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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 […]

OpenShift Online: a non-developer’s guide

OpenShift Online: a non-developer’s guide

OpenShift is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering from Red Hat, Inc., and OpenShift Online is the hosted or cloud version of it. OpenShift Enterprise is the version that may be used by businesses to build private clouds. The software used to cobble the PaaS together is Free Software, so if you have the resources, you can grab it […]

9 Google Reader alternatives

9 Google Reader alternatives

The search for Google Reader alternatives is well underway – for those who do not have one already. This follows from Google’s latest announcement that the service will be shut down after July 1, 2013. Google Reader is a Google service I abandoned a few years ago after trying it out for about 2 months. It just didn’t fit the […]

Create a standard user account on Kali Linux

Create a standard user account on Kali Linux

Aside from being based on Debian rather than Ubuntu, another way that Kali Linux 1.0, the latest incarnation of BackTrack Linux 5, defers from BackTrack, is that the installer allows you to specify a password for the root system account. However, it does not allow you to create a standard user account. Which means that you can only log in […]

Dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 in UEFI mode

Dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 in UEFI mode

Dual-booting Windows 8 and a Linux distribution in UEFI or EFI-compatible mode can be a very frustrating and unpredictable adventure. You just never know how the system will boot or whether it will even boot at all. I have a computer that I built (assembled) using a motherboard with UEFI firmware. By default, it boots in Legacy mode. In that […]

Triple-boot Windows 7, Ubuntu 12.10 and Fedora 18 on one HDD

Triple-boot Windows 7, Ubuntu 12.10 and Fedora 18 on one HDD

To Triple-boot Windows 7, Ubuntu 12.10 and Fedora 18 on a single hard disk drive (HDD) presents a different set of challenges than dual-booting any two of the set on same HDD. This article presents a step-by-step guide of one method of how to install such a system. Note that with the cost of disk storage as low as it […]

Zap GPT data structures from a disk, while preserving existing MBR partitions

Zap GPT data structures from a disk, while preserving existing MBR partitions

Using GPT partitions, or a GPT partitioning scheme, takes care of the shortcomings of the MBR partitioning scheme. However, if you are not careful, it could make things difficult for you. But don’t point fingers at the technology itself. Back in November 2012, while attempting to dual-boot Ubuntu 12.10 and Windows 8 Pro on a solid state drive (SSD), I […]

Dual-boot Fedora 18 and Windows 7, with full disk encryption configured on both OSs

Dual-boot Fedora 18 and Windows 7, with full disk encryption configured on both OSs

How to dual-boot Fedora 18 and Windows 7 with full disk encryption (FDE) configured on both operating systems stems from a request from K. Miller. The dual-boot system will be on a single hard disk drive (HDD), GRUB will be installed in Fedora’s boot partition, and Truecrypt will be used to encrypt the Windows 7 end of the installation. Encrypting […]

Install Steam client on Fedora 18

Install Steam client on Fedora 18

Since everybody seems to be Steam-ing and the Steam client is not in the default Fedora 18 repository, I think the logical thing to do is write a short tutorial on how to install Steam client on Fedora 18. And that’s the goal of this short tutorial. When you are done, there should an icon for the Steam client on […]

Semi-manual LVM disk partitioning guide for Fedora 18

Semi-manual LVM disk partitioning guide for Fedora 18

This is the latest article on Fedora. You may access all Fedora-related articles on its category page at http://linuxbsdos.com/category/fedora. The version of Anaconda, the graphical installation program of Fedora, that shipped with Fedora 18 is a completely different beast from the one in previous versions of Fedora. Its UI is the most talked about and most disappointing feature of Fedora […]

How to dual-boot Fedora 18 and Windows 8 on 1 HDD, with GRUB in a PBR

How to dual-boot Fedora 18 and Windows 8 on 1 HDD, with GRUB in a PBR

This is the latest article on Fedora on this website. To view the complete list of Fedora-related articles, visit the distribution’s category page at http://linuxbsdos.com/category/fedora. Despite the shortcomings of the new Anaconda, the Fedora systems installer, it is still kinda easy to set up a dual-boot system between Fedora 18 and any other operating system. Note that “kinda easy” does […]

Install Razor-qt on Ubuntu 12.10

Install Razor-qt on Ubuntu 12.10

Razor-qt is a relatively new desktop environment built atop Qt technologies. From the ground up, it is designed to be resource-friendly, so that it can run on old and new computers alike. It hasn’t gotten a lot of press, but I’ve been keeping track of its development since it was started. The latest edition is Razor-qt 0.5.2. This article shows […]

Now that Kaptan has been ported, YALI’s waiting

Now that Kaptan has been ported, YALI’s waiting

Borrowing code or programs written by others is an accepted practice in the Free Software community. It is perfectly legal, being one of the core principles that defines Free Software. For open source or free software coders, it makes sense. Why write something from scratch when somebody else has already written it? Just take it and run, or take it […]

Enlightenment’s E17: Ready for prime time?

Enlightenment’s E17: Ready for prime time?

After more than a decade of slow, but steady coding, Enlightenment version 0.17 or E17, was released late last year. Enlightenment is a window manager-cum-desktop environment for Linux and other UNIX-like operating systems. It is one of those projects that caught my attention years ago, but which I decided, after playing with it for sometime, that it was not yet […]

The many Profiles of Enlightenment’s E17

The many Profiles of Enlightenment’s E17

There are many desktop environments in active development, but none is as customizable as the E or Enlightenment Desktop Environment. But of all those desktop environments, its development (or public releases) has been comparatively slow. Enlightenment is one of those projects that caught my attention years ago, but which I decided, after playing with it for sometime, that it was […]

How to straighten out firewall configuration on Fedora 18

How to straighten out firewall configuration on Fedora 18

This is the latest article on Fedora. You may access all Fedora-related articles on its category page at http://linuxbsdos.com/category/fedora. Given that Fedora 18 was released several weeks past its due date, I expected that the extra time would have been used, aside from fixing the show-stopper issue(s), to make sure that basic features work without unnecessary errors. But that’s not […]