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Elementary OS Luna preview

Elementary OS Luna preview

The first beta edition of what will become Elementary OS Luna has been released. Luna is a bold attempt to revamp and completely retool Jupiter, the distribution’s first edition. I got a first look at what Luna will bring to the table with the latest stable edition of Pear Linux, whose shell, Pear Shell, is based on Pantheon, the desktop […]

Dual-boot Mint 13 MATE/Cinnamon and Windows 8 on UEFI hardware

Dual-boot Mint 13 MATE/Cinnamon and Windows 8 on UEFI hardware

Alternate titles: How to dual-boot Linux Mint 13 and Windows 8 Pro; dual-booting Windows 8 and Linux Mint 13 MATE/Cinnamon side-by-side. This article is this website’s latest on Linux Mint, a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. Previous articles are available on the distribution’s category page at http://linuxbsdos.com/category/mint. After writing dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 on UEFI hardware, the […]

Note to EFF: FDE implementation in Ubuntu’s Ubiquity is only at 50%

Note to EFF: FDE implementation in Ubuntu’s Ubiquity is only at 50%

In Privacy in Ubuntu 12.10: Full Disk Encryption, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Micah Lee gave the non-profit organization some credit for pushing Mark Shuttleworth and crew to implement full disk encryption (FDE) in Ubiquity, the graphical installation program of Ubuntu Desktop. That feature, together with LVM, the Linux Logical Volume Manager, made their debut in Ubuntu 12.10, the latest release […]

Why is Windows 8 on SSD invisible to Ubuntu 12.10’s installer?

Why is Windows 8 on SSD invisible to Ubuntu 12.10’s installer?

Soon after I got my paws on a Windows 8 Pro installation DVD, I began what I thought would be a simple process of setting up a dual-boot system between it and Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop on an SSD. The SSD is a 2.5″ 128 GB unit from OCZ Technology Group, Inc., which I have already used to dual-boot Windows 7 […]

Dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 on UEFI hardware

Dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 on UEFI hardware

Alternate titles: How to dual-boot Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop and Windows 8 Pro; how to dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10; dual-booting Windows 8 and Ubuntu on a single hard drive (HDD). So, I got a friend to lend me his copy of Windows 8 Pro. Armed with it, and an installation image of Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop, I set out to […]

Ubuntu 12.10 installation and disk partitioning guide

Ubuntu 12.10 installation and disk partitioning guide

Alternate titles: How to create partitions in Ubuntu 12.10 manually; Manual disk partitioning guide for Ubuntu 12.10. Ubiquity, the graphical installation program of Ubuntu Desktop, got some much-needed feature-enhancements in the latest edition of the popular Linux distribution. Two features that have been standard in the installation programs of other distributions finally got implemented. (One of them, is only partially […]

ZShaolin keeps getting better. Now has vim, nmap, git, rsync, and ssh

Remember ZShaolin? Yep, it’s that Android ninja tool that gives you zsh and a whole bunch of command-line applications on your Android device, minus the need to root it. I first brought it to your attention via this article. Five days later, a new version has been released. And if you were happy with the features the first one shipped […]

How to customize Pear Linux 6

How to customize Pear Linux 6

Pear Linux 6, code-named Bartlett, is the latest release of Pear Linux, or Pear OS, a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. Unlike its parent distribution, which uses the Unity Desktop, Pear Linux features a slightly modified version of the Pantheon Shell called Pear Shell. (In Pear Linux 6 review, I made the erroneous assumption that Pear Shell is an […]

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 […]