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Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin beta 1 screen shots

Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin beta 1 screen shots

The first beta version of what will become Ubuntu 12.04, Precise Pangolin, has just been released. The final, stable version will be released by the end of April. This beta release, as with all pre-stable distribution releases, is an invitation for bug hunters to get busy. So if you have time on your hands, and want to contribute, download an […]

Top 10 enterprise-grade features to expect in Fedora 17

Fedora leads Linux distributions in implementing new and bleeding-edge features with each new edition or version. Fedora 17, code-named Beefy Miracle, which is due sometime in May this year, will extend that lead as it will ship with many features that are yet to be considered by other distributions. Many of the new and enhanced features will be aimed at […]

Fedora 17 alpha KDE screen shots

Fedora 17 alpha KDE screen shots

The first public step towards the release of Fedora 17, code-named Beefy Miracle, was taken yesterday with the release of Fedora 17 alpha. Live CD installation images for the main edition, which uses the GNOME 3 desktop environment, the KDE, Xfce and LXDE Spins, were released. Also released, was a DVD installation image of the main edition and a bfo […]

Top features for desktop users of Fedora 17

Top features for desktop users of Fedora 17

Fedora 17 Alpha, code-named Beefy Miracle, was released yesterday (February 28). Made available for testing were Live CD images for the main edition, which uses the GNOME 3 desktop environment, the KDE edition and for the other Spins. Also released was a DVD installation image of the main edition, and a bfo image for network-based installs. I have downloaded all […]

How to install Cinnamon in Sabayon 8

How to install Cinnamon in Sabayon 8

I think I have lost count of how many Cinnamon-related tutorials I have published in the last two weeks. If nothing else, it goes to show what I think of the new desktop environment, which is a fork of the GNOME 3 shell. The latest version is Cinnamon 1.3.1, but if you are running Sabayon 8 (GNOME), the binary version […]

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 […]