Introduction To Linux Mint 13 (Video)

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Linux Mint 13, codename Maya, is the latest Linux distribution that is brazenly showing off its Cinnamon desktop theme, and I’m glad that it actually does so.  How come?  Linux Mint 13’s Cinnamon desktop theme is sleek and amazingly fast.  To tell the truth, so far I have only experienced Cinnamon desktop theme inside a virtual environment, and yet I was and still is amazed at its responsiveness and ease of use.  Probably, Cinnamon desktop theme had incorporated parts of the Gnome 2 look and Gnome 3 features together that has got me wishing for more of Cinnamon desktop theme.

Besides the sleek, beautiful look and ease of use that have attracted me to Cinnamon desktop theme, Linux Mint 13 is basically Ubuntu 12.04.  And if you have followed my blog or videos quite often enough, you know how I really love Ubuntu right?  (I loved Ubuntu even when many people hated Ubuntu for it first go at releasing the Unity desktop theme…)  So, I’m very much impressed with the latest release of Ubuntu (Ubuntu 12.04), therefore Linux Mint 13 can do no wrong for me personally when it actually based on Ubuntu 12.04.

Ubuntu 12.04 is the latest LTS (Long Term Support) Ubuntu release, and not so surprisingly that Linux Mint 13 is also the latest LTS Linux Mint release.  For those who are not so familiar with Linux Mint, it has always been a little brother/sister of Ubuntu.  So, it’s not so surprisingly for us to see Linux Mint 13 has so many similar features and underlying packages (software) that we have found inside Ubuntu 12.04, and the LTS is always a welcoming choice.  How come?  Especially for corporations and people who aren’t so energetic about updating/upgrading to the newer releases of their Linux distribution, LTS will assure them that the developers of their Linux distribution will continue to push out newer patches to fix various bugs and security issues for at least 5 year long.  This is why even after couple years into the future, you can always go back to Linux Mint 13 to use it without worrying that it’s already outdated in term of getting software/package supports.

There are few major differences between Linux Mint 13 and Ubuntu 12.04.  The obvious ones are the desktop theme and so on… but Linux Mint 13 doesn’t have one major feature which brings a lot excitement to Ubuntu 12.04 is the HUD (Head-Up Display).  Without HUD, we might eventually see Linux Mint continues to partway from Ubuntu as things move ahead into the future, because Ubuntu is striving to have HUD replaces all the menus and buttons and whatever that sticks out like thorns on Unity desktop theme.  Nonetheless, I sure hope that Linux Mint 13 can continue to either use excellent underlying codebase of Ubuntu or push out their own codebase in a major way (to innovate and strive to be better than Ubuntu).

Lucky you?  I like Linux Mint 13 enough to create an introduction video for Linux Mint 13.  Please enjoy it right after the break!!!

How To Enable Dynamic Firewall On Fedora 16

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The developers behind a Linux distribution known as Fedora have been working on a new type of firewall system known as Dynamic Firewall.  Since Fedora 15, users could install Dynamic Firewall.  It’s kind of a disappointment for me to see the latest Fedora 16 isn’t yet shipped with the Dynamic Firewall.  Nonetheless, as how Fedora 15 was, users can still install Dynamic Firewall with Fedora 16.

For your information, Fedora 16 isn’t enabling any firewall by default.  Yes, Fedora 16 is still shipping with the traditional IPTables firewall system.  The question is, why users want to use Fedora’s Dynamic Firewall over the traditional IPTables type of firewall?  It’s because Dynamic Firewall is somewhat smarter.

I’d made a video which shows you how to disable the traditional firewall, enable the Dynamic Firewall, and how to revert back to the traditional firewall from Dynamic Firewall.  The video also points out why and how Dynamic Firewall is smarter than the traditional firewall (i.e., IPTables).  You can check out the video right after the break.

Disabling, Enabling, Starting, Stopping, And Restarting Services On Fedora 16

Fedora Booth 3Fedora 16 is now using Systemd to enable, disable, start, stop, and restart many of its services.  This is why it’s crucial for Linux users who want to manipulate services on Fedora 16 to know how to use Systemd.  The video below shows you how to disable, enable, start, stop, and restart services on Fedora 16.  Enjoy!