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1 • DistroWatch's Look (by DaveW on 2004-04-19 15:45:32 GMT) |
I appreciate DistroWatch as an incredibly information-packed site that's brilliantly packaged to enable easy navigation. The design is exactly right for the site's purpose. The jerk at OSNews obviously can't be bothered to spend 30 seconds to see where s/he's at, and is not somebody who can benefit from the information therein. I mean, the person doesn't know where to start reading? Maybe "a little bit of text in the middle" would be a clue? Keep on doing what you're doing.
PS: I'm not seeing any "new" lables with Firefox .7 with cookies turned on.
2 • Lame suse (by GP at 2004-04-19 16:06:51 GMT)
«SUSE Personal does not come with GCC, make, or any other compiler tool that I needed to install my own software from source. This is no good.»
And the guy goes on explaining why it's a bad idea not the have a compiler on a Linux system.
Was this article meant for April 1st and publication was postponed until now? Otherwise, this would be so idiotic on the part of suse that I'd certainly have a big X on their distro for years to come.
3 • Content placement on the frontpage (by Penguin on 2004-04-19 16:22:34 GMT)
I suppose that "Linux Software" is a sponsored link? Anyway, it takes quite a big piece of space in the beginning of the DW front page. Any chance to place that part in some other place that is not so central?
At the moment and though I use big 1600x1200 resolution the first actual DW news headlines appera not until about mid page on my screen. I suppose that on a 800x600 resolution one wouldn't see any news headlines at all without scrolling the page down first.
The current design works ok though, and I understand the need for commercial ads etc., but now when I think about it, the main news information on the front page could be placed upper than it currently is on the page. IMHO nonrelevant things like the page hit ranking could also be placed a bit lower on the frontpage if necessary.
4 • Site layout (by DiegoG at 2004-04-19 16:39:56 GMT)
Perhaps you could send the language selection bar to the bottom, or perhaps give a brief explanation of the site's purpose below the slogan "put the fun...". I agree that a person that can't find any information in the first 4 seconds of attention is probably not worth worrying about, but your advertisers may think different. I've been visiting your great site for some years now, and I'll still be reading it if you change your layout, so adapting it to new visitors is fine for me.
5 • eLearnix 2.6.5 (by SyntaxError at 2004-04-19 16:48:27 GMT)
Has anyone tried this release? I got kernel panic on 2 machines. I looked at their homepage to see where I could report errors but found none.
6 • Distrowatch's Look (by Paul at 2004-04-19 17:24:30 GMT)
Don't mind him, the site looks great, and is very easy to find what you want. You can't please all the people all the time, but I am sure your site pleases 98% of them :-) Keep up the GREAT work.
7 • Firefox New Labels (by SnowX on 2004-04-19 17:41:40 GMT)
I have the same problem when visiting http://www.distrowatch.com/, but if you go to http://distrowatch.com/, they seem to appear just fine :-)
8 • search by package version level (by Aus on 2004-04-19 18:11:20 GMT)
Something that could be useful, for instance if you needed to select a distro which came nicely with a certain kernel level requiring no upgrading, is to possibly be able to search all distros offering a particular package (at install level) @ a particular (or minimum) version level.
eg search for all distros which offer a stock 2.6.3 kernel (or above) ?
obviously this would be limited to the packages and versions tracked by distrowatch.
Just a thought I came across when encountering problems upgrading a distro from 2.4 to 2.6 kernel.
9 • Layout/Theme for LinEspa? (by MET on 2004-04-19 18:49:13 GMT)
I saw the screenshot for LinEspa (http://www.linespa.com/) and I like it. Can some provide me with their thoughts on how to accomplish the same layout and look for task bar, clock and player?
10 • Layout (by brodders at 2004-04-19 18:56:38 GMT)
Yes, it is cluttered - but you do pack in a lot of info!
Perhaps.. make your near-top datetime:
Last Update: Monday 19 April 2004 15:15 GMT
with a # hotlink to the first news item on the same page just further down and retitle it like:
with Today's News Last Update: Monday 19 April 2004 15:15 GMT
making this as visually broad as the DistroWatch Logo & perhaps give it it's own colour... a bit like this
11 • distrowatch.com Site Layout (by Brad Mc. on 2004-04-19 19:22:07 GMT)
I agree wholeheartedly with the person on OSNews who said that it's hard to find the main text. Although s/he could've been more cordial about it and possibly offered some suggestions. I discovered this site by way of RSS feeds (a bloglines search, specifically), and every time I've opened a page to something like the distrowatch weekly, I think you're site is broken at first glance because the section with the list of story links just blends in to the sea of other sections.
There's way too much at one time, and the main section of most pages starts at the bottom of the screen on the average 1024x768 res. screen.
My guess is that you want to have a somewhat different look from the average site out there, but I believe there is one simple way to make your site _much_ more easily readable. Step one would simply be to list your navigation down the left side, instead of across the top. And there's probably a lot more whitespace around the logo image than you really need. The mirror site listing could probably go across, under the logo, and in a smaller size. A lot of the existing left and right column content could probably stand to have its own page instead of being fully listed on the front and sub pages.
Not only would this bring your main page content as far to the top as possible, but it would also put it in a more conventional format that most people are used to. And I think being more conventional, instead of more original, is really important for a site with this much info.
I think that looking at simiarly large sites made by companies who have the money to put into the research of things like readability, etc, is a good idea here. I thin CNN and USA Today are good examples. Although their front pages are a little busy, they still have their latest content near the top. And I think their subpages are a good example of what I mean.
Anyway, I don't mean to hate ... I mean, I love your site, and you have tons of great info to offer. But since you brought it up... ;-)
12 • Debian Package a Day (by Unpronounceable on 2004-04-19 19:26:04 GMT)
Thanks for pointing out this really interesting site. I'm an ardent advocate of Open Source Software but the "technical" (read: unimaginative & unpronounceable) program names sometimes almost make me cry. Anyway, it's good to see a site that introduces the fine programs that hide behind these horrible names.
13 • DistroWatch layout (by Leo on 2004-04-19 21:02:57 GMT)
I love the CONTENT of the site, but I totally think that at some point it will need a radical facelift. I humbly think that a homepage should be readable without scrolling (or with very little scrolling).
The idea IMHO is to present, in the main homepage, nicely presented links to the several sections of the site. A very nice example is www.suse.com . I also like very much www.mozilla.org , though it is a little to verbose IMHO.
An extreme example of this design philosophy is google.com
For instance, in the main page I would only show a very short summary of the last three Distro news, with a visible to link to "more news", and then expand the news in the "news" section. And so on with the rest of the content. Just a cute icon and a phrase pointing to the Page Hit Ranking , and the Ranking in a separate page.
Anyways, my 2cts !
14 • RE: Lame SUSE (by ladislav at 2004-04-20 00:03:12 GMT)
Just remember that the Personal edition is meant for people who have had no previous exposure to Linux/UNIX. They can simply learn and explore the product without a compiler (you didn't compile your kernel on the first day you installed Linux, right?) Once the users start feeling comfortable, they can get any packages (including compilers) from the Professional edition by pointing YaST to a nearby SUSE mirror (it normally takes about a month or two before the complete SUSE LINUX Professional tree appears on mirrors).
I don't know, but I don't think this is a terribly unfair setup; certainly not unfair enough to start calling SUSE "lame".
15 • RE: Firefox New Labels (by ladislav at 2004-04-20 00:10:59 GMT)
The border and the "NEW" label will only appear on those news items that you haven't seen. Once you've seen them and reload the page, they will appear as normal news items.
This idea came from LinuxToday. I find it a big help to see immediately which news items are new, so that I don't have to scroll down and remember whether I've seen the news or not. However, on LinuxToday, you have to register (or log in) before you can take advantage of this feature.
16 • RE: Content placement on the frontpage (by ladislav at 2004-04-20 00:21:25 GMT)
I suppose that "Linux Software" is a sponsored link?
Yes, it is. Originally, it was meant to go on the sidebar, but I could not fit in there nicely, so I placed it on the top of the page. As soon as its current run is over, I won't accept it again for placement on the top of the page.
17 • RE: DistroWatch layout (by ladislav at 2004-04-20 00:34:47 GMT)
I humbly think that a homepage should be readable without scrolling.
Hmm, I can't say I agree with you here. What you suggest works great for corporate web site with a great range of products and services, but there aren't many news sites that only offer "links to several sections" on their main page. Even if I did what you suggest, how many people would bookmark the main page designed in such a way, instead of the page with news?
Just look at all other news sites - LinuxToday, LWN, NewsForge, MadPenguin... The main pages of all of them present news in chronological order, not just links to different sections. If any of them offered a main page in a SUSE-style corporate web page layout, I would certainly never visit the main page, but simply bookmark the page with news.
I am not saying that your idea is bad, but you really have to look at the site's purpose before making a decision on its layout.
18 • Microsoft Advertisements (by TDB at 2004-04-20 01:08:59 GMT)
It bothers me somewhat that one of the first ads you see is a link to Microsoft's anti-Linux campaign.
19 • Layout: some more suggestions (by Penguin on 2004-04-20 01:14:35 GMT)
Some more thoughts:
Smaller commercial ads could fit with the crowded DW layot better than some wider banners. I suggest that you wouldn't usually accept those wide style commercial banners in the top middle of the DW front page (other pages, or lower space on the front pag could be ok) but reserve that central space for original DW contenmt only. Also commercial ads could fit better the on left and/or right DW column in general. Advertisers probably understand that the DW front page IS quite crowded already, and in order to make people use the site (and see the ads), the relevant content must be easily approachable to customers.
Mirror sites links:
Are those links needed in the top right corner? Could be placed behind a link too, I suppose?
The same with the Debian logo on top left corner. I'm quite sure that that logo could be placed in the bottom of the page too instead of almost the first and topmost spot of the front page, don't you think?
Having those things elsewhere, you could have more room around the DW title banner, for other, more relevant content. I suggest that you place the "Select distribution" and "Type distribution name" fields there, beside the DW banner. Or maybe language options could fit there too?
Latest Packages box:
The site is about distributions, not so much about some new software: So is it necessary to have that sofware info box on the front page at all? It could be behind one of the basic links too, for example?
The same with "Recommended sites" box. Does it need to be on the front page at all?
They don't take too much room on the top, but I suppose that they could be placed somwhere else too instead of the topmost row of the front page? And, they actually are there already in theleft column too. Is it necessary to have the langiage options twice on the front page? Could one or the other option be removed?
If some of those above suggestions could be arranged, there would be much more room for the commercial ads in right or left side column, and the news and other relevant DW content could be placed higher in the wide central column.
20 • RE: Microsoft Advertisements (by ladislav at 2004-04-20 02:04:02 GMT)
Where do you see Microsoft ads? Certainly not on this site, or am I wrong!?
21 • DistroWatch Layout (by Howard on 2004-04-20 04:50:22 GMT)
I think you are doing just fine. Sorry to all the others who think it could be done better. Improvements are always good. I just know that I couldn't do what you do, and appreciate all the great information this site provides. So, I say, do what you can, but in the end the kind of people who are looking for the kind of info this site has would probably like it just about any way you lay it out. I liked it when I first visited it, and I still like it.
22 • Re: LinEspa eyecandy (by Guest on 2004-04-20 05:08:58 GMT)
That would almost certainly be SuperKaramba
Kurumin also uses Karamba eyecandy
23 • Re: LinEspa eyecandy (by Guest on 2004-04-20 05:41:20 GMT)
That particular theme seems to be called glassmachine
There are more themes at http://kdelook.org/
24 • layout and mandrake (by ajc314159 on 2004-04-20 05:56:17 GMT)
I would vote for being able to see some news without scrolling on 1024x768. Not that it all has to be visible, but it should give some clue that there is news in there somewhere :-) Also, the Linux Software ad is not distinguished enough from the content of the page - advertising should be (not glaringly) obviously different from content.
In terms of Mandrake, I have mixed feelings. I love 10 Official but am very annoyed at the mess-up with the mirrors. Many people were unable to download any software or perform any security updates for about a week. This reflects very badly on Mandrake. The real problem, however, is worse. 10 Community edition was SUPPOSED to be updateable to Official if it was kept current with the update mirror. With the mirror problems, the update source was converted to the developement tree (Cooker) and anyone who updated in the last days of the mirror were corrupted with 10.1 cooker packages and no graceful way to get back to the 10.0 Official version.
I just broke down and re-installed. I am pretty adept at it, but for a novice this could be torture. I have respect for Mandrake and it is still my favorite desktop distro by far, but this really got to me...
I don't know what to say other than they probably lost a number of people less loyal than I.
25 • THE release of the year? (by cies at 2004-04-20 08:31:51 GMT)
> SUSE LINUX 9.1 - promises to be the release of the year
I heard the next SuSE will be THE release this year, because it will feature all of 'project utopia's goodness (HAL, D-BUS, udev, etc.)
At least I'm waiting for my release of the year :)
26 • Main page layout (by Jerry Willimann at 2004-04-20 08:37:34 GMT)
I am not sure about the person who complained about the Distrowatch main page but I have been using the Internet for many years and this is one of the best pages I have seen for this type of web site. Everything is there. It's just a matter of getting a mental map of the layout and then use it!! No big deal.
Keep it as is. It looks great.
27 • website (by Jon at 2004-04-20 12:46:00 GMT)
I do like the website layout. The only scary thing I see is an add to still buy SuSE 8.2!
28 • RE: RE: DistroWatch layout (by Anonymous on 2004-04-20 13:43:29 GMT)
> > I humbly think that a homepage should be readable
> > without scrolling.
> Hmm, I can't say I agree with you here. What you suggest works > great for corporate web site with a great range of products and
> services, but there aren't many news sites that only offer "links to > several sections" on their main page
Excellent point. I hadn't thought about it. But simplicity and minimal information (as far as possible) can still be a goal. See for instance http://www.cbc.ca . Or even news.google.com , with a headlines section and the rest below (I still prefer www.cbc.ca ), along the lines of what ajc314159 suggests above.
Also, this is YOUR page, so you know better than anyone what you offer. But let me tell you how I use DW:
1) as a news site
2) as a reference site
Several times I need a link, info on some mandrake package, or something distro related and I come here. I have sent dozens of new Linux users to DW to get an idea of what distros are out there, etc. Those users are not particularly interested in the news.
Anyways, keep rocking Ladislav !
29 • Site Design (by Bob at 2004-04-20 14:04:19 GMT)
The only thing I would do immediately would be to put the LinuxSoft.cz "Linux Software" section at the very top until you get rid of it, and to remove the "Site Navigation" banner in favor of a "Site Map" link above "Latest News and Updates". This would put "Latest News and Updates" just below the title and be more accessable. And can you have a link to LiveCD distros from your Site Map? It is kind of hard to find.
I would also make the columns to either side of "Latest News and Updates" a slightly darker shade in order to better distinguish between the sections.
Thank you for your hard work.
30 • RE: website (by ladislav at 2004-04-20 14:59:34 GMT)
The only scary thing I see is an add to still buy SuSE 8.2!
Where do you see that!? I thought I had replaced all SUSE 8.2 links to 9.1. If I missed some place, please let me know.
31 • Distrowatch layout (by luddite (London, UK) on 2004-04-20 21:50:52 GMT)
I visit Distrowatch frequently. It is one of my favourite websites. I do not have any trouble finding the info I need. Distrowatch is a great website. I say this wthout reservation.
I also visit OSNews regularly, but I confess I have not read the critique of the DW website appearance.
If one can't be bothered to scroll through this website, then one should stick to simple non-scrolling websites, which aren't quite so physically demanding.
The only thing I am not that keen on are the adverts, but I know money doesn't grow on trees......
PS: I am very glad to see that DW is covering BSDs too.
Keep up the good work. Don't change for the sake of change.
32 • m$ ads (by Anonymous on 2004-04-20 22:17:58 GMT)
"It bothers me somewhat that one of the first ads you see is a link to Microsoft's anti-Linux campaign."
- think about that for a moment: m$ is inadvertently helping to fund this site and to promote Linux while trying to spread its anti-Linux FUD. ironic.
33 • RE: m$ ads (by ladislav at 2004-04-20 22:32:33 GMT)
m$ is inadvertently helping to fund this site
Come on now, I don't have any MS ads on this site. I repeat, there are no Micorosft ads anywhere on DistroWatch. What are you talking about!?
34 • Distrowatch layout (by Dimitri at 2004-04-20 23:18:20 GMT)
I'm no Eistein, but puleeez. There seems nothing difficult about the Distrowatch layout. New apps, new distros, Linux news hyperliks on the left, latest distro news in the middle, hyperlinks to pages of the distros followed by Distrowatch on the right. What's hard about that? Most of us, I would venture, are techies who wrestle with far tougher issues than navigating a Web site. But heck, even newbies should get the hang of Distrowatch easily. I think we should put our energy toward advancing Linux, not toward tinkering with what is argueably one of the top sites devoted to Linux (and BSD!).
35 • Distrowatch Layout (by ChuckP at 2004-04-21 01:55:15 GMT)
I am a rank newbie to Linux and I love your site just the way it is. I think it is the best Linux sit I have found. I know I am echoing the sentiments of many others, but the sheer amount of excellent and current information is what brings me back to the site every day. I would hate to see any of this sacrificed in favour of cosmetic changes to the site's appearance. Stay the course! (sorry about that.)
36 • Suse: still lame IMHO (by GP at 2004-04-21 03:10:14 GMT)
Ladislav ! wrote:
"Just remember that the Personal edition is meant for people who have had no previous exposure to Linux/UNIX. (...) (you didn't compile your kernel on the first day you installed Linux, right?)
Ladislav, I can't believe YOU wrote this! Maybe you only want to spice up the discussion?
Not only didn't I compile my kernel on the first day, I never did. Never needed to. So what? Haven't you ever heard of this configure, make, make install, way of installing from source? :) No big deal. It works. Or should... (I had problems recently with xcdroast.)
If you use Slackware or Debian, you get a compiler and the whole paraphernalia for free. Tell me, what's the up side to having to wait months to get a compiler from the Professional Edition when you PAY to get this Linux distro? Don't you think newbies can leave the compiler just standing there if they don't need it?
Did it ever occured to you that seasoned users could do just fine with the Personnal edition?
What next? They'll remove the command line? Tell me you're just kidding!
37 • College Linux Link problem (by Tariq Farooqi at 2004-04-21 05:56:45 GMT)
I just clicked at the Add on main page and it returned " The connection was refused....".
I think you need to alert them to fix it.
Have a nice day.
38 • Finnish?? (by Andy at 2004-04-21 07:38:29 GMT)
Minor point. I live in Finland, but don't understand it.
DistroWatch is a bit too clever - putting the page in Finnish whenever I refresh. Minor inconvenience (and I suppose I better 'puhu suomea' sometime...)
-But, thanks for the site!
39 • Your site (by Anonymous at 2004-04-21 08:52:34 GMT)
To whomever it may concern:
I thought I was unique but I have found I am, rather, a member of a growing population who refer to distrowatch.com on such a regular basis, as to go through gut-wrenching withdrawal symptoms if I don't get several hits of it a day. As Linux's significance increases, so, proportionately, does the importance of DistroWatch.com.
When I first visited the site, I did find it a bit intimidating, but in a short while, I discovered I was getting more bang for the buck here than on virtually any site I've visited.
I can understand some folks' consternation with its design, but it's apparent that the maintainers' goals, along with integrity, are most clear: to be as thorough as possible with regard to the issues and resources surrounding and involved in Linux, GNU/Linux, and/or open source.
Such clarity of purpose is evidenced in your honest admission of your proclivity for Debian, an area in which we concur, though concurrence in not essential for the use and enjoyment of your information.
I personally hope you don't change one damn thing about DistroWatch.com. Thank you for your amazing site. It's brought me more hours of enjoyment, excitement, suspense, and drama than HBO and CNN ever could.
Warmest wishes and best of continued success,
40 • Re: M$ ads (by sven on 2004-04-21 15:17:37 GMT)
The Microsoft ad in question is from Google, links to their "get the facts" campaign.
41 • Distrowatch Site Layout (by Sandy Kerr at 2004-04-22 07:36:03 GMT)
It's great, don't "fix" it! Add to it, adjust the details, but leave the basics as is. Thanks for a fine service, I'll be checking in several times daily as long as the guts of the site remain.
42 • PLD Live CD (by Sergio on 2004-04-22 12:55:40 GMT)
It must be the most amazing I have ever seen!
How did they manage to squeeze so much in so little space: several desktop environments, tons of app, several languages...
Kudos to them, they deserve praise no end.
Is there a way to install PLD to HD?
43 • PLD Live CD MINI (by BillH at 2004-04-22 14:16:51 GMT)
Looks like PLD also has a 174 Mb mini-distro. Go down their homepage about 4 items and look for the link. Online machine "translation" indicates that it is a work in progress.
44 • Site layout (by Henrique Maia at 2004-04-23 10:02:35 GMT)
Hello Ladislav, hello all,
First of all, the site content is absolutely great. This is one of my favourite Linux's site. Been reading it daily more than a year now. Nevertheless, I have to agree with all the folks here who said things about the site layout. I have nothing more to add than what have been said, but I wrote to state my opinion. I think DW would benefit this change, especially for new readers that would find the information more easily.
Thanks a lot Ladislav for the work, thanks all for reading,
45 • Livux 1.1: a smart linux distro. (by Teobromina on 2004-04-25 09:01:47 GMT)
and download the present version (1.1).
It is based in Knoppix, and it is a very good work for those that need a live CD distro using ES (Spanish) as the main languaje. It has a smart environement, improved links to programmes and applications in the desktop, and a good help to install it in the hard disk. Copying its main folder 'livux' to the hd at any partition provides another way to start the OS, just using the CD as a boot disk (as a sort of lilo).
I recommend it to all of you.
46 • More about site layout (by Henrique Maia at 2004-04-25 17:53:06 GMT)
Why don't you make a survey about the site layout, in the home page?
In that way, you could have a way of finding if it's really worth to make the change or not.
47 • Absence of information (by Charlie at 2004-05-17 16:26:20 GMT)
Hi Folks, Have one question! What happened to the section on the home page that listed the different adons like Database, Utilities, Office etc?
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|• Issue 716 (2017-06-12): Slackel 7.0, Ubuntu working with GNOME on HiDPI, openSUSE 42.3 using rolling development model, exploring kernel blobs|
|• Issue 715 (2017-06-05): Devuan 1.0.0, answering questions on systemd, Linux Mint plans 18.2 beta, Yunit/Unity 8 ported to Debian|
|• Issue 714 (2017-05-29): Void, enabling Wake-on-LAN, Solus packages KDE, Debian 9 release date, Ubuntu automated bug reports|
|• Issue 713 (2017-05-22): ROSA Fresh R9, Fedora's new networking features, FreeBSD's Quarterly Report, UBports opens app store, Parsix to shut down, SELinux overview|
|• Issue 712 (2017-05-15): NixOS 17.03, Alpha Litebook running elementary OS, Canonical considers going public, Solus improves Bluetooth support|
|• Issue 711 (2017-05-08): 4MLinux 21.0, checking file system fragmentation, new Mint and Haiku features, pfSense roadmap, OpenBSD offers first syspatch updates|
|• Issue 710 (2017-05-01): TrueOS 2017-02-22, Debian ported to RISC-V, Halium to unify mobile GNU/Linux, Anbox runs Android apps on GNU/Linux, using ZFS on the root file system|
|• Issue 709 (2017-04-24): Ubuntu 17.04, Korora testing new software manager, Ubuntu migrates to Wayland, running Nix package manager on alternative distributions|
|• Issue 708 (2017-04-17): Maui Linux 17.03, Snaps run on Fedora, Void adopts Flatpak, running Android apps on GNU/Linux, Debian elects Project Leader|
|• Issue 707 (2017-04-10): PCLinuxOS 2017.03, Canonical stops Unity development, OpenBSD on a Raspberry Pi, setting up a VPN for privacy|
|• Issue 706 (2017-04-03): Super Grub2 Disk, Snap packages of deepin applications, Subgraph OS routes network traffic for one application, announcements from Linux Mint|
|• Issue 705 (2017-03-27): Minimal Linux Live, sharing control of the operating system, new KaOS features, Uplos32 provides 32-bit fork of PCLinuxOS|
|• Issue 704 (2017-03-20): ToarusOS 1.0.4, Linux Mint's security record, Debian starts Project Leader election, Ubuntu 12.04 reaches end-of-life|
|• Issue 703 (2017-03-13): SolydXK 201701, CloudReady, Solus announces new features, KDE Connect sends text messages from desktop, openSUSE's YaST module for Let's Encrypt|
|• Issue 702 (2017-03-06): Fatdog64 Linux, elementary OS bundled with new netbook, Haiku announces new features, security and the size of a distro's development team|
|• Issue 701 (2017-02-27): OBRevenge 2017.02, Mageia 6 delays, NetBSD reproducible builds, questions about swap space, trying to steam video on a Raspberry Pi|
|• Issue 700 (2017-02-20): RaspBSD, Debian replaces Icedove with Thunderbird, Fedora's licensing guidlines, tips for switching shells, finding battery charge, getting IP address and killing processes|
|• Issue 699 (2017-02-13): Clear Linux, GhostBSD network utility ported to FreeBSD, Ubuntu coming to Fairphone, elementary OS crowd funding an app store|
|• Issue 698 (2017-02-06): Solus 2017.01.01, comparing containers with portable applicatins, Tails dropping 32-bit support, Debian Stretch enters freeze|
|• Issue 697 (2017-01-30): Subgraph OS 2016.12.30, running Ubuntu on an Android phone, Arch Linux phasing out 32-bit support, Linux Mint testing updated LMDE media|
|• Issue 696 (2017-01-23): GoboLinux 016, remotely running desktop applications, Solus adopting Flatpak, KDE neon using Calamares, TrueOS tests OpenRC|
|• Issue 695 (2017-01-16): Zorin OS 12, Peppermint team fixes installer bug, Debian refreshes Jessie media, Ubuntu improves low graphics mode, Exciting things coming in 2017|
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The Blue Linux Project was an association of individuals who are interested in creating a free operating system for educational use. This operating system that we are working on was called Blue Linux. Linux was a completely free kernel started by Linus Torvalds and now currently supported by thousands of programmers worldwide. Of course, the thing that people want was application software: programs to help them get what they want to do done, from editing documents, keeping school administration information, to playing games. Blue Linux comes with thousands of packages (precompiled software that was bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine) -- all of it free.