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Zenwalk 6.2

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

I downloaded and installed the “Core” version of Zenwalk in October 2009 after a rough experience upgrading from Xubuntu 9.04 to 9.10 and have used it almost daily since then, mostly for web browsing and other light tasks.  I wanted to stick with the XFCE environment, because I like it and it runs on an older rig.  The host machine is a Shuttle small form factor (a “toaster” PC) running an Athlon 64 2800+ CPU, Nforce 3 250 chipset, 1GB RAM, Radeon 9550 AGP graphics, and a 160GB harddrive.

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openSUSE 11.2 Gnome edition – Fantastic

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

I’m such a plonker. I’ve only recently realized that all these years, I’ve never tried openSUSE with the Gnome desktop. And having just done that, I must say I regret the omission oh so badly, because openSUSE 11.2 with Gnome is simply fabulous. Even more so than the KDE edition.

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Examining SliTaz GNU/Linux

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

When it was suggested to me that I review SliTaz GNU/Linux, my first reaction was less than enthusiastic: SliTaz, the one with the spider icon? I wasn’t sure if I was in for a creepy horror film experience or something cooked up by a developer who had read too many Marvel comic books. I decided to take a look at the project’s website and see what it had to offer and I was pleasantly surprised. Not just by the project’s claim to fit a modern desktop into a 30 MB image, though that in itself is impressive; not just the professional, friendly look, which is delightfully easy to navigate; not just by the wide variety of supported languages, there are six; but by the clear communication presented there. There is no fluff or cryptic messages on SliTaz’s website. It’s all clean, direct information which explains what the project is about on a level that both hardcore Linux veterans and newcomers will understand.

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Sidux 2009.04

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Sidux is a distro I’ve never tried before. Its a Debian unstable based system with a rolling release. Basically, its based upon Debian ‘unstable’, and instead of having one big release that everyone works on, it just updates certain packages everytime a new version is released. Arch Linux uses the same system.

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Fedora 12 — A ‘Must Upgrade’ and ‘Strongly Consider’ Distro

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Let’s face it — when it comes to choosing one Linux distribution over another, it often boils down to personal preference. You’ll find arguments for one being more user friendly or another being drop-dead simple to install, but in the final analysis the real reason is probably one or more of the following:

  • Previous experience
  • Upgrading from older version
  • Familiarity with company
  • Hardware support
  • User following
  • Available applications

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Linux Mint 8.0 review

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

One of the most popular Linux distrubtions, Linux Mint’s latest edition was bound to attract plenty of interest. And rightly so, too.

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Ubuntu 9.10 brings polish but may demand tinkering

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

A few months ago, a widely used operating system received a major upgrade — and Microsoft and Apple had nothing to do with it. This upgrade came from the developers responsible for one of the most popular versions of the open-source Linux operating system Ubuntu.

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Linux Mint 8 review

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Linux Mint 8 (aka Helena) is the latest version of the popular, desktop-oriented distribution. Helena was actually released late last year, but I’ve just gotten around to reviewing it. As with prior releases of Mint, Helena is based on the latest version of Ubuntu, which in this case is Karmic Koala. For this review, I’ll go through the features of Mint 8 that I consider to be good, not so good and those that I think are bad.

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Kahel OS (version 12-25-09) (Gnome)

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

The first distro I am looking at for the new year is Kahel OS, a distro based on Arch and hailing from the Philipines, it makes some bold statements and made it impossible for me to ignore!  Distrowatch seems to list a plethora of Ubuntu based distro’s and whilst much work goes into them, most of the time I ask myself “What does X do that Y doesnt?”

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Ultimate Edition Linux 2.5

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Some Linux distros sell themselves by being minimalistic. They only come with a limited range of apps and everything is geared toward keeping the file size and hardware requirements absolutely minimal. Then there’s Ultimate Edition 2.5. Ultimate Edition leans the other way and throws in everything including the kitchen sink.

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Zorin OS 2.0

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Zorin OS comes in a beautifully packaged ~1.4 GB ISO file for both the 32 and 64 bit architectures. I, of course, am using a 32-bit processor (not for long though ohboyohboyohboy) so I got the corresponding image. The live environment booted in about 2 minutes with a rather unprofessional looking logo flashing in the middle of the screen. I wasted no time and installed the system onto my battered HDD. The process is identical to Ubuntu’s, except the feature slideshow part, which is understandable, given the fact that Zorin OS looks quite different from Karmic.

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Pardus Linux – An open-source Janissary

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Some time ago, I’ve received quite a few emails and open suggestions in several threads in a few forums I participate, asking, urging and requesting that I test the Turkish Pardus Linux. Having never used it before, I was intrigued by the popular demand and decided to take Pardus for a spin.

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Linux Mint 8

Monday, December 21st, 2009

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.

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Slackware 13.0

Monday, December 21st, 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)

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Fedora 12 Constantine – Mixed feelings

Monday, December 21st, 2009

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.

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Linux Mint: Making Linux easy

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

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.

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MEPIS 8.5 Beta1

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

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.

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A look at LinuxConsole 1.0.2009

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

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.

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ArchLinux + modular KDE 4 + Tools = Chakra (Alpha 4)

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

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!

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xPUD 0.9.2

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

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.

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