Danny Stieben

Joined March 2011

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 here.

Feel free to contact at danny@makeuseof.com

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Mandriva 2011: A Different Linux Experience

30th January, 2012

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?

3 Reasons Why Gnome Shell Is Better Than Ubuntu’s Unity [Opinion]

28th January, 2012

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.


Find Out If A Company Supports SOPA With Boycott SOPA [Android]

26th January, 2012

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?


Make Gnome Shell Look Like Android 4.0 With Ice Cream Shell Theme [Linux]

23rd January, 2012

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.


5 Reasons Why You Should Make Your Own Server

21st January, 2012

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.


Encrypt Data Using The Right-Click Menu With Turbo-Secure [Linux]

19th January, 2012

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.


Why It Eventually Won’t Matter What Browser You Use [Opinion]

16th January, 2012

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.


Fedora vs. openSUSE vs. CentOS: Which Distribution Should You Use? [Linux]

14th January, 2012

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”.


Scan Your System And Removable Media For Viruses With ClamTk [Linux]

12th January, 2012

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.


Protect Your System With Clam AntiVirus [Windows]

9th January, 2012

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?


Easily Create Screencast Videos With Kazam Screencaster [Linux]

7th January, 2012

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.


[HELP NEEDED] Tell Us Your Top Linux Distributions, Win A T-Shirt!

6th January, 2012

Guess what!? We’re trying to find the top 20 best Linux distributions out there in the world, and you can help us out! You might even win a MakeUseOf t-shirt!


Debian vs. Ubuntu vs. Linux Mint: Which Distribution Should You Use?

5th January, 2012

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.”


How To Put Your Face On A Different Body Using GIMP

2nd January, 2012

Admit it, playing around with image editing tools such as Photoshop and GIMP can be pretty fun, depending on what you’re trying to do. Virtually anything can be done with these tools, from some simple photo touch-ups all the way to creating impressive graphics from scratch. However, it’s not as fun if you only have an idea and you don’t actually know how to do it.

Try Out GNOME’s Upcoming Browser Right Now [Linux]

31st December, 2011

If you’ve ever been a little more curious, you may have noticed that the GNOME desktop environment has its own browser. No, it’s not Firefox, which is the replacement of the said browser by the distributions that include it. Instead, you may have heard of the Epiphany browser, a very low-resource program that uses WebKit as its rendering engine.