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Anti-X & Zorin 9

Anti-X 14.2 is a pretty good distro, have been setting it my specifications.

When you install a new browser, iceweasel does not work. Then you have no access to setting up a printer. Anti-X is great for using g-parted and also unetbootin to make usb sticks and it is fairly quick. This distro is easy to install and run for a beginner or someone who is new to Linux

Zorin 9 is easy to set up and seems to run fairly smooth, that is what I'm using now. It's stable with no glitches that I can find, so I reccomend this desktop over ubuntu or other desktops I have used. That said I have been using Linux for about six months, so guess I would be what you call a "NEWBIE" to the system, but it sure beats the heck out of paying Microsoft high dollar for a system that need upgraded every couple years that has become confusing to customers.

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My Recent Linux Journey

A journey from Windows through doubt, frustration and despair to relief and a finally joy. This journey started on 31 May 2014 the day after the release of Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” Cinnamon and finished on the 17 June 2014. I worked on this continually for 8 or more hours a day over this time can’t work at the moment so I had time on my side.

I was excited at the prospect of the new Mint 17 “Qiana” Cinnamon release I had been waiting for a while I was running Petra with Cinnamon for some time with limited success just minor crashes delays and freezes was busy then so I didn't have the time to spend on it. I have been interested in Linux for some time and on another older PC some years ago ran with Mandrake and also SUSE.

My System

Mainboard Asus P6X58D Premium with 64 bit architecture

BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 1501, 10/05/2011

Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 950 @ 3.07GHz, 3068 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)

Socket LGA 1366 with water cooling

Memory 32 G DDR 3 1600MHz Comprising 4x Corsair Vengeance Ver 2.12 1.50 v sticks

Power supply Sea sonic X series Model SS 750 KM Active PFC F3

Display NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1 GB DDR5

On windows 8 this card has diver issues with propriety drivers after the 314.22 desktop driver

Hard Drives Model Seagate ST31000528AS 1TB

Mounted as sda ( Partioned for different storage options movie's Digital Photos etc) this is connected to a 3gb data port on the main drive

Model Western Digital WDC WD1002FAEX-00Y9A0 1TB

Mounted as sdb (this drive held my windows 8 operating system and was partioned to run linux behind it with Root Swap and home partions) the other factor with this drive was it is connected to a 6g Sata port on the mainboard

Model Western Digital WDC WD1002FAEX-00Y9A0 1TB

Mounted as sda ( Partioned for different storage options movie's Digital Photos etc) the other factor with this drive was it is connected to a 6g Sata port on the mainboard

All of this is wrapped up in a nice Lain li allow modular type case. I use Logitech peripherals such as

Wireless (Mouse keyboard headset) and speakers

So with a fresh download of Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon burnt to a live dvd via power iso 5.7

my journey commenced, I partitioned sdb behind the windows partition ( where mint 16 had been ) expecting to be done in no time and happy and excited to explore

the latest version, well how wrong could I be. Things did not go at all well the install was fine but as I started into the system to personalise there were continual freezes lock ups and restarts (hard reboots) I read all I could an could not find any of the same issues except for my NVIDIA driver so I tried using generic one then slowly moved up but the same things continued to happen I could not get 10 minutes use out of the system.

So I re-downloaded the ISO file and re burnt it figuring something had gone wrong in that process but again the same issues raised their heads. I was not feeling at all happy at this point. Liking mint so much I decided to try the mate version after a few more hours of reading. This time I set the partitions up on sdc and download another ISO different desktop so things just might go better for me and they did for a while but then again once I had customised to the way I wanted given just a few crashes and hard restarts along the way mint mate to became unusable.

Not being one to give up and liking the Ubuntu / Mint way of installing packages I then tried several other distros to see if I could get a working Linux system, however to my dismay that was not to be. After using every version of Ubuntu L K I then tried Open suse for sure this would work another download. The system installed but would not boot past x so it just had to be my Graphics card.

I had another one here an older ATI card so I changed that and tried Pclinuxos this came close to working but still the same issue I put my NVIDIA card back in and tried a few more distros like Bodhi no joy there the live dvd would not even work. Onto Magei 4 and through Makulu Mate but no joy by this time it was its easier to forget linux than it is to proceed. I tried one more distro Lxle I set this one up on sda the Seagate drive it configured my NVIDIA card along the way and the distro seemed to work with my system or at least it did for a while, along the way through all this I had to reconfigure my windows boot loader to get the windows system to boot so it was a learning experience. However once again the system was not good.

I remembered that my system was over-clocked so I changed the memory settings and it seemed to work a little better but not much very long lag times and still system freezes. By this Time I am really thinking it will never happen I had used acronis for years to back up windows 8 and it had served me well so I was not really afraid to do anything as as I always had a fail-safe (well I thought so). After hitting the “return the system to default” in the bios I found out my fail-safe no longer worked and I had just crashed my whole system. Despair had set in.

So a day to rebuild my windows system then not to be beaten I tried Lxle again mainly because of the way it installed I had also installed it on my latop and it was the only Distro to pick up the wifi and use it during the installation. So back to it and to my ultimate surprise it installed well and ran even better. Wow this seems great then I went to open some files stored on other drives and to my surprise I could not see either of the two western digital drives sdb sdc on the system. Thinking of what had gone right with the install and why I couldn't see the other drives I read my motherboard manual and figured out I had those two hard drives connected to the 6gb sata connectors was this why I could not see them. A few checks of the bios and a quick change to have the drives recognised as AHCI as opposed to IDE and my whole system opened up.

I have now reinstalled Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon on my Seagate drive sda and the system runs perfectly. So now joy in fact I have written this on LibreOffice Writer. After spend so much time thinking my NVIDIA card was the issue I have solved to problem and I am not sure what exactly it was. I just wanted to share my experience as sometimes it can get frustrating but if you work through the issues you will find as I have a Linux system that works on pair if not better than windows and is far more enjoyable. My laptop remains with Lxle.

 

Demo film about the new features of Univention Corporate Client 2.0

There is a new demo film about the features of the recently released desktop operating system Univention Corporate Client (UCC) 2.0 at:

http://www.univention.com/products/ucc/

 

Univention Corporate Client 2.0 released

UCC 2.0 has been released on 11th June 2014. It includes an update to Kubuntu 14.04 which guarantees the support of the latest hardware. A new assistant for the configuration and rollout of UCC facilitates the initial setup. This wizard also integrates Citrix receivers with a few clicks. After the setup and configuration, the UCC images can now be administrated centrally within the graphical management system of Univention Corporate Server (UCS). UCS is the operating system, UCC is based on. The Support for xrdp has also been integrated making the access to the KDE Linux desktop of UCC much faster, also from Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X systems. The UEFI boot standard is now supported and the boot time reduced. The UCC image build tool has experienced many improvements resulting in the creation of more compact images, among other things.

All details about this release in the release notes at: http://docs.univention.de/release-notes-ucc-2.0.html

Further information on UCC including a new demo film at: http://www.univention.com/products/ucc/

 

Top 7 Desktop Environment for linux

Hi, This article is to update you regarding what are the desktop environment are there you should aware of. Standard Linux circulations regularly default to one of two desktop environments, KDE or GNOME. Both of these give clients an instinctive and attractive desktop, and also offering a verity of media inbuilt softwares, system programs, games, utilities, web development tools, programming tools and so on. These two desktops center all the more on giving clients a cutting edge computing environment with all the accessories emphasized in Windows OS, instead of minimizing the measure of system resources they require.

 

 Read Full Here

 

First milestone of UCC 2.0 released

On April, 29 the first milestone of Univention Corporate Client (UCC) 2.0 was released. To the highlights of this milestone belong an update to Kubuntu 14.04 and pre-versions of the XRDP integration and the setup wizard.

Further details at: http://www.univention.com/univention/news/news-releases/news-details/uni/2014/04/30/univention-corporate-client-20-first-milestone-released/

 

Television that runs Linux natively

Television that runs Linux natively

 

Galeria-03

Aio one is more awesome than meets the eye. It is an Android device, desktop Linux computer and a real TV all in one. It is a crossover between a smart TV and All in one computer. With a clean and minimalist aesthetic our focus will be on all the details, even the smallest.

The Aio is a delivery platform, a device to bring content to the user. It is all about content.

Here are a few ways you can use Aio:

  • Hardware upgradeable
  • Watch television with system that integrates your social networks and notification that will expanding the user Experience
  • Video call (Skype)
  • Download your favourite content from the internet (Always-ON bittorrent box)
  • Free Home cloud system for your convenience (eg OwnCloud, SelfCloud)
  • Plays all your media content in an integrated media player (eg XBMC)
  • Streaming from internet (eg Netflix, Hulu, youtube,… )
  • Play your favourite games (android games)
  • The power of a Linux desktop with LibreOffice and much more

http://aio-one.com

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Updated roadmap for Univention Corporate Client (UCC) 2.0

There is an updated roadmap for Univention Corporate Client 2.0 in the Univention Wiki showing all the highlights for this major release on schedule for June:

Go to:
http://wiki.univention.de/index.php?title=UCC_2.0_Development

 

How to install VMWare 10.0.1 on Fedora 20 x86_64

I got new ultrabook (Samsung ATIV Book 5 NP530U4E) preinstaled with Windows 8 (updated to 8.1) so I wanted to switch main OS to Fedora 20 (Heisenbug) and keep Windows in VM, just in case (e-banking sw and so).

This walktrough is for everyone who would like to install VMware® Workstation 10.0.1 build-1379776 to x86_64 version of Fedora's latest Linux distro.

VMWare 10 on Fedora 20

Install GCC, dev tools and kernel headers

# yum -y install gcc kernel-headers kernel-devel
# ln -s /usr/src/kernels/$(uname -r)/include/generated/uapi/linux/version.h /usr/src/kernels/$(uname -r)/include/linux/version.h

Start the VMWare installation

# chmod -x VMware-Workstation-Full-10.0.1-1379776.x86_64.bundle
# ./VMware-Workstation-Full-10.0.1-1379776.x86_64.bundle

Apply patch for a bug with netfilter

$ curl http://pastie.org/pastes/8672356/download -o /tmp/vmware-netfilter.patch
$ cd /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source
# tar -xvf vmnet.tar
# patch -p0 -i /tmp/vmware-netfilter.patch
# tar -cf vmnet.tar vmnet-only
# rm -r vmnet-only
# vmware-modconfig --console --install-all

Start VMWare

$ vmware

orAll Applications > System > VMWare Workstation

 

 

SMPlayer 14.3.0 released and PPA installation instructions included

SMPlayer is a free media player for Windows and Linux with built-in codecs that can play virtually all video and audio formats. It doesn't need any external codecs. Just install SMPlayer and you'll be able to play all formats without the hassle to find and install codec packs.
One of the most interesting features of SMPlayer: it remembers the settings of all files you play. So you start to watch a movie but you have to leave... don't worry, when you open that movie again it will be resumed at the same point you left it, and with the same settings: audio track, subtitles, volume...

SMPlayer is a graphical user interface (GUI) for the award-winning MPlayer, which is capable of playing almost all known video and audio formats. But apart from providing access for the most common and useful options of MPlayer, SMPlayer adds other interesting features like the possibility to play Youtube videos or download subtitles.

Full Article

 

The Official Launch of VPN Unlimited for Linux

The recent news from Simplex Solutions Inc. state that the company has launched their VPN Unlimited for Linux on the April 10th 2014. Prior, VPN Unlimited was available to iOS, Mac, and Windows users, but now they are able to protect Linux platforms too.

Today, many users are aware of the fact any Internet connection should have a good protection. Whether you are surfing the net using your home computer, or laptop, or you are on a ‘go’ and exploiting your favorite WiFi hotspots, staying unprotected or vulnerable to the attackers is simply not good. VPN services are able to encrypt data that is being sent from your electronic device to another computer. The VPN data encryption is the vital protection.

Note that the company Simplex Solutions Inc. is rather young but thanks to the popularity of their services their database includes over 300.000 users. Every day, over 20.000 go online and use VPN services as their basic online safety measure. There is an option to try the VPN completely free by using the 10-day trial that the company offers.

Download your copy here https://www.vpnunlimitedapp.com/downloadlinux

Requires Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 and later, (K/X)Ubuntu 12.04 and later, Mint 12 and later.

 
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