Anthony’s Xubuntu Linux 14.04 post-installation guide

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(Update, 12/7/16: I have a newer version of this guide for Xubuntu Linux 16.04.) I haven’t written one of these post-installation guides in awhile, but I’ve decided to do so after moving my old HP laptop from Linux Mint to Xubuntu 14.04. Below is my guide offering tips on what to do after installing Xubuntu. (For other … Read more

10 years with Linux, and how my usage has changed

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It’s been 10 years since I started using Linux as an operating system for my home PCs. A decade ago, I’d grown interested in using Linux for various reasons, including: A free (as in cost) operating system, as well as free (as in cost) software. I didn’t have much money to spend on an office … Read more

Xubuntu 13.10 is released

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Last week, Xubuntu 13.10 (“Saucy Salamander”) was released. The Xfce-variant of Ubuntu is mostly seeing incremental changes with this release; among the new features touted: A new version of xfce4-settings, offering among other things a new dialog to set up displays. New wallpaper. Updates to the themes and documentation. A tool for changing theme colors, … Read more

Linux Mint 15 Xfce is coming soon

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Coming soon is Linux Mint 15 Xfce (“Olivia”), currently available as a Release Candidate. The popular Linux distro’s recently released version 15 of its main desktop environments (MATE and Cinnamon). New developments for Mint 15 Xfce include: The newest version of Xfce, version 4.10. Mostly incremental improvements, plus a few new features. More details about … Read more

Xubuntu 13.04 released today

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Xubuntu 13.04 (“Raring Ringtail”) is being released today. Xubuntu, of course, is the Xfce-based version of Ubuntu that’s become a popular alternative to its Unity-based bigger sibling. Xfce, while not as feature-packed a desktop environment as GNOME, KDE, etc., still holds its own pretty nicely, while not being as resource-intensive. The latter is one reason … Read more

CES 2013 tech news impressions

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This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has just started, and while I obviously can’t be there, I can at least follow along all the news on various tech sites. Each year brings various tech announcements that range from something to look forward to (like last year’s ultrabooks news) to wondering what the … Read more

The best and worst of 2012 in technology

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Continuing down the 2012 “best and worst of” list, next comes technology… Best My article on KeePassX was published in the January 2012 issue of “Linux Journal” magazine. NBC live streamed the Olympics, via using the default global Olympic feeds. (However, see “worst” below.) I moved to a newer smartphone, the HTC One V. I … Read more

Ubuntu 12.10 is now available, plus a move to secrecy for Canonical?

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Available as of yesterday is Ubuntu 12.10 (“Quantal Quetzel”), the newest version of Ubuntu. (For Xfce fans, Xubuntu 12.10 is also out today, and is available here). But the bigger news might be that Mark Shuttleworth (head of Canonical, Ubuntu’s maintainers) says he plans to move to developing key parts of Ubuntu (starting with 13.04) … Read more

Fixing freezing issues on Mint 13 Xfce and my new laptop

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As noted before, I’ve been having freezing issues with my new laptop, on which I’d installed Mint 13 Xfce (based on Ubuntu 12.04). The freezing usually came up whenever I did anything hardware-intensive, such as copying files from my external hard drive, or (particularly) using Handbrake to rip DVDs, but also came about randomly. Since … Read more