Linux articles

  • Should Linux Admit Defeat and Call it Quits?

    First of all, I want to make it abundantly clear that we are discussing Linux for the DESKTOP here, not for supercomputers, not for servers, not for smartphones, and not for gaming consoles… just for the Desktop. It’s been more than 20 years since Linus Torvalds released his Linux kernel under the GNU General Public […]

  • ‘Shellshock’ Bug – Major Security Threat or Overblown?

    Following on the heels of the Heartbleed scare, another major vulnerability has been identified in a widely utilized software. The newly discovered security vulnerability, dubbed ‘Shellshock’, is part of Bash, the command-line shell utility common to Linux and Unix operating systems. The vulnerability does NOT affect Windows users and the consensus among experts is that […]

  • In praise of… ‘Variety’

    When you are working at your PC desktop, it’s good to have an interesting background to gaze at occasionally, while waiting for the great thoughts to come.  Windows has its limited number of Themes, some of which will even change between backgrounds at regular intervals.  Or you can set up your backgrounds to come from […]

  • Wake up to that fresh, Minty taste!

    When you tap that icon on your phone, tablet or desktop, are you remotely concerned about which operating system you are using? Most people are not and the fact that Windows, Mac IOS, Android and Linux achieve the same goal, is indicative of how the battle lines have blurred in recent years, spurred on in […]

  • Linux and Windows Comparisons

    One of the first things a refugee from Windows trying to transition to Linux does is look at the Linux tree structure to try to see “What would this be in Windows?”  Well, there is NO one-size-fits-all answer to that question. Indeed, that kind of thinking acts as an impediment to understanding how Linux works.  […]

  • Test Drive: Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)

    I’ve revisited Linux frequently over the years, trying out various distros, but never came across one which really fitted the my bill. Always seemed to strike some kind of major issue too. Most recently I attempted to install ZorinOS with a view to test driving that distro but it would not install. Tried installing on […]

  • Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) released!

    The much anticipated Ubuntu Precise Pangolin has finally arrived sporting bold new features, a fresh new look, and adopting a long-term release policy which will see updates and fixes supported for the next five years. “The Ubuntu team is very pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Long-Term Support) for Desktop, Server, Cloud, […]

  • Getting Rid of Clutter

    The phrase “graphical disk map” is a general description for a group of software, both commercial and free, which tells you the size of a folder or file with a graphical representation, OR it is actually the precise name of a specific piece of software (free BTW) which does that job. That graphical representation can […]