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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 […]

Riak Cloud Storage released under Apache 2 license

Riak Cloud Storage released under Apache 2 license

Riak Cloud Storage (Riak CS) is a storage software which can be used to build public or private Cloud storage systems. It is built atop Riak, a distributed database system developed by Basho Technologies, a outfit based in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA). Yesterday, the company announced that Riak CS has been released under the Apache 2 license and scheduled a webcast […]

9 Google Reader alternatives

9 Google Reader alternatives

The search for Google Reader alternatives is well underway – for those who do not have one already. This follows from Google’s latest announcement that the service will be shut down after July 1, 2013. Google Reader is a Google service I abandoned a few years ago after trying it out for about 2 months. It just didn’t fit the […]

Google Reader axed. Is FeedBurner next?

Google Reader axed. Is FeedBurner next?

Google has announced that the Google Reader service will not be available after July 1 of this year (2013). The service, which provided a “cloud” portal for aggregating News feeds from several RSS Feed sources, is the latest victim of Google’s spring-cleaning. Since the spring-cleaning started in 2011. 70 services and applications have been eliminated or consolidated. Google Reader is […]

Create a standard user account on Kali Linux

Create a standard user account on Kali Linux

Aside from being based on Debian rather than Ubuntu, another way that Kali Linux 1.0, the latest incarnation of BackTrack Linux 5, defers from BackTrack, is that the installer allows you to specify a password for the root system account. However, it does not allow you to create a standard user account. Which means that you can only log in […]

How to improve the Fedora experience

How to improve the Fedora experience

This article is a take on how to “Improving the Fedora boot experience,” which was the subject of an email by Matthias Clasen to a Red Hat developer’s mailing list. In the email, he wrote that he “would love to see F19 make a good first impression.” If you’re new to these parts, “F19″ is shorthand for Fedora 19, the […]

Kali Linux is now available for download

Kali Linux is now available for download

Kali Linux has just been released. ISO and VMWare images for Kali, a Linux distribution from the developers of BackTrack Linux, just hit a download mirror near you. BackTrack was/is a specialty distribution for security professionals and penetration testers. Before being re-branded, retooled and relaunched as Kali Linux, the last “stable” edition of BackTrack was BackTrack 5 R3. The “R” […]

Dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 in UEFI mode

Dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 in UEFI mode

Dual-booting Windows 8 and a Linux distribution in UEFI or EFI-compatible mode can be a very frustrating and unpredictable adventure. You just never know how the system will boot or whether it will even boot at all. I have a computer that I built (assembled) using a motherboard with UEFI firmware. By default, it boots in Legacy mode. In that […]

Manjaro’s graphical installer

Manjaro’s graphical installer

Manjaro is a new desktop distribution based on Arch Linux. Arch Linux is known for its text-based installation process, so a feature I’m always looking for in any distribution based on it is a graphical installer. While there are many good graphical installation programs that new distribution developers can reuse, many still opt to code one from scratch. That shouldn’t […]

$7 million fine for wardriving!

$7 million fine for wardriving!

So a company whose revenue from last year was about $50 billion is about to reach a $7 million USD settlement with state attorneys general of 30 US states for wardriving. An activity where the company was able to capture user data from private wireless networks. No one is officially calling it wardriving, but that was what Google was doing […]

Ubuntu is not a community distribution

Ubuntu is not a community distribution

That should be obvious to anybody who’s been following the development of Ubuntu, but for those who have not, here’s the deal: Ubuntu is not a community distribution. The sooner you get that, the better, especially if you’ve been under the illusion that Mark Shuttleworth cares very much about your own idea of what a community distribution should be. Yes, […]

Jolidrive: It’s not what you think

Jolidrive: It’s not what you think

I just received an email about Jolidrive, a new offering from Jolicloud, a technology outfit based in Paris, France. As you can tell from the name, Jolicloud has something to do with cloud computing. It started life as a provider of Joli OS, a kinda (Linux) distribution for the cloud. I signed up when it was launched just to see […]

EU Commission fines Microsoft $731 million, but does it really matter?

EU Commission fines Microsoft $731 million, but does it really matter?

The EU Competition Commission, which levied a fine on Microsoft, had indicated long before the announcement what was in store, so “EU fines Microsoft” was expected. What we did not know was how much the fine was going to be. The fine was for failing to offer users of Microsoft operating system a choice of Web browsers, after agreeing to […]