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CAINE 3.0 review

CAINE 3.0 review

CAINE, acronym for Computer Aided INvestigative Environment, is a Linux distribution specially crafted for performing computer (digital) forensics. It started life as the graduate thesis of Giancarlo Giustini at the Information Engineering Department of the University of Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy. It is now a project of Digital Forensics for Inter-department Center for Research on Security (CRIS) at the […]

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, […]

Pear Linux 5 review

Pear Linux 5 review

Pear Linux is a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu, but unlike its parent distribution, which uses the Unity desktop interface, Pear Linux features a modified GNOME Shell called Pear Shell decked out to look like a MacOS X desktop. Not that it is a succeeded, but it is good attempt. Apple has nothing to worry about. The latest edition is […]

Linux Deepin 12.06 review

Linux Deepin 12.06 review

Linux Deepin is a distribution derived from Ubuntu Desktop. The latest edition, Linux Deepin 12.06, which is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, was released on July 17, That means it was released later than expected, as the version number clearly indicates that the release date should have been in June, not July. But that is a minor issue. Better released […]

Sabayon 9 KDE review

Sabayon 9 KDE review

Sabayon 9 is the latest edition of Sabayon, a multi-purpose distribution based on Gentoo Linux. It is a rolling distribution, which means that existing users do not have to reinstall to get the latest edition. The simple act of installing updates and upgrading the kernel gives those users the latest and greatest edition. The Sabayon projects supports all the popular […]

ROSA 2012 LXDE review

ROSA 2012 LXDE review

ROSA 2012 LXDE is the stable release of a desktop edition of ROSA Linux which uses the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment. ROSA Linux is published by ROSA Laboratory, a Linux solutions provider based in Moscow, Russia. ROSA 2012 LXDE is the company’s second stable release this year. The first was ROSA Marathon 2012, which uses the K Desktop Environment (KDE), […]

Fedora 17 KDE review

Fedora 17 KDE review

Fedora 17, code-named Beefy Miracle, is the latest release of Fedora, a Linux distribution sponsored by Red Hat, Inc. Though the main edition uses the GNOME 3 desktop environment, the Fedora Project offer Spins that use other major desktop environments. So aside from the main edition, there are Spins that use KDE, LXDE and Xfce. And besides the Spins for […]

Linux Mint 13 MATE/Cinnamon review

Linux Mint 13 MATE/Cinnamon review

Linux Mint 13 MATE and Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon are the latest releases of the main line distribution of Linux Mint, the desktop-centric distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop. MATE is a desktop environment forked from GNOME 2, while Cinnamon is a fork of GNOME (3) Shell. Both desktop environments aim to satisfy users who refuse to let go of old […]

Mageia 2 review

Mageia 2 review

Mageia 2, the second edition of the Linux distribution forked from Mandriva Linux, was released late last month, May 22 to be exact. Made available for download, were Live CD installation images for KDE and GNOME 3, and other ISO installation media that allows you to install desktop environments and window managers other than KDE and GNOME 3. The other […]

ROSA Marathon 2012 review

ROSA Marathon 2012 review

ROSA Marathon is a Linux distribution derived from Mandriva Desktop 2011 and ROSA Desktop 2011. It is developed by ROSA Laboratory, a Linux solutions provider based in Moscow, Russia. The company publishes two lines of Linux distributions. There is ROSA Marathon and ROSA Desktop. According to the Release Notes, ROSA Marathon is designed for enterprise, SMB and SOHO users who […]

Linux Mint Debian 201204 Xfce review

Linux Mint Debian 201204 Xfce review

Linux Mint Debian is the line of desktop distributions from the developers of Linux Mint that is based on Debian. For the record, Linux Mint Debian is different from Linux Mint, which is based on Ubuntu Desktop. The very latest edition, Linux Mint Debian 201204, was released on April 24. Installation images for 32- and 64-bit platforms for the Xfce […]

Linux Mint Debian 201204 MATE/Cinnamon review

Linux Mint Debian 201204 MATE/Cinnamon review

Linux Mint Debian 201204 MATE/Cinnamon is the latest edition of Linux Mint Debian, a desktop distribution based on Debian. It offers a choice of two GNOME-based desktop environments – MATE and Cinnamon. MATE is a fork of GNOME 2, while Cinnamon is an attempt to bring sanity to GNOME 3, to make it look like something designed for use on […]

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 […]

ROSA Desktop 2012 beta review

ROSA Desktop 2012 beta review

ROSA Desktop is a Linux distribution derived from Mandriva Desktop and developed by ROSA, a technology outfit based in Moscow, The Russian Federation. ROSA Desktop 2012 beta is the first pre-release edition of what will become ROSA Desktop 2012. It is supposed to be a Long Term Support (LTS) edition, with a 5-year support period. Given that the status of […]

Pear Linux Comice OS 4 review

Pear Linux Comice OS 4 review

Judging from traffic that recent articles about Pear Linux has been generating, it looks like the community is still searching for a user-friendly desktop distribution that uses the GNOME 3 desktop environment. For those not familiar with the discussion surrounding GNOME 3, a “user-friendly” GNOME 3 desktop is one that has been heavily modified to make it more like a […]

Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7 review

Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7 review

Linpus Lite is a Linux distribution published by Linpus Technologies, Inc., a Linux software solutions provider based in Taiwan. Linpus Lite Desktop is, as the name implies, the version designed for traditional desktop computing. Aside from that, the company also publishes other editions (for example, Linpus Lite Android Edition and Linpus Lite PCTV), but those are for OEMs and ODMs […]

Linux Deepin 11.12.1 review

Linux Deepin 11.12.1 review

Linux Deepin is a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu Desktop, but using a modifed GNOME 3 shell, not Ubuntu’s Unity desktop. It was founded by Liu Wenhuan, who is also a co-founder of Wuhan Linux User Group (LUG), a LUG in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, China. Linux Deepin is the third distribution reviewed on this website that makes […]

SalineOS 1.6 review

SalineOS 1.6 review

SalineOS is a desktop Linux distribution based on Debian and uses the Xfce desktop environment. The first version reviewed on this website was SalineOS 1.1, and that was back in February 2011 (see SalineOS 1.1 review) . There has been several versions published since then – SalineOS 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 and 1.5. This article is a review of the latest […]

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 […]

Pear Linux Comice OS 4 beta 1 review

Pear Linux Comice OS 4 beta 1 review

Back on December 17 2011, I published a review of a new Linux distribution named Pear Linux OS Panther 3 (see Pear OS Linux Panther 3 review). It is based on Ubuntu Desktop and has a desktop interface fashioned after Apple’s Mac OS X. It had its faults, but it was a refreshing take on the Linux desktop, especially for […]