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What the future holds for PC-BSD

PC-BSD is a multi-purpose distribution of FreeBSD. The last stable release is PC-BSD 9.1. Development and releases tend to be slow and infrequent, and it does not get as much press coverage as Linux distributions. I have been reviewing its major releases since this website was launched, though I’m yet to review the last stable edition. But that review is […]

How to dual-boot Fedora 18 and Windows 8 on 1 HDD, with GRUB in a PBR

How to dual-boot Fedora 18 and Windows 8 on 1 HDD, with GRUB in a PBR

This is the latest article on Fedora on this website. To view the complete list of Fedora-related articles, visit the distribution’s category page at http://linuxbsdos.com/category/fedora. Despite the shortcomings of the new Anaconda, the Fedora systems installer, it is still kinda easy to set up a dual-boot system between Fedora 18 and any other operating system. Note that “kinda easy” does […]

Linux Lite 1.0.4 screen shots

Linux Lite 1.0.4 screen shots

Linux Lite is a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu. It is uses the Xfce desktop environment, a desktop environment known to be suitable for low-end computers. The latest update, Linux Lite 1.0.4, was released just today. It ships with Steam client for Linux, the popular game distribution platform, installed. Because of the memory requirements of Steam, don’t expect to run […]

Have some fun with Deepin 12.12 alpha

Have some fun with Deepin 12.12 alpha

Linux Deepin is one of my favorite desktop distributions. A Chinese distro that is based on Ubuntu Desktop, it is not just a rebranded Ubuntu desktop, but offers a desktop computing experience different from that of its parent distribution. Its graphical package manager, music and video players, and a cool screen shot tool, are original to it. While previous editions […]

No, that “Most Trusted Company for Privacy Award” does not compute

I think most people read about the “Most Trusted Internet Company for Privacy Award” via a blog post from the Mozilla Foundation, publisher of the Firefox Web browser. The title of the blog post is “Mozilla Recognized as Most Trusted Internet Company for Privacy.” It’s important to note that the keyword term here is “Internet Company,” because the study is […]

Install Razor-qt on Ubuntu 12.10

Install Razor-qt on Ubuntu 12.10

Razor-qt is a relatively new desktop environment built atop Qt technologies. From the ground up, it is designed to be resource-friendly, so that it can run on old and new computers alike. It hasn’t gotten a lot of press, but I’ve been keeping track of its development since it was started. The latest edition is Razor-qt 0.5.2. This article shows […]

Now that Kaptan has been ported, YALI’s waiting

Now that Kaptan has been ported, YALI’s waiting

Borrowing code or programs written by others is an accepted practice in the Free Software community. It is perfectly legal, being one of the core principles that defines Free Software. For open source or free software coders, it makes sense. Why write something from scratch when somebody else has already written it? Just take it and run, or take it […]

Enlightenment’s E17: Ready for prime time?

Enlightenment’s E17: Ready for prime time?

After more than a decade of slow, but steady coding, Enlightenment version 0.17 or E17, was released late last year. Enlightenment is a window manager-cum-desktop environment for Linux and other UNIX-like operating systems. It is one of those projects that caught my attention years ago, but which I decided, after playing with it for sometime, that it was not yet […]

Quad-core Android SmartTV  on a stick

Quad-core Android SmartTV on a stick

A new USB stick-sized Android SmartTV from Sanko Co., Ltd of Japan features a quad-core 1.2 GHz Freescale i.mx6 processor. I think that’s more power than any other device of its type that I’ve come across. With it, you can turn any TV with the right connectivity into an Android device or TV. It supports Google Play, Japanese input (it’s […]

Cinnarch preview

Cinnarch preview

Cinnarch is a desktop Linux distribution based on Arch Linux and using the Cinnamon as the default and only supported desktop environment. Like Arch, it follows a rolling-release development model, which is an install-once-and-update-forever model that ensures that an installed system will never need to be reinstalled, even when a new version becomes available, except for those instances when, for […]

Lenovo’s table PC and its Aura UI are worth more than a second look

Lenovo’s table PC and its Aura UI are worth more than a second look

The smartphone and tablet computer fundamentally changed how the masses use computers (yep, the smartphone is a computer). They are the great success stories of the last few years. In 2013, Lenovo, the Chinese PC maker, stands a good chance of being at the fore-front of another great success story, if it can deliver. The company’s brand new computer, the […]

Cinnamon proposed to replace GNOME Shell as default DE on Fedora 19

It was lobbying by the GNOME devs that made GNOME 3 the default on Fedora, but now it seems that somebody has had enough. That somebody has proposed making the Cinnamon the default desktop environment on Fedora 19. I don’t blame him. I’ve always been of the opinion that as far a desktop computing goes, and how people interface or […]

The many Profiles of Enlightenment’s E17

The many Profiles of Enlightenment’s E17

There are many desktop environments in active development, but none is as customizable as the E or Enlightenment Desktop Environment. But of all those desktop environments, its development (or public releases) has been comparatively slow. Enlightenment is one of those projects that caught my attention years ago, but which I decided, after playing with it for sometime, that it was […]

How to straighten out firewall configuration on Fedora 18

How to straighten out firewall configuration on Fedora 18

This is the latest article on Fedora. You may access all Fedora-related articles on its category page at http://linuxbsdos.com/category/fedora. Given that Fedora 18 was released several weeks past its due date, I expected that the extra time would have been used, aside from fixing the show-stopper issue(s), to make sure that basic features work without unnecessary errors. But that’s not […]

Install ROSA Launcher on Fedora 18 KDE

Install ROSA Launcher on Fedora 18 KDE

SimpleWelcome is the default menu on ROSA Linux KDE. Like the Takeoff Launcher, it is a fullscreen menu, but with a few more features. This article shows how to install and use it in place of the Kickoff Menu, the default menu style on Fedora 18 KDE (Spherical Cow). The package is already in the repository, so you do not […]

Rock and Paper, the Android Personal Computer’s new looks

Rock and Paper, the Android Personal Computer’s new looks

VIA Technologies, Inc. has just announced two new incarnations (Paper and Rock) of the APC, an ARM-based computer that runs a customized Android 4.0 operating system. The first incarnation of the APC was just a basic motherboard targeted mainly at developers, but the APC Paper, the more expensive of the two, brings something slightly different to the table. Both share […]

No, availability is not security!

Security is a very important factor in my choice of distributions and software solutions, and I tend to hold a very strict view of what it means from a modern computing standpoint. In one sentence, my stance on security is this: A sound and complete security posture has to take both physical and network security into account. Anything less will […]

Upgrading Fedora 17 to 18 with FedUp is elegant, but …

Upgrading Fedora 17 to 18 with FedUp is elegant, but …

Now that Fedora 18, aka Spherical Cow, has been released, users of Fedora 17 will likely be gearing up to upgrade. Before this latest release, upgrading an installation of Fedora requires a procedure that’s not very elegant. With Fedora 18, the recommended upgrade tool is called FedUp (FEDora UPgrader). It is, by design, a lot more elegant than what it […]

SolusOS 2 alpha 6 preview

SolusOS 2 alpha 6 preview

SolusOS is a desktop distribution based on Debian. It is co-founded by a couple of guys who were involved with Linux Mint Debian Edition. The sixth alpha of SolusOS 2 was released yesterday, with the final stable edition scheduled for release at an unspecified date. This is my first look at this distribution, and if you this article is your […]

Thursday’s new releases and announcements

Thursday’s new releases and announcements

Here’s a summary of new items from Thursday, January 3 that did not have their own blog entry: 1. Pulp 2.0 released. Pulp, a Red Hat-sponsored project, is a “platform for managing repositories of content, such as software packages, and pushing that content out to large numbers of consumers.” The image below gives a visual summary of what you can […]