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Ultimate Edition 3.9 Linux Distro Is a Complete Mess

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The previous version of Ultimate Edition was a more down-to-earth variant that came up with some interesting features. It was one of the few distros out there that chose to keep Unity as a desktop environment, but the current version is a complete mess.

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Hands-on with AVLinux: Crammed with multimedia goodies

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The really interesting and important thing about the AVLinux distribution, of course, is the Multimedia capability included in it. The Audio menu is shown to the right, above. Well, at least part of it is; it has so much in this category that it doesn't even fit on one screen! Audio players, mixers, editors, synthesizers, analyzers, and pretty much anything and everything you can think of in this category are included.

This is where AVLinux really shines, and where Linux in general really shines in my opinion. Almost all of these are FOSS projects, and the few which are not at least include DEMO versions of their licensed products (Mixbus, Pianoteq and Renoise).

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Leftovers: Screenshots

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K3B 2.0.2 Review ‒ Why KDE Should Have All the Fun with Writing CDs and DVDs

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The CD and DVD era is coming to an end and developers don't really bother to innovate when it comes to applications that deal with this media. There are quite a few apps that are capable of writing to DVDs available for the Linux platform, and K3B is one of the best.

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GNOME 3.12: Pixel perfect ... but homeless

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Review When the GNOME 3.x desktop arrived it was, frankly, unusable. It wasn't so much the radical departure from past desktop environments, as the fact that essential things did not work properly or, more frustratingly, had been deemed unnecessary.

Fast-forward three years and while GNOME 3.12 – released Wednesday – still isn't the infinitely customisable experience of GNOME 2.x, not only has the GNOME Shell progressed by leaps and bounds but it now makes for a stable, productive desktop environment.

One of the great things about releasing early and often is that eventually things improve; sometimes things improve so slowly you hardly notice it until a release like GNOME 3.12 rolls around, but they improve nonetheless.

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Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr Final Beta Available For Download [Video, Screenshots]

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Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr final beta may not be stable yet, but many (myself included) find it very stable already. That said, this is still beta software, so it's not recommended to install it on production machines!

If you've installed an Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr daily build and you've updated the packages through Software Updater, you already have Trusty fiinal beta, so there's no need to reinstall it.

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Yotaphone review

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YOTA DEVICES launched its Yotaphone handset at Mobile World Congress in February, the first smartphone to arrive in Blighty featuring an always-on e-ink display on its rear. The secondary screen remains on constantly, but Yota Devices claims that it uses power only when it refreshes, so the handset will outlast the average smartphone battery.

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Gnome 3.12 review – work Ubuntu could have benefited from

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In a nutshell, I think Gnome teams have done an incredible job with 3.12 and created a desktop which is extremely simple, extremely secure and privacy respecting compared to Unity, and doesn’t need any learning curve. If there are free software advocates who want to convert Windows XP users to GNU/Linux, Gnome’s ease of use will certainly help.

What amazes me the most about Free Software and GNU/Linux is that there is always something for everyone. At one hand, you have KDE Software which is extremely polished, and mature – which can be customized to your very needs. It’s more or less like customizing your own Harley Davidson; on the other hand you have something as simple, secure and elegant as Gnome which doesn’t require any work and offers a very easy PC experience.

Since both these heavyweights of the free software world have matured enough you can now sit back and enjoy. I never miss either because I have them both installed on my openSUSE/Arch side by side.

Why to make compromise when you can have the best of both words!

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GNOME 3.12 Released - See What`s New [Video, Screenshots]

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GNOME 3.12 was released today and it includes some important changes such as proper HiDPI support, improved Wayland support, various enhancements for the core GNOME applications as well as 3 new preview applications.

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Trying Out The Latest Wayland Linux Desktops With RBOS

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With last weekend marking an update to the most commonly used Wayland Live CD, I decided to try it out and the different desktop environments that it ships using all the latest code, including the latest development code of Wayland/Weston and the various tool-kits.

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Review: Linux Mint MATE 201403

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It's been a while since I've done a review. In fact, it's been a while since I've posted in any form, because this semester has turned out to be a lot busier than I anticipated. It likely will remain so until it ends; the only reason why I can post a review right now is because of spring break, and even that has been busy for me. Anyway, I initially wanted to do a review of Frugalware because it looked intriguing, but I couldn't get the live USB to work. I'm reviewing this (which I had planned for later) instead. If you've passed by this blog, you've probably already seen my thoughts on Linux Mint, so I'll skip the introduction. I tried this updated ISO file as a live USB made with MultiSystem. Follow the jump to see what it's like. There isn't too much that has changed since last year, so I will simply link the review from then, point out any changes, and put out any other thoughts that occur to me about this.

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Android-x86 Just Might Make a Good Linux Desktop Alternative

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Could it eventually replace a Microsoft Windows, a desktop Linux distribution or the Mac OS X? Maybe! A desktop or laptop running a more polished version of Android-x86 KitKat software easily could cash in on mobile Android's popularity and become an Android distro for PCs, said Nubo Software CTO Ron Munitz. After all, Android is Linux. It's based on the Linux kernel.

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Multiboot Laptop Update

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When I bought the ZaReason Strata Laptop, I asked them to pre-load Mageia 4 to it. However, I knew that I was going to add more distros to the hard drive as soon as I can, to make it feel like the pentaboot HP Pavilion that died on me.

To begin, I wiped the original install and re-installed Mageia. Then, I tried to put PCLinuxOS into the hard drive, but the distro had problems with the display. As I could not achieve a decent display, I decided to do some research and try with PCLinuxOS later.

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Hands-on: My new laptop and two more Linux flavours

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Absolutely everything in it works with Linux, with the caveat that at least for the moment, you have to create a one-line file to get the wireless networking. All of the auxiliary functions work as well, such as Suspend/Resume and the Fn-keys for Sleep, Display Brightness up/down/off, and Volume up/down/off (mute).

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Nixed, Seniors, and Networking Basics

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While perusing the news this evening I saw a review on NixOS 13.10 by Jesse Smith. Sandra Henry-Stocker wrote a tutorial on "networking basics for the beginner." LinuxInsider's blog safari targeted buzz on "Linux for the senior set" and Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reports OpenStack's top operating system is Ubuntu. Finally, a new Debian Project News was posted.

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Debian, Mint (LMDE), SolydX and Tanglu, compared and contrasted

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When I wrote about the Linux Mint Debian Edition Release Candidate last week, I promised to look at it in more detail when the final release was made.

Someone then suggested that I compare LMDE to the new Tanglu distribution (thanks for that), and that sounded like a good idea to me. But I'm not one to do things in a small scale, and to be honest I have been really interested in and pleased by the SolydXK distributions since I wrote about them last December and again in January.

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Peppermint 4 - Turns a netbook into a Chromebook

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As you may or may not know, I have recently acquired a HP Chromebook and my first article about the Chromebook looked at whether it was possible to run another operating system alongside ChromeOS.

Today I am taking a look at Peppermint 4. Peppermint 4 is designed as a hybrid operating system aimed at cloud computing and also average ordinary everyday home use.

I last reviewed Peppermint Linux in August 2012 (Peppermint 3) and my overall impression then was positive. In this review I will review Peppermint Linux from scratch and I will also look at what has changed since version 3 to show how Peppermint has moved on.

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Leftovers: Screenshots

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Peppermint 4 – An OS for everyone? & The Probem of Linux Advocacy

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When I’m introducing someone to Linux, I don’t believe the “all or nothing” approach works, so if you are new to Linux and would like to see the benefits it can offer you, download and burn onto disk the latest version of Peppermint and follow these steps.

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