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Fighting with Ubuntu 11.04 (Unity)

Ubuntu 11.04 is one of the most expected releases this year. Yes, there were lots of pre-release discussions, reviews, controversy and so on. Finally, it was released. I decided to go through fresh install route and replace my Ubuntu 10.10 with Ubuntu 11.04 with Unity desktop.

Linux Mint XFCE Roller Coaster

  • Linux notes from DarkDuck (Posted by darkduck on May 4, 2011 2:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Xfce
Just few days ago I wrote about my happiness after achieving my long-term desire with Linux Mint XFCE. This distro is based on Debian Testing. I managed to activate and use Broadcom 4311 there in Live mode! Did it make me stop? As long as I had USB stick with Linux Mint XFCE on it, I decided to give Debian another go.

What If Prince William And Kate Middleton Were Linux Fans

  • Linux notes from DarkDuck (Posted by darkduck on May 3, 2011 2:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor; Groups: Linux
I actually don't know if William and Kate are Linux fans or not. Maybe they even have not heard about this great operation system. But let's imagine they are great Linux lovers. How can this change Royal Wedding ceremony?

5 things I like in Ubuntu 11.04 (Unity) and 10 things which I don't

I easily got myself to new Unity desktop. Did I like it? Yes and No. Let's try to list all my findings and discuss them a little.

9 Steps To Happiness in Linux Mint XFCE

Linux Mint team works hard on making Linux as much user-friendly as possible. They even managed to improve usability of Ubuntu which holds position because its high degree of userfriendliness. Linux Mint is not just one system. I would say that Mint is more like approach to interface building which can be applied to a range of systems/desktop environments/windows managers. Sure enough, most known Linux Mint version is based on Ubuntu with GNOME. That was just a beginning. I have already written my thoughts about this Linux Mint version. But every beginning has its own story. Mint team also released KDE, LXDE and XFCE remixes. All of them were based on Ubuntu. Were... Until recent.

How To: Page Numbering in Open Source Text Processors

It was not obvious for me how to automatically number pages in the document using some of text processors reviewed there. Have you ever faced this issue? Now I will open the secrets of three different packages and show you how to solve this issue.

Is CentOS 5.6 Better Than 5.5?

  • Linux notes from DarkDuck (Posted by darkduck on Apr 14, 2011 2:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
What is general feelings about CentOS 5.6? I would say I saw progress since last version 5.5. It is not quantum leap, but steadily progressing system. Bearing in mind that this Operating System is based on commercial software which is used by thousands of customers, you should not expect sudden significant changes in it. That is normal in corporate world.

Moonstruck with MoonOS

  • Linux notes from DarkDuck (Posted by darkduck on Apr 13, 2011 9:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
One of the most admirable elements about Linux is, once the community has become comfortable with a distro, another one appears to disrupt the status quo. Mint arose out of a desire to create an improved version of Ubuntu; Salix was developed to make Slackware more user-friendly. While these distributions are often argued to be mere spin-offs, and not true distros, they deserve mention for their unique adaptation to an already established distro. MoonOS is one of these noteworthy distros. It may be an obscure distribution, and it might not be genuinely original, but Moon is too interesting to be ignored.

Do I Have Bad Karma for Debian?

Do I have bad karma to run Debian? I have 6 posts about Debian so far, and only one of them relates to full success, where I was able to run a full-power Debian on my laptop. Maybe I myself and Debian are just creatures of different worlds and we cannot live together?

Old Good(?) Style

  • Linux Blog from DarkDuck (Posted by darkduck on Apr 10, 2011 5:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Today, when CentOS 5.6 is released, isn't it good time to remember what was in CentOS 5.5? As long as Red Hat (commercial product) is open source software, anyone can use their source code for own purposes. That's the way how CentOS was born. Selection of available versions for CentOS is not massive. If you want to have Live system, you have a choice of only one variety. Practically, this is GNOME-embedded system. No choice between KDE, LXDE or any other windows manager. At least, for CentOS 5.5, which I used.

3-in-1: How 3 Old Friends Can Be Found In Same Place

  • Linux notes from DarkDuck (Posted by darkduck on Apr 7, 2011 6:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: KDE, Linux
Can you ever expect that three of your oldest friends which belong to different companies can be found in the same place? Difficult to imagine, isn't is? It's like accidentally finding your best school friend and your best colleague in your favorite pub just across the road from your home. Dream! Same happened to me recently.

4 Lessons Which Bodhi Linux Taught Me

New star appeared on the Ubuntu sky recently, and this star is called Bodhi Linux. Version 1.0.0 was released at the end of March, just a week ago. Everything new is interesting. Hopefully, not only for myself, but also for my readers. That's why I have to try this new operating system. Bodhi Linux image weights less than 400Mb, which puts it into the same line as Puppy and SLAX. While testing Bodhi Linux, I learnt 4 lessons which I'd like to tell you about.

Were there 10 reasons to upgrade to 10.10?

  • Linux notes from DarkDuck (Posted by darkduck on Mar 25, 2011 7:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
As new release of Ubuntu is coming, is it time to remember what happened about half a year ago, on the 10.10.10? And were there any reasons to update to 10.10?

Tux Which Does Not Exist...

  • Linux notes from DarkDuck (Posted by darkduck on Mar 24, 2011 11:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
Does Wikipedia know everything? 99% of Internet users will most likely answer "yes" to this question. Do you want me to prove that is not true?

2.5 Methods to Mount Windows Share

  • Linux notes from DarkDuck (Posted by darkduck on Mar 23, 2011 9:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
If you have more than one computer at your home, there is a chance that one of them runs Windows and another - Linux. Then, you are more than likely to have a necessity to share files between your computers. Most of the methods could be found in the Internet go deep into understanding of stuff which you might not know or need with simple network.

7 Pieces of Turkish Delight On a DVD

  •; By darkduck (Posted by darkduck on Mar 22, 2011 1:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
How many countries do you know which are placed in Europe and Asia both? Russia? Anything else? Yes, that is Turkey. Not the most well known country in the world, although European culture would be different if this country would not exist. Byzantium, Constantinople... They are all parts of Turkish history. Of course, Linux is popular there too, as well is all over the world. If you have Linux fans, surely you will have your own Linux distributive. Does Turkey have one? Yes, and it is named after Anatolian leopard: Pardus.

Share your 3G Internet connection over wifi (Linux / iPod Touch)

  • (Posted by darkduck on Mar 21, 2011 5:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
I was in a situation the other day, where I needed to connect my iPod Touch to the internet but there was no wifi available so I think about using my 3G data plan. I have a data plan with my Laptop, I use a Huawei E156 B, to connect my laptop with the 3G network.

4 disappointments from OpenSuSE 11.4

Did I enjoyed my long awaited Tux immediately? Unfortunately, no. I have quite nice feelings about OpenSuSE in general, because it was one of the first Linuxes I have tried and wrote about in my blog. And it was second from the list of non-pocket Linuxes, after Mandriva. That time, back in October 2010, I managed to kill Green Gecko when running it from Live USB. Because of this long acquitaince between me and Green Gecko, news about next version of it were long awaited by me.

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