Danny is a senior at the University of North Texas who enjoys all aspects of open source software and Linux. He is also a contributor for the Fedora Project. You can check out his personal website or follow his Twitter account here.
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I’m sure that you’ve come across a computer like this, especially a laptop or netbook. The screen is decently large, but the low resolution doesn’t seem to fit well with such a nice screen. Are you stuck with whatever the native resolution is? Apparently not, as there is a simple script that will take care of the problem and increase your resolution beyond what your system considers as normal!
Linux is not hard to use or understand, but it simply doesn’t fit the Windows mindset that most people have. Expecting to do everything in Linux exactly like in Windows is where problems start appearing, which can easily deter a good number of users. Thankfully, there is now a Linux distribution that could make the process a whole lot easier.
Mandriva isn’t considered to be a major player in the Linux world anymore, but it used to be back when it was still called Mandrake Linux. A couple months ago, Mandriva let loose their 2011 release, providing another impressive experience. Let’s take a look, why don’t we?
There’s absolutely no denying the fact that there has been a lot of bickering between people about which desktop environment is the best. The discussion has been expanded and refocused, from not just Gnome vs. KDE but now Gnome Shell vs. Unity, two desktop environments that are both dependent on the Gnome framework. However, Gnome Shell has finally started to build itself a place in my heart, while Unity has not.
SOPA has been a really big deal as of late, as the piece of legislation is still stuck in the American Congress, and there is no clear sign that it will get rejected. The movement to fight against SOPA has quickly been gaining momentum, including some pretty daring Internet “blackouts”. However, what if you want to do something other than constantly shout out your opinion over social media?
Today, we’ll be covering a very nice theme that should easily find a special place in the heart of Android lovers. Yes, you guessed it, there’s a well-done theme of Android’s new 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” release for Gnome Shell.
You’ve probably heard at some point that servers aren’t only for those that have a lot of money. In fact, anyone who has a spare box sitting around somewhere in their house can have their very own server, slaving away at whatever whims you may have. Although it sounds very cool, it does take some effort and a little know-how to get it all set up.
There are so many different ways of encrypting data, especially in Linux. My favorite method has always been using Truecrypt as it’s relatively easy to use and extremely effective. However, if you want to encrypt individual files, having to create a new container just for them might be a little impractical, especially when they aren’t similar files. Instead, there’s a nice little tool that will configure encryption options.
We know all too well about the browser wars, don’t we? Firefox is better at this, Chrome is better at that and so on. While it’s great that we have all this competition going on right now about which browser is ultimately the best, I’ve been thinking recently about whether all of this will exist in the future.
Not too long ago I wrote a similar article about the top three distributions of the Debian side in the Linux family (Debian, Ubuntu, and Linux Mint), but as a true Linux geek I would never want to forget the entire other side of the Linux family, probably best known as the “RPM family”.
ClamAV may be even more popular on Linux, where it first began its life. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at the most popular client of ClamAV for Linux, known as ClamTk. ClamTk is an easy-to-use GUI for the ClamAV engine that should help you keep your Linux system virus free. ClamTk is available for most of the popular distributions such as Ubuntu and Fedora.
Some antivirus tools are indeed tricky to figure out and check whether they are as good as they claim, especially in comparison to other antivirus tools. Some say that they can remove viruses very well, but their detection rates are not what they ought to be. So how can you know that you’re choosing a good product to protect your system?
What do you do if you want to make a video tutorial on Linux yourself? You’ve may have seen some people use their video camera to point to the monitor, but those look very unprofessional when compared to others that show only what the monitor shows, without the monitor acting as a border around the video. The tool for the job is a screencasting software. Kazam Screencaster is an easily available free screencasting tool that you can use on Linux.
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One of the hardest questions that every Linux user must answer is which Linux distribution they should use. There are so many out there that it’s become quite ridiculous to a handful of users, while others enjoy the massive variety of how Linux is served. In this case, you really can be picky enough to mimic James Bond with “shaken, not stirred.”