The Linux Mint distribution is switching to the Gnome 3 desktop after all of this time. Sure they are keeping the Gnome 2 desktop environment, but they are implementing the MATE fork of the Gnome 2 desktop, that will be trying to keep the familiar Gnome 2 desktop that everyone seems to love, despite the …

This output below is the result of running strings(1) on my pagefile.sys file left over from running Windows 7. You can see there is a bit of activity going on behind the scenes of Windows that I was not aware of. I thought my system had no bugs in it at all, but I loaded …

Ubuntu 12.04 released in 2012 will be focused more on the cloud and not old server hardware, according to the Ubuntu developers, even though “old server hardware” is running the cloud, obviously the meaning of this statement is that cloud storage will be used extensively and not local storage for the users files. You can …

To add applications to the favourites bar on the left of the screen in Gnome 3, just right click on any application icon in the applications menu and select add to favourites. Then the program will be easily accessible in the future. I am not sure if this works in the Unity desktop, I have …

The recent attacks on Desktop Linux enacted by the cracking of the Kernel.org website and the more recent attacks against the Linux Foundation websites has cast a cloud over desktop Linux. The Kernel.org website is still down for maintenance and the security of the Linux kernel is in doubt. The story on Slashdot says that …

This is a command that will list the contents of your crontab file if you have one. You need to use the sudo command as unprivileged users are not allowed to list the contents of this folder. The best way to view the contents of your crontab file is to use the crontab -l command. …

There are many useful Linux commands that are fun to use and can do some very cool things. cat mysongpart2.mp3 >> mysongpart1.mp3cat mysongpart2.mp3 >> mysongpart1.mp3 Using /bin/cat to append the second part of a MP3 file onto the first part, making one large file that will play seamlessly from part one to part 2. vmstat …

The best thing about Debian at the moment is not that the Unity/Gnome3 desktop is in absentia, it is that it is the most stable and secure distribution of the Linux operating system. I have used other distributions of Linux and I am promoting Ubuntu quite a bit even though I am not running that …

Just finished rewriting the kernel compilation page on my website to give instructions for building a vanilla kernel source package on Debian Squeeze. This needed to be done, the information there was dated and needed to be replaced. Having up to date information is a good way to keep your visitors coming back. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluxbox I …

I recently had to move some folders to my home directory on my Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 installation as the root user and I then had to change the ownership of the folders and the files within to my current user. For example I copied the ~/.themes folder to my home folder and I had to …

Is there a real reason the Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Linux Mint & Fedora have to be so bloated? The Debian distribution is very fast and usable compared to the Ubuntu distribution that has moved from the Gnome 2.32.1 desktop environment to the Unity desktop that has created some controversy of late. The Ubuntu 11.10 …

Linux is not Windows. http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm This is a very good web page that explains the fundamental differences between Windows and Linux. There are many fundamental changes you need to make when making the switch from Windows to a Linux machine, the major changes difference is that Linux is not as susceptible to viruses as Windows …

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136471 Just got a 2TB external hard drive to backup my machine, it made a huge difference being able to copy everything off my 500GB hard drive and make some more space for other files. This is the amount of space I have now, and it is very useful as I might want to install …