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How to replace Ufw with Firewalld in Linux Mint 15

How to replace Ufw with Firewalld in Linux Mint 15

Firewalld and Ufw, the Uncomplicated FireWall, are two firewall management applications installed in some of the most popular Linux distributions. Ufw is the default firewall application installed in distributions based on Debian and Ubuntu, while Firewalld is the default in Fedora, where it replaced the old firewall application when Fedora 18 was released. It is a project of the Fedora […]

How to customize Linux Deepin 12.12

How to customize Linux Deepin 12.12

Summary: How to customize Linux Deepin 12.12 offers a few steps you can take to make a default installation of Linux Deepin 12.12 a little bit more user-friendly and more secure. Linux Deepin 12.12 (see Linux Deepin 12.12 review) is the latest edition of Linux Deepin, a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. It features a brand new desktop environment […]

Free Software alternatives to help you outwit PRISM

Just because your activities are being monitored by the powers that be does not mean that you should throw up your arms in the air and give up. Yes, complete privacy is almost impossible to achieve in the age of bits and bytes, but there are things you can do to minimize how much of your privacy you give up. […]

Got a PRISM and Boundless Informant problem? Whisper and Tor can help

Got a PRISM and Boundless Informant problem? Whisper and Tor can help

PRISM and Boundless Informant. Don’t you just love names like that. They have a nice ring to them. But do not be fooled. Those are bad for your privacy and, with time, even worse for a true democracy. But thank heavens for Free Software and those making them available. With much gratitude to them, here are two Free Software services […]

BackTrack 5 or Kali Linux 1.0

BackTrack 5 or Kali Linux 1.0

I get many searches related to BackTrack 5 that makes me wonder if netizens responsible for those searches are aware that the distribution known as BackTrack is old news. If you didn’t and you got here by searching for “backtrack 5,” this article will direct you to the right distribution to use. BackTrack is/was a specialty Linux distribution for security […]

ROSA Desktop Fresh R1: For advanced users, but even better for new users

ROSA Desktop Fresh R1: For advanced users, but even better for new users

Summary: This article is about ROSA Desktop Fresh R1, a “new” Linux desktop edition from ROSA Laboratory, a Linux software provider based in Moscow, Russia. I’m always on the search for desktop distributions that make computing very easy for new users. Whether such distributions use GNOME or KDE or any other desktop environment, if they are new user-friendly, I love […]

How to customize Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon

How to customize Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon

Summary: How to customize Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon by disabling the Hot corner and adding the Expo, Scale and Workspace switcher applets to the panel. Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon, ships with the latest version of the Cinnamon desktop environment. Like everything else, some users like Cinnamon, some others think its interface is outdated. I say, use anything you like. It’s […]

Disk encryption: This is why you should always use it

Disk encryption is one of those physical security features that determine whether I install a Linux distribution on any computer I use for serious computing. Whether it’s a server, notebook, ultrabook or any other type of *book, if it’s not a crash-and-burn unit, the hard disk drive (HDD) has to be encrypted. And no, it’s not because I have anything […]

tboot in Fedora 19: Don’t worry, it’s just a bug

tboot in Fedora 19: Don’t worry, it’s just a bug

After installing Fedora 19 beta and rebooting my test computer, I noticed that one of the options available in GRUB’s menu is tboot 1.7.0. Not sure what it’s for, I selected it and hit the Enter key. On the next GRUB screen, is the option to boot into Fedora GNU/Linux, with tboot 1.7.0. But what does tboot do? Well, one […]

3D printer software in Fedora 19

3D printer software in Fedora 19

Now that 3D printing is a hot topic in the DIY community, and those tend to favor free software principles, it’s only fair that 3D printer software should be readily available in your distribution’s repository. And actually, some of the most popular are Free Software. In the just-released Fedora 19 beta, three of those are available for installation. All you […]

Robert Kugler and Paypal’s bug bounty eligibility requirements

Robert Kugler and Paypal’s bug bounty eligibility requirements

For professional security researchers, participating in bug bounty programs is one means of earning money on the side. It is also the easiest means of building up street-cred. And many companies take advantage of their skills, recognizing that its either they find and fix bugs in their products first or the bad guys do and exploit them. For Black Hats, […]

2 productivity-boosting extensions for GNOME 3

2 productivity-boosting extensions for GNOME 3

Even with the latest version of GNOME 3 looking a whole lot better than earlier versions, I still find that it is not suitable for my daily desktop computing. But thanks to a couple of extensions, I can customize my GNOME 3 desktop to suite me, in a manner that makes for a more productive time in front of the […]

Install HY-D-V1 desktop on Ubuntu 13.04

Install HY-D-V1 desktop on Ubuntu 13.04

HY-D-V1 Desktop is a new desktop interface built atop GNOME 3 using a combination of Webkit, JavaScript, Python and HTML. It is the desktop environment on Hybryde Fusion, a Linux desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. See some screen shots here. Hybryde Fusion is the work of Larrieu Olivier, a French software developer. This tutorial shows how to install HY-D-V1 […]

Kali Linux ISO: Build a custom KDE image

Kali Linux ISO: Build a custom KDE image

Kali Linux is the latest incarnation of BackTrack Linux, a distribution designed for penetration testing and security professionals. The last edition of BackTrack was BackTrack 5 R3, with GNOME 2 and KDE installation images for 32- and 64-bit architectures made available for download. Released Kali Linux ISO image is for the GNOME 3 desktop, with a customized GNOME Shell. However, […]

Multiboot Linux distributions from one USB key

Multiboot Linux distributions from one USB key

Running a Linux distribution from a USB flash drive or USB key is now a common practice, but running more than one on the same USB key would be really cool. On any UNIX-like operating system, you can use the dd command to transfer an ISO installation image to a flash drive, but not multiple images. That is, setting up […]

4 gui applications for installing Linux from USB key

4 gui applications for installing Linux from USB key

The traditional and most common method of installing Linux is by burning the installation ISO image to a CD or DVD. But with many laptops, notebooks, ultra notebooks, subnotebooks shipping without an optical drive, installation via USB flash stick has become the most common method for installing Linux on these types of computers. That’s were a Linux USB installer come […]

Dual-boot Windows 7 and Kali Linux

Dual-boot Windows 7 and Kali Linux

This article is a step-by-step guide on how to dual-boot Windows 7 and Kali Linux on a single hard disk drive (HDD). Kali Linux is what used to be BackTrack Linux, a distribution designed for penetration testing and security professionals. It ships with about 300 penetration testing and hacking applications installed. While BackTrack is based on Ubuntu, Kali Linux is […]

Install Cinnamon on Kali Linux

Install Cinnamon on Kali Linux

Kali Linux is the next-generation edition of BackTrack. It is BackTrack reborn. However, unlike BackTrack, which has a GNOME 2 and KDE installation flavors, only a GNOME 3 edition of Kali Linux has been made available for download. This short tutorial shows how to install Cinnamon on Kali Linux. Though its build system makes it relatively easy to create a […]

How to install Software on Kali Linux

How to install Software on Kali Linux

Kali Linux is the next-generation edition of BackTrack. It is BackTrack reborn. If you’ve been using BackTrack, or you’re are thinking about using BackTrack, forget it. Kali Linux is what you want to be using. What’s the difference? BackTrack is based on an old edition of Ubuntu, while Kali is based on the latest edition of Debian. On the installation […]

How to deploy Piwik Web Analytics on OpenShift Online

How to deploy Piwik Web Analytics on OpenShift Online

Piwik Web Analytics is a Free Software traffic analytics application for Web publishers. If you have the resources to run your own, it is a good replacement for Google Analytics. It is a database-driven, PHP application that you can download and install on your Web hosting account. There is also a hosted service provided by Arvixe. If you have a […]