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Install Cinnamon 1.3.1 in Fedora 16

Install Cinnamon 1.3.1 in Fedora 16

The first article on Fedora and Cinnamon published on this website was about installing Cinnamon 1.1.3 on Fedora 16. Now that a newer version of Cinnamon has been released, time for an update or upgrade. If you used the tutorial referenced above to install Cinnamon on Fedora 16, you only need to upgrade because Cinnamon 1.3.1, the latest version, should […]

Mageia 2 beta 1 screen shot preview

Mageia 2 beta 1 screen shot preview

The first beta release of Mageia 2 was made available for download yesterday (February 21). The final stable release is not due until May 3, but from test installations of this first beta, in both real hardware and virtual environment, I can tell you that Mageia 2 may very well turn out to be the best desktop distribution of 2012. […]

How to install Cinnamon 1.3.1 in Ubuntu 11.10

How to install Cinnamon 1.3.1 in Ubuntu 11.10

Cinnamon 1.3.1 is the latest version of Cinnamon, a new desktop environment forked from GNOME 3 by the developers of Linux Mint. Given the need for a desktop other than Unity on Ubuntu, Cinnamon just might be the best GNOME 3 alternative desktop environment available. This tutorial gives the simple steps required to install Cinnamon 1.3.1 on Ubuntu 11.10. It […]

Install Ubuntu 11.10 on external hard drive, with an ntfs partition at the end

Install Ubuntu 11.10 on external hard drive, with an ntfs partition at the end

How to install Ubuntu 11.04 on external hard disk, showed how to install Ubuntu 11.04 on a portable USB hard drive. This tutorial, written for Ubuntu 11.10, takes it a step further by showing how to add an NTFS partition at the end of an external drive – after installing Ubuntu. It is a very simple process, but if you […]

Autologin, passwordless login and controlling who can reboot and shutdown your computer in KDE

Autologin, passwordless login and controlling who can reboot and shutdown your computer in KDE

Autologin and passwordless login play a critical role in the physical security posture of your computer. In KDE, they are very easy to configure. But being easy to configure does not mean that you should. Why? For one, enabling autologin makes it super easy for anybody with physical access to your computer to login, without making the required stop at […]

How to install AppMenu-QML on Fedora 16 KDE

How to install AppMenu-QML on Fedora 16 KDE

There are several menu styles available for users of the K Desktop Environment. Virtually all, should be familiar with the Classic menu, the Kickoff menu, and Lancelot. I have recently published several articles on the Takeoff Launcher, and there is, of course, Mandriva’s ROSA Launcher (view some screen shots here). Today, I bring another menu style to your attention. It […]

Why Ubuntu Business Desktop Remix will be a tough sell

Why Ubuntu Business Desktop Remix will be a tough sell

Ubuntu Business Desktop Remix is an edition of Ubuntu Desktop tweaked for use by institutional or business users. It was announced by Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu, in this blog post. The first release is based on Ubuntu 11.10 Desktop Live CD. So what is the difference between it and the end-user desktop Live CD edition? According to Mark, […]

Install appmenu-qt, HUD-like application, on Linux Mint 12 KDE

Install appmenu-qt, HUD-like application, on Linux Mint 12 KDE

Many articles have already been written about Ubuntu’s HUD, or Head-Up Display, a feature that is expected on future versions of the popular distribution. It is intended to replace the menu as we know it, with voice capabilities built-in. You may read the original article by Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu, here. If you use a distribution running the […]

Android Ice Cream Sandwich ported to x86 tablets, netbooks and notebooks

Linpus Technologies, Inc., a Linux software solutions provider based in Taipei, Taiwan, just announced that they have ported Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest edition of Android, to run on x86 tablet, netbook and notebook computers. Linpus is the publisher of several Linux distributions, including Linpus Lite Desktop Edition, Linpus QuickOS and Linpus Lite PCTV. The latest edition of Linpus Lite […]

How to make DuckDuckGo the default search engine in Chromium

How to make DuckDuckGo the default search engine in Chromium

The folks behind DuckDuckGo have been deftly positioning the search engine as one you should be using, if you are tired or want to avoid snooping by Google and others like it. It is a message that I have bought into, and I think you will too, once you get to know how Google and other search engines track and […]

How to customize Linux Mint 12 KDE

How to customize Linux Mint 12 KDE

Linux Mint 12 KDE is the latest release of Linux Mint KDE, a distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. It has already being reviewed on this website (see Linux Mint 12 KDE review), and several other articles written about it here. This article provides simple suggestions that you can employ to customize an installation of Linux Mint 12 KDE that would […]

Bouncing malware from Android Market

The battle between malware writers and those trying to make their life miserable is a never ending one, will forever be a never ending one. The nature of the battle field makes it so. The bad guys will always find a way, sooner or later, to penetrate the security wall around an application. And as soon as one hole is […]

ownCloud 3 released with enhanced features

ownCloud 3 released with enhanced features

Version 3 of ownCloud, the open source, cloud application that enables you to run your own cloud server from your computer, has been released. This comes roughly 47 days before the launch of a commercial entity that would provide products and services for ownCloud. “Major new features in this release include: the ownCloud application store, which allows users to take […]

Endian Firewall Community 2.5.1 released

Endian Firewall Community is a free edition of Endian Firewall, a security-focused Linux distribution developed by Endian S.r.l., a Linux solutions provider based in Bolzano Italy. Endian Firewall Community is designed for small, non-profit organizations and SOHO (Small-/Home-Office) deployments. The latest version, Endian Firewall Community 2.5.1, released today, comes with several feature enhancements, including support for most modern UMTS/3G USB […]

Anti SOPA/PIPA Protest: How it happened and what you can do

The protest against Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) has come and gone, but the fight is just getting started. Proponents of SOPA, a legislative proposal thought to be dead by those opposing it, have promised to make another pass at making it the law of the land, and PIPA is due for a test […]

How to install Takeoff Launcher on Fedora 16 KDE

How to install Takeoff Launcher on Fedora 16 KDE

Takeoff Launcher is one of my favorite menu styles and I consider it one of 2 cool reasons to use the K Desktop Environment. Though it is not in Fedora’s repository, there is an rpm package that you can install from the project’s website. In this tutorial, you will read about the steps necessary to install and customize it on […]

Install Quick Access on Linux Mint 12 KDE or any KDE installation

Install Quick Access on Linux Mint 12 KDE or any KDE installation

I am always looking for tools and applications that make the desktop a lot more fun to use, while boosting my productivity at the same time. Such tools should accomplish those objectives without getting in the way. I have already written about two of them in 2 cool reasons to use the K Desktop Environment. In this article, steps you […]

How to install Linux Mint 12 KDE on a btrfs file system

How to install Linux Mint 12 KDE on a btrfs file system

While we are still waiting for Btrfs, the B-tree File System, to be mature enough and be used as the default file system in Linux, it is already possible to install your favorite (Linux) distribution on a Btrfs file system. Linux Mint 12 KDE, a distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop, is one of those. In this article, the steps required […]

Manual disk partitioning guide for Linux Mint 12 KDE

Manual disk partitioning guide for Linux Mint 12 KDE

Linux Mint 12 KDE will be the next stable release of the KDE edition of Linux Mint, a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. (A release candidate was made available for download on Wednesday January 11.) By default, the installer creates just two partitions on which the system is installed. These are for the root and Swap partitions. While those […]

How to compile and install Takeoff Launcher on Linux Mint 12 KDE

How to compile and install Takeoff Launcher on Linux Mint 12 KDE

There are several menu styles to choose from in the K Desktop Environment, but my favorite is the Takeoff Launcher, which is why I consider it one of 2 cool reasons to use the K Desktop Environment. In this article, the steps you need to take to replace Kickoff menu, the default menu style on Linux Mint 12 KDE, are […]