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QuickLicenseRT Linux Can Protect and License Desktop Software

Excel Software announced QuickLicenseRT Linux for desktop software. QuickLicenseRT Linux implements the full QuickLicense runtime system for protection, activation and license management. A company can protect software from piracy and increase revenue by supporting a wide range of license types, activation processes and advanced licensing features.

During development, QuickLicenseRT Linux is used in conjunction with QuickLicense running on a Mac OS X or Windows computer. The developer configures all aspects of the software license with QuickLicense and builds a tiny encrypted Ticket file. That Ticket file is bound to a Linux desktop application with a few lines of programming code that sends commands to the QuickLicenseRT executable.

Linux programmers enjoy a quick, integrated solution for almost any software protection, activation or licensing requirement. The runtime allows one software build to support Trial, Product, Subscription, Floating, Try/Buy or Educational licenses. The activation process for protected software allows manual activation without Internet access, semi-automated activation through a web browser or fully automated activation through an online activation server.

While one license command is sufficient for many applications, the runtime library supports dozens of command strings to access all licensing features available in the QuickLicense system. Runtime commands include license release, restore, reset, suspend, remote enabling of features, field read and write, plus data send and receive through the activation server.

Without writing any software, a developer can configure language specific interfaces for any human language. A configurable License Options panel allows protected software to be securely moved between computers, features to be remotely enabled or time and execution expired licenses to be extended.

QuickLicenseRT Linux is part of the suite of Excel Software protection and licensing solutions for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, Android, Mobile or Web software. Computer unique Activation or Subscription Codes for protected Linux applications can be generated with QuickLicense or LicenseSupport. Custom online activation can be automated with Serial Numbers using the Safe Activation service or the self-hosted WebActivation or Desktop License Server products running on a vendor website.

QuickLicenseRT Linux supports all major Linux distributions including Ubuntu, Debian, OpenSUSE, Fedora and CentOS on an x86 computer architecture. A Single User License at $395 includes royalty-free runtime distribution rights for any number of protected products or licenses. The package includes a User Guide and the SendMessage test application to try all license types and commands without any programming. Contact Excel Software for a Demo edition or free access to an extensive video library on topics related to software protection, license management and automated order processing for any type of digitial product.

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A Non Changing Experience In A Changing Environment

We all love the variation that comes with Linux. But if you could why not make it optional for those who want the same experience when changing distribution. I wonder if a version of the operating system could be run from the browser and control the native one. A simplified version would mean that a novice could operate a lot of different desktop environments. Like GNOME, Unity, Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, Xfce, LXDE and Enlightenment. If a larger group of distributions would work together on something like this I think it would make it easier for those distributions to exist in the workplace.

With this you could take advantage of the creativity in web development and a non changing experience for those who want that.


Linux Networking Simplified

Making optimal use of the network with Linux for varied purposes such as remote login, network statistics, alive test, and many more, is very essential in day-to-day usage. Linux Networking is incredibly simplified with the following elaborated Linux Network Commands.

For more details, see at - Linux Network Commands Simplified


Fun Linux Terminal Commands !

The linux terminal is very powerful and comprehensive. You could spend days exploring all the commands and functions and you still not may find these funny little things.

Star Wars!

Entering the command


will play Star Wars, A New Hope. All done in text!

                                           All image credit goes to william @ Linoxide



Why not have your computer give you your fortune?

Install the fortune command by entering

sudo apt-get install fortune

Now enter


for your fortune!


Using the ‘Yes’ command will continuously enter whatever you chose. Just entering Yes will enter ‘y’.

You can do whatever you like!


Pressing CTRL+c will stop this.

The Matrix

What programmer doesn’t wish they coud read and write code like in the matrix?

Install it with

sudo apt-get install cmatrix

and run it with


Use CTRL+c to the exit the matrix.


Start a fire in your teminal by entering



Press any key to put out the fire.


Enter the Command


to view the built in calendar.





After hitting enter, you can type anything you wish, hit enter, and watch it become reversed.


CTRL+d will stop everything from being reversed.


Cowsay will turn text into happy ASCII cows.





Online Textbooks: An opportunity for open standards


I recently finished my first school year that I used online textbooks exclusively. In short I hated every moment of it; this experience was by far the most frustrating experience that I have ever had. Either the books wouldn't display properly on my Linux box or my browser of choice (Firefox) or they would operate at a crawling pace. I even had one textbook that wouldn't let me log in to it for most of the school year (calculus textbooks are optional anyways).


There is a desperate need for a good platform to publish online textbooks and I believe the open source community can provide just the answer we need. Not only would its freedom from corporate (publishers) influence be beneficial but it would free students from proprietary software later in life. Richard Stallman was correct on this topic:

What schools should refuse to do is teach dependence. Those corporations offer free samples to schools for the same reason tobacco companies distribute free cigarettes to minors: to get children addicted. They will not give discounts to these students once they've grown up and graduated.

Teaching independence from a particular piece of software, kind of software or software company enables students to form and to take their place in a competitive market.


That being said, this textbook platform must be of the highest quality to dominate the market. Here are a few guidelines I would like to suggest.


Completely opensource and implement open standards

This is obvious but nevertheless extremely important. Opensource frees students for their future but the use of open standards also frees students in the present. When a textbook uses open standards it allows the student to use the environment he or she deems best for his or her academic experience. Some examples of open standards include: HTML, an decent video encoder (perhaps one could finally be made!), and JavaScript.


All forms of DRM must also be absent from this platform. DRM further limits the students' choice of computing environment. DRM also gives complete control of the user experience to the textbook publisher rather than the user.


Completely free of Flash:

This falls in the same category as open standards but I want to emphasize it. Flash makes using non-Apple and non-Microsoft systems, difficult, to say the least. Flash is also very insecure and slow. I've waiting as long as two minutes to flip a page and often times the page would fail to load forcing me to start all over. I can't say this any more creatively: Flash is not a good idea. Period.


Allow copy and paste:

This also goes along with open standards, especially HTML. Why would a company want to stop me from doing this? My school already payed for the book. Am I really going to copy and past it and send it to a class mate? Additionally, if the book is delivered using a high end platform, paying for the book will be worth it. Furthermore copying and pasting are very useful for the student. Few things are more irritating than having to type a selection from my Literature book into a paper or report I am writing. It's rather ridiculous when the student is using an online textbook and still has the limitations of a paper textbook.




Influenced more by an operation system than a paper book:

It's time to ditch the page by page model. This isn't a paper book why do we think that model will still work? I believe an operating system is a more apt model for an online textbook. This would allow the textbook to be more than just text on a page; it would allow it to be interactive. Math lessons could be taught through interactive examples not just written examples which are hard to understand for the more math challenged among us. Video can be integrated into the text. Open third party APIs would allow apps to be made to organize and complete homework (both on the student and the teacher side). This would provide an all inclusive academic experience for a class.


Free from a single corporate influence:

A singular corporate influence will try to push DRM instead of a high quality platform because it is cheaper. Moreover, a single corporate influence will seek to lock the platform down for just that corporations' (most likely a publisher) books. This also disrupts the user experience. Not all teachers will want to use books from the same publisher. Different publishers have different strengths. The Math teacher may want to use one publisher while the Computer Science professor may want to use a different publisher. A better model would be for many publishers to publish on this single platform and sell their books inside that platform. This would allow freedom for the teachers and provide a succinct experience for students.


This may seem like some kind of unattainable utopia but I believe with the collective power of the opensource community along with power of the education community it can be done. It is time we take this opportunity to provide better educational solutions for both teachers and students and set the example for education in the digital age.



Stallman, Richard M. "Why Schools Should Exclusively Use Free Software." . N.p., 1 Apr. 2013. Web. 5 Feb. 2014. <>.


Linux Shell Tip: Remove files with names that contains spaces, and special characters such as -, --

In Linux or Unix-like system you may come across file names with special characters such as:

  • -
  • --
  • ;
  • &
  • $
  • ?
  • *
  • White spaces, backslashes and more.

In this quick tip I am going to show you to delete or copy files with names that contain strange characters on Linux.

Sample file list

Here is a sample list of file names:


The problem and solution

Your default bash shell considers many of these special characters (also known as meta-characters) as commands. If you try to delete or move/copy such files you may end up with errors. In this example, I am trying to delete a file named '>file':

$ rm >file

Sample outputs:

rm: missing operand
Try `rm --help' for more information.

The rm command failed to delete the file due to strange character in filename.

Tip #1: Put filenames in quotes

The following command is required to copy or delete files with spaces in their name, for example:

$ cp "my resume.doc" /secure/location/
$ rm "my resume.doc"

The quotes also prevent the many special characters interpreted by your shell, for example:

$ rm -v ">file"
removed `>file'

The double quotes preserve the value of all characters enclosed, except for the dollar sign, the backticks and the backslash. You can also try single quotes as follows:

$ rm -v 'a long file   name  here'
$ cp 'my mp3 file.mp3' /backup/disk/

Tip #2: Try a backslash

You can always insert a backslash (\) before the special character in your filename:

$ cp "my\ resume.doc" /secure/location/
$ rm "\*file"

Tip #3: Try a ./ at the beginning of the filename

The syntax is as follows to delete a file called '-file':

$ rm -v ./-file
removed `./-file'

The ./ at the beginning of the filename forces rm not to interpret - as option to the rm command.

Tip #4: Try a -- at the beginning of the filename

A -- signals the end of options and disables further option processing by shell. Any arguments after the -- are treated as filenames and arguments. An argument of - is equivalent to --. The syntax is:

$ rm -v -- -file
$ rm -v -- --file
$ rm -v -- "@#$%^&file"
$ rmdir -v -- "--dirnameHere"

Tip #5: Remove file by an inode number

The -i option to ls displays the index number (inode) of each file:

ls -li

Use find command as follows to delete the file if the file has inode number 4063242:

$ find . -inum 4063242 -delete


$ find . -inum 4063242 -exec rm -i {} \;

Sample session:file-2

For more information and options about the find, rm, and bash command featured in this tip, type the following command at the Linux prompt, to read man pages:

$ man find
$ man rm
$ man bash

10 Linux Bash and KSH Shell Job Control Examples

Linux and Unix are multitasking operating systems i.e. a system that can run multiple tasks (process) during the same period of time. In this new blog series, I am going to list the Linux and Unix job control commands that you can use for multitasking with the Bash or Korn or POSIX shell.

Read more: 10 Linux Bash Shell Job Control Examples


cwrap 1.0.0 - Testing your full software stack on a single machine

Sunday, February 2nd 2014, Version 1.0 of cwrap, a project to test your full software stack, has been released at FOSDEM. cwrap is a set of tools to create a fully isolated network testing environment to
test client/server components on a single host. It provides synthetic account information, hostname resolution and privilege separation support. The heart of cwrap consists of three libraries you can
preload in any executable.
The cwrap project does not require virtualization and can be used to build environments on different operating systems. The project consists of a socket wrapper, NSS module wrapper (users, groups,
hosts), and a (s)uid wrapper with support for GNU/Linux, BSD and Solaris.
The origin of these wrappers is the Samba project, where the wrappers have already been in use for many years to successfully test the SMB and other protocols'implementations. Now it is possible to use them
outside of the Samba project. The wrappers have been enhanced with new features.
Learn more at

How to update Ubuntu 12.04 LST

First thing you should do just after the installation is updating the Ubuntu. Ubuntu 12.04 is the LST version and would be supported until April 2017. If you have Ubuntu 12.04 freshly installed, very first thing after installation is to update all the repositories. This would save you from unmet dependency errors.

Read complete step by step Guide here

How to update Ubuntu 12.04 LST


Linux Game Sales Statistics From Multiple Developers reached out to multiple game developers to get insights into how well their games are doing on Linux and these are the results.

dstat Tool to Monitor Processor, Memory, Network Performance on Linux Server

Dstats is a versatile resource statistic tool. This tool combines the ability of iostat, vmstat, netstat, and ifstat. Dstat allow us to monitor the linux server resources in real-time. When you need to gather those information real-time, dstat will fit your need.

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