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How to develop your own Raspberry Pi operating system

Why use an existing operating system if you can bake your own? Well, for one thing, writing an OS is not an easy feat. It requires a lot of knowledge in a lot of areas regarding OS development. And it will take a long time (for some folks, anyway) to get it to the point where it even comes close […]

Full disk encryption and LVM configuration in Ubuntu’s graphical installer

Full disk encryption and LVM configuration in Ubuntu’s graphical installer

Ubiquity, Ubuntu Desktop‘s graphical installation program, is very easy to use, very newbie friendly, but it lacks support for full disk encryption, LVM, the Linux Logical Volume Manager, and RAID. On a desktop system, I do not care very much about RAID, but full disk encryption and LVM are must-haves. Well, it looks like from Ubuntu 12.10, due in late […]

FXPAL open source’s DisplayCast

FXPAL open source’s DisplayCast

DisplayCast is a screencast and sharing application designed for intranets. It is developed by FXPAL (FX Palo Alto Laboratory). DisplayCast includes a Streamer (the source component that can either share the entire screen or a portion of it); a Player (the real time receiver); and an Archiver (this captures a stream into an H.264 movie). The official description says that […]

Whither now, OpenIndiana?

Alasdair Lumsden, the project lead of OpenIndiana (OI), resigned from the project a few days ago. Following proper protocol, he announced his resignation in an email to the OI developer mailing list. If you do not know what OI is, it is a desktop-cum-server fork of OpenSolaris, which itself is an open source fork of Solaris. For a time, the […]

Preview of ROSA Desktop 2012

Preview of ROSA Desktop 2012

The alpha version of what will become ROSA Desktop 2012 has been made available for download. It comes about a week later than planned, but that is no big deal. The most important thing is that it is here. Let the bug hunting begin! For those reading about ROSA Desktop for the first time, it is a desktop Linux distribution […]

Every distribution should have its own Kapudan

Every distribution should have its own Kapudan

When I review a distribution, I am always looking at it from the perspective of a new user, one not intimately familiar with Linux and how its various graphical interfaces work. So I tend to rate them based on how easy they make it easy for that new user to use the system without needing to consult a documentation. And […]

Chakra Linux 2012.08 preview

Chakra Linux 2012.08 preview

Chakra Linux is a desktop distribution forked from Arch Linux. It uses the K Desktop Environment as its primary and only officially-supported desktop environment. Last year, it made the list of my top distributions that use KDE, but my opinion of it went downhill – somewhat, after that article was published. Main reason was the issue surrounding the distribution’s graphical […]

Have you met Johnny?

Have you met Johnny?

If you have never heard of or used John the Ripper, then you most likely have not heard of or used Johnny either. So, what, or who, is Johnny? Well, Johnny is not a who, more like a what. What Johnny is, is a graphical interface to John the Ripper, which is a very powerful and cross-platform password cracking tool […]

s800c is powered by Android and has built-in Wi-Fi

s800c is powered by Android and has built-in Wi-Fi

Android here, Android there, Android everywhere. You just cannot seem to turn anywhere without hearing or reading about Android – for good or bad. For the most part, though, it has been for good. The latest place it showed up is in one of Nikon’s newly released digital camera’s. The Coolpix s800c, which, with the help of Android 2.3 and […]

Have you seen Anaconda’s new UI?

Have you seen Anaconda’s new UI?

Anaconda, the Fedora system installation program, is one of the best available on any distribution – Linux or BSD. It has its faults, but in general, it has more features than any I have used. At least for me, it offers all the features that I need, plus it is very easy to use. Its interface is very intuitive, and […]

Top 3 applications menu extensions for GNOME 3

Top 3 applications menu extensions for GNOME 3

On an unmodified, GNOME 3 desktop, the Activities button provides access to all installed applications. But in some circles, it is one reason that the GNOME 3 desktop is not very popular. In fact, a few GNOME 3-using distributions that offer a more user-friendly interface for desktop computing feature a modified GNOME Shell without the Activities button, opting to replace […]

BlankOn 8 preview

BlankOn 8 preview

BlankOn is a desktop distribution based on Debian, and comes to use courtesy of some enterprising folks from Indonesia. It uses a highly-modified GNOME 3 desktop environment built with an HTML 5 and CSS 3 custom desktop shell called Manokwari. Because I am not particularly fond of the GNOME 3 desktop in its default state, I am always on the […]

BackTrack 5 R3 review

BackTrack 5 R3 review

BackTrack Linux is now known as Kali Linux. You may read all Kali Linux articles and tutorial at http://linuxbsdos.com/category/kali-linux. BackTrack is a security-focused Linux distribution that is loaded with all the best Free Software penetration testing applications available. It is based on Ubuntu Desktop. The latest edition is code-named Revolution, and the newest update-release – BackTrack 5 R3, was released […]

ROSA Marathon Release Pack 1 brings tooltips to SimpleWelcome

ROSA Marathon Release Pack 1 brings tooltips to SimpleWelcome

The first Release Pack of ROSA Marathon 2012 has been made available for public download. ROSA Marathon is the enterprise desktop edition of ROSA Linux, a Linux distribution derived from Mandriva Linux and developed by ROSA Laboratory, a Linux solutions provider based in Moscow, Russia. Desktop environments supported by ROSA Linux are the K Desktop Environment (KDE), GNOME 2, and […]

Android PC vs Hackberry A10

After the Raspberry Pi, the APC and Hackberry A10 are the latest entrants in the hugely popular line of ultra small motherboards designed to run any thing from the Android OS to trimmed down Linux distributions. But keep in mind that these are development boards, not mobos that you can buy and build a standard desktop computer from. No wonder […]

ROSA Marathon 2012 GNOME preview

ROSA Marathon 2012 GNOME preview

The stable version of ROSA Marathon 2012 GNOME has been released. ROSA Marathon is the latest edition of a line of distributions published by ROSA Laboratory, a Linux solutions provider based in Moscow, Russia. Other desktop editions published by ROSA Laboratory are ROSA Marathon 2012 KDE and ROSA Marathon 2012 LXDE. Both have already been reviewed on this website. See […]

Gameplay 1.4 has been released

Gameplay 1.4 has been released

Just over three months after Gameplay 1.2 was released, version 1.4 is now available for download. Gameplay is an open-source, cross-platform C++ game framework from BlackBerry developers. While there was no version 1.3, future release versions are 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, etc, and will include support for Linux, vehicle physics, terrain and scene editor. New features in this release are: Lua […]

Dual-boot Fedora 17 on LVM and Windows 7 on a PC with 2 hard drives

Dual-boot Fedora 17 on LVM and Windows 7 on a PC with 2 hard drives

This article offers a step-by-step guide on how to dual-boot Windows 7 and Fedora 17 on a computer with two hard drives, with Fedora 17 installed on an LVM partitioning scheme. LVM, the Linux Logical Volume Manager, is the default disk partitioning scheme in Fedora 17, but disk space allocation to the logical volumes could be better. Take the image […]

One more reason to not use Skype for Linux

Even though Skype for Linux is unlike most applications available on any Linux installation, that is, it is a proprietary application, it has long been a popular chat and VoIP application for many users, not for free software purists, but for those that do not care about the core philosophies of free software. If you belong to that group, that […]

Look what Stella brought to CentOS 6.3

Look what Stella brought to CentOS 6.3

There is a new Linux distribution released almost every week, sometimes, even every day. The latest is one called Stella, and the first version is Stella 6.3. Stella is a desktop-focused remix of CentOS, and Stella 6.3 is based on CentOS 6.3. If you are familiar with CentOS, you know that out of the box, it is not really designed […]