July 26th, 2013 No comments

Today I started out by going into work, only to discover that it is NEXT Friday that I need to cover. So I came home and decided to get a jump start on installing Kubuntu. I am now at a screeching halt because the hardware I am using has Win8 installed on it and when…

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July 25th, 2013 3 comments

So it is 9:40 PM and I started my “Find a Linux distro to install” process. Like many people, I decided to type exactly what I wanted to search into Google. Literally, I typed “Linux Distro Chooser” into Google. Complex and requiring great technical skill, I know. My next mission was to pick the site…

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July 23rd, 2013 No comments

That’s right, time for round three! If you’ve been following this website in the past you know what this means. This time around our rules are simple: give back to the community. With this idea in mind the participants, known as guinea pigs, will attempt to use their unique passions, interests and talents to give…

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July 13th, 2013 No comments

I recently picked up a cheap Samsung laser printer and decided to give the Samsung Unified Linux Driver Repository a shot while installing it. Basically the SULDR is a repository you add to your /etc/apt/sources.list file which allows you to install one of their driver management applications. Once that is installed anytime you go to…

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July 12th, 2013 No comments

A couple new Listener Feedback podcast episodes have been released in case you missed them: Episode 21: Silence is Sexy – This Ain’t Hollywood (Pop, Rock) Episode 22: Nomoredolls – Nomoredolls (Rock, Alternative, New Wave) Episode 23: Juice Big City – One Two Three + 100 Days Collection (Rock, Pop Rock, Blues) Episode 24: Jelixa…

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July 9th, 2013 3 comments

It’s that time again where I install the major, full desktop, distributions into a limited hardware machine and report on how they perform. Once again, and like before, I’ve decided to re-run my previous tests this time using the following distributions: Fedora 18 (GNOME) Fedora 18 (KDE) Fedora 19 (GNOME Fedora 19 (KDE) Kubuntu 13.04 (KDE) Linux Mint 15…

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July 4th, 2013 No comments

If you use Trac as your bug and progress tracking tool then you too may one day need to take a backup of it or move it to a new server like I had to the other day. Thankfully, as I discovered, it is a relatively straight forward process. Here are the steps to backup…

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July 2nd, 2013 No comments

Sometimes you need to move an SVN repository from one server to another but maintain the full commit history (i.e. comments and changes). Here is a very simple way to do so. 1. Dump (and compress) the source SVN in one line: svnadmin dump [path to source SVNrepository] | gzip -9 > [path to destination…

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June 15th, 2013 2 comments

Recently I read an interesting article by Vint Cerf, mostly known as the man behind the TCP/IP protocol that underpins modern Internet communication, where he brought up a very scary problem with everything going digital. I’ll quote from the article (Cerf sees a problem: Today’s digital data could be gone tomorrow – posted June 4,…

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May 27th, 2013 2 comments

Rounding out this little series I took a look at KDE’s video player of choice: Dragon Player. Dragon Player For those of you familiar with similar applications such as VLC, Totem or even Windows Media Player, Dragon Player is a simplistic interface on top of quite powerful video playback. Dragon Player’s power comes from the…

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May 24th, 2013 1 comment

LibreOffice? Pfft. OpenOffice? Blah. KOffice? Dead for a while now. Calligra Suite? Now we’re talking! Calligra Suite You may be a bit confused as to what Calligra Suite is, in fact you may not have ever even heard of it before now. Essentially Calligra Suite is a fork of the KOffice project from back in…

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May 15th, 2013 2 comments

What does KDE offer for instant communication with your co-workers and friends? Kopete steps up to be your all-in-one IM solution. Kopete Kopete provides a KDE integrated instant messaging experience that aims at reducing the number of other instant messaging clients you need to run simultaneously in order to stay in touch with your friends. Rather than…

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April 25th, 2013 No comments

Ready to rock out with KDE’s premier music management application? Let’s rediscover our music with Amarok. Amarok I have to start by first admitting that I’ve actually run Amarok once or twice in the past, but sadly could never really figure it out. This always bothered me because people who can figure it out seem to love…

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April 11th, 2013 No comments

Welcome to another edition of The apps of KDE 4.10. This time around I’m going to be touching on the KDE BitTorrent client KTorrent. KTorrent KTorrent represents KDE’s take on what a BitTorrent client should be. It presents a relatively standard interface that reminds me a lot of other fully featured BitTorrent clients such as…

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April 9th, 2013 4 comments

Continuing on where I left off last time I decided my next order of business would be to set up my e-mail accounts and calendar. KDE provides a number of different, more or less single purpose applications to handle all of your personal information management. For example e-mail is handled by KMail, RSS feeds are…

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April 6th, 2013 No comments

It’s been a while since I’ve used KDE, however with the recent rapid (and not always welcome) changes going on in the other two main desktop environments (GNOME 3 and Unity) and the, in my opinion, feature stagnation of environments like Xfce and LXDE I decided to give KDE another shot. My goal this time…

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April 6th, 2013 No comments

My laptop’s graphics card has never had the best support on linux and has now approached the point in its life where even ATI has stopped supporting it with new driver releases. On one hand I’m thankful that the open source driver performs well enough that I can continue to use this hardware, on the…

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February 24th, 2013 4 comments

I’ve had a few nasty experiences this week with Linux and figured I’d vent here. Unlike my previous efforts with Linux From Scratch and Gentoo, my complaints this time around are related to upgrading Ubuntu. Ubuntu 10.04 to 12.04: Save yourself the trouble At this point the current Ubuntu LTS release (12.04) is my preferred…

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February 23rd, 2013 No comments

A couple new Listener Feedback podcast episodes have been released in case you missed them: Episode 16: Kellee Maize – Integration (Hip-hop, Rap, Dubstep) Episode 17: Listener Feedback – Reunion Tour (Talk, Piano) Episode 18: The Easton Ellises – EP: One + Dance It, Dance All and Ersatz (Dance, Rock) Episode 19: Sunwill – Coming…

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February 14th, 2013 No comments

As of version 12.10, Ubuntu has upgraded the version of X.org they include to the latest and unfortunately it is no longer compatible with the official ATI Catalyst drivers for some cards, specifically the HD2xxx, 3xxx and 4xxx models. The open source driver is the only officially supported alternative and, while it is fine for…

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