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How to customise your Linux desktop: Openbox

In six previous posts I have looked at a variety of Linux Desktop Environments: Xfce, KDE, Gnome 3, Cinnamon, MATE, and LXDE. Now I am going to move one step lower in the GUI hierarchy, and look at using only a simple Window Manager for your Linux GUI. But in order to do that, I am going to have to ... Read More »

Hands-On: Ubuntu MATE on the Raspberry Pi 2

When the original Raspberry Pi came out, some people had high hopes for it as a low-cost general-purpose desktop computer. Especially because it was running Raspbian (a derivative of Debian GNU/Linux) it seemed like a good prospect. Although it booted to a CLI text console, it also included the LXDE desktop and you could easily configure it to boot to ... Read More »

Not a typo: ​Microsoft is offering a Linux certification

Right after Microsoft releasing MS-Linux, a few years ago I would have said the next most unlikely thing for Microsoft to do would be to offer a Linux certification. Guess what? They are. Yes, there’s now a joint Microsoft Linux certification. Who would have imagined this even a year ago? On December 9, Microsoft released a Linux certification: Microsoft Certified ... Read More »

How to customise your Linux desktop: LXDE

So far in this series I have looked at customizing Xfce, KDE, Gnome 3, Cinnamon and MATE. That covers a lot of territory, and there has been some significant overlap in focus, features and capabilities between those desktops. This time I’m going to look at LXDE, and I think the difference will be clear – LXDE is focused on being ... Read More »

Hands-On with the Raspberry Pi Zero, part 4: Wrap up

This mini-series about the Raspberry Pi Zero has turned out not to be so ‘mini’ after all. Part 1 was general information and availability; Part 2 was hardware and Part 3 was software. Now I am going to look at some more technical aspects, both hardware and software, then I will wrap it all up with some comments about my ... Read More »

Debian GNU/Linux now supported on Microsoft’s Azure

Microsoft has added Debian GNU/Linux to its list of supported Linux distributions on Azure. On December 2, Microsoft plans to announce availability of Debian as an endorsed distribution in the Azure Marketplace. (The blog post announcing the Debian addition actually went live on December 1.) Microsoft is making the announcement in collaboration with credativ, an open-source services and support consultancy. ... Read More »

​Red Hat adds up-to-date languages to RHEL

We like to talk about DevOps, developers and system operators working together in perfect harmony. And I’m sure it works that way in some companies. Somewhere. Far more common is that developers want the shiniest new languages and programming environments, while system administrators want to keep the servers nice, steady, and stable. Red Hat has answers for Red Hat Enterprise ... Read More »

How to customise your Linux desktop: Cinnamon

So far in this series of ‘How to customise your Linux desktop’ blogs, I have looked at Xfce, KDE and Gnome 3. Now it is time for the Cinnamon desktop. As with the previous posts, I want to make sure that I am using the latest release and that it is well integrated with the Linux distribution, so this time ... Read More »

How to customise your Linux desktop: Gnome 3

So far in this series I have looked at the Xfce and KDE desktops, which were conceptually similar in many ways. Now it is time for Gnome 3, but before diving into that, I would like to make clear, again, that the point of this series is ‘how to customise your Linux desktop’. It is not an introduction to the ... Read More »

How to customize your Linux desktop: KDE

In the first post of this series, I looked in depth at configuring and customizing the Xfce desktop. That seemed to go reasonably well — I’m still here — so this time I am going to look at KDE. Although it is overall a much larger topic, I am going to (try to) stay focused only on the desktop and ... Read More »

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