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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Guest Editor Apostasy has decided to take a look at current distributions and how they perform and install on an older laptop. This article is the first in a series of many that will look at distributions such as Suse 10, Fedora Core 5, Mandriva, and other desktop-centric distributions.
I made a first installation of SuSE 10.0 on my old laptop (HP Omnibook XE3, Celeron/850, 256 MB RAM) for not risking my working SuSE 9.3 desktop PC. I used the 5 CD set of SuSE 10.0.
In the past few weeks, we've taken in-depth look at Windows Vista 5231 build in two installations. The first part covered our initial report of the 5231 while part two delved into pragmatic usage of Vista and overall improvements Microsoft has made thus far.
Symphony OS Beta 1 PR1 was released today and each time I visit the site, I notice the number of downloads is increasing at an amazing rate. Interest is high in this innovative desktop system and Mezzo is probably the reason. This release brings some new features, bug fixes, and improved performance and stability. The following is what Tuxmachines found upon booting the new Symphony OS Beta One Preview One.
I've been playing around with the boxed edition of SUSE Linux 10.0, but Novell representatives assure me that the Evaluation edition available for download through OpenSUSE.org is the same product, complete with proprietary extensions.
Here's a really nice review of OpenOffice.org 2.0. Although it appears it's a review of the Windows version, it is still a tour de force of reviews, showing some of the wonderful options and includes really great screenshots.
Knoppix is a wonderful tool; Rankin, the author of Knoppix Hacks, has given us a concise (84-page) book that will become indispensable.
In the short time that I've spent using Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger), I've really come to like it. The installation was painless, all my hardware was detected and configured correctly, package management was easy, and the clean-cut GNOME desktop is terrific.
SUSE has always been at the top of their game and judging by the numbers they still are. Is it worth the download? Is it worth our time? We're here to take a look....
A new concept is amongst us and lg3d is its name. I test drove the livecd this evening and I've never experienced anything quite like it before. I think this is an extremely bold and ambitious project. I hope they continue to improve this desktop because it is truly a one-of-a-kind. In a time when most distros follow a very similar formula, Looking Glass is going its own way.
With the newest release, and all the hype of the merger with Conectiva and Lycoris, I felt it was time to take another look at Mandriva. Mandriva has delivered a fabulous, bleeding edge product in it's latest release. Unfortunately as has been the case with most Mandriva .0 releases the product is unstable and needing attention.
Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition is a desk reference -- not something you'd read cover-to-cover, and you wouldn't want it to be your only source of Linux-related information, but it's handy to have around if you use the GNU/Linux operating system on a regular basis.
At the request of a reader, Tuxmachines agreed to take a look at Debian Pure. Debian Pure 0.4 was released on October 1, 2005, so we have a recent version with which to work. The Pure site says "this project is not about creating an additional distribution, rather, a CD that will help newer users with installing a Debian proper system along with common plug-ins (DVD,
Flash, Java, and Mplayer)." We have all heard of the chore Debian can be to install. I did it once myself, but don't really recall it being that bad. However, it must be true or Pure would have no purpose. But how new-user friendly is it?
Have you ever heard the sound of a hard drive before it dies? If you haven't, you will know it the next time even if it happens years later. Hard drives don't usually fail for a few years depending on their use. Never-the-less, they can randomly fail for no apparent reason.
This is the first effort in "openness" from Novell, and it's a good one, all in all. But this is a dot-zero release, and it looks and acts like one in many respects. I'm looking forward to the dot-one version.