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In a surprising development that seems really strange and unnecessary, Firefox 2.0 won’t go to the previous page when I press the “backspace” button on the keyboard. I have grown used to this over the period I have used Firefox. The fact that I can’t use backspace the way I am used to has been annoying me no end. So I decided to dig a little deeper.

The feature was removed to fix a bug. But then, until the bug fix propagates to a firefox build available on Ubuntu, one has to resort to a little scratching to fix the matter. Here’s how you resurrect the backspace button in Firefox 2.0.

Fix Firefox Backspace to Take You to the Previous Page


Automatix is a graphical interface for automating the installation of the most commonly requested applications in Debian based Linux operating systems.

Installing Popular Applications On Your Ubuntu Desktop With Automatix2


This tutorial was written while offline and without any kind of browser open. That’s right. You can blog right from your gnome-based desktop with the greatest of ease!

Tutorial for the day: Installing and blogging with Drivel.

To install Drivel you can use the basic methods we’re familiar with. Via the command line or from “Applications” > “Add / Remove” > search:Drivel. (command line “sudo aptitude install drivel”

You can then access Drivel from your Applications menu inside the Internet section.

Blogging from GNOME with Drivel : Ubuntu (6.06.1 / 6.10)


Some times you want to use iSO images without burning them.If you don’t want to waste your CD’s/DVD’s here is the simple possible solutions using these tips you can mount and unmount ISO images without burning them.

I know two possible solutions

1) Using Nautilus Scripts
2) Using kernel loop module

Now we will see each one in detailed

Mount and Unmout ISO images without burning them


There are times when people make mistakes, and manage to do crazy things to working systems. It wasn't so long ago that a hasty deletion caused me all kinds of problems. Recently I read of an unfortunate sysadmin who managed to recursively change permissions on their root filesystem - and here is my attempted solution.

The problematic command was:

(none):~# chmod -R 777 /

escuing a system with massively broken filesystem permissions


Still in this case, I had to install several times an older version of ImageMagick. Why? Not for the application itself, but because of some applications that relied on the php wrapper (the imagick pecl module). This compiles fine with ImageMagick 6, but many functions fail. So in order to have the php module working properly I had to first install imagemagick 5 that is the last version the php module works fine.

I will show how to install ImageMagick 5.5.7 (the latest version available from the 5 branch) from sources on a Debian Etch system. Debian obviously contains packages for ImageMagick (v. 6.2.4 at the time of writing this post), that can be installed as easy as

Install ImageMagick 5.5.7 on Debian


You've spent hours installing, configuring, and tweaking your system into perfection. Every device is working properly, every patch applied, every last last application is up to date, and your system is contently purring like a lion with a belly full of wildebeest. This is a prime time to save an image of your system in case anything screws it up. There are many commercial solutions available, but what free utilities will properly back up your system?

Backing up your system with free software


Follow these steps and have your users logging on at their Linux/Unix desktops with their Windows accounts.

Linux-Windows Single Sign-On


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  • How to install MongoDB community edition on Ubuntu Linux
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  • No WhatsApp, but fixes set to come for Ubuntu Phone
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  • Ubuntu Developers Discuss Again About Dropping Support For 32-bit x86
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Sabayon 16.07 Ships with Linux Kernel 4.6.3, Introduces the First LXQt Flavor

Today, June 28, 2016, the developers of the Gentoo-based Sabayon Linux computer operating system have had the great pleasure of announcing the general availability of new respin ISO images for the month of July 2016. Right on the schedule, Sabayon 16.07 Live ISO images are now available for download, switching the OS to the latest Linux 4.6.3 kernel from the deprecated Linux 4.5 branch that shipped with the May ISO respins of the GNU/Linux distribution, Sabayon 16.05. Read more

Android Apps Turn Chromebooks Into Macbook Killers

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    When Chromebooks launched in the summer of 2011, they seemed destined to fail, much like the underpowered, internet-dependent netbooks that came before them. But in the five years since, Chromebooks have defied expectations, becoming the most used device in US classrooms and even outselling Macs for the first time this year. Still, people complain about their inability to run useful software, but that’s all about to change.
  • Android apps could turn Chromebooks into MacBook killers

today's leftovers

  • Permabit Debuts Only Complete Data Reduction for the Linux Storage Stack
    Permabit Technology Corporation, the leader in data reduction technology, today announced the latest release of its Virtual Data Optimizer (VDO) software, VDO 6. The newest release of VDO delivers the company's patented deduplication, HIOPS Compression™ and thin provisioning in a commercial software package for Linux, expanding availability beyond the OEM marketplace to include the leading Professional Services organizations that are enabling today's modern Hybrid Cloud data centers.
  • My KIWI/OBS talk from oSC'16
    Last Friday, at openSUSE Conference 2016, I was giving a talk together with Christian Schneemann about KIWI and OBS (the events.opensuse.org software is not able to manage "two speakers for one talk", this is why I am not listed in the schedule).
  • AppliedMicro Announces the Availability of its Mudan Storage Platform at Red Hat Summit 2016
  • AsteroidOS smartwatch OS wants you, developers
    AsteroidOS is a new open source operating system specifically designed to serve software application development on smartwatches. The project is now gaining some traction and has been reported to now be looking for developer and community contribution engagement.