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You need to check out the new OnePlus 5 before buying any other Android smartphone

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I would strongly consider the OnePlus 5 if I were in the market for an Android phone, but it's not an outright, clear-cut decision. That's because I prefer phones that get timely updates directly from Google, and only the Google Pixel fits that bill.

However, if you don't mind getting Android updates a little later, the OnePlus 5 is a clear winner for its price tag. Sure, you wouldn't get as many features as you would with the Galaxy S8, but most of those features seem expendable after using the OnePlus 5.

The OnePlus 5 has the features and performance that make a smartphone great, and I'd strongly recommend it to anyone and everyone.

You can preorder the OnePlus 5 now from OnePlus' website or buy it when it goes on sale on June 27.

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This is the latest phone from the company Android fans can't get enough of

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OnePlus announced the OnePlus 5 on Tuesday, and we've been trying it out for the last couple of weeks.

You might not have heard of OnePlus before. It's a company that hardcore Android enthusiasts love, because it sells high-end Android smartphones that cost hundreds of dollars less than phones like the Galaxy S8.

We think this phone has enough appeal to continue that momentum. Is it going to take considerable market share from Apple or Samsung? No, but this is a special phone for people who only want OnePlus products.

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Sony Xperia Touch Android projector Review

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The sunk cost fallacy dictates that the more someone has invested in a given thing, the less likely they are to give up on it, even when all rational thought would suggest otherwise. And while one would think a big corporation such as Sony wouldn’t fall victim to this phenomenon, what I have in front of me is a whizzing and buzzing proof this isn’t entirely the case.

The Sony Xperia Touch is, by all accounts, a device that shouldn’t have seen the light of day: it feels like a poorly thought-out, unfinished prototype, and its purpose seems to be unclear even to Sony itself. So the most likely answer to the question of why this device exists is that someone at the company thought: “We’ve poured that much money in this thing, might as well release it.”

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OnePlus 5 review—The best sub-$500 phone you can buy

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Smartphone companies don't seem to care about cultivating a true "lineup" of phones. If you aren't spending at least $650, most companies will offer you anonymous, second-rate devices that seem like they've had no thought put into them. With the death of the Nexus line and with Lenovo's continued bungling of Motorola, the "good but not $650" market is slimmer than ever. Enter the OnePlus 5, which continues the company's tradition of offering an all-business, high-end smartphone for a great price.

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Swimming with SharkLinux

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One project which caught my attention recently is SharkLinux, an Ubuntu-based distribution which claims to offer a number of interesting features. The distribution's website reports that SharkLinux is built on Ubuntu's 16.04 LTS release, but maintains a rolling release development cycle. SharkLinux ships with the MATE desktop and reportedly installs software updates automatically in the background. The project's website also mentions that users can perform administrator tasks using the sudo command with no password requirement and common package management commands have been aliased to easy to remember short-cuts.

This may seem like an unusual collection of features, or at least I thought so, but I believed I saw the potential in SharkLinux for a distribution I could give to less technical users. An operating system which automatically gets security updates, doesn't need to be re-installed and which does not prompt for a password when performing configuration tasks seemed like a good idea for less technical relatives.

I downloaded the 1.5GB ISO for SharkLinux and booted from it. The SharkLinux live disc brings up a MATE desktop with the application menu, task switcher and system tray placed at the bottom of the screen. The MATE wallpaper shows us a close up image of an open shark's mouth and the project's logo. An icon on the desktop can be used to launch the project's system installer. The default theme is mostly dark blue and grey, reminding me of the Windows desktop environments of the 1990s.

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Desktop: Star Labtop, Multiboot, Workstation Guide and Laptop Reviews

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  • Star Labtop: a new Linux laptop contender
  • [Older] Setting up my new notebook with seven types of Linux - and Windows 10

    A few months ago I bought an ASUS X540SA notebook, which I was quite pleased with as a low-priced system.

    The one thing about it that I was never really happy with was the 15.6-inch display, because the display size determines the overall system size (and indirectly the weight), and I prefer to carry smaller/lighter laptops in my backpack. In addition, the larger display consumes more power, thus shortening battery life. Despite that, though, I have been using that laptop quite a lot, and I've been very pleased with it.

    A week or so ago, I saw another very similar ASUS notebook on sale here in Switzerland at about the same price (CHF 300.-), but with a 14-inch display. Not only does that smaller display avoid my complaints about the larger X540S, but because it has the same resolution (1366x768) I think the display looks better on the smaller size.

    I wish that I could tell you for sure what the model number of the new system is, but I'm can't. I can say for sure that what is written on the box, and on the sticker on the bottom of the system, is R414SA. However, when I went to the ASUS website to verify the configuration, I couldn't find any mention of that model - or of any "R"-series model!

  • [Older] Ultra-Geek Linux Workstation Guide

    So I’ve gone a little overboard collecting notes about what seems to me to be an ideal Linux workstation for hackers. Everything from hardware to software. Thought I’d share it with you all because many of the items on the list were a surprise to me, and I think you’ll enjoy them. Feel free to write me and suggest even better ideas.

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  • [Older] Review: Galago Pro is a Linux laptop for professionals

    There used to be a time when buying a new laptop was a huge undertaking for a Linux user. It required a lot of pre-sales research to ensure that the system you were going to buy would work with Linux, ‘with’ a workaround or extra effort.

    Linux has come a long way, thanks to the efforts of the kernel community, especially Greg Kroah-Hartman who works with hardware vendors to add support for Linux. Nowadays, in most case, everything just works.

    This improved support for Linux has encouraged hardware vendors to offer systems with Linux pre-installed, creating a niche, yet growing market for some companies. Denver-based, System76 is one such company that has made its name by offering a wide range of Ubuntu powered systems.

    Last week I got my hands on the latest System76 laptop, Galago Pro, which offers a great mix of portability and raw power.

Distro Reviews: Puppy Linux Slacko, ArcaOS, Wifislax, Peppermint, and BlankOn

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  • Linux For Old PC's: Puppy Linux Slacko Review

    Pretty awesome distro I've been using on many old pcs for a while now, thought it was finally time to review it, so here you go!

  • "ArcaOS (the new OS/2) Review" - Lunduke Hour - June 6, 2017

    In this episode of the Lunduke Hour I review the newly released ArcaOS -- a new version of OS/2 that has been reverse-engineered and updated for modern hardware (and includes modern software such as Firefox).

  • Wifislax OS wireless hacking tools review

    Wifislax 4.12 dedicated OS for wireless hacking...

  • Peppermint 8 & Devuan 1.0; WINE 2.9 & Humble Bundle | This Week in Linux
  • Peppermint OS 8 Review

    Peppermint OS 8 is a lightweight Linux distribution based on Lubuntu and with the latest release, it now includes a host of changes from the previous release. As such, I thought I'd tackle a Peppermint OS 8 Review and see what's new with the distro.

    Installation, as with most Ubuntu based distros, is standard fare and works pretty much the same across the board. Unique to Peppermint OS 8 however, is a new OEM Install option, allowing computers to be shipped with Peppermint pre-installed.

  • BlankOn 10 Tambora

    BlankOn 10 codenamed “tambora” is the latest release of Linux Blankon. Linux BlankOn is a Linux distribution developed by the BlankOn Developer Team. This distribution is designed and adapted to the needs of the general computer user in Indonesia. BlankOn Linux is developed openly and together to produce a typical Linux distro of Indonesia, especially for education, office and government.

OpenIndiana 2017.04 Hipster - Temple Gloom

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I find the test today somewhat sad. Sure, I did accomplish what I needed, but it gave me no joy, and no hope that this operating system can even even remotely compare against any Linux. Even CentOS is lightyears ahead. In the server environment, it may have its uses, but it completely misses the mark on the desktop.

Package management, applications, it all just feels raw, alien, unfriendly. What do you do if there are problems with drivers, or hardware? Where do you find the latest apps, and this isn't just an act of mercy by a volunteer? What about compatibility on actual hardware. The fact I was not willing to commit my test laptop also tells something.

You can master and tame OpenIndiana, to a level. But it is mostly a futile exercise in obstinacy. All of the stuff we've done above are more or less a given in Linux, and have been so since about 2007. It's like driving an old car and trying to match its abilities to new, modern technology. Unless you're into antiques, it's not really worth it.

The worst part, I guess, isn't the specifics. That can be sorted. It's the absolute lack of progress since 2011, in the desktop space. Underneath it may be wonders, but if you cannot use the system, then it's worthless. Lots of the stuff from the previous version have been removed, made less accessible, but we get nothing new in return. So it is nerdier and harder than before, and that's a grim sign of a future that has no place on the desktop. This seems to be true with other operating systems in this family, too. Just not worth the effort. Stick with Linux. Grade wise, 4/10. We're done.

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Deepin 15.4 review - All that glitters is not gold

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So today, I will attempt to run this Chinese Debian-based distro, and see what it can offer. In the past, it has shown some really nice results, the most notable being a very colorful and unique desktop setup, markedly different from most so-called Western systems, and with a touch of appeal and aesthetic one notch above the rest. Shall we?

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REVIEWS: Devuan 1.0.0, Slackel 7.0, Lubuntu 17.04, and elementary OS Loki 0.4.1

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  • Devuan 1.0.0 -- Debian without systemd

    Prior to the release of Debian 8 in early 2015, the Debian project held a debate over which implementation of init software should be used in future versions of the distribution. Of the contenders (Upstart, SysV and systemd), systemd came out on top, which resulted in Debian using the same init software as most other mainstream Linux distributions. Some people were unhappy with the transition from the previous init implementation (SysV) to the newer systemd software. This discontent gave rise to the Devuan GNU+Linux project, which forked Debian with the purpose of removing dependencies on systemd.

    Devuan 1.0.0 is essentially a fork of Debian 8 with SysV as the default init software. The Devuan distribution is offered as either a stand alone distribution or as an upgrade for recent versions of Debian - specifically for Debian 7 Wheezy and Debian 8 Jessie. I decided to try out the migration process from Debian 8 to Devuan and then explore what it was like to run a fresh, new installation of Devuan.

  • Slackel 7.0 "Live Openbox"

    Based on Slackware and Salix, Slackel calls itself a "Hellenic Linux distribution." Befitting its Greek origin, the distribution comes with a number of Greek localization packages pre-installed. In addition, it provides more software pre-installed than the latest Openbox release of Salix and provides newer packages by including software from Slackware's -current development branch.

    According to the Slackel website, the distribution is available in three editions (KDE, Openbox, and Fluxbox), but the images for KDE and Fluxbox are older. Only the Openbox image has a new release, so images based on the other desktops currently ship with older packages. For this review, I downloaded the 1.3 GB Slackel 7.0 64-bit Live Openbox image and gave it a test drive.

  • Lubuntu 17.04 Review, The Lightweight and Complete Desktop OS

    This is a review for Lubuntu 17.04, the ultra-lightweight and energy-saving desktop OS which is complete and user friendly. It features daily desktop apps including full multimedia support (MP3/WEBM) and provides more than 70000 software packages on official repo, instantly ready to use for desktop PC and laptop users. You can run Lubuntu mainly to revive old computers or to replace any resource-hungry OS. It's amazing to see a full-power desktop OS as lightweight as Lubuntu on 2017! Finally, I hope this review helps you to choose Lubuntu for all your computers.

  • Bind Super Key to Menu on Lubuntu
  • Wonderful Things on elementary OS Loki 0.4.1

    I want everyone to know how easy to use elementary OS is. This is not what's-new-review, rather, this is an intro to elementary OS Loki 0.4.1 for new users. You'll find elementary OS is a just-work, ready-to-use OS as a free replacement for Windows and Mac OS X. This review introduces you to its AppCenter, calendar, email client, file manager, System Settings, and see how easy daily tasks are done with them. I believe you'll be interested, so I also mentioned how to support elementary development below. Finally, elementary is a very beautiful OS and with just-work features it becomes wonderful. Enjoy it!

  • Download Links for elementary OS Loki 0.4.1

    The gorgeous elementary OS Loki 0.4.1 has been released few days ago. This is an update to 0.4 version from 2016. Here are the download links (official + torrent) and the checksum. For your information, elementary OS doesn't support 32 bit.

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