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ROMP gets support for MIDI files

ROMP gets support for MIDI files

ROSA Media Player, (ROMP), is a media player from ROSA Laboratory (ROSA Company), a Russian Linux software solutions provider responsible for ROSA Linux distributions. It is the default media player on the KDE edition of ROSA Desktop, a distribution derived from Mandriva. It is one of the better media players available on any distribution, with a feature that other applications […]

Downloads of Apache OpenOffice 3.4.0 top 5 million

Downloads of Apache OpenOffice 3.4.0 top 5 million

Apache 3.4 was released just six weeks ago. Since that time, download rate has been brisk. That is relative, of course, but for a software that is no longer installed by default on Linux distributions, surpassing the 5 million download mark in six weeks is still impressive. If you just dropped in from outer space, Apache OpenOffice, or what used […]

How to make Fedora 17 more user-friendly with easyLife

How to make Fedora 17 more user-friendly with easyLife

Because of the philosophical stance of the Fedora project’s team, a default installation of Fedora 17 requires a lot more tweaking than other distributions to get it to a user-friendly state, where you can accomplish most tasks on the system without getting digital grease on your finger tips. That is a reference to the fact that Fedora 17 or previous […]

Zorin OS 6 Core preview

Zorin OS 6 Core preview

I do not have the exact numbers, but I think it is save to say that there are more distributions that are based on Ubuntu than on any other (actively) developed distribution. While most add no real value to the system, a few attempt to do something different, even if slightly, from the parent distribution. Zorin OS is one of […]

Mandriva 2012 technical preview

Mandriva 2012 technical preview

With the release of Mandriva 2012 technology preview last week, Mandriva SA has taken the first step towards publishing Mandriva 2012. The release announcement shows that the company will now support desktop environments other than the K Desktop Environment, which was the default and only desktop environment supported in Mandriva Desktop 2011. The installer in this technical preview gives you […]

Sabayon 9 KDE and GNOME preview

Sabayon 9 KDE and GNOME preview

Sabayon 9 is the latest release of Sabayon, a multi-purpose Linux distribution derived from Gentoo Linux. Made available for download are 32- and 64-bit installation ISO images for KDE, GNOME 3 and Xfce desktop environments. Sabayon is a rolling-release distribution, so existing users do not have to reinstall to get the latest core and applications of a Sabayon release. That […]

How to dual-boot Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon/MATE and Windows 7

How to dual-boot Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon/MATE and Windows 7

Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon and Linux Mint 13 MATE are the latest editions of the popular Linux desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. This tutorial presents a step-by-step guide on how to dual-boot either one with Windows 7 on a computer with a single hard drive. Because the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 13 share the same installation […]

2 cool features to expect in KDE 4.9

2 cool features to expect in KDE 4.9

The first beta of what will become KDE 4.9 was released yesterday, just four day past due date. After the usual round of testing and more pre-stable releases, the final, stable version of KDE 4.9 should hit the proverbial shelves early August 2012. The complete release schedule is available here. The list of planned features is very long and includes […]

How to change the height and position of the KDE panel

How to change the height and position of the KDE panel

You would think that the process involved in changing the height and position of the KDE panel should not need documentation, but apparently, it does. Partly because it is not as obvious as it should be. It is not the type of subject I write tutorials about, but one too many search traffic to this website on the topic moved […]

MATE vs Cinnamon

MATE vs Cinnamon

Read an updated version of this article at Your choice: Cinnamon or MATE. MATE and Cinnamon are two recent additions to the list of desktop environments and window managers available for Linux and BSD distributions. You see, in the free software/open source community, there is nothing like too many options. The more, it appears, the better. The aim of this […]

Piwik 1.8 released

Piwik 1.8 released

Piwik is a free software/open source Web analytics software developed in much the same manner as most open source applications – global collaboration of talented coders doing what they love. It is an alternative to Google Analytics and from my experience, better in many respects. If you manage websites and want to have complete control over traffic monitoring, Piwik is […]

Install Cinnamon 1.4 on Fedora 17

Install Cinnamon 1.4 on Fedora 17

The just released Fedora 17 offers a choice of four main desktop environments – GNOME 3, KDE, LXDE and Xfce. All have their loyal base, but there is a significant segment of the user community that will not use a GNOME 3 desktop in its default state. For those set of users, suitable alternatives are: Modify the interface with extensions, […]

Fedora 17 KDE and GNOME 3 preview

Fedora 17 KDE and GNOME 3 preview

Fedora 17, code-named Beefy Miracle, was released yesterday for all to download and use. Aside for the main edition, which uses the GNOME 3 desktop environments, installation images for three main Spins were also released. These are for KDE, LXDE and Xfce. Specialized Spins for Security, Scientific-KDE, Design-suite, SoaS, Games, Electronic-lab and Robotics were also released. It is very unlikely […]

How to get back that friendly desktop look on Mageia 2 GNOME 3

How to get back that friendly desktop look on Mageia 2 GNOME 3

GNOME 3, KDE, LXDE and E17 are four complete desktop environments available during the installation of Mageia 2, the latest release of the Linux distribution derived from Mandriva. While KDE is usable without modification for the vast majority of users, the other three require that most users get some digital grease on their hands before getting real comfy using them. […]

Panel-Docklet: A must-install extension for GNOME 3

Panel-Docklet: A must-install extension for GNOME 3

It is no secret that I do not like the default GNOME 3 desktop, not because everything about it is bad, but because the default setting does to rhyme with how I interact with my desktop or how I like to interact with my desktop. Consequently, I have not even bothered to install a distribution running GNOME 3 in its […]

Flip Cinnamon panel to top of desktop

Flip Cinnamon panel to top of desktop

Advancement is supposed to make stuff easier to use, but that has not been the case on free software desktop environments. Tasks that used to take one or two mouse clicks, now takes several. Ones that are usually accomplished in one or two phases, now takes three. GNOME 3 is a perfect example, but it is not the only one. […]

Linux Mint 13 MATE/Cinnamon preview

Linux Mint 13 MATE/Cinnamon preview

Linux Mint 13 is the latest release version of the Linux Mint, the desktop Linux distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. This edition is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Unlike earlier editions of Linux Mint that shipped with one main GNOME edition, Linux Mint 13, code-named Maya, ships with two “main” GNOME editions. There is Linux Mint 13 MATE, which features […]

Installing BackTrack 5 R2 GNOME

Installing 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 5 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. BackTrack 5 R2 is the […]

Mageia 2 and E17 desktop environment

Mageia 2 and E17 desktop environment

Mageia 2, the second edition of the Linux distribution forked from Mandriva Linux, was released just two days ago. Made available for download, were Live CD installation images for KDE and GNOME 3, and other ISO installation media that allows you to install desktop environments and window managers other than KDE and GNOME 3. One of those “other” desktop environments/window […]

StackFolder and KLook integration

StackFolder and KLook integration

Last November, I published an article titled 2 cool reasons to use the K Desktop Environment. The reasons I cited in that article, are two applications called StackFolder and Takeoff Launcher. StackFolder is a ROSA/Mandriva widgetized application that makes it easy to browse the contents of a folder right from the KDE panel, without opening Dolphin, the file manager. Takeoff […]