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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 […]

$49 Android PC’s ROM, kernel and bootloader released

$49 Android PC’s ROM, kernel and bootloader released

It has just been announced that the ROM, kernel and bootloader for the APC (Android PC) are now available for public download. The APC is an initiative of VIA Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of integrated circuits based in Taiwan. It is a purpose-built Android PC system designed for keyboard and mouse input, and powered by a VIA 800MHz processor, with […]

Linux Mint 13 KDE and Xfce preview

Linux Mint 13 KDE and Xfce preview

The KDE and Xfce editions of Linux Mint 13, code-named Kaya, have been released. Previously released editions were the MATE/Cinnamon editions, which have already been reviewed on this website (see Linux Mint 13 MATE/Cinnamon review). Linux Mint is a Linux desktop distribution based on Ubuntu desktop and is one of the most popular Linux distributions still in active development. This […]

Another one bites the dust, and goes open source

According to an old saying, when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. That, however, does not seem to apply in the proprietary software business, because as we have seen over the years, whenever a proprietary software vendor falls on tough financial times, it closes shop and releases its products under an open source license. HP did it with […]

Dual-boot Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7 on a computer with 2 hard drives

Dual-boot Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7 on a computer with 2 hard drives

This is the second article on dual-booting Ubuntu Desktop 12.04 with Windows 7. But while the first one, how to dual-boot Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7, showed how to do it on a computer with a single hard drive, this one gives a step-by-step guide on how to do it on a computer with two hard drives. If you have […]

Dual-boot Linux Deepin 12.06 and Windows 7 on a computer with 2 hard drives

Dual-boot Linux Deepin 12.06 and Windows 7 on a computer with 2 hard drives

Linux Deepin is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. Like Pear Linux, it ships with a custom GNOME 3 interface that is more user-friendly than the stock GNOME 3 desktop. The latest edition, Linux Deepin 12.06, which is based on Ubuntu 12.04, was released just a few days ago. While a detailed review is still in the works, this […]

How to add an entry for a Linux distribution in Windows’ boot menu

How to add an entry for a Linux distribution in Windows’ boot menu

Dual-booting any version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system with a Linux or BSD desktop or server distribution is a very common practice. For first time users of Linux, that is the easiest way to keep using Windows, while getting used to their choice of Linux distribution. One of the most important decisions you have to make when dual-booting Windows and […]

Dual-boot Pear Linux 5 and Windows 7 on a PC with 2 hard drives

Dual-boot Pear Linux 5 and Windows 7 on a PC with 2 hard drives

Pear Linux is a desktop distribution with a custom GNOME 3 interface. It is based on Ubuntu Desktop, and it is one of those distribution’s you want to use if you do not like Ubuntu’s graphical interface, Unity, or the stock GNOME 3 desktop. The latest edition, Pear Linux 5, was released just a few days ago. While a detailed […]

Manual LVM disk partitioning guide for Fedora 17

Manual LVM disk partitioning guide for Fedora 17

Anaconda, the Fedora system installation program, is one of the easiest and most feature-rich graphical installation programs available on any distribution. The default partitioning scheme, which uses LVM, the Linux Logical Volume Manager, should be good enough for most systems, especially for standalone Fedora installations. But sometimes, you might find yourself in a situation where you want to dual-boot an […]

PC-BSD 9.1 preview

PC-BSD 9.1 preview

PC-BSD 9.1 beta 1, the latest pre-stable version of what will become PC-BSD 9.1, has been released. PC-BSD is a desktop-centric distribution based on FreeBSD. It used to be primarily a KDE-using distribution, but the installer now has options to install a system using other major desktop environments. Aside from KDE, users can opt to install a PC-BSD desktop system […]

Manual disk partitioning guide for BackTrack 5 R2 GNOME

Manual disk partitioning guide for BackTrack 5 R2 GNOME

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 Linux distribution designed for penetration testers and other security professionals, or those who want to mess with all the best security and penetration testing applications the free software community has to offer. In terms of hacking software, BackTrack […]

Linux Deepin 12.06 preview

Linux Deepin 12.06 preview

Linux Deepin is a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu. The latest edition, Linux Deepin 12.06, which is based on Ubuntu Desktop 12.04, was released – depending on your time zone – yesterday or today. Linux Deepin is one of the very few distributions that use the GNOME 3 desktop that I will gladly recommend to anybody, even first time users […]

How to add and manage users in Pear Linux 5

How to add and manage users in Pear Linux 5

Creating and managing user accounts in Pear Linux 5 or any other desktop Linux distribution is a very simple task. This article touches on the difference between the two types of user accounts on Pear Linux and how to manage them. The two types of user accounts are Administrator and Standard. The user account created during the installation process is, […]

Pear Linux 5 preview

Pear Linux 5 preview

The latest edition of Pear Linux, Pear Linux 5, has been released. Code-named Sunsprite, based on Ubuntu 12.04, and using (Linux) kernel 3.2, Pear Linux 5 ships with a modified GNOME Shell called Pear Shell. This article just presents a few screen shots from a test installation of a 32-bit installation image on real hardware. A future article will present […]

FT103 SmartDisplay: 21.5-inch Android 4.0 “tablet”

FT103 SmartDisplay: 21.5-inch Android 4.0 “tablet”

If its dimensions were more compact, you could call it the latest Android tablet, but at 21.5 inches, the FT103 SmartDisplay from KOUZIRO Corporation of Japan does not readily fit into that popular mobile device category, even though it has all the other trappings of one. This “tablet” computer is powered by a dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP 4428 processor gunning […]

ROSA Desktop 2012 roadmap approved

The roadmap for ROSA Desktop 2012 has been approved. ROSA Linux is a line of Linux distributions published by ROSA Laboratory, a Linux solutions provider based in Moscow, Russia. The distribution is derived from Mandriva Linux. Aside from ROSA Desktop, which is intended for private desktop users, the company also publishes a desktop edition for enterprise or business users, and […]

iPPea TV: Android 4.0 dongle for HDMI-enabled DTVs

iPPea TV: Android 4.0 dongle for HDMI-enabled DTVs

It seems that every time an Android-based dongle (mini-computer) is released or announced, the price drops lower. And that is a good thing. Very good actually. You probably already read about the HDMI Dongle and the ANDHDM2s. The latest to be announced is the iPPea TV, an Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) based dongle from iPPea Inc., a technology outfit […]

Suricata 1.3 released

Suricata 1.3, the latest version of Suricata, has been released. Suricata is an IDS/IPS engine built by the Open Information Security Foundation (OISF), a non-profit foundation funded by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and several private companies. Suricata can load the standard Snort VRT, Emerging Threats or the Emerging Threats Pro rulesets, and can be managed using BASE […]

Help Mandriva choose a name for its community distribution

Mandriva is in the final stages of launching the community edition of Mandriva Linux. And they are asking for your input – to help choose a name for that community edition. What do you need to do? Here is the official announcement: Starting now, we have opened a poll that will let you pick the name of the future distribution […]