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Parsix 5.0 review

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Simple because I did not see any point in it. The distribution wasn’t bringing anything new to the table, and the custom-coded installer was several steps removed (in the wrong direction) from that of its parent distribution. But that was back in 2011, which for a distribution with a 6-month release cycle, is a long time. read more...
permapage | score:9976 | -finid, August 30, 2013

SteamBox: Sabayons version of the Steam Machine

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So while Valve Software is still working on the Steam Machine, you can download this edition of Sabayon Linux, burn it to a DVD (it’s a 1.4 GB ISO file) or transfer it to a USD stick, boot it from any computer, and enjoy your “Steam Machine.” read more...
permapage | score:9969 | -finid, May 13, 2014

How to install Lekture on Fedora 19 KDE

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Then I came across Lekture, a KDE Education application. I don’t think that it has all the features that the commercial equivalents on Windows have, but at this stage in its development, it looks good. read more...
permapage | score:9969 | -finid, September 9, 2013

Can we all agree with the Linux Deepin way of innovation?

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The same principle, in my view, applies, or should apply, to Linux on the desktop. End-users first. Give users a distribution that just works, so that they can get stuff done without needing to learn how the system works. Of course, those who need to get digital grease on their hands have the option to do just that, if that’s what they want. read more...
permapage | score:9969 | -finid, April 28, 2014

CyanogenMod, the rest of the story

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To outsiders like me, the announcement of the formation of Cyanogen, Inc. was a bit of a surprise. And the fact that the company succeeded in raising millions of venture capital (VC) funds was even more surprising. read more...
permapage | score:9967 | -finid, March 24, 2014

How to install S3QL from source on Fedora 19

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The latter being the current active branch, with more features than the former. The 1.x branch does not get new features, only bugfixes. The other difference between the two branches is that the 1.x branch is compatible with Python 2.7, while the 2.x branch is compatible with Python 3.3. read more...
permapage | score:9952 | -finid, September 6, 2013

PC-BSD 9.1 preview

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PC-BSD is a desktop-centric distribution based on FreeBSD. It used to be primarily a KDE-using distribution, but the installer now has options to install a system using other major desktop environments. read more...
permapage | score:9855 | -finid, July 21, 2012

Stella: RH/CentOS 6.3 based Desktop OS

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If you are familiar with CentOS, you know that out of the box, it is not really designed as a desktop distribution. Stella changes all that, as it is primarily aimed at desktop users, while retaining the core enterprise features and capabilities of CentOS. read more...
permapage | score:9835 | -finid, August 1, 2012

Pre-release Ubuntu 12.10 has partial support for manual LVM and disk encryption

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Today, I took another look at a daily build of Ubuntu 12.10 to see how far the coders have come in implementing manual LVM and disk encryption. Here is what I found: read more...
permapage | score:9786 | -finid, September 27, 2012

StartOS 6 GNOME 3 and KDE preview

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The very first edition of what is now called StartOS were based on Ubuntu, but the distribution has since dumped Ubuntu to become one that is not based on any other distribution. In other words, it is now an original or independent distribution, with its own package management system. read more...
permapage | score:9773 | -finid, July 7, 2013

How to install Ajenti on Ubuntu 13.04 server

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Besides being a server administration panel, Ajenti may also be used by developers as a rapid-development platform to create Web frontends, and by hardware vendors to create Web interfaces. read more...
permapage | score:9771 | -finid, September 7, 2013

webOS: The latest Linux distribution

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The source or cause of the joy is none other than the announcement from HP that webOS will be, in their own words, a “pure open source project.” Awesome! Did I see this coming? Yes, sir! Did I influence HP’s decision? Perhaps.

Ok, alright, that last one is a stretch, but back on August 19 2011, after HP had announced that it “will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones,” I suggested in a blog post (see what HP should do with webOS), that “to not let webOS be a failed distribution, here’s what I think HP should do with webOS – make it a free, Linux distribution, such that the relationship between it (HP) and webOS would be akin to that between Red Hat and Fedora, or Canonical and Ubuntu.” read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:9769 | -finid, December 12, 2011

LG 8-inch G Pad 8.3 Android tablet

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But the LG G Pad 8.3 is not just about screen size, it comes with some cool features, too. Beneath that 8.3-inch screen size is a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 Processor. That makes for a powerful tablet computer. read more...
permapage | score:9758 | -finid, September 8, 2013

Nuvola Player: Enjoy all your Cloud music services from one interface

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And with tight integration with the Linux desktop (multimedia keys, system tray, media player applets, dock menu, notifications and more), it provides a better user experience when compared to using the same Cloud music services from a Web browser. read more...
permapage | score:9752 | -finid, August 21, 2013

I quit using Linux because…

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Once in a while, a prominent or not so prominent member of the Linux community makes a switch – for one reason or the other – to another operating system, usually to Mac OS X. The latest is Denis Koryavov, the former GUI Development lead for ROSA Laboratory, a Linux software solutions provider based in Russia and the publisher of ROSA Linux. read more...
permapage | score:9745 | -finid, August 13, 2013

Tahoe Least-Authority File System for secure, distributed data storage

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The second part is the Tahoe-LAFS gateway, which can be the same computer where the LAFS client is installed on or an intermediary computer between the client and the storage servers. The third and final part are, of course, the storage servers. read more...
permapage | score:9742 | -finid, August 30, 2013

Ubuntu Edge: Is there life after an unsuccessful crowd-funding campaign?

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The Indiegogo campaign was overly ambitious and missed its target by more than US$19 million. However, it also set the record for the most money raised from a crowd-funding campaign. read more...
permapage | score:9737 | -finid, August 27, 2013

ROSA Desktop Fresh R1: For advanced users, but even better for new users

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So when an email arrived in my Inbox from the developers announcing ROSA Desktop Fresh R1, describing it as a new name distribution “based on the ROSA Fresh platform,” and that it is “targeted at advanced users and enthusiasts who will appreciate rich functionality and freshness of distribution components without serious loss of quality,” I thought, that should be an interesting distribution. read more...
permapage | score:9734 | -finid, June 8, 2013

Usability, user-friendliness and the Linux desktop

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He makes a somewhat valid point, but he’s attempting to draw a hard boundary between usability and user-friendliness, forgetting that one derives from the other. If you build a “usable” system, people will tend to say that it is “user-friendly,” regardless of the technical capabilities of the users. read more...
permapage | score:9727 | -finid, September 6, 2013

Plasma Media Center 1.1 and digiKam 3.3

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In terms of features, Plasma Media Center (PMC) is not yet at the level of XBMC, but it looks really nice and appears to have a lighter footprint than XBMC. The keyword here is “appears,” because when I checked the memory used for just running, without any activity, PMC uses almost twice as much memory as XBMC. read more...
permapage | score:9718 | -finid, August 26, 2013
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