Linux

A Perfect Linux or BSD desktop distribution

The main objective of this blog is to help narrow down the list of Linux- and BSD-based distributions that a new user will feel comfortable using. Distributions that provide the same or better level of user-friendliness than the malware-infested and DRM-riddled operating system that they currently use. With more than 600 distributions listed at Distrowatch (only about 300 of which are active), finding the perfect distribution, or finding the one that fits your particular usage requirements can be daunting. But what are the features that define a perfect desktop distribution? When I review any desktop distribution, here are the list of features I'm looking for: ...
Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Definition

from the Free Software FoundationFree Software Foundation We maintain this free software definition to show clearly what must be true about a particular software program for it to be considered free software. From time to time we revise this definition to clarify it. If you would like to review the changes we've made, please see the History section below for more information. Free software is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of free as in free speech, not as in free beer. ...
firewall

The best Linux, BSD firewall and router distributions

One of the advantages of using Free Software applications and operating systems is choice. Plenty to choose from. Not satisfied with one, switch or pick another one. If the switch involves different flavors of Linux or BSD operating systems (distros), it's called distro hopping. When it comes to picking a firewall and router, you want to limit how often you distro-hop. In fact, better not to distro-hop at all. You want to pick the best, or more aptly, the one with all the features that you need, set it up, and forget about it. Or at least 'til it's time to update your firewall rules or update the system. The point of this article is to present to you the firewall and router distributions that - based on personal experience - are the best in their category. These are firewall-cum-router distros with the most features (basic and advanced), and have a graphical management interface that is very intuitive to use. ...
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In search of the perfect Linux and BSD desktop distribution

Is there such a thing as a perfect Linux or BSD desktop distribution? If so, what features and functionalities would such a distro have for it to have attained that high state - of perfection (on the desktop)? And perfect for what group of users? Geeks or non-geeks? In order to answer these questions, we set out here the most important features we expect a modern Linux or BSD desktop distribution to have. ...
lvm

The Benefits of Using Linux Logical Volume Manager

This is the first of a three-part series, designed to introduce new users to the concept of logical volume management in Linux. To have the others delivered automatically to you, you may subscribe to our RSS feed by clicking on the RSS icon diagonally above this paragraph Logical Volume Management is a method of partitioning hard disk drives that provides more flexibility in managing storage space than the traditional method of disk partitioning. The Linux version, Logical Volume Manager or LVM, has been a feature of the Linux kernel since about 1999, and was contributed (to the Linux kernel) by Sistina Software, Inc, a company that was later acquired by Redhat. ...