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Developers: Give us sane and sensible default system and application settings

Developers: Give us sane and sensible default system and application settings

I often wonder why Linux desktops are the way they are. You know, why stuff that’s supposed to work out of the box, don’t and why some of the better features of the desktop environments and applications are buried or not enabled by default. Sometimes I think it has to do with the adoption of a certain ideology by the […]

Final Term: A terminal emulator to rule them all

Final Term: A terminal emulator to rule them all

For those new to Linux, the command line can be a scary pace to be. But that’s not because it is inherently scary, just that most computer users prefer fancy graphical interfaces. In general, humans prefer fancy graphical interfaces. That’s just the way it is. You can’t force somebody who needs a computer that just work to start using the […]

Pentesting, digital forensics, and hacking distributions

Pentesting, digital forensics, and hacking distributions

If you are interested in penetration testing (pentesting), digital forensics, and in playing with software applications that hackers use on a daily basis, there are several Linux distributions that make those applications readily available. These are niche or specialty distributions that have been packaged with all the Free Software applications that the best in the business use, and that anybody […]

Network Attached Storage (NAS) distributions

Network Attached Storage (NAS) distributions

With so many (partly free) Cloud storage services to choose from, people seem to have forgotten that storing data locally is the best way to deal with the privacy and security issues that come with the Cloud storage services. And that behind those Cloud storage offerings are computers running operating systems and services that most users can set up on […]

How to install HotShots on Fedora 19 and Ubuntu 13.04

How to install HotShots on Fedora 19 and Ubuntu 13.04

HotShots is a screen shot and editing tool that I just found out. Compared to the ones I’m used to, it is, in many ways, the best. This short article is how I introduce it to you, if you didn’t know about it already, and how I also show how to compile and install it on Fedora 19 and install […]

How to install Orange in Ubuntu 13.04

How to install Orange in Ubuntu 13.04

Orange, a Free Software released under the GNU General Public License, is a modular machine learning and data mining application developed at the Bioinformatics Laboratory, Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. It is one of many Python applications that expert and aspiring data scientists may use to mess with data. Orange is cross-platform, but because there […]

Collusion: See who’s tracking you – in real-time

Collusion: See who’s tracking you – in real-time

At a time when your ISP is tracking your online activities, sites you visit are doing the same (even the one you do not visit are able to track you), Google is not to be left out in the game, and the NSA is tracking everybody else, it’s easy to be depressed. What exactly don’t these guys know about you? […]

Best IDEs for Octave, Python and R

Best IDEs for Octave, Python and R

Code-wise, I’ve been getting my hands dirty with some digital grease over the past few months, and it’s been fun. Most of the fun has resolved around learning Python, which appears to be the language of choice these days. Python is almost a requirement everywhere you turn. Many introductory programming classes use Python as the main or default high-level programming […]

4 Free Software alternatives to Matlab

For those involved in data analysis, numerical computation and taks of that nature, Matlab is an industry standard software to use, though it is not necessarily the best available. The problem is that (Matlab) is commercial and can be expensive. Recently I took a class on Machine Learning and was surprised to find that the professor was not going to […]

5 things to do after installing Fedora 19 GNOME

5 things to do after installing Fedora 19 GNOME

Fedora 19, code-named Schrodinger’s Cat, is the latest edition of Fedora, a Linux distribution sponsored by Red Hat, Inc. This article offers five simple tasks to do after installing Fedora 19 GNOME to make it more user-friendly. 1. Change the Hostname: In the process of installing your brand new Fedora 19 desktop, I’m sure you noticed that Anaconda, the Fedora […]

4 third-party repositories to enable on Fedora 19

4 third-party repositories to enable on Fedora 19

Because of licensing reasons, the Fedora project only ships Free Software applications with any Fedora release. To gain access to those applications that are not available in their repository (repo), you’ll have to enable third-party repositories. There are any number of such repos that you can enable. The recommended ones to install are RPM Fusion and rpm.livna.org. The latter is […]

Install Cinnamon on Fedora 19

Install Cinnamon on Fedora 19

Summary: This article shows how to install the latest and greatest Cinnamon Desktop Environment on Fedora 19 (code-named Schrodinger’s Cat), the latest release of the Red Hat-sponsored Linux distribution. For pure desktop use, The Fedora project makes installation images available for five desktop environments – GNOME 3 (default), KDE, LXDE, Xfce, and MATE Compiz. The Cinnamon Desktop Environment is another […]

Upgrade Fedora 18 to 19 using fedora-upgrade or FedUp

Upgrade Fedora 18 to 19 using fedora-upgrade or FedUp

To upgrade Fedora 18 to 19, you can use FedUp (FEDora UPgrader) or fedora-upgrade. The latter is a script that automates the yum upgrade process, while the former is a dracut and systemd-affiliated process that was introduced in Fedora 18. Since Anaconda, the Fedora system installer, no longer has an upgrade option, FedUp is the recommended method for upgrading from […]

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 […]