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Mageia 2 beta 3:  Last beta sports a new look

Mageia 2 beta 3: Last beta sports a new look

The third and final beta edition of Mageia 2, a desktop Linux distribution derived from Mandriva Desktop, has been released. The first and only Release Candidate is expected on May 2, with the final, stable edition slated for release on May 15. So, what does this release has to offer? Aside from the usual new features and bugfixes, Mageia 2 […]

ROSA Marathon 2012 LXDE beta: First impression

ROSA Marathon 2012 LXDE beta: First impression

ROSA Company has announced the release of ROSA Marathon 2012 LXDE beta edition, following the earlier release of ROSA Marathon 2012 beta, which uses the KDE 4 desktop environment. You may read a review of that KDE edition of ROSA Desktop at ROSA Desktop 2012 beta review. This is the Moscow-based outfit’s desktop distribution that uses the Lightweight X11 Desktop […]

Fedora 17 GNOME, KDE, LXDE and Xfce beta: Last before the final

Fedora 17 GNOME, KDE, LXDE and Xfce beta: Last before the final

Fedora 17 GNOME beta, as well as the beta of the KDE, LXDE and Xfce Spins, were released yesterday – almost two weeks past due date. This, however, is not highly unusual for the Fedora project. Unlike Ubuntu, their release schedule is not cast in concrete. They are more interested in getting stuff that works out the door, instead of […]

Calligra 2.4.0 released

Calligra 2.4.0 released

After a long developmental period, Calligra 2.4.0, the first stable version of Calligra, has been released. Calligra is a Qt-based graphic and office suite forked from KOffice in 2010. Note: In some quarters, Calligra is said to be a continuation of KOffice, rather than a fork. Besides a complete set of office productivity application that you will find on most […]

ROMP: Media player with built-in desktop recorder

ROMP: Media player with built-in desktop recorder

ROSA Desktop 2012 beta is a distribution that I am currently reviewing. It is a desktop distribution derived from Mandriva Desktop. It has all the features that you will find on its parent distribution. It has also a few cool features brand new to it. One of those, KLook, I have already written about. (See KLook: A Swiss Army Knife […]

KLook: A Swiss Army Knife of media type viewers

KLook: A Swiss Army Knife of media type viewers

It is a joy to come across an application that works so well and combines the features and functionalities of several applications that it is difficult to not want to tell everybody about it. The application I am referring to, is called KLook. That is “look” prefixed with a “K.” If you have not played with the beta edition of […]

Create an app for MintChip and win 10 oz of GOLD or 1 Gold Wafer

No, this has nothing to do with Linux Mint or Linux Mint Debian Edition. What it is, is an attempt by the Royal Canadian Mint to create an alternative digital or crypto-currency. Think of MintChip as Bitcoin, but backed by a country. Bitcoin is the open source application and project operating under the MIT license with the goal of creating […]

How to install Jitsi in Fedora

How to install Jitsi in Fedora

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 […]

Early Easter present in Fedora 17 beta

Early Easter present in Fedora 17 beta

So Fedora 17 beta was supposed to have been released on April 3. Today is April 5 and we are still waiting. But that is the way it is with the Fedora project. Release dates are not set in concrete. They will release something when it is ready, not to meet a predetermined release schedule. When it does become available […]

Should you be worried about Ubuntu Desktop’s privacy settings?

Should you be worried about Ubuntu Desktop’s privacy settings?

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Long Term Support), aka Precise Pangolin, will be released towards the end of this month. Like most distribution releases, it will come with its share of new features, enhancements and bugfixes. You will find one of those new features in System Settings, the hub for most graphical administrative tools in Ubuntu and GNOME 3 desktops in general. […]

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 […]