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Ubuntu on tablets: Who’s on board?

Ubuntu on tablets: Who’s on board?

Ubuntu on tablets is the latest Ubuntu platform from Canonical, the company behind the popular Linux distribution. Barely two months ago, the company announced Ubuntu for smartphones. Before that, was Ubuntu for TV and before that, too, was Ubuntu for Android. While Mark Shuttleworth and crew seem to be making all the right moves, making their operating system available on […]

Built-in PDF reader for Firefox released

Built-in PDF reader for Firefox released

Firefox PDF reader for Firefox Web browser might just be the add-on that put Adobe’s acrobat PDF reader out of business. When surfing a website, encountering a PDF file is one of those minor annoyances I wish I did not have to deal with. That’s because it interrupts the Web experience. With the release of a built-in PDF reader for […]

Install Steam client on Fedora 18

Install Steam client on Fedora 18

Since everybody seems to be Steam-ing and the Steam client is not in the default Fedora 18 repository, I think the logical thing to do is write a short tutorial on how to install Steam client on Fedora 18. And that’s the goal of this short tutorial. When you are done, there should an icon for the Steam client on […]

Sabayon 11 GNOME, KDE, MATE, and Xfce preview

Sabayon 11 GNOME, KDE, MATE, and Xfce preview

Sabayon 11 is the latest edition of Sabayon, a multi-purpose Linux distribution based on Gentoo. Installation images for GNOME 3, KDE, MATE, and Xfce desktop environments were made available for download, besides those for CoreCDX, HardenedServer, ServerBase and SpinBase. This article provides screen shots from test installations of the released desktop environments – GNOME 3, KDE, MATE, and Xfce. Though […]

What about the PengPod tablet?

What about the PengPod tablet?

Everybody seems to be jumping into the tablet business. And why not? Together with smartphones, they are the hottest-selling devices on the planet. And those powered by Android hold top market share. A relatively new name in the tablet-space is PengPod, made by Peacock Imports, a Florida, US-based outfit. The PengPod tablet runs Linux on ARM/Allwinner SoC hardware. So instead […]

ROSA Desktop Fresh 2012 GNOME preview

ROSA Desktop Fresh 2012 GNOME preview

The GNOME 3 edition of ROSA Desktop Fresh 2012 has been released. ROSA Desktop Fresh is the latest line of Linux desktop distributions from ROSA Laboratory, a software solutions provider based in Moscow, Russia. This is a community-supported edition from ROSA Lab developers that has not been officially sanctioned by ROSA Laboratory, though there is an ongoing discussion to make […]

Mageia’s upgrade script vs FedUp

Mageia’s upgrade script vs FedUp

If you are running a rolling-release distribution, this short article will likely be of no use to you, but if you are running an installation of Mageia 2, you’ll learn that is brings good tidings, when it comes to upgrading an existing installation of Mageia. But before we get to Mageia, let’s spend one paragraph and a screen shot spot […]

Chakra Linux 2013.02-Benz preview

Chakra Linux 2013.02-Benz preview

Chakra is a desktop distribution forked from Arch Linux. Not too long ago, it was one of my favorite desktop distributions, even made my list of the Top 6 KDE distributions in 2011. But problems with its graphical package manager, and the fact that latest releases do not even have one, has seen it drop off my list, at least […]

Semi-manual LVM disk partitioning guide for Fedora 18

Semi-manual LVM disk partitioning guide for 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. The version of Anaconda, the graphical installation program of Fedora, that shipped with Fedora 18 is a completely different beast from the one in previous versions of Fedora. Its UI is the most talked about and most disappointing feature of Fedora […]

What the future holds for PC-BSD

PC-BSD is a multi-purpose distribution of FreeBSD. The last stable release is PC-BSD 9.1. Development and releases tend to be slow and infrequent, and it does not get as much press coverage as Linux distributions. I have been reviewing its major releases since this website was launched, though I’m yet to review the last stable edition. But that review is […]

How to dual-boot Fedora 18 and Windows 8 on 1 HDD, with GRUB in a PBR

How to dual-boot Fedora 18 and Windows 8 on 1 HDD, with GRUB in a PBR

This is the latest article on Fedora on this website. To view the complete list of Fedora-related articles, visit the distribution’s category page at http://linuxbsdos.com/category/fedora. Despite the shortcomings of the new Anaconda, the Fedora systems installer, it is still kinda easy to set up a dual-boot system between Fedora 18 and any other operating system. Note that “kinda easy” does […]

Linux Lite 1.0.4 screen shots

Linux Lite 1.0.4 screen shots

Linux Lite is a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu. It is uses the Xfce desktop environment, a desktop environment known to be suitable for low-end computers. The latest update, Linux Lite 1.0.4, was released just today. It ships with Steam client for Linux, the popular game distribution platform, installed. Because of the memory requirements of Steam, don’t expect to run […]

Have some fun with Deepin 12.12 alpha

Have some fun with Deepin 12.12 alpha

Linux Deepin is one of my favorite desktop distributions. A Chinese distro that is based on Ubuntu Desktop, it is not just a rebranded Ubuntu desktop, but offers a desktop computing experience different from that of its parent distribution. Its graphical package manager, music and video players, and a cool screen shot tool, are original to it. While previous editions […]

No, that “Most Trusted Company for Privacy Award” does not compute

I think most people read about the “Most Trusted Internet Company for Privacy Award” via a blog post from the Mozilla Foundation, publisher of the Firefox Web browser. The title of the blog post is “Mozilla Recognized as Most Trusted Internet Company for Privacy.” It’s important to note that the keyword term here is “Internet Company,” because the study is […]

Install Razor-qt on Ubuntu 12.10

Install Razor-qt on Ubuntu 12.10

Razor-qt is a relatively new desktop environment built atop Qt technologies. From the ground up, it is designed to be resource-friendly, so that it can run on old and new computers alike. It hasn’t gotten a lot of press, but I’ve been keeping track of its development since it was started. The latest edition is Razor-qt 0.5.2. This article shows […]

Now that Kaptan has been ported, YALI’s waiting

Now that Kaptan has been ported, YALI’s waiting

Borrowing code or programs written by others is an accepted practice in the Free Software community. It is perfectly legal, being one of the core principles that defines Free Software. For open source or free software coders, it makes sense. Why write something from scratch when somebody else has already written it? Just take it and run, or take it […]

Enlightenment’s E17: Ready for prime time?

Enlightenment’s E17: Ready for prime time?

After more than a decade of slow, but steady coding, Enlightenment version 0.17 or E17, was released late last year. Enlightenment is a window manager-cum-desktop environment for Linux and other UNIX-like operating systems. It is one of those projects that caught my attention years ago, but which I decided, after playing with it for sometime, that it was not yet […]

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 […]