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Hand of Thief trojan and your favorite Linux distribution

The Hand of Thief (HoT) trojan is a commercial form-grabber and backdoor banking trojan released in July (2013) and aimed at Linux distributions. Coding and selling of these type of malware is a big and booming business, supported by the bad guys (the coders) and those worse than they are (individuals, companies and government agencies that patronize them). There are […]

LG’s 8-inch G Pad 8.3 Android tablet

LG’s 8-inch G Pad 8.3 Android tablet

With the announcement of the G Pad 8.3 Android-powered tablet computer, LG just launched its own version of an 8-inch tablet computers. It probably is intended for those who think that a 7-inch is too small and the 10-inch too unwieldy for on-the-go use. A nice middle ground, if you ask me. But the LG G Pad 8.3 is not […]

How to install Lekture on Fedora 19 KDE

How to install Lekture on Fedora 19 KDE

When I started taking free online classes on Coursera and other online academies a few months ago, I always wondered whether those lecture-making software that the lecturers use to make their videos are also available for Linux. I’m referring to Free Software alternatives, not commercial ones. Then I came across Lekture, a KDE Education application. I don’t think that it […]

How to install Ajenti on Ubuntu 13.04 server

How to install Ajenti on Ubuntu 13.04 server

Ajenti is a server administration panel for Linux distributions and FreeBSD. It is similar to cPanel, ISPConfig and others like them, but kinda light in features. It is a Free Software application whose development is spear-headed by Eugene Pankov. Besides being a server administration panel, Ajenti may also be used by developers as a rapid-development platform to create Web frontends, […]

This is not just about your personal privacy

This is not just about your personal privacy

Aside from revealing the names of specific programs that the government has been using to violate the privacy of all and sundry, to most people who have been keeping track of what’s going on over the past twenty years or more, nothing Edward Snowden has so far revealed is news. I know that a significant percentage of the population don’t […]

How to install S3QL from source on Fedora 19

S3QL is an online file system for UNIX-like operating systems that provide features like compression, encryption, data de-duplication, immutable trees and snapshotting. It can be used to create a local or remote (online) file system and so can be used to backup your data to a supported Cloud storage platform. Google Storage, Amazon S3 and OpenStack are supported online Cloud […]

Usability, user-friendliness and the Linux desktop

A point I’ve been trying to convey about the Linux desktop through my reviews and tutorials is that distribution developers are doing a bad job of giving users all the goodness of what’s available in Linux and GNU software in a manner where the system just works. So that in most cases, users get a system that, from a broad […]

Ubuntu Edge: Is there life after an unsuccessful crowd-funding campaign?

Ubuntu Edge: Is there life after an unsuccessful crowd-funding campaign?

At exactly 1:59 a.m. (CST) this early Thursday morning, Canonical’s attempt to raise US$32 million directly from end-users via a crowd-funding campaign for its Ubuntu Edge smartphone on Indiegogo came to an unsuccessful end. The money was to have been used to build what has been dubbed a “superphone” that would have been able to run both Android and Ubuntu […]

Plasma Media Center 1.1 and digiKam 3.3

Plasma Media Center 1.1 and digiKam 3.3

Plasma Media Center 1.1 was released today August 20, while digiKam 3.3 was released on August 6. Plasma Media Center is a promising media center application for the K Desktop environment, while digiKam is a popular KDE photo management application, with some editing capabilities. In terms of features, Plasma Media Center (PMC) is not yet at the level of XBMC, […]

Sagemath in the Cloud and Sagemath 5.11

Sagemath in the Cloud and Sagemath 5.11

Sagemath, or just Sage, a Free Software computational mathematics software, has a hosted service that’s in beta testing phase. Sage is a Free Software alternative to Matlab, Magma, Maple, and Mathematica. It is cross-platform and free to download. The Cloud-hosted service aims to provide users a stable platform for doing computational mathematics tasks they would normally be doing on a […]

Tahoe Least-Authority File System for secure, distributed data storage

Tahoe Least-Authority File System for secure, distributed data storage

Looking for a solution to give you an edge in the ongoing struggle between you and the authorities over the privacy of your data? Then you should take a look at Tahoe Least-Authority File System, or Tahoe-LAFS. Or just LAFS. It is a secure and distributed file system used in the S4 Cloud storage service of Least Authority Enterprises. Zooko […]

4 host-proof or PRISM-proof Cloud storage services

4 host-proof or PRISM-proof Cloud storage services

Image from SpiderOak.com. In light of ongoing debate about data privacy and security and government surveillance, courtesy of the decision that Edward Snowden made, a significant percentage of users have been flocking to companies that provide some form of security and privacy guarantees. Those guarantees should, however, only be taken with a grain of salt. Put another way, only trust […]

Ubuntu Edge sets crowdfund record, but could still fail

Ubuntu Edge sets crowdfund record, but could still fail

Ubuntu Edge, the next-generation smartphone that Canonical wants to build by tapping funds directly from end-users, has set the record for the most money raised in a crowdfunded campaign. At more than US$10 million, it passed the previous record (US$10,266,844) set by the Pebble smartwatch. However with just six days to go, the campaign looks likely to also set a […]

Google to Gmail users: Forget about privacy. It’s so dead!

Google to Gmail users: Forget about privacy. It’s so dead!

Here’s a report from The Guardian. Yep, it’s that same UK online news site that’s been making headlines for more than a month. The report cites a court filing by Google in which the Internet giant revealed that Gmail users should have no expectation of privacy. None. The thing does not exist. In the court filing, Google makes the claim […]

Nuvola Player: Enjoy all your Cloud music services from one interface

Nuvola Player: Enjoy all your Cloud music services from one interface

Nuvola Player is a very simple graphical interface for Cloud music services. If you have more than one of those services that you listen to regularly, Nuvola Player offers the best interface for enjoying them. It saves you and your computer the task of keeping multiple Web browser tabs open. And with tight integration with the Linux desktop (multimedia keys, […]

Microsoft’s Surface RT is an “Unmitigated Disaster.” What’s wrong with that?

Microsoft’s Surface RT is an “Unmitigated Disaster.” What’s wrong with that?

After Microsoft successfully used Restricted Boot to make dual-booting Linux distributions and Windows 8 on newer desktop and notebook computers a painful adventure. And after the company successfully locked out Linux distributions from ARM tablets running Windows RT, any bad news streaming from Steve Ballmer’s office is sweet music to my ears. So the company lost close to US$1 billion […]

Developers: Give us sane and sensible default system and application settings

Developers: Give us sane and sensible default system and application settings

I often wonder why Linux desktops are the way they are. You know, why stuff that’s supposed to work out of the box, don’t and why some of the better features of the desktop environments and applications are buried or not enabled by default. Sometimes I think it has to do with the adoption of a certain ideology by the […]

The Android-powered MeMO Pad™ HD 7 is just $149

The Android-powered MeMO Pad™ HD 7 is just $149

There are some 7-inch Android tablets that can be had for less than US$100, some for just US$70. And virtually all the ones I’ve seen in stores are crappy, from no-name manufacturers. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. But prices of these smaller tablets from industry leaders have been creeping lower. HP’s Slate 7 is just […]

I quit using Linux because…

I quit using Linux because…

Here’s a very simple question. What can you infer from the image shown below? Once in a while, a prominent or not so prominent member of the Linux community makes a switch – for one reason or the other – to another operating system, usually to Mac OS X. The latest is Denis Koryavov, the former GUI Development lead for […]

Final Term: A terminal emulator to rule them all

Final Term: A terminal emulator to rule them all

For those new to Linux, the command line can be a scary pace to be. But that’s not because it is inherently scary, just that most computer users prefer fancy graphical interfaces. In general, humans prefer fancy graphical interfaces. That’s just the way it is. You can’t force somebody who needs a computer that just work to start using the […]