21 Mar 2017

Some great blog news

Several news about the Linux notes from DarkDuck blog came last week, and I'd like to share them with you, my readers.

1. First of all, the number of likes for the Facebook page of this blog is now reached the 1000 level, and even more than that!

Join the team! Like that page too!

2. Second, the Linux notes from DarkDuck blog has been included into the Top 60 of Linux blogs in the world!

I am sure the most important people who made these achievements possible are you, the readers!

Thank you for your continued love and support!

3. Third, my test hardware has now changed as well as my main laptop. Just before last week, I used Toshiba Satellite L500-19X laptop, which was more than 7 years old. Now I have Dell Inspirion 17 5749. It is a 17-inch monster with Intel i7 processor, Intel 3160 WiFi card, Intel 520 graphic card with ATI Radeon display controller, 8 GB of memory and 1 TB HDD.

My experience with this laptop is now limited to trying few DVDs with various distributions for the orders placed via BuyLinuxCDs.co.uk and installation of Kubuntu 17.04. Yes, you're right, I returned back to Kubuntu distribution as it was my first love.

I have not written any reviews with this new laptop yet, so stay tuned and be the first to know!

14 Mar 2017

Pre-order your own disk with Ubuntu 17.04

Ladies and gentlemen, it is the same time of the year again. It is March, and it means that the release of the next generation of your favourite operating system will be released in a month's time!

Yes, Ubuntu 17.04 is less than a month away. Many of you already looking for downloading of your own ISO image of the system. Yes, that's the next version, codenamed ZestyZapus.

But many of you are not so lucky, and will need to wait longer, because you can not or do not want to create their own DVDs with operating system images.
We can help!

You can pre-order your own copy of Ubuntu 17.04 (o Xubuntu, or Lubuntu, or Kubuntu), including Ubuntu 17.04 GNOME and Ubuntu 17.04 MATE right now. It means that a DVD with your favourite OS will be burnt to you as early as possible, and dispatched on the 13th of April 2017, or soon after. Dispatched to anywhere in the world.

How you can get the DVD? Go to http://buylinuxcds.co.uk site, purchase the Ubuntu DVD from there, and in the PayPal comments state that you want version 17.04. K-, L- or Xubuntu editions are also available there. That's easy.

To help you even further, here is a mini-shop which you can use straight away. It supports PayPal checkout. And you even don't need a PayPal account to pay - you can do this with your credit a debit card!

UK (2.00 GBP):
Ubuntu 17.04 pre-order (UK)

USA (5.50 USD):
Ubuntu 17.04 pre-order (USA)

Other countries (3.50 GBP):
Ubuntu 17.04 pre-order (Other countries)

And yet another alternative: you can purchase the same disks via eBay.

9 Mar 2017

Ethical Hacking on Linux? What is it?

Ethical Hacking and Penetration, Step by Step with Kali Linux, is a new book by cyber security expert Rassoul Ghaznavi-Zadeh. An IT security consultant since 1999, Rassoul began as a Cisco engineer and has extensive background in Linux systems and the security tools available on them. He has helped numerous enterprise organizations to have safer and more secure environments by testing, auditing and following his security recommendations.

Rassoul's book delves into ethical hacking, which he describes as "a technique to find out the vulnerabilities on the network and systems and recommend how to protect them." The book is a collection of his 10 years of experience and notes on penetration and ethical hacking. It not only details the technical aspects of penetration testing, but also the ethical implications, laws, guidelines, and skills required. He also touches on how to best understand and work within the scope of the customer's expectations.

He also points out that as a hacker (even as an ethical one), getting into trouble, and sometimes even breaking the law, is somewhat inevitable. Therefore, working as carefully and legitimately as possible, and having paperwork done ahead of time is of the utmost importance. The book is available on most online stores like Amazon, Google, Itunes, Barns and Noble, Kobo, and others.
Check out our interview with Rassoul Ghaznavi-zadeh, as well as an excerpt from his book, here.

This is a guest post by Daniel Krohn

28 Feb 2017

The most awaited distribution in Q2 2017

The second quarter of 2017 promises to be very interesting.

Several distributions schedule their release between April and June 2017.

Apart from two usual competitors that issue their new releases every 6 months, Ubuntu and Fedora, we will see Tails 3.0 and Linux Lite 3.4.

This question is especially intersting since the latest release Fedora 25 falls below par on its quality. Are you disappointed of this distribution and give up, or you wait for new release with improved quality? You can also give your comments below.

Which of them do you expect to see more? Please vote below!

21 Feb 2017

Fedora 25 KDE: disappointing experience

Fedora is not a frequent guest on the review deck of Linux notes from DarkDuck blog. The most recent review was of Fedora 22 back in July 2015. That was a review of the GNOME version, the most native for Fedora.

You are probably aware of the tight link between the GNOME project and RedHat, the Fedora Project main sponsor.

Almost two years have passed, and I decided to check how the Fedora Project is going. Since I looked at quite a few KDE-based operating systems recently (GeckoLinux, OpenMandriva, Debian 8 KDE, Kubuntu 16.10, ROSA Desktop Fresh R8), the choice was for the KDE spin of Fedora 25. It was released in November 2016.

The ISO image of Fedora 25 Live KDE 64-bit is 1.3 GB, which is rather decent nowadays. You get it from the official web site of Fedora Project spins. Torrent links are also available, though they require a couple more clicks to get to.

I wrote the ISO image onto the USB stick using the dd command. This USB stick is in the port of my Toshiba Satellite L500-19X laptop.

Reboot. Choose to boot from USB. Let's go!

14 Feb 2017

4 categories of Linux distributions

There are different Linux distributions. If you just go to Distrowatch site, you will find hundreds of them listed there. Some of them even have my reviews listed. And how many distributions are NOT listed? Some of them either fail to gain registration on Distrowatch, or are in the process of that, like Zorin OS was just few years ago.

However, there are at least four distinctive categories of distributions visible in the Linux world.

7 Feb 2017

MX-16 Xfce: very close to the ideal

The MX Linux distribution is a relatively new name in the Linux world. However, its predecessors MEPIS and antiX were both popular some time ago. I even reviewed SimplyMEPIS 11.0 KDE back in 2012.

I am not very sure what MX means. Is it a reference to Mexico? Or to Moto-cross? Of just a hybrid of Mepis and antiX? You can comment your ideas below.

Debian Stable is the backbone of this distribution. It is Debian 8 Jessie version that was used as a base for the latest MX release.

MX-16 is the name of the latest principal release of this operating system. It was released in the middle of December 2016. There are also monthly sub-releases for those who want to have a fresher version of the ISO, which will require fewer updates after installation.

I downloaded the 64-bit ISO of "MX-16 original", which is 1.2 GB in size and available for downloading either via torrent or via half a dozen mirrors around the world.

The dd command helped me to "burn" the ISO image onto the USB stick. This stick is plugged into the USB port of my Toshiba laptop.

Reboot. Choose to boot from USB. Let's go!