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Hanthana 19.0 Review: Sri Lankan spiced up Fedora

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mylinuxexplore.blogspot: The prime issue that I faced while migrating to Fedora from Ubuntu was the complexity involved in installation of proprietary codecs and flash plugins. Hanthana Linux is a step in that direction to provide new users a ready to use Fedora OS with all plugins and codecs along with a whole lot of applications. The concept is not novel though - Korora (formerly Kororaa) has both KDE and GNOME 3 spins on a similar concept.

Distro Astro 1.0.2

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desktoplinuxreviews.com: One of the great things about Linux is that there really is a distribution for everybody, even astronomers or folks who would just like to learn a little bit about astronomy. If that’s you then you’ll want to take a peek at Distro Astro 1.0.2. Distro Astro is all about learning about our solar system and the universe itself.

KWheezy 1.1 Full Review

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tecmint.com: KWheezy is a Debian based Linux operating system developed for general use of desktop computing. It features pre-configured KDE desktop and a very good selection of GNU/Linux and Open Source software. It is fully featured with popular applications such as plugins, drivers, fonts, media codecs that you need on a regular basis.

Review: Linux Mint 15 "Olivia" KDE + Xfce

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dasublogbyprashanth.blogspot: Why am I doing this if I have already reviewed the MATE and Cinnamon editions? Well, if you remember those reviews, I felt a little let down by both. I want to see if the latest version of Linux Mint can redeem itself through the KDE or Xfce editions.

LInux Mint 15 - An alternative review

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everydaylinuxuser.com: Linux Mint is a very popular distribution and the developers have set out on a different path to Ubuntu in that the emphasis is definitely about evolving the desktop environment as opposed to redefining it completely.

'Blender Master Class' Gets A+ in 3D Graphics Instruction

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linuxinsider.com: The Blender graphics tool can result in some great-looking 3D imagery -- once you learn the software so you can unlock all its capabilities. Blender Master Class holds the keys.

Linux Mint 14 Is a Breath of Fresh Air

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linuxinsider.com: Linux Mint 14, released in December and dubbed the "Nadia" version, is loaded with a horde of improvements to all four of its desktop environments. It is not usually necessary to grab every new release to a distro, but Nadia is a significant upgrade to an evolving Linux OS. This one is a keeper.

Ultimate Edition 3.5

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Ultimate Edition 3.5: Does size matter when it comes to Linux distros? Well, it very well might when it comes to Ultimate Edition 3.5. There’s nothing subtle about this distro. Everything about it screams over the top, from the color scheme to the range of software included with it.

Book Review - Artist's Guide to GIMP, 2nd Edition

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linuxjournal.com: "One picture is worth a thousand words" stated Fred R. Barnard. No quote could be quite as memorable as this nearly hundred year old one when it comes to GIMP.

Memo to openSUSE 12.2: More polish, less angst

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theregister.co.uk: Chameleon fans, rejoice: openSUSE 12.2 is finally here. This release, due more than two months ago, has been plagued with delays. And the good news is that it is well worth the wait.

Calcalute Linux Desktop 12 KDE - Keep It Rolling, Baby

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all-things-linux.blogspot: Well, I wasn't going to do any reviews until later this year, but several of a recent flurry of releases caught my attention and my interest. One of them is Calculate Linux.

Gnome-Shell 3.2: Usable--but only with Gnome 2 shell extensions

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If you hated Ubuntu's Unity desktop then the shock of your first encounter with the Gnome-shell likely caused your entire digital weltanschauung to implode. Make no mistake about it, it takes you right out of your comfort zone to a strange and unfamiliar place even if you've already tried Unity and decided to throw it back or put it in the keep net. Be shocked, very shocked.

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0 A.D. Alpha 9 Review and Ubuntu Installation | Screenshots

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0 A.D. is a strategy game that has been around for quite some time now, and it reached a decent level of completeness despite the fact that Wildfire Games are releasing only alpha versions. It’s free, open-source and available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X and the latest alpha, codenamed ‘Ides of March’, comes with a whole bunch of new features and fixes.

Book Review: Blender 2.49 Scripting

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The book presents a series of examples showing more and more complex tasks in Blender's Python API. Like most of the Packt books I have read, it is very concise and targeted. This is a fairly thin book, but I find that to be to its credit. It's easy to read and very quickly presents a lot of useful ideas.

Read the review at Free Software Magazine.

Taking Screenshots with Shutter in Ubuntu

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For those of you who didn’t hear about it before, it’s probably time you have a look at it. Shutter is probably the most powerful screenshot-taking application available for GNOME, including countless features and several useful tools to take screenshots and manipulate them in any way possible.

IM from the Terminal: 2 Great Applications

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This article is about two popular IM (Instant Messaging) clients that can be used in a terminal instead of a graphical environment. Both have advanced features and are based on the ncurses library.

20 File Managers for Ubuntu

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Dolphin | Homepage
Dolphin is the default file manager in KDE and it features an easy to use interface, tabs, previews, three view modes (icons, details, columns), vertical window splitting, file and folder sorting, service menus, tags, two-mode location bar.

15 Great Tools for the Terminal

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cmus is a music player that I admire the most when it comes to command-line because it’s really powerful and has a lot of nice features. It is built with ncurses and therefore providing a text-user interface. cmus is indeed feature-rich, with several view modes and Last.fm song submission support via scripts. It supports Vi-like commands and auto-completion with Tab too. Recently I wrote a full guide on how to use cmus, you can read it here.
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20 Best GNOME Applications

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After the overview of 20 best KDE applications, it’s time to have a look at what GNOME has to offer, right? This article overviews 20 of the GNOME applications which are, in my opinion, the best in their category. Only a single application from each category is included, and screenshots are attached. The list is put up in no particular order and at the end of the article I put noteworthy alternatives for each category (only GTK alternative applications).

Duke Nukem Forever

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Gaming
  • Duke Nukem Forever
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