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Install Jitsi 1.0 in Debian, Linux Mint and Ubuntu

Install Jitsi 1.0 in Debian, Linux Mint and Ubuntu

Jitsi is a multi-protocol, multi-platform voice and video instant messenger client. It is mostly implemented in Java, and is Free/Open Source software licensed under the LGPL. Where other VoIP services and clients send data in the clear, Jitsi sets itself apart by making use of ZRTP to set up secure communication with SRTP, Secure Real-time Transport Protocol. Version 1.0 was […]

Jitsi 1.0 released

Jitsi 1.0 released

Version 1.0 of Jitsi, an audio/video and chat communicator, has been released. This comes after four months of active development, bug hunting and fixing. Jitsi offers several advanced communication features, including secure video calls using ZRTP, conferencing, chat, file transfer, and cross-platform remote desktop sharing. It is available under the LGPL license. The list of new features and bugs fixed […]

Creating and managing user accounts in a GNOME 3 or Ubuntu desktop

Creating and managing user accounts in a GNOME 3 or Ubuntu desktop

Creating and managing user accounts on a Linux system is just as easy as on any other operating system. However, users new to Linux might not know the different account types on a Linux system. And that is what this tutorial is all about. Very briefly, with screen shots to clarify, but detailed enough for a new user to get […]

Kubuntu Active 12.04 beta 2 screen shots

Kubuntu Active 12.04 beta 2 screen shots

Though the second beta edition of what will become Kubuntu 12.04 was released last month (see screen shots here), very little press was given to another edition released on the same day. That edition is Kubuntu Active 12.04 beta 2, a version with a graphical interface called Kubuntu Active, which is designed for use on tablet computers. Whether it will […]

What DEFT brings to the table

What DEFT brings to the table

DEFT is a Linux distribution that is based on Lubuntu, itself based on Ubuntu Desktop, and loaded with the “best free and open source applications dedicated to incident response, cyber intelligence, computer forensics” and designed for use by the military, law enforcement, private security professional and IT auditors. It is the third of such Linux distributions that has been written […]

Kubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin beta 2 screen shots

Kubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin beta 2 screen shots

The second beta release of what will become Kubuntu 12.04 LTS has been released, less than 30 days before the final stable version is made available for public download. Aside from this traditional desktop distribution, the Kubuntu project also released the second beta of Kubuntu-Active, a version specially designed for tablet computers. Since that comes as a separate download, screen […]

Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin beta 2 screen shots

Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin beta 2 screen shots

Less than 30 days before the final release, comes Ubuntu 12.04 beta 2. While there is very little difference in most visible desktop features between this and the last few releases, users still demand to see screen shots. And I do not mind posting them. A detailed review will be posted when the final release, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin LTS […]

3 minutes with GNOME 3.4 built-in desktop recorder

3 minutes with GNOME 3.4 built-in desktop recorder

GNOME 3.4 was released a couple of days ago. A summary of the new features and screen shots have been posted here and here. Two features that I promised to write about are Boxes and the built-in screen or desktop recorder. I am still having some problem getting Boxes to work, so this post, a very short one, is all […]

GNOME 3.4 screen shots

GNOME 3.4 screen shots

GNOME 3.4 was released yesterday and a Live demo ISO CD was made available shortly after. According to the Release Notes, it comes with some very cool features and the usual bugfixes. While I wondered, based on the Release Notes, whether the new features will make you a fan in this article, the Live demo CD gave me an opportunity […]

GNOME 3.4: Will the new features make you a fan?

GNOME 3.4: Will the new features make you a fan?

GNOME 3.4 was released today. Like any software update, it comes with a lot of new features and expected bug fixes. I have never being a big advocate of the GNOME desktop environment, most especially the standard (default) GNOME 3 desktop. That is why I am looking for distributions that ship with a modified GNOME 3 desktop. Three that I […]

How to install and configure a graphical firewall client on Comice OS 4

How to install and configure a graphical firewall client on Comice OS 4

Protecting your computer from network and physical attacks should be at the very top of your computing to-do list. And if you are new to Pear Linux Comice OS 4, a Linux distribution derived from Ubuntu Desktop, the network security aspect has been made a little bit easier for you. And that is because on a new installation of Comice […]

Tweak Pear Linux Comice OS 4 dock

Tweak Pear Linux Comice OS 4 dock

Some tasks in Linux are so easy to do that you think writing a tutorial about them would be a waste of time, until you start seeing significant search traffic related to them. That is what prompted this very brief tutorial. And it is all about the Dock in Pear Linux Comice OS 4, a desktop-centric distribution based on Ubuntu […]

Pear Linux Comice OS 4 Netbook screen shot preview

Pear Linux Comice OS 4 Netbook screen shot preview

Pear Linux is a relatively new community project that publishes several versions of Linux desktop distributions. The projects first “stable” release, Pear Linux Panther 3, was a horde of bugs, and was soon put back in beta mode. During that time, the distribution was renamed to Comice OS, and the first stable edition, Pear Linux Comice OS 4, was released […]

Pear Linux Comice OS 4 screen shot preview

Pear Linux Comice OS 4 screen shot preview

Pear Linux is a relatively new community project that publishes several versions of Linux desktop distributions. The projects first “stable” release, Pear Linux Panther 3, was a horde of bugs, and was soon put back in beta mode. During that time, the distribution was renamed to Comice OS, and the first stable edition, Pear Linux Comice OS 4, was released […]

How to dual-boot BackTrack 5 R2 and Ubuntu 12.04

How to dual-boot BackTrack 5 R2 and Ubuntu 12.04

BackTrack Linux is now known as Kali Linux. You may read all Kali Linux articles and tutorial at http://linuxbsdos.com/category/kali-linux. Yet another article about BackTrack 5, a Linux distribution designed for pentesters and security professionals or those who want to mess with all the best security and penetration testing applications the free software community has to offer. This latest article provides […]

How to dual-boot BackTrack 5 R2 and Windows 7 alongside each other

How to dual-boot BackTrack 5 R2 and Windows 7 alongside each other

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 that is based on Ubuntu, designed for hackers and/or security professionals, and loaded with the best Free Software and Open Source penetration testing applications available. The latest edition is BackTrack 5 R2 (the “R” is for […]

How to install applications on and update Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7

How to install applications on and update Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7

Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7 is a desktop-centric Linux distribution I recently reviewed (see Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7 review. It uses a heavily-modified GNOME 3 desktop, and is published by Linpus Technologies, Inc., a Linux software solutions provider based in Taiwan. Unlike any other distribution that I have used or reviewed in recent memory, a new installation of Linpus Lite Desktop […]

Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7 screen shot preview

Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7 screen shot preview

Linpus Lite is a Linux distribution published by Linpus Technologies, Inc., a Linux software solutions provider based in Taiwan. Linpus Lite Desktop is, as the name suggests, the version designed for traditional desktop computing. Aside from that, the company also publishes other editions (for example, Linpus Lite Android Edition and Linpus Lite PCTV), but those are for OEMs and ODMs […]

Linux Mint 12 LXDE review

Linux Mint 12 LXDE review

Linux Mint LXDE is the edition of Linux Mint, a distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop, that uses the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE), which, as the name suggest, is very well suited for computers with low hardware resources. The latest release is Linux Mint 12 LXDE. If you currently use another edition of Linux Mint 12, like Linux Mint 12 […]

Update on Apache OpenOffice

Update on Apache OpenOffice

Not too long ago, many, yours truly included, thought that OpenOffice was dead. That opinion was informed by the decision the major Linux distributions made to replace OpenOffice.org, as it was known at that time, with LibreOffice, the new office suite forked from OpenOffice.org by its former contributors. If this is all news to you, here is a brief recap […]