Category: Desktop


Suspend-to-RAM and Suspend-to-Disk may seem useful when you don’t want to use your computer but you want to speed up start-up. While especially Suspend-to-RAM can get you to a running system quickly, with all the stuff open as you left it when you suspended your computer, there are certain problems with suspension, especially on mobile devices like notebooks and netbooks.

The big problem both types of suspension share is that they can effectively bypass encryption, which should be standard on a mobile device. My notebook has an encrypted root partition, and after a couple of tests I have now also encrypted my swap partition. Yes, until about 1 hour ago I have been working with an unencrypted swap partition, setup 1 (see below), and have now switched to setup 2 (again, see below).

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screen is a very useful tool. It enables you to run tasks in the background without actually sending them to the background.
What this means it that you do not have the annoying side-effects of sending a process to the background using myterriblylongrunningprogram &, but you get a complete session that you can disconnect from and it will keep happily working away.

Now the problem with screen is that it opens the possibility to circumvent authentication.
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What to do with your new OS

Today I have found this tutorial on where to take Linux after installing it, as many new users who try it out seem to be lost at this point.
I think it’s a well written tutorial, a good suggestion for newcomers to Linux, but personally I feel it misses something.

After installing your system, doing updates, and so on the same question arises again: “What do I do next?”

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Is ReactOS ever going to matter?

You may have heard about ReactOS, the free operating system striving to offer full compatibility to MS Windows.
Will it ever grow up? After all, it has been under development for many years now and is still not more than an alpha version.

I have been giving ReactOS a try several times over the last couple of years, and while I think that it’s an interesting project with great goals, I still have some doubts about it.

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Live Wallpapers: WTF?

Who thought live wallpapers on a phone were a good idea?
Come on, Microsoft already failed with something similar in Windows 98. We didn’t need it back then, and we don’t need it now.

So what’s my point? Sure, it certainly looks nice to have a burning background or some other animation. Problem is that you hardly ever see it.
When I take out my phone I wanna do something with it. And whatever I’m gonna do will cover my beautifully animated wallpaper.
And of course it takes about 10 times more power out of your battery when Pacman is happily munching away while you unlock your screen.

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