Maikasenpai's desktop is a calm sea, a respite from the tumult of the world, and we love it. It's a simple thing, but tweaked just enough to make it personal. Here's how it's all set up.
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We understand that it can be difficult to wean yourself off Windows. It's a ubiquitous operating system that most people are used to. But Microsoft's latest operating system Windows 10 has had some persistent privacy concerns. So if you're looking for an alternative but can't bear to give up the familiar user interface (UI), you could try out the Linux-based Zorin OS. The latest release is made to look and feel like Windows 10. Here are the details.
We're fans of the CHIP computer, which packs quite a bit into a $US9 ($12) Linux-capable board. Yesterday, they announced that the $US15 ($20), low-key game designer software PICO-8 will be included free for all CHIP users. They have also introduced a $US29 ($39) console kit perfect for aspiring game designers.
By exploiting a design fault in the Linux boot process that decrypts encrypted hard drives, you can launch a shell with root privileges on the operating system. This security flaw has been confirmed to affect Debian, Ubuntu and Fedora with many other Linux distributions likely to be vulnerable. We have a detailed breakdown of how this vulnerability works and a way to fix the problem on affected systems.
Frequent desktop contributor JonRedcorn2 usually uses Windows, but this time he has a Mac — and that isn't stopping him from customising it the way he likes. Here's how he set up this beautifully clean desktop.
Twice a year, the GeekPwn carnival is held around the world. It's a security geek contest for smart devices, and is often a place for white-hat hackers to show vulnerabilities in devices like smart cameras, mainstream routers and smart devices.
At the latest GeekPwn event, a PlayStation 4 curiously made an appearance. And you know what else popped up? A working version of Linux, Super Mario Bros, and more importantly, version 4.01 of the PS4 firmware..
Updated 27/10/16: Last week, a nine-year old bug was uncovered in the Linux kernel that can give attackers root-level access to machines running the Linux operating system. Because the vulnerability is related to how the kernel handles copy-on-write memory, it has been dubbed 'Dirty COW'. The security flaw exists on every distribution of the operating system. Devices that use Android, which is based on Linux, are also affected. If you're running a Linux-based server or using an Android phone, here's how you can protect yourself against Dirty COW.
Reader Spencer put together this custom desktop on his Mac with just the widgets and tools he wanted visible. The wallpaper is one of his own photos, but the rest is easy to get on your own if you want a similar look.
Frequent contributor JonRedcorn2 switches up his desktops on the reg, and this recent one caught our eye. It's symmetrical and interesting, and isn't too busy with widgets and tools. Here's how you can get the same look.
Windows/Mac/Linux: A few months ago, Opera launched its own free, built-in VPN, but you could only get it if you manually enabled it in the dev version of the browser. Now, it's available for everyone in the stable version of Opera.
Each year, we round up the must-have apps, extensions and downloads for every major computing platform — from Android and iPhone to Chrome, Windows and Linux. Here they all are, in one tidy package. Without a shadow of a doubt, these are the best productivity and entertainment programs for your hardware. Best of all, most of them are completely free.