Take Linux and Run With It

“How do you run an operating system?” may seem like a simple question, since most of us are accustomed to turning on our computers and seeing our system spin up. However, this common model is only one way of running an operating system. As one of Linux’s greatest strengths is versatility, Linux offers the most methods and environments for running it. Read more

What is a Socket?

Recently, while reviewing the FAQ, I came across the question “What’s a Socket?” For those who are not familiar, I shall explain. In brief, a Unix Socket (technically, the correct name is Unix domain socket, UDS) allows communication between two different processes on either the same machine or different machines in client-server application frameworks. To be more precise, it’s a way of communicating among computers using a standard Unix descriptors file. Read more

How to Run Diablo II with the GLIDE-to-OpenGL Wrapper

Diablo II is usually a breeze to run on Linux, thanks to WINE and so often times you need no special tricks. However, if you’re like me and experience a few glitches and washed out colours in the standard fullscreen mode, you have two options: run the game in windowed mode and go without cinematics, or install a GLIDE-OpenGL wrapper and get the game running properly in its fullscreen glory again, without the glitches and colour problems. I detail how to do that in this article. Read more

CCleaner Now Offering Avast Free Antivirus in Typical Adware Push

Security vendor Avast purchased Piriform earlier this year, and it was obviously just a matter of time until the company started offering bundles or adding some sort of interoperability between its existing products and the newly-acquired solutions. And today, it looks like this is exactly what’s happening with secure cleaning app CCleaner, which has started offering Avast Free Antivirus bundled into its installer. CCleaner had some rough weeks earlier this year when it was discovered that the application was infected with malware, thus compromising a significant number of computers across... Read more

Samsung Won’t Copy Apple, Yet Galaxy S9 Will Feature Improved Facial Recognition

A report that made the rounds during the weekend revealed that Android manufacturers are set to copy Apple’s approach and bring facial recognition on their next-generation devices, and now a Korean media outlet indicates that Samsung is likely to do the same with the Galaxy S9. The South Korean phone maker, who is already offering facial recognition on the Galaxy S8, won’t copy Apple’s approach for the upcoming flagship, but go for a different strategy that would allow it to achieve presumably the same results without increasing the costs. What... Read more

Installation and Configuration of Univention Corporate Server

Last month, we published a detailed Introduction to Univention Corporate Server where you learned the basics about this solution for managing identities, permissions, and applications. It is 100% open source and available for free. Professional support… The post Installation and Configuration of Univention Corporate Server appeared first on OSTechNix. Read more

Microsoft Has Rolled Out the Best 2017 Black Friday Deal Directory Ever

We’re only a few days away from the beginning of this year’s Black Friday madness, and people have already started searching the web for the best deals on the products they want to buy. And while there are already several handy services out there that can help find the best deals every year, Microsoft has just released a catalog that seems to be the largest, the cleanest, and the easiest to use of them all. Published on Bing, Microsoft’s directory of Black Friday deals groups catalogs by retailers. Just click... Read more