| DistroWatch Weekly
|DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 394, 28 February 2011
Welcome to this year's 9th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! Fedora, Ubuntu and Debian take the lion's share of news talks taking place over the last few days. While the first test release of Fedora 15 gets delayed due to a show-stopper bug, its unofficial ARM processor team delivers a new Fedora beta build for testing. In the meantime, Ubuntu hits the headlines for all the wrong reasons and this time it's the project's economic need that takes over in a relationship with a free software project, the Banshee music player. Debian, on the other hand, gets a pat on the back from the Free Software Foundation over its new kernel-without-the-blobs policy, although the project still falls short of getting on the list of truly free GNU/Linux distributions. This week's feature story is a first-look review of the Ubuntu-based Wolfer Linux 2, while the Questions and Answers section presents a list of web browsers available on the UNIX platform. There is more, including a link to an article which responds to our last week's review of Debian "Squeeze". Happy reading!
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|Feature Story (by Jesse Smith)
A look at Wolfer Linux 2|
The Wolfer Linux distribution is developed by a small team who seem to be operating on two assumptions: one, that Ubuntu makes a good base from which to build a distro and, two, a good user interface can go a long way toward making a good product. Wolfer, version 2, is based on Ubuntu "Lucid", a long-term support release that is nearing its first birthday. The downloadable ISO image is approximately 780 MB in size and doubles as a live DVD and installation media.
The live disc boots into a text menu which lets us select whether we'd like to try Wolfer without touching the hard drive or perform an installation. Taking the default option boots us into a GNOME 2.30 desktop environment. The menu bar and task switcher sit at the bottom of the screen, an icon for browsing the file system and another for launching the installer sit on the desktop. The theme is big on grey; the wallpaper is grey, the menu bar is grey and the icons feature grey. The application menu uses a high-contrast combination of black text on a white background and it crams a lot of items into the small space.
There are the usual software categories down the middle and, moving the mouse over these categories causes specific applications to be shown on the right. This is fairly standard, though the even spacing of the application entries may take some getting used to. To the left side of the menu are three tabs to move us between the default application menu, a system/shutdown menu and recently selected items. Up at the top of the menu is a button for showing commonly used entries. The system tab not only lets us shutdown the machine or logout, but also displays resource usage information. Personally I find the menu a bit crowded. Maybe if I had a few weeks to get accustomed to the layout I would come to appreciate the layout and short-cuts, but as it is I thought the menu behaviour drifted a little too far away from the norm for my habits.
Wolfer Linux 2 - browsing the web and accessing the application menu
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As I previously mentioned, Wolfer is based on Ubuntu. The installer is the same as the one featured in Ubuntu 10.04 and the installed applications are largely the same too. Rather than walk through the whole thing step-by-step, I'll instead try to focus on what differs in Wolfer compared to its parent. When I asked Hari Yulianto, the project's lead developer, what sets Wolfer apart he told me that Wolfer has "a desktop display that we designed to be more elegant and easy to use for new Linux users. Apart from the desktop, we also equip it with office software, Internet applications, multimedia players, and some tools to repair and reset the system." He added that users will want to try Wolfer because the distro is "elegant and easy to use."
Wolfer Linux 2 - the system installer and the Guake terminal
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Once I finished installing Wolfer and logged in I found that I had to agree with Hari. Though the application menu took some getting used to, there are little tweaks to the interface I found appealing, things I probably wouldn't normally consider. For instance, there's a quick link to the system's control centre next to the application menu. There's also a button there to kill applications in case they hang, an issue I did not encounter while using the distribution. Upon logging in a notification appears briefly letting us know we can press F12 at any time to get the Guake virtual terminal. This is a small terminal window that appears at the top of the screen. There is also an icon in the system tray which will bring up the small terminal window. Since I'm often using and dismissing terminal windows, having the readily available shortcut was nice.
Regarding the array of default applications, most of them are the same as those available in Ubuntu, but there are a few differences. Wolfer replaces the Firefox web browser with Google's Chrome, version 7. Also in the Internet menu we find the Transmission BitTorrent client, the Gwibber social media client and Pidgin for instant messaging. OpenOffice is installed, as is the Evolution e-mail client, the VLC multimedia player and a disc burner. The GIMP image editor is included, as are a document viewer, the GNOME configuration tools and the usual small apps for editing text, adding numbers and working with file archives. For fun, a few games are included and, in their effort to make Wolfer easy to use out of the box, the developers have included a Flash plugin and codecs for playing popular media formats.
The distro provides two package managers, Synaptic and Add/Remove Applications (also known as gnome-app-install). Synaptic, as usual, worked smoothly and I encountered no problems. When running Add/Remove Applications I found it also worked well. It features a simplified interface, but for most people's purposes the functionality is all there. Though when I clicked on the tool's Help button it caused an error to be displayed telling me that to view the help documentation a package first had to be installed -- an unfortunate message to encounter when trying to find out how to use a package manager. Aside from the two GUI package managers, Wolfer includes an application to handle security updates. The update manager worked well, provided lots of information to the user and I had no problems there.
One thing I was disappointed by is that Wolfer appears to use the same packages (with the same versions) as its base, Ubuntu 10.04. This may seem to make sense until we look at the mountain of updates that awaits us immediately after installing the operating system. When I first booted Wolfer I discovered over 350 waiting updates. This makes for just over 300 MB worth of downloads, following a 780 MB ISO image. I think it would be preferable if these updates were applied to the image before it is made available for download, much the way Ubuntu does with its LTS point releases.
I ran Wolfer on two test machines, a generic desktop machine (2.5 GHz CPU, 2 GB of RAM, NVIDIA video card) and found everything worked out of the box. My screen was set to a good resolution and audio worked without any configuration. On my HP laptop (dual-core 2 GHz CPU, 3 GB of RAM, Intel video card) I had a similar experience with everything working properly. Again my screen was set at an appropriate resolution, audio worked on the default install and my wireless connection worked without any problems. My touchpad also worked as expected. Performance on both machines was middle of the road, good without being extraordinary. When I moved Wolfer to a virtual environment, I found it functioned well with as little as 512 MB of memory.
Wolfer Linux 2 - the package manager
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Whether a re-spin project has merit is a debate which often rages around projects like Wolfer. From a technical stand point Wolfer is basically Ubuntu with some multimedia codecs, some extra packages and a different theme. But the Wolfer developers aren't out to reinvent the wheel, but rather make the wheel more accessible to Linux new comers. In my mind whether the project is useful and a success hinges on whether they have indeed made a more novice-friendly desktop. I'm not in a good position to judge as I've been using Linux systems for over a decade, so I turned Wolfer over to someone who primarily uses a proprietary operating system (with the rare trip into Ubuntu-land) and asked his opinion. He told me he found the theme more pleasant than Ubuntu's and navigating the menu layout came more naturally. Additionally with all the codecs pre-installed for him, he didn't have to turn to the package manager for anything. So while Wolfer may not bring technical improvements to the table and I generally found their UI changes unappealing, my test subject did see their efforts as an improvement.
If you have already settled into the Linux scene and have gained some comfort with the operating system, Wolfer probably won't give you anything new. But if you're standing outside the Linux community and considering which distro to try, Wolfer is one option that will make the transition easier.
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While on the subjects of the Ubuntu family of distros and new Linux users, I think it's only fair to mention the Psychocats Ubuntu website. It's an excellent resource with clear tutorials covering getting, installing, securing and customizing Ubuntu and its children distros. The site also discusses such topics as adding multimedia codecs, configuring WINE and performing backups. The tutorials are well written and often provide screenshots or examples to help novice users along. Though not as complete as the official Ubuntu documentation, the smaller size of the Psychocats website makes finding information on common tasks easier. If you, or people you know, are starting the Linux journey, I recommend Psychocats as a starting point. Thanks to Marti who wrote in to let us know about this website.
|Miscellaneous News (by Ladislav Bodnar)
Fedora - alpha delay and ARM beta release, Ubuntu vs Banshee controversy, Debian and its relationship with FSF
The first official test release of Fedora 15, originally scheduled for arrival tomorrow (Tuesday), has been delayed by one week due to a major show-stopper bug. The H Open has summarised the decision: "The Fedora project has postponed the release of the first and only alpha version of Fedora 15, originally scheduled for 1 March, by a week. This was due, at least in part, to a bug in X server that occurred in connection with keyboard layouts for such languages as German or French and prevented users from successfully logging into GDM. Subsequent milestones in the release schedule for Fedora 15 remain unaffected at present, and the final release is still scheduled for 10 May. The fifteenth Fedora release is currently planned to be the first version that won't require a special boot parameter to be submitted to the installer in order to format a storage device with the experimental Btrfs file system." The article also quotes Red Hat's Josef Bacik who suggests that Btrfs should become the default file system in Fedora 16.
On a separate note, Paul Whalen has announced the availability of the first beta release of Fedora 13 for the ARM processor: "The Fedora 13 ARM beta release is now available for download. There are still a number of packages that haven't been built for ARM due to build failures or missing dependencies. Because we're a little behind the primary architectures we have the ability to look at later releases to see if these failures have been fixed -- thankfully a large number include support for ARM. Because of this we expect that with Fedora 14 and 15 we will be closer in line with the primary architectures. A new root file system is available for download here. The password for the root account is 'fedoraarm'. Instructions for using the root file system can be found here." For more information please see also the release notes.
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While Canonical is no stranger to making controversial decisions which are then relayed in popular Linux news media, often it's the journalists who keep digging up "dramatic" stories related to the most popular desktop Linux distribution. Last week it was Ubuntu's relationship with GNOME and the Banshee media player that hit the headlines. Slashdot has a nice summary of events: "Canonical has reacted to backlash over its insane deal with Banshee by establishing a marginally better new deal. Banshee is a media/music player for Linux (and Windows and Mac OS X) that supports music purchases via Amazon MP3. It will ship with Ubuntu 11.04. Amazon pays 10% to its affiliates -- websites and software that send it business. Banshee had been donating its Amazon affiliate proceeds to GNOME. But Amazon's MP3 store competes with Canonical's MP3 store, Ubuntu One. So Canonical thought that it should help itself to 75% of the affiliate money from Banshee/Amazon sales and leave 25% for GNOME. The Banshee group said no thanks, we'll disable Amazon for Ubuntu users. Canonical is refusing to let Banshee disable Amazon. It has instead said it will contribute some money from Ubuntu One to GNOME but it still intends on keeping the lion's share for itself." Network World also covers the story.
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The relationship between Debian GNU/Linux and Free Software Foundation (FSF) has been stormy at times, with the result that FSF does not include Debian in its list of recommended free distributions. Nevertheless, with the recent release of "Squeeze", whose default kernel comes without any proprietary components, the world's largest Linux operating system project has come a step closer to the FSF ideals. Debian's Stefano Zacchiroli explains the situation: "Historically, the relationships among Debian and the FSF have gone through mixed fortune (and that's quite an euphemism). On the one hand, Debian is committed to 100% Free Software, is an open project explicitly inspired by 'the spirit of GNU', has been sponsored by FSF in its infancy, and properly calls itself 'GNU/Linux' (or even "GNU/kFreeBSD"). On the other hand, Debian is the project who considers the GNU FDL license to be only conditionally free and which is not considered to be an entirely free system according to FSF. As a long time member of the Debian Project, as well as an FSF(E) fellow, I've always felt a bit sad about this state of affairs. Not because the two projects should have aligned goals; they clearly focus on different aspects of the quest for a free (software) world. Not even because they should agree on how to build a free distribution: history has shown that FSF technical positions do not always get along with Debian's more 'pragmatic' style, as embodied by point 5 of the Social Contract."
Our last week's review of Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 has generated a heated debate not only on this website, but on many other Linux discussion boards all over the Internet. Naturally, as long as there are such important things as free computer operating systems available for anybody to try out, there will be conflicting opinions. Our review met with many rebuttals and here is one of them: "Yes, the installer isn't flashy. How can it be, and support as many different hardware platforms as Debian does? Keep in mind that the install scripts are fundamentally the same for every hardware platform, from serial console SPARC to IBM 360 and everything in between. Mr. Smith missed just how much work had to go into translating that install into a 'graphical' mode to make some people happy, when anyone who looks at the 'graphical' and text installers side by side will notice that they do exactly the same job in exactly the same way. This is important so as not to have to maintain 12 (or whatever it is this release) different installers. I'm quite pleased that Mr. Smith took the time to give Debian 6.0 a real workout before writing his review. And I even understand his reservations about 'by being so general, so universal, I felt 'Squeeze' didn't excel at anything.' Maybe, 'Squeeze' excels at being general and universal?"
|Questions and Answers (by Jesse Smith)
Web browsers for Linux
Browsing-for-browsers asks: The other week's comments on chroot-ing Firefox got me to thinking -- is there a "safe" browser on Linux? Firefox has become very popular, and a target of blackhats... And since there is nothing "safe" in this dangerous world I'll rephrase my question: What full-featured FOSS browsers are available for Linux besides Firefox and Konqueror?
DistroWatch answers: You're right, there's no completely secure and full-featured web browser, but there are some good open-source web browsers out there. Aside from the ones you mentioned, Firefox and Konqueror, you might also try Chromium. Most of the big-name distros (including Fedora, Debian (and its family) and openSUSE) make it fairly easy to get Chromium. Another good option is Epiphany, a web browser designed for the GNOME desktop. The Epiphany website contains a helpful page with installation instructions for various distributions. Though not open source, the Opera web browser runs on Linux and FreeBSD.
Assuming your primary concern is security, you could consider running your web browser in a virtual machine. I find VirtualBox to be easy to set up. Browsing in a virtual environment can be inconvenient as it cuts you off from directly uploading your files, but for day-to-day browsing it provides an extra layer of protection. When you're on the road, browsing from a live disc, such as the one provided by KNOPPIX, will help you avoid malware, such as key loggers.
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|Released Last Week
Jolicloud 1.1.1, an Ubuntu-based distribution for netbooks with heavy integration of social networks, has been released. This minor update brings support for older NVIDIA graphics cards and other legacy hardware. From the release announcement: "We've received hundreds of stories from people around the world who are dusting off old computers from their garages, turning them into cool Jolicloud computers, and using them as Internet browsing machines, family Skype boxes or donating them to schools. That's why we're dedicated to making Jolicloud OS compatible with all types of legacy hardware. Today, we released a new Jolicloud OS 1.1.1, an update which solves installation issues on legacy computers using older NVIDIA graphics cards. This means that if you have an old computer lying around it is even more likely now that Jolicloud OS will run on it flawlessly. If you own an old Dell computer and had issues to install the 1.1, the new release should fix this."
Linux Mint 10 "KDE"
Clement Lefebvre has announced the release of Linux Mint 10 "KDE" edition: "The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 10 KDE." The release includes the new KDE 4.6 desktop as well as various improvements in Mint's software, update and upload managers: "This edition comes with the latest and recently released KDE 4.6. The Software Manager gives you a nicer browsing experience, with a better categorization of software and the use of application icons. If you're not interested in receiving updates for a particular package, simply right click on it and tell the Update Manager to ignore updates for this package. The package will then be added to your 'ignore' list and you won't receive any updates for it in the future." Read the release announcement for an overview of the main features and see the what's new page for a detailed list of improvements (with screenshots).
Linux Mint 10 "KDE" - a KDE 4.6 desktop with a minty flavour
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Kris Moore has announced the release of PC-BSD 8.2, a desktop BSD system based on FreeBSD: "The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of PC-BSD 8.2 (Hubble edition), running FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE, and KDE 4.5.5. Version 8.2 contains a number of enhancements and improvements, some of the notable changes are: added ability to select file-system type and encryption during auto-partitioning; able to toggle between MBR/GPT partitioning; various bug fixes to the wireless network managers; updated the display wizard with many new supported resolutions; added 'extractonly' option to pc-sysinstall for installing to a pre-mounted disk; fixed some disk install errors from loading incorrect geom_ modules...." See the release announcement, release notes and changelog for more details.
FreeBSD 8.2, 7.4
Ken Smith has announced the release of FreeBSD 8.2: "The FreeBSD release engineering team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE. This is the third release from the 8-STABLE branch which improves on the functionality of FreeBSD 8.1 and introduces some new features. Some of the highlights: Xen HVM support in FreeBSD/amd64 and Xen PV support in FreeBSD/i386 improved; ZFS on-disk format updated to version 15; aesni driver for Intel AESNI crypto instruction set; BIND and OpenSSL updates; GNOME updated to 2.32.1; KDE updated to 4.5.5; many miscellaneous improvements and bug fixes." Read the release announcement and release notes for further information; there is also an errata page with a late-breaking news about an OpenSSL issue.
Jörn Lindau has announced the release of Toorox 02.2011, a Gentoo-based live DVD featuring the KDE (version 4.6.0) desktop: "After the release of the 'GNOME' edition on the 8th of February it's time for the new 'KDE' edition too. And here it is: Toorox 02.2011 'KDE'. It contains of course all the improvements of the 'GNOME' edition (the '200-lines' kernel speed patch, GRUB 2, installer extensions). Nearly all packages were updated. The Linux kernel is the same as in the last 'GNOME' release (a patched 2.6.37-gentoo). Toorox 02.2011 contains KDE 4.6.0 as desktop environment. The X.Org Server was updated to version 1.9.4. The office suite is now the latest LibreOffice 3.3.1. The new images are stored in the download section; they're available as 32-bit and 64-bit systems." Here is the release announcement.
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Development, unannounced and minor bug-fix releases
|Upcoming Releases and Announcements
Summary of expected upcoming releases
New distributions added to waiting list
- Singularity Linux. Singularity Linux is a distribution based on the Fluxbox edition of Linux Mint, using both the Fluxbox window manager and the GNOME desktop environment.
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DistroWatch database summary
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This concludes this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly. The next instalment will be published on Monday, 7 March 2011.
Jesse Smith and Ladislav Bodnar
|• Issue 549 (2014-03-10): ClearOS 6.5 and UCS 3.2, Gentoo interview, Ubuntu app contest, Into the Core|
|• Issue 548 (2014-03-03): Review of Mageia 4, FreeBSD console driver, filtering web content, Pitivi fundraiser|
|• Issue 547 (2014-02-24): Chakra 2014.02, Ubuntu privacy, preventing unwanted remote logins|
|• Issue 546 (2014-02-17): Review of PC-BSD 10.0, Red Flag closure, Ubuntu and systemd, SlackE18, Fedora book review|
|• Issue 545 (2014-02-10): Impressions of FreeBSD 10.0, Debian votes systemd, Ubuntu file manager, server security|
|• Issue 544 (2014-02-03): Netrunner 13.12, openSUSE future, Ubuntu Touch in emulator, running commands in multiple places|
|• Issue 543 (2014-01-27): Review of Korora 20, FreeBSD 10.0, DNF, ZFS rescue CD, Bridge Linux interview|
|• Issue 542 (2014-01-20): QupZilla, Ubuntu with MATE, Arch on Raspberry Pi, best applications|
|• Issue 541 (2014-01-13): openSUSE 13.1 and Zentyal 3.3, CentOS joins Red Hat, Bodhi on Chromebooks|
|• Issue 540 (2014-01-06): SMS 2.0.6 and SME Server 8.0, Hawaii desktop, PHR statistics 2013, more on multi-part archives|
|• Issue 539 (2013-12-23): Centrych 12.04.3, Fedora 20 and its spins, dividing archives across multiple discs|
|• Issue 538 (2013-12-16): Mint 16 review, RHEL and CentOS 7 plans, SteamOS, Windows XP replacement suggestions|
|• Issue 537 (2013-12-09): OpenMandriva 2013.0, Gentoo developer interview, project Neon, Linux Mint and security|
|• Issue 536 (2013-12-02): Impressions of openSUSE 13.1, Ubuntu Touch, FreeBSD 10 delay, troubleshooting OS lock-ups|
|• Issue 535 (2013-11-25): GhostBSD 3.5, Debian and MATE, Ubuntu 14.04 features, security updates|
|• Issue 534 (2013-11-18): Review of OpenBSD 5.4, Fedora on ARM, menu names vs command-line names|
|• Issue 533 (2013-11-11): Point Linux 2.2, Pisi update, Debian and Xfce, Bruno Cornec interview|
|• Issue 532 (2013-11-04): Ubuntu and Kubuntu 13.10, Debian's init, FreeBSD's PKG-NG, Linux on ARM|
|• Issue 531 (2013-10-28): PC-BSD 9.2, openSUSE testing, nftables, upgrade pros and cons|
|• Issue 530 (2013-10-21): Kwheezy 1.2, DPL interview, Zenwalk's future, keeping up with vulnerabilities|
|• Issue 529 (2013-10-14): Ubuntu's Mir, dmesg and photorec tips, Tiny Tiny RSS|
|• Issue 528 (2013-10-07): Semplice 5, Haiku package management, Klaus Knopper interview, making custom distro|
|• Issue 527 (2013-09-30): Tiny Core Linux 5.0, SteamOS, moving operating system to new computer|
|• Issue 526 (2013-09-23): Look at ArchBang 2013.09.01, BSD Now, kernel stats, command-line tips|
|• Issue 525 (2013-09-16): The Official Ubuntu Server Book, FreeBSD 10 and OpenBSD 5.4, Skype alternatives|
|• Issue 524 (2013-09-09): Look at LXLE 12.04.3, Ubuntu's new package format, Secure Boot and dual-booting|
|• Issue 523 (2013-09-02): OpenIndiana 151a8, openSUSE "Evergreen", GNOME and DuckDuckGo, running apps from RAM|
|• Issue 522 (2013-08-26): Look at gNewSense 3.0, Ubuntu Edge fundraising failure, exploring GPL|
|• Issue 521 (2013-08-19): Review of Korora 19, Fedora considers return to "Core", Haiku package management|
|• Issue 520 (2013-08-12): Salix OS 14.0.1 "KDE", Xubuntu experiments with XMir, managing passwords with KeePass|
|• Issue 519 (2013-08-05): Review of Porteus 2.0, Kubuntu lays out plans for Wayland adoption, adjusting system swappiness|
|• Issue 518 (2013-07-29): MidnightBSD 0.4, Razor-qt, Ubuntu Edge, mounting infected drives|
|• Issue 517 (2013-07-22): Zorin OS 7 "Lite", Slackware turns 20, UbuntuForums compromise, Raspbian as home server, Tor|
|• Issue 516 (2013-07-15): Review of Fedora 19 "KDE", Shuttleworth on Mir, Seth Vidal, Kingsoft Office for Linux|
|• Issue 515 (2013-07-08): Whonix 0.5.6 and Deepin 12.12, MintBox, processor capabilities, distros for Raspberry Pi|
|• Issue 514 (2013-07-01): Peppermint Four, Mir, Mandriva forks, ThinkPenguin on libre hardware|
|• Issue 513 (2013-06-24): Look at ROSA, PC-BSD updates, Xen4CentOS6, Slacko vs Precise, Mageia interview, shells|
|• Issue 512 (2013-06-17): Trisquel 6.0, RHEL 7 with GNOME Classic, from Linux to FreeBSD, first look at Wayland|
|• Issue 511 (2013-06-10): Mint 15 impressions, GNOME Classic, Ubuntu Community portal, Absolute OpenBSD|
|• Issue 510 (2013-06-03): Impressions of aptosid 2013-01, Wayland comes to Raspberry Pi, maintaining DNS settings|
|• Issue 509 (2013-05-27): Mageia 3, Debian GNU/Hurd, RebeccaBlackOS with Wayland, ports|
|• Issue 508 (2013-05-20): Review of Debian 7.0, interviews with Clement Lefebvre and Gaël Duval, scripting with xdotool|
|• Issue 507 (2013-05-13): Impressions of Calculate Linux, 13.4, Ubuntu's portable packages, mintDrivers|
|• Issue 506 (2013-05-06): Ubuntu and Kubuntu 13.04, Debian "Wheezy", Slackware on systemd, distros for Raspberry Pi|
|• Issue 505 (2013-04-29): First look at PCLinuxOS 2013.04, Saucy Salamander, Remastersys and System Imager, Linux containers|
|• Issue 504 (2013-04-22): Look at Bodhi 2.3.0, Ubuntu 13.04 features, building OpenBSD ports, opening large files|
|• Issue 503 (2013-04-15): CentOS versus Scientific Linux, PCLinuxOS 64, Lucas Nussbaum, ZFS/Btrfs versus ext4|
|• Issue 502 (2013-04-08): Look at Mint 201303 "Debian", Ubuntu versus openSUSE, comparing ZFS and Btrfs file systems|
|• Issue 501 (2013-04-01): KANOTIX 2013 and GhostBSD 3.0, openSUSE Rescue-CD, Haiku package management, computer forensics|
|• Issue 500 (2013-03-25): Look at openSUSE 12.3, Ubuntu release changes, Debian backports, growing divide|
|• Issue 499 (2013-03-18): MINIX 3.2.1, openSUSE 12.3 on desktop, Ubuntu GNOME and UbuntuKylin, distros for musicians, KolibriOS|
|• Issue 498 (2013-03-11): Sabayon Linux 11, Ubuntu's Mir, Linux malware|
|• Issue 497 (2013-03-04): Rebellin Linux 1.00 "Adrenaline", rolling-release Ubuntu, Arch vs spin-offs, justification and diversity|
|• Issue 496 (2013-02-25): Review of Chakra 2013.02, The Book of GIMP, Ubuntu and privacy, FreeNAS vs NAS4Free|
|• Issue 495 (2013-02-18): SparkyLinux 2.1 "Ultra", Fedora 19 schedule, Xubuntu on DVD, cloud privacy|
|• Issue 494 (2013-02-11): FreeBSD 9.1, web server stats, Anaconda, rolling-release PC-BSD, fixing broken packages in Arch|
|• Issue 493 (2013-02-04): UberStudent 2.0, OmniBoot 1.0, MariaDB, Enlightenment 0.17|
|• Issue 492 (2013-01-28): Fedora 18 review, systemd, Kali Linux, Ubuntu Unleashed|
|• Issue 491 (2013-01-21): Fuduntu 2013.1, Fedora 18 desktop choices, Consort, accessing encrypted drive|
|• Issue 490 (2013-01-14): Look at Manjaro Linux 0.8.3, openSUSE on Chromebook, Able2Extract 8.0|
|• Issue 489 (2013-01-07): PC-BSD 9.1, Arch spin-offs, rolling-releases, year-end PHR stats, removing applications|
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