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Fedora 19 Released

All about Linux - Wed, 03/07/2013 - 4:12am
Fedora project has officially announced the release of Fedora 19 code named Schrödinger's cat. Fedora 19 features the 3.9.0 kernel. For end users, the new features include the Cinnamon desktop environment, GNOME 3.8, KDE 4.10, and MATE 1.6 desktop; Out of the box support for extraction of RAR archives using File Roller archive utility, a new screen management software for KDE named KScreen, OpenVPN 2.3, and more.

Making UEFI Secure Boot Work With Open Platforms

All about Linux - Sun, 05/05/2013 - 2:41pm
"UEFI Secure boot” is a technology that offers the prospect of a hardware-verified, malware-free operating system bootstrap process that can improve the security of many system deployments. Linux and other open operating systems will be able to take advantage of secure boot if it is implemented properly in the hardware. UEFI is meant to replace the Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) firmware interface present in all IBM PC compatible personal computers.

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openSUSE 12.3 Released

All about Linux - Wed, 13/03/2013 - 5:51pm
openSUSE 12.3 has been released. This release of openSUSE contain many features, and improvements under the hood.

Some of the endearing features of this new release of openSUSE are as follows :

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Ubuntu - A Rolling Linux Distribution ?

All about Linux - Fri, 08/03/2013 - 1:47am
Will Ubuntu switch to a rolling release ? This is the big question that is playing in the minds of Ubuntu users and developers alike.

A rolling release model refers to a continually developing software system. In a rolling release, the user will never have to install a new version of the software. Rather, the updates to the software and the system will be pushed to the user as and when the changes are made.

An example of a Linux distribution that conform to a rolling release is Arch Linux.

Linux Ate My RAM - Help!

All about Linux - Sun, 27/01/2013 - 9:43am
Help! Linux ate my Memory. Did it indeed?

I was curious where my memory had gone because, when I fired up a terminal and typed the command -
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CentOS 5.9 has been released

All about Linux - Thu, 17/01/2013 - 11:25pm
The CentOS is an acronym for The Community ENTerprise Operating System. It derives its sources from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and aims to be 100% binary compatible with it.
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Fedora 18 has been released

All about Linux - Tue, 15/01/2013 - 4:31pm
This is the latest version of the Fedora Linux operating system code named "Spherical Cow". Fedora 18 "Desktop Edition" is made available as a Live CD so that you can try out Fedora 18 without needing to install it on your PC.
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Book Review : PGP & GPG : Email for the Practical Paranoid

All about Linux - Sun, 13/01/2013 - 10:06am
Sending email unencrypted can be compared to sending a postcard. Anybody who choose to can read the contents of your email. You should know that there are various tools available that makes it easy for strangers to snoop into email you send to your people. If you want to ensure your email is secure and it is read only by its intended recipients, then you should consider encrypting your email.

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Bodhi Linux - A Cool Linux Distribution Based On E17

All about Linux - Mon, 07/01/2013 - 6:14pm
This is a review of Bodhi Linux - A light weight Linux distribution that runs the Enlightenment (E17) desktop.

Bodhi Linux is unique because it is one of the few Linux distributions that is based on the Enlightenment E17 desktop.

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Ubuntu that runs on your smartphone announced

All about Linux - Fri, 04/01/2013 - 5:50am
Now be prepared to buy Ubuntu powered smartphones. Hardly a year back, Canonical had announced "Ubuntu for Android" project which enables high-end Android handsets to run a full fledged Ubuntu Desktop when the phone is connected to a monitor, mouse and keyboard.

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30+ Cool ideas for your Raspberry Pi Project

All about Linux - Wed, 26/12/2012 - 1:42am
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. Raspberry Pi costs only $25 for the Model A and $35 for Model B and they ship to almost all countries.

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E17 Officially Released

All about Linux - Sat, 22/12/2012 - 10:36am
E17 short for Enlightenment 0.17 has been officially released after a whooping 12 years of development. E17 is a light weight Window manager / Desktop that runs on Linux/Unixes. It has been developed from the grounds up which includes its own libraries. The libraries behind Enlightenment are collectively referred to as EFL (Enlightenment Foundation Libraries), each with a specific name and purpose. The window manager is a lean, fast, modular and very extensible window manager for X11 and Linux.

Ubuntu 12.10 will have a shopping lens

All about Linux - Sun, 23/09/2012 - 2:06am
When Ubuntu 12.10 is shipped in October this year, the Unity interface will include a shopping lens.

OpenSUSE 12.2 Released

All about Linux - Thu, 06/09/2012 - 11:45am
OpenSUSE 12.2 has been released. Chock full of features and speed-ups, this latest version of OpenSUSE has embraced GRUB2, Plymouth, and has taken the first steps in the direction of a revised and simplified UNIX file system hierarchy.

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Nokia Sells Qt - And 500 Wireless Patents

All about Linux - Sun, 12/08/2012 - 4:28am
Nokia which is struggling to stay afloat, is selling Qt - the cross-platform application framework that is used to build KDE and a whole lot of other useful software, to Finnish IT services firm Dijia Oyj. It is also selling 500 wireless patents to a US firm Vringo.
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Fedora 17 - Beefy Miracle Released

All about Linux - Wed, 30/05/2012 - 5:03pm
Fedora 17 aka "Beefy Miracle" has been officially released. Fedora 17 brings a wide range of improvements both over and under the hood.

Gimp 2.8 Final Released

All about Linux - Fri, 04/05/2012 - 9:25am
Gimp 2.8 has been officially released. It includes over 35 new features that is sure to make even the hard core Gimp critic try it out.

To get the full details of what is new, head over to Gimp Users website for a detailed tutorial giving insights into what Gimp 2.8 has to offer.

Xfce 4.10 Released

All about Linux - Sun, 29/04/2012 - 2:05am
Xfce team has released version 4.10 of the Xfce desktop. There are few visually appealing changes in Xfce 4.10. Rather, the developers have concentrated on fine-tuning and polishing existing features.

Notable changes in 4.10 are -

A new application finder xfce4-appfinder re-written from scratch that combines the functionality of the old appfinder and xfrun4. It also allows creating custom actions matching a prefix or a regex pattern.
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Ubuntu Ups the Ante with 12.04 LTS aka Precise Pangolin

All about Linux - Thu, 26/04/2012 - 12:32pm
Ubuntu 12.04 aka Precise Pangolin has officially been released. This is the next LTS version of Ubuntu. One week back, I had downloaded Ubuntu 12.04 (then in final beta) with an intent to try it out. After I installed it on my machine and started using it, I was very impressed. It is my opinion that the Ubuntu team has pulled off a success here. Unity interface which many people (including yours truly) were eager to banish to the boondocks has made a comeback. It is now simple to use, efficient, and beautiful.

CDE - Helps You to Create Portable Linux Applications

All about Linux - Wed, 25/04/2012 - 1:03am
CDE (Code, Data, and Environment) is a packaging tool which allows you to identically replicate the execution of a program running on one Linux machine, on to another. Put succinctly, CDE aids you in creating portable Linux applications.

It does this by packaging up everything the program needs to run together, which can then be transferred and executed flawlessly on a different Linux machine.
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Gimp 2.8 Review

All about Linux - Fri, 20/04/2012 - 12:49pm
I had recently written about the anticipated release of Gimp 2.8 which brings revolutionary changes to the Gimp user interface and lots more under the hood. However, as of now, if you want to download and try Gimp 2.8 you have to do one of the two things, namely -
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Linus Torvalds Bags the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize

All about Linux - Fri, 20/04/2012 - 12:26pm
Linus Torvalds has been awarded the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize. The award is offered by a Finnish foundation called Technology Academy Finland (TAF). TAF promotes scientific research and innovation to develop new technology which is based on humane values and has a positive impact on quality of life.
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Raspberry Pi - A Detailed Review of the Product

All about Linux - Tue, 17/04/2012 - 5:52pm
Remember Raspberry Pi ? The credit card sized $35 computer that comes preloaded with a customized Linux distribution ?

Raspberry Pi Foundation (people behind this project) have released 2 models. Model A costs $25 and Model B costs $35 excluding taxes.
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Mosh - A replacement for SSH

All about Linux - Thu, 12/04/2012 - 2:18am
Mosh is a secure shell that is touted as a replacement for the venerable SSH.

How is Mosh different from SSH ? Well, Mosh uses a new protocol called the State Synchronization Protocol (SSP) that runs over UDP. This means it is possible to synchronize the state of an object from one host to another.
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GIMP 2.8 RC1 Released - Packs Powerful Features

All about Linux - Thu, 12/04/2012 - 12:01am
GIMP project has released GIMP 2.8 RC1 - a precursor to the upcoming GIMP 2.8.

GIMP 2.8 RC1 (Release Candidate) gives you a taste of the new features that are being offered in GIMP, which includes -
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