Category: reviews

Elementary OS Freya 0.3 review

Elementary OS Freya 0.3 review

Elementary OS is a Linux desktop distribution that’s being primed as a “fast and open replacement for Windows and OS X.” It’s safe to say that that’s the goal of every Linux distribution. Some distributions have, to a large extent, succeeded, while some are partially or completely misguided. Elementary OS, even though it’s still just at version 0.3, belongs to […]

Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 Cinnamon review

Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 Cinnamon review

Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) is a desktop distribution that’s based on Debian. It’s from the same folks responsible for Linux Mint, which is based on Ubuntu Desktop. The latest edition, Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 (LMDE 2), code-named Betsy, was released on April 10 (2015). Upgrading from LMDE 1 to 2 is not yet supported, but that should change […]

Semplice 7 review

Semplice 7 review

This is a review of the latest edition of Semplice, a desktop distribution based on the unstable branch of Debian. Before this review, Semplice 5 was the previous edition last reviewed on this website. See Semplice 5 review – High Hopes. Where Semplice 5 featured a custom graphical installer and the Openbox window manager, Semplice 7 still featues the same […]

Deepin 2014.2 review

Deepin 2014.2 review

Deepin 2014 was a major release of Deepin (formerly Linux Deepin), a desktop distribution developed by some good folks in China. Though based on Ubuntu Desktop, the distribution features a custom desktop environment instead of the Unity Desktop of its parent distribution. That desktop environment, which is called Deepin Desktop Environment, is what gives the distribution a very unique look […]

PC-BSD 10.1.1 Cinnamon review

PC-BSD 10.1.1 Cinnamon review

The last PC-BSD release I reviewed was PC-BSD 10.1. And that was actually just late last year. You may read that review at PC-BSD 10.1 review. It was the worst edition of any distribution I have even reviewed. An installation of the Cinnamon desktop, which shipped with Cinnamon 2.2, was especially bad. Out of the box, it was unusable. When […]

PC-BSD 10.1 review

PC-BSD 10.1 review

The last PC-BSD release I reviewed was the 9.1 edition, and that was back in December 2012 (see PC-BSD 9.1 preview). That’s almost two years ago, But that’s because I’ve been very disappointed with subsequent releases after that, so I never bothered to write another review, though I was each testing each release privately. When the first 10.0 edition was […]

Kubuntu 14.10 review

Kubuntu 14.10 review

The last time I reviewed a Kubuntu release was back in November 2011 and that was Kubuntu 11.10 (see Kubuntu 11.10 review). For a Linux distribution that I track, that’s a long time without a review. But I remember losing interest in this distribution because I didn’t think the developers were bringing anything new to the table. Not that I […]

Pisi Linux 1.1 review

Pisi Linux 1.1 review

Pisi is a desktop Linux distribution forked from the old Pardus, a distribution that was developed by the Turkish National Research Institute of Electronics and Cryptology (UEKAE), an arm of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK). The old Pardus was an original distribution. Original, because it, unlike most distributions, was not based on another distribution. Examples of […]

Ubuntu 14.10 review

Ubuntu 14.10 review

I haven’t done a review of Ubuntu in a while, so the release of Ubuntu 14.10 last week game me a good excuse to do just that. Code-named Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.10 is the last Ubuntu release this year. There are two releases per year and Ubuntu 14.04, code-named Trusty Tahr, was the first 2014 release of the popular desktop […]

CAINE 6 “Dark Matter” review

CAINE 6 “Dark Matter” review

CAINE 6 is the latest edition of CAINE, a Linux distribution designed for digital forensics. It is based on Ubuntu and this latest edition is based on Ubuntu 14.04. CAINE is an acronym for Computer-Aided INvestigative Environment. CAINE 6 uses an installation application called systemback and is the first CAINE installer that I could not use. No matter where I […]

ROSA Desktop Fresh R4 KDE review

ROSA Desktop Fresh R4 KDE review

ROSA Desktop Fresh R4 is the latest edition of the bleeding-edge edition of ROSA Desktop, a Linux desktop distribution from ROSA Laboratory, a Linux software solutions provider based in Moscow, Russia. For new users, it is one of the better designed KDE desktop distributions, with a few features you won’t find on mainstream KDE desktops. However, my experience with this […]

Netrunner Rolling 2014.09 review

Netrunner Rolling 2014.09 review

Netrunner Rolling is a variant of Netrunner that’s based on Manjaro, a Linux desktop distribution which itself is based on Arch Linux. Hence the rolling in its name. The other variant of Netrunner – Netrunner Standard, is based on Kubuntu, which in turn is based on Ubuntu. Though they are all Linux distributions, Netrunner Rolling uses the pacman package management […]

OpenMandriva 2014.1 review

OpenMandriva 2014.1 review

OpenMandriva Lx 2014.1 is the latest edition of OpenMandriva, a desktop distribution derived from the old Mandriva Linux. Though OpenMandriva Lx 2014.1 is a minor update to OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0, which was released back in June (2014), it comes with some significant changes, including, according to the Release Notes, support for booting on computers with UEFI firmware. To quote from […]

elementary OS Freya beta review

elementary OS Freya beta review

elementary OS (yep, it’s spelled with a lowercase “e”) is a Ubuntu-based desktop distribution that’s been under development for quite a while now. The first article about it on this website was back in November of 2012 (elementary OS Luna preview). After the Luna edition, the next developmental edition was christened Isis, after an ancient Egyptian deity. But the name […]

OpenMediaVault 1.0 review

OpenMediaVault 1.0 review

OpenMediaVault is a NAS/SAN Linux distribution that I first wrote about on this site back in January 2013. That was when the version 0.4.11 was released. The latest version, a milestone release, is OpenMediaVault 1.0. It is based on Debian 7 and uses that distribution’s ncurses installer, just like Ubuntu server. This is a distribution you want to use if […]

Deepin 2014 review

Deepin 2014 review

Deepin is a desktop distribution that’s based on Ubuntu Desktop. It used to be called Linux Deepin, but the new name is just Deepin. Deepin 2014, the latest version, which was released about two weeks ago, uses a custom desktop environment called Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE). And it is the first version that shipped with the second edition of that […]