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Quad-core Android SmartTV  on a stick

Quad-core Android SmartTV on a stick

A new USB stick-sized Android SmartTV from Sanko Co., Ltd of Japan features a quad-core 1.2 GHz Freescale i.mx6 processor. I think that’s more power than any other device of its type that I’ve come across. With it, you can turn any TV with the right connectivity into an Android device or TV. It supports Google Play, Japanese input (it’s […]

Cinnarch preview

Cinnarch preview

Cinnarch is a desktop Linux distribution based on Arch Linux and using the Cinnamon as the default and only supported desktop environment. Like Arch, it follows a rolling-release development model, which is an install-once-and-update-forever model that ensures that an installed system will never need to be reinstalled, even when a new version becomes available, except for those instances when, for […]

Lenovo’s table PC and its Aura UI are worth more than a second look

Lenovo’s table PC and its Aura UI are worth more than a second look

The smartphone and tablet computer fundamentally changed how the masses use computers (yep, the smartphone is a computer). They are the great success stories of the last few years. In 2013, Lenovo, the Chinese PC maker, stands a good chance of being at the fore-front of another great success story, if it can deliver. The company’s brand new computer, the […]

Cinnamon proposed to replace GNOME Shell as default DE on Fedora 19

It was lobbying by the GNOME devs that made GNOME 3 the default on Fedora, but now it seems that somebody has had enough. That somebody has proposed making the Cinnamon the default desktop environment on Fedora 19. I don’t blame him. I’ve always been of the opinion that as far a desktop computing goes, and how people interface or […]

The many Profiles of Enlightenment’s E17

The many Profiles of Enlightenment’s E17

There are many desktop environments in active development, but none is as customizable as the E or Enlightenment Desktop Environment. But of all those desktop environments, its development (or public releases) has been comparatively slow. Enlightenment is one of those projects that caught my attention years ago, but which I decided, after playing with it for sometime, that it was […]

How to straighten out firewall configuration on Fedora 18

How to straighten out firewall configuration on Fedora 18

This is the latest article on Fedora. You may access all Fedora-related articles on its category page at http://linuxbsdos.com/category/fedora. Given that Fedora 18 was released several weeks past its due date, I expected that the extra time would have been used, aside from fixing the show-stopper issue(s), to make sure that basic features work without unnecessary errors. But that’s not […]

Install ROSA Launcher on Fedora 18 KDE

Install ROSA Launcher on Fedora 18 KDE

SimpleWelcome is the default menu on ROSA Linux KDE. Like the Takeoff Launcher, it is a fullscreen menu, but with a few more features. This article shows how to install and use it in place of the Kickoff Menu, the default menu style on Fedora 18 KDE (Spherical Cow). The package is already in the repository, so you do not […]

Rock and Paper, the Android Personal Computer’s new looks

Rock and Paper, the Android Personal Computer’s new looks

VIA Technologies, Inc. has just announced two new incarnations (Paper and Rock) of the APC, an ARM-based computer that runs a customized Android 4.0 operating system. The first incarnation of the APC was just a basic motherboard targeted mainly at developers, but the APC Paper, the more expensive of the two, brings something slightly different to the table. Both share […]

No, availability is not security!

Security is a very important factor in my choice of distributions and software solutions, and I tend to hold a very strict view of what it means from a modern computing standpoint. In one sentence, my stance on security is this: A sound and complete security posture has to take both physical and network security into account. Anything less will […]

Upgrading Fedora 17 to 18 with FedUp is elegant, but …

Upgrading Fedora 17 to 18 with FedUp is elegant, but …

Now that Fedora 18, aka Spherical Cow, has been released, users of Fedora 17 will likely be gearing up to upgrade. Before this latest release, upgrading an installation of Fedora requires a procedure that’s not very elegant. With Fedora 18, the recommended upgrade tool is called FedUp (FEDora UPgrader). It is, by design, a lot more elegant than what it […]

SolusOS 2 alpha 6 preview

SolusOS 2 alpha 6 preview

SolusOS is a desktop distribution based on Debian. It is co-founded by a couple of guys who were involved with Linux Mint Debian Edition. The sixth alpha of SolusOS 2 was released yesterday, with the final stable edition scheduled for release at an unspecified date. This is my first look at this distribution, and if you this article is your […]

Thursday’s new releases and announcements

Thursday’s new releases and announcements

Here’s a summary of new items from Thursday, January 3 that did not have their own blog entry: 1. Pulp 2.0 released. Pulp, a Red Hat-sponsored project, is a “platform for managing repositories of content, such as software packages, and pushing that content out to large numbers of consumers.” The image below gives a visual summary of what you can […]

Ubuntu for smartphones: Will this penguin fly?

Ubuntu for smartphones: Will this penguin fly?

So, Canonical just announced Ubuntu for Phones, a version of Ubuntu for smartphones. But this is not a version you can download and root your smartphone with, just a development project for vendors and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). But will the target audience bite? And if they do, how serious will they be committed to the platform? Those are very […]

Semplice 3.0.0 preview

Semplice 3.0.0 preview

Sometime in November last year, a lady at the local ECK center came to me with a computer problem; because of a boot virus problem, she could no longer use her computer. And because it was a very old system with less than 512 MB of RAM, she was told by Microsoft’s technical support that her only option is to […]

Mageia 3, what’s on tap?

Mageia 3, what’s on tap?

The first beta release of what would become Mageia 3 was made available for download a couple of days ago. If you would like to take it for a spin, there is a 3.6 GB installer DVD image for fresh installations and upgrades, installation-only and Live CD and Live DVD images for KDE and GNOME 3, and free and non-free […]

Krita Sketch released

Krita Sketch released

Krita Sketch, a version of Krita for touch interfaces, has been released. Krita is a cross-platform sketching and painting application for the K Desktop Environment (KDE). It is a component of Calligra, KDE’s native Office and productivity suite. Krita has support for concept art, comics, and textures for rendering. Krita Sketch was developed by team KDE and KO GmbH in […]

openSUSE 12.3 preview

openSUSE 12.3 preview

openSUSE 12.3 Milestone 2 was released two days ago, a month after Milestone 1 was released. The final edition, openSUSE 12.3, is not expected until around the ides of March 2013, so a milestone release offers a good opportunity to see what goodies will be on the final version. I haven’t used openSUSE since version 7.3, when it was still […]

PC-BSD 9.1 preview

PC-BSD 9.1 preview

Finally, it’s here! After almost a year since the last stable release, installation images of PC-BSD 9.1 hit a download mirror near you. (PC-BSD is a multi-purpose distribution based on FreeBSD.) And it comes with a lot of goodies, especially for intermediate to advanced users, or for those that want to use with what intermediate to advanced users play with. […]

Crowdfunding Piwik 2.0

Crowdfunding Piwik 2.0

Piwik is a Free Software Web analytics application. If you run a website, it is what you use when you do not want to use Google Analytics or any other third party solution. With Piwik, you download and install it on your own server, which means that you have complete control of the application. The stable edition is at version […]

You can now buy a custom APC case

You can now buy a custom APC case

Remember the Android PC (APC) mini mother board from VIA Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of integrated circuits based in Taiwan? At the time it was released, it’s form-factor, known as Neo-ITX, did not fit any available computer case. Now, that has changed. A custom case has been released for Neo-ITX motherboards that fits the APC just right. The AM-01, from […]