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What I can say about KDE Plasma 5 that I can’t say about Windows 8

What I can say about KDE Plasma 5 that I can’t say about Windows 8

I’ve never really had the time to explore KDE Plasma 5 since it was released back in July 2014. I’ve played with it a bit, but not much. Now that it’s at version 5.2 and at that stage when its deemed almost ready for primetime, that is, ready to replace all aspects of KDE Plasma 4, I decided to kick […]

Calamares will be the graphical installer on the next OpenMandriva edition

Calamares will be the graphical installer on the next OpenMandriva edition

News from OpenMandriva has it that the next release of the distribution will feature the Calamares graphical installer. Calamares is a “distribution independent installer framework” that features a modular design with 25 modules already implemented. It has plugin interfaces for C++, Python and a generic process, and an advanced partitioning tool with support for DOS and GPT partition tables. It […]

Why did this server run out of disk space?

Less than two hours after I logged into the admin end of this website, which is powered by WordPress, the site went offline, with a 502 Bad Gateway error. What the…? So I logged in via ssh and noticed a serious lag between when I type a letter and when it appears on the screen. I’ve got a problem. And […]

Getting to know the pkg audit command on PC-BSD and FreeBSD

If you’re new to FreeBSD and PC-BSD, you might not yet be aware of all their package manager’s many commands. Nobody expects you to, at least not initially. Pkg is that package manager and one of the its many commands I think you should get to know asap is the audit command. It’s used to audit installed packages against known […]

Raspberry Pi 2 vs Creator 120

Raspberry Pi 2 vs Creator 120

The Creator 120 and the Raspberry Pi 2 are single-board computers designed for developers and hobbyists. The Creator C120 was announced in late 2014, but started shipping at about the same time that the Raspberry Pi 2 was announced/starting shipping, which was just last week. I haven’t purchased a Raspberry Pi 2 yet, but I received a Creator 2 from […]

MIPS Creator C120 development board and Debian 7

MIPS Creator C120 development board and Debian 7

Back in December 2014 I won a Creator C120 single board computer from Imagination Technologies, a technology outfit based in Hertfordshire (UK). The Creator C120 is a development board for Linux and Android. It’s powered by a dual-core MIPS32 CPU (1.2 GHz) and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU. Add to that 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB NAND Flash, two USB […]

Two things I’ve learned from using Tor Browser

Two things I’ve learned from using Tor Browser

So for the past three months I’ve been using Tor Browser to surf the Web, not as a primary browser, but as a secondary browser. Firefox is my primary browser. Together with using StartPage as my search engine, I feel much better about my privacy while surfing the Internet. Using Tor Browser leads to a tad slower browsing experience, but […]

These reCAPTCHAs where not meant to be read by humans

These reCAPTCHAs where not meant to be read by humans

A reCAPTCHA is supposed to make business tough for bots yet easy for humans to decipher. But we all know how annoying those things can be – for humans. That has led to some not too successful attempts to make them less so. A more recent effort is No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA, but it didn’t really solve the problem that it […]

Tip for dual-booting Windows 10 preview and Linux on a PC with UEFI firmware

Tip for dual-booting Windows 10 preview and Linux on a PC with UEFI firmware

Windows 10 Technical Preview is the beta version of what will become Windows 10, a major revision of Microsoft’s operating system. It is being planned for release in the second quarter of this year, but if you sign up as a Windows Insider Program, you can download an ISO image, which weighs in at about 3.9 GB, transfer it to […]

How to install the latest OpenSSH on Windows 7 and Windows 8

How to install the latest OpenSSH on Windows 7 and Windows 8

Occasionally I have to run an installation of Windows 7 or Windows 8 on one of my computers, which means having to copy files between it and the Linux computers on the network. That’s when I realize how difficult it can be to use a default installation of Windows, especially from its command prompt (line), where I tend to spend […]

The most affordable FreeBSD-supported Cloud/VPS hosting providers

Looking for a Cloud/VPS hosting provider that supports FreeBSD? Your search is more than half way done. That’s because I have gone through the official list of ISPs that support FreeBSD and come up with the most affordable ones, plus one that’s not on that list. The result is given in the table below. The cheapest service is TransIP, which […]

Your choice of NTP applications in Linux

Your choice of NTP applications in Linux

The official definition of NTP (Network Time Protocol) says that it is a “protocol designed to synchronize the clocks of computers over a network.” To participate in that synchronization of clocks, a computer must be running either an NTP daemon (server) or an NTP client. A computer providing NTP services to other computers is an NTP server, while the one […]

How to dual-boot Kali Linux 1.0.9 and Windows 7/8 on a PC with UEFI firmware

How to dual-boot Kali Linux 1.0.9 and Windows 7/8 on a PC with UEFI firmware

The last dual-boot tutorial on Kali Linux I wrote was back in March 2013 (see Dual-boot Windows 7 and Kali Linux), and that was on a computer with Legacy BIOS. That means it’s not a very useful guide if you wish to dual-boot a recent edition of Kali Linux and Windows 7 or Windows 8 on a computer with UEFI […]

Wget and the user agent option

Wget is a command-line utility for downloading files. The official description on its man page on my Linux distribution says that it is “free utility for non-interactive download of files from the Web”, and that it “supports HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP protocols, as well as retrieval through HTTP proxies.” It especially comes in handy when I need to download an […]

Intel’s Compute Stick and your favorite Linux distribution

Intel’s Compute Stick and your favorite Linux distribution

With the announcement of the Compute Stick, Intel has signaled its intent to battle for market share at the low end of the mobile computing space. Like existing compute-on-a-stick devices, Intel’s Compute Stick will transform any display with an HDMI port into a fully-functional computer. At just 4-inches long, each Compute Stick will have a quad-core Intel® Atomâ„¢ processor inside. […]

How to upgrade Fedora 20 Cinnamon to Fedora 21 Cinnamon

How to upgrade Fedora 20 Cinnamon to Fedora 21 Cinnamon

FedUp (FEDora UPgrader) is the recommended tool for upgrading a recent Fedora installation. It’s a very neat tool for upgrading a system and I think other distributions that don’t use a rolling release system should look at implementing one for their distribution. In this short tutorial, I’ll show how I upgraded a Fedora 20 Cinnamon desktop to Fedora 21 (Cinnamon) […]

How to install Fedora 21 Workstation Cinnamon on a Btrfs filesystem

How to install Fedora 21 Workstation Cinnamon on a Btrfs filesystem

Aside from the GNOME 3 desktop environment, which is used in the main edition of Fedora 21, there are Spins that use other desktop environments. Notable among them is the KDE Spin. There are also Spins that use the LXDE, MATE and Xfce desktop environments. If you’re familiar with the most popular desktop environments in active development today, you must […]

How to test-drive Ubuntu Core on Fedora 21 Workstation

How to test-drive Ubuntu Core on Fedora 21 Workstation

Ubuntu Core is a containerized edition of Ubuntu for Cloud deployments. A beta release was announced yesterday. (See Ubuntu Core to bring Snappy and transactional updates to the Cloud). Though there’s a similar effort from Fedora/Red Hat called Project Atomic, nothing stops you from playing with Ubuntu Core on any release of Fedora, including the most recent – Fedora 21. […]

How to dual-boot Windows 8 and Fedora 21 on a PC with UEFI firmware

How to dual-boot Windows 8 and Fedora 21 on a PC with UEFI firmware

So Fedora 21 has been released, and my attempt to upgrade my main computer from Fedora 20 to Fedora 21 KDE failed. Since the cause is not something I could fix in a snap, I opted instead to set up a dual-boot system between an installation of Windows 8 that’s on a 500 GB hard drive and Fedora 21 KDE […]

Can your computer run Ubuntu Core?

Can your computer run Ubuntu Core?

Ubuntu Core beta, a version of Ubuntu for Cloud deployment that comes with snappy a system and application management utility with support for transaction updates, was released just a few hours ago. Though it was made available for testing on Microsoft’s Azure Cloud platform, Mark Shuttleworth said in a blog post that you can download a KVM image of Ubuntu […]