Category: Chakra

Chakra 2013.02 Benz review

Chakra 2013.02 Benz review

Chakra 2013.02 Benz released. No new features implemented in Tribe, the graphical installation program, Kapudan, the first boot program, gets new features. Chakra is a desktop distribution forked from Arch Linux. Like Arch Linux, it is a rolling-release distribution, which means once you install it in your computer, you never need to reinstall when a new version comes along – […]

Chakra Linux 2013.02-Benz preview

Chakra Linux 2013.02-Benz preview

Chakra is a desktop distribution forked from Arch Linux. Not too long ago, it was one of my favorite desktop distributions, even made my list of the Top 6 KDE distributions in 2011. But problems with its graphical package manager, and the fact that latest releases do not even have one, has seen it drop off my list, at least […]

Chakra 2012.08 review

Chakra 2012.08 review

Chakra 2012.08 review, code-named Claire, is the latest stable release of Chakra Linux, a semi-rolling release, desktop-centric, Linux distribution forked from Arch Linux. Chakra uses the K Desktop Environment (KDE) exclusively, so it is no surprise then that Chakra 2012.08 was named after Claire Lotion, a popular figure in the KDE community who passed away recently. As the name suggests, […]

Every distribution should have its own Kapudan

Every distribution should have its own Kapudan

When I review a distribution, I am always looking at it from the perspective of a new user, one not intimately familiar with Linux and how its various graphical interfaces work. So I tend to rate them based on how easy they make it easy for that new user to use the system without needing to consult a documentation. And […]

Chakra Linux 2012.08 preview

Chakra Linux 2012.08 preview

Chakra Linux is a desktop distribution forked from Arch Linux. It uses the K Desktop Environment as its primary and only officially-supported desktop environment. Last year, it made the list of my top distributions that use KDE, but my opinion of it went downhill – somewhat, after that article was published. Main reason was the issue surrounding the distribution’s graphical […]

How to custmize KDE’s window titlebar buttons

How to custmize KDE’s window titlebar buttons

If you are using the latest KDE edition of your favorite distribution, your window titlebar could be missing a button or two that you most certainly need. That is definitely the case on Sabayon 9 KDE, a review of which should be published later today. The titlebar could also be sporting spacers that you do not need, as is the […]

Updating Chakra Archimedes

Updating Chakra Archimedes

Chakra is a desktop Linux distribution forked from Arch Linux. It is a “pure” KDE-based distribution, with a facility to run GTK applications through a Bundle System. The latest edition is Chakra Archimedes, and being a semi-rolling or half-rolling release distribution, Chakra does not need to be reinstalled when new updates become available. (Chakra) Archimedes was first released in February […]

Chakra Archimedes-2012.04 review

Chakra Archimedes-2012.04 review

Chakra Archimedes-2012.04, the second iteration of the latest stable edition of Chakra, a desktop Linux distribution forked from Arch Linux, was released just this week. April 16 to be exact. The first stable edition of Archimedes was released back in February this year. You may read the review at Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.02 Archimedes review. Aside from the usual kernel and […]

Replace Oxygen with ROSA theme on any KDE-powered distribution

Replace Oxygen with ROSA theme on any KDE-powered distribution

I like beautiful graphics, but beauty, as they say, is in the eyes of the beholder, so what I consider beautiful, might not be that to you. So when I say the icons that come with the Oxygen theme on the K Desktop Environment are not very visually appealing, do not get mad if you do not agree. After all, […]

How to dual-boot Windows 7 and Chakra Linux Archimedes, with shared NTFS partition at the end

How to dual-boot Windows 7 and Chakra Linux Archimedes, with shared NTFS partition at the end

The first article on dual-booting Windows 7 and Chakra Linux, involved Chakra Edn, the edition of Chakra with BURG as the boot loader (see How to dual-boot Chakra Linux Edn and Windows 7, part 1). In Chakra Archimedes, the current edition, the boot loader was switched to GRUB 2, the default boot loader used by virtually all Linux distributions. That […]

Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.02 Archimedes review

Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.02 Archimedes review

Chakra is a desktop-centric, Linux distribution that was derived from Arch Linux, but is now a fork of that distribution. Unlike Arch Linux, which supports several desktop environments, Chakra is a KDE-only distribution. The latest edition, Chakra 2012.02, code-named Archimedes, was released on February 12. Since there is very little difference, other than changes in software and kernel versions, between […]

How to dual-boot Chakra Linux Edn and Windows 7, part 1

How to dual-boot Chakra Linux Edn and Windows 7, part 1

Editor: An more detailed, comprehensive and updated version of this tutorial has been published. If you have been expecting “Part 2″, sorry, that has been shelved. You may read it at How to dual-boot Windows 7 and Chakra Linux Archimedes, with shared NTFS partition at the end. Chakra Linux is one of the most promising desktop distributions of 2011. It […]

Chakra GNU/Linux Edn 2011.12 review

Chakra GNU/Linux Edn 2011.12 review

Chakra Edn 2011.12 is the third and final edition of the Chakra Edn line of Chakra, a desktop GNU/Linux distribution based on Arch Linux. The first two editions were Chakra Edn 2011.09 and Chakra Edn 2011.11 (see Chakra Edn 2011.11 review). I always like to start my reviews by providing information about the installer and installation process of the distribution […]

Chakra Edn 2011.11 review

Chakra Edn 2011.11 review

Chakra Edn 2011.11 is the second maintenance release of the relatively new desktop Linux distribution with some ties to Arch Linux. The first review of Chakra on this website was of Chakra Aida 2011.04. With this release, there is a DVD and a CD installation image. The CD image contains very few applications, while the DVD image is relatively loaded. […]

How to customize Chakra 2011.11

How to customize Chakra 2011.11

Chakra 2011.11 is the second maintenance release of Chakra Linux, a KDE (desktop) distribution originally derived from Arch Linux. A detailed review of it will be published later tonight. While we await that publication, this article gives some customization tips. And there is much to customize because a new installation of Chakra 2011.11 is like bringing something home from IKEA. […]

Create and manage user accounts in Chakra Linux 2011.11

Create and manage user accounts in Chakra Linux 2011.11

Chakra 2011.11 is the second maintenance release of Chakra Edn, a KDE distribution that was originally based on Arch Linux, but is now an independent distribution (a fork). This release is powered by KDE 4.7.3, the very latest version of the popular desktop environment. In previous versions of KDE, there was a “Users and Groups” management application in Systems Settings, […]

GPT disk partitioning guide for Chakra 2011.4

GPT disk partitioning guide for Chakra 2011.4

GPT is an alternate disk partition table scheme that solves two issues associated with the MBR partition table scheme. It allows the configuration of more than four primary partitions, the maximum supported by MBR, and it also supports disk partitions of more than 2 TB. Chakra, an Arch Linux-based distribution, is the only Linux distribution reviewed on this site that […]

Chakra GNU/Linux review

Chakra GNU/Linux review

Chakra is a Linux distribution based on Arch Linux. It evolved from a hobby project to what is now, from my initial assessment, a very solid desktop distribution with features not yet available on established Linux distributions. The developers warn that, “This is alpha software, it could eat your hamsters.” It did not eat my hamster, but the time I […]