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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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.
Whatever the reason is, you may at some point want to get a web server going. Whether you want to give yourself remote access to certain pages or services, you want to get a community group going, or anything else, you’ll need to have the right software installed and configured for that to happen. So how exactly can you do that? It’s actually quite simple.
Under Linux, there are two different implementations of Java that are available for use. Ubuntu and Arch let you easily install either implementation, while Fedora users will have a slightly tougher time (at least when it comes to installing Oracle Java). This article should clear up any of the confusion on how to get it working, including some tips and tricks I discovered for 64-bit users.
This must have happened to you often enough: while working on something from your hard drive (no matter if internal or external), the system eventually puts it into a “sleep mode” where it’ll take a while to wake up again before it’ll finally be able to do what you actually want it to do. This problem is now solved thanks to an open source developer who had a simple idea that honestly works quite well.
Over the years, Flash has slowly but surely made its mark on the Internet until virtually every interactive website contained some form of Flash. As it’s now a fundamental part of the Web, seeing some updates to this technology is very much welcome. There are quite a few new features in Flash 11, including some highly notable ones.
Linux distributions have been improving by leaps and bounds, and those improvements are becoming visible in the latest beta releases. Fedora, one of the flagship distributions carrying GNOME 3, is no different and should have plenty of new features to make your mouth water. As Fedora 16 is currently in beta, it still has plenty of bugs.