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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 a hard time 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 […]

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 […]

Still in search of that perfect desktop distribution

The quest for perfection is an endless one. Like the quest for freedom (material or spiritual), there is always one more step. It is just the nature of things in the physical universe. The best we can do is keep trying. And that is exactly what I have been doing with regards to the free operating systems that power my […]

The first thing to do after installing Linux Mint Debian 201204

The first thing to do after installing Linux Mint Debian 201204

Linux Mint Debian is a line of desktop distribution based on Debian, developed by the same group responsible for Linux Mint, a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. The latest edition, released on April 24, is Linux Mint Debian 201204. Made available for download were the Xfce and MATE/Cinnamon editions. Both editions have already being reviewed here and here. While […]

What will ‘rm -rf /’ actually do to your Linux/BSD machine?

What will ‘rm -rf /’ actually do to your Linux/BSD machine?

For expert users of Linux and other UNIX-like operating systems, the command line is where the action is. We (they) claim that stuff gets done faster and easier on the command line than pointing and clicking on a fancy graphical interface. While that may, to a very large extend, be true, the command line can be a scary place for […]

What’s the point of having 2 scrollbar types in Ubuntu 12.04?

What’s the point of having 2 scrollbar types in Ubuntu 12.04?

With free software operating systems, a popular practice is to install, out of the box, more than one application for the same computing task. For new users, it is a good thing, since it made it possible for them to test-drive the best applications that their distribution has to offer. The only downside to the practice is the extra disk […]

Install the latest and greatest Cinnamon desktop on Ubuntu 12.04

Install the latest and greatest Cinnamon desktop on Ubuntu 12.04

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, code-named Precise Pangolin, is the latest release of the popular Linux distribution. It was made available for the public just a few hours ago. While the distribution itself is very popular, the Unity desktop, the graphical interface that we all see, is not necessarily as popular. And that is because it is not very user-friendly. It has […]

How to run Linux Mint Debian Cinnamon in VirtualBox

How to run Linux Mint Debian Cinnamon in VirtualBox

One edition of Linux Mint Debian released a few days ago, features two desktop environments – MATE and Cinnamon. The former is a fork of GNOME 2, while the later is an attempt to bring sanity to GNOME 3, to make it look like something designed for use on desktop computers. So that if you installed it on your computer, […]

Manual disk partitioning guide for Linux Mint Debian

Manual disk partitioning guide for Linux Mint Debian

The latest ISO installation images for Linux Mint Debian, the line of Linux Mint based on Debian, were made available for download a few days ago. While it is one of the most user-friendly desktop distributions out of the box, the installer is any thing but user-friendly. Though the default disk partitioning scheme works, you may find yourself in a […]

Gameplay 1.2, open source game development framework, released

Gameplay 1.2, open source game development framework, released

Gameplay 1.2, a cross-platform, C++ game framework designed for learning and writing mobile and desktop games, has been released. Gameplay is an open source project hosted on Github and developed by Sean Paul and Steve Grenier, both graphics and game developers at Research In Motion, maker of the BlackBerry® smartphone and PlayBook tablet computer. Aside from the BlackBerry platform, Gameplay […]

How to install Takeoff Launcher on Kubuntu 12.04

How to install Takeoff Launcher on Kubuntu 12.04

Takeoff Launcher, one of 2 cool reasons to use the K Desktop Environment, is a fullscreen menu (for KDE). It is one of several menu styles available for that desktop environment. Published articles on this subject include how to compile and install it on Linux Mint 12 KDE and how to install it on Fedora 16 KDE. In this article, […]

Replace Oxygen with ROSA theme on any KDE-powered distribution

Replace Oxygen with ROSA theme on any KDE-powered distribution

I like beautiful graphics, but beauty, as they say, is in the eyes of the beholder, so what I consider beautiful, might not be that to you. So when I say the icons that come with the Oxygen theme on the K Desktop Environment are not very visually appealing, do not get mad if you do not agree. After all, […]

5 user-friendly applications you could be using now

5 user-friendly applications you could be using now

Nothing boosts productivity like an application or piece of software that makes if very easy to get your computing tasks done without fighting your way computer all the way. And I am always in search of such applications. In the past few months, five such applications have come to my attention. And they are all free software, available on your […]