Configure touchpad in openSUSE KDE Plasma 5

I installed KDE Plasma 5 on my openSUSE 13.2 machine. Aww. That looks quite sleek & I adore the classic menu. After a long time using both Gnome 3 (on various distros) and Unity, I am appreciating a vanilla KDE desktop. One could simply replace KDE 4 by KDE Plasma 5 in openSUSE as: sudo zypper in plasma5-session Note: As stated, this will replace KDE 4 and your previous [Read More]

Linux free course by EDX

I received an email today from EDX about their upcoming course on Linux. I usually receive notifications about new courses but this one caught my attention. I checked and indeed there’s an Introduction to Linux course that is being made available as from 1 August 2014 in collaboration with the Linux Foundation. The course is totally free, i.e no cost associated and it’s delivered online. For those [Read More]

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, a first impression

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS was released yesterday, 17 April 2014. This falls well with perfect timing for LUGM’s event, the Corsair Hackers Reboot. I did not wait much & downloaded the 64-bit image for a trial & to check new features. Installation was seamlessly easy as usual. On my Acer Aspire 4741 notebook it took the usual 15 mins. Booting up was fast & furious. Improvement? We could say [Read More]

Laptop gets Tux’ed

During the week, I was given two laptops to prepare for Corsair Hackers Reboot. One came with Linux Mint 14 and the second with Debian 7 Minimal. I was given a green light to format & put any distribution I wish. That was too cool! This morning I plugged the first one in power. It’s an HP Compaq 6530b with 1GB RAM & dual core cpu. A little poor [Read More]

elementary OS, truly a beauty

It’s been a month since I’m running elementary Luna on my main laptop, an Acer Aspire 4741. I was tempted to have a look initially when I heard about it’s sleek UI. I thought I should give it a try & see if elementary could be enlisted among distro-suggestions. Usually when people ask me about a simple-to-use Linux distribution, I refer them to Linux Mint. With a [Read More]

braincheck() perl script

During the weekend I was getting bored, so I looked for something creative to spend time on. Since two weeks I’m using elementary OS, an Ubuntu based distribution. It was a fresh install and my notebook is currently bare. For the creative fun I installed Padre, a Perl IDE. I wrote a couple of code snippets to improve the Perl script skills. By Sunday night I was looking like [Read More]

Linuxfest 2013, mass mail...

Today while I had to send out emails to attendees of Linuxfest 2013, I sat down thinking of a way to mass-mail. The emails should display the name of attendees so that they may notify me if it’s mistyped. Sendmail and a bunch of command line utils could do the trick. What do I need in my arsenal? mailx, a Linux command line utility for sending and receiving mail. [Read More]

GPLv3 and Tivoization

First and foremost, a quick intro to GPL (General Public License). The General Public License was originally written by Richard Stallman in 1989 for the GNU Project. It clearly defines what is a free software. To be called such, a software needs to provide the user the following : freedom to use the software for any purpose freedom to change the software to suit one’s needs freedom to share the [Read More]

LUGM IRC Channel

Yes, I knew this IRC channel, #linux.mu since long. However, I joined in only a couple of times before. Yesterday, while I was kinda bored & was looking for something interesting/creative. I logged in & tweeted for others to pop in. A while later we had a small group of geeks joining the fun. It was great. In fact, we thought that it would be nice to have [Read More]

Point Linux 2.2 Codename “taya”

Point Linux – Another Debian derivative? Let’s take a sneak peak. The current stable version of Point Linux is 2.2, codenamed “taya”. As of writing this post version 3.0 Beta 1 was released. However, I’ll keep this analysis focused on the stable version. The official website of Point Linux describes it as a Debian under the hood distro. Indeed, it is and the mastermind behind the project, [Read More]