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ROSA Desktop Fresh LXDE alpha preview

ROSA Desktop Fresh LXDE alpha preview

ROSA Desktop Fresh LXDE is the end-user edition of ROSA Desktop that uses the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment. This is not the same as the LXDE edition which was released in June 2012. That one is the enterprise edition, which ships with Debian-style stable Linux kernel and software, and uses the Marathon code name. (See ROSA 2012 LXDE review .) […]

Apache OpenOffice: Help pick a new logo

Apache OpenOffice: Help pick a new logo

The release of Apache OpenOffice 4 will not happen tomorrow, but it is getting close. How close? Well, let’s just say it will happen soon. In months time, not weeks. To usher in what will be a milestone release for the Free Software Office suite, The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) wanted a new logo to replace the old OpenOffice logo, […]

Crowdfunding a FOSS accounting software for NPOs

The Software Freedom Conservancy has launched a fundraising or crowdfunding campaign for a FOSS accounting software for non-profit organizations (NPOs). The need for such an accounting software “usable by non-technical bookkeepers, accountants, and non-profit managers” arose because NPOs are spending significant amounts of money for licensing proprietary accounting applications. The goal of this fundraising campaign is to raise $75,000 USD […]

A backdoor in all Internet products and services?

Why does your government want a backdoor in all popular Internet products and services? That’s like asking why a prostitute wants you to pay for her services, or why a politician wants a bribe (or is that a campaign contribution?). A backdoor in all telecommunications devices and services is already made possible by CALEA, the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement […]

Windows 8: The most important reason to switch to Linux

Windows 8: The most important reason to switch to Linux

As somebody who fully embraces the Free Software principle, I have no need for Windows 8 in my environment. Never used any version of Windows, and never will. Previous versions of Windows were bad enough, but Windows 8, with its Restricted Boot requirements, have made dual-booting a Linux distribution with Windows 8 on store-bought computers a royal pain in the […]

IFC6410: Snapdragon S4 Pro-based single board computer

IFC6410 is a single-board, SoC computer powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, the same processor that powers Google’s Nexus tablet computer and several other mobile devices. I’ve become interested in single-board computers that are not controlled by an industry monopoly because I think they present the best technical opportunity to break the strangle-hold that Microsoft has on hardware and […]

ARM-based EMB-2500: Like Raspberry Pi, but much better

ARM-based EMB-2500: Like Raspberry Pi, but much better

The EMB-2500 is the latest single-board, SoC computer to be released this year. Ever since the Raspberry Pi hit the streets and became hugely popular with its target audience, there has been several similar attempts to outdo it, but none has shipped with standard storage connectivity that the average computer user can use. With the EMB-2500, SATA storage connectivity has […]

Kali Linux ISO: Build a custom KDE image

Kali Linux ISO: Build a custom KDE image

Kali Linux is the latest incarnation of BackTrack Linux, a distribution designed for penetration testing and security professionals. The last edition of BackTrack was BackTrack 5 R3, with GNOME 2 and KDE installation images for 32- and 64-bit architectures made available for download. Released Kali Linux ISO image is for the GNOME 3 desktop, with a customized GNOME Shell. However, […]

Google’s patent pledge: We won’t be the first to sue

While we are waiting for some kind of reform of the US patent system, it’s good too see a major technology outfit like Google going solo with regards to taking legal action on a particular category of patent it owns. It’s a patent pledge that goes like this: We won’t be the first to sue. It’s a stance Google calls […]

Infotainment systems: The next generation

Infotainment systems: The next generation

Just thought I share a video about the Parrot ASTEROID Smart, a vehicular infotainment systems device from Parrot, a technology outfit based in Paris, France that makes wireless devices and applications. The product, which I’ll be more than happy to buy, and the video are cool. And I like stuff with a high coolness factor. The company also makes a […]

Multiboot Linux distributions from one USB key

Multiboot Linux distributions from one USB key

Running a Linux distribution from a USB flash drive or USB key is now a common practice, but running more than one on the same USB key would be really cool. On any UNIX-like operating system, you can use the dd command to transfer an ISO installation image to a flash drive, but not multiple images. That is, setting up […]

Linux Deepin 12.12 preview

Linux Deepin 12.12 preview

Linux Deepin is a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. Its releases tend to come 2 months after the release of the version of Ubuntu they are based on, but Linux Deepin 12.12 is about three months overdue. I think that’s because it will be shipping with a new desktop environment called Depth desktop environment, which is being developed by […]

LibreOffice migration guide

LibreOffice migration guide

LibreOffice is a Free Software replacement for Microsoft Office. If you are a Linux user or use other UNIX-like operating systems, you probably don’t need a LibreOffice migration guide. But that assumes that you are an individual user, and not an organization that uses proprietary Office suites. Such outfits typically have hundreds, if not thousands, of personnel who have been […]

Hispalinux takes Microsoft to EC re UEFI Secure Boot

Hispalinux takes Microsoft to EC re UEFI Secure Boot

Hispalinux (in Spanish), a representative organization for Linux users in Spain, has lodged a complaint against Microsoft to the European Commission, the European Union’s executive body. According to a report in Reuters, the complaint was filed today, and targeted the unholy agreement between Microsoft and hardware vendors re UEFI Secure Boot. I’ve always thought that the implementation of UEFI Secure […]

4 gui applications for installing Linux from USB key

4 gui applications for installing Linux from USB key

The traditional and most common method of installing Linux is by burning the installation ISO image to a CD or DVD. But with many laptops, notebooks, ultra notebooks, subnotebooks shipping without an optical drive, installation via USB flash stick has become the most common method for installing Linux on these types of computers. That’s were a Linux USB installer come […]

Dual-boot Windows 7 and Kali Linux

Dual-boot Windows 7 and Kali Linux

This article is a step-by-step guide on how to dual-boot Windows 7 and Kali Linux on a single hard disk drive (HDD). Kali Linux is what used to be BackTrack Linux, a distribution designed for penetration testing and security professionals. It ships with about 300 penetration testing and hacking applications installed. While BackTrack is based on Ubuntu, Kali Linux is […]

Install Cinnamon on Kali Linux

Install Cinnamon on Kali Linux

Kali Linux is the next-generation edition of BackTrack. It is BackTrack reborn. However, unlike BackTrack, which has a GNOME 2 and KDE installation flavors, only a GNOME 3 edition of Kali Linux has been made available for download. This short tutorial shows how to install Cinnamon on Kali Linux. Though its build system makes it relatively easy to create a […]

How to install Software on Kali Linux

How to install Software on Kali Linux

Kali Linux is the next-generation edition of BackTrack. It is BackTrack reborn. If you’ve been using BackTrack, or you’re are thinking about using BackTrack, forget it. Kali Linux is what you want to be using. What’s the difference? BackTrack is based on an old edition of Ubuntu, while Kali is based on the latest edition of Debian. On the installation […]

How to deploy Piwik Web Analytics on OpenShift Online

How to deploy Piwik Web Analytics on OpenShift Online

Piwik Web Analytics is a Free Software traffic analytics application for Web publishers. If you have the resources to run your own, it is a good replacement for Google Analytics. It is a database-driven, PHP application that you can download and install on your Web hosting account. There is also a hosted service provided by Arvixe. If you have a […]

OpenShift Online: a non-developer’s guide

OpenShift Online: a non-developer’s guide

OpenShift is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering from Red Hat, Inc., and OpenShift Online is the hosted or cloud version of it. OpenShift Enterprise is the version that may be used by businesses to build private clouds. The software used to cobble the PaaS together is Free Software, so if you have the resources, you can grab it […]