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1 • Mint goes LTS (by TransformHumanity on 2014-06-02 09:45:08 GMT from India) |
Welcome Linux Mint 17!
The idea to go LTS has long been overdue and it is a welcome relief. The non-LTS releases of Mint were more like trial runs for the next LTS owing to Ubuntus's decision to cut short the support life of non-LTS releases to 9 months.
This was usually being percieved as wasted effort from the Linux Mint team!
It was also confusing the non-techies; they usually wonder why there are so many releases in such short time intervals. And they wouldn't get it that the non-LTS releases are not for them (this was not the case with the 18 month releases - they were still a reasonable choice of an OS for the short term).
2 • Mint should go Debian 7.5 with backports as base (by hobbitland on 2014-06-02 11:28:58 GMT from United Kingdom)
Its even better if Mint switches to Debian 7.5 as a base. With backports Debian 7.5 is actually not that old but its very stable. I'm using XFXE without Pulseaudio.
Ubuntu make too many changes and things keep breaking. Ubuntu 14.04 yet another buggy LST release. In 10 years time Ubuntu may not be here for PCs but Debian will be here.
Its better to make switch now before the MIR hell arrives.
3 • hobbitland ao (by morri on 2014-06-02 11:38:46 GMT from Germany)
There is already a debian based version of Mint.
I appreciate the LTS too, seeing that my prev version was going out of support after only 1 year.
4 • (by César on 2014-06-02 12:07:50 GMT from Chile)
First, once upon a time i tried OpenMandriva, the system goes fine (a little slow to my standard), nice graphics (Nvidia), but one big problem: I never can install my Epson XP-201 (printer and scanner), no how, no way, no, no and no. That's why i never try again this distro.
Second, good for LinuxMint LTS, is a really nice notice, maybe i download and tried.
In other way, because Debian 6 change to LTS, i used Squeeze again in my personal computer, is lightweight compare with new distros, and i used my beloved Gnome 2.30. No problems with that, and i have everything i need.
Greetings from Chile!!!
5 • @Jesse: (by dragonmouth on 2014-06-02 12:10:34 GMT from United States)
You question whether the world really needs another branch in the Mandriva tree but you never question the need for another *buntu offshoot. By now there are at least 50 *buntu-based distros, with a new ones arriving on a weekly basis.
6 • re 5 (by corneliu on 2014-06-02 13:30:11 GMT from Canada)
That remark sruck me too. According to this:
There are about 70 distros based on Ubuntu.
Still, I'd like Rosa and OpenMandriva join Forces with Mageia rather than duplicate work. I think they'd make a strong distro.
7 • truecrypt (by walter_j on 2014-06-02 14:28:50 GMT from Canada)
I seen this on /., and there was speculation they got a letter from US govt. Anybody know whats going on? If we use it, should we switch?
8 • Openmandriva (by Lester on 2014-06-02 14:31:09 GMT from United Kingdom)
I have the same problem with OpenMandriva, system works great, but it is the first distro I have tried for a long time that no matter what I tried I could not get my Brother Printer working. Shame because I was really impressed by it.
9 • re: (by Arkanabar on 2014-06-02 14:32:00 GMT from United States)
There is no reason why ROSA, OpenMandriva, and Mageia cannot share code, ideas, and community members. But they have and are likely to retain somewhat different goals and philosophies, much like Red Hat, Scientific, Springdale, and CentOS. So, they are likely to remain separate communities. I don't have any problem with that, either. It surprises me that Jesse would disparage the desire of these communities to carry on separately, just because the differences which define them (and may largely be emotional or cultural) are not apparent to him.
Linux Mint Debian Edition remains a viable, quality distro, and a number of Ubuntu-based projects continue to switch to a Debian base (including MEPIS, CrunchBang, and most recently, wattOS) or ignore non-LTS Ubuntu releases (Bodhi, MadBox, LXLE). It may come to pass that the only projects that base releases on Ubuntu's 9-month short-term releases will be the official members of the Ubuntu family.
Nor does any of this surprise me. Canonical has always tried to moderate Debian's steeper learning curve, including in developing somewhat modified distros. However, after getting one's feet wet, Debian's more powerful tools and cleaner implementation become more and more attractive to developers.
Which is a good thing. Who knows if Philip Newborough, Ron Ropp, or the LMDE team would have started their distros if they had not had Ubuntu as an on-ramp?
10 • Mint goes LTS (by Gee on 2014-06-02 14:55:01 GMT from United States)
Is anyone going to provide a lightweight Mint 17 based distro? Mate and Cinnamon are about the same on resouces and need over 1gb of ram and 10gb of disk space on a VM.
11 • @10 - Low-resource Mint variants (by Uncle Slacky on 2014-06-02 15:11:05 GMT from France)
If you wait a couple of months, Mint 17 XFCE should be available, with correspondingly lower system requirements.
12 • @8 - Brother printer (by Saptech on 2014-06-02 15:40:08 GMT from United States)
I have a Brother AIO printer and it worked great under Mandriva and now Mageia. I haven't tried Openmandriva but surprise to hear it doesn't work. Working under Mandriva/Mageia was on reason I chose and stuck with it.
13 • @7 (by :wq on 2014-06-02 16:35:40 GMT from United States)
According to Steve Barnhart who contacted TrueCrypt developer "David", “['David'] also said no government contact except one time inquiring about a ‘support contract.'"
It's certainly understandable to treat the account with incredulity, but as it stands, one TrueCrypt developer is on record saying that government pressure was not the reason for cessation of development. Make of it what you will.
As there is an ongoing code audit for TrueCrypt 7.1a, If you use TrueCrypt, I would continue using it assuming good faith (but don't "upgrade" to 7.2) until given reason otherwise. See "Yes . . . TrueCrypt is still safe to use" @ https://www.grc.com/misc/truecrypt/truecrypt.htm. After the audit there will undoubtedly be a fork.
14 • @arkanabar: (by dragonmouth on 2014-06-02 17:09:30 GMT from United States)
MEPIS never was Ubuntu-based, it was always Debian-based.
Speaking of MEPIS, it looks like it is on its final legs. There has not been a new version in about 2 years. It will probably be replaced by MX-14, a combination of MEPIS and antiX.
15 • @14 (by Mepis user on 2014-06-02 17:27:02 GMT from United States)
Mepis 6.0 was based on Ubuntu Dapper
16 • link (by Mepis user on 2014-06-02 17:29:49 GMT from United States)
17 • ClamAV and other anti-virus (by Magic Banana on 2014-06-02 19:23:24 GMT from Brazil)
As far as I understand, ClamAV mainly (only?) detects Windows viruses. That is why its description in Debian tells "the main purpose of this software is the integration with mail servers (attachment scanning)".
As for the other anti-virus programs presented in Ubuntu's wiki, they are all proprietary software. I would certainly not advise their installation: using them probably is more of a security threat than not using them!
18 • TrueCrypt... (by Vukota on 2014-06-02 21:20:54 GMT from United States)
Thanks for raising awareness of this. I have few boxes which will need "upgrade", though I haven't seen a good "upgrade" path for both *indows & Linux boxes and external drives which can be mounted to both. Anyone with a good suggestion? In the past I was against drive encryption, but in today world it is almost a must for personal (and business desktop) boxes.
19 • #15 (by anticapitalista on 2014-06-02 21:48:42 GMT from Greece)
Indeed MEPIS 6.0 and 6.5 (2006) were based on Ubuntu. All previous versioons from 2003 and versions after 2006 were Debian based
20 • BLAG (by Landor on 2014-06-02 22:58:00 GMT from Canada)
Man, where do I start.
I hadn't been here for quite some time and last week I popped in and did something I don't normally do anymore, check home page. I looked over into the left panel and the word BLAG instantly caught my attention!
Finally, the return (however long matters not) of a distribution a real user can sit down with and appreciate. Not just for its Libre' qualities either. No. It also has roots in standing your ground. Drawing a line and saying, "No more!". Reminds me of another distribution like that, one that I wish was Libre' as well, antiX. The bookmarks alone are worth the download, or at least were if they no longer exist.
You can most likely guess what I'll be doing tonight. Actually using BLAG, not playing with a distribution as many like to call it.
Keep your stick on the ice...
21 • @2, @3 LMDE (by Jeff on 2014-06-02 23:17:20 GMT from United States)
Yes Linux Mint does have a Debian edition, but it is a "rolling" distro, not based on Debian stable but drawing from Debian testing.
What would be interesting and useful would be a Linux Mint based on Debian stable, for people less interested in managing their computer than using it, especially newer users, who were previously using another OS.
The stability of Debian stable plus the usability improvements of Linux Mint.
22 • SolydXK with Xfce and KDE desktops is LMDE based on Debian stable (by Linux Mint on Tumblr on 2014-06-03 00:04:56 GMT from Romania)
See http://solydxk.com/about/solydxk/ to learn about SolydX and SolydK for home users. A business edition and a back office version are available.
23 • solydxk (by Mac on 2014-06-03 00:24:05 GMT from United States)
This debian based distro does not have a root password. Only one password like the ubuntu's. Just something I did not know before I downloaded it. Don't mean that in a bad way but not for me. To each his are her on.
Have fun Mack
24 • LXQt??? (by Ben Myers on 2014-06-03 01:34:34 GMT from United States)
Do we really need yet another desktop environment to confound and confuse all? I like the innovative spirit, but I wonder if the people and machine resources are not misplaced in a world awash with desktop environments... Ben Myers
25 • Kubuntu & Mepis (by Mac on 2014-06-03 03:10:42 GMT from United States)
I finaly got kubuntu 14.04 bent my way and remastered for my friends. But I have not seen any mention of mepis here in a long time. It will put the boot loader for other distro, on partitions for you. I have used it on kaos and kwheezy in the last 2 weeks. And mepis will alow root login. Kwheezy takes a little mod.
Have fun Mack
26 • Re 21: Mint should use Debian 7.5 as base (by hobbitland on 2014-06-03 05:08:53 GMT from United Kingdom)
Precisely, a rolling Mint Debian Edition using a Debian testing base is not very stable. Better to use Debian 7.5 with backports enabled instead.
But after spending time respining Debian 7.5 after years on Remastering Ubuntu I'll probably stay on Debian 7.5 with backports enabled. Nice to be back on Debian after years on Ubuntu. Cannoical non standard changes and buggy software in recent LTS releases drove me away.
27 • @24 LXQt (by greg on 2014-06-03 06:16:37 GMT from Slovenia)
As i know the LXQt is a joint project from LXDE and RazorQT. It's not supposed to be a new DE but replacement for LXDE. mor eon their official site lxqt.org
28 • SolydXK (by Jeff on 2014-06-03 06:33:21 GMT from United States)
SolydXK is also a rolling distro, not based on Debian stable.
They do have one "stable type" release, but the rest are rolling
29 • Rolling Distros (by Jose Mirles on 2014-06-03 14:41:32 GMT from United States)
I love rolling distros and only use them on my PC's. My main laptop has PCLINUXOS, my "work" laptop has Arch and my 2 PC's have Debian Testing.
I have been using Linux since the old Mandrake age and once I discovered rolling distros, I have never went back to a non-rolling one.
I had a display issue with Arch a while back and a couple of non-critical issues with PCLinuxOS and Debian, but that is it. I read the forums before updating (yes, I am the type that actually reads the instructions before putting together anything).
Frankly if I wanted a "stable" release, I would have stayed with Windows.
Heck, I had less problems with Distros based on Sid (UNSTABLE) then I had with Mandriva and SuSE (before the OpenSuSE change). I guess it boils down to what a person is comfortable with.
30 • Linux Mint 17 (by Garon on 2014-06-03 16:24:33 GMT from United States)
Just a note on LinuxMint 17. It is not very stable on every machine. I used it to replace Elementary 2.0 on one of my laptops and soon thereafter had to remove it. I did the updates, tried several different things but to no avail. I will wait till the next release of Elementary. Ubuntu 14.04 is not buggy on all computers. People really sound like idiots when they make the comment not to use Ubuntu 14.04 LTS because it is buggy. Maybe it is buggy on certain machines, just the way Mint 17 was on one of mine but that doesn't mean that Mint 17 is completely buggy. As a matter of fact LMDE is quite buggy in my experience. Maybe it's because of using the testing branch or maybe it's because of the machine I installed it on. People need to get a grip and stop trying to damage the open source movement. Like saying that there are too many Ubuntu spinoffs. That is just a silly statement because that is one of the benefits of open source. Doing what YOU want to do with the software, not what someone thinks you should do. I would like to see a lot of different spinoffs from many different distros. It's up to the people. And for anyone who makes the suggestion that I put Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on the laptop that Mint wouldn't run on, I already have a laptop with Ubuntu and Unity installed and it is quite stable. I like to use different distros on different systems. Let's try not to hurt this free Eco-system we have.
31 • 23 • solydxk (by Mac on 2014-06-03 00:24:05 GMT from United States) (by sasdthoh on 2014-06-03 17:21:06 GMT from United States)
I just wanted to remind Mac on post number 23 that Solydxk, like several other distros does not have a root password but can EASILY change the root account to use one.
Simply open the terminal ......
type "su" , then press the enter key.
type "passwd root" then press the enter key.
The system will prompt you for a password and again to confirm.
Easy as it gets. Remember folks, you can do just about anything in Linux.
32 • Brother Printers (by Thorad on 2014-06-03 19:33:28 GMT from United States)
I have a brother mfc-7340 laser printer. I am able to use a foomatic driver called
Brother HL-5170DN Foomatic/hpijs-pcl5e on Debian based distro's. If you have a laser try it. Notice the Foomatic/hpijs-pcl5e, I found any HL-model with Foomatic/hpijs-pcl5e on the end of the driver name worked. So, install the foomatic database. Also reference http://www.openprinting.org/printers for information that might help.
I found that driver referenced on some forum post for my particular printer. Hope this helps.
Distrowatch is a favorite stop of mine on the Web...greetings to all.
33 • Mate vs Cinnamon (by Bob on 2014-06-04 10:16:33 GMT from Austria)
Tried both Mint_s and it seems that Cinnamon is still not really useful. It has a much slower response than Mate and consumes some more CPU. Easy task to select the proper one - Mate!
34 • Solydxp @31 (by Mac on 2014-06-04 15:08:16 GMT from United States)
Thanks that is easier than the way I did it. And with that change I am realy having fun with SolydK. And would like to thank the team for all their hard work. But I think the one password would soot a lot of people.
Have fun Mack
35 • Mate vs Cinnamon @33 (by Euler on 2014-06-04 15:57:12 GMT from Austria)
It depends on your expectations. Cinnamon is based on newer technology (gtk3 instead of gtk2) and therefor is better if you like some desktop effects, e.g. an overview of all windows.
I am curious about to long term success of both desktop environments. Both are forks of gnome, which has a large developement team. Can the Mate and/or Cinnamon team get enough manpower to manage this rather complicated system in the long run?
36 • Mate vs Cinnamon (by fernbap on 2014-06-04 17:40:57 GMT from Portugal)
"Cinnamon is based on newer technology (gtk3 instead of gtk2) and therefor is better if you like some desktop effects, e.g. an overview of all windows."
Really?? Have you ever tried Mate with Compiz enabled? And Emerald, btw, since we're at it.
Cinnamon pales in comparison. Besides, Mate + Compiz is lighter and faster...
37 • Mate vs Cinnamon (by Euler on 2014-06-04 18:08:10 GMT from Austria)
No I have not used Mate with Compiz yet. I tend to disable most effects anyway. And I did not use any of the 2 enviroments recently. I just test it as live cd from time to time. Maybe I try Mate to get my old computer running again some time soon.
But Compiz seem to be another project with an uncertain future. So it is even more work for the Mate team, if they want to keep it alive.
38 • Mate vs Cinnamon (by fernbap on 2014-06-04 18:23:15 GMT from Portugal)
You see, the point is that Compiz is old. So old that Microsoft hired its man developers in order to make Aero for Windows 7.
So, you don't need GTK3 at all. In fact, i am yet to see anything in which GTK3 is better than anything else.
As i use to say, "newer" doesn't necessarily mean "better" or even "as good as".
All i know is that i don't like Gnome 3 nor Unity, and i don't even consider them "better" in any way.
Cinnamon is a compromise. It is a work i respect, trying to make something usable out of GTK3. And i have to say that it is way better than the other GTK3 alternatives.
39 • Mate vs. Cinnamon (by CED on 2014-06-04 18:36:49 GMT from United States)
I find Cinnamon 2.2 lightening fast on my computer. Mate never really grabbed me and outdated. I triple boot Windows 7, Mint 17 & Opensuse 13.1 (KDE). Mint 17 is by far the fastest of the three.
40 • @38 (by jaws222 on 2014-06-05 04:47:05 GMT from United States)
"You see, the point is that Compiz is old."
You can run Kwin as the WM with Mate and it performs well. You just need to install kde-window-manager and systemsettings in synaptic and open a terminal and type kwin --replace and you'll have window effects. It's not as vast as compiz but it rarely crashes. I run kwin with Mate, XFCE and LXDE.
41 • @ 38 • Mate vs Cinnamon (by mandog on 2014-06-05 11:56:16 GMT from Peru)
All i know is that i don't like Gnome 3 nor Unity, and i don't even consider them "better" in any way.
Cinnamon is a compromise. It is a work i respect, trying to make something usable out of GTK3. And i have to say that it is way better than the other GTK3 alternatives.>
Please remember this is only your opinion you do not have to stand on your soap box week after week we all know that you only like anything that's discontinued or old please don't try to speak for the rest of the Linux world, just use what you want quietly we have lost interest.
42 • Mate vs Cinnamon (by fernbap on 2014-06-05 17:41:05 GMT from Portugal)
@37 "But Compiz seem to be another project with an uncertain future"
You are right. However, it is far from dead.
The good thing about Open Source is that anyone can take a project and use, adapt, modify it for his own interest.
Compiz continues to live in those that took it for their own projects, like Unity, XFCE or Kwin, which is basically a rewrite of compiz adapted to KDE. So, i would say that compiz is pretty much alive.
@39 Sure, cinnamon is lightning fast compared to win7 or Opensuse KDE. However, Opensuse KDE is probably the slowest of all Linux major distributions. Most Linux distros will be lightning fast in comparison.
@41 "Please remember this is only your opinion" Sure it is, this is a comments section, where people are expected to post their opinions and share their experiences.
Mate is pretty much alive, and the fact that Mint is betting on it says a lot. (btw, there is no Mint Gnome 3 build. I wonder why...) Also, if you count the number of distros that started recently to include a Mate build, and check their opinion on the success of those builds, i would say that i am not alone.
"just use what you want quietly we have lost interest"
And that is only your opinion.
43 • Mate vs. Cinnamon (by CED on 2014-06-05 20:49:32 GMT from United States)
So which disto is faster for KDE? OpenMandriva, which I have heard only good things about? Opensuse can be quirky, but once it is set up, font-wise it looks beautiful.
44 • mint 17 (by mandog on 2014-06-06 00:00:40 GMT from Peru)
Just installed the cinnamon version. the Ubuntu installer was a bit slow finding my multiple drives then all went well.
Nice clean install. installed nvidia and a multitude of updates.
Cinnamon is very fast and does what it says on the box.
Downside boot times are very slow 50+ secs, Arch with gnome3 28 secs both to a working destop not to login screen as some people do.
Verdict a nice setup if you want a LTS distro good to go till the next Mint LTS in 2 years.
May put it on a spare laptop It could never replace Arch always upto date and stable for me.
45 • Linux Lite 2.0 is very nice! (by G Wilson on 2014-06-06 05:33:38 GMT from United States)
Linux Lite 2.0 comes in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, and both fit onto a standard CD. What you get is a very nice iteration of the latest XFCE on a current Ubuntu base. You get Firefox 29, Thunderbird,Kernel 3.13.0-24, Whisker Menu, and
LibreOffice 18.104.22.168 on a 700mb CD. There are a number of one-touch utilities for adding about 15 or so other packages which you may or may NOT want. What a nice option! I installed this on a cranky old Acer 3000 laptop, and it works so well that I have installed it on my primary desktop computer. The ONLY hitch I have encountered is that it starts up with the NumLock key activated by default (I had some difficulty entering passwords until I figured that one out). If you've settled on XFCE to avoid the more "innovative" and cranky desktops, you should give Linux Lite 2.0 a spin. You find it handles anything you may throw at it with a simpla nd adaptable GUI and a small footprint.
46 • Mint 17 (by CED on 2014-06-06 13:05:59 GMT from United States)
@44 I have the same issue with a slow boot. I suspect it may have something to do with ATI video driver. I'm using Fglrx - Updates.
47 • Mint 17 (by Bill on 2014-06-06 13:36:51 GMT from United States)
I have an i7 quad core with 16 gs ram and Mint 17 Mate takes 14 seconds to completely boot up. And thanks to fernbap's tip on the repository, Mint 17 now has compiz + emerald + cairo dock + conky, all loaded in 14 secs. True ram is high at 700 but it's nothing on 16 gigs.
48 • Huge RAM usage on Openmandriva (by Kazlu on 2014-06-06 14:48:49 GMT from France)
I had the same issue on a test run of Mageia 4: the Xfce desktop used 750MB! I use a additionnal applets, but still, that is huge. However, I found a manipulation which allowed me to drop to 250MB: I swapped the Nvidia proprietary driver for nouveau. Thanks F/LOSS! My computer is a HP Pavilion dv9000 with a Nvidia graphic card I don't remember the model (bought in 2007).
49 • Mint 17 (by Bill on 2014-06-06 15:09:40 GMT from United States)
Check that. It's 520 megs of Ram, and 700 when firefox is loaded.
50 • @46 (by mandog on 2014-06-06 15:21:12 GMT from Peru)
I use Nvidia running 64bt cinnamon ram is a reasonable 480mb at startup not bothered on that as I have plenty. Just the slow boot time Mint has always been a fast starter in the past with Cinnamon.
51 • GTK3 and Gnome3 (by Jeff on 2014-06-07 15:35:53 GMT from United States)
Where I have a huge problem is that the Gnome/GTK3 devs consider being able to use different themes to be a bug.
They break the APIs with every minor GTK3 release to make it harder for the theme artists.
This is why a GTK3.8 theme does not work on GTK3.10 and neither of them will work with GTK3.12
Gnome3 is to be used exactly as issued only.
Open source software is supposed to be about freedom.
About the idea that you own your computer - you decide what is on it, what it looks like and how it works.
The Gnome devs are against that freedom.
The corporation that they work for wants total control.
52 • Mepis (by Mac on 2014-06-08 13:49:08 GMT from United States)
Mepis had a couple of releaces last year. But you have to look at the mirrows servers to find them. One has it as 11.9.92 and another as 12.
And my sorce list is wheezy. Had it runing since sometime last year with no problems at all. It is my go to distro for grub help.
Have fun Mack
53 • SolydX BE (by cykodrone on 2014-06-08 14:37:50 GMT from Canada)
I successfully 'layered' SolydX BE on top of my dual SSD Raid 0 Debian stable.
54 • LinuxBBQ might be an interesting accomplishment... (by Ben Myers on 2014-06-08 16:10:24 GMT from United States)
but is LinuxBBQ sending out the message that there are simply too many Linux desktop managers to confuse and befuddle everyone. Here I thought that the half-dozen or so popular desktop managers was too many, only to find out that there are actually 76 of them!
55 • Mint 17 (by William on 2014-06-08 20:04:11 GMT from United States)
Just did upgrade from mint 13 to 17 and so-far so good. it seems to be running good with no problems. as others had said the only thing that i see wrong is start up, it does take a while to get moving around 50-60 seconds to get to boot menu but as was said before could be cause of Ati video card but i dont know. but i have some nvidia cards i can try and see if its better. while installing it didn't take long and found all my other drives and distros. so id give mint 17 a good A.
56 • Re: #51 • GTK3 and Gnome3 (by Kazlu on 2014-06-09 07:25:59 GMT from France)
What corporation? The GNOME Fondation is a non-profit organisation. I dislike GNOME 3 and Gtk+3 for the same reasons you mention and others, but there is no "evil corporation" to hold responsible. There is no "corporation that they work for". Sponsors at the most, which are not GNOME's "clients". I fail to see why the GNOME Fondation governance would bend the knee to any of those sponsors, since it is already a solid enough fondation which I assume is not dependant from one single sponsor.
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|• Issue 819 (2019-06-17): OS108 and Venom, renaming multiple files, checking live USB integrity, working with Fedora's Modularity, Ubuntu replacing Chromium package with snap|
|• Issue 818 (2019-06-10): openSUSE 15.1, improving boot times, FreeBSD's status report, DragonFly BSD reduces install media size|
|• Issue 817 (2019-06-03): Manjaro 18.0.4, Ubuntu Security Podcast, new Linux laptops from Dell and System76, Entroware Apollo|
|• Issue 816 (2019-05-27): Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0, creating firewall rules, Antergos shuts down, Matthew Miller answers questions about Fedora|
|• Issue 815 (2019-05-20): Sabayon 19.03, Clear Linux's developer features, Red Hat explains MDS flaws, an overview of mobile distro options|
|• Issue 814 (2019-05-13): Fedora 30, distributions publish Firefox fixes, CentOS publishes roadmap to 8.0, Debian plans to use Wayland by default|
|• Issue 813 (2019-05-06): ROSA R11, MX seeks help with systemd-shim, FreeBSD tests unified package management, interview with Gael Duval|
|• Issue 812 (2019-04-29): Ubuntu MATE 19.04, setting up a SOCKS web proxy, Scientific Linux discontinued, Red Hat takes over Java LTS support|
|• Issue 811 (2019-04-22): Alpine 3.9.2, rsync examples, Ubuntu working on ZFS support, Debian elects new Project Leader, Obarun releases S6 tools|
|• Issue 810 (2019-04-15): SolydXK 201902, Bedrock Linux 0.7.2, Fedora phasing out Python 2, NetBSD gets virtual machine monitor|
|• Issue 809 (2019-04-08): PCLinuxOS 2019.02, installing Falkon and problems with portable packages, Mint offers daily build previews, Ubuntu speeds up Snap packages|
|• Issue 808 (2019-04-01): Solus 4.0, security benefits and drawbacks to using a live distro, Gentoo gets GNOME ports working without systemd, Redox OS update|
|• Issue 807 (2019-03-25): Pardus 17.5, finding out which user changed a file, new Budgie features, a tool for browsing FreeBSD's sysctl values|
|• Issue 806 (2019-03-18): Kubuntu vs KDE neon, Nitrux's znx, notes on Debian's election, SUSE becomes an independent entity|
|• Issue 805 (2019-03-11): EasyOS 1.0, managing background services, Devuan team debates machine ID file, Ubuntu Studio works to remain an Ubuntu Community Edition|
|• Issue 804 (2019-03-04): Condres OS 19.02, securely erasing hard drives, new UBports devices coming in 2019, Devuan to host first conference|
|• Issue 803 (2019-02-25): Septor 2019, preventing windows from stealing focus, NetBSD and Nitrux experiment with virtual machines, pfSense upgrading to FreeBSD 12 base|
|• Issue 802 (2019-02-18): Slontoo 18.07.1, NetBSD tests newer compiler, Fedora packaging Deepin desktop, changes in Ubuntu Studio|
|• Issue 801 (2019-02-11): Project Trident 18.12, the meaning of status symbols in top, FreeBSD Foundation lists ongoing projects, Plasma Mobile team answers questions|
|• Issue 800 (2019-02-04): FreeNAS 11.2, using Ubuntu Studio software as an add-on, Nitrux developing znx, matching operating systems to file systems|
|• Issue 799 (2019-01-28): KaOS 2018.12, Linux Basics For Hackers, Debian 10 enters freeze, Ubuntu publishes new version for IoT devices|
|• Issue 798 (2019-01-21): Sculpt OS 18.09, picking a location for swap space, Solus team plans ahead, Fedora trying to get a better user count|
|• Issue 797 (2019-01-14): Reborn OS 2018.11.28, TinyPaw-Linux 1.3, dealing with processes which make the desktop unresponsive, Debian testing Secure Boot support|
|• Issue 796 (2019-01-07): FreeBSD 12.0, Peppermint releases ISO update, picking the best distro of 2018, roundtable interview with Debian, Fedora and elementary developers|
|• Issue 795 (2018-12-24): Running a Pinebook, interview with Bedrock founder, Alpine being ported to RISC-V, Librem 5 dev-kits shipped|
|• Issue 794 (2018-12-17): Void 20181111, avoiding software bloat, improvements to HAMMER2, getting application overview in GNOME Shell|
|• Issue 793 (2018-12-10): openSUSE Tumbleweed, finding non-free packages, Debian migrates to usrmerge, Hyperbola gets FSF approval|
|• Issue 792 (2018-1203): GhostBSD 18.10, when to use swap space, DragonFly BSD's wireless support, Fedora planning to pause development schedule|
|• Issue 791 (2018-11-26): Haiku R1 Beta1, default passwords on live media, Slax and Kodachi update their media, dual booting DragonFly BSD on EFI|
|• Issue 790 (2018-11-19): NetBSD 8.0, Bash tips and short-cuts, Fedora's networking benchmarked with FreeBSD, Ubuntu 18.04 to get ten years of support|
|• Issue 789 (2018-11-12): Fedora 29 Workstation and Silverblue, Haiku recovering from server outage, Fedora turns 15, Debian publishes updated media|
|• Issue 788 (2018-11-05): Clu Linux Live 6.0, examining RAM consumpion, finding support for older CPUs, more Steam support for running Windows games on Linux, update from Solus team|
|• Full list of all issues|
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