29 Mar 2016

Manjaro 15.12 KDE - close, but not perfect

When I published an article few months ago about Manjaro 15.09 Xfce, I received quite a few recommendations to try the Manjaro KDE flavour as well. Even if I was very happy about the Xfce flavour, people kept telling me that KDE version is even better.

Was I too busy or too lazy these months? Let's leave it outside of this discussion. But, as it often happens, another order from Buy Linux CDs site made me try the Manjaro KDE version. Yes, there was somebody who wanted me to prepare a disk of Manjaro KDE 64-bit for him, and off I went. As I always test the disks myself, I had an opportunity to explore the new operating system.

You can download Manjaro either directly from one of the mirrors, or via torrent. The size of ISO image of Manjaro 15.12 KDE 64-bit is about 1.8 Gb.

So, the DVD with Manjaro KDE is ready and inserted into the DVD-ROM of my Toshiba Satellite L500-19X laptop. Fasten your seatbelts! Reboot! Choose to boot from DVD. Let's go!

22 Mar 2016

Order any flavour of Ubuntu 16.04 now!

(drum rolls)

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you the release of the next generation of your favourite operating system!

Ubuntu 16.04 is just a month away. Many of you already looking for downloading of your own ISO image of the system. Yes, that's the next long-term support version, codenamed Xenial Xerus.

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 16.04 (or Xubuntu, or Lubuntu, or Kubuntu), including Ubuntu 16.04 GNOME and Ubuntu 06.04 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 21st of April 2016, 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 16.04. 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 16.04 pre-order (UK)

USA (5.50 USD):
Ubuntu 16.04 pre-order (USA)

Other countries (3.50 GBP):
Ubuntu 16.04 pre-order (Other countries)

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

17 Mar 2016

Top 3 Linux Password Managers

Everyone today needs security and when it comes to things like data, PC, messaging, cloud etc then one become much paranoid about it. Security is required in all the fields these days. Be it dual verification from Gmail, Cinavia Message Code 3 for BluRay players or any other similar thing, every one getting curious about adding more and more layers of safety so that any mishap can be avoided.

Although Linux systems are supposed to be way more safer and liable than other competitor's, but still there is nothing wrong in adding an extra layer of security that can protect user's information from getting leaked to any unauthorized vendor. One way to do so is to encrypt your data. Another was is with help of various Linux Password Managers available online. Here we will talk about some of the best Linux password managers that can be used to secure your data in Linux machines.

8 Mar 2016

Fedora or Ubuntu: what do you await more?

The poll is now closed. Please check the results here.

There will be 2 major releases in the next couple of months.

First, end of April 2016 will see the release of Ubuntu 16.04, the next Long Term Support release of Ubuntu, the distribution with an indisputable authority in the Linux world.

Second, mid-May 2016 will bring us a new release of Fedora 24, another big name in the Linux world.

Both distributions are supported by big companies, Canonical for Ubuntu and RedHat for Fedora.

Both distributions have their army of followers.

Each distribution has its pros and contras.

But which of them is most awaited by the Linux community?

Let's see! Please show your position and cast your vote! You may also comment about the reasons of your vote. The most interesting comments will feature in the voting results that I will publish on the 12th of April, about a week before the Ubuntu 16.04 release.

In the meantime, you can read my latest reviews: Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 and Fedora 22 GNOME.

1 Mar 2016

How to create list for LibreOffice Calc cell (video)

Spreadsheet is a convenient tool to make calculations. But that's the not the only use the spreadsheets have now.

Many people use spreadsheets as a tool to exchange information. For example, you can get a spreadsheet from your supplier with request to list your order details there. On another side, you can create a similar spreadsheet to your customer, or even for household needs: keeping budget, or inviting friends to the party. The range of spreadsheets' use is large.

There are many cases when you want to help either yourself or another people with working with the spreadsheet you composed. For example, you want to advise that certain cells can only contain a pre-defined set of values and nothing else. The best way to do so is to give users a drop-down list to choose from.