The recent release of a major new version of Ubuntu means that it’s time for new versions of various remastered distros. This time around it’s Linux Mint 8. Linux Mint, as you may already know from previous releases, takes Ubuntu to another level by slicking it up with tools, multimedia codecs and more.
Archive for December, 2009
Even though I gave up on reviewing Linux distros a while back, I keep getting mountains of hits on here for people who who want Linux reviews. Since my Slackware 12.2 review was the second-most commented post on this blog, I decided it was a good distro to revisit. So, when Slackware 13 came a few months ago on the LXF magazine, I decided to throw it into Virtualbox to see how it has changed. One difference this time around is that I now have the dual core machine so I am running Slackware on that machine (especially since it has hooks for better virtualization so it should run better)
Constantine is the name of a mediocre movie starring Keanu Reeves, the name of a few Roman imperators and also the name of the latest Fedora release. After having tested the tsunami of exciting new releases, starting with Ubuntu Karmic Koala and having recently published a Mandriva 2010 article, also known as the Autumn Distro Release Fever (ADRF), it’s time for a Fedora review.
Another annual tradition of ours besides running a Linux Graphics Survey is to provide a “year in review” analysis of the ATI and NVIDIA Linux drivers with their respective graphics driver releases from the past year in terms of both feature improvements and how their quantitative performance has changed. We have been doing these annual ATI and NVIDIA yearly reviews going back to 2005, but now it’s time to share our thoughts and numbers for 2009. We are beginning with our NVIDIA Linux 2009 Year In Review.
Since I discovered just how great KDE 4 is a couple of months ago, I’ve been using it full-time and am loving it. In all that time, I’ve discovered a few tips and tricks that I couldn’t live without, and all of them are listed here. Some of these include an inline CLI, split folders, setting up a media keyboard and using advanced wallpapers.
By now you would know that the next Fedora release, Fedora 13, will be named “Goddard”, after the famous Rocket scientist Robert H Goddard. After deciding on the name, fedora contributors have started working on the designs, themes and other artwork for the next release. There are a few ideas in the air about Rocketry related artwork but they are also looking of other fedora users and enthusiasts to come up with their more innovative stuff
Most users that have used Linux as their desktop operating system for any length of time will tell you that Ubuntu is one of the most user-friendly Linux versions available.
It’s not like I actually did anything, but my issues regarding my Toshiba Satellite 1100-S101 laptop from the long-ago year 2001 and its Intel 82830 (aka 830m) video not working all that well in Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic) have mostly disappeared.
KDE4 users know Gwenview the default image viewer for KDE, but may not know that Gwenview is one of the best image viewers ever existed. It is fast, quick, modern, shiny, particularly in full-screen mode, and has basic photo editing functions.
Ubuntu Software Center (initially Ubuntu Software Store) was released with Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala and it currently has only a few of the features it was designed for, being just stage 1 out of 4.
Two years ago I began writing a book about writing applications for Android.
Back then, most people had not heard of Android — in fact, unless you’re a phone-geek or a Linux fan, you may still not have heard of Android.
MEPIS Linux, the KDE based Linux distribution, released the beta1 of MEPIS 8.5. MEPIS Linux was one of the easy to use Linux distributions besides PCLinuxOS, before Ubuntu arrived. The users who wanted to use the latest Debian’s snapshot, but afraid of all those text mode configuration tricks found MEPIS as the Debian for the masses. MEPIS Linux has some of the best configuration utilities around, to configure X and Networking (including WiFi). The arrival of Ubuntu and the fact that as this distribution has no specific release schedule (this is developed by a single person) might have reduced the fame of this distribution. I’m trying this beta after a long time just to check how MEPIS is doing now and overall, I must say that I’m pleased with this beta release.
The LinuxConsole distribution is one of those small projects which quietly put out releases, gradually improve and – rarely get attention. The project, headed by Yann Le Doare, recently released version 1.0.2009 of this distribution and I decided to take a look at what it had to offer. The current release comes in three flavours: Multimedia, which is a small live CD designed to enable you to get on the web, listen to music and play videos; the full CD edition, which comes with a complete GNOME desktop; and the DVD edition, which includes all the packages from the CD with some extras thrown in. There is also a tool, called Jukebox, which allows the user to build their own custom install image. This is similar to Slax’s ISO builder and allows for a great deal of flexibility. For my test drive, I downloaded the Multimedia image.
Yet for another time, I find myself switching distros. I hope am not addicted or something . If not for anything else, I am enjoying the ride! This time is Chakra, and I must admit, am impressed!
No matter if you are a Linux user or not, everyone seems to talk about the new GoogleOS which is due to arrive next year. These “big name” steps that are being taken to providing cloud computing will change the way we look at our net experience, where we store our data and more importantly answer the question is it possible to live off and be happy with an online apps solution.
Rounding out the fall releases from the big cheeses in Linux comes Fedora 12. Fedora is a popular Linux distribution funded by Red Hat, the most profitable Linux corporation active today. Fedora usually sits within the top three or four most popular distributions at distrowatch.com.
It seems that for every possible niche that exists in the world, someone out there has made a Linux distribution for it. These niches can be practical (Scientific Linux), philosophical (gNewSense), or even geographical (MoLinux).
Google’s new netbook-oriented operating system, Chrome OS, got more than its fair share of press when its source code was released (including a download from our very own Jorge Sierra.) But Google’s not the only major tech company developing a speedy, open-source operating system for netbooks – Intel’s been working on Moblin netbook OS since 2007.
Linux Mint 8 is the newest Linux distro on the block. We, at Gadgetmix, have been testing the new Mint from the past few days on a variety of netbooks. So, does this distro offers something newer, better than the popular Linux distros like the amazing Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala. Can it be used as Windows alternative? How user friendly it is? Get all these questions answered in this review
As a small (30 MB), quick-to-boot distro, SliTaz is entering a field well-served by the likes of DSL and Puppy Linux. When going up against such heavyweights, SliTaz must offer something truly remarkable to distinguish itself. This brief review of the LiveCD version demonstrates where SliTaz has exceeded expectations – and a few places it could use some polishing.