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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 […]

How to disable Taskbar Thumbnails in KDE

How to disable Taskbar Thumbnails in KDE

Every desktop environment has its share of good and bad features, and a few good features that some find a little bit annoying. The Taskbar Thumbnail is one of those good features that manages to be, for some, annoying. If you use KDE, you probably know what I am referring to. If not, see the first screen shot below. It […]

Disk encryption in ROSA Marathon 2012

Disk encryption in ROSA Marathon 2012

ROSA Marathon is a Linux distribution derived from Mandriva Desktop. It is developed by ROSA Labs, a Linux solutions provider based in Moscow, Russia. ROSA Marathon 2012, the latest edition, was released just a few days ago. As a Mandriva-drived distribution, ROSA Marathon retains all the excellent graphical (management) applications of its parent distribution. One of those applications, is the […]

It’s back to square one for Mandriva Linux

When the going gets though, as the saying goes, the tough gets going. That is usually a test of character. When it comes to software companies in a financial mess, that old adage can be paraphrased as: When the going gets tough, we dump our software on the (open source) community. It certainly was true of HP/Palm and their webOS […]

Mageia 2 and the default GNOME 3 desktop

Mageia 2 and the default GNOME 3 desktop

Mageia is a Linux distribution forked from Mandriva Desktop. Mageia 2 is the upcoming release, which is slated to be made available for public download just four days from today. I have been messing around with the Release Candidate, whose installation image comes in a CD- or DVD-size ISO image. During the installation process, I observed that you are given […]

How to dual-boot Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7

How to dual-boot Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7

One tool that has seen very little or no change over the past several releases in Ubuntu Desktop is the installation program. So it is somewhat surprising that some users are having problems dual-booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 using a tutorial written for Ubuntu 11.04. Stemming from comments in that article, and email from readers, I decided to revisit […]

Apache OpenOffice 3.4 released

Apache OpenOffice 3.4 released

Apache OpenOffice 3.4, the first (stable) release of the free software office suite since its development was handed over to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), has been released. The announcement was made earlier today. Before coming under the administration of the ASF, OpenOffice.org, as it was known then, was the most popular office suite in the free software community, and […]

PC-BSD 9.1 installer preview

PC-BSD 9.1 installer preview

The latest snapshot release of PC-BSD 9, which will become PC-BSD 9.1, has just been officially announced in the developers mailing list. PC-BSD is a distribution of FreeBSD, or to satisfy those who argue that the word “distribution” does not apply to the BSDs, it is based on FreeBSD. One of the most important aspects of a distribution (there goes […]

Updating Chakra Archimedes

Updating Chakra Archimedes

Chakra is a desktop Linux distribution forked from Arch Linux. It is a “pure” KDE-based distribution, with a facility to run GTK applications through a Bundle System. The latest edition is Chakra Archimedes, and being a semi-rolling or half-rolling release distribution, Chakra does not need to be reinstalled when new updates become available. (Chakra) Archimedes was first released in February […]