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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 […]

Samba 4.0 has been released

The Samba development team has just announced the release of Samba 4.0. Samba is a Free Software implementation of SMB/CIFS protocols, which makes it possible for any system running Samba to function as a file, print and authentication server suite for Microsoft Windows and UNIX-like clients. Samba 4.0 ships with an LDAP directory server, Heimdal Kerberos authentication server, a secure […]

ROSA Desktop 2012 GNOME alpha

ROSA Desktop 2012 GNOME alpha

The first GNOME 3 edition of ROSA Linux Desktop has been released. ROSA Linux is published by ROSA Laboratory, a Linux software solutions provider based in Moscow, Russia. The main desktop edition published by the company uses the K Desktop Environment (KDE), and the release candidate of the 2012 edition for that desktop environment was made available for download just […]

Limerick migrates to Zentyal’s open source email solution

The city of Limerick, located in mid-west Ireland and, which at a population of about 110,000, is that country’s third largest city, has chosen Zentyal to migrate to an open source email solution. Zentyal is an open source solutions provider based in Zaragoza, Spain. Zentyal is the company’s main software offering, a server platform based on Ubuntu. The migration of […]

GraphBuilder is open sourced

GraphBuilder is open sourced

GraphBuilder is an application that makes it easy to discover (hidden) structures in Big Data. It is an Intel-sponsored project released under the Apache 2 license. The official description says that it is “a Java library for constructing graphs out of large datasets for data analytics and structured machine learning applications that exploit relationships in data.” From the release announcement: […]

ROSA Desktop 2012 preview

ROSA Desktop 2012 preview

The first and last Release Candidate of ROSA Desktop 2012 was announced last week. This means, of course, that the stable edition will be hitting a download mirror near you very soon, likely before Xmas. ROSA Desktop, an end-user edition, is published by ROSA Laboratory, a Linux solutions provider based in Moscow, Russia, which also publishes ROSA Desktop Enterprise. In […]

Install MATE on Fedora 18

Install MATE on Fedora 18

Fedora 18 beta was released a couple of days ago, and though the final version will not hit public download mirrors until early January next year, most aspects of the system are already in stable state, that is, they are 100% ready for your desktop. Aside from the KDE, GNOME 3, LXDE and Xfce desktop environments, users also have the […]

How to create and maintain anonymous email accounts

Don’t let what happened to the director (actually, former director) of a very powerful government agency make you think that engaging in anonymous email activities is impossible. It is, though, as with all things involving digital security, it can never be 100%. But that should not keep you from trying to keep your email communications private and anonymous, because if […]

Know who’s tracking your e-reading habits

Know who’s tracking your e-reading habits

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and once again e-book readers promise to be a very popular gift. Last year’s holiday season saw ownership of a dedicated e-reader device spike to nearly 1 in 5 Americans, and that number is poised to go even higher. But if you’re in the market for an e-reader this year, or for e-books […]

Install Cinnamon on Fedora 18

Install Cinnamon on Fedora 18

Fedora 18 beta was released a couple of days ago, and though the final version will not hit public download mirrors until early January next year, most aspects of the system are already in stable state, that is, they are 100% ready for your desktop. The Cinnamon desktop is one of those aspects that you can run on your system […]

Fedora 18 KDE and GNOME preview

Fedora 18 KDE and GNOME preview

Fedora 18 was not released on schedule, but knowing how the Fedora project operates, this was no surprise, because unlike other distributions, a new Fedora edition is almost never released until all major issues have been fixed. What makes this delay unique is the stable release will not hit public download mirrors until next year. And I think this marks […]

The K Desktop Environment is 15

Editor: The title of this article is misleading, but trust me, it was not intentional. KDE is actually 16, but KDE e. V., the non-profit organization that represents the KDE community, is the entity that turned 15. So, no, my favorite desktop environment did not turn 15. For the record, KDE was founded in October 1996, but KDE e. V. […]

OpenShift Enterprise 1.0 announced

OpenShift is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) product from Red Hat, Inc., a leading open source technology software outfit based in Raleigh, North Carolina. OpenShift is both a cloud platform and a free application that you can run on your hardware. OpenShift Enterprise 1.0 is the next phase in the growth of the platform, and makes it available for small and big […]

How to customize Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon

How to customize Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon

The latest version of Cinnamon desktop that shipped with Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon offers users a stable and fun-to-use desktop environment built on modern user interface technologies. It comes with many desktop effects, with defaults that do not get in your way. While the default settings are good, there are a few settings that you can customize to make it […]

What’s new in Kate

What’s new in Kate

Kate is a professional text editor for the K Desktop Environment (KDE). It is one of the most feature-rich and advanced text editors available on any of the Free Software desktop environments. The name is derived from KDE Advanced Text Editor. The latest news about Kate comes from a posting by Dominik Haumann on the KDE website based on code-commits […]

German govt comes out against Trusted Computing and Secure Boot

Trusted Computing and Secure Boot, especially Secure Boot, are supposed to boost the security of devices that you own. Yes, devices that you own! However, judging from the manner that Secure Boot has been implemented, it sure feels like you do not own that device you bought with your money. Hence the phrase Restricted Boot is more apt. And since […]

Linux Mint 14 MATE and Cinnamon preview

Linux Mint 14 MATE and Cinnamon preview

Linux Mint 14, code-named Nadia, hit the download mirrors yesterday. That’s less than 10 days after the first Release Candidate was announced. What type of testing does this thing get? By the way, that’s normal for Linux Mint distribution, but again, how well is this distribution tested before it’s released to the public? I don’t expect an answer to that […]

OSSEC 2.7 released

OSSEC is Free Software, a GPL-licensed, host-based intrusion detection system (HIDS) that operates on a client-server model. Its development is sponsored by Trend Micro, a software security outfit based in Tokyo, Japan. OSSEC is cross-platform, with binary packages available for all Linux distributions, the BSDs, Windows, Solaris, Mac OS, VMWare ESX, AIX, and HP-UX. OSSEC 2.7 is the latest, stable […]

How to install your favorite Linux distribution on a Series 3 Chromebook

A few weeks I stopped by a Frys stores in my neck of the woods just to browse and see what I could buy. One computer I looked at was the latest Chromebook, the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook. On the hardware side, it is powered by the ARM Mali™-T604 GPU and Samsung’s Exynos 5250 processor, which is based on the […]