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Linpus Lite 2.1 review

Linpus Lite 2.1 review

Linpus Lite 2.1 review is a review of the latest release of Linpus Lite, a desktop distribution based on Fedora. The distribution is published by Linpus Technologies, Inc., a Linux/Android software solutions outfit based in Taiwan. This is about the only Linux provider that does not have a defined release schedule. Whether that’s a good or bad practice is not […]

Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 201403 review

Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 201403 review

Linux Mint Debian Edition 201403 review presents a review of the latest release of Linux Mint Debian, a distribution from the developers of Linux Mint. As its name suggests, Linux Mint Debian is based on Debian (Testing), so it’s not compatible with Linux Mint, which is based on Ubuntu Desktop. Only the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint Debian […]

Manjaro 0.8.9 review – KDE and Xfce desktops

Manjaro 0.8.9 review – KDE and Xfce desktops

Manjaro 0.8.9 review is a review of the latest KDE and Xfce editions of Manjaro, a desktop distribution based on Arch Linux. Manjaro is one of just a handful of desktop distributions that are trying to make all the goodness of Arch Linux available to new and seasoned users alike. It’s matching along with Antergos and Chakra Linux in this […]

BlankOn 9.0 review

BlankOn 9.0 review

BlankOn is a Linux distribution that’s based on Debian Testing. This article – BlankOn 9.0 review – presents a review of the latest release of the distribution. My first look at a BlankOn edition was BlankOn 8, which was back in August 2012 (see BlankOn 8 preview). So it’s been almost a year and a half between BlankOn 8 and […]

Android-x86 4.4 review – first Release Candidate

Android-x86 4.4 review – first Release Candidate

Android-x86 4.4 RC1 review is a review of the latest development release of Android-x86, a port of Android designed to run on computers powered by Intel and AMD x86 processors, including netbooks and laptops and all-in-ones. Given that major PC vendors now have (non-tablet) Android computers on the market, I think it is a good idea to have a version […]

Mageia 4 review – Cinnamon, GNOME 3, KDE and MATE desktops

Mageia 4 review – Cinnamon, GNOME 3, KDE and MATE desktops

Mageia 4 review features a review of the latest release of Mageia, A Linux distribution derived from Mandriva Linux. The project makes separate installation ISO images for the GNOME 3 and KDE desktop environments available for download. Support for other desktop environments – Cinnamon, Enlightenment (E17), LXDE, MATE, RazorQt and Xfce – are provided via the DVD installation and Network […]

ReactOS 0.3.16 review

ReactOS 0.3.16 review

(ReactOS review) ReactOS 0.3.16 review offers a cursory review of a development version (alpha release) of ReactOS – ReactOS 0.3.16. ReactOS is an Open Source operating system designed to be binary-compatible with Microsoft Windows operating systems built atop the Windows NT technology, like Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2012. Code and design-wise, that means the core has nothing […]

ROSA Desktop Fresh R2 GNOME review

ROSA Desktop Fresh R2 GNOME review

ROSA Desktop Fresh R2 GNOME review is a review of the latest edition of ROSA Desktop Fresh, a line of Linux distributions designed for end users. It is published by ROSA Laboratory, a Linux software solutions provider based in Moscow, Russia. Aside from the Fresh line of distributions, the company also publishes the Marathon line, which is designed for business […]

CAINE 5 review – Blackhole

CAINE 5 review – Blackhole

CAINE 5 review is a review of the latest edition of CAINE, a Linux distribution designed solely for digital forensics. This edition is code-named Blackhole. The distribution’s name is derived from Computer Aided INvestigative Environment, and it is an Italian GNU/Linux live distribution, whose development is headed by Nanni Bassetti. The goal of this distribution is to provide an interoperable […]

Linux Mint 16 “Petra” Cinnamon, KDE and MATE review

Linux Mint 16 “Petra” Cinnamon, KDE and MATE review

Linux Mint 16, code-named Petra, is the latest edition of the popular desktop edition that is based on Ubuntu Desktop. This edition is different from Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE), which is also from the Linux Mint project, but is based on Debian, not Ubuntu. The Linux Mint line of this distribution has support for the Cinnamon, KDE, MATE and […]

Siduction 2013.2 review

Siduction 2013.2 review

So the first distribution review of 2014 turns out to be that of a Linux distribution that I’ve never published any article about, one that I’ve never actually used. And that distribution is Siduction, a desktop distribution based on Debian Unstable branch. The latest release – Siduction 2013.2, features 32- and 64-bit variants of five desktop distributions – GNOME 3, […]

ROSA Desktop Fresh R2 KDE review

ROSA Desktop Fresh R2 KDE review

ROSA Desktop Fresh R2 is the latest update to ROSA Desktop Fresh, the end-user line of Linux distributions published by ROSA Laboratory, a Linux software solutions provider based in Moscow, Russia. Unlike ROSA Enterprise Desktop (formerly called ROSA Marathon), which is targeted at commercial or business users and features a Debian-style stable kernel and software, ROSA Desktop Fresh features the […]

Linux Deepin 2013 review

Linux Deepin 2013 review

Linux Deepin 2013 is the latest edition of Linux Deepin, a distribution that’s based on Ubuntu Desktop but uses the Depth Desktop Environment, a new desktop environment built atop GNOME 3 technologies. Linux Deepin is one of a handful of desktop distributions that are actually doing something different. It’s one of those desktop distributions to keep on your distro-hopping list. […]

OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0 review

OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0 review

OpenMandriva Lx 2013 is the first stable edition of OpenMandriva, a distribution that is a continuation of what used to be Mandriva Desktop. Like Mageia, it is a community distribution, with the look and feel of ROSA Desktop, another Mandriva-derived distribution. As a follow up to OpenMandriva Lx preview and 6 things to do after installing OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0, this […]

SolydXK SolydK 2013.11 review

SolydXK SolydK 2013.11 review

Time to take a look at a distribution that’s yet to be reviewed on this website. This time, the distribution is called SolydK. SolydK is the KDE edition of a line of distributions published by SolydXK, an outfit made up of an odd 4-man team. For home users they publish two distributions – SoldK and SolydX. The latter uses the […]

Antergos 2013.11.17 review

Antergos 2013.11.17 review

Antergos is a Linux distribution based on Arch Linux. Formerly known as Cinnarch, it is a relatively new project and is poised to do for Arch Linux what Ubuntu did for Debian. Like it’s parent distribution, it uses a rolling-release development model, which means that existing users do not have to reinstall to get the latest and greatest kernel and […]

Semplice 5 review – High Hopes

Semplice 5 review – High Hopes

Sometimes I come across a distribution that looks interesting and I want to see how good it is and whether it brings anything new to the table. That’s why I decided to take a quick look at Semplice, a desktop distribution based on the unstable branch of Debian. Its name is said to derive from “simple” and that the developers […]

Parsix 5.0 “Lombardo” review

Parsix 5.0 “Lombardo” review

Parsix is one of those desktop distributions that I had a lot of hope for back when I started reviewing distributions for this site. But since, Parsix 3.7 (see Parsix 3.7 review), which was released back in mid-August of 2011, I lost any interest in it. Why? Simple because I did not see any point in it. The distribution wasn’t […]

Elementary OS 0.2 “Luna” review

Elementary OS 0.2 “Luna” review

Elementary OS is a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop, and like many or most distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop, does not use the parent distribution’s Unity desktop. It also does not use the GNOME Shell either. Rather, it uses a custom desktop interface called Pantheon, which like the Depth Desktop Environment of Linux Deepin, is built atop GNOME 3 […]

Wifislax 4.6 review

Wifislax 4.6 review

Wifislax is a Slackware-based Linux distribution designed for wireless hacking and forensics. It’s not on the list of Pentesting, digital forensics, and hacking distributions that I published last week, but with this article, it just got added. Wifislack 4.6, the latest stable edition, was released on July 31 (2013). This is a Spanish distribution that’s made available for download as […]