Linus Ditches KDE and Gnome (so what?)

Having made an earlier defection from KDE to Gnome, Linus Torvalds has now rejected both in favor of Xfce. It’s only natural that the actions of the creator of the Linux kernel would attract extra scrutiny, and I think that his decision is reflective of a wider disenchantment amongst long-term Linux users. more>>

Aptosid - An Overview

aptosid might sound like a package management tool, but it's actually a desktop-orientated (KDE4 or XFCE) Debian derived Linux distro. It's more than a mere respin of Debian, but does it have what it takes to distinguish it from all of the other desktop distros? more>>

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The Linux Desktop: We've Arrived.

Linux Desktop articles are all over the place. I can hardly open up a browser without tripping over one. Most of them are negative whine-fests, complaining that Linux is too hard for new users, or has become too dumbed-down for technical users, or the fonts are ugly, or the next generation desktop environments are too different, or... well I could go on, but I think you get the point. more>>

Spotlight On Linux: wattOS

So many computers head for landfill when they are still able to carry out useful work. However, some organizations and individuals do what they can to put these machines into the hands of people who can use them. Naturally, this is an ideal application for Linux, and having had a quick look at it, I suspect that wattOS would make a good choice for refurbishing older computers. more>>

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Social from the Start

The Ayatana Project is striving to improve the perception and presentation of information on the desktop. The fruits of the project can be seen in the way that social media and social networking are increasingly integrated into the core of the Ubuntu desktop. more>>
The GNOME Shell Activities Overview with Four Workspaces

Coming Soon to Linux Desktops

What's in store when the GNOME Project finally releases GNOME 3, and what will Canonical choose for the new Ubuntu? more>>

Kexi in Use

Kexi is an integrated data management application and forms part of the KOffice suite. It can be used for creating database schemas, inserting data, performing queries, processing data and producing reports. more>>

Organize Your Life with Nepomuk

Can KDE bring order from chaos? more>>

Create Your Own Linux Desktop and Take It with You

Configure your own custom desktop and plug it in to any PC to re-create your working environment wherever you go. more>>

The Second-String Desktop

GNOME and KDE may be the heavy-hitters of the desktop world, and although all that power is nice, sometimes it's too bulky. That's where other desktop managers come in. more>>


Some tools are so amazing, but unfortunately, if no one ever talks about them, many folks never hear of them. One of those programs is BackupPC. more>>

Control Your Linux Desktop with D-Bus

Using D-Bus, you can personalize and automate your desktop. more>>
Autokey: Desktop automation utility for Linux

Autokey: Desktop automation utility for Linux

Like many of you, I've been aware that there are several desktop automation utilities available for Linux, but until recently, I'd never used one. However, one of our readers sent me an email suggesting that I check out Autokey, so I did. more>>

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Command-Line Application Roundup

If you're wondering when the command line will die, the answer is simple: when we all decide to give up and use Windows. more>>

Navigating and Working in Scribus

Scribus has mixed reputation among free software users. On the one hand, users are vaguely aware of Scribus as a first-rate application that can hold its own against proprietary counterparts like InDesign. more>>

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