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How to dual-boot Chakra Linux Edn and Windows 7, part 1

How to dual-boot Chakra Linux Edn and Windows 7, part 1

Editor: An more detailed, comprehensive and updated version of this tutorial has been published. If you have been expecting “Part 2″, sorry, that has been shelved. You may read it at How to dual-boot Windows 7 and Chakra Linux Archimedes, with shared NTFS partition at the end. Chakra Linux is one of the most promising desktop distributions of 2011. It […]

How to customize Pear OS Linux Panther 3

How to customize Pear OS Linux Panther 3

Pear OS Linux Panther 3 is the latest edition of the desktop Linux distribution based on Ubuntu, but with a desktop appearance that is fashioned after the Mac OS X UI. It has already been reviewed on this website (see Pear OS Linux Panther 3 review). It is the only distribution released this year that actually makes GNOME 3 look […]

Linpus Lite 1.6 desktop edition screenshot preview

Linpus Lite 1.6 desktop edition screenshot preview

Linpus Technologies, Inc., a Linux software solutions provider with headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, today announced that the latest edition of the desktop edition of Linpus Lite is now available for download. The last edition of Linpus Lite that was reviewed on this website, was Linpus Lite 1.4, and that was in September 2010 (see Linpus Lite 1.4 review). That edition […]

Pear OS Linux Panther 3 screenshot preview

Pear OS Linux Panther 3 screenshot preview

Pear OS is a new Linux desktop distribution based on Ubuntu. Development started in early August 2011, and Pear OS 1.0, the first version marked “stable,” was released on August 15 2011. The newest release is Pear OS Linux Panther 3. I tend not to pay too much attention to Ubuntu-based distributions especially when there is no feature or features […]

4 security features in Fedora 16

4 security features in Fedora 16

The security features in Fedora make it one of my favorite Linux distributions. And that is partly why it is in my list of the top 6 KDE distributions of 2011, even though it takes some tweaking to get it to the it just works state. I will take the security advantages of an operating system over any user-friendliness weaknesses, […]

How to run Unity desktop on Linux Mint 12

How to run Unity desktop on Linux Mint 12

Out of the box, Linux Mint 12, the latest edition of Linux Mint, a desktop Linux distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop, comes with a choice of two desktop environments – GNOME 3 with Mint GNOME Shell Extension (MGSE), and MATE, a fork of GNOME 2. While the combination of GNOME 3 and MGSE is an attempted to improve on the […]

webOS: The latest open source, Linux distribution

Elation does not come close to describing what I am feeling right now. Euphoria does not even do it justice. Every cell in my being is in a state of extreme, joyful excitement as I speak (or write). The source or cause of the joy is none other than the announcement from HP that webOS will be, in their own […]

How to setup Wuala secure cloud storage in Ubuntu 11.10 and Linux Mint 12

How to setup Wuala secure cloud storage in Ubuntu 11.10 and Linux Mint 12

Wuala is a cloud storage service offered by LaCie, a computer storage and display outfit. Wuala is supported on all major operating system platforms, and there is even an app for iPhone and iPad. Like all cloud storage services, Wuala makes it easy for you to backup, sync, share and retrieve your data from any location. Yesterday’s article about Wuala […]

Is the Wuala cloud storage service truly private?

Is the Wuala cloud storage service truly private?

Wuala is a cloud storage service by LaCie, a computer storage and display outfit. Like all cloud storage services, Wuala makes it easy for you to backup, sync, share and retrieve your data from any location. How does it differentiate itself from the rest of the pack? Well, LaCie claims that Wuala is different because “All files get encrypted and […]

3 application-level “firewalls” for Linux distributions

3 application-level “firewalls” for Linux distributions

A packet filtering firewall, designed to regulate incoming and outgoing packets from a network or an operating system, is akin to security personnel guarding the entrance to a commercial or residential property. Such a system has very little authority, unless given additional powers, in what applications inside the operating system or network are able to do. That is where an […]

How does your package manager handle orphaned packages?

How does your package manager handle orphaned packages?

The last time I followed a distribution’s suggestion to remove some packages that were no longer needed, I completely hosed the system. Could not use it afterwards. Though the machine was a test machine, the experience thought me to always let sleeping dogs lie. If what those orphaned packages, as they are called, are doing is just using up a […]

Does disk encryption really protect your data from unauthorized access?

Does disk encryption really protect your data from unauthorized access?

Disk encryption is one of several physical security measures that could be used to protect data on your computer from unauthorized physical access. And it is best configured during installation, not after. But once configured, how effective is it? First, let’s see how it is implemented in some popular Linux distributions. In Fedora, for example, all you need to encrypt […]

Disable guest session and create user accounts in Linux Mint 12

Disable guest session and create user accounts in Linux Mint 12

Linux Mint 12 is the latest release of the Ubuntu Desktop-based branch of Linux Mint. This release comes with several desktop options, a few screen shots of which have been posted here. By default, Linux Mint 12 ships with a guest session enabled, so a password-less access to the system is possible from the login screen to anybody with physical […]

Linux Mint 12 screenshot preview

Linux Mint 12 screenshot preview

Linux Mint 12, code-named Lisa, is the latest release of the popular desktop Linux distribution. This is the version of Linux Mint based on Ubuntu Desktop, not the one based on Debian. That one is called Linux Mint Debian Edition, or LMDE. Linux Mint 12, the GNOME edition, which is what this release uses, offers several desktops. There is the […]

Mageia 2 alpha 1 KDE and GNOME 3 screenshots preview

Mageia 2 alpha 1 KDE and GNOME 3 screenshots preview

The first alpha release of Mageia 2 has been made available for download and testing. As you might expect, this is not a review-quality release, so if you have the time and resources, time to start hunting for bugs – and reporting them, if any, to Mageia Bugzilla. Installation and Live CD and DVD ISO images for 32- and 64-bit […]

Using OwnCloud and PageKite could get you in trouble with Verizon

These days, everybody is talking about cloud computing, and many people use it in one form or the other. But popular cloud computing services are provided by a third party, which means that you store you data on a server somewhere, so that you can access it any time, from anywhere. But there are cloud applications that any person can […]

Why your computer needs a firewall enabled

Why is it even necessary to convince anybody that they need a firewall enabled on their Internet-facing computer – desktop or server? You would think that the role of a firewall should be obvious to any computer user. However, some of the comments that I have come across on this subject tell me that is not necessarily true. Take for […]

Top 6 Linux and BSD graphical installation programs

Top 6 Linux and BSD graphical installation programs

New users tend to flock to distributions with easy to use installation programs, that is, to distributions with graphical installers. Some people will probably disagree with that statement, but most users feel more at home with a point-and-click interface, than with a terminal (console) program. That is why, in my reviews, I tend to place some emphasis on the installation […]

Top 6 KDE distributions of 2011

Top 6 KDE distributions of 2011

There are perhaps hundreds of KDE Linux distributions available, and like an active volcano, more are “erupting” at a rate that is tough to keep pace with. While more choices are a good thing, and distro-hopping is a fact of life in the free software operating system community, sometimes, it is desirable to find one or two distributions that you […]

Install Fedora 16 on an encrypted btrfs file system

Install Fedora 16 on an encrypted btrfs file system

Btrfs was supposed to have been the default file system for Fedora 16, but for technical reasons, that did not happen. Word on the street says it will be, in Fedora 17. But you do not have to wait for Fedora 17 to get your system humming on btrfs because you can do it right now. This tutorial offers a […]