This is pretty hard-core, but if you want a new desktop experience, xmonad seems like it’ll give it to you.
Between Unity and GNOME 3, all kinds of window managers are now in play.
I’ve never used it, but it seems like hostapd will do this: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1663788&highlight=connectify.
It seems like that’s what will happen when you chose that option. Details are here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WindowsDualBoot
I’m not sure what a naked Padma Lakshmi has to do with FreeBSD, but I think the FreeBSD people might want to get that connection more front and center. I bet they’d pick up tons of new users.
A positive review of Xubuntu 11.04. Unity seems to be driving lots of reviewers to other desktop managers, which is kind of cool.
A well-reasoned review. I guess we XFCE people tend to be rational like that…
This is pretty neat. A Debian developer is proposing turning Debian Testing into Debian Rolling. Not much would change. Mostly Testing/Rolling would be acknowledged as a viable, distribution in its own right.
I’ve been using Gnome Shell (Gnome 3) exclusively for 2 weeks today, and while I do have a few good words to say about it… today’s the day I’m switching to KDE once and for all.
I’ve yet to play with GNOME 3 or Unity, so I can’t speak to the quality of either, but from what I hear and read around the Linuxsphere, it seems like tons of people are moving to KDE because of GNOME and Unity.
I kind of wonder if some KDE developers managed to infiltrate the GNOME and Unity teams.
I’ve been a little nervous because some people around me have had their Gmail accounts hacked.
I’m not sure if the hackings were preventable, but it was making me slightly nervous.
And then, James Fallows had a series of posts about the hacking of his wife’s Gmail account, complete with tales of other Gmail users losing all of their data after getting their accounts hacked.
And that made me really nervous.
I had been thinking I should backup my Gmail for a while, but the Fallows posts pushed me to finally sit down and do it.
NOTE: I know about the Google two-step verification process, but that just feels like a lot of work, just to check email. Plus, I hate the idea of being locked out of my email if I don’t have my phone with me and I’m not near a landline I registered with Google. Situations like that are probably when I’d want my email most. So for now, it’s off of the table for me.
There are a few ways to approach the backup, but I decided to use POP to download all of my messages. It took a couple of hours to download everything, but other than that, it was a painless process. There are lots of articles and tutorials online about backing up your Gmail, but there weren’t any that gave me a workflow for the entire process, which is why I’m documenting it here:
I’m not sure how easy it would be to work with email in this format, but at least I could search through the files for specific messages I needed. Hopefully, I’ll never need to use this archive, but I feel better knowing that it’s there.
Now I just need to remember to do this at regular intervals. I wish Gmail would let you POP email as of a certain date, so I could just regularly top off my local archive, rather than re-downloading everything.
But the backup process is really pretty simple. Especially now that I know all of the steps to take (and the order in which to take them).
I’ve never tried that but it’s an interesting idea. Let me know if you’re able to make it work.