Jul 172014
 
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Zorin OS 9 is Ubuntu 14.04 LTS based so youll get support through 2019. It sports new themes, EFI boot support and designed to be friendly to Linux newcomers. Firefox and Rhythmbox are also included along with a nice assortment of other software.

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Jun 242014
 
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Peppermint OS 5 offers the user choices, whether they want more desktop, online or Cloud based options. It uses Chromium as the browser and GMail as the email client, plus a mixture of other apps. Extremely light distribution based on Ubuntu/Lubuntu 14.04 LTS, yet has many customizations, that create a more unique experience than other LXDE based OS. The thing I like is, the download is only 597mb, which for many of you with slow connections, is a wonderful thing.

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Jun 242014
 
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Newest release based on Kubuntu 14.04 LTS, and comes in both 32/64bit versions. Many changes for this release such as Firefox instant start if you’ve got more than 2gb of ram, KDE DreamDesktop for animated backgrounds and Baloo replacing Nepomuk.
Definitely an LTS release and will be supported for five years but offers far more features than Kubuntu and a lot of improvements with existing programs.

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Jun 152014
 
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LXLE is based on Ubuntu/Lubuntu, using LXDE thats highly customized. This time around, we have the 64 bit version based on the 14.04 version. The 32bit version was upgraded to 12.04.4, but other changes were made, to make it virtually the same as the 64 bit version. Many unique features and a wide variety of apps are included, yet resource usage is quite low.

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Jun 022014
 
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Ive been waiting for this one for quite some time, and finally it’s been released. Linux Lite 2.0 is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and uses XFCE for it’s DE. Its a complete OS, that gives you everything you need to do gaming, office work or browsing online.
Its resource usage is excellent, yet it has many features, excellent GUI and a wide variety of apps. It includes Synaptic, but also has a one click updater, that opens a terminal and proceeds to update your system and help files. It couldnt be easier for a new user in particular, making this one of the best beginner distros around. Its also a live cd, so those of you with slower connections wont have worry about long downloads. Its a great choice for laptops and its hardware compatibility is excllent as I tested the beta version early on.

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May 312014
 
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Linux Mint 17 has released and there are many new improvements, refinements and features in this new version. Four DE’s are offered, MATE,KDE,XFCE and Cinnamon, plus there are huge improvements in the update manager.

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