Nov 142014
 
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RoboLinux, is a Debian based distribution, thats beginner friendly, with a pre-configured Virtualbox, that can run Windows seamlessly, alonside RoboLinux. If you need to run specific Windows applications or a version of Windows alongside Linux its an ideal choice. My only complaint is the 2gb+ download, which isnt friendly to

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Oct 232014
 
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Newest release of Ubuntu, that’s supported for nine months. It includes Linux kernel 3.16, LibreOffice 4.3, Xorg 1.16, Firefox 33, Chromium 38, GTK 3.12 and Qt 5.3. Its a very reasonable download size, so be happy those of you with slower connections. Improvements of course have been made to many aspects of Ubuntu, including Unity and AppArmor.

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Oct 172014
 

Many say optical media is dead, but in my experience I dont agree. I use live cd/dvds all the time and not just on legacy systems.
I’ve had issues at times with newer systems,trying to get USB sticks to boot with Linux. Sometimes it’s a hardware issue and sometimes its how the USB stick was setup and the quality of the image. For this reason, I always carry my portable drive and disks, to handle these eventualities. At home, I use nothing but live cd/dvd images for my main systems, as well as my test systems. It also allows me to share copies with friends and customers, who find it easier and more compatible. It’s not that I dont like USB sticks, as I use them all the time, but they do have limitations. Depending on the distro, the methodology for creating a USB stick live image doesn’t always work that well or occasionally isn’t an option.

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Oct 122014
 
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Even with the recent news of Window’s 10, Microsoft continues to degrade the desktop user’s overall experience, making it less enjoyable,efficient and secure. PCLinuxOS has been around since 2003 and has become one of the most popular Linux distributions in that time. It’s design creates one of the best out of box experiences you’ll ever have, even if you’ve never used Linux before. It’s a great experience for the beginner thru advanced Linux user. PCLinuxOS is a rolling release, which means you don’t have to upgrade every time a new version comes out. It updates throughout the year and this allows you a more comfortable experience, without the constant backups and reinstalling. PCLinuxOS install process is easy and straightforward, allowing you to replace your old operating system without problems. The updating is done by an application called Synaptic, which is easy to use and will notify you of any new updates you need. Updating in Linux means you rarely if ever have to restart. One of the things I love about PCLinuxOS is, it updates everything,so you dont have to look for anything. It also installs with Java, Flash, codecs and proprietary drivers by default, good news for gamers. If you own a newer video card this is the OS for you, but it also sees other proprietary devices like Broadcom wifi and installs them without issue. You end up not having to search for drivers all the time, something that happens all the time in Window’s. You have a choice of desktop environment unlike Window’s,KDE a very full optioned desktop, MATE light simple to use, LXDE light and also very simple to use. You can download( www.pclinuxos.com ) the live dvd for these versions, usually around 500-900mb and try them without ever installing. It’s a great way to get familiar with it, test it on your system and decide if you want to install.The live images are downloaded to your computer, then you can either burn the image to dvd, or to a USB stick that will boot as a live session. Your choice of applications is unlimited, as the repositories for PCLinuxOS are extensive and include many we’ll known applications, like Opera, Chrome,Thunderbird and Firefox to name a few. It comes standard with LibreOffice one of the best office suites out there right now. The sheer number of applications included, particularly with the KDE version might be daunting for beginners, but you certainly wont be bored. You’re probably wondering, will it run on my hardware? That’s one of the joys of Linux, not to mention how secure it is over Window’s. Linux runs so well on older hardware, that you might call it a performance upgrade. I’ve got it running on my Pentium 4 3.4ghz system, as well as a 3.4ghz Pentium D system and it runs great. The real test though, is when I run it on my Pentium 4 2ghz laptop with 1gb of ram, or my 1.6ghz Centrino laptop with 1gb of ram. They fly and even though the older graphics chips aren’t as fast as they need to be for online videos, they do run fine in 360P. In all other work, the speed is quite amazing. Window’s XP or Vista simply wont run well on laptops like this. Even my Sempron 2ghz 2gb ram system loves PCLinuxOS. Linux resource usage is simply excellent and if you tweak it even further as you gain experience with it, you’ll see for instance,the MATE version only uses 125mb at idle. PCLinuxOS has a lot of online help if you need it and a great community forum you can use to ask questions. You’ll never be alone as many

sites are happy to help you understand your new OS. My hope is you’ll give it a try and see what you think. Even if you don’t decide to use PCLinuxOS, I hope youll look at the many Linux distributions available that might suit your needs. Linux is about choice,freedom,community and security, not to mention its free! Join us in the forums for more!

Oct 032014
 

Popular topic since the Windows 10 preview became available, and many saw that it went back to a more standard desktop design.
Many were counting on Windows 8 problems to drive users to alternatives, like Linux, but Windows 10 appears to have changed that, or has it?
Enterprise adoption of Linux continues to grow, and I don’t think businesses are going to like Windows 10, with its odd feature set. Most everyday users aren’t using desktops regularly, if at all. They rely much more heavily on mobile devices, where Linux reigns supreme. Microsoft would love to be in the position that Linux is in with the mobile market as well as Chromebooks.
So, is it fair to say Linux has lost the desktop market again to Windows 10, or does it really matter at all?

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Oct 022014
 

I decided to try two entirely different betas, that turned out to be amazing in their own right. The first was Ubuntu MATE 14.10 beta 2, that felt more like a final than a beta. Very clean,beautiful GUI that gave me a case of deja vu, as it successfully brought back the same look and feel as Ubuntu 10-11. Resource usage was low(137mb idle), speed was excellent and the choice of default apps was very well done.
Then I tried OpenSUSE 13.2 KDE beta 1 which was a completely different experience. KDE 4.14 was beautiful and fast, with resource usage lower than I expected(237mb idle). The overall look and feel was clean, polished and easy to use, plus the install was a cinch. Yast continues to make OpenSUSE the choice for experienced users, giving you complete control from an easy to use GUI, for many of the functions you need and use all the time. Its a great experience plus that also offers you, GNOME,LXDE and XFCE if you prefer.

Two betas, Ubuntu MATE 14.10, great for the everyday user, and OpenSUSE 13.2 a wonderful OS for anyone wanting more control over
their system.

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Oct 022014
 
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Chakra has gained in popularity and was originally forked from Arch, but is now a completely independent distribution. It features KDE 4.14.1, as well as many new features, huge number of default apps and a reasonably sized iso for downloading.

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Oct 022014
 
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Newest release of this Debian based distribution, that features LXDE, and is best known for its system rescue abilities. It also can be used as a Linux demo, educational tool or even for commercial uses. The drawback is the very large iso they went to, thats a problem for those of you with slower connections.

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