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5 things to do after installing Fedora 19 GNOME

5 things to do after installing Fedora 19 GNOME

Fedora 19, code-named Schrodinger’s Cat, is the latest edition of Fedora, a Linux distribution sponsored by Red Hat, Inc. This article offers five simple tasks to do after installing Fedora 19 GNOME to make it more user-friendly. 1. Change the Hostname: In the process of installing your brand new Fedora 19 desktop, I’m sure you noticed that Anaconda, the Fedora […]

4 third-party repositories to enable on Fedora 19

4 third-party repositories to enable on Fedora 19

Because of licensing reasons, the Fedora project only ships Free Software applications with any Fedora release. To gain access to those applications that are not available in their repository (repo), you’ll have to enable third-party repositories. There are any number of such repos that you can enable. The recommended ones to install are RPM Fusion and rpm.livna.org. The latter is […]

StartOS 6 GNOME 3 and KDE preview

StartOS 6 GNOME 3 and KDE preview

StartOS 6 is a Linux distribution developed by the Wali Network Technology Co., Ltd., Dōngguǎn China. The very first edition of what is now called StartOS were based on Ubuntu, but the distribution has since dumped Ubuntu to become one that is not based on any other distribution. In other words, it is now an original or independent distribution, with […]

Install Cinnamon on Fedora 19

Install Cinnamon on Fedora 19

Summary: This article shows how to install the latest and greatest Cinnamon Desktop Environment on Fedora 19 (code-named Schrodinger’s Cat), the latest release of the Red Hat-sponsored Linux distribution. For pure desktop use, The Fedora project makes installation images available for five desktop environments – GNOME 3 (default), KDE, LXDE, Xfce, and MATE Compiz. The Cinnamon Desktop Environment is another […]

Upgrade Fedora 18 to 19 using fedora-upgrade or FedUp

Upgrade Fedora 18 to 19 using fedora-upgrade or FedUp

To upgrade Fedora 18 to 19, you can use FedUp (FEDora UPgrader) or fedora-upgrade. The latter is a script that automates the yum upgrade process, while the former is a dracut and systemd-affiliated process that was introduced in Fedora 18. Since Anaconda, the Fedora system installer, no longer has an upgrade option, FedUp is the recommended method for upgrading from […]

How to replace Ufw with Firewalld in Linux Mint 15

How to replace Ufw with Firewalld in Linux Mint 15

Firewalld and Ufw, the Uncomplicated FireWall, are two firewall management applications installed in some of the most popular Linux distributions. Ufw is the default firewall application installed in distributions based on Debian and Ubuntu, while Firewalld is the default in Fedora, where it replaced the old firewall application when Fedora 18 was released. It is a project of the Fedora […]

How to customize Linux Deepin 12.12

How to customize Linux Deepin 12.12

Summary: How to customize Linux Deepin 12.12 offers a few steps you can take to make a default installation of Linux Deepin 12.12 a little bit more user-friendly and more secure. Linux Deepin 12.12 (see Linux Deepin 12.12 review) is the latest edition of Linux Deepin, a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. It features a brand new desktop environment […]

Slate 21: HP’s Android-powered All-in-One computer

Slate 21: HP’s Android-powered All-in-One computer

First came the Slate 7, HP’s Android-powered tablet computer. Now HP is about to release a 21.5 inch sibling – the Slate 21. This was what I hoped that HP will do with webOS, but that hope died when HP abandoned webOS in favor of Android. The Slate 7 is a 7-inch, Android tablet that could be had for US […]

Yea, we want to hear you say it!

Yea, we want to hear you say it!

Baby, I want to hear you say it. Consider this a joke, but a very serious one. Some will find it funny and laugh. Others will still find it funny, but only in a very bad way. In light of the revelations about PRISM and Project Chess, the underlying message should be very clear. These images all came from an […]

RAPIRO: The Raspberry Pi-powered robotics kit

RAPIRO: The Raspberry Pi-powered robotics kit

RAPIRO is a robot and a robotic kit designed by Shota Ishiwatari, the founder of kiluck.co.jp. It is designed to work with a Raspberry Pi, a credit card-sized board that runs Linux or GNU/Linux. It comes with 12 servo motors and full-color LED for eyes. And it only requires a screwdriver to assemble. No need for soldering. The servo control […]

Project Chess spied on you long before Microsoft acquired Skype

Long before Edward Snowden told us about a govt privacy-abusing spy operation called PRISM or Prism, Skype had its own collaborative project with the govt that was code-named Project Chess. That was going on while Skype executives were denying any such activity was taken place. According to a New York Times report, Skype began looking at “the legal and technical […]

Free Software alternatives to help you outwit PRISM

Just because your activities are being monitored by the powers that be does not mean that you should throw up your arms in the air and give up. Yes, complete privacy is almost impossible to achieve in the age of bits and bytes, but there are things you can do to minimize how much of your privacy you give up. […]

Selling Palm to HP was a waste

webOS and the mobile devices that it powered made Palm (remember that company) a media darling. webOS was going to be another successful mobile Linux distribution (after Android). But it was all a dream that never came true. Palm was sold to HP. At some point, HP abandoned webOS, deciding that it was better to sell Android devices. So webOS […]

Got a PRISM and Boundless Informant problem? Whisper and Tor can help

Got a PRISM and Boundless Informant problem? Whisper and Tor can help

PRISM and Boundless Informant. Don’t you just love names like that. They have a nice ring to them. But do not be fooled. Those are bad for your privacy and, with time, even worse for a true democracy. But thank heavens for Free Software and those making them available. With much gratitude to them, here are two Free Software services […]

BackTrack 5 or Kali Linux 1.0

BackTrack 5 or Kali Linux 1.0

I get many searches related to BackTrack 5 that makes me wonder if netizens responsible for those searches are aware that the distribution known as BackTrack is old news. If you didn’t and you got here by searching for “backtrack 5,” this article will direct you to the right distribution to use. BackTrack is/was a specialty Linux distribution for security […]

ROSA Desktop Fresh R1: For advanced users, but even better for new users

ROSA Desktop Fresh R1: For advanced users, but even better for new users

Summary: This article is about ROSA Desktop Fresh R1, a “new” Linux desktop edition from ROSA Laboratory, a Linux software provider based in Moscow, Russia. I’m always on the search for desktop distributions that make computing very easy for new users. Whether such distributions use GNOME or KDE or any other desktop environment, if they are new user-friendly, I love […]

How to customize Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon

How to customize Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon

Summary: How to customize Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon by disabling the Hot corner and adding the Expo, Scale and Workspace switcher applets to the panel. Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon, ships with the latest version of the Cinnamon desktop environment. Like everything else, some users like Cinnamon, some others think its interface is outdated. I say, use anything you like. It’s […]

APC Paper nabs Computex ‘s Design and Innovation Award

APC Paper nabs Computex ‘s Design and Innovation Award

Taiwan External Trade Council (TAITRA) and the International Forum Design Hannover (iF) have awarded the APC Paper the Design and Innovation Award at Computex 2013, which kicks off tomorrow and ends June 8. APC Paper is one of two Neo-ITX form-factor computers announced by VIA Technologies in January. The other is the APC Rock, which is a plain motherboard (it […]

Disk encryption: This is why you should always use it

Disk encryption is one of those physical security features that determine whether I install a Linux distribution on any computer I use for serious computing. Whether it’s a server, notebook, ultrabook or any other type of *book, if it’s not a crash-and-burn unit, the hard disk drive (HDD) has to be encrypted. And no, it’s not because I have anything […]

tboot in Fedora 19: Don’t worry, it’s just a bug

tboot in Fedora 19: Don’t worry, it’s just a bug

After installing Fedora 19 beta and rebooting my test computer, I noticed that one of the options available in GRUB’s menu is tboot 1.7.0. Not sure what it’s for, I selected it and hit the Enter key. On the next GRUB screen, is the option to boot into Fedora GNU/Linux, with tboot 1.7.0. But what does tboot do? Well, one […]