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Know who’s tracking your e-reading habits

Know who’s tracking your e-reading habits

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and once again e-book readers promise to be a very popular gift. Last year’s holiday season saw ownership of a dedicated e-reader device spike to nearly 1 in 5 Americans, and that number is poised to go even higher. But if you’re in the market for an e-reader this year, or for e-books […]

Install Cinnamon on Fedora 18

Install Cinnamon on Fedora 18

Fedora 18 beta was released a couple of days ago, and though the final version will not hit public download mirrors until early January next year, most aspects of the system are already in stable state, that is, they are 100% ready for your desktop. The Cinnamon desktop is one of those aspects that you can run on your system […]

Fedora 18 KDE and GNOME preview

Fedora 18 KDE and GNOME preview

Fedora 18 was not released on schedule, but knowing how the Fedora project operates, this was no surprise, because unlike other distributions, a new Fedora edition is almost never released until all major issues have been fixed. What makes this delay unique is the stable release will not hit public download mirrors until next year. And I think this marks […]

The K Desktop Environment is 15

Editor: The title of this article is misleading, but trust me, it was not intentional. KDE is actually 16, but KDE e. V., the non-profit organization that represents the KDE community, is the entity that turned 15. So, no, my favorite desktop environment did not turn 15. For the record, KDE was founded in October 1996, but KDE e. V. […]

OpenShift Enterprise 1.0 announced

OpenShift is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) product from Red Hat, Inc., a leading open source technology software outfit based in Raleigh, North Carolina. OpenShift is both a cloud platform and a free application that you can run on your hardware. OpenShift Enterprise 1.0 is the next phase in the growth of the platform, and makes it available for small and big […]

How to customize Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon

How to customize Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon

The latest version of Cinnamon desktop that shipped with Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon offers users a stable and fun-to-use desktop environment built on modern user interface technologies. It comes with many desktop effects, with defaults that do not get in your way. While the default settings are good, there are a few settings that you can customize to make it […]

What’s new in Kate

What’s new in Kate

Kate is a professional text editor for the K Desktop Environment (KDE). It is one of the most feature-rich and advanced text editors available on any of the Free Software desktop environments. The name is derived from KDE Advanced Text Editor. The latest news about Kate comes from a posting by Dominik Haumann on the KDE website based on code-commits […]

German govt comes out against Trusted Computing and Secure Boot

Trusted Computing and Secure Boot, especially Secure Boot, are supposed to boost the security of devices that you own. Yes, devices that you own! However, judging from the manner that Secure Boot has been implemented, it sure feels like you do not own that device you bought with your money. Hence the phrase Restricted Boot is more apt. And since […]

Linux Mint 14 MATE and Cinnamon preview

Linux Mint 14 MATE and Cinnamon preview

Linux Mint 14, code-named Nadia, hit the download mirrors yesterday. That’s less than 10 days after the first Release Candidate was announced. What type of testing does this thing get? By the way, that’s normal for Linux Mint distribution, but again, how well is this distribution tested before it’s released to the public? I don’t expect an answer to that […]

OSSEC 2.7 released

OSSEC is Free Software, a GPL-licensed, host-based intrusion detection system (HIDS) that operates on a client-server model. Its development is sponsored by Trend Micro, a software security outfit based in Tokyo, Japan. OSSEC is cross-platform, with binary packages available for all Linux distributions, the BSDs, Windows, Solaris, Mac OS, VMWare ESX, AIX, and HP-UX. OSSEC 2.7 is the latest, stable […]

How to install your favorite Linux distribution on a Series 3 Chromebook

A few weeks I stopped by a Frys stores in my neck of the woods just to browse and see what I could buy. One computer I looked at was the latest Chromebook, the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook. On the hardware side, it is powered by the ARM Mali™-T604 GPU and Samsung’s Exynos 5250 processor, which is based on the […]

CYOD, BYOD

In the CYOD world, users are given a choice between several, purposefully selected Operating Systems. Depending on the environment, iOS and Android are offered with a wide variety of third OS choices (Blackberry, Windows, or maybe WebOS). If users have a device that fits into one of these categories, they are welcome to connect it. The reason for this is […]

How to dual-boot BackTrack 5 R3 and Windows 7

How to dual-boot BackTrack 5 R3 and Windows 7

BackTrack Linux is now known as Kali Linux. You may read all Kali Linux articles and tutorial at http://linuxbsdos.com/category/kali-linux. This is the just another tutorial on BackTrack 5 published on this website. You may read the previous tutorial’s on this distribution’s category page at http://linuxbsdos.com/category/backtrack. BackTrack is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop, but specifically designed and loaded with […]

Fedora 18 and fedup

Fedora 18 and fedup

Fedora 18 is still at least two months away from hitting a download mirror near you, but if you have read the articles on pre-stable versions that have been published on this website, you’d know that Anaconda, the Fedora system installer, will be a completely different beast on Fedora 18. How it’s going to be received will be an interesting […]

Elementary Luna’s keyboard shortcuts

Elementary Luna’s keyboard shortcuts

Elementary OS Luna beta 1 is a Linux distribution I previewed just a few days ago. See Elementary OS Luna preview. It is a revamped desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. Pantheon, the Elementary OS shell, is what’s in use in Pear OS 6. Because of the new and clean way of doing things on the desktop that the developers […]

Windows 7 disk partitioning annoyance

Windows 7 disk partitioning annoyance

Today I made an attempt to dual-boot Windows 7 and BackTrack 5 R3 on a single hard disk drive (HDD), but on a computer with two internal HDDs. From the BIOS setup utility, the first drive is a 200 GB Maxtor HDD, while the second is a 250 GB Samsung HDD. The HDDs did not contain any data I wanted […]

Elementary OS Luna preview

Elementary OS Luna preview

The first beta edition of what will become Elementary OS Luna has been released. Luna is a bold attempt to revamp and completely retool Jupiter, the distribution’s first edition. I got a first look at what Luna will bring to the table with the latest stable edition of Pear Linux, whose shell, Pear Shell, is based on Pantheon, the desktop […]

Dual-boot Mint 13 MATE/Cinnamon and Windows 8 on UEFI hardware

Dual-boot Mint 13 MATE/Cinnamon and Windows 8 on UEFI hardware

Alternate titles: How to dual-boot Linux Mint 13 and Windows 8 Pro; dual-booting Windows 8 and Linux Mint 13 MATE/Cinnamon side-by-side. This article is this website’s latest on Linux Mint, a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. Previous articles are available on the distribution’s category page at http://linuxbsdos.com/category/mint. After writing dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 on UEFI hardware, the […]

Note to EFF: FDE implementation in Ubuntu’s Ubiquity is only at 50%

Note to EFF: FDE implementation in Ubuntu’s Ubiquity is only at 50%

In Privacy in Ubuntu 12.10: Full Disk Encryption, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Micah Lee gave the non-profit organization some credit for pushing Mark Shuttleworth and crew to implement full disk encryption (FDE) in Ubiquity, the graphical installation program of Ubuntu Desktop. That feature, together with LVM, the Linux Logical Volume Manager, made their debut in Ubuntu 12.10, the latest release […]

Why is Windows 8 on SSD invisible to Ubuntu 12.10′s installer?

Why is Windows 8 on SSD invisible to Ubuntu 12.10′s installer?

Soon after I got my paws on a Windows 8 Pro installation DVD, I began what I thought would be a simple process of setting up a dual-boot system between it and Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop on an SSD. The SSD is a 2.5″ 128 GB unit from OCZ Technology Group, Inc., which I have already used to dual-boot Windows 7 […]