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Review of PCLinuxOS 2007 Test Release 4

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I find it hard to explain why I love PClinuxOS as much as I do, especially considering the other day when I decided to drop into Ubuntu to perform some basic tasks. PCLinuxOS is an excellent release and PCLOS2007 is looking like a real contender for most usable Linux 2007. Let's see how test release 4 behaves.

What's wrong with Ubuntu 7.04

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Ubuntu

Now I'm as fond of Ubuntu as the next penguin, but I'm a bit of distro whore really -- I'm always trying new ones and my current system has all of Gentoo, SuSE and Ubuntu installed (and some other niche operating system on the other partition - Windows Vista I think it's called).

Review of Sun Solaris 10

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For some time now, I have been tinkering with Solaris 10; the robust Unix from Sun Microsystems. In the past, I have posted news of the free Solaris media kit and its pictures as well as published news of Open Solaris starter kit give away.

Review: openSUSE 10.2

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SUSE

I'll admit, right now, that my experience with openSUSE 10.2 was much better than the horror story that was SUSE 10.1. Maybe they really did make the changes that 10.1 needed to become viable. Maybe it was just that I installed KDE instead of GNOME. In any event, I was seriously considering using it as a main system, but it strikes me as more of an enterprise system than a home OS.

Review: PUD GNU/Linux 0.4.7

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PUD is a Chinese distro based on Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty) and the 2.6.20 kernel. They've patched in several filesystems and through using SquashFS for the loader filesystem, the ISO is a mere 193megs.

VMware Server 1.0.x

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As the acknowledged leader in server virtualisation VMware is well aware of the pretenders snapping at its heels. Virtualisation remains a hot topic and it is becoming an increasingly crowded market, with a range of offerings, some commercial and some coming from the open source community.

NVIDIA GeForce 8500GT 256MB

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The GeForce 8500GT is NVIDIA's value-priced contender in the GeForce 8 series. The 8500GT has a 450MHz core clock and 400MHz memory clock, but how is this $100 creation able to compete against other graphics cards from ATI and NVIDIA?

PCLinuxOS And Ubuntu Examined

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I will admit right away that I have not been all that hip to the Mandriva side of the fence these days, especially regarding PCLinuxOS. For myself, I have been happy with Ubuntu and for others looking at expanding into an addition OS, I have been pushing Linux Mint. Well, after looking at PCLinuxOS from head to toe, I have some new insights that I would like to share.

Mandriva Linux 2007.1 review

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After making a lot of progress with Mandriva Linux 2007, I thought perhaps Mandriva had turned over a new leaf, and was using that release as a starting point for an overall better quality operating environment. I was totally wrong.

blender

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Using the policy of bad-news-first: Blender’s interface is just flat-out confusing. I’ve been double-teaming my learning with a copy of the No Starch Press’s Blender Book and some of the free video tutorials from the Blender site.

Review: SimplyMEPIS Linux 6.5

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A few weeks ago, MEPIS released SimplyMEPIS 6.5. The latest version of the Ubuntu-based desktop distribution offers a number of interesting new features, including a 64-bit release and Beryl for 3-D desktop effects. After spending a fair amount of time with the release, I found it to be a worthy update to earlier versions of MEPIS.

Review: Arch Linux 0.8 Voodoo x86_64

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I was contacted by a guy who was wondering why I hadn’t done a review of Arch Linux 0.8 yet. Well, the simple reason is because I hadn’t gotten around to it! Finally, I have. Here’s my review of the 64-bit version of Arch Linux 0.8.

What is Arch Linux?

Mandriva Linux 2007.1 - Not bad, not great.

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Mandriva seems to have trouble settling down on a release schedule. First it was every six months, then every year, and now they're back to six months.

I was also confused by their naming scheme. They've decided to name each version after the year in which it is released, which worked as long as there was only one release per year.

SimplyMEPIS 6.5

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Getting the distribution

Getting it was no big deal. There where enough mirror-servers to choose from, all high-speed, although I find it peculiar that downloading via torrent was not an option, which probably would lead to less load on the mirrors, especially when a new version is released.

Vector Linux - Chaucer's Beautiful Hag

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n the Wife of Bath's Tale, part of Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales", a knight caught in the act of raping a woman is sentenced to discover what women truly desire. To help our modern readers understand how that might be considered punishment, it's a lot like sending someone to discover why Windows crashes without explanation.

Linux Minty Fresh

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Linux Mint is the prettiest incarnation of the Ubuntu family, yet it doesn't seems to get the same attention as its *buntu parents. I've been wanting to be able to use Mint since my first little test run of a beta of 2.2, but at that time wireless support shattered those plans.

Book Review: Moving to Ubuntu Linux

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If you are new to Ubuntu Linux and are thinking about installing it on your computer this book will make the process easy and relatively painless for you. It covers all of the basics, from loading the bootable DVD through installing to your hard drive and accessing everything you’ll need to make your computing experience complete.

Review of Linux Mint Bianca KDE Edition - Ubuntu derivative

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Ubuntu

With all the hype surrounding Ubuntu at the moment I think it's important not to overlook the other recent releases. One of these is Linux Mint Bianca: KDE Edition.

CentOS 5 as a Desktop System

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CentOS is an enterprise class GNU/Linux distribution basing on the publicly available source packages of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Just like RHEL or Debian stable, CentOS focuses on stability and security, sacrificing the “latest and greatest” packages. Is CentOS 5 really that stable? And does it fit on the average Joe’s desktop? This is what I’m gonna find out.

Installation

first look at CentOS 5 Xen

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I have just installed a machine running CentOS 5 as a Xen server. I installed a full GUI environment on the dom0 so that GUI tools can be used for managing the virtual servers.

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