Pidgin is a wonderful application used for connecting to multiple chat protocols through a single application, making it much easier to chat to more people at once, and saving on system resources at the same time. I’m a multitasker, I always have multiple windows open and multiple things on the go simultaneously, but one thing […]
Linux is one of the most popular server operating system and slowly rising in popularity as a desktop operating system as well. This can be attributed to the progress that Linux distributions have made in regards to the installation and usability. For the most part, installing Linux is not complicated anymore at all, and users of all experience levels can make that happen.
Linux systems are called distributions of which there are plenty. A couple of popular ones are Ubuntu, which is probably the most popular system right now, Linux Mint, Debian or OpenSuse. The Linux category features news, reviews, software, tutorials and everything else of interest to existing and future Linux users.
What is holding back Linux the most is without doubt also one if the system’s greatest strengths: diversity. New users may find the number of Linux distributions to choose one from overwhelming to say the least.
Distrohopping is a term some like to use for switching from one GNU/Linux distribution to another frequently, rather than sticking to one system. I’m no stranger to this, I’ve installed nearly every major and popularly known system you’ll come across – twice. However, through my time trying all of these various distributions, I’ve learned a […]
Using GNU/Linux is by default more secure than using Microsoft Windows, this is common knowledge; however just because you use GNU/Linux, does not mean that your system is secure, and that is why some distributions have been created in order to maximize security; such as QubesOS. QubesOS is very different from your typical run of […]
GNU/Linux users are well aware of the fact that many pieces of software commonly used in Microsoft Windows, do not function for us using things like WINE; and so we must find alternatives to use. Granted, you could use a virtual machine to run Windows, but as I have encountered and I am sure others […]
It’s common knowledge among GNU/Linux users that there is a significantly lower chance of being infected with malware when running GNU/Linux than there is when running Microsoft Windows; however, it would be wrong to say that there is a flat zero chance. Malware does exist, although the odds of you stumbling upon it are low. […]
Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonincal has once again returned to his positition of CEO, as Jane Silber, the previous CEO now heads to the Board of Directors; and big changes happen to the staff lineup as a result. In a blog bost by Sibler, she says, “I originally agreed to be CEO for 5 […]
For those of you unfamiliar with it, Veracrypt is the successor to the encryption software Truecrypt. Truecrypt was suddenly abandonded by the creators, and others decided to take up the responsibility by forking the application and creating Veracrypt. Veracrypt leaves many things untouched from the last working Truecrypt version, however they have added some new […]
With all of the major desktop environments already covered, I thought perhaps we should also look at some of the lesser known graphical environments for GNU/Linux. One such example is the window manager called Openbox. Openbox is actually the very same window manager used by the LXDE desktop environment, however window managers do not actually […]
Ubuntu has been using the Unity environment developed by Caonical Ltd. since the netbook edition of Ubuntu 10.10, initially released on June 9, 2010. However, it has been decided that the Unity environment would no longer be the standard environment used for the popular GNU/Linux distro. In a blog post by Mark Shuttleworth, founder of […]
Debian, the father of Ubuntu, the grandfather of Linux Mint, and one of the most popular server distributions of all time, went through a time of turmoil when the decision was made to use systemd in April of 2012. Many of the developers decided that they wanted to stick with sysVinit instead, believing that systemd […]
Notion was introduced to me by a long time friend on the IRC Network I am staff on, as part of a major gaming community. He almost exclusively used Notion for the longest time, and barely ever touched his mouse, doing nearly everything by keyboard. He was hardcore. I have dabbled with Notion from time […]
Unity, probably the most universally debated DE in the GNU/Linux community; despised by some, yet absolutely loved by others. Unity was created by Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, for Ubuntu. It’s possible to install Unity on other systems, but 99% of the users you see using Unity are running it with Ubuntu. It’s also Ubuntu’s […]
Cinnamon is another desktop environment that began as a fork of a previous environment, this time a fork of the GNOME Shell. The developers of Linux Mint from how I understand it, didn’t like the tablet inspired GUI that GNOME went with, but they enjoyed the back end features and implementations, so they forked the […]
LXDE is known as one of the if not the lightest of the main desktop environments available for GNU/Linux. LXDE is extremely minimalistic and comes with very little to no special effects, or resource hungry applications and tools. That being said, LXDE is a great option for taking an old machine and breathing new life […]
Xfce is yet another lightweight but highly customizable desktop environment many people use for GNU/Linux, and is the environment of choice for systems such as Xubuntu, and Manjaro (Although Manjaro does come in other flavours, Xfce is known as the Manjaro teams initial focus and was their primary DE for a while.). The Xfce website […]
Back in the day, what we now know as MATE was initially the GNOME 2.x desktop environment in all it’s glory. Nowadays, GNOMEis an entirely different animal, and one worth exploring for those GNU/Linux users who love to do things differently, and like to stray away from the cookie cutter aspect of computer usage. I […]