Archive for February, 2012

Install Ubuntu 11.10 on external hard drive, with an ntfs partition at the end

Install Ubuntu 11.10 on external hard drive, with an ntfs partition at the end

How to install Ubuntu 11.04 on external hard disk, showed how to install Ubuntu 11.04 on a portable USB hard drive. This tutorial, written for Ubuntu 11.10, takes it a step further by showing how to add an NTFS partition at the end of an external drive – after installing Ubuntu. It is a very simple process, but if you […]

February 20, 2012 · 57 comments · Tutorials/Tips, Ubuntu
Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.02 Archimedes review

Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.02 Archimedes review

Chakra is a desktop-centric, Linux distribution that was derived from Arch Linux, but is now a fork of that distribution. Unlike Arch Linux, which supports several desktop environments, Chakra is a KDE-only distribution. The latest edition, Chakra 2012.02, code-named Archimedes, was released on February 12. Since there is very little difference, other than changes in software and kernel versions, between […]

February 18, 2012 · 31 comments · Chakra, Reviews
Autologin, passwordless login and controlling who can reboot and shutdown your computer in KDE

Autologin, passwordless login and controlling who can reboot and shutdown your computer in KDE

Autologin and passwordless login play a critical role in the physical security posture of your computer. In KDE, they are very easy to configure. But being easy to configure does not mean that you should. Why? For one, enabling autologin makes it super easy for anybody with physical access to your computer to login, without making the required stop at […]

February 16, 2012 · 2 comments · Tutorials/Tips
How to install AppMenu-QML on Fedora 16 KDE

How to install AppMenu-QML on Fedora 16 KDE

There are several menu styles available for users of the K Desktop Environment. Virtually all, should be familiar with the Classic menu, the Kickoff menu, and Lancelot. I have recently published several articles on the Takeoff Launcher, and there is, of course, Mandriva’s ROSA Launcher (view some screen shots here). Today, I bring another menu style to your attention. It […]

February 15, 2012 · 4 comments · Fedora, Tutorials/Tips
Why Ubuntu Business Desktop Remix will be a tough sell

Why Ubuntu Business Desktop Remix will be a tough sell

Ubuntu Business Desktop Remix is an edition of Ubuntu Desktop tweaked for use by institutional or business users. It was announced by Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu, in this blog post. The first release is based on Ubuntu 11.10 Desktop Live CD. So what is the difference between it and the end-user desktop Live CD edition? According to Mark, […]

February 15, 2012 · 9 comments · Commentary, Ubuntu
Pear Linux Comice OS 4 beta 1 review

Pear Linux Comice OS 4 beta 1 review

Back on December 17 2011, I published a review of a new Linux distribution named Pear Linux OS Panther 3 (see Pear OS Linux Panther 3 review). It is based on Ubuntu Desktop and has a desktop interface fashioned after Apple’s Mac OS X. It had its faults, but it was a refreshing take on the Linux desktop, especially for […]

February 15, 2012 · 14 comments · Pear OS, Reviews