Signal Secure Messenger Review & Test Drive: Free And Open Source Alternative To WhatsApp/Telegram/Facebook Messenger

Introduction

This article is a new episode of the Free Messenger Heroic Saga (Tox, Matrix, Tor Messenger). I highly recommend to read it for comparison. Privacy – very important thing for everyone today and tomorrow it may be a myth in the world of mega corporations, user tracking, automatic email parsing, security agencies with full access to everything and everyone.

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KDE Plasma and KDE Apps on Wayland Review and Video: The First Plasma Wayland Live Image

Recently releases of KDE and GNOME Desktop Environment have a serious progress to Wayland porting – the first Plasma Wayland live image is available for download. Last versions of GNOME work more or less stable and how about KDE? Time to explore it.
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KDE Plasma 5.5 Extended Review: New Features and Improvements

Update 24.01.2016: KDE 5.5.3 (check the end of page)

KDE – desktop environment written in C++/Qt/QML and better for users which need more and love the powerful instruments. KDE can help you in everyday tasks like work with web, multimedia (photo, video, music), text and specific tasks: programming, video editing, education, games and many others. Many peoples say that KDE is very good for users with Windows experience, but I’m not sure. I highly recommend to try KDE: this desktop environment can give you many positive emotions.

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Node OS Review – Ultra-minimal Linux Distribution With Node.js/JavaScript Userspace

Introduction

The Project has started in 2013 as “the first operating system powered by npm” with the main goal to build OS with truly community driven. Node OS use npm (Node Package Manager) as default system package manager and Node Shell. Any npm package can be used in NodeOS. PID1 is REPL that help to run Java Script code in interactive mode. Future plans – Web-interface and integrated web-server with proxy. NodeOS can be used on:

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Github’s Atom vs Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code: Comparison, Review and Voting

Introduction

Microsoft with a big promotional company “We are good for Open Source” try to convince us today that corporation with negative reputation can make the big and high-quality open source cross-platform product. Big step – MS released their Visual Studio Code under Linux – unbelievable thing for the old leadership with Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates.

In other side – Github also don’t need an advertisement and now is the one of the biggest icons in Open Source and the biggest hosting of source code. Slogan “A hackable text editor for the 21st Century” sounds like a “just another Emacs alternative”. In this article we try to understand ‘who is who’ and describe all bad and good things.

Why comparison of this two editor with steroids is very interested? Because they are very similar – both use Chromium and Electron Framework; both have some popularity in “new wave” of editors for software development and some visual likeness.
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Tor Messenger Review – Just Another Messenger or Light at The End of Privacy Tunnel?

Introduction

In October, 29 Tor Project has presented the Tor Messenger – client for popular IM-services like Facebook, Google, Twitter, XMMP and based on Instantbird. OTR (Off-The-Record) Messaging in XMPP-based services are default enabled. General idea of this new messenger – users can communicate with their usual serviсes via Tor tunnels and government or hackers can’t track their client-server routes and location.

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Programming with GNOME Builder: Review and Coding Practice

Introduction

GNOME Builder was created in 2014 by Christian Hergert (GNOME member, currently work in Red Hat). General use case – IDE for GNOME and GNU/Linux technologies. GNOME Builder support C, C++, Python, Vala, JavaScript and others. Good GObjects support is very helpful for GTK+ developers, but don’t leave this article if you use another technology: Builder written in C/Glib and can be faster than typical IDE/Editors written in Java or Python like a IDEA, Eclipse, Sublime. In 2015 get the $50k in the fundraiser company.

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11 Years of Ubuntu: Time to Remember The First Version – 4.10 (2004)

“Ubuntu” is an ancient African word, meaning “humanity to others”. Ubuntu also means “I am what I am because of who we all are”. The Ubuntu Linux distribution brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the software world.

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Qubes OS Review – Every Application Running in Isolated Xen VM

Introduction

Qubes OS – Linux Fedora-based Distribution focused on security through isolation with Xen virtualization. Qubes OS developed by Joanna Rutkowska; in this review I use latest version – 3.0. Also available installation DVD and LiveUSB. Basic hardware requirements – 64bit Intel of AMD CPU with VT-x/VT-d or AMD-v/AMD IOMMU technologies, minimum 4 GB RAM.

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The Best 35 GNOME Extensions Review

GNOME – nice desktop environment and very solid, elegant and easy to use. Every user has personal impressions and needs. Some monsters like a KDE is not a bad choice if you “need more”, but we just try to extend GNOME features with extensions. All extension tested on latest GNOME release – 3.18 (see review here). If I forgot some nice extension(s) – feel free to write about it in comments.

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