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Cubieboard: Raspberry Pi competitor with SATA port

Cubieboard: Raspberry Pi competitor with SATA port

Due to the popularity of the Raspberry Pi and other boards like it, there was no doubt that many ore like it will be released, given the relatively low cost of production. The latest one is called the Cubieboard. Compared to the Raspberry Pi, Cubieboard is loaded. The specs includes: 1G ARM cortex-A8 processor; Mali400, OpenGL ES GPU; 512M/1GB DDR3; […]

How to launch and use a shell terminal in Linux

How to launch and use a shell terminal in Linux

People new to Linux tend to react to any reference of the Linux shell terminal with fright. But there is nothing scary about our beloved shell terminal, or what we most commonly call the command-line interface (CLI) or simple the command-line. It is a very powerful place to interact with Linux. Every operating system has its own “command-line,” including Windows. […]

What’s on tap in Zentyal 3?

What’s on tap in Zentyal 3?

Zentyal is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu Server. The current stable edition is Zentyal 2.2, with Zentyal 3 as the next stable version. Unlike other distributions that release at least two versions per year, Zentyal takes a less rapid-fire development model, releasing only one stable version per year. It is designed to perform any number of roles in an […]

Kubuntu 12.10 beta 1 screen shots

Kubuntu 12.10 beta 1 screen shots

The first beta of Kubuntu 12.10 has been released. It, of course, features an updated kernel (3.5.3), KDE 4.9, and new graphical applications for multimedia use. Unlike Ubuntu 12.10 beta 1, this release of Kubuntu still makes the alternate installer CD ISO installation image available for download. And also unlike the graphical installer of Ubuntu 12.10 beta 1, that of […]

Ubuntu 12.10 beta 1 screen shots

Ubuntu 12.10 beta 1 screen shots

The first beta release of what will become Ubuntu 12.10 has been released. Code-named Quantal Quetzal, Ubuntu 12.10 will ship with two highly desirable features in Ubiquity, its graphical installation program. It is also the first version of recent Ubuntu releases that will not have an alternate installer installation image, as most of the features from the alternate installer have […]

The state of manual LVM and full disk encryption configuration in Ubuntu’s Ubiquity

The state of manual LVM and full disk encryption configuration in Ubuntu’s Ubiquity

Full disk encryption and LVM configuration in Ubuntu’s graphical installer showed that two very important features that were missing in Ubiquity, the installation program of Ubuntu Desktop, will finally be incorporated into the version that will ship in Ubuntu 12.10, which is due in late October. That post was based on a test build version of Ubuntu 12.10, and at […]

SmartSim: GPL-ed digital logic circuit design and simulation package for Linux and Raspberry Pi

SmartSim: GPL-ed digital logic circuit design and simulation package for Linux and Raspberry Pi

Itching to create complex, digital logic circuits? How about giving SmartSim a try. If the name is new to you, SmartSim is a digital logic circuit design and simulation package that lets you “create your own custom components and including them in other circuits, as if they were any other built-in component. These larger circuits can then also be included […]

How to develop your own Raspberry Pi operating system

Why use an existing operating system if you can bake your own? Well, for one thing, writing an OS is not an easy feat. It requires a lot of knowledge in a lot of areas regarding OS development. And it will take a long time (for some folks, anyway) to get it to the point where it even comes close […]

Full disk encryption and LVM configuration in Ubuntu’s graphical installer

Full disk encryption and LVM configuration in Ubuntu’s graphical installer

Ubiquity, Ubuntu Desktop‘s graphical installation program, is very easy to use, very newbie friendly, but it lacks support for full disk encryption, LVM, the Linux Logical Volume Manager, and RAID. On a desktop system, I do not care very much about RAID, but full disk encryption and LVM are must-haves. Well, it looks like from Ubuntu 12.10, due in late […]

FXPAL open source’s DisplayCast

FXPAL open source’s DisplayCast

DisplayCast is a screencast and sharing application designed for intranets. It is developed by FXPAL (FX Palo Alto Laboratory). DisplayCast includes a Streamer (the source component that can either share the entire screen or a portion of it); a Player (the real time receiver); and an Archiver (this captures a stream into an H.264 movie). The official description says that […]

Whither now, OpenIndiana?

Alasdair Lumsden, the project lead of OpenIndiana (OI), resigned from the project a few days ago. Following proper protocol, he announced his resignation in an email to the OI developer mailing list. If you do not know what OI is, it is a desktop-cum-server fork of OpenSolaris, which itself is an open source fork of Solaris. For a time, the […]

Preview of ROSA Desktop 2012

Preview of ROSA Desktop 2012

The alpha version of what will become ROSA Desktop 2012 has been made available for download. It comes about a week later than planned, but that is no big deal. The most important thing is that it is here. Let the bug hunting begin! For those reading about ROSA Desktop for the first time, it is a desktop Linux distribution […]

Every distribution should have its own Kapudan

Every distribution should have its own Kapudan

When I review a distribution, I am always looking at it from the perspective of a new user, one not intimately familiar with Linux and how its various graphical interfaces work. So I tend to rate them based on how easy they make it easy for that new user to use the system without needing to consult a documentation. And […]

Chakra Linux 2012.08 preview

Chakra Linux 2012.08 preview

Chakra Linux is a desktop distribution forked from Arch Linux. It uses the K Desktop Environment as its primary and only officially-supported desktop environment. Last year, it made the list of my top distributions that use KDE, but my opinion of it went downhill – somewhat, after that article was published. Main reason was the issue surrounding the distribution’s graphical […]

Have you met Johnny?

Have you met Johnny?

If you have never heard of or used John the Ripper, then you most likely have not heard of or used Johnny either. So, what, or who, is Johnny? Well, Johnny is not a who, more like a what. What Johnny is, is a graphical interface to John the Ripper, which is a very powerful and cross-platform password cracking tool […]

s800c is powered by Android and has built-in Wi-Fi

s800c is powered by Android and has built-in Wi-Fi

Android here, Android there, Android everywhere. You just cannot seem to turn anywhere without hearing or reading about Android – for good or bad. For the most part, though, it has been for good. The latest place it showed up is in one of Nikon’s newly released digital camera’s. The Coolpix s800c, which, with the help of Android 2.3 and […]

Have you seen Anaconda’s new UI?

Have you seen Anaconda’s new UI?

Anaconda, the Fedora system installation program, is one of the best available on any distribution – Linux or BSD. It has its faults, but in general, it has more features than any I have used. At least for me, it offers all the features that I need, plus it is very easy to use. Its interface is very intuitive, and […]

Top 3 applications menu extensions for GNOME 3

Top 3 applications menu extensions for GNOME 3

On an unmodified, GNOME 3 desktop, the Activities button provides access to all installed applications. But in some circles, it is one reason that the GNOME 3 desktop is not very popular. In fact, a few GNOME 3-using distributions that offer a more user-friendly interface for desktop computing feature a modified GNOME Shell without the Activities button, opting to replace […]

BlankOn 8 preview

BlankOn 8 preview

BlankOn is a desktop distribution based on Debian, and comes to use courtesy of some enterprising folks from Indonesia. It uses a highly-modified GNOME 3 desktop environment built with an HTML 5 and CSS 3 custom desktop shell called Manokwari. Because I am not particularly fond of the GNOME 3 desktop in its default state, I am always on the […]

BackTrack 5 R3 review

BackTrack 5 R3 review

BackTrack Linux is now known as Kali Linux. You may read all Kali Linux articles and tutorial at http://linuxbsdos.com/category/kali-linux. BackTrack is a security-focused Linux distribution that is loaded with all the best Free Software penetration testing applications available. It is based on Ubuntu Desktop. The latest edition is code-named Revolution, and the newest update-release – BackTrack 5 R3, was released […]