Budgie Desktop – A new kid on the block

Every few months or years, a new desktop environment is born in the Linux world, sometimes as an act of rebellion, also known as cutlery (forking), sometimes in order to replace an outgoing technology, and sometimes because. Several days ago, I came across Budgie, a new project and the flagship desktop for the Evolve OS Linux distribution.┬áIn general, Evolve OS is a brand new operating system. Rumors tell it has some roots in Gentoo, Pardus and friends. We are going to discuss the latter at a later time, but for now, it is time to explore Budgie. It is based… Continue Reading

LibreOffice 4.4 review – Finally, it rocks

LibreOffice is the flagship office suite for Linux. It’s also quite popular with Windows users. As a free, open-source and cross-platform solution, LibreOffice allows people to enjoy the world of writing, spreadsheets, presentations and alike without having to spend hefty sums of money. The only problem till now was that it didn’t quite work as advertised. Microsoft Office support was, for the lack of a better word, lacking. Version 4.4 is out, and it promises a great deal. A simplified interface, new looks, much improved proprietary file format support. Sounds exciting, and as someone who has lambasted LibreOffice for this… Continue Reading

Plasma 5.2 review – Fire all weapons!

Today is going to be an exciting day. We will be testing the official release of Plasma, on top of an early version of Kubuntu. This shall be a teaser of what we might expect to see in April. Given my excellent experience with a beta release on top of Utopic last year, my hopes and expectations are very high. Plasma 5 has the potential to revitalize the Linux world, it’s that important and meaningful. Of course, we must not forget that applications play their critical role, but if you need to sell your product, the first look, the very… Continue Reading

HTML, the plot thickens

After I wrote my review on several WYSIWYG editors that Linux folks might want to use to hone their HTML and CSS skills, I got several aggressive suggestions for additional products and tools. It was an offer I could not refuse, and you might want to narrate this in a slightly asthmatic voice of Marlon Brando, plus the accent. Today, we shall expand. And the interesting part it, we’re going deep space, into the Nerdon Nebula, where you get to meet LaTeX-like syntax and similar cool stuff. But the idea is, you will gain a big, fat notch on your… Continue Reading

SAR to the rescue

If the first thing that comes to mind when you see the letters SAR is Search & Rescue, helicopters, whatnot, then you are militarily inclined, may have been a member of armed forces, and/or played too many PC flight simulators, which is all good and fine. But it stands to logic, does it not, that a Linux system profiling designed to shed insight into system performance issues would be named the same way. SAR. SAR actually stands for System Activity Report, but the basic premise is the same. You search for problems, and you fix (rescue) your box. Today, we… Continue Reading

HTML? What is this wondrous technology?

In this modern, decadent age of Drupal, WordPress and friends, it is all too easy to create a Web site and get underway. Throw in rich, powerful Web-based publishing services like Blogspot and WordPress.com, and there’s little to no incentive for a young, entrepreneuring blogger to invest a large amount of time in understanding and learning the underlying fundamentals of site creation. And yet, there is. Recently, I’ve worked on redesigning a basic WordPress template into a flexible, dynamic design for one of my hobby-on-the-site websites, and while doing that, I realized how much core knowledge is really needed to… Continue Reading

Best Xfce distro of 2014

You know the drill. ‘Tis a fun drill. We vote for the best distribution plus its associated desktop environment, of the year. Several days back, we discussed KDE, and today, we will talk about Xfce, the desktop that broke through the thick sheet of irrelevance like a nuclear submarine surfacing from underneath the arctic ice caps, and became one of the leading choices for Linux users out there. Sure, we cannot disregard Unity, or Cinnamon, but those are singular choices for particular distributions, whereas Xfce happily abides in many a developer house. What’s more, it’s grown and matured and become… Continue Reading