2012 has been a great year for Linux. We saw quite a few innovations this year and quite a few ridiculous ones as well. In overall, I feel 2012 has been a landmark for the Linux world - we saw KDE gaining strength to strength with KDE 4.9, Gnome losing grounds to Cinnamon and Mate, XFCE and LXDE staying more or less the same without trying anything ridiculous, Gnome 3 developers finally having
On my primary production machine, I have Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon and it has LibreOffice 3.5 as the main office application. Whereas LibreOffice has already moved ahead to 126.96.36.199. Even Ubuntu Quantal repo has 188.8.131.52 build. Today I thought of experimenting with LibreOffice and install the latest available version from LibreOffice website. I downloaded the LibreOffice 184.108.40.206 for Ubuntu from
KDE has always intrigued me a lot, though I never started using it on daily basis for production purposes, till last week. I liked Gnome 2 a lot, but with Gnome 3 and it's resource hungriness, it is out of favor as far I am concerned. My interest these days is growing more and more on KDE - it is really user-friendly, plasma interface looks awesome, effects are subtle and KDE 4.9.* is quite
I reviewed the last two releases of Manjaro Linux (0.8 and 0.8.2) earlier this year and was quite impressed by the last release. There were some glitches of course, like high RAM usage, in spite of being based on Arch Linux. But Manjaro has its own advantages as well like rolling release. To be honest, I wasn't using using Manjaro on a regular basis - relying more on Linux Mint and Archbang for
Linux Mint does it again! The thing I admire about Linux Mint is the ability to work on any type of system and refined interface that it brings on the table - every time! When I reviewed the Mint Maya KDE, I was wondering if I had seen any KDE distro more complete than this. With the Mint Nadia KDE release my impression has changed. This edition not only looks gorgeous but the KDE bloat-wares
Mac OS X always deserves a special mention in the operating system world, for being the most attractive (arguably) distro around. It is kind of an aspiring product for almost everyone I know - they want to own a Mac at the end of the day! However, exorbitant price and seeking value for money at times limit our aspiration to own a Mac. But, don't worry! Linux can help you create our own Mac! And
Elementary OS, still in beta stage, has garnered quite a bit of attention for it's simplicity and attractiveness. It is too early to say, whether it ends up as the preferred OS for Linux lovers or it remains in the fringe while Linux Mint rules the roost. And also, normally I prefer reviewing distros once they are formally released. However, for Elementary I am making an exception. It's
I really love the Linux Mint 12 LXDE edition. But, because of some reasons, LXDE ran out of favor and the Mint developers preferred KDE, Cinnamon, Mate and XFCE for the future releases. So, versions 13 (Maya) and 14 (Nadia) never saw an LXDE release. That is where I decided to do an experiment - install the Linux Mint 12 LXDE version and upgrade it to Mint 14. I could have also installed an LXDE
I heard of Comfusion as the Spanish version of Ubuntu earlier but have never used it before last week. Essentially it combines Ubuntu core with LXDE, Openbox & Mate desktops and some cool 3D effects using compiz. The latest version is Compiz 4.1, based on Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS with Linux kernel 3.2.0.
From Comfusion 4.1
The 32-bit ISO DVD I downloaded is about 882 MB, which, I would say, is a
My interest on Arch Linux is increasing with every passing Arch based distro review. Last week I used Bridge Linux and was fascinated by it. This week I spent considerable time in learning as well as using Archbang, another Arch Linux based operating system with Openbox window manager. It gave me performance comparable to Puppy Linux and I replaced my Lubuntu 12.10 installation with Archbang on
It is kind of a peculiar feeling to use Linux distros who look and feel very similar. I am talking of ZevenOS 5.0 and OS4 OpenDesktop 13.1. Both got released in 5 days apart and have striking similarities, at least at a high level. Same Xubuntu fork with a BeOS theme, it is difficult to distinguish them from each other.
From OS4 OpenDesktop 13.1
Though OS4 website says, ZevenOS is for Legacy
With Ubuntu 12.10 out, Ubuntu derivatives are releasing their final version as well. ZevenOS and OS4 are couple of such distros, both provide a cocktailed version of Xubuntu with some added benefits, of course. In this review I'll provide insights of ZevenOS and in my next review will take on OS4. They offer more or less similar proposition and could have reviewed them together as well.
I haven't tried out Arch Linux yet but I plan to do so next year. Mostly my experience is concentrated on Ubuntu, Fedora and their derivatives. Now with every passing release all these distributions are getting heavier and resource consuming. Puppy is a definite saving grace, no doubt. But, as an user I want to create my own lightweight all purpose operating system using Arch. Further, the
UberStudent 2.0.4 Review: Exceptional not only for students or researchers but for regular use as well!
The world of Linux never ceases to amaze me. Every functional area has a distro available, a distro for medics, for forensic, for hackers, for different languages, for different regions and the list is endless. Most of these are typically Ubuntu, Debian or Fedora derivatives with softwares loaded to fulfill one or more specific mandate(s). UberStudent is one such distro, an Ubuntu derivative,