technical, just basic stuff that will […]

An attempt to dual-boot Ubuntu 13.10 and Windows 8 on a Lenovo IdeaCenter K450

An attempt to dual-boot Ubuntu 13.10 and Windows 8 on a Lenovo IdeaCenter K450

I had access to a friend’s store-bought (OEM) Windows 8 computer for just one day. The computer is a Lenovo model. Specifically the Lenovo IdeaCenter K450 with a Core i7 processor, 12 GB of RAM, and a 2 TB hard disk drive (HDD). Very powerful machine. It’s the first OEM Windows 8 machine that I’ve had access to, and so […]

How to build your own phone company with WebRTC and Node.js

How to build your own phone company with WebRTC and Node.js

I’m reposting this article because it’s very cool and anybody can try it and probably succeed on their first attempt. the title of the original article is Build your own phone company with WebRTC and a weekend. I added the Node.js part because it a core tool used to make the application happen. I intend to give this a try […]

How to deploy OSSEC across a large network of systems from RPMs

How to deploy OSSEC across a large network of systems from RPMs

OSSEC is a Host-based Intrusion Detection System (HIDS). It is Free Software, made available under the GNU General Public License (version 2). It can do “log analysis, file integrity checking, Windows registry monitoring, centralized policy enforcement, rootkit detection, real-time alerting and active response.” When I was looking for a security solution for my Cloud servers, it was numero uno on […]

Have a Happy Holidays and give GRUB a look to match your mood

Have a Happy Holidays and give GRUB a look to match your mood

Not too long ago, it was January, and in a few days, it will be another month of January. Time really does fly. But what can we do? Go with the flow and be grateful for all that life has brought our way. In that vein, I’d like to thank you and wish you Happy Holidays, if you contribute to […]

GRUB Customizer 4 released. Install it on Ubuntu 13.10 and Linux Mint 16

GRUB Customizer 4 released. Install it on Ubuntu 13.10 and Linux Mint 16

GRUB Customizer 4.0 has been released. Install it on Ubuntu 13.10 and Linux Mint 16. GRUB Customizer is a graphical utility for managing GRUB 2, the boot loader used on most Linux distributions. For both experienced and new users, it can come in handy when and if you need to mess with GRUB. It is the work of Daniel Richter. […]

Logging in by facial recognition on Linux Deepin 2013

Logging in by facial recognition on Linux Deepin 2013

Logging in by facial recognition is a new feature on Linux Deepin 2013, the latest edition of Linux Deepin, a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. It presents just one more security layer for the desktop. Though based on Ubuntu, Linux Deepin does not use the Unity desktop. Rather, it uses a new desktop environment built atop GNOME 3 technologies […]

Deepin Terminal features split screens, search and ssh connections

Deepin Terminal features split screens, search and ssh connections

Deepin Terminal is a new custom application from the developers of Linux Deepin, a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. It made its debut in Linux Deepin 2013, the distribution’s latest edition. See Linux Deepin 2013 screen shot tour. Deepin Terminal is the latest attempt to give the Linux terminal a new face and better features. The other attempt is […]

How to replace Ufw with FirewallD on Linux Deepin 2013

How to replace Ufw with FirewallD on Linux Deepin 2013

Ufw is the default firewall app on Linux Deepin 2013, the latest edition of Linux Deepin, a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. This article shows how to replace it with FirewallD, a dynamic firewall application from the Fedora Linux. Though Ufw has a command-line client that is easier to use, Firewalld brings a lot more features to the table, […]

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), […]