Hard Drive Failures Don’t Have To Lead To Data Loss

You can’t escape a hard drive failure. However, you can survive it and move on from it. That is, if you know how to deal with it. The inevitability of hard drive failures is real. You’ll be facing one, two, three, or maybe more in your lifetime. Come out of a hard drive failure unscathed by averting data loss.

Here are some helpful tips to survive a hard drive failure that usually leads to data loss. The first of which is to back up your data.

The rule of thumb to follow when making data backups, says Michael Cobb, director of engineering at DriveSavers, a data-recovery firm in Novato, California, is ‘3-2-1’: “It’s three copies, [on] two different media, one off-site.”

(Via: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01040-w)

The second tip is to make use of an automatic backup system. In the event that your shared or hard drive fails, you can always get back your files from your online backup service provider.

When making backups, automation is key. Kelly Smith, a cardiac geneticist at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, has access to a shared network drive that is copied to tape. She used to move her files to the drive manually, but only monthly; in the event that the drive failed, newer files could be lost. An automated cloud-based backup system called Druva inSync, from data-protection firm Druva in Sunnyvale, California, now obviates that concern. “It’s one less thing I have to worry about,” she says.

(Via: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01040-w)

The third tip is to regularly check all your backups. If your data are backed up to the cloud, check if all your files are complete and updated. Reliable online backup services should be able to back up and update all your files automatically. As long as your computer is connected to the internet, the backup service should be able to do its work silently and efficiently. Still, you have to take some time to check your online backup account to see if all your files are backed up and updated.

Don’t assume that your backups are working: test them. Can you open your files? Do you have the necessary applications, login

How to Upgrade Ubuntu 18.10 to Ubuntu 19.04

Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) is here and we bet many of you would want to upgrade their Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) installations, so we’ve prepared a quick and easy to follow tutorial on how to do just that.

Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) arrived earlier today as the latest and most up-to-date version of Ubuntu Linux, shipping with the most recent Linux 5.0 kernel series and the GNOME 3.32 desktop environment, along numerous other new apps and components such as LibreOffice 6.2 office suite and Mozilla Firefox 66.0 web browser.

Upgrading from last year’s Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) release is a must since it will only be supported until July 2019. Just like Ubuntu 18.10, the Ubuntu 19.04 release is only supported on 64-bit (amd64) platforms so it shouldn’t be any problem for Cosmic Cuttlefish users to upgrade their computers to the … (read more)

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Ubuntu Budgie 19.04 Released with Budgie 10.5 Desktop and Brand-New Theme

The Ubuntu Budgie 19.04 operating system arrived today as part of the major Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) release, adding several new features, a new look, and other improvements.

Shipping with the latest Budgie 10.5 desktop environment by default with the latest budgie-applets, the Ubuntu Budgie 19.04 operating system replaces the Nautilus file manager with Nemo from the Cinnamon desktop environment as it retains desktop icons capability and integrates with the Catfish search utility.

Ubuntu Budgie 19.04 also features a brand-new desktop theme called QogirBudgie, which is accompanied by the Arc GTK and Pocillo themes, powered by the latest GTK+ 3.24 toolkit and using the Mutter 3.32 window and composite manager from the GNOME 3.32 desktop environment.

“Based on [Ubuntu Budgie] 18.04 & 18.10 experiences, feedback and suggestions that w… (read more)

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KDE Applications 19.04 Open-Source Software Suite Has Been Officially Released

The KDE Project released today the final version of the KDE Applications 19.04 open-source office suite for the KDE Plasma desktop environment and GNU/Linux operating systems.

More than three months in development, the KDE Applications 19.04 software suite is here today to bring you a mix of new features, improvements, and optimizations to your favorite KDE apps. It’s packed with various enhancements to the Dolphin file manager, Kdenlive video editor, Kate text editor, KMail email client, Okular document viewer, Gwenview image editor, and Spectacle screenshot utility.

“Our community continuously works on improving the software included in our KDE Application series. Along with new features, we improve the design, usability and stability of all our utilities, games, and creativity tools. Our aim is to make your life easier by making KDE software more enjoyable to use. We hope you like all the new enhancements and bug fixes you’ll find in 19.04,” read today’s read more)

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LibreOffice 6.2.3 Office Suite Released with More Than 90 Bug Fixes

The Document Foundation announced today the release of the third maintenance update to the latest LibreOffice 6.2 open-source office suite for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows.

LibreOffice 6.2.3 is here about a month after the release of LibreOffice 6.2.2 to add another layer of bug fixes and improvements to various of the components included in the beloved open source office suite used by millions of computer users worldwide. LibreOffice 6.2.3 contains a total of 92 changes to make your LibreOffice experience more stable and reliable.

“LibreOffice 6.2.3 represents the bleeding edge in term of features for open source office suites, and as such is not optimized for enterprise class deployments, where… (read more)

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Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) Officially Released, Here’s What’s New

Canonical released today Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo), the latest version of one of the world’s most popular Linux-based operating systems incorporating the newest GNU/Linux technologies and the most recent Open Source software.

The 30th release of the Ubuntu Linux operating system, Ubuntu 19.04, is dubbed as the Disco Dingo because it’s a fun release consisting of up-to-date components. It’s a release for the bleeding-edge Ubuntu user who wants to have the latest GNU/Linux software and technologies on his/her personal computer.

Ubuntu 19.04 has been in development during the past six months and it’s the obvious upgrade to last year’s Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) release. Of course, users can also update from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) or a previous LTS release, but it’s not recommended to do so because of the short lifespan.

“The open-source-first on Ubuntu movement in telco, finance, and media has spread to other sectors. From the public cloud to the pri… (read more)

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Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) Is Now Available to Download

Canonical has pushed today the final ISO images of the Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) operating system ahead of its official launch later today.

Six months in development, the Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) opertating system is finally here and you can download it right now for Desktop and Server, as well as all official flavors, including Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, and Ubuntu Studio.

The Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) release is powered by the most recent Linux 5.0 kernel series and ships with some of the latest software releases and GNU/Linux technologies, including the GNOME 3.32, MATE 1.22, and KDE Plasma 5.15 desktop environments, LibreOffice 6.2 office suite, and Mozilla Firefox 66 web browser.

Ubuntu 19.04 is a short-lived branch of the Ubuntu Linux operating system, supported by Canonical with software and security updates for nine months, until January 2020. It is supported on 64-bit (amd64) hardware architetures for all flav… (read more)

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3 Ways to Install Atom Text Editor in openSUSE

Atom is a free, open-source, hackable, easy to customize and cross-platform text editor, that works on Linux, OS X, and Windows. It is a desktop application built with HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and Node.js integration...

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