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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 […]

Install ROSA Launcher on Fedora 18 KDE

Install ROSA Launcher on Fedora 18 KDE

SimpleWelcome is the default menu on ROSA Linux KDE. Like the Takeoff Launcher, it is a fullscreen menu, but with a few more features. This article shows how to install and use it in place of the Kickoff Menu, the default menu style on Fedora 18 KDE (Spherical Cow). The package is already in the repository, so you do not […]

Install MATE on Fedora 18

Install MATE on Fedora 18

Fedora 18 beta was released a couple of days ago, and though the final version will not hit public download mirrors until early January next year, most aspects of the system are already in stable state, that is, they are 100% ready for your desktop. Aside from the KDE, GNOME 3, LXDE and Xfce desktop environments, users also have the […]

Install Cinnamon on Fedora 18

Install Cinnamon on Fedora 18

Fedora 18 beta was released a couple of days ago, and though the final version will not hit public download mirrors until early January next year, most aspects of the system are already in stable state, that is, they are 100% ready for your desktop. The Cinnamon desktop is one of those aspects that you can run on your system […]

How to customize Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon

How to customize Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon

The latest version of Cinnamon desktop that shipped with Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon offers users a stable and fun-to-use desktop environment built on modern user interface technologies. It comes with many desktop effects, with defaults that do not get in your way. While the default settings are good, there are a few settings that you can customize to make it […]

How to dual-boot BackTrack 5 R3 and Windows 7

How to dual-boot BackTrack 5 R3 and Windows 7

BackTrack Linux is now known as Kali Linux. You may read all Kali Linux articles and tutorial at http://linuxbsdos.com/category/kali-linux. This is the just another tutorial on BackTrack 5 published on this website. You may read the previous tutorial’s on this distribution’s category page at http://linuxbsdos.com/category/backtrack. BackTrack is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop, but specifically designed and loaded with […]

Fedora 18 and fedup

Fedora 18 and fedup

Fedora 18 is still at least two months away from hitting a download mirror near you, but if you have read the articles on pre-stable versions that have been published on this website, you’d know that Anaconda, the Fedora system installer, will be a completely different beast on Fedora 18. How it’s going to be received will be an interesting […]

Windows 7 disk partitioning annoyance

Windows 7 disk partitioning annoyance

Today I made an attempt to dual-boot Windows 7 and BackTrack 5 R3 on a single hard disk drive (HDD), but on a computer with two internal HDDs. From the BIOS setup utility, the first drive is a 200 GB Maxtor HDD, while the second is a 250 GB Samsung HDD. The HDDs did not contain any data I wanted […]

Dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 on UEFI hardware

Dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 on UEFI hardware

Alternate titles: How to dual-boot Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop and Windows 8 Pro; how to dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10; dual-booting Windows 8 and Ubuntu on a single hard drive (HDD). So, I got a friend to lend me his copy of Windows 8 Pro. Armed with it, and an installation image of Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop, I set out to […]

Ubuntu 12.10 installation and disk partitioning guide

Ubuntu 12.10 installation and disk partitioning guide

Alternate titles: How to create partitions in Ubuntu 12.10 manually; Manual disk partitioning guide for Ubuntu 12.10. Ubiquity, the graphical installation program of Ubuntu Desktop, got some much-needed feature-enhancements in the latest edition of the popular Linux distribution. Two features that have been standard in the installation programs of other distributions finally got implemented. (One of them, is only partially […]