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Linux Mint 9 review

[caption id="attachment_226" align="alignright" width="104" caption=" "]Linux Mint[/caption]Mint 9, aka Isadora, is the latest update to the desktop-focused, Linux distribution based on Ubuntu (10.04). It is one of the more exciting desktop distributions, with a nice selection of custom-developed graphical management utilities. Because it is based on and closely tied to Ubuntu, Linux Mint versions are always released after Ubuntu has been released, usually about one month after. With this review, I hope to highlight some of the good and not so good features of Isadora. ...
Resolution

Ubuntu 10.04 review

UbuntuWe are in the middle of another release cycle. Folks in the community are updating their systems, and demoing distributions that hold promise. Should Ubuntu 10.04, Lucid Lynx, be on your demo list? I can't answer that for you. The best I can do to help you decide, is present to you a list of features that should make you smile and also ones I think will not be good for your blood pressure. Before we get into the meaty stuff, a quick note about applications pre-installed on Ubuntu 10.04: Aside from a pair of applications, the rest are what you'll find on previous releases. The pair I'm referring to is Simple Scan and Pitivi. Simple Scan is a document scanner and Pitivi is a video editor. Both are excellent tools. If you are reading about Ubuntu for the first time, here's a list of the most important applications installed by default: ...
ClearOS

ClearOS 5.1 review

ClearOSClearOS is a network and gateway server distribution derived from RedHat and CentOS. Formerly known as Clark Connect, it is developed and maintained by the Clear Foundation, an IT solutions provider based in Wellington, New Zealand. Installation: ClearOS is designed to be installed to a hard disk. The installation program is ncurses based and offers two installation modes - Gateway or Standalone. In Standalone mode, ClearOS may be installed with or without the firewall module. Support is available for LVM (ClearOS lacks support for LVM) and software RAID configuration. By default, the installer uses a non-LVM disk partitioning scheme, creating just two partitions - one of about 76 MB for the /boot partition, and the other for the main partition. Ext3 is the only journaling filesystem available. ...
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Vine Linux 5.1 review

Vine Linux Vine Linux is a Japanese, RPM-based, multi-purpose distribution. It is developed and maintained by Vinecaves, and it's based on an earlier version of Fedora. It is one of those distributions that excludes non-free (proprietary) applications from its default installation. Unlike similar distributions, however, it has developed a smart method to make installing non-free applications very easy. This is a review of version 5.1, which was released last week. This also marks the first listing of Vine Linux on this site. Installation - Vine Linux uses the Anaconda installation program. The installation process is very similar to that of older versions of Fedora. There is support for setting up RAID and LVM. LVM is the default disk partitioning scheme, with ext3 as the default journaling file system. Actually, ext3 is the only journaling file system supported. GRUB Legacy (version 0.97) is the only bootloader option. ...
Exaile

PC-BSD 8 review

PC-BSDPC-BSD is a FreeBSD-based desktop distribution, with KDE as the default desktop environment. It is the most actively developed of the BSD, desktop distributions listed on this site. This review is of PC-BSD 8, the latest stable edition, which was released earlier this week. Installation - PC-BSD 8 sports a redesigned graphical installation program. It is one of the better graphical installation programs available on any distribution - Linux or BSD. It features a very clean and intuitive interface. Aside from providing a means to install a complete desktop system, the installer also allows for the installation of a FreeBSD server. ...
YALI

Pardus 2009.1 review

Pardus is a Linux, desktop-oriented operating system developed by Onur Küçük and his team from Turkey. At a time when nearly every new Linux distro is based on or derived from Ubuntu, Pardus is a rarity. It is an original, not based on or derived from any other distro. As such, its package manager and graphical management tools are custom-developed. This article is a review of Pardus 2009.1, the latest stable release. Installation YALI (Yet Another Linux Installer), is the graphical installation program for Pardus. It's a very basic installation program, lacking support for setting up LVM, RAID, and disk encryption. Unlike other Linux operating systems, Pardus only allows for the creation of four partitions. Aside from the main system partition, you may also create a: ...
Linux Mint 8 desktop

Linux Mint 8 review

[caption id="attachment_226" align="alignright" width="104" caption=" "][/caption]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. ...
Simply Linux

Simply Linux 5 review

Simply Linux is the Xfce-based distro from the same team that publishes ALT Linux. It is optimized for usage on the desktop. The major distinctions between Simply Linux 5 and ALT Linux 5 Ark Desktop are mostly limited to those between Xfce and GNOME desktop environments. I think it would make more sense to call this distribution ALT Linux 5 Ark Xfce, but I'm not a distro developer. I just review them. Calliing it Simply Linux creates the impression that it is a completely different distro, when it is in fact the Xfce version of ALT Linux 5 Ark. ...
ALTLinux

ALT Linux 5 Ark desktop review

ALT Linux is an APT-ified, RPM-based distribution developed and maintained by the ALT Linux Team (ALT is recursive for ALT Linux Team). It was originally based on Mandrake (now Mandriva) Linux. There are two main development branches, "ALT Linux 5.0 Ark, a suite designed for making integrated solutions, and ALT Linux 5.0 School, a suite that is targeted at secondary and high schools." Within the ALT Linux 5.0 Ark branch, there is a desktop version, and a server version. This review is of ALT Linux 5.0 Ark desktop. ...
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Fedora 12 review

FedoraFedora 12 is the latest major update to Fedora, the Linux distribution that counts RedHat as a major sponsor. Fedora is Free Software and as a consequence, it is not one of those distros that we expect to "just work" out of the box. So if you are new to Fedora, don't expect the same user-friendliness that you'll get with distros like Pardus, Hymera Open and Mandriva One (or even Mandriva Free). It is, however, still a decent distro. How decent? Continue reading to find out. As is the custom here, we always start with the installer. ...