The KDE 4.7.4 respin of the excellent Linux Mint 12 distribution has been released. The KDE desktop is a good alternative to the Gnome Shell cinnamon desktop included with the default Linux Mint 12 distribution. There are a few options when it comes to downloading this distribution. 32 bit ISO: http://mirror.netcologne.de/mint//stable/12/linuxmint-12-kde-dvd-32bit.iso 64 bit ISO: http://mirror.netcologne.de/mint//stable/12/linuxmint-12-kde-dvd-64bit.iso …

Using the vmstat command to see which hard disk partitions are the busiest is very easy. Use the vmstat -p /dev/sda1 command and your hard disk information will be printed showing the number of reads and writes for each partition. On my Ubuntu system, the /dev/sda1 partition is the busiest. [email protected] ~ $ vmstat -p …

Apt errors. To deal with the message you get sometimes telling you that some packages have been kept back when you type sudo apt-get upgrade, just type sudo apt-get dist-upgrade. This will pull down the rest of the packages and fully upgrade your system. Uncompressing rar files. This is very easy with the unrar command. …

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 …

Microsoft are backing a Secure Boot system that will lock computers into running Windows 7 or 8 and this will prevent the installation of Linux/UNIX or any other free open source operating system. Microsoft can not secure their own operating system properly so they want to lock out other operating system vendors and force everyone …

This is a good question, should they add the traditional Gnome 3 layout in Ubuntu 11.10? Linux Mint are staying with the traditional layout when they switch to Gnome 3 and Ubuntu should keep the traditional layout as well, the simpler design of Gnome 2 over Unity is why I prefer to stick with it …

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 …

The best thing about using Linux instead of using Windows, is that when you install a new piece of hardware on your machine or plug-in a USB device and set it up, there is no juggling CD`s and searching the Internet for updated drivers to get the hardware working, for the most part; it will …

I have just loaded up the Crunchbang Statler Linux distribution and it is a very good first impression. It uses a very simplistic and fast desktop comprising the Openbox window manager and Conky that gives information about the status of your computer. The Tint2 panel resides at the bottom of the screen and, this provides …

The 3.0.0-rc2 release of the Linux kernel is available on kernel.org finally. This is a whole new numbering series for the Linux kernel that has been in the 2.x.x series for ages. This is very exciting in fact, I downloaded and compiled the new mainline kernel almost as soon as it was announced. It has …

To change the default console font, type: setfont /usr/share/consolefonts/Lat7-TerminusBold32x16.psf.gz at the text console and then if you are happy with the size of that font, then type: sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setup and set the same font there as you selected before, and then the initial ram disk will be rebuilt for the running kernel so that …