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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There are plenty of people I know who’d like to know how to program, yet they’re confused by how to start and what the general ideas of programming are. In addition, there are a large number of programming languages to choose from, so choosing the right one to start out with may be a little difficult for the inexperienced programmer. This article will help you get started with a relatively easy to learn language.
As far as Indie games go, Minecraft has been getting all of the buzz lately. Now with its official release behind us, you might be a little baffled at the price of $28 (although there are plenty of other games that dig a bigger hole in your wallet). Although the game is quite addictive, as I have bought it myself, those who’d rather save the money can still get a taste of what Minecraft has to offer.
Among all the great things about the Ubuntu 11.10 release, the selection of screensavers isn’t one of them. In fact, if you look a little more closely, there isn’t any selection at all. Instead, all you get is the “blank screen” screensaver, which does nothing more than, well, give you a blank screen.
As the latest version of Ubuntu was released, the team of developers have been hard at work adding some convenient features. However, some are more known than others, while others will surprise you when they pop up. Some aren’t even installed by default but can be very useful. So what are these features that can make a major difference?
When you’ve got a product on your hands, no matter if it’s physical, software, or something else, you’ll probably want to have a nice support community based on the product. The best way to make such communities is through the use of forums. There are plenty of different forum frameworks out there that you can choose from, both paid and free.
Everything is moving towards the web, which is now more commonly being dubbed “the cloud”. As such, your devices should probably be ready and well equipped to make full use of cloud services for your convenience. However, our big and slow desktops and laptops still have many unnecessary components from our long computing past. At least, that’s what Google seems to say says with their Chromebooks.
Over the years, we’ve changed a lot about the way we try to launch our applications. Out of all the operating systems out there, Linux seems to be the experimental playground. A new, promising solution has appeared which already offers an effective way to launch your applications.
As far as Linux goes, customization is king. Not only that, but the customization options are so great it might make your head spin. I have previously mentioned the differences between the major desktop environments available on Linux and then realized that we have only been talking extensively about two of the three desktop environments that I mentioned. So, without further ado, here’s your crash course on XFCE.
If you’ve been introduced to the world of Linux, it probably didn’t take too long to notice that it doesn’t have a single “face”. Linux can sport all kinds of desktop environments, or none at all. That alone is one of the great benefits of Linux among many more. But while that’s impressive, it leaves a very important question for you to decide: What desktop environment should you choose?
One of the major benefits of the Linux desktop is the ability to customize literally every aspect of your computing experience. If you want an ultralight and speedy desktop, you’re covered. If you want a flashy, powerful desktop that you can show off to your friends, you’re covered. KDE has plenty of customization features but did you know it offers an optimized desktop interface for netbooks?
Out of all the common file types found in our computing world, PDF is probably one of the most restrictive ones, while at the same time being available for everyone to use (primarily to read). Indeed, the world of PDF reading is full of sunshine and rainbows, but once you want to create your own PDFs it seems as if you’ll be leaving with an empty wallet – if anything.
We’ve had browser wars back when Netscape was still the king. Today, it’s Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera all battling it out to see who’s top dog. However, sometimes we forget that there are still some other browsers than the Big 5. Today, we’ll be looking at one of the fastest and most lightweight browsers outside of the Big 5.
While one of our MakeUseOf authors wrote a great guide on upgrading Ubuntu to the latest version (which can be found here), we haven’t offered one that helped users upgrade their Fedora installation to the latest and greatest. Considering some of the features that have been coming out in recent Fedora releases (such as GNOME 3 for Fedora 15, GRUB 2 for Fedora 16, and possibly Btrfs for Fedora 17), upgrading will give you plenty of benefits. So, how exactly do we do this?
Most of you probably already know that WordPress powers a large amount of websites that we look at every day. With the large userbase and support, you can do a lot of cool things with it. While WordPress even offers one-click upgrades to the latest WP versions, some people simply can’t use it because their server doesn’t support it.
Not too long ago, we heard about Apple making some pretty bold moves when it came to optical media. Ousting their original MacBook for the MacBook Air and removing an optical drive from the Mac Mini, Apple told the world that it wants to move away from those round discs and use other techniques for storing and moving operating systems, programs, and more.