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Windows XP User? Here's 4 Reasons to Switch to Lubuntu This April - OMG! Ubuntu!

Support for Windows XP officially ends on April 8, 2014. After this date Microsoft will no longer issues security updates, patch exploits or provide any other means of official, direct support to its users! So let’s say you’re running Windows XP right now. You like it; it does what you need. But, at the same time, you don’t want to gamble on security. It’s a wise and sensible thing. But what to do? Lubuntu is a free, Linux-based operating system that supports a wide range of computers and hardware. It’s fast, safe and secure (Linux doesn’t require virus software, for example) it’s also really easy to use, and there are thousands of applications available for it.

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Apple and Microsoft help form lobby group opposing attempts to kill software patents

This is the most disgusting news I have seen. Software patents destroy lives, they limit our intelligence, they leave children in undeveloped without computing, they stop students from achieving there ultimate skills, they make a distinction between rich and poor, they poison our trust.

Do NOT support these evil ideals.

Make the move to Free Libre Open Source Software. Change the world!

Ubuntu One is shutting down

Unless you live in space, you probably already know that Ubuntu One is closing down. So if you have files saved there, you’ll need to back up all your stuff. According to Jane Silber (Cannonical’s CEO) “Ubuntu One can no longer compete” with other cloud storage providers. The good news is that, Ubuntu’s main goal is to increase the Operating System’s stability, as Mark Shuttleworth (The founder of Ubuntu) stated. Also the Ubuntu One code will be released completely under an open-source license. So hack away. The bad news is, we will no longer have integrated cloud storage out of the box in Ubuntu. This also means we will have to use (yet) another cloud provider.

May I suggest that Ubuntu team up with a cloud provider (no I don’t mean owncloud) so we can have cloud storage out of the box. Maybe Amazon, Google, SpiderOak could give us hand.

So who should we trust with our files? I don’t trust Apple’s iCloud, and Dropbox is a bit to generous to be true. Also we need a crossplatform client. SpiderOak seems like a viable option, its crossplatform, its (supposedly) safe (according to the ads), maybe we should give it a try.

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The Essential Fedora Terminal Commands

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Here are my top essential YUM commands that work with Fedora (or a derivative). This page is a work in progress.

sudo bash - By entering this you enter into a more powerful mode of your system. After you type this in, it will ask for your password, but will no longer ask for it (until you exit the terminal). That will help you save time, since you will no longer need to type sudo in front of every command.

sudo yum install - This command installs any application you want. Just add the application name at the end of the line (ex. nano).

sudo yum remove - removes a program. Just add the application name at the end of the line (ex. nano).

sudo yum update - This command updates your repositories, and updates your packages.

sudo yum autoremove - This removes obsolete packages

sudo nautilus - Runs the file manager with root privlages (it might be diffrent if you run another desktop).

vi - runs the terminal text editor.

The Essential Ubuntu Terminal Commands

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Here are my top essential APT commands that work with Ubuntu (or a derivative). This page is a work in progress.

sudo bash - By entering this you enter into a more powerful mode of your system. After you type this in, it will ask for your password, but will no longer ask for it (until you exit the terminal). That will help you save time, since you will no longer need to type sudo in front of every command.

sudo apt-get install - This command installs any application you want. Just add the application name at the end of the line (ex. vlc).

sudo apt-get remove - removes a program. Just add the application name at the end of the line (ex. vlc).

sudo apt-get update - This command simply updates your repository.

sudo apt-get upgrade - This updates all the installed packages.

sudo apt-get autoremove - This removes obsolete packages

sudo apt-get autoclean - Removes obsolete libraries

sudo nautilus - Runs the file manager with root privlages(it might be diffrent if you run another desktop).

nano - runs the terminal text editor.

HP Chromebook 14 Review

As the world turns, millions of people buy the latest gadgets. But as we have seen Chromebooks is taking over the PC market by storm. Not only are Chromebooks laptops, they are high quality, fast, beautiful machines. They brilliantly surpass Apple machines. Google deserves so much credit for its incredible job with Chromebooks.

I decided to go and get one of these Chromebooks. I wasn’t very convinced it could replace my Dell N5050 laptop. But once I took it out of the box, I was extremely surprised by the build quality of the device. It’s incredible white shell belied its powerful nature. I turned it on and it booted in about 2 seconds. I was amazed, for no device I own boots up that fast. After setting up my account on it, I explored ChromeOS, and once again I was blown away by its versatility. All in all this is simply the best thing ever invented by Google. And, yes it is my favorite device. Oh, and most apps work offline contrary to what Micro$oft says, and it has an office suit to so you can make Word and Excel pages. 

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