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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 […]

How to disable Taskbar Thumbnails in KDE

How to disable Taskbar Thumbnails in KDE

Every desktop environment has its share of good and bad features, and a few good features that some find a little bit annoying. The Taskbar Thumbnail is one of those good features that manages to be, for some, annoying. If you use KDE, you probably know what I am referring to. If not, see the first screen shot below. It […]

Disk encryption in ROSA Marathon 2012

Disk encryption in ROSA Marathon 2012

ROSA Marathon is a Linux distribution derived from Mandriva Desktop. It is developed by ROSA Labs, a Linux solutions provider based in Moscow, Russia. ROSA Marathon 2012, the latest edition, was released just a few days ago. As a Mandriva-drived distribution, ROSA Marathon retains all the excellent graphical (management) applications of its parent distribution. One of those applications, is the […]

How to dual-boot Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7

How to dual-boot Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7

One tool that has seen very little or no change over the past several releases in Ubuntu Desktop is the installation program. So it is somewhat surprising that some users are having a hard time dual-booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 using a tutorial written for Ubuntu 11.04. Stemming from comments in that article, and email from readers, I decided […]

Still in search of that perfect desktop distribution

The quest for perfection is an endless one. Like the quest for freedom (material or spiritual), there is always one more step. It is just the nature of things in the physical universe. The best we can do is keep trying. And that is exactly what I have been doing with regards to the free operating systems that power my […]

The first thing to do after installing Linux Mint Debian 201204

The first thing to do after installing Linux Mint Debian 201204

Linux Mint Debian is a line of desktop distribution based on Debian, developed by the same group responsible for Linux Mint, a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. The latest edition, released on April 24, is Linux Mint Debian 201204. Made available for download were the Xfce and MATE/Cinnamon editions. Both editions have already being reviewed here and here. While […]

What will ‘rm -rf /’ actually do to your Linux/BSD machine?

What will ‘rm -rf /’ actually do to your Linux/BSD machine?

For expert users of Linux and other UNIX-like operating systems, the command line is where the action is. We (they) claim that stuff gets done faster and easier on the command line than pointing and clicking on a fancy graphical interface. While that may, to a very large extend, be true, the command line can be a scary place for […]