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ProtonMail and Paypal: Do we need government approval to encrypt email?

ProtonMail and Paypal: Do we need government approval to encrypt email?

There’s something brewing between Paypal and ProtonMail, a company based in Switzerland that provides secure email services, much like what Lavabit used to do before it was forced out of business by US government policies. ProtonMail’s end-to-end encrypted email service comes with zero metadata storage and self-destructing messages and is protected by the Swiss Federal Data Protection Act (DPA) and […]

Dual-boot Windows 8 and Linux Mint 17 on a PC with 2 disks and UEFI firmware

Dual-boot Windows 8 and Linux Mint 17 on a PC with 2 disks and UEFI firmware

This tutorial shows how to dual-boot Linux Mint 17 and Windows 8 on a computer with two hard drives and UEFI firmware. For a guide on how to perform the same operation on a computer with one hard drive, see How to dual-boot Linux Mint 17 and Windows 8 on a PC with UEFI firmware. The computer used for the […]

How to dual-boot Linux Mint 17 and Windows 8 on a PC with UEFI firmware

How to dual-boot Linux Mint 17 and Windows 8 on a PC with UEFI firmware

This tutorial shows how to dual-boot Linux Mint 17 and Windows 8 on a PC with UEFI firmware. The computer used for the test installation is not an OEM one. Rather, it is a custom-built computer, with an ASRock motherboard and Intel Core i3 processor. However, if you follow this guide step-by-step, you should be able to use it to […]

Manjaro 0.8.10 KDE screenshots

Manjaro 0.8.10 KDE screenshots

Manjaro KDE is the KDE edition of Manjaro Linux, a desktop distribution based on Arch Linux. Manjaro 0.8.10 KDE is the latest edition, released at the same time as the Xfce and Openbox editions. Manjaro is one of a handful of desktop distributions based on Arch Linux that are attempting to put a more user-friendly interface on the power of […]

Replace Ufw firewall with FirewallD on Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon

Replace Ufw firewall with FirewallD on Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon

Ufw (Uncomplicated FireWall) is the firewall application that comes with a default installation of Linux Mint 17 – Cinnamon or MATE. This article shows how to replace it with FirewallD, a firewall application that has support for dynamic rules and network zones. It originated from the Fedora project. FirewallD comes with a command-line utility called firewall-cmd, a graphical interface called […]

Managing startup applications in GNOME 3

Managing startup applications in GNOME 3

If you wanted to set up an application or applications in GNOME 3 to launch on boot, you’ll probably go looking for a module in the desktop’s System Settings. But you’ll be disappointed because there’s no module in there, at least from GNOME 3.10.2, to do that in System Settings. The application you’ll need for the task is called GNOME […]

Learn how to encrypt email communications with an email self-defense guide from the FSF

Learn how to encrypt email communications with an email self-defense guide from the FSF

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has released an email self-defense guide that shows how anybody can encrypt their email communications. It requires some effort on your end, so be prepared to spend some time setting it up. But if privacy means anything to you, then the little effort that you’re required to make to ensure that all your email communications […]

Triple-boot Windows 7 and 8 and Ubuntu 14.04 on a PC with UEFI firmware

Triple-boot Windows 7 and 8 and Ubuntu 14.04 on a PC with UEFI firmware

This tutorial provides a step-by-step guide on how to triple-boot Windows 7 and 8 and Ubuntu 14.04 on a computer with UEFI firmware and on a single hard disk drive (HDD). The working assumption is that the first OS on the computer, which could be OEM or self-built, is Windows 8. Windows 7 will be installed alongside it, followed by […]

From GNOME 3 to GNOME Classic in 3 extensions, or why GNOME Classic has become redundant

From GNOME 3 to GNOME Classic in 3 extensions, or why GNOME Classic has become redundant

GNOME Classic is a GNOME 3 desktop designed to offer the look-and-feel of a GNOME 2/MATE desktop, that is, of a traditional or classic GNOME desktop. It’s for people who are not fond of the default GNOME Shell. It comes with every installation of GNOME 3, offered as an option in the login screen’s Session menu. To use it (GNOME […]

OSSEC 2.8 has been released

OSSEC 2.8 has been released

OSSEC 2.8 has been released. OSSEC is a cross-platform host intrusion detection system. Hence it’s also known as OSSEC HIDS. It is Free software released under the GNU General Public License, and features log analysis, file integrity monitoring, rootkit detection and real-time active responses. If you intend to run a server anywhere, this is one of the first applications you […]

How to customize GNOME 3.12 GNOME Shell

How to customize GNOME 3.12 GNOME Shell

This tutorial shows how to customize a GNOME 3 desktop, that is, take a plain-vanilla GNOME Shell and transform it into a desktop that is a little bit more user-friendly. That means installing and customizing a few GNOME Extensions directly from http://extensions.gnome.org or by using the GNOME Tweak (Tool). So if you’re using a GNOME 3 desktop with the default […]

GNOME 3.12: The cool and the not-so cool features

GNOME 3.12: The cool and the not-so cool features

GNOME 3.12 was released on March 26 (2014), but it didn’t start shipping on many distributions until very recently. In this post, I’ll let you in on what I think about it; the cool (good) features and those features I think the developers need to take a closer look at and try to make it better and more user-friendly. If […]

Samsung Z Tizen OS smartphone and Samsung Tizen OS TV SDK

Samsung Z Tizen OS smartphone and Samsung Tizen OS TV SDK

Two releases from Samsung are making the headlines this week. And the headlines are centered around the Samsung Z Tizen OS smartphone and the Samsung Tizen OS TV SDK (Software Development Kit). The Samsung Z, which will go on sale sometime in Q3 this year, will be the first commercial smartphone that will be powered by Tizen OS, an open-source […]

How to delete boot managers from a UEFI boot menu

How to delete boot managers from a UEFI boot menu

This short tutorial shows how to delete boot managers from a UEFI boot menu. It might not apply to all computers, but if your computer is anything like mine and you install and reinstall Linux distributions and other operating systems as often as I do, I think you’ll like to know how to remove those boot manager entries that you […]

Dual-boot Windows 7 and Antergos on a PC with 2 HDDs and UEFI firmware

Dual-boot Windows 7 and Antergos on a PC with 2 HDDs and UEFI firmware

This post shows how to dual-boot Windows 7 and Antergos 2014.05.26 on a computer with two hard disk drives (HDD) and UEFI firmware. The test computer used for this tutorial has a 500 GB and a 250 GB hard drives connected, with Windows 7 Pro already installed on the 500 GB HDD. The screenshots and descriptions in this tutorial show […]

How to create MBR-based disk partitions for Antergos

How to create MBR-based disk partitions for Antergos

This tutorial provides a step-by-step guide on how to create MBR-based disk partitions for Antergos, using the latest edition of Cnchi, the Antergos graphical installation program, which shipped in Antergos-2014.05.26. Antergos is an Arch Linux-based desktop distribution that offers a choice of multiple desktop environments during the installation process. Cnchi is a relatively new graphical installer that shares many design […]

Dual-boot Ubuntu 14.04 & Windows 7 on a PC with 2 HDDs and UEFI firmware

Dual-boot Ubuntu 14.04 & Windows 7 on a PC with 2 HDDs and UEFI firmware

This post shows how to dual-boot Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7 on a computer with two hard disk drives (HDD) and UEFI firmware. The test computer used for this tutorial has a 500 GB and a 320 GB hard drives connected, with Windows 7 Pro installed on the 500 GB HDD. The screenshots and descriptions in this tutorial show how […]

Dual-boot Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7 on a PC with UEFI firmware

Dual-boot Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7 on a PC with UEFI firmware

This post shows how to dual-boot Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7 on a computer with UEFI firmware. Note that the computer I used for the tutorial is not an OEM one. Rather, it is a custom-built computer, with an ASRock motherboard and Intel Core i3 processor. However, if you follow this guide step-by-step, you should be able to use it […]

WebRTC voice and video now available on Firefox Nightly, but…

WebRTC voice and video now available on Firefox Nightly, but…

WebRTC voice and video is now available on Firefox Nightly. That’s the latest news from the Mozilla Foundation and TokBox, the Web communications company that Mozilla Foundation is working with to bring us WebRTC voice and video in my favorite Web browser. To see how this actually works, I decided to download Firefox Nightly and install or run it on […]

Boot managers and boot devices on a PC with UEFI firmware

Boot managers and boot devices on a PC with UEFI firmware

UEFI firmware technology may have its positive aspects, but it also comes, like everything else, with its not-so positive aspects. It is not-so positive because it was a pain to figure out exactly how it works with OS boot managers and boot devices, especially when attempting to dual-boot multiple OSs on one hard drive, or even on multiple hard drives. […]