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Manual disk partitioning guide for Linux Mint Debian

Manual disk partitioning guide for Linux Mint Debian

The latest ISO installation images for Linux Mint Debian, the line of Linux Mint based on Debian, were made available for download a few days ago. While it is one of the most user-friendly desktop distributions out of the box, the installer is any thing but user-friendly. Though the default disk partitioning scheme works, you may find yourself in a […]

How to install Takeoff Launcher on Kubuntu 12.04

How to install Takeoff Launcher on Kubuntu 12.04

Takeoff Launcher, one of 2 cool reasons to use the K Desktop Environment, is a fullscreen menu (for KDE). It is one of several menu styles available for that desktop environment. Published articles on this subject include how to compile and install it on Linux Mint 12 KDE and how to install it on Fedora 16 KDE. In this article, […]

Replace Oxygen with ROSA theme on any KDE-powered distribution

Replace Oxygen with ROSA theme on any KDE-powered distribution

I like beautiful graphics, but beauty, as they say, is in the eyes of the beholder, so what I consider beautiful, might not be that to you. So when I say the icons that come with the Oxygen theme on the K Desktop Environment are not very visually appealing, do not get mad if you do not agree. After all, […]

5 user-friendly applications you could be using now

5 user-friendly applications you could be using now

Nothing boosts productivity like an application or piece of software that makes if very easy to get your computing tasks done without fighting your way computer all the way. And I am always in search of such applications. In the past few months, five such applications have come to my attention. And they are all free software, available on your […]

How to install Jitsi in Fedora

How to install Jitsi in Fedora

Jitsi is a multi-protocol, multi-platform voice and video instant messenger client. It is mostly implemented in Java, and is Free/Open Source software licensed under the LGPL. Where other VoIP services and clients send data in the clear, Jitsi sets itself apart by making use of ZRTP to set up secure communication with SRTP, Secure Real-time Transport Protocol. Version 1.0 was […]

Install Jitsi 1.0 in Debian, Linux Mint and Ubuntu

Install Jitsi 1.0 in Debian, Linux Mint and Ubuntu

Jitsi is a multi-protocol, multi-platform voice and video instant messenger client. It is mostly implemented in Java, and is Free/Open Source software licensed under the LGPL. Where other VoIP services and clients send data in the clear, Jitsi sets itself apart by making use of ZRTP to set up secure communication with SRTP, Secure Real-time Transport Protocol. Version 1.0 was […]

3 minutes with GNOME 3.4 built-in desktop recorder

3 minutes with GNOME 3.4 built-in desktop recorder

GNOME 3.4 was released a couple of days ago. A summary of the new features and screen shots have been posted here and here. Two features that I promised to write about are Boxes and the built-in screen or desktop recorder. I am still having some problem getting Boxes to work, so this post, a very short one, is all […]

How to install and configure a graphical firewall client on Comice OS 4

How to install and configure a graphical firewall client on Comice OS 4

Protecting your computer from network and physical attacks should be at the very top of your computing to-do list. And if you are new to Pear Linux Comice OS 4, a Linux distribution derived from Ubuntu Desktop, the network security aspect has been made a little bit easier for you. And that is because on a new installation of Comice […]

Tweak Pear Linux Comice OS 4 dock

Tweak Pear Linux Comice OS 4 dock

Some tasks in Linux are so easy to do that you think writing a tutorial about them would be a waste of time, until you start seeing significant search traffic related to them. That is what prompted this very brief tutorial. And it is all about the Dock in Pear Linux Comice OS 4, a desktop-centric distribution based on Ubuntu […]

How to dual-boot BackTrack 5 R2 and Ubuntu 12.04

How to dual-boot BackTrack 5 R2 and Ubuntu 12.04

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

How to dual-boot BackTrack 5 R2 and Windows 7 alongside each other

How to dual-boot BackTrack 5 R2 and Windows 7 alongside each other

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 that is based on Ubuntu, designed for hackers and/or security professionals, and loaded with the best Free Software and Open Source penetration testing applications available. The latest edition is BackTrack 5 R2 (the “R” is for […]

How to install applications on and update Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7

How to install applications on and update Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7

Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7 is a desktop-centric Linux distribution I recently reviewed (see Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7 review. It uses a heavily-modified GNOME 3 desktop, and is published by Linpus Technologies, Inc., a Linux software solutions provider based in Taiwan. Unlike any other distribution that I have used or reviewed in recent memory, a new installation of Linpus Lite Desktop […]

Linux Mint 12 LXDE review

Linux Mint 12 LXDE review

Linux Mint LXDE is the edition of Linux Mint, a distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop, that uses the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE), which, as the name suggest, is very well suited for computers with low hardware resources. The latest release is Linux Mint 12 LXDE. If you currently use another edition of Linux Mint 12, like Linux Mint 12 […]

Install BackTrack 5 Revolution 2 on external hard drive

Install BackTrack 5 Revolution 2 on external hard drive

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 that is based on Ubuntu, designed for hackers and/or security professionals, and loaded with the best Free Software and Open Source penetration testing applications available. If you are looking for the best information gathering, vulnerability assessment, […]

Restore the Windows bootloader to MBR after dual-booting with Linux

Restore the Windows bootloader to MBR after dual-booting with Linux

If you are reading this, you have likely attempted or actually set up a dual-boot system between your favorite Linux distribution and Windows. And if you did that on a computer with a single hard drive, that is, dual-booting Windows and Linux alongside each other, you probably replaced the Windows boot loader with GRUB, the Linux boot loader, in the […]

How to dual-boot Windows 7 and Chakra Linux Archimedes, with shared NTFS partition at the end

How to dual-boot Windows 7 and Chakra Linux Archimedes, with shared NTFS partition at the end

The first article on dual-booting Windows 7 and Chakra Linux, involved Chakra Edn, the edition of Chakra with BURG as the boot loader (see How to dual-boot Chakra Linux Edn and Windows 7, part 1). In Chakra Archimedes, the current edition, the boot loader was switched to GRUB 2, the default boot loader used by virtually all Linux distributions. That […]

How to install and configure Gufw on Linux Deepin 11.12.1

How to install and configure Gufw on Linux Deepin 11.12.1

Linux Deepin is a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop that was recently added and reviewed on this website. (See Linux Deepin 11.12.1 review.) It uses a heavily modified GNOME 3 desktop, and though it is based on Ubuntu, a new installation of Linux Deepin 11.12.1 does not have any of the network security applications that you find on Ubuntu […]

How to install Cinnamon in Sabayon 8

How to install Cinnamon in Sabayon 8

I think I have lost count of how many Cinnamon-related tutorials I have published in the last two weeks. If nothing else, it goes to show what I think of the new desktop environment, which is a fork of the GNOME 3 shell. The latest version is Cinnamon 1.3.1, but if you are running Sabayon 8 (GNOME), the binary version […]

Install Cinnamon 1.3.1 in Fedora 16

Install Cinnamon 1.3.1 in Fedora 16

The first article on Fedora and Cinnamon published on this website was about installing Cinnamon 1.1.3 on Fedora 16. Now that a newer version of Cinnamon has been released, time for an update or upgrade. If you used the tutorial referenced above to install Cinnamon on Fedora 16, you only need to upgrade because Cinnamon 1.3.1, the latest version, should […]

How to install Cinnamon 1.3.1 in Ubuntu 11.10

How to install Cinnamon 1.3.1 in Ubuntu 11.10

Cinnamon 1.3.1 is the latest version of Cinnamon, a new desktop environment forked from GNOME 3 by the developers of Linux Mint. Given the need for a desktop other than Unity on Ubuntu, Cinnamon just might be the best GNOME 3 alternative desktop environment available. This tutorial gives the simple steps required to install Cinnamon 1.3.1 on Ubuntu 11.10. It […]