Totally Legal, LMDE Reviews, and R-E-S-P-E-C-T

What was looking to be a slow news day turned into an interesting perusal headlines. Today The Daily Star introduces readers to Linux and Open Source applications and two bloggers have put Linux Mint Debian Edition 201403 through its paces. Fedora’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and Jim Whitehurst on leadership are also featured. The […]

Install MATE 1.8 desktop in Ubuntu 13.10

MATE 1.8 has been released, here’s how you can install it in Ubuntu 13.10. Read more ….

Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 201403 review

Prominent features of this release are support (in the installer) for computers with UEFI firmware and for GPT partitions. But the installer, as you will read in the next section, is the weakest part of this distribution, a problem it shares with most distributions that are based on Debian. Read more ….

Package Management and Perl

Anyone who lived through the bad old days of compiling software from source on Linux remembers well the frustration of upgrading one package only to find that it breaks another. I like to think that those days are behind us; and, for the most part, they are. Unfortunately, I found myself in an eerily similar […]

Canonical Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Beta 1: What’s In It?

Ubuntu 14.04 beta 1 brings some changes to GNOME, but the big focus is on maintaining the status quo for this long-term support release. Read more ….

Best Linux distros to replace Windows XP?

In today’s open source roundup: Is Ubuntu 14.04 the best Linux distro to replace Windows XP? Plus: Is XFCE better than GNOME or KDE? And a review of Mageia 4. Read more ….

Red Hat’s Cloud Ambitions Extend to Government Organizations

Red Hat, increasingly focused on cloud computing, is also drawing a square bead on government organizations and their needs in the cloud. The company has announced the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud (US) Region, a branch of Amazon’s cloud platform tailored for U.S. government data and […]

Dukto LAN File Transfer Tool Is Easy To Use, Multi-Platform

Dukto R6 is an open source, multi-platform LAN file transfer tool, useful to transfer files form one computer to another without having to worry about configurations, operating systems, clients, servers and so on.Dukto R6 in Ubuntu 14.04Dukto doesn’t require any configuration: simply install it on the machines you want to transfer files from/to, launch the […]

Three Turning Points, KDE Releases, and Loving Ubuntu

Today’s news scan turned up several interesting entries. First up is’s piece highlighting three key moments in Linux history. A new Scientific Linux review is out. Two KDE release announcements were posted. OMG!Ubuntu! has a list of seven features you’re going to love in Ubuntu 14.04. A new Linux bug is wreaking havoc. And […]

qBittorrent 3.1.9 Has Been Released | Bug Fixes

qBittorrent is a bittorrent client for Linux, MAC OS X and Microsoft Windows platforms. A new release is available to download, it brings some bug fixes and a minor change to the toolbar. Check the changelog and download options for qBittorrent version 3.1.9 down below. qBittorrent is Qt4 based application, it supports searching for torrent […]

MATE Desktop 1.8 Released

After 11 months of development, MATE 1.8 has been released, bringing various refinements and new features such as support for Metacity as window manager, side-by-side window tiling and more, as well as many bug fixes.Initially, MATE 1.8 was supposed to be based on GTK3, but this was pushed back to MATE 1.10 “because there is […]

Critical crypto bug leaves Linux, hundreds of apps open to eavesdropping

Hundreds of open source packages, including the Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Debian distributions of Linux, are susceptible to attacks that circumvent the most widely used technology to prevent eavesdropping on the Internet, thanks to an extremely critical vulnerability in a widely used cryptographic code library… GnuTLS developers (urge) all users to upgrade to version 3.2.12. […]

Change Desktop Background Directly From The Panel | A Wallpaper Manager

Changing desktop background has never been easier. “Wallpaper Manager” application allows you to choose wallpapers from multiple online and offline sources. Check the main features of “Wallpaper manager” and DEB packages for Debian based distributions such as “Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS Luna, ..etc”. Wallpaper Manger | Key Features Most of wallpaper manager functions are […]

Fix Bugs, Get Paid

Since Luna’s release, appreciative users have thrown us some hard-earned cash. We’ve carefully considered the best ways to re-invest that money into elementary and to give people a direct path to fund development of what’s important to them. Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of those solutions: bounties. Link to original source

Fix “Cannot add PPA. Please check that the PPA name or format is correct” And Other CA-Certificates Related Issues In Ubuntu

Yesterday I encountered an issue in Ubuntu related to CA-certificates which resulted in errors when trying to add PPA repositories, cloning GIT repositories and more and I decided to make an article on how to fix these issues in Ubuntu, in case you run into the same issue.Here’s what happened. Firstly, I tried adding a […]

XBMC Media Center 13.0 Gotham Beta 1 Released

XBMC Media Center 13.0 “Gotham” Beta 1 has been released, bringing improvements across all platforms, such as hardware decoding on Android, proper PulseAudio support for Linux, improved settings, support for some 3D movie formats and more.XBMC is a free, open source digital media hub and home theater PC that comes with a 10-foot user interface, […]

Are there enough users for Linux Mint Debian Edition to survive?

In today’s open source roundup: Linux Mint Debian Edition 201403 has been released. Are there enough users for it to survive? Plus: Take screenshot tours of LMDE 201403 Cinnamon and MATE. Read more ….

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 357

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #357 for the week February 24 – March 2, 2014, and the full version is available here. In this issue we cover: Announcing Trusty Tahr Beta 1 Ubuntu looks stunning on phones and tablets at MWC 2014 Welcome New Members and Developers Ubuntu Stats LoCo Teams […]

Oh No, Mageia has Lost its Magic

In this morning’s Distrowatch Weekly Jesse Smith reviews Mageia 4 and says he was disappointed in it. Several comments agreed with him too. In other news today the Linux Journal celebrates 20 years, Xfce beats KDE and GNOME, and lots more. Magiea has been one of my favorite projects and distributions since its inception, but […]

How to measure memory usage in Linux

Article by me, first published on Whether you are a system administrator or a developer, sometimes you need to consider the use of memory in GNU/Linux processes and programs. Memory is a critical resource, and limited memory plus processes that use a lot of RAM can cause a situation where the kernel goes out […]