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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 […]

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 […]