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Saturday, 18 January 2014

Fastidious Elegance - Slackware 14.1: Why take a closer look?

Today I would just like to link to another Slackware user's blog. Aaron W. Hsu has written a review that is slightly different from recounting the usual installation and which applications are included routine. Entitled "Slackware 14.1: Why take a closer look?" it's definitely worth a read for anybody interested in running Linux at all, even if in the end they decide against it.

Monday, 18 November 2013

AntiX 13.2 - More Modern But Still Some Quirks

Blimey, it's been a long time since I reviewed antiX already and it's about time to give it a second look. The overall judgement may have been a bit harsh last time around and I'm going to see whether we can write a more positive piece this time. Some of the issues raised seems were valid though as the distribution has changed a bit since then. Enough of that, let's hop right in.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

How To Uninstall McAfee Antivirus - By John McAfee

This vid is not fit for work due to strong language and more. Offensive and extremely funny. We all remember our first Antivirus, don't we?

Circumventing Censorship with BitTorrent and Anonymizer Proxies

After P2P clients like Limewire using the Gnutella network among others have been shut down the emphasis seems increasingly on BitTorrent and the sites hosting torrents. Where sites are not shut down like Isohunt recently they get blocked from access by the major ISP's. A futile exercise as sites are simply resurrected, renamed or proxied using a different domain extension and it proves impossible to shut them all down. Go to http://torrentproxies.com/.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

NSA Calls iPhone Users 'Zombies': Richard Stallman Was Right Again

According to a recent article on VentureBeat NSA calls iPhone users ‘zombies’ and Steve Jobs ‘Big Brother’. This one just reminds me so much of Mr Stallman's slightly controversial blog post "I'm not glad he's dead, but I'm glad he's gone". Seems like he was right again. Summary: Stallman: "Steve Jobs, the pioneer of the computer as a jail made cool, designed to sever fools from their freedom, has died." Support the Free Software Foundation now if you can. Because the state of affairs is worse than you think.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Encrypted Email and Communications with CryptoHeaven

The case for encrypted communications has been in the news quite a bit lately. Many ways to encrypt your email exist, with the use of PGP in the client and the ability for digital signing of messages to prove their authenticity and that they have not been tampered with being the most popular and probably oldest one. But there are a few more custom, and at a higher service level commercial, services on the market. Most of them are also using PGP but absolve the end user from the task of setting this up themselves.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Slackware 14.1 Released

Just a quickie - after three Release Candidates and well over a year since the previous version Slackware 14.1 is out. You can read the full release announcement here. Some of the highlights include Xfce 4.10.1, KDE SC 4.10.5 and a recent Linux 3.10.17 long term supported kernel, with configuration files to compile 3.12 also provided.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Upcoming Slackware 14.1 is Looking Good

The Slackware "Current" development branch is leading up to a new release, and of course I've been running it since early this year to check out the progress. I am happy and impressed, as always. "Current" has updated this partition in a rolling fashion ever since, sometimes with a hefty amount of packages after going two months without.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Whatever Happened to Zenwalk Linux?

In the world of Linux distributions new ones are springing up all the time. Some wither away and go stale or disappear completely. Fuduntu and Kongoni are examples of distributions that have either officially folded or in the case of the latter have not had a release for over two years and is pretty much abandoned, at least for now. Many of these are mainly one man shows. Zenwalk seems to be on the way to abandonment as well, slowly fading into glorious history.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Slackware 14.1, RC1 Announced

The first release candidate for Slackware 14.1 has been announced. As usual, the changelog can be viewed to get an impression of recent updates, version of the kernel etc., and to read the full announcement. The Slackware "Current" tree is now considered frozen until the new stable release is out the door.
Good stuff, it's already been more than a year again since 14.0!

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