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Managing startup applications on Deepin 2014

Managing startup applications on Deepin 2014

Since Deepin 2014 was released, I’ve been trying to figure how how to add and remove applications from the startup applications manager. Turns out that the reason I could find it is that Deepin 2014 has another take on how to manage startup applications. It’s a neat approach, but it has a drawback. Let’s take a look at the neat […]

Manual disk partitioning guide for Deepin 2014

Manual disk partitioning guide for Deepin 2014

Deepin 2014 is the latest edition of Deepin, a Linux desktop distribution based on Ubuntu. Deepin 2014 is the first version of the distribution that comes with its own graphical installer. Like all Ubuntu-based distributions, previous editions (of Deepin) used their parent distribution’s graphical installer. This tutorial provides a step-by-step guide on how to partition a hard drive manually for […]

Dual-boot Deepin 2014 and Windows 7 on a PC with UEFI firmware

Dual-boot Deepin 2014 and Windows 7 on a PC with UEFI firmware

Deepin 2014 is the latest edition of Deepin, a Chinese, Linux desktop distribution that’s based on Ubuntu. Aside from the fact that it comes with its own desktop environment called Deepin Desktop Environment, it also uses its own graphical installation program. The installer doesn’t have support for disk encryption and LVM, the Linux Logical Volume Manager, but for plain-vanilla installations […]

5 reasons to switch to Deepin 2014

5 reasons to switch to Deepin 2014

Deepin 2014 is the latest version of Deepin, a Linux desktop that’s based on Ubuntu Desktop. Deepin 2014 is actually based on Ubuntu 14.04. It was released yesterday. Deepin has always been on my list of the best desktop distributions, and Deepin 2014 just vaulted it to the top-2 of that list. The aim of this post is to show […]

Deepin 2014 has been released

Deepin 2014 has been released

Deepin 2014 has been released. This is the latest version of a popular Chinese desktop distribution that’s based on Ubuntu. It comes with the second version of a custom desktop environment called Deepin Desktop Environment, Deepin Store (formerly Deepin Software Center), and applications like Deepin Movie, Deepin Music, Deepin Games, and dozens of other Free Software and non-free applications. A […]

Manual disk partitioning guide for Linux Mint 17 KDE

Manual disk partitioning guide for Linux Mint 17 KDE

This tutorial provides a handy, manual disk partitioning guide for the KDE edition of Linux Mint 17, which comes with an installer that has an interface that’s slightly different from that used on the Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce editions. The installer has automatic and manual disk partitioning options, with support for UEFI systems, which means that the installer is able […]

ProtonMail and Paypal: Do we need government approval to encrypt email?

ProtonMail and Paypal: Do we need government approval to encrypt email?

There’s something brewing between Paypal and ProtonMail, a company based in Switzerland that provides secure email services, much like what Lavabit used to do before it was forced out of business by US government policies. ProtonMail’s end-to-end encrypted email service comes with zero metadata storage and self-destructing messages and is protected by the Swiss Federal Data Protection Act (DPA) and […]

Dual-boot Windows 8 and Linux Mint 17 on a PC with 2 disks and UEFI firmware

Dual-boot Windows 8 and Linux Mint 17 on a PC with 2 disks and UEFI firmware

This tutorial shows how to dual-boot Linux Mint 17 and Windows 8 on a computer with two hard drives and UEFI firmware. For a guide on how to perform the same operation on a computer with one hard drive, see How to dual-boot Linux Mint 17 and Windows 8 on a PC with UEFI firmware. The computer used for the […]

How to dual-boot Linux Mint 17 and Windows 8 on a PC with UEFI firmware

How to dual-boot Linux Mint 17 and Windows 8 on a PC with UEFI firmware

This tutorial shows how to dual-boot Linux Mint 17 and Windows 8 on a PC with UEFI firmware. The computer used for the test installation is not an OEM one. Rather, it is a custom-built computer, with an ASRock motherboard and Intel Core i3 processor. However, if you follow this guide step-by-step, you should be able to use it to […]

Manjaro 0.8.10 KDE screenshots

Manjaro 0.8.10 KDE screenshots

Manjaro KDE is the KDE edition of Manjaro Linux, a desktop distribution based on Arch Linux. Manjaro 0.8.10 KDE is the latest edition, released at the same time as the Xfce and Openbox editions. Manjaro is one of a handful of desktop distributions based on Arch Linux that are attempting to put a more user-friendly interface on the power of […]

Replace Ufw firewall with FirewallD on Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon

Replace Ufw firewall with FirewallD on Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon

Ufw (Uncomplicated FireWall) is the firewall application that comes with a default installation of Linux Mint 17 – Cinnamon or MATE. This article shows how to replace it with FirewallD, a firewall application that has support for dynamic rules and network zones. It originated from the Fedora project. FirewallD comes with a command-line utility called firewall-cmd, a graphical interface called […]

Managing startup applications in GNOME 3

Managing startup applications in GNOME 3

If you wanted to set up an application or applications in GNOME 3 to launch on boot, you’ll probably go looking for a module in the desktop’s System Settings. But you’ll be disappointed because there’s no module in there, at least from GNOME 3.10.2, to do that in System Settings. The application you’ll need for the task is called GNOME […]

Learn how to encrypt email communications with an email self-defense guide from the FSF

Learn how to encrypt email communications with an email self-defense guide from the FSF

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has released an email self-defense guide that shows how anybody can encrypt their email communications. It requires some effort on your end, so be prepared to spend some time setting it up. But if privacy means anything to you, then the little effort that you’re required to make to ensure that all your email communications […]

Triple-boot Windows 7 and 8 and Ubuntu 14.04 on a PC with UEFI firmware

Triple-boot Windows 7 and 8 and Ubuntu 14.04 on a PC with UEFI firmware

This tutorial provides a step-by-step guide on how to triple-boot Windows 7 and 8 and Ubuntu 14.04 on a computer with UEFI firmware and on a single hard disk drive (HDD). The working assumption is that the first OS on the computer, which could be OEM or self-built, is Windows 8. Windows 7 will be installed alongside it, followed by […]

From GNOME 3 to GNOME Classic in 3 extensions, or why GNOME Classic has become redundant

From GNOME 3 to GNOME Classic in 3 extensions, or why GNOME Classic has become redundant

GNOME Classic is a GNOME 3 desktop designed to offer the look-and-feel of a GNOME 2/MATE desktop, that is, of a traditional or classic GNOME desktop. It’s for people who are not fond of the default GNOME Shell. It comes with every installation of GNOME 3, offered as an option in the login screen’s Session menu. To use it (GNOME […]

OSSEC 2.8 has been released

OSSEC 2.8 has been released

OSSEC 2.8 has been released. OSSEC is a cross-platform host intrusion detection system. Hence it’s also known as OSSEC HIDS. It is Free software released under the GNU General Public License, and features log analysis, file integrity monitoring, rootkit detection and real-time active responses. If you intend to run a server anywhere, this is one of the first applications you […]

How to customize GNOME 3.12 GNOME Shell

How to customize GNOME 3.12 GNOME Shell

This tutorial shows how to customize a GNOME 3 desktop, that is, take a plain-vanilla GNOME Shell and transform it into a desktop that is a little bit more user-friendly. That means installing and customizing a few GNOME Extensions directly from http://extensions.gnome.org or by using the GNOME Tweak (Tool). So if you’re using a GNOME 3 desktop with the default […]

GNOME 3.12: The cool and the not-so cool features

GNOME 3.12: The cool and the not-so cool features

GNOME 3.12 was released on March 26 (2014), but it didn’t start shipping on many distributions until very recently. In this post, I’ll let you in on what I think about it; the cool (good) features and those features I think the developers need to take a closer look at and try to make it better and more user-friendly. If […]

Samsung Z Tizen OS smartphone and Samsung Tizen OS TV SDK

Samsung Z Tizen OS smartphone and Samsung Tizen OS TV SDK

Two releases from Samsung are making the headlines this week. And the headlines are centered around the Samsung Z Tizen OS smartphone and the Samsung Tizen OS TV SDK (Software Development Kit). The Samsung Z, which will go on sale sometime in Q3 this year, will be the first commercial smartphone that will be powered by Tizen OS, an open-source […]

How to delete boot managers from a UEFI boot menu

How to delete boot managers from a UEFI boot menu

This short tutorial shows how to delete boot managers from a UEFI boot menu. It might not apply to all computers, but if your computer is anything like mine and you install and reinstall Linux distributions and other operating systems as often as I do, I think you’ll like to know how to remove those boot manager entries that you […]