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How to uninstall the overlay-scrollbar in Pear Linux 6 and Ubuntu 12.10

How to uninstall the overlay-scrollbar in Pear Linux 6 and Ubuntu 12.10

Pear Linux is a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. The latest edition of both distributions – Ubuntu 12.10 and Pear Linux 6, were released about two weeks ago. While they both come with new and exciting features, especially Pear Linux 6, they also feature one of the most annoying features available on any desktop distribution. I am, of course, […]

How to install Z-Shell, awk, lua, nano, and more on your Android device without rooting it

Want to do more than just touch, swipe, pinch and zoom on your Android smartphone or tablet? Want a powerful shell environment plus FFMpeg, ImageMagick, Sox, OggZ, GNU Awk, Sed, Grep, the LUA scripting language and a whole lot more on that Android phone or tablet without rooting it? If your answer for both is “yes,” then you want to […]

World’s smallest 4 megapixel USB3 vision camera and Tux, the Linux mascot

World’s smallest 4 megapixel USB3 vision camera and Tux, the Linux mascot

Ximea just announced the world’s smallest 4 megapixel USB3 vision industrial high-speed camera. Measuring just 26.4 x 26.4 x 21.6-mm, it is the latest addition to the company’s xiQ series USB3 vision cameras, and it is capable of capturing grayscale and color 4 megapixel images at up to 90 frames per second, 5 Gbps data transfers, and integrated I/O. The […]

Dual-boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 on a PC with UEFI hardware

Dual-boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 on a PC with UEFI hardware

How to dual-boot Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7 and how to dual-boot Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7 on a computer with 2 hard drive provided step-by-step guides on how to setup a dual-boot system with those operating systems. They were based on test installations on computers with BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) firmware. While the tutorials worked for people using computers […]

SimpleWelcome gets a new look, and goes social

SimpleWelcome gets a new look, and goes social

The second alpha version of what will become ROSA Desktop 2012 was released yesterday. It is a showcase of the very bright future ahead for this Russian distribution. Aside from shipping with Linux kernel 3.5.5 and KDE 4.9.2 and several other software updates and revisions, ROSA Desktop 2012 alpha 2 comes with a redesigned, QML-based SimpleWelcome, the distributions fullscreen menu. […]

Dual-boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 on a PC with UEFI board, SSD and HDD

Dual-boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 on a PC with UEFI board, SSD and HDD

How to dual-boot Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7 and how to dual-boot Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7 on a computer with 2 hard drive provided step-by-step guides on how to setup a dual-boot system with those operating systems. They were based on test installations on computers with BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) firmware. While the tutorials worked for people using computers […]

Amazon and Ubuntu: A match made for profit?

Amazon and Ubuntu: A match made for profit?

Ubuntu 12.10, code-named Quantal Quetzal, is scheduled for release on October 18. Like any new release of a Linux distribution or any operating system, it will come with its share of new features, old but updated features and bugs. A few of the new features will be in the installer (see the state of manual LVM and full disk encryption […]

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and 12.10 beta 2 on Intel Ivy Bridge-powered computer

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and 12.10 beta 2 on Intel Ivy Bridge-powered computer

There have been reports of display issues concerning Linux distributions and Intel’s third generation processors. Codenamed Ivy Bridge, these processors were launched this year, so they are brand new to the market. Like their predecessors, they come with Intel HD Graphics (integrated graphics), and there have been reports of freezing and lines on the screen (mostly freezing) when running many […]

Is that a backdoor or an “administrative password” on your Verizon Internet router?

If Verizon was your Internet Service Provider back in April 2011, you probably received an updated Terms of Service (TOS) spelling out several updates to their TOS. And if you are like most users, you likely did not read it or even if you did, you did not pay particular attention to the details. Somebody brought it to my attention […]

Oh my! Open webOS running on an HP TouchSmart PC

Open webOS 1.0 was released yesterday. And no, that is not an edition you can just download and install on anything. It is for developers, not for everybody – at least not yet. This is a milestone release in the short history of Open webOS, the open source edition of what used to be webOS, the operating system for the […]

ASRock’s OMG provides parental control straight from the motherboard

ASRock’s OMG provides parental control straight from the motherboard

For the past two weeks I have been shopping for a motherboard for a new testing computer. It has to have all or most of the latest technologies for a standard testing unit, just sufficient for what I do – reviewing Linux and BSD distributions, writing tutorials for same, and hold the potential of some day becoming a Hackintosh (yes, […]

Cinnamon 1.6 review

Cinnamon 1.6 review

Alternate titles: Review of Cinnamon 1.6; Cinnamon 1.6 screen shot tour; Cinnamon screen shots; Cinnamon 1.6; Cinnamon 1.6 review; Cinnamon desktop. Presently, Cinnamon is the most buzz-generating and headline-grabbing desktop environment in the Free Software community. Inspired by popular discontent with what the default GNOME 3 Shell brought to the table, it offers an alternative to those who do not […]

Tizen 2.0 Alpha code and SDK released

The source code and the SDK for Tizen 2.0 alpha has been released. Tizen is a Linux distribution for mobile platforms cobbled together with parts from the MeeGo project, Moblin and Maemo (all three are now defunct). Tizen’s development is overseen by the Tizen Association, a non-profit organization supported by power-house companies in the industry This alpha release is intended […]

Pre-release Ubuntu 12.10 has partial support for manual LVM and disk encryption

Pre-release Ubuntu 12.10 has partial support for manual LVM and disk encryption

About three weeks ago, I published automated LVM and disk encryption in a pre-release version of what will become Ubuntu 12.10, aka Quantal Quetzal. Shortly after, the state of manual LVM and full disk encryption configuration in Ubuntu’s Ubiquity was published. The gist of that last article was that automated LVM and disk encryption were fully supported in the installer, […]

How to customize Cinnamon 1.6

How to customize Cinnamon 1.6

Alternate titles: Cinnamon 1.6 customization tips; how to tweak default settings in Cinnamon 1.6 desktop; how to customize Cinnamon desktop. The latest edition of Cinnamon desktop, Cinnamon 1.6, has just been released. And even though it is a Linux Mint project, as at the time of publishing this article, I have not been able to upgrade my installation of Linux […]

Install Cinnamon 1.6 in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Install Cinnamon 1.6 in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Alternate titles: How to install Cinnamon desktop in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin; how to install Cinnamon desktop 1.6 in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Cinnamon 1.6, the latest edition of the desktop environment whose development was partly inspired by popular dissatisfaction with Unity and GNOME 3 was released yesterday. It is a project from the developers of Linux Mint, a desktop distribution […]

Should the root account be disabled in Fedora 18?

Should the root account be disabled in Fedora 18?

In Linux and other UNIX-like computer operating systems, the root account is the administrator account. A user with root privileges can perform many tasks that a standard user account cannot. In current editions of Fedora 17, the idea of a disabled root account is a foreign one. But come Fedora 18, the next stable release, the root account will be […]

Fedora 18 and Firewalld

Fedora 18 and Firewalld

When Sperical Cow hits the digital shelves sometime in late October or early November, users will have to get used to a new firewall management application. Sperical Spherical Cow is, of course the code-name for Fedora 18, the next stable release of Fedora. On current versions of Fedora, the firewall management application is system-config-firewall, a static firewall application that requires […]

Mandriva 2012 Alpha released

Mandriva 2012 Alpha released

The first Alpha edition of Mandriva Desktop 2012 has been released. Behind schedule by almost two months, it is fittingly code-named Tenacious Underdog. The first Technical Preview, code-named Bernie Lomax, was released back in May, and the next pre-release version, which is due by early October, will likely be the first Beta. I do not even want to guess what […]

7 tips for dual-booting Linux distributions and Windows

7 tips for dual-booting Linux distributions and Windows

Alternates title: Tips for dual-booting Windows and Linux; tips for dual-booting Windows and Linux on a computer with 2 two hard drives; tips for dual-booting Windows and Linux on a computer with an SSD and 1 HDD. This is an updated version of tips for dual-booting Windows and Linux. Information for dual-booting using a combination of a Solid State Drive […]