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1 • Distributions (by Alfie on 2011-08-22 09:30:53 GMT from United States) |
CTKArch is a minimalistic Arch Linux setup (and not a distribution), that comes with a set of carefully selected applications and provides maximum hardware support, exclusively using free open-source software.
Once installed, it becomes a classical Arch Linux installation, with applications for web browsing, e-mail, chat, FTP, file-management & archiving, office, image, audio and video viewing & edition, and CD burning: just as if you had spent your day choosing them.
Could other developers think this way? That they are actually making a Ubuntu setup, Suse setup, Gentoo setup, Slackware setup etc?
2 • ... ham ... webos? (by meanpt on 2011-08-22 10:09:25 GMT from Portugal)
... I'm wondering if I'll have the chance of, in Europe, put my hands on a localized version of hte HP Touchpad, as you in the states will have, for either 100 or 150 green bank notes, ... you're spoiled people ...
3 • Linux/Android (by Stok on 2011-08-22 10:31:27 GMT from United Kingdom)
Jesse's piece is somewhat cursory - might he be invited to present a much longer piece? Since Debian offers an ARM version, many mobiles are ARM-powered, some discussion of differences and similarities between it and x86 ones would be helpful? How come some of the early ARM netbooks were able to run cut-down Linux (mods of x86?). Can mobiles (and tablets) be persuaded to run Deb-ARM? What are the limitations on porting between desktops & mobiles/tablets? What proprietary elements frustrate synching? And a host of related questions.
4 • RE:2 Better do it soon. (by Eddie Wilson on 2011-08-22 11:47:56 GMT from United States)
If you want one you had better do it soon as HP has decided to drop its PC and Touchpad business. Also they pretty much have abandoned webOS.
5 • webOS is dead (by Candide on 2011-08-22 12:30:26 GMT from Taiwan)
I guess that the news hasn't filtered down yet to everyone. It looks HP is pulling the plug on webOS:
If HP would open-source the whole thing, then maybe it would take off. But I don't expect HP to do that. And of course, there is Meego, but with Nokia throwing in the towel and becoming Microsoft's lapdog, I'm not sure we'll see any action there either. A pity. So right now, it's either Apple or Android.
6 • Happy birthday, Debian! (by Darkman on 2011-08-22 13:09:07 GMT from United States)
To all the Debian developers and contributors, thank you for eighteen remarkable years.
7 • Scientific Linux (by PF YEarwood on 2011-08-22 13:10:33 GMT from United States)
I enjoyed the review of Scientific Linux. I have tried the 6.0 and 6.1 versions and maybe a 5.x. I do not remember having the same troubles, Jesse, you had. I use the GUI for installation as I never had good luck with word problems in math classes.
I wonder if there was an error in your burning the ISO. I had a liveCD once that would not boot into the live desktop unless I started the install option, and then canceled the install. It went right into the desktop. Anyway.
I only use the full DVD when I test the latest SL release. I do not find the graphic updater that slow, compared to the problems I had with Debian version of the second most popular release in its download speed. Unlike you, Jesse, I do not feel competent enough to use th CLI. Must be my extremely low level of CLI experience.
One thing I will mention from my own limited use of Scientific Linux. I install the 32 bit version because I have only 4 Gig RAM and SL does not have a Flash installer for any of its versions. OK, I do cross to the Dark Side at times. Flash has a 32 bit rpm version that I use.
I like the Scientific Linux because it helps me understand an ecosystem other than my preferred Ubuntu LTS. What I don't like is that for some reason, Ubu's Startup Manager does not recognize SL when I try to triple boot with Win7 and Ubuntu. (I told you I flirt with the Dark Side.) I know a few ways I can overcome that problem now. I'll be re-installing it in a few days.
Oh, that atom on the desktop is Boron, which is the name of the 6.x release.
Have fun computing.
8 • Scientific (by Jesse on 2011-08-22 13:29:09 GMT from Canada)
>> "I wonder if there was an error in your burning the ISO. I had a liveCD once that would not boot into the live desktop unless I started the install option, and then canceled the install. It went right into the desktop. Anyway."
I wondered the same thing, however whenever I run into install problems I check the burn to make sure the checksums match. The disc appears to be fine and, aside from the weird installer behaviour, everything else worked.
On a different note, the news of HP dropping webOS came out after I write the Q&A piece. It looks like you will have to be quick if you want to get a webOS device. They're disappearing quickly.
9 • Scientific Linux (by Sly on 2011-08-22 14:19:52 GMT from United States)
I've been curious about Scientific Linux for quite a while. If it can use the regular Fedora repositories and some other 3rd party repositories, then it may be worth a shot.
10 • SL 6.0 (by walter_j on 2011-08-22 14:34:32 GMT from Canada)
I installed SL 6.0, and had no problems with the installation. I did have lockups however. Probably video driver. A major issue for me was the small selection of software available in the software manager. Maybe I'm spoiled by ubuntu and debian - which have thousands. I'm not into downloading source files and compiling - it can be too difficult for larger packages. Is there other repositories i can add?
11 • Scientific Linux (by DavidMcCann on 2011-08-22 15:16:18 GMT from United Kingdom)
Scientific Linux should not be used with the normal repositories for Fedora, but there are third-party repositories available: RPMfusion has a Red Hat section and Fedora provides one called EPEL. You need to configure yum to prevent possible conflicts, and instructions on how to do that are given on the CentOS site.
12 • SL Repositories (by Matthew_T on 2011-08-22 15:28:17 GMT from United States)
I wanted to like SL 6.0 but was frightened off by the idea of mixing packages from two different repositories to satisfy dependencies for apps like Exaile. I'm happy with Debian Stable but would still like to have a go at SL again sometime.
13 • Debian B-Day (by Ken on 2011-08-22 15:31:56 GMT from Canada)
I will 2nd Darkman in thanking anyone who has been a contributor to Debian, whether programmer, packager, tutorial author, and any other of the myriad ways that people had supported that distro.
14 • ! Excelente, Linux liviano, ELIVE 2.0 ¡ (by Armando Tamayo Vargas on 2011-08-22 15:45:03 GMT from Colombia)
Buscando una Distro Liviana, me encintré con ELIVE 2.0, la cual es una distribución con un LiveCD, desde donde se puede probar sin necesidad de instalar, y creanme que es más que buena y precisa para correr en maquinas o PC Viejas, (Old PC) que tengan pocos recursos.
Lo anterior no implica que se tenga que renunciar a un escritorio feo y frio, No, por el contrario se tiene una interface muy bonita y moderna, que permite cambiar a su gusto y estetica.
En todo caso está muy "CHEVERE", lo recomiendo.
Armanto Tamayo V.
15 • 18 candles (by zykoda on 2011-08-22 16:11:57 GMT from United Kingdom)
Debian could do better in the popularity stakes. Popularity, unfortunately, cannot be equated with excellence and stability. Hidden qualities, sometimes difficult to reach, lie beneath. But here is a birthday to celebrate. Debian for HURD, BSD, Linux, Minix?... maybe. So many architectures and package rich. There are omissions....what do I use for trading stocks?
16 • android and linux (by hotdiggettydog on 2011-08-22 17:20:45 GMT from Canada)
Android may be based on the linux kernel but it is leaps and bounds ahead of any current linux distribution as far as features and user-friendliness.
I've only just started playing with android 2.2. It is clear to see where the future is headed. For starters speech and handwriting recognition software work well in android. These two features alone make android appealing to the masses.
17 • Pear OS (by Carlos Felipe on 2011-08-22 18:03:53 GMT from Brazil)
My monday is very sad when no there is new good distros to download it :(
Pear OS is a "copy" from Elementary OS project and moreover is only 64bits.
18 • Trying something new (by Jesse on 2011-08-22 18:21:48 GMT from Canada)
Sorry this is a little off-topic, but please bear with me. I finally caved and set up a Twitter account, so those of you who ... tweet/twitter/follow can keep up with stuff I'm working on. Mostly the feed will consist of side projects I'm working on, musings about distros and projects I want to try out and the occasional geeky puzzle. And it'll give people another method of sending me suggestions and feedback as I love hearing from you. At the moment I'm not sure if this feed will last, but I'm experimenting with it....
19 • Re: webOS is dead? (by Ricardo on 2011-08-22 18:45:10 GMT from Argentina)
@5: Read what you posted: "HP Discontinues Operations for webOS Devices".
Devices being the key word.
HP still intends to make money off of webOS, whether it is using it in their printers (as they're also selling out their PC bussiness) or licensing it to 3rd parties, we'll have to wait and see.
I certainly hope they license it and someon else (HTC, maybe?) makes a great webOS phone/tablet, as the OS is pretty good but the hardware wasn't up to par.
Oh, and I hope next time (if there is one) they remember to turn debugging off *before* they ship a product....
20 • ... webos (by meanpt on 2011-08-22 20:09:12 GMT from Portugal)
.. they could install it for single or double bootin with the ogher OS in the touchscren devices (convertible tablets too), instead of a cheap and rebranded splashtop which isn't geared for such devices :)
21 • Revolution OS II would have been nice this year (by Martin on 2011-08-22 20:36:42 GMT from South Africa)
Ten years ago, the movie Revolution OS was released, marking the 10th anniversary of Linux. It's a pity that 10 years on, we don't have a follow-up/sequel. It would have been a great opportunity to showcase the developments in the Linux world since then.
22 • Sl6.1 (by Andy on 2011-08-22 21:42:47 GMT from United States)
I installed SL6.1 from the "install dvd" and had no problems. Been using it as a desktop since early August and it works great. It is a little confusing about which iso to use, however, somewhere in the SL forums there was a recommendation to use the "install dvid" (as opposed to the live version and the everything version). The SL Website has a nice graphical installation guide and a text based one also. It is fast, has low memory usage, it is very secure and the official site mentions support thru 2017. Between the SL repositories, RHEL repositories and great third party ones like RPM Forge I found everything I needed. I was looking for a distro that was not too bloated and fits the bill nicely. Thanks to the developers!
"One thing I will mention from my own limited use of Scientific Linux. I install the 32 bit version because I have only 4 Gig RAM and SL does not have a Flash installer for any of its versions. OK, I do cross to the Dark Side at times. Flash has a 32 bit rpm version that I use."
You can find several versions of the 64 bit at RPM Forge. I installed the most recent and have had no problems what so ever. Thanks to Dag and others!
23 • Debian Great Distro (by ghostdawg on 2011-08-22 22:40:50 GMT from United States)
Happy birthday Debian, and thanks to all the Debian developers and contributors, who help make it one of the best distros around.
24 • Happy Birthday to Daddy Debian (by Eddie Wilson on 2011-08-23 00:21:50 GMT from United States)
The importance of Debian in the open source world cannot be ignored. It is the rock solid base from which many a distro have evolved from. It itself can be qualified as a top distro performer. While there are many excellent RPM distros it can't be denied that Debian has made the world of distros richer. So happy birthday to you Debian.
25 • Debian (by octathlon on 2011-08-23 00:35:03 GMT from United States)
Happy 18th Birthday, Debian! Keep up the good work!
26 • Scientific linux (by firstname.lastname@example.org on 2011-08-23 00:57:37 GMT from Thailand)
Been running it for ages and it's great. No need for BFS kernels or anything as it simply responsive and never thrashes - unlike some of the popular hyped distros out there.
Only issue (I started with 6 and now have upgraded to 6.1) was getting that dreaded codec to install . yes, the one for mp3. Had to hunt around different repos and got one from Fedora eventually. Also no mono rpm (the ones for fedora don't work) so I still can't get stuff like Jupitor to work(laptop configuration)
But overall it's a keeper.
27 • SL6.1 and Flash (by Redman on 2011-08-23 05:11:40 GMT from Netherlands)
If you add the RPMforge repo (called Repoforge these days), you can install the 64 bits flash-plugin without any problem. Mixing repos can cause problems when done without care (some 3rd party repos bite each other like EPEL and RPMforge).
28 • SL 6.1 and libsane (by Mumuhamster in the box on 2011-08-23 06:13:43 GMT from Germany)
I would love to install and use SL 6.1 for SOHO. Is there a newer libsane package anywhere to keep my scanner (Canon LIDE 110) running? The delivered one doesn't support it.
29 • Let me fix the review... (by Tom on 2011-08-23 20:20:58 GMT from United States)
"Here I ran into a problem. After copying files the installer said it was performing its "post-install" tasks and stalled. After waiting half an hour, I.." found another distro and installed one that works.
At least that's what it should have said. With the wonderful diversity of choices of distros available, there isn't any reason to have to put up with problems like this.
30 • No mono in SL? (by Barnabyh on 2011-08-23 20:23:47 GMT from United Kingdom)
I would consider that a good thing. No mono, no problem.
31 • Happy Birthday Debian! (by Robin Lyndsay Taylor on 2011-08-23 21:12:33 GMT from United States)
Great Granddaddy of dozens of distros, Debian is an awesome foundation on which to build - almost anything the user wants! Debian can be "made into" anything from a server to a kid-friendly desktop; and from a rock-stable mission-critical OS to a bleeding-edge high-risk thrill ride. We salute you, Debian!
32 • Scientific Linux review and comments (by Caitlyn Martin on 2011-08-23 23:11:25 GMT from United States)
#29 + Jesse: Using the install DVDs I had no problem at all with the installer in either the 32-bit or 64-bit versions. I've tried it on everything from a netbook to rather powerful servers. It just works in all the cases I've tried. I don't generally use the live CDs. I don't know if what you encountered is a problem with the live CD or with your burn.
#10: Red Hat based distros, much like openSUSE and Slackware, really force you to use multiple repositories. There is no shortage of software, even compared to Debian and Ubuntu. There is just a need to use multiple sources and that is a bit more work until you get it all setup properly.
Regarding the lockup issues you faced, please don't judge the 6.1 release by 6.0. There were quite a number of bugs, as there always are with "dot zero" releases of almost anything, that were fixed in 6.1.
#12: There is a plugin called yum-priorities that can be used to avoid conflicts between different repositories. It works well on Red Hat, CentOS, Scientific Linux, and PUIAS. I use it on servers I maintain for my business as well as my desktop and I have had no problem using EPEL, Atomic, CentALT, CentOS Extras and Remi repositories all on the same box.
#26/#30: Packages are available for Mono in third party repos. You can have Jupiter if you really want it.
33 • Fedora grub2 (by Greg on 2011-08-24 00:54:07 GMT from United States)
Fedora is changing to grub2. I recently installed Fedora 14, because it uses grub legacy, and not grub2. Would someone please develop a program that would make changing grub2 easier. I don't want memtest86, or old versions of distros listed. I can get rid of things like that easily on grub legacy, but changes to grub config are only temporary.
34 • @33 GRUB2 Configuration (by Stan on 2011-08-24 01:43:25 GMT from United States)
Assuming that Fedora implements GRUB 2 as Debian and its derivatives do, what you need to do is edit /etc/default/grub to change the settings. I usually put in:
at the very least to make sure that it doesn't scan all my partitions on every single GRUB update. Editing the timeout is another common change to the file. Then, look at the scripts in the /etc/grub.d directory. If there are any you don't want to be run, use chmod to take out the execute permission in order to disable them, e.g.:
chmod -v -x /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+
will make it stop putting in memtest. Finally, you can edit the /etc/grub.d/40_custom file (or whatever number Fedora ends up assigning it) to put in whatever you want at the end.
Hope that helps!
35 • RE:34 Editing the files (by Ron on 2011-08-24 01:52:05 GMT from United States)
Yes, I do what you describe and it works, but why the developers decided to have Grub2 splattered all over the directory tree baffles me. Surely there must be a reason everything is not simply in grub directory.
36 • RE:33, Grub2 Customizer (by Eddie Wilson on 2011-08-24 11:52:55 GMT from United States)
Grub Customizer is what I use to do quick edits of Grub2. It's mainly for use on Ubuntu and Debian systems. Info on Grub Customizer can be found at the link.
37 • Scientific Linux (by Bob on 2011-08-24 16:15:35 GMT from Brazil)
I've been using SL6 x86_64 for a few months now, after a couple years using Ubuntu, and I'm absolutely loving it. I didn't run into any problems regarding the installation. I find the distro extremely fast on my aging system (first gen Athlon 64, 1GB ram), and is also very stable.
Also worth mentioning is that the SL forums are awesome: friendly people that actually help you instead of telling you to fuck off and read a thousand line man page.
Overall, it's been a very positive experience, so I can only recommend it!
38 • pinguy forum captcha (by jack on 2011-08-25 00:19:39 GMT from Canada)
pinguy installed without any problem; but registering for their forum involves reading an unreadable captcha. There seems to be only 2 variations.
A pity as being forced to jump through hoops pisses me off and destroys what was a great feeling about the OS
(it does not seem to show any way of getting nvidia drivers. which was the reason I went to their forum)
39 • Re: #32 Scientific Linux Repositories (by Sly on 2011-08-25 13:38:11 GMT from United States)
Opensuse is user friendly in that the OS lists their repositories and setting them up is as easy as clicking on a box. At least two of their normal third party repositories practically set themselves up when you install codecs. This allows users to quickly attend to other setup customizations. I'm assuming that is not the case with SL.
40 • #39: Third party repos (by Caitlyn Martin on 2011-08-25 16:01:18 GMT from United States)
All that the official Scientific Linux website has is links to the various repos at http://www.scientificlinux.org/community/repo/ Each repo then generally has a link that will allow you to install a package that adds the repo. I'd say the difference is an extra mouse click or two. openSUSE doesn't make every possible repo just a click away and neither does Scientific Linux. There are some popular repos for both distros that really are straightforward and simple to setup. I don't see a significant difference between the two.
41 • RE:34 grub2 (by Greg on 2011-08-25 23:55:21 GMT from United States)
Thank you for the assist with grub2. I tried installing Ubuntu, and I am content with the results, after following your suggestions.
42 • SL... (by KevinC on 2011-08-26 05:00:03 GMT from United States)
I tried SL per the DVD install & ran into problems I've had in the past w/ Network Manager...it is enabled but won't start. W/ the live CD it works fine. Still, tho, I've found CentOS 6 a little more refined (per DVD install)...but it's almost a push. Dedoimedo's guide is nice to follow to get CentOS, SL, etc up to speed:
And thanks to CM for the tip on Yum Priorities...works like a charm. Esp, w/ the VLC conflict b/ween Dag and EPEL repos. CentOS 6 has been fairly easy, but I've had a lot of experience w/ Fedora. IIRC, Fedora Core was my 1st linux more than a decade ago. It's amazing how far rpm-based distros have come---it used to be dependency hell.
I must add that I am and have been really impressed w/ KDE 4.6+ distros. Kubuntu 11.04 and OpenSUSE 11.4 are my 2 current faves. Also, must give props to Mint 11 LXDE and Zoris OS LXDE. I'm using the former on my netbook as I type, but the latter was nice as well. LXDE is a serious contender now & truly lightweight.
43 • PUIAS Linux (by mike on 2011-08-26 05:37:26 GMT from United States)
@Caitlyn or Jesse, have either of you installed and used PUIAS Linux? Did you find any benefits or disadvantages between using PUIAS and CentOS or SL?
44 • @43 (by KevinC on 2011-08-26 05:48:03 GMT from United States)
I 2nd that...saw that when I was looking @ repos for SL. Never had heard of PUIAS before.
45 • #40: Third party repos (by hui on 2011-08-26 11:19:53 GMT from Finland)
In Add/remove software, search for "yum-conf" to get a list of some third party repos.
46 • Ari Lemmke… (by Harry on 2011-08-26 14:04:09 GMT from Canada)
…unsung hero of the free software movement. For renaming Freax to Linux.
47 • Ari Lemke (by Deeon on 2011-08-26 14:42:56 GMT from United Kingdom)
Honest I didn't want to ever release it under the name
Linux because it was too egotistical. What was the name I reserved
for any eventual release? Freax. (Get it? Freaks with the requisite
X.) In fact, some of the early make files --the files that describe
how to compile the sources-- included the word "Freax" for about
half a year. But it really didn't matter. At that point I didn't need a
name for it because I wasn't releasing it to anybody.
And Ari Lemke, who insured that it made its way to the ftp
site, hated the name Freax. He preferred the other working name I
admit that I didn't put up much of a fight. But it was his doing. So
I can honestly say I wasn't egotistical, or half-honestly say I wasn't
egotistical. But I thought okay, that's a good name, and I can
always blame somebody else for it, which I'm doing now.
48 • #43 PUIAS (by Caitlyn Martin on 2011-08-27 18:16:02 GMT from United States)
I have downloaded and installed PUIAS Linux and I am just beginning to experiment with it. I do plan on writing a review, either for here if Jesse doesn't do one or for O'Reilly if he does.
49 • PUIAS checksums (by Ralph on 2011-08-27 20:32:08 GMT from Canada)
I did a fairly comprehensive search for checksums for any of the PUIAS install disc images (the boot iso and the install DVDs) but could not locate any -- does anyone know where they might be hiding?
50 • #48 (by Mike on 2011-08-28 00:23:52 GMT from United States)
Very cool, can't wait to read it. One thing that I would be curious to see is a RHEL clone review that also provided insight to how the KDE environment is support as opposed to the default GNOME DE.
51 • #49/50 PUIAS (by Caitlyn Martin on 2011-08-28 01:03:00 GMT from United States)
#49: Great question, Ralph. I don't have an answer as I haven't found them either. I just joined the puias-users group. That may be the best place for you to ask. See: http://groups.google.com/group/puias-users/about Seems like a friendly bunch.
#50: Mike, so far as I know none of the RHEL clones support or offer KDE.
52 • #51 - KDE on RHEL Clones (by Mike on 2011-08-28 02:00:54 GMT from United States)
Hi Caitlyn, I see KDE 4.3 mentioned in the release notes for RHEL 6 as an alternative desktop. I figured this was just a matter of choosing the customize now option in Anaconda after partitioning, much like in Fedora DVD installs. I would assume the clones offer this as well. I know that Red Hat/Fedora are GNOME centric but I found the Fedora 15 KDE desktop very nice to use.
53 • PUIAS Download (by DblMtn on 2011-08-28 02:50:26 GMT from United States)
Try the above URL for downloading PUIAS.
54 • Re: 50-52, KDE on SL & Centos (by Andy Axnot on 2011-08-28 19:58:20 GMT from United States)
According to their Distrowatch pages both SL & Centos offer KDE; KDE3 before v6.0, KDE4 thereafter.
I have SL v5.6 installed on a spare computer with a KDE3 desktop, quite nice.
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|• Issue 783 (2018-10-01): Quirky 8.6, setting up dual booting with Ubuntu and FreeBSD, Lubuntu switching to LXQt, Mint works on performance improvements|
|• Issue 782 (2018-09-24): Bodhi Linux 5.0.0, Elive 3.0.0, Solus publishes ISO refresh, UBports invites feedback, Linux Torvalds plans temporary vacation|
|• Issue 781 (2018-09-17): Linux Mint 3 "Debian Edition", file systems for SSDs, MX makes installing Flatpaks easier, Arch team answers questions, Mageia reaches EOL|
|• Issue 780 (2018-09-10): Netrunner 2018.08 Rolling, Fedora improves language support, how to customize Kali Linux, finding the right video drivers|
|• Issue 779 (2018-09-03): Redcore 1806, keeping ISO downloads safe from tampering, Lubuntu makes Calamares more flexible, Ubuntu improves GNOME performance|
|• Issue 778 (2018-08-27): GuixSD 0.15.0, ReactOS 0.4.9, Steam supports Windows games on Linux, Haiku plans for beta, merging disk partitions|
|• Issue 777 (2018-08-20): YunoHost 18.104.22.168, limiting process resource usage, converting file systems on Fedora, Debian turns 25, Lubuntu migrating to Wayland|
|• Issue 776 (2018-08-13): NomadBSD 1.1, Maximum storage limits on Linux, openSUSE extends life for 42.3, updates to the Librem 5 phone interface|
|• Issue 775 (2018-08-06): Secure-K OS 18.5, Linux is about choice, Korora tests community spin, elementary OS hires developer, ReactOS boots on Btrfs|
|• Issue 774 (2018-07-30): Ubuntu MATE & Ubuntu Budgie 18.04, upgrading software from source, Lubuntu shifts focus, NetBSD changes support policy|
|• Issue 773 (2018-07-23): Peppermint OS 9, types of security used by different projects, Mint reacts to bugs in core packages, Slackware turns 25|
|• Issue 772 (2018-07-16): Hyperbola GNU/Linux-libre 0.2.4, UBports running desktop applications, OpenBSD auto-joins wi-fi networks, boot environments and zedenv|
|• Issue 771 (2018-07-09): Linux Lite 4.0, checking CPUs for bugs, configuring GRUB, Mint upgrade instructions, SUSE acquired by EQT|
|• Issue 770 (2018-07-02): Linux Mint 19, Solus polishes desktop experience, MintBox Mini 2, changes to Fedora's installer|
|• Issue 769 (2018-06-25): BunsenLabs Helium, counting Ubuntu users, UBports upgrading to 16.04, Fedora CoreOS, FreeBSD turns 25|
|• Issue 768 (2018-06-18): Devuan 2.0.0, using pkgsrc to manage software, the NOVA filesystem, OpenBSD handles successful cron output|
|• Full list of all issues|
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