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Parsix 5.0 review

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Simple because I did not see any point in it. The distribution wasn’t bringing anything new to the table, and the custom-coded installer was several steps removed (in the wrong direction) from that of its parent distribution. But that was back in 2011, which for a distribution with a 6-month release cycle, is a long time. read more...
permapage | score:9977 | -finid, August 30, 2013

10 basic examples of linux netstat command

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Netstat is a command line utility that can be used to list out all the network (socket) connections on a system. It lists out all the tcp, udp socket connections and the unix socket connections. Apart from connected sockets it can also list listening sockets that are waiting for incoming connections. So by verifying an open port 80 you can confirm if a web server is running on the system or not. This makes it a very useful tool for network and system administrators. So in this tutorial we shall be checking out few examples of how to use netstat to find information about network connections and open ports on a system. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:9972 | -Silver Moon, April 28, 2014

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:9836 | -finid, August 1, 2012

Tutorial: Install Debian 7 (testing) with debootstrap from a Grml live Linux

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This tutorial explains how to install Debian Wheezy (testing) with the help of debootstrap from a Grml Live Linux system (like it is used as a rescue system at Webtropia). This should work - with minor changes - for other Debian and Ubuntu versions as well. By following this guide, it is possible to configure the system to your needs (OS version, partitioning, RAID, LVM, etc.) instead of depending on the few pre-configured images that your server provider offers. read more...
permapage | score:9822 | -falko, January 19, 2013

Upgrade Fedora 18 to 19 With FedUp

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This article describes how you can upgrade your Fedora 18 system to Fedora 19 with the help of the Fedora Updater (FedUp). The upgrade procedure works for both desktop and server installations. read more...
permapage | score:9795 | -falko, July 28, 2013

StartOS 6 GNOME 3 and KDE preview

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The very first edition of what is now called StartOS were based on Ubuntu, but the distribution has since dumped Ubuntu to become one that is not based on any other distribution. In other words, it is now an original or independent distribution, with its own package management system. read more...
permapage | score:9774 | -finid, July 7, 2013

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:9770 | -finid, December 12, 2011

Tahoe Least-Authority File System for secure, distributed data storage

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The second part is the Tahoe-LAFS gateway, which can be the same computer where the LAFS client is installed on or an intermediary computer between the client and the storage servers. The third and final part are, of course, the storage servers. read more...
permapage | score:9743 | -finid, August 30, 2013

Ubuntu Edge: Is there life after an unsuccessful crowd-funding campaign?

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The Indiegogo campaign was overly ambitious and missed its target by more than US$19 million. However, it also set the record for the most money raised from a crowd-funding campaign. read more...
permapage | score:9738 | -finid, August 27, 2013

ROSA Desktop Fresh R1: For advanced users, but even better for new users

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So when an email arrived in my Inbox from the developers announcing ROSA Desktop Fresh R1, describing it as a new name distribution “based on the ROSA Fresh platform,” and that it is “targeted at advanced users and enthusiasts who will appreciate rich functionality and freshness of distribution components without serious loss of quality,” I thought, that should be an interesting distribution. read more...
permapage | score:9735 | -finid, June 8, 2013

Dual-boot Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7 on a computer with 2 hard drives

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This is the second article on dual-booting Ubuntu Desktop 12.04 with Windows 7. But while the first one, how to dual-boot Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7, showed how to do it on a computer with a single hard drive, this one gives a step-by-step guide on how to do it on a computer with two hard drives. read more...
permapage | score:9699 | -finid, July 25, 2012

4 third-party repositories for Fedora 19

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There are any number of such repos that you can enable. The recommended ones to install are RPM Fusion and rpm.livna.org. The latter is complementary to the former, shipping only those applications that, for one reason or another, are not available in RPM Fusion. read more...
permapage | score:9689 | -finid, July 8, 2013

Dual-boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 on a PC with UEFI board, SSD and HDD

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That was a lengthy introduction, but it was necessary. Here is a condensed version: Get a UEFI system with an SSD and an HDD. Install Windows 7 on the SSD. Set the boot device to the HDD. Install Ubuntu 12.04 on the HDD. Reboot. Select Windows 7 or Ubuntu from GRUB’s menu. Have a fun computing. read more...
permapage | score:9670 | -finid, October 11, 2012

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:9659 | -finid, April 29, 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:9617 | -finid, May 26, 2013

Fedora 19 review – Schrodingers Cat

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There are also specialty flavors designed for specific computing tasks (Design-suite, Electronic-Lab, Games, Jam-KDE – for the musician in you, Robotics, Security, and SoaS), and ready-to-run images for Cloud platforms. Installation images for ARM, PPC, and s390 architectures are also available. read more...
permapage | score:9613 | -finid, July 12, 2013

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:9593 | -finid, August 25, 2013

Reviewing Kali Linux - the distro for security geeks

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Kali linux is a security oriented linux distribution aimed at digital forensics and penetration testing users. It is the successor of backtrack linux. In this introduction we are going to take a look at Kali Linux 1.0 and see how it looks like. read more...
permapage | score:9568 | -Silver Moon, August 7, 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:9563 | -finid, November 15, 2010

High-resolution text console with uvesafb in Debian/Ubuntu

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While you may rarely use the console on your server, it's nice to have a high-resolution display just to see that many more columns and rows. Linux's vesa module (via the vga= parameter) has been around for a while and made this possible, provided you kept up with what VGA mode number to use and don't mind the spotty hardware compatibility.

While KMS is the way to do this in the future, it doesn't help us with the drivers and hardware we have now. A new kernel module, uvesafb, mainlined in 2.6.24, is another, new option. In addition to specifying modes in a more user-friendly way (i.e. 1280x1024-32 for 32-bit color, with a 1280x1024 resolution), hardware compatibility is better in particular, you can now get a high-resolution text console with NVIDIA display adapters.

In the following, I describe how to use uvesafb on Debian and derivative distributions (i.e. Ubuntu). The instructions assume kernel 2.6.27 or higher.

(and here's a bit of high resolution digital art) read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:9555 | -tamasrepus, November 11, 2010 (Updated: April 24, 2012)
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