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6 things to do after installing OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0

6 things to do after installing OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0

OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0 is the first stable release of OpenMandriva, a Linux desktop distribution that is a community-continuation of what used to be Mandriva Desktop. It’s just one more item in the list of distributions derived from Mandriva. The others are Mageia, ROSA Desktop and PCLinuxOS. In this article, I’ll run through a short list of things to do after […]

Homerun: Quite possibly the best app launcher for your desktop

Homerun: Quite possibly the best app launcher for your desktop

Fullscreen application menus or launchers (or whatever else you what to call them) are modern replacements for the traditional or classic application menus. If you use a GNOME 3 desktop with the GNOME Shell in its default configuration, its App View is an example of a fullscreen application launcher. The KDE desktop environment also has its own fullscreen application launchers, […]

Use HTC Scribble app to create photo blogs, diaries and greeting cards

If you use an HTC smartphone, the HTC Scribble app is something you might want to try. With it, you can create “photo blogs, personal diaries, or greeting cards complete with audio recordings and graphics (you can even insert HTC Zoe™ photos).” Read more about it here and watch the demo video below.

The problem with using CAcert’s digital certificates

The problem with using CAcert’s digital certificates

Nothing drives away visitors to a website faster than seeing a warning message that informs them that the site or page they clicked to visit is not trusted. It’s a guaranteed traffic killer. No Web publisher wants visitors to see that type of message. But that is exactly what they will see if the publisher uses an SSL certificate issued […]

Safeplug offers plug-and-play anonymous Web browsing using Tor

Safeplug offers plug-and-play anonymous Web browsing using Tor

Safeplug is a new network device from Cloud Engines, Inc., the company behind Pogoplug. Using Tor, Safeplug allows you to browse the Internet anonymously from any device that you own. This is possible because it is designed to be connected to your router. And once activated, all connections that originate from any device behind your router are anonymized. I like […]

Joli OS and Jolicloud Desktop Environment to be discontinued

Joli OS and Jolicloud Desktop Environment to be discontinued

Joli OS and Jolicloud Desktop Environment will no longer be supported after December 31 2013. That, for Jolicloud users, is the bad news from the Paris, France-based Jolicloud team. The good news is that dropping Joli OS and Jolicloud Desktop Environment will enable the Jolicloud team to focus on Jolicloud 2, the next-generation version of Jolicloud which the team is […]

Green500 List top 10 are all powered by NVIDIA Tesla GPUs and Linux

Green500 List top 10 are all powered by NVIDIA Tesla GPUs and Linux

The November 2013 edition of the Green500 List has be released, just two days after the TOP500 List. Unlike the TOP500 List, which lists 500 of the worlds fastest supercomputers, the Green500 List lists the most energy-efficient supercomputers that made the TOP500 List. So for the Green500, it’s not about how fast, but how energy-efficient. That’s why China’s Tianhe-2, which […]

Mainframe2, NVIDIA GRID and the future of streamed apps. Don’t leave Linux out

Mainframe2, NVIDIA GRID and the future of streamed apps. Don’t leave Linux out

Step in to a time machine and listen to what you and some of your future friends will be discussing. It will probably go like this: You: Dude, when I was your age, we used to download almost every app or game to our computers before we could use or play them. Young pal: Really, why? That must have taken […]

Smart TV, Spy TV. Is that LG Smart TV spying on you?

Smart TV, Spy TV. Is that LG Smart TV spying on you?

They are called smart TVs, but they could be doing more than being that smart and intelligent TV in your living room or game room. A report published on DoctorBeet’s Blog, revealed that the author’s new LG Smart TV was calling home, sending detailed information about the author’s viewing habits to a (remote) LG server and using that information to […]

Are Web service providers encrypting their data?

Are Web service providers encrypting their data?

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published an infographic list showing the Web service providers that encrypt or don’t encrypt their users data as it traverses the Internet. The list derives from the foundation’s Who Has Your Back Program, which surveys Web service providers to find out if they are implementing the foundation’s best practices for encryption. The recommendations call for […]

Mail.ru launches My.com, offering mail, chat, games and image editor

Mail.ru launches My.com, offering mail, chat, games and image editor

Mail.ru, Russia’s leading Internet outfit, has launched My.com in the US. Mail.ru is owned by (Russian) billionaire Alisher Usmanov, and My.com is his company’s first foray into the US market. With My.com, the company is offering mail, chat and games to start, with an image editor called myCamera to follow. The mail service is called myMail, while the chat service, […]

482 of the Top500 supercomputers run Linux, and China’s Tianhe-2 is the fastest

482 of the Top500 supercomputers run Linux, and China’s Tianhe-2 is the fastest

The November 2013 edition of the list of the world’s fastest supercomputers has just been released. Known as the TOP500 List, it is released twice a year, first in June, then in November. The TOP500 List began in June 1993, ran again in November of that year and has been repeated in that order since. The November 2013 edition is […]

Linux Mint 16 Petra Cinnamon Desktop screenshot preview

Linux Mint 16 Petra Cinnamon Desktop screenshot preview

Linux Mint 16, code-named Petra, will be the next stable edition of Linux Mint, a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. It could be released sometime this month or early next month (December). This distribution’s release track record suggests that Linux Mint 16 will be released less than two weeks from today. And when that happens, it will be the […]

GNUnet submits draft for p2p-related TLDs to the IETF

A GNUnet official, has submitted a request to the IETF, the Internet Engineering Task Force, the organization responsible for developing and promoting Internet standards. GNUnet is a part of the GNU project. Titled “Special-Use Domain Names of Peer-to-Peer Name Systems,” the draft makes a request to reserve the following Top-Level Domains (TLDs): .exit, .i2p, .gnu, .onion and .zkey for use […]

SecureDrop, SafeSource and Strongbox: Different names, same app

SecureDrop, SafeSource and Strongbox: Different names, same app

SecureDrop is a whistleblower submission system designed in part by the late Aaron Swartz. It was designed to provide journalists and media organizations a relatively secure and surveillance-proof platform to receive documents from anonymous sources. It is a Free Software application published under the GNU Affero General public License (AGPL) v3 and managed by the Freedom of the Press Foundation. […]

How Exynos 5 Octa HMP efficiently allocates workload to big.LITTLE CPU cores

Exynos 5 Octa is Samsung’s SoC processor that packs 8 ARM CPUs in a configuration dubbed big.LITTLE, a catchy phrase that describes a computing architecture whereby low-powered cores (LITTLE) are coupled with high-powered cores (big) to produce a more resource-efficient system. In Exynos 5 Octa, there are 4 big cores (Cortex-A15 cores) and 4 LITTLE cores (Cortex-A7 cores). The big […]

ZShaolin Android terminal updated

ZShaolin Android terminal updated

ZShaolin, a terminal program for Android devices has been updated to version 0.8. ZShaolin makes is possible to use zsh on Android devices, providing applications to edit images, text, audio, video, rooting not required. Aside from the powerful and feature-rich zsh shell, ZShaolin comes with FFMpeg, ImageMagick, Sox, Oggz, Lua, awk, sed, vim, emacs, git, SSH, and rsync. The Release […]

Silent Mail, FreedomMail or Lavamail. Whatever it’s called, it will offer the same benefits

Dark Mail alliance is the non-profit group formed by the leaders of Silent Circle and Lavabit. Silent Circle offers a suite of secure, communication services, while Lavabit is the secure email provider used by Edward Snowden, the ex-CIA contractor now living in Russia. The group was announced late last month, with the objective of developing a new email protocol that […]

Google releases Dart SDK 1.0 for scalable, structured web apps

Google has released Dart SDK 1.0. Dart is a “a cross-browser, open source toolkit for structured web applications.” It was first announced back in 2011. Dart SDK 1.0 is the first stable, production release. The SDK includes a cross-platform Dart Editor, which ships with developer-friendly features like “code completion, refactoring, jump to definition, a debugger, hints and warnings,..” From the […]

Regarding Fedora 19 kernel upgrades and VirtualBox kernel modules

Regarding Fedora 19 kernel upgrades and VirtualBox kernel modules

My main desktop computer is powered by Fedora 19 on which I run at least a dozen guest operating systems using VirtualBox. VirtualBox is my favorite software virtualization application. It’s really nice and easy to use. Installation packages are available for the major operating systems and distributions. My setup works fine until I upgrade Fedora to a new kernel. On […]