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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:9710 | -finid, June 6, 2013

Microsoft Surface RT is an Unmitigated Disaster

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And after the company successfully locked out Linux distributions from ARM tablets running Windows RT, any bad news streaming from Steve Ballmer’s office is sweet music to my ears. read more...
permapage | score:9710 | -finid, August 16, 2013

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

Enable auto-login, create a guest user account on Fedora 14

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Fedora is one of very few distributions that does not have the auto-login feature in its graphical user management tool. Auto-login allows the system to automatically login a user without requesting authentication, that is, it enables password-less logins. While it is a very convenient feature, it is a security risk. Why? Because if it is enabled, any person with (physical) access to you computer can login and use the computer, with the same privileges that you have.

But if you must use it, this article will show you a very simple method of enabling it on Fedora 14. It will also offer a guide on how to create and manage a guest user account. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:9671 | -finid, November 15, 2010

Elementary OS 0.2 Luna review

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Rather, it uses a custom desktop interface called Pantheon, which like the Depth Desktop Environment of Linux Deepin, is built atop GNOME 3 technologies. read more...
permapage | score:9669 | -finid, August 25, 2013

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:9665 | -finid, July 21, 2012

webOS: The latest Linux distribution

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The source or cause of the joy is none other than the announcement from HP that webOS will be, in their own words, a “pure open source project.” Awesome! Did I see this coming? Yes, sir! Did I influence HP’s decision? Perhaps.

Ok, alright, that last one is a stretch, but back on August 19 2011, after HP had announced that it “will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones,” I suggested in a blog post (see what HP should do with webOS), that “to not let webOS be a failed distribution, here’s what I think HP should do with webOS – make it a free, Linux distribution, such that the relationship between it (HP) and webOS would be akin to that between Red Hat and Fedora, or Canonical and Ubuntu.” read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:9662 | -finid, December 12, 2011

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:9650 | -finid, February 3, 2012

Ubuntu is not a community distribution

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What most people fail to realize is this: Ubuntu is a suite of operating systems (Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Touch) sponsored by a company called Canonical Ltd. And Canonical is a commercial entity with employees, paid employees. As such, any decision taken by its management is taken with the commercial interest of the company front and center. read more...
permapage | score:9645 | -finid, March 25, 2013

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:9629 | -finid, September 7, 2013

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:9626 | -finid, October 17, 2011

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:9625 | -finid, April 29, 2012

Ubuntu Edge sets crowdfund record

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At more than US$10 million, it passed the previous record (US$10,266,844) set by the Pebble smartwatch. However with just six days to go, the campaign looks likely to also set a dubious record for a high-profile campaign that failed to meet its target. read more...
permapage | score:9612 | -finid, August 20, 2013

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:9601 | -finid, March 1, 2011

I quit using Linux because…

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Once in a while, a prominent or not so prominent member of the Linux community makes a switch – for one reason or the other – to another operating system, usually to Mac OS X. The latest is Denis Koryavov, the former GUI Development lead for ROSA Laboratory, a Linux software solutions provider based in Russia and the publisher of ROSA Linux. read more...
permapage | score:9601 | -finid, August 13, 2013

Most Trusted Company for Privacy Award?

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How can people be very concerned about government surveillance, and still trust a company like Microsoft? And if people are concerned about government surveillance, what about surveillance by private organizations? Has anybody looked into backdoors in Verizon’s Internet routers? read more...
permapage | score:9589 | -finid, January 31, 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:9584 | -finid, December 13, 2011

ARM-based EMB-2500: Like Raspberry Pi, but much better

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With the EMB-2500, SATA storage connectivity has come to an ITX form-factor, single-board SoC computer. read more...
permapage | score:9583 | -finid, April 30, 2013

Stella: RH/CentOS 6.3 based Desktop OS

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If you are familiar with CentOS, you know that out of the box, it is not really designed as a desktop distribution. Stella changes all that, as it is primarily aimed at desktop users, while retaining the core enterprise features and capabilities of CentOS. read more...
permapage | score:9580 | -finid, August 1, 2012

Fedora 16 KDE review

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Fedora 16 is the latest stable edition of Fedora, a Linux distribution whose development is sponsored by Red Hat, Inc. The main edition uses the GNOME 3 desktop environment, but there are editions, called Spins, that use other desktop environments.

The available Spins in order of popularity, based on download count, are: Fedora KDE, Fedora Xfce, Fedora LXDE, Security, Games, Design-suite, Scientific-KDE, SoaS, Robotics, and Electronic-Lab. This review is of Fedora 16 KDE. read more...
permapage | score:9579 | -finid, December 15, 2011
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