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Firefox OS powers the Fireweb and Onetouch Fire

Firefox OS powers the Fireweb and Onetouch Fire

Firefox OS is now on two additional smartphones – the LG Fireweb and Onetouch Fire from Alcatel. Both were released by Brazil’s Vivo, a division of Telefônica. Firefox OS is the mobile operating system developed by Mozilla Corporation, the same technology outfit behind the Firefox Web browser. It’s built atop HTML5 technologies. Firefox OS-powered smartphones are released mostly in Latin […]

Collusion is now Lightbeam for Firefox

Collusion is now Lightbeam for Firefox

Collusion, a Firefox add-on that lets you see which ad network or service is tracking your online browsing activities, has been renamed to Lightbeam for Firefox. I wrote about Collusion sometime back in July of this year (see Collusion: See who’s tracking you – in real-time) and since then, I’ve been using it to keep an eye on which ad […]

Installation and disk partitioning guide for Ubuntu 13.10

Installation and disk partitioning guide for Ubuntu 13.10

This is a new user’s guide for installing Ubuntu 13.10 on a computer that has another OS already installed on the hard disk drive (HDD). You would think that because Ubiquity, Ubuntu’s graphical installation is a point-and-click application, that users will not have any problem using it. But that does not seem to be the case. What’s easy for one […]

How to Install Ubuntu 13.10 on an external hard drive

How to Install Ubuntu 13.10 on an external hard drive

Installing Ubuntu 13.10 on an external hard disk drive (HDD) connected to a computer that’s already running another operating system like Windows 7/8 or another Linux distribution is the subject of this article. Installing Ubuntu or any other Linux distribution in standalone mode on an HDD is normally a simple, point-and-click operation. To do it on an external HDD connected […]

Install Ubuntu 13.10 using a USB key from Window or another Linux distribution

Install Ubuntu 13.10 using a USB key from Window or another Linux distribution

A USB key or thumb drive or USB stick is the best device to use in installing your favorite Linux distribution. It’s not just because it’s reusable forever (unless you mess it up), but the system runs much faster than if you used a CD or DVD disc for installation. This short tutorial shows how to load Ubuntu 13.10 on […]

WhiteHat Aviator: A browser for privacy and security, but is proprietary and for OS X only. WTH?

WhiteHat Aviator is a Web browser that’s just been released by WhiteHat Security, a Web security company based in Santa Clara, California. At a time when Web browsers are not in short supply, it’s tempting to ask, What’s the point of this new Web browser? Because it’s good for your privacy and security, says the guys from WhiteHat Security. I […]

OpenMandriva Lx preview

OpenMandriva Lx preview

OpenMandriva Lx beta has been released. This is the first beta edition of what will become the first stable release of OpenMandriva Lx, a distribution built around the latest K Desktop Environment (KDE) and desktop technologies from ROSA Desktop and what’s left of the old Mandriva. Like Mageia, OpenMandriva is a community-driven distribution. Which means your input is more than […]

HTC Fetch: What can’t you do with this device?

HTC Fetch: What can’t you do with this device?

The HTC Fetch is one of those nifty little devices that can be put to any use. When I was reading about what it can do, I thought that it was an April Fools post. But we are near the tail end of October, so that’s out of the question. The Fetch is a key fob-sized device, measuring approximately 2.9cm […]

Finalterm now has tabs, horizontal and vertical split screens

Finalterm now has tabs, horizontal and vertical split screens

Finalterm, a terminal emulator that’s being developed by Philipp Emanuel Weidmann, a mathematician and Linux Software Engineer from Heidelberg, Germany, has been updated. The first public development version of Finalterm was released a few months ago, but was slow and lacked features that are standard on existing terminal emulators. With this latest code update, I think it’s almost ready for […]

Overlay scrollbar in Ubuntu 13.10

Overlay scrollbar in Ubuntu 13.10

Overlay-scrollbar is one of those features of the Ubuntu desktop that I find very annoying. I know, I know, some people think that it’s the best thing that’s ever been implemented on the Ubuntu desktop, but… So one of the first things I tend to do on a new installation of Ubuntu Desktop is to disable it. On previous editions […]

Ubuntu Tweak: The first app to install on Ubuntu 13.10

Ubuntu Tweak: The first app to install on Ubuntu 13.10

Installing Ubuntu Tweak on Ubuntu 13.10 or any other supported version of Ubuntu gives you a simple utility that makes it very easy to customize different aspects of the Ubuntu desktop. This short tutorial shows how to install it (in Ubuntu 13.10) and use it to modify many desktop options. Installation will be from the author’s Personal package Archives (PPA), […]

Install Cinnamon 2.0 on Ubuntu 13.10 “Saucy Salamandar”

Install Cinnamon 2.0 on Ubuntu 13.10 “Saucy Salamandar”

Cinnamon 2.0, the latest edition of the Cinnamon desktop environment, was released just eight days ago, while Ubuntu 13.10, the latest version of the popular Linux distribution, was released just yesterday. This tutorial shows how to install Cinnamon 2.0 on Ubuntu 13.10 via a Personal Package Archives (PPA). Warning: Installing Cinnamon (2.0) on Ubuntu 13.10 will break Unity. You will […]

Should Truecrypt be audited?

Truecrypt is a cross-platform, free disk encryption software for Windows and Unix-like operating systems. It is generally considered a good disk encryption software, and not too long ago, I wrote a tutorial that showed how to encrypt the Windows installation of a Windows-Linux dual-boot setup (see Dual-boot Fedora 18 and Windows 7, with full disk encryption configured on both OSs). […]

Cairo-Dock 3.3 released. Install it on Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon

Cairo-Dock 3.3 released. Install it on Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon

Cairo-Dock 3.3, the latest version of the application that provides a dock interface for Free Software desktop environments, has been released. This article highlights some of its new features and also shows how to install it on Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon. Cairo-Dock is a Mac OS X Dock-like application for Linux and BSD distributions that supports OpenGL and freedesktop standards. […]

Ubuntu 13.10 “Saucy Salamander” screen shot preview

Ubuntu 13.10 “Saucy Salamander” screen shot preview

Ubuntu 13.10 , code-named Saucy Salamander, is set to hit a download mirror near you sometime next month. But that won’t happen until major bugs have been fixed. To give users the opportunity to help hunt for those bugs, a final beta edition has been released. And to give those who will not be involved in bug-hunting the opportunity to […]

Valve’s Steam Controller and its haptic feedback could be a game changer

Valve’s Steam Controller and its haptic feedback could be a game changer

The Steam Controller is the latest from Valve Software. First was the announcement of Steam OS, followed by the Steam Machine. Now, is the turn of the Steam Controller, a futuristic game controller or gamepad designed to be a replacement for the traditional gaming keyboard and mouse. The company has thus revealed all the tools it intends to use to […]

Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa

Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa is a star (my opinion) in the mobile processor System-on-Chip (SoC) arena. It is in direct competition with NVIDIA’s Tegra 4, Tegra 4i, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 processors. The reasons I’m interested in these mobile processors are: 1. Most of the consumer computing devices that we now use, and that we will be using the most […]

Steam OS, Steam Machines and Valve Software’s “multiple partners”

I think Valve Software has grabbed the most headlines this week with the announcement of Steam OS and the Steam Machine. And Sabayon’s lead developer added to it by release the SteamBox, a remastered version of Sabayon Linux running the GNOME 3 desktop environment. So it looks like as far as Valve Software is concerned, the future of gaming on […]

Firefox OS on the APC Rock and Paper

Firefox OS on the APC Rock and Paper

VIA Technologies, Inc. has announced the availability of a preview release of Mozilla’s Firefox OS that will run on the APC Rock and Paper, two small form-factor computers powered by ARM processors. Current versions of the Rock and Paper run the Android operating system and retail for US$79 and US$99 apiece. Both share just about the same specs, other than […]

SteamBox: Sabayon’s version of the Steam Machine

SteamBox: Sabayon’s version of the Steam Machine

After Valve Software announced SteamOS, a few days later, the company announced the Steam Machine, a hardware gaming console that will be released sometime in 2014. Right about the same tine, the lead developer of Sabayon Linux, a multi-purpose distribution based on Gentoo, announced a remastered 64-bit version of Sabayon that you can use to, in a sense, build your […]