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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 […]

Antergos 2014.05.26 review – Cinnamon, GNOME 3 and KDE desktops

Antergos 2014.05.26 review – Cinnamon, GNOME 3 and KDE desktops

This article is a review of the latest edition of Antergos – Antergos 2014.05.26, a desktop distribution based on Arch Linux. Like Manjaro, another Arch Linux-based desktop distribution, it is a relatively young distribution, and like its parent distribution, is a rolling release distribution. A rolling release distribution is an install-once-update-forever distribution. That is, once a system is installed, there’s […]

OpenMandriva Lx 2014 review

OpenMandriva Lx 2014 review

OpenMandriva Lx 2014 is the latest edition of OpenMandriva, a desktop Linux distribution derived from Mandriva Linux. It is one of the distributions that rose out of the ashes of Mandriva Linux; the other being Mageia, and, to some extent, ROSA Desktop. OpenMandriva Lx 2014 is the distribution’s second, stable release. The previous one was OpenMandriva Lx 2013 (see OpenMandriva […]

Kali Linux 1.0.7 review

Kali Linux 1.0.7 review

The latest update to Kali Linux was released a few days ago. Kali Linux 1.0.7 review is a summary review of the main features of this latest upgrade to the security distribution from Offensive Security, a security and penetration training outfit based somewhere on this third rock from the Sun. The main feature introduced in Kali Linux 1.0.7 is the […]

ROSA Desktop Fresh R3 review

ROSA Desktop Fresh R3 review

ROSA Desktop Fresh R3 is the latest edition of the Mandriva-derived Linux distribution from ROSA Laboratories, a Linux software solutions provider based in Moscow, Russia. This is one of my favorite desktop distributions because the developers are actually creating original applications and system utilities designed to make the desktop easy and fun to use. The KDE edition, which is the […]

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 […]