7 Best GNU/Linux Distribution With No Proprietary Components

in Categories Linux last updated January 13, 2018

Linux is a free and open source operating system. Linux and another open source operating system can use and load device drivers without publicly available source code. These are vendor-compiled binary drivers without any source code. Commonly known as Blobs. Die-hard open source fans and Free Software Foundation (FSF) recommends completely removing all proprietary components including blobs. This posts list seven best Linux distribution that meets the FSF’s strict guidelines and contains no proprietary components such as firmware and drivers.

Google Announces Linux Kernel Based Chrome OS

in Categories GNU/Open source, Hardware, Linux, Linux desktop, Linux distribution, Linux laptop, News, Windows, windows vista last updated July 8, 2009

Google has announced Google Chrome OS, which should be available mid-2010. This is a direct challenge to MS Windows operating systems. This is excellent news and it is going to tied tightly to its Chrome Web browser. Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS – said Sundar Pichai, VP Product Management, in a blog post.

Book: Ubuntu Kung Fu Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks

in Categories Book Review, Debian Linux, Linux desktop, Tips, Ubuntu Linux last updated October 21, 2008

In a few short years, the Linux operating system has gone from a hobbyist’s power tool to a highly usable, mainstream choice. The most popular version of Linux these days is called Ubuntu. Ubuntu’s rise to power has been rapid, historic and well-deserved. It’s the best Linux distribution ever, still most people only use a fraction of its power.

How to: Upgrade Fedora Linux From 32-bit System to 64-bit Version w/o Reinstalling Server

in Categories Howto, Links, Linux, RedHat/Fedora Linux, Tips last updated January 13, 2008

This small guide may come handy…

From the article:

One great thing about Linux is that you can transplant a hard disk from a machine that runs a 32-bit AMD XP processor into a new 64-bit Intel Core 2 machine, and the Linux installation will continue to work. However, if you do this, you’ll be running a 32-bit kernel, a C library, and a complete system install on a processor that could happily run 64-bit code. You’ll waste even more resources if your new machine has 4GB or more of system memory, and you’ll be forced to either not use some of it or run a 32-bit Physical Address Extension (PAE) kernel. Cross-grading to the 64-bit variant of your Linux distribution can help you use your resources more wisely. A disclaimer: changing the architecture of your Fedora installation from 32 to 64-bit isn’t recommended or supported in any way. Perform this at your own risk after creating a suitable backup.

=> Upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit Fedora Linux without a system reinstall [linux.com]

How to: Setup Asterisk PBX Easily with AsteriskNOW in 30 minutes

in Categories Download of the day, Howto, Linux, Linux desktop, Linux distribution, RedHat/Fedora Linux last updated November 19, 2007

Asterisk PBX (private branch exchange) is an open source telephone system. Like any PBX, it allows a number of attached telephones to make calls to one another, and to connect to other telephone services including the public switched telephone network (PSTN).

Setting up Asterisk is considered as a difficult task. Building a VoIP Linux server with Asterisk is easy with AsteriskNOW software, which can setup Asterisk in minutes:

AsteriskNOW is an open source Software Appliance; a customized Linux distribution that includes Asterisk (the leading open source telephony engine and tool kit), the AsteriskGUI, and all other software needed for an Asterisk system. AsteriskNOW is easy to install, and offers flexibility, functionality and features not available in advanced, high-cost proprietary business systems.

How to: Setup Asterisk PBX Easily with AsteriskNOW in 30 minutes

Download AsteriskNow

Overall I’m quite impressed with this project as it provides:
=> Ease of use
=> Ease of installation
=> GUI Wizards
=> Open source project

==> Visit official AsteriskNow project home page.

Download of the day: Vixta Linux distribution with Windows Vista Look and Feel

in Categories Download of the day, Linux, Linux desktop, Linux distribution last updated October 8, 2007

Vixta.org is a Fedora-based Linux distribution designed to be user-friendly and eye-catching, similar in look and feel to Windows Vista. Trying to spread Linux to the “masses”, not just sysadmins. It is vista look-a-like Linux Os. If you like Vista user interface, this distro is for you.

Vixta Linux distribution Goals

1. Absolutely free

2. Spread linux to the “masses”.

3. ABN – AbsolutelyNo Config.

4. User-Frendly.

5. Eye-catching.

6. Familiar look and Feel

Vixta Linux distribution with Windows Vista Look and Feel

Download Vixta Linux distribution

=> Visit official project home page