Tips To Protect Linux Servers Physical Console Access

Posted on in Categories Debian Linux, Hardware, Howto, Kde, Linux, Linux desktop, Linux distribution, package management, RedHat/Fedora Linux, Sys admin, Tips, Ubuntu Linux last updated April 22, 2009

This is an user contributed article.

Linux computer console is a physical device to operate a computer / server. Here are few steps which, if taken, make it more difficult for an attacker to quickly modify a system from its console.

Linus Torvalds Switched Back To Gnome

Posted on in Categories Gnome, Kde, Linux, Linux desktop, Linux distribution, Linux laptop last updated January 24, 2009

Linus Torvalds, Linux’s creator, dislikes the GNOME desktop. There was a big flame war(s) between Linus Torvalds and the GNOME community. At one point he claimed that – “Gnome seems to be developed by interface Nazis and that its developers believe their users are idiots“. And guess what? Who made the switch to Gnome?

Nokia To Add LGPL Option For the Qt UI and Application Framework

Posted on in Categories Kde, Linux, Linux desktop, OS X, UNIX, Windows, windows vista, X server last updated January 14, 2009

Good news for all developers! QT will be available under the LGPL starting with version 4.5. The GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) is a free software license published by the Free Software Foundation. The LGPL places copyleft restrictions on the program itself but does not apply these restrictions to other software that merely links with the program. There are, however, certain other restrictions on this software. The LGPL is primarily used for software libraries, although it is also used by some stand-alone applications, most notably Mozilla and OpenOffice.org.

This option could increase Qt usage and adoption. You may see more cross platform commercial application on the Linux desktop. This is huge news for cross-platform developers.

New Notification System for GNOME and KDE

Posted on in Categories Gnome, Kde, Linux desktop, News last updated December 24, 2008

Canonical the makers of Ubuntu about to introduce a new desktop notification system proposal. New changes should improve the usability of the Linux desktop including desktop notification system for both GNOME and KDE. From the Mark Shuttleworth blog:

The key proposals we are making are that:

* There should be no actions on notifications.
* Notifications should not be displayed synchronously, but may be queued. Our implementation of the notification display daemon will display only one notification at a time, others may do it differently.

That’s pretty much it. There are some subtleties and variations, but these are the key changes we are proposing, and which we will explore in a netbook device with a partner, as well as in the general Ubuntu 9.04 release, schedule gods being willing.

I think new changes looks more like Growl system used in Mac OS X. You can read more about proposal including mockup video that shows new notification system here.

Kill a Frozen or Crashed UNIX / Linux X Desktop

Posted on in Categories Gnome, Kde, Linux, Linux desktop, UNIX, X server last updated November 23, 2008

Here is a quick tip to kill a crashed Linux / UNIX X desktop system. Many new user do not know this simple tip and end up hitting computer reboot button. Press CTRL + ALT + Backspace to kill GUI and get back to login screen. There are more ways to kill a crashed desktop without restarting your computer.

Download of the day: KDE version 4.0.1

Posted on in Categories Kde, Linux, Linux desktop, News, Security, UNIX last updated February 7, 2008

KDE version 4.0.1 has been released and available for download. KDE 4.0.1 is a maintenance release for version 4.0, which provides corrections of problems reported by users. From the announcement page:

The KDE Community today announced the immediate availability of KDE 4.0.1, the first bugfix and maintenance release for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop. KDE 4.0.1 ships with a basic desktop and many other packages like administration, network, education, utilities, multimedia, games, artwork, web development and more. KDE’s award-winning tools and applications are available in almost 50 languages.

=> KDE 4.0.1 Release Announcement