If you're interested in security, you've probably already heard of security-focused Linux distros such as Tails, Kali and Qubes. They're really useful for browsing anonymously, penetration testing and tightening down your system so it's secure from would-be hackers. Here are the strengths and weaknesses of all three.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Windows: Whether you're looking to try out Linux or create a Windows troubleshooting tool, LiLi will create a powerful Linux thumb drive, letting you pick your distribution, save data between reboots, or even launch your mobile OS right from Windows.
We love a good live CD, but what if your favourite one doesn't quite have every application or tweak you need? Here's how to roll your own Ubuntu Live CD, with all the packages you want and some nice customisations to boot.
Add Registry repair and editing to the list of Windows repairs you can make with a live Linux system, even if you can't boot into Windows. An Ubuntu Forums member shows how to make specific registry tweaks and fixes from inside Ubuntu.
We've highlighted options for properly erasing your hard drives in the past (some simple, some involving hammers); in a similar vein, our friends at How-To Geek dive into the specifics of securely wiping your hard drive with an Ubuntu Live CD.
All platforms: Fedora's released a bootable beta of their upcoming 12th release, "Constantine", that speeds up system updates, makes Bluetooth an on-demand service, and optimises CPU and graphics performance on netbooks, among other improvements.
CrunchBang Linux, a lightweight, Ubuntu-based, thumb-drive-friendly operating system we previously toured in screenshots, is now available in 64-bit editions for version 9.04.01, which also adds support for the ext4 hard drive format and more wireless networking support.