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How to configure keyboard layouts in Cinnamon 2 and higher

  • Linux notes from DarkDuck; By DarkDuck (Posted by darkduck on Jul 19, 2016 2:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Let me show you how to set up different keyboard layouts in Cinnamon 3 in Linux Mint 18 and later, and in other operating systems that use Cinnamon Desktop Environment of version 3 and higher.

Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon: pity, pity, pity

I could say that Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon is a nice and easy distribution everyone can use... I could, if there was not the issue with multimedia codecs. That spoon of tar spoiled the whole barrel of honey.

Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon: Quick Screenshot Tour

Let's do a quick whistle-blow tour through the Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon system with some applications you can find out of the box.

Installing Arch Linux. Part 2

  • Linux notes from DarkDuck; By Alex Gaudino (Posted by darkduck on Jul 1, 2016 9:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Arch, Linux
This is the 2nd part of the how-to guide for Arch Linux installation.

Installing Arch Linux. Part 1

Here I will try to provide an in depth guide on how to install and setup your own Arch Linux computer.

Ubuntu MATE 16.04: there is always room for improvement

Who is the main audience of Ubuntu 16.04 MATE? From my point of view, these are people who started their Linux life a long time ago when GNOME 2 was one of few desktop environments available for Linux distributions. Since then, we have gotten a lot more players and forks on the "market".

ROSA Desktop Fresh R7 KDE: nothing to complain... almost

Even though the Mandriva project is no longer in its famous state, derivatives still continue their existence. ROSA is a Linux distribution that was also forked from Mandriva some time ago.

CentOS 7 KDE: not for home users

CentOS is one of those operating systems in the Linux world that are often recommended for students who want to continue their career as Linux system administrators. There is no wonder here, because CentOS is a re-branded compilation of the corporate operating systems leader RedHat.

Xubuntu 16.04 - install and enjoy?

I want to share with you some findings of the installed version of Xubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Will Ubuntu keep the title of the best Desktop OS?

Ubuntu was rapidly growing and becoming an Operating System for all your needs. The community was very happy with it until they decided to switch from Gnome to Unity and add the Amazon results right from the dash. At the beginning Unity didn't bother me because Gnome 3 was not that advanced by then. However the Amazon results felt like an embedded spyware. At that point Ubuntu didn't feel like the community driven and open source project we used to love. Then my faith in Ubuntu was dimming because they announced many projects that ended up in nothing.

Xubuntu 16.04 - not for Linux beginners

Conclusion Xubuntu 16.04 felt very polished, snappy and easy for me. There were no issues or bugs that I noticed while running it in a Live mode.

The only downside that I would like to mention is the set of applications. It is minimalistic, if not barebones.

Xubuntu 16.04 - quick screenshot tour

Let's have a quick whistle-stop tour through Xubuntu 16.04.

PCLOS 2016.03 KDE: good job

I must admit that this time I had a much nicer experience with PC Linux OS than I had the previous time.

I could not find any issue to note during my Live run of this operating system apart from escessive number of applications.

Good job, PCLOS team! Let's hope you'll keep up with all you've done!

Users more await for new Ubuntu than Fedora release

Fedora 24 and Ubuntu 16.04 families are due to release within next month or so.

Just about a month ago the Linux notes from DarkDuck blog started a poll where you could vote which of these two distributions you await more. It is time to give the results of that poll now.

Let me do this without any further delay.

Top 3 Linux Password Managers

Although Linux systems are supposed to be way more safer and liable than other competitor's, but still there is nothing wrong in adding an extra layer of security that can protect user's information from getting leaked to any unauthorized vendor. One way to do so is to encrypt your data. Another was is with help of various Linux Password Managers available online. Here we will talk about some of the best Linux password managers that can be used to secure your data in Linux machines.

Fedora or Ubuntu: what do you await more?

Which of them is most awaited by the Linux community?

Let's see! Please show your position and cast your vote! You may also comment about the reasons of your vote.

How to create list for LibreOffice Calc cell

There are many cases when you want to help either yourself or another people with working with the spreadsheet you composed. For example, you want to advise that certain cells can only contain a pre-defined set of values and nothing else. The best way to do so is to give users a drop-down list to choose from.

PCLinuxOS: the walking dead

  • Linux notes from DarkDuck; By DarkDuck (Posted by darkduck on Feb 17, 2016 6:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: KDE, Linux
A distribution that is so narrow-minded that it cannot allow users outside of the US to use it out of the box, and that does not bother with updating their core ISO image. There are plenty of distributions that work much better than PCLinuxOS.

Why bother with this zombie?

Zorin OS 11 Core: quick screenshot tour

Zorin OS 11 continues the line of Linux distributions for the users who migrate from other operating systems. It was released at the beginning of February 2016.

Let's have a whistle-stop tour for the main features of this operating system.

4 Ways to Use Whatsapp Messenger on Your Computer

Whatsapp was initially designed to work on mobile phones. As in Telegram and other mobile messengers, your account with Whatsapp is your phone number. But does it mean that a mobile device is the only way to use Whatsapp? As in the Telegram case, the answer is "no".

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