KDE Plasma 5.6 Review: New Features and Improvements

The beta version of KDE Plasma 5.6 was released on March 2, 2016 and contain many bug fixes, new features and reworked applications. The renew components – the activities, KRunner, task manager, Breeze theme and many others. Wayland support is also better with decoration and input fixes.

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ReactOS – Fake Or Potential Windows Alternative? Review And Extended Test Drive Of Latest Release

Introduction

After 10 years of development was released the new major release of ReactOS, this event was highlighted in the most biggest tech resources. But I’m not interested in just talk about release notes from “crazy Russian developers”, more interested is technical opportunities and possibilities.
Which architecture use React OS now, which hardware are supported, why users and developers might find it interesting, the degree of compatibility with Microsoft Windows? Is there a Windows-based copy with Unix-style? For these and other questions you can find the answers in this article (or ask new questions in comments).

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Remix OS – Android-based OS For Desktop: Extended Review, Video Demonstration and Installation Instruction

Warning: Remix OS Violate GPL and Apache License

Introduction

For beginning some information about creators: the Jide Company was founded by Google ex-employees. Now Jide has two successful Kickstarter companies:

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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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IPv6 Since 20 Years: Why IPv6 Is Better For Privacy And How To Use It Without ISP Support

Introduction

On 1th December 1995 was published the RFC1883 by Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) – the beginning of new Internet Layer protocol history. More than 20 years have passed since those day and today approximately 10% of all hosts with support IPv6. Internet access (data from Google Statistics). If we look to
the Per-Country statistics that say: IPv6 is popular in developed countries with technology power (some exceptions available):

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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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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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File-System Benchmarks on USB Flash: VFAT vs NTFS vs HFS+ vs Ext2 vs Ext4 vs F2FS vs Btrfs vs XFS

USB Flash devices – one of the most popular electronic devices today. In this benchmark series I want to show which file-systems is better at work and compare with most popular FS in USB Flash add SD-cards – VFAT. Remember that Microsoft has some patents for VFAT.
Very interested results of F2FS – flash file system developed by Samsung for the NAND flash devices.
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Let’s Encrypt And WoSign – How To Get A Valid SSL Certificate Absolutely Free

Update 05.12.2015: Let’s Encrypt without ssh and renew/revoke instructions

Today the SSL certificate from the top SSL providers costs ~$50-100 – big money for non-commercial websites and bloggers. But some peoples can change it just now. In this article I try to describe a practical guide for getting a free as a beer certificate for your blog, website or e-mail. There are two ways:

Let’s Encrypt

Let’s Encrypt – certificate authority that provides free X.509 certificates for TLS encryption. Founders and sponsors – Electronic Frontier Foundation(EFF), Akamai, Mozilla Foundation, Cisco, Linux Foundation and many others. Let’s Enrypt own a RSA root certificate cross-signed by an IdenTrust certificate authority.
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19 Years of KDE History: Step by Step

Introduction

KDE – one of most functional desktop environment ever. It’s open source and free for use. 19 years ago, 14 october 1996 german programmer Matthias Ettrich has started a development of this beautiful environment. KDE provides the shell and many applications for everyday using. Today KDE uses the hundred thousand peoples over the world on Unix and Windows operating system. 19 years – serious age for software projects. Time to return and see how it begin.

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