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Fedora 20 GNOME 3 and KDE preview

Fedora 20 GNOME 3 and KDE preview

Fedora 20 is coming along real nice, with many excellent features for desktop and server users. Courtesy of the 4th alpha edition, which was released a few days ago, we can now show you what the Fedora 20 KDE and GNOME 3 desktop will look like. So in the series of screen shots presented in this article, I bring you […]

GNOME Software preview on Fedora 20 alpha

GNOME Software preview on Fedora 20 alpha

GNOME Software is one of the more exciting features that I’m looking forward to in the next release of Fedora. This is a brand new project, but the pace of development has been fast. If you are a Fedora user, you probably already know that the graphical package manager in any of the editions is nothing to write home about. […]

Can we all agree with Linux Deepin’s way of innovation?

The customer, as they say, is always right. So if you are selling something, your top priority is to make it so that people will want to use it. That will give them a reason to buy it. The same principle, in my view, applies, or should apply, to Linux on the desktop. End-users first. Give users a distribution that […]

OPPO N1: CyanogenMod, Color ROM smartphone

OPPO N1: CyanogenMod, Color ROM smartphone

OPPO N1, CyanogenMod’s smartphone, is the first original device specifically designed for the Android-based mobile OS. And it comes less than two weeks after the announcement of the formation of Cyanogen, Inc. as a commercial entity responsible for CyanogenMod. Note: While this is being advertised as a CyanogenMod smartphone, the official specs lists the operating system as OPPO’s Color ROM, […]

SteamOS announced

SteamOS, from Valve Corporation, the company behind Steam, the popular gaming platform, is the latest Linux distribution to be announced. Yep, that’s one more addition to an endless list of distributions that you can download and use. But SteamOS will be different. At least according to the official announcement. Different because it is intended for use, not on desktop or […]

CyanogenMod, the rest of the story

CyanogenMod, a purely community replacement for Google’s Android OS, until about a week ago, when it became the mobile OS of Cyanogen, Inc, a company formed by the founder of CyanogenMod and other lead contributors, has an interesting tale to it. To outsiders like me, the announcement of the formation of Cyanogen, Inc. was a bit of a surprise. And […]

Nuvola Player needs a new maintainer

Nuvola Player is a graphical interface for tuning in to all your Cloud-based music services. I first wrote about it a month ago (see Nuvola Player: Enjoy all your Cloud music services from one interface). But now comes an announcement from the lone developer that “development has been discontinued.” Why? Because: I went from being “single” to “in a relationship” […]

NVIDIA Tegra Note

NVIDIA Tegra Note

NVIDIA Tegra Note is the latest offering in the tablet computing arena from NVIDIA. It is an Android OS-powered tablet platform that will be available either by the end of this year or early next year, not directly from NVIDIA, but from its regional partners. At a suggested retail price of US$199, it will be a little bit more expensive […]

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 […]