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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:9955 | -finid, August 30, 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:9953 | -finid, June 8, 2013

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:9832 | -finid, August 30, 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:9799 | -finid, October 11, 2012

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:9753 | -finid, August 27, 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:9689 | -finid, July 7, 2013

How to replace Ufw with Firewalld in Linux Mint 15

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Though Ufw has a command-line client that is easier to use, Firewalld brings a lot more features to the table. For example, Firewalld introduces the concept of network zones, which define trust levels for network connections or interfaces. read more...
permapage | score:9682 | -finid, June 30, 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:9654 | -finid, December 12, 2011

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:9625 | -finid, May 26, 2013

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:9617 | -finid, July 8, 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:9614 | -Silver Moon, August 7, 2013

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:9547 | -finid, December 15, 2011

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:9528 | -falko, January 19, 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:9498 | -finid, August 1, 2012

Tutorial: Dual-boot Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon/MATE and Windows 7

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This tutorial presents a step-by-step guide on how to dual-boot either one with Windows 7 on a computer with a single hard drive. Because the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 13 share the same installation program, the steps involved are the same regardless of the edition you use. read more...
permapage | score:9497 | -finid, June 8, 2012

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:9472 | -falko, July 28, 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:9462 | -finid, August 25, 2013

Ubuntu 11.04 Preview

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An early look at the next release of Ubuntu Linux...
Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) Beta 1 is powered by Linux kernel 2.6.38, GNOME 2.32.1 and X.Org 7.5. It will included applications such as LibreOffice 3.3.2 as the default office suite, Banshee 1.9.4 as the default audio player/organizer and Mozilla Firefox 4.0 as the default web browser.

A set of seventeen new and beautiful wallpapers will also be present in the Beta release, to please every Ubuntu user out there. And now, the features we've promised...
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mail this link | permapage | score:9443 | -Ray, April 1, 2011

Upgrade Fedora 18 to 19 using fedora-upgrade or FedUp

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Since Anaconda, the Fedora system installer, no longer has an upgrade option, FedUp is the recommended method for upgrading from Fedora 17 onwards. Fedora-upgrade is just another method, which works just as well (on the systems that I tested it on) as FedUp. read more...
permapage | score:9420 | -finid, July 5, 2013

Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon review

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This article is a review of the Cinnamon edition, and starts by taking a look at the installation program. Keep in mind that all Linux Mint editions share the same installation program, so everything that’s written here for the Cinnamon edition also applies to the MATE edition. And also to the KDE and Xfce editions, though the final editions of those are yet to be released. read more...
permapage | score:9409 | -finid, July 5, 2013
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