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PC-BSD 9.1 preview

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PC-BSD is a desktop-centric distribution based on FreeBSD. It used to be primarily a KDE-using distribution, but the installer now has options to install a system using other major desktop environments. read more...
permapage | score:9775 | -finid, July 21, 2012

Nuvola Player: Enjoy all your Cloud music services from one interface

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And with tight integration with the Linux desktop (multimedia keys, system tray, media player applets, dock menu, notifications and more), it provides a better user experience when compared to using the same Cloud music services from a Web browser. read more...
permapage | score:9774 | -finid, August 21, 2013

Run Unity desktop on Linux Mint 12

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The combination of GNOME 3 and MGSE is an attempted to improve on the user-experience of a stock GNOME 3 installation, however, it still leaves the user fighting the desktop just to get things done, and MATE is not yet ready for prime time.

While I am not exactly a fan of Ubuntu’s Unity Desktop, I think it presents a better user-experience than GNOME 3 with MGSE. So, this tutorial shows the steps necessary to install and run Unity Desktop on Linux Mint 12. read more...
permapage | score:9769 | -finid, December 13, 2011

MATE vs Cinnamon

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The aim of this article is not to present a point-by-point comparison of the two desktop environments, but to present a general overview, so a new user has a top-level idea of what they are. read more...
permapage | score:9760 | -finid, June 4, 2012

Add an entry for a Linux distribution in Windows boot menu

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To make managing your dual-boot system less of a hassle, especially when both operating systems are installed on the same hard drive, the recommended location (for the Linux boot loader) is in the first sector of the Linux distribution’s boot or root partition. After that, you must then add an entry for the Linux distribution in the Windows boot menu. read more...
permapage | score:9759 | -finid, July 23, 2012

Customize Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon

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How to customize Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon by disabling the Hot corner and adding the Expo, Scale and Workspace switcher applets to the panel. read more...
permapage | score:9751 | -finid, June 6, 2013

Install Cinnamon on Fedora 19

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But while it does not have its own Fedora 19 installation image, you can run a Cinnamon desktop on Fedora 19 by installing the cinnamon package either from the command-line or from Apper, the graphical package manager. read more...
permapage | score:9728 | -finid, July 6, 2013

Install HY-D-V1 desktop on Ubuntu 13.04

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HY-D-V1 Desktop is a new desktop interface built atop GNOME 3 using a combination of Webkit, JavaScript, Python and HTML. It is the desktop environment on Hybryde Fusion.

This tutorial shows how to install it on Ubuntu 13.04 from the developer’s PPA. read more...
permapage | score:9713 | -finid, May 23, 2013

Dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 on UEFI System

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What follows is a step-by-step guide on how I succeeded in dual-booting Windows 8 Pro and Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop on a computer with UEFI firmware on the motherboard, using 64-bit installation images of both operating systems. read more...
permapage | score:9710 | -finid, November 10, 2012

The future of PC-BSD

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So, what does he say the future holds for PC-BSD? read more...
permapage | score:9707 | -finid, February 8, 2013

GhostBSD 2.5 review

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GhostBSD is a desktop distribution based on FreeBSD. It comes as an installable Live DVD image and is developed by Eric Turgeon and Nahuel Sanchez. The latest edition, GhostBSD 2.5, based on FreeBSD 9, is the project’s fourth release, and was made available for public download on January 24.

This article provides the first review of this distribution on this website, and it is based on test installations of the 32-bit version. read more...
permapage | score:9702 | -finid, February 3, 2012

OpenIndiana 151a Desktop review

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OpenIndiana is a distribution of illumos, which is a community fork of OpenSolaris. And OpenSolaris itself was the open source version of Solaris, before it was discontinued by Oracle, after Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems, Inc., in January 2010.

OpenIndiana Build 151a is the latest development release, and the third so far. A stable edition is slated for release before the end of this year.

There is a desktop edition and a server edition. This review is based on test installations of the desktop edition. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:9699 | -finid, October 17, 2011

Dual-boot PC-BSD 8.2 ZFS and Windows 7

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ZFS has been described as a file system on steroids. It is supported on PC-BSD, and the installer on PC-BSD 8.2 has made setting up a ZFS-based system a whole lot easier. This article presents a 3-stage process for dual-booting Windows 7 and PC-BSD 8.2, the latest stable release of PC-BSD.

In stage one, unused space is reclaimed from an existing installation of Windows 7. Stage two involves the installation of PC-BSD on the reclaimed space. read more...
permapage | score:9690 | -finid, March 1, 2011

This is not just about your personal privacy

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To those people, there’s nothing you can say to convince them that a violation of privacy is a violating of privacy, whether the victim(s) have something to hide or not. But worse than that, they fail to see that this matter has implications that go beyond personal privacy. read more...
permapage | score:9689 | -finid, September 7, 2013

Sagemath in the Cloud and Sagemath 5.11

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Access to the service is available after a free registration at cloud.sagemath.com. William Stein, a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington, is the principal author of Sage and is also responsible for the hosted service. read more...
permapage | score:9686 | -finid, August 29, 2013

Preview: Snapdragon SDK for Android

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Qualcomm has announced the public preview release of Snapdragon SDK for Android. Snapdragon is Qualcomm’s single-chip, all-in-one mobile processor for smartphones and tablet computers. read more...
permapage | score:9685 | -finid, June 27, 2012

PC-BSD 9.1 installer preview

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One of the most important aspects of a distribution (there goes that word, again) or an operating system, is the installer or installation program. PC-BSD’s installer, aside from Anaconda, the Fedora system installer, is one of the most frequently updated installers on any distribution that I have used or reviewed on this website.

And it is a pretty good, point-and-click installation program, though, not without its faults. read more...
permapage | score:9677 | -finid, May 9, 2012

Linpus Lite 1.9 review

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Linpus Lite is one of those distributions that I’ve always hoped will be done right, considering that it is published by a commercial entity. However, with every release, it manages to fail in taking care of the little things that matter. Almost every desktop distribution suffers from the same problem. They get the big picture, but then it comes to delivering sane and sensible defaults and implementing features that a modern OS should have, they miss the mark. read more...
permapage | score:9673 | -finid, May 26, 2013

Usability, user-friendliness and the Linux desktop

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He makes a somewhat valid point, but he’s attempting to draw a hard boundary between usability and user-friendliness, forgetting that one derives from the other. If you build a “usable” system, people will tend to say that it is “user-friendly,” regardless of the technical capabilities of the users. read more...
permapage | score:9665 | -finid, September 6, 2013

Linux Mint Debian 201204 MATE/Cinnamon review

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Linux Mint Debian 201204 MATE/Cinnamon is the latest edition of Linux Mint Debian, a desktop distribution based on Debian. It offers a choice of two GNOME-based desktop environments – MATE and Cinnamon.

The MATE/Cinnamon edition was released at the same time as the Xfce edition. This article is a review of the MATE/Cinnamon edition. read more...
permapage | score:9661 | -finid, April 29, 2012
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