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Top 3 applications menu extensions for GNOME 3

Top 3 applications menu extensions for GNOME 3

On an unmodified, GNOME 3 desktop, the Activities button provides access to all installed applications. But in some circles, it is one reason that the GNOME 3 desktop is not very popular. In fact, a few GNOME 3-using distributions that offer a more user-friendly interface for desktop computing feature a modified GNOME Shell without the Activities button, opting to replace […]

Dual-boot Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7 on a computer with 2 hard drives

Dual-boot Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7 on a computer with 2 hard drives

This is the second article on dual-booting Ubuntu Desktop 12.04 with Windows 7. But while the first one, how to dual-boot Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7, showed how to do it on a computer with a single hard drive, this one gives a step-by-step guide on how to do it on a computer with two hard drives. If you have […]

Dual-boot Linux Deepin 12.06 and Windows 7 on a computer with 2 hard drives

Dual-boot Linux Deepin 12.06 and Windows 7 on a computer with 2 hard drives

Linux Deepin is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. Like Pear Linux, it ships with a custom GNOME 3 interface that is more user-friendly than the stock GNOME 3 desktop. The latest edition, Linux Deepin 12.06, which is based on Ubuntu 12.04, was released just a few days ago. While a detailed review is still in the works, this […]

How to add an entry for a Linux distribution in Windows’ boot menu

How to add an entry for a Linux distribution in Windows’ boot menu

Dual-booting any version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system with a Linux or BSD desktop or server distribution is a very common practice. For first time users of Linux, that is the easiest way to keep using Windows, while getting used to their choice of Linux distribution. One of the most important decisions you have to make when dual-booting Windows and […]

Dual-boot Pear Linux 5 and Windows 7 on a PC with 2 hard drives

Dual-boot Pear Linux 5 and Windows 7 on a PC with 2 hard drives

Pear Linux is a desktop distribution with a custom GNOME 3 interface. It is based on Ubuntu Desktop, and it is one of those distribution’s you want to use if you do not like Ubuntu’s graphical interface, Unity, or the stock GNOME 3 desktop. The latest edition, Pear Linux 5, was released just a few days ago. While a detailed […]

Manual LVM disk partitioning guide for Fedora 17

Manual LVM disk partitioning guide for Fedora 17

Anaconda, the Fedora system installation program, is one of the easiest and most feature-rich graphical installation programs available on any distribution. The default partitioning scheme, which uses LVM, the Linux Logical Volume Manager, should be good enough for most systems, especially for standalone Fedora installations. But sometimes, you might find yourself in a situation where you want to dual-boot an […]

Manual disk partitioning guide for BackTrack 5 R2 GNOME

Manual disk partitioning guide for BackTrack 5 R2 GNOME

BackTrack Linux is now known as Kali Linux. You may read all Kali Linux articles and tutorial at http://linuxbsdos.com/category/kali-linux. BackTrack is a Linux distribution designed for penetration testers and other security professionals, or those who want to mess with all the best security and penetration testing applications the free software community has to offer. In terms of hacking software, BackTrack […]

How to add and manage users in Pear Linux 5

How to add and manage users in Pear Linux 5

Creating and managing user accounts in Pear Linux 5 or any other desktop Linux distribution is a very simple task. This article touches on the difference between the two types of user accounts on Pear Linux and how to manage them. The two types of user accounts are Administrator and Standard. The user account created during the installation process is, […]

How to custmize KDE’s window titlebar buttons

How to custmize KDE’s window titlebar buttons

If you are using the latest KDE edition of your favorite distribution, your window titlebar could be missing a button or two that you most certainly need. That is definitely the case on Sabayon 9 KDE, a review of which should be published later today. The titlebar could also be sporting spacers that you do not need, as is the […]

How to make Fedora 17 more user-friendly with easyLife

How to make Fedora 17 more user-friendly with easyLife

Because of the philosophical stance of the Fedora project’s team, a default installation of Fedora 17 requires a lot more tweaking than other distributions to get it to a user-friendly state, where you can accomplish most tasks on the system without getting digital grease on your finger tips. That is a reference to the fact that Fedora 17 or previous […]

How to dual-boot Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon/MATE and Windows 7

How to dual-boot Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon/MATE and Windows 7

Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon and Linux Mint 13 MATE are the latest editions of the popular Linux desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. This tutorial presents a step-by-step guide on how to dual-boot either one with Windows 7 on a computer with a single hard drive. Because the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 13 share the same installation […]

2 cool features to expect in KDE 4.9

2 cool features to expect in KDE 4.9

The first beta of what will become KDE 4.9 was released yesterday, just four day past due date. After the usual round of testing and more pre-stable releases, the final, stable version of KDE 4.9 should hit the proverbial shelves early August 2012. The complete release schedule is available here. The list of planned features is very long and includes […]

How to change the height and position of the KDE panel

How to change the height and position of the KDE panel

You would think that the process involved in changing the height and position of the KDE panel should not need documentation, but apparently, it does. Partly because it is not as obvious as it should be. It is not the type of subject I write tutorials about, but one too many search traffic to this website on the topic moved […]

MATE vs Cinnamon

MATE vs Cinnamon

Read an updated version of this article at Your choice: Cinnamon or MATE. MATE and Cinnamon are two recent additions to the list of desktop environments and window managers available for Linux and BSD distributions. You see, in the free software/open source community, there is nothing like too many options. The more, it appears, the better. The aim of this […]

Install Cinnamon 1.4 on Fedora 17

Install Cinnamon 1.4 on Fedora 17

The just released Fedora 17 offers a choice of four main desktop environments – GNOME 3, KDE, LXDE and Xfce. All have their loyal base, but there is a significant segment of the user community that will not use a GNOME 3 desktop in its default state. For those set of users, suitable alternatives are: Modify the interface with extensions, […]

How to get back that friendly desktop look on Mageia 2 GNOME 3

How to get back that friendly desktop look on Mageia 2 GNOME 3

GNOME 3, KDE, LXDE and E17 are four complete desktop environments available during the installation of Mageia 2, the latest release of the Linux distribution derived from Mandriva. While KDE is usable without modification for the vast majority of users, the other three require that most users get some digital grease on their hands before getting real comfy using them. […]

Panel-Docklet: A must-install extension for GNOME 3

Panel-Docklet: A must-install extension for GNOME 3

It is no secret that I do not like the default GNOME 3 desktop, not because everything about it is bad, but because the default setting does to rhyme with how I interact with my desktop or how I like to interact with my desktop. Consequently, I have not even bothered to install a distribution running GNOME 3 in its […]

Flip Cinnamon panel to top of desktop

Flip Cinnamon panel to top of desktop

Advancement is supposed to make stuff easier to use, but that has not been the case on free software desktop environments. Tasks that used to take one or two mouse clicks, now takes several. Ones that are usually accomplished in one or two phases, now takes three. GNOME 3 is a perfect example, but it is not the only one. […]

Installing BackTrack 5 R2 GNOME

Installing BackTrack 5 R2 GNOME

BackTrack Linux is now known as Kali Linux. You may read all Kali Linux articles and tutorial at http://linuxbsdos.com/category/kali-linux. BackTrack 5 is a Linux distribution designed for penetration testers and other security professionals, or those who want to mess with all the best security and penetration testing applications the free software community has to offer. BackTrack 5 R2 is the […]

StackFolder and KLook integration

StackFolder and KLook integration

Last November, I published an article titled 2 cool reasons to use the K Desktop Environment. The reasons I cited in that article, are two applications called StackFolder and Takeoff Launcher. StackFolder is a ROSA/Mandriva widgetized application that makes it easy to browse the contents of a folder right from the KDE panel, without opening Dolphin, the file manager. Takeoff […]