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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 problems 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 to revisit […]

What’s the point of having 2 scrollbar types in Ubuntu 12.04?

What’s the point of having 2 scrollbar types in Ubuntu 12.04?

With free software operating systems, a popular practice is to install, out of the box, more than one application for the same computing task. For new users, it is a good thing, since it made it possible for them to test-drive the best applications that their distribution has to offer. The only downside to the practice is the extra disk […]

Install the latest and greatest Cinnamon desktop on Ubuntu 12.04

Install the latest and greatest Cinnamon desktop on Ubuntu 12.04

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, code-named Precise Pangolin, is the latest release of the popular Linux distribution. It was made available for the public just a few hours ago. While the distribution itself is very popular, the Unity desktop, the graphical interface that we all see, is not necessarily as popular. And that is because it is not very user-friendly. It has […]

Should you be worried about Ubuntu Desktop’s privacy settings?

Should you be worried about Ubuntu Desktop’s privacy settings?

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Long Term Support), aka Precise Pangolin, will be released towards the end of this month. Like most distribution releases, it will come with its share of new features, enhancements and bugfixes. You will find one of those new features in System Settings, the hub for most graphical administrative tools in Ubuntu and GNOME 3 desktops in general. […]

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 […]

Creating and managing user accounts in a GNOME 3 or Ubuntu desktop

Creating and managing user accounts in a GNOME 3 or Ubuntu desktop

Creating and managing user accounts on a Linux system is just as easy as on any other operating system. However, users new to Linux might not know the different account types on a Linux system. And that is what this tutorial is all about. Very briefly, with screen shots to clarify, but detailed enough for a new user to get […]

Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin beta 2 screen shots

Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin beta 2 screen shots

Less than 30 days before the final release, comes Ubuntu 12.04 beta 2. While there is very little difference in most visible desktop features between this and the last few releases, users still demand to see screen shots. And I do not mind posting them. A detailed review will be posted when the final release, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin LTS […]

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 […]

Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin beta 1 screen shots

Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin beta 1 screen shots

The first beta version of what will become Ubuntu 12.04, Precise Pangolin, has just been released. The final, stable version will be released by the end of April. This beta release, as with all pre-stable distribution releases, is an invitation for bug hunters to get busy. So if you have time on your hands, and want to contribute, download an […]

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 […]

Install Ubuntu 11.10 on external hard drive, with an ntfs partition at the end

Install Ubuntu 11.10 on external hard drive, with an ntfs partition at the end

How to install Ubuntu 11.04 on external hard disk, showed how to install Ubuntu 11.04 on a portable USB hard drive. This tutorial, written for Ubuntu 11.10, takes it a step further by showing how to add an NTFS partition at the end of an external drive – after installing Ubuntu. It is a very simple process, but if you […]

Why Ubuntu Business Desktop Remix will be a tough sell

Why Ubuntu Business Desktop Remix will be a tough sell

Ubuntu Business Desktop Remix is an edition of Ubuntu Desktop tweaked for use by institutional or business users. It was announced by Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu, in this blog post. The first release is based on Ubuntu 11.10 Desktop Live CD. So what is the difference between it and the end-user desktop Live CD edition? According to Mark, […]

Ubuntu TV: Can it gain a foothold in the market place?

Ubuntu TV: Can it gain a foothold in the market place?

Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, the popular Linux distribution for desktops and servers, just announced Ubuntu TV, a version of the distribution targeted at OEMs and ODMs for use in connected TVs. This is the company’s first step outside its core business segment, into one where several other connected TV platforms are jockeying for dominance. On the hardware side, Ubuntu […]

How to install Cinnamon in Ubuntu 11.10

How to install Cinnamon in Ubuntu 11.10

Cinnamon is a new desktop environment, forked from GNOME 3 by the developers of Linux Mint. It is intended as an optional desktop for those who have not taken kindly to GNOME 3 or Unity desktop environments. While it is still very rough around the edges, I find it a lot better to use than GNOME 3 and slightly better […]

Dual-boot Ubuntu 11.10, Windows 7 on a PC with 2 hard drives

Dual-boot Ubuntu 11.10, Windows 7 on a PC with 2 hard drives

You will find in this article, a step-by-step guide on how to dual-boot Ubuntu 11.10 and Windows 7 on a computer with two hard drives. If you are looking to dual-boot both operating systems on a computer with a single hard drive, it is recommended that you read how to dual-boot Windows and Ubuntu 11.04. As the title suggests, it […]

Ubuntu 11.10 review

Ubuntu 11.10 review

Ubuntu Desktop 11.10, code-named Oneiric Ocelot, is the latest stable release of Ubuntu, a Linux distribution whose development is sponsored by Canonical Ltd., a Linux software provider with headquarters in the UK. Aside from Ubuntu, Canonical also sponsors Kubuntu (based on KDE, the K Desktop Environment), Lubuntu (LXDE, the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment), Xubuntu (Xfce), Mythbuntu (built around MythTV), Edubuntu […]

Disable guest session and Ayatana scrollbar in Ubuntu 11.10

Disable guest session and Ayatana scrollbar in Ubuntu 11.10

Ubuntu 11.10, the latest stable release of the popular Linux distribution, sports two guest accounts, one in the login screen and the other accessible from an active user session. Both are tightly coupled to LightDM, the new display manager that made its debut in this latest release of Ubuntu. The guest session from the login screen enables anybody with physical […]

Guest session and user management in Ubuntu 11.10

Guest session and user management in Ubuntu 11.10

User (account) management is one area that received slight modifications in Ubuntu Desktop 11.10, the latest stable release of the popular Linux distribution. This short tutorial presents some information about the guest sessions, what you can do about it -if you can do anything at all without messing up your system, and how to set up a standard user account. […]

Ubuntu 11.10 screenshots

Ubuntu 11.10 screenshots

Ubuntu 11.10, code-named Oneiric Ocelot, is the latest stable release of the popular Linux distribution. Since tradition demands that screenshots be published before a review, here are a few from a test installation for your visual pleasure. If you would like to get the gist on new features in this release, you might want to read the Release Notes. The […]

Ubuntu 11.10 beta 1 screenshot preview

Ubuntu 11.10 beta 1 screenshot preview

The stable version of Ubuntu 11.10, code-named Oneiric Ocelot, will be released sometime in late October, but the first beta has just been released on September 1 2011. If you would like to take it for a spin, you may download it from here. This article just presents a few screenshots to showcase some of the new aspects of the […]