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Compile and Install a Kernel in Ubuntu

The Linux kernel is the operating system kernel used by the Linux family of Unix-like operating systems. It is one of the most prominent examples of free and open source software. Ubuntu is a computer operating system based on the Linux distribution and distributed as free and open source software, using its own desktop environment.

Why upgrade the kernel?

There are several reasons to upgrade the kernel. One is to take advantage of a specific new feature or driver; another is to be protected against a security vulnerability, or just to maintain an up-to-date and healthy system. So, from time to time it may be wise to upgrade your Linux kernel. Even if you choose not to update to every new kernel revision, it is recommended that you at least upgrade from time to time. It is strongly recommended that you immediately upgrade to a new kernel if that new release solves a security problem.

Login to Root account in GUI mode in Ubuntu 12.04

Root user is the master of whole computer – it is the main administrator of the system. With last some Ubuntu releases, Ubuntu team have hidden root user and removed the support to login into root user. If you’re using Linux distros from long time, then you must be familiar with this change. Do you miss Root user account? Do you enjoy using your system in Root mode? Do you get frustrated by password-asking dialogs? If Yes, then this tutorial is especially for you. You can enjoy using your system with full administrative rights and without getting any password dialogs for any program/software by following this easy tutorial. It’s easy to follow and enjoy.

[How to] Boot and Run Linux from Pen drive using UNetbootin

Ubuntu team developed live file-system which can be booted on system without installing the operating system on hard disk (even with persistent storage which allow you to save changes on pen drive). Most of the Linux systems incorporated this technology in their distributions which allowed people to run Linux distros on CD/DVD or pen/flash drive prior installing it on their systems. By live-booting, you can check that your system is supported by the Linux distribution and take a test drive of the operating system. BUT, how you’re going to run your favorite Linux from pen drive? So, I’m going to tell you the procedure to Boot and Run Linux from pen drive using UNetbootin.

[How to] Install and run Sunbird in Linux

Mozilla Sunbird is a cross-platform calendar application built using Mozilla toolkit. Sunbird can be used as a stand-alone Calendar application to create tasks and set alarms for them. You can have your digital time-table (basic, school, college or office schedules) on your system using Sunbird. Though, it’s developed no more but it has all the features that you’ll be looking in your calendar program like support for Google Calendar through extension, International time zones, calendar views (day, week, multiweek, month), multiple alarms for one task, auto-repetitive tasks, multiple calendars, etc. So, let’s see how to make it work for you.

Vinux 3.0.2 review – Distro customized to speak

Vinux is a Linux operating system, especially built for Visually Impaired people. Vinux have special configuration so that it suits for people who are visually special. It is customized to help people with sight problem by increasing fonts & cursors size and speaking software which uses text-to-speech engine to speak out every happening in the system and guides you orally to use the system. Vinux 3.0.2 (second edition of Vinux 3.0 long-term release) comes with latest updated application software like Firefox 10.0.2 but it is built over Ubuntu 10.04.4 Lucid Lynx and ships with Linux Kernel 2.6.32 and GNOME 2.30.2 and of course, it has long-term support.

Kubuntu 11.10 featuring Muon Suite 1.2

Kubuntu is a Ubuntu derivated Linux distro using KDE desktop environment. It has stable core of Ubuntu, with KDE packed on top of it. Kubuntu ISO is still under a CD size (700MB). Kubuntu is made for people who are fond of KDE desktop environment but want to use Ubuntu like user-friendly and stable desktop operating system.

“Kubuntu 11.10 is a grand example of friendly, fast, and beautiful software. We recommend it as the perfect OS for casual users, social butterflies, Linux gamers, software developers, professionals, and anyone interested in a free, open platform that is both beautiful and useful.” – Kubuntu

Window Maker Live review

Window Maker Live, as called by its developers, ‘Window Manager for X’, i.e., window manager for X window system (a GUI implementation used in Unix systems). Window Maker has pre-built ISOs (Linux distros) using Xfce desktop environment which are highly light-weight on resource usage and have super-fast speed. It’s most suitable to install on pen drive and use it as portable app as its small in size and has a nice collection of apps for almost every purpose.

Solus OS RC2 review – Sleek & classy design

Solus OS team released Solus OS RC2 a week before. Last time, when I tested Solus OS Dev#32 some days before, then I found many bugs in it. I reported them to its team and they encouragingly said to improve the distro and remove the bugs in its coming releases. I appreciate their hard work. In so less time, they have done far from expected. In this release, RC2, they introduced new classy look and made numerous improvements in their going-to-be-useful Linux distribution.

Linux Mint 12 KDE ‘Lisa’ review with screenshots

Linux Mint 12 KDE is very easy to use and glossy at graphics appeal. Windows users, moving to Linux will find to be pleasantly simple using Linux Mint KDE. This release is based on Kubuntu 11.10. Linux Mint is a developing Linux distribution and for past some releases, Linux Mint has taken KDE, LXDE, Xfce based versions of Linux Mint as official releases. Recently, I got opportunity to get my hands on its latest KDE edition (Linux Mint 12 KDE version). I was little bore of my Ubuntu 11.10 and wanted to try something new. I thought to give KDE a try, as I’ve not used KDE for last seven months. Some time before, Blue Systems sponsored Linux Mint to work in collaboration with Netrunner (a KDE based Linux distro) to develop KDE with innovation. I must say that they’re working really good, Linux Mint 12 KDE is awesome (with small exceptions).