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1 • transfer operating systems to another PC (by SlaxFan on 2015-11-23 01:38:32 GMT from North America) |
One comment to add: This works well with Linux but not with the closed operating systems. They try to lock to the hardware to prevent you from doing what you want and need to do with the hardware you paid for. Another huge plus for open source!
2 • Re # 1 transfer OS to other hardware. Slax fan. (by erinis on 2015-11-23 02:04:07 GMT from North America)
Yes that's true yet can be circumvented and has little to do with the software. Having installed Linux on a Mac Mini years ago along with BSD and keeping my Snow leopard intact got me thinking and now it's all on a USB stick thanks to Linux Mint USB image writer and some eventful persistence. Linux is full of surprises. Enjoy
3 • Copying OS to new computer (by Erick Brunzell on 2015-11-23 02:36:34 GMT from North America)
A few suggestions:
(1) Consider architecture. Maybe your old computer was using 32 bit but your new computer would perform better with a 64 bit OS. Are both computers standard BIOS capable? Or is the old computer BIOS w/MS-DOS and the new one is UEFI w/GPT? In either of these instances just perform a fresh install on the new computer and transfer only the data.
(2) Test the OS you plan to transfer using a live DVD/USB, preferably the same version as you plan to transfer if one exists for that distro. Obviously you'll need to use live media to perform the transfer anyway.
(3) When possible simply remove the drive from the old computer and connect it to the new computer either externally or internally. Then Gparted makes the job easy for most Linux OS's and USB 3.0 is reasonably fast. Of course dd is very efficient but if you need to ask how to use dd I'd recommend avoiding it.
(4) If both the old and new computers are going to exist on the same network you'll need to change the host name on the hew computer so plan for this in advance. The method for doing so can vary from distro to distro.
(5) If any proprietary drivers (such as nVidia or Radeon) are in use on the old computer disable them before performing the transfer. This should allow most modern Linux OS's to "auto-detect" the proper FOSS drivers when booting the new hardware.
(6) Perhaps really more of a (5b) as it plays into the same drivers narrative - any hardware specific modified files should also be removed, or if the old computer is still to be used just rename (mv) those files before the transfer and then mv them back into operational position when you put the drive back into the old computer.
(7) Always plan on the worst outcome and create a full backup of the old drive before proceeding! It's like insurance - as long as you pay the premiums you'll never need it, but the one time your coverage lapses is when disaster will strike.
(8) Do NOT try booting the new system with both the old and new drives connected when the transfer is complete! Both will be using the same UUID's as well as having the same boot files.
4 • Codec poll (by pcninja on 2015-11-23 03:03:35 GMT from North America)
Since both are open-source, I use both kinds.
5 • KDE / MINIX / Codecs (by Will B on 2015-11-23 03:09:49 GMT from North America)
== KDE ==
Only 190 MB running KDE? That, truly, is a miracle! I have never seen it that low before. I wonder what things they tweaked to get it that low...?
== MINIX ==
I'm still waiting for MINIX to have Xorg packages. Seems like the last major version had them, but not the latest. Sad. I really want to try Xorg out on it.
== Codecs ==
My preference is to use only 'unencumbered' codecs when possible, but we do live in a world where both Apple and Microsoft live, so sometimes the 'ugly' and 'bad' gstreamer packages are necessary. I personally try to save stuff in ogg format unless it's for a Windows-using customer (yeah, I know about vlc, but customers don't, and they aren't all that savvy about installing stuff).
6 • OS transfer / Slackware beta (by Microlinux on 2015-11-23 06:11:34 GMT from Europe)
G4L (Ghost 4 Linux) and G4U (Ghost 4 Unix) work very well in transferring an OS from one PC to another, and I'm using these all the time, with a preference for G4L.
Slackware 14.2 beta is excellent news. Plus, the move from udev to Gentoo's eudev will allow it to keep the systemd nonsense out in the foreseeable future.
7 • NixOS, the most outstanding distro.....!! (by Hsyn Guzelaydin on 2015-11-23 06:53:25 GMT from North America)
I truly enjoyed reading this edition of DW Weekly's review of NixOS as i found NixOS to be one of the most outstanding distros with a cutting-edge originality amongst countless (and growing) distros out there.
Besides NixOS, GoboLinux is another outstanding distro which is highly advanced with unorthodox features.
Similarly, OpenIndiana, Voyager, NuTyX and Exe GNU/Linux are equally outstanding distros with uniquely wonderful features.
I hope DW Weekly sometime covers those outstanding distros, too.
8 • @6 Slackware 14.2 and our classical troll generator technology (by Frederic Bezies on 2015-11-23 08:30:00 GMT from Europe)
Indeed, Slackware 14.2 beta (or so) is a great news. Too bad, KDE 4 display is kinda broken :(
Systemd is nonsense ? For you maybe. For me, I don't care as long as my computer is working. I don't mind if my distribution is running with systemd, openRC or runit.
Eudev ? Great news. At least Slackware developers are "smarter" and don't want to lost time writing a new "udev" software.
Looks like Slackware could be followed by some distributions which are pulling out systemd.
9 • #8 (by jadecat09 on 2015-11-23 09:07:24 GMT from Europe)
Too bad, KDE 4 display is kinda broken :(
How exactly? Not for me it isn't.
10 • @9 KDE subtly broken :) (by Frederic Bezies on 2015-11-23 09:16:38 GMT from Europe)
It is a subtle bug. Just look at bottom bar. There are two konqueror icons instead of one.
Beside this, it is as always with Slackware : changes are not really "end user friendly" but more in-depth one, like a brand new kernel (4.1 instead of 3.10) and so on.
11 • I try Og Vorbis first. (by Roy H Huddleston on 2015-11-23 09:57:35 GMT from North America)
Since Streamtuner uses OGG and DistroWatch as well I try Og Vorbis first. But if it requires something else to play I will try something else.
12 • MP3 codec (by sam on 2015-11-23 10:34:42 GMT from Europe)
All the patents on MP3 playback have expired now right?
13 • NixOS (by Niko Z. on 2015-11-23 10:53:23 GMT from Asia)
"Nearly two years ago I wrote about an earlier version of NixOS and the Nix package manager. At the time I was quite taken with Nix (as I still am) and asked around as to why more distributions would not adopt the package manager."
I have spent some time with NixOS and it is really an interesting distribution. One of the problems that I've encountered is that the package manager changes standard directory names into unpredictable long strings. Navigating system directories from command line or a file manager becomes quite a chore. Furthermore, many programs (ex. LaTex) have a host of plugins that could be manually installed in specific directories and look for them there. Scrambling directory paths becomes a challenge then. Perhaps, if NixOS became a new standard it could deal with every specific plugin as well, but that sort of sounds like 'one ring to rule them all' type situation, whereby any direct manual interaction with system settings and packages is nearly impossible and everything has to be configured through NixOS package manager alone. Not a palatable proposal for many Linux enthusiasts who like to directly tinker with their system's innards.
This is not meant as a critique of NixOS, I do think it has a lot of remarkable features, and hats of to people investing their expertise in developing it, but IMHO the lack of widespread adoption has some credible reasons behind it as well.
14 • Codecs (by Jim on 2015-11-23 13:20:23 GMT from North America)
With respect to unencumbered (open source & free) vs. encumbered (proprietary) codecs, my outlook is the same as it is for software. I PREFER the open source variety, unless a proprietary package suits my needs BETTER. All things being equal, open source will ALWAYS get the nod. While I would prefer to be 100% open source with codecs, the fact is that open source codecs are not recognized on all my media devices (to be fair, perhaps this is a device manufacturer issue, and now that I know better, I will consider codec compatibility before I make my purchase of proprietary hardware. Open source hardware would be preferred, but that is another topic for another poll!). So while I would prefer Ogg Vorbis and/or FLAC for audio, and Theora for video, the fact is that MP3 seems to be universal for audio and MP4 seems to be universal for video. Anything that goes on my media server is either MP3 or MP4 for universal compatibility, and to avoid CPU cycles being wasted on transcoding.
15 • Experiences Transferring Operating Systems (by Ben Myers on 2015-11-23 13:26:05 GMT from North America)
A couple of years ago, I acquired one of the first solid state drives in a 3.5" form factor. I installed 64-bit Linux Mint on it to use for testing computers. As long as the processor is 64-bit capable, it has booted up and run on any computer to which I attach it. In short, most any Linux distro will boot up without a complaint on a computer with hardware fully supported by the distro.
I have succeeded and failed (both) in moving a hard drive with Windows from a dead computer to a living one. Complete success requires intimate knowledge of chipsets and Windows Vista or earlier. Beginning with Windows 7, when one activates Windows, the Microsoft borg assimilates the hardware configuration data including the motherboard serial number. In effect, the Windows product key gets tied to the serial number. The only way out is to call the Microsoft toll-free number and to whine and plead as to why you need to activate the copy of Windows on a different computer. This can meet with mixed success. Moving expensive products like Office, Adobe Creative Suite or AutoCAD from computer to computer is also tightly managed by the companies that collect the big bucks.
16 • Codec Usage (by wrkerr on 2015-11-23 14:04:17 GMT from North America)
Generally I use Vorbis or FLAC for audio, and VP8 for video. I'm hoping something usable and better than VP8 for video comes from either the Daala or Alliance for Open Media project soon.
17 • #10 (by jadecat09 on 2015-11-23 15:27:21 GMT from Europe)
If you choose, for example, FireFox and Dolphin File Manager under Default Applications in System Settings. The next time you login/bootup the Konqueror icons are changed.
If you want to be more up to date with Slackware use 'current'. Also remember that Slackware is not aimed necessarily at being "end-user friendly" but KISS.
18 • @8 Slackware's init system and eudev (by Microlinux on 2015-11-23 15:45:12 GMT from Europe)
The word "nonsense" was just a polite misquote. Here's the original quote from Slackware developer Eric Hameleers' blog about the introduction of eudev: "Basically eudev contains the udev code as found in the systemd sources, but then stripped from all standards-violating systemd crap and with a sane build system."
19 • Slackware prepares for beta (by Philip Lacroix on 2015-11-23 17:12:34 GMT from Europe)
The upgrade from udev to eudev was indeed very smooth, and the very few glitches were promptly fixed by Pat Volkerding. BTW, it's great to see him actively monitoring the forum. It's also nice to see that eudev supports a split /usr filesystem layout, which didn't seem to be the case with udev. The overall result is indeed very clean and sane.
20 • @18 : eudev and slackware live release notes. (by Frederic Bezies on 2015-11-23 17:44:58 GMT from Europe)
I read this and found it a little... How to say this ? I don't know. War declaration to udev developers ? :D
You can hate a technology. Calling it crap is the worse thing to do here. I'm just thinking as a end user here who just want to have a working distribution. Init war is just as useless as editors war.
My 2 cents here, of course.
21 • eudev (by frodopogo on 2015-11-23 18:30:59 GMT from North America)
He was quoting from Eric Hameleers, and as I understand it, he's saying that eudev is GOOD and is getting back to the better way of writing an init file. He's saying that the it's the additions made by the systemd developers are that are c***.
So it's systemd that was being disrespected, not eudev.
I do agree with you that it's best to avoid such hostile language.
22 • Several (by Fossilizing Dinosaur on 2015-11-23 19:27:36 GMT from North America)
Directory names resembling shortened URLs for package name; decryption required for human-readability (and perhaps automated collision-avoidance), encryption/hash for source adaptation? Interesting. Reminds me of ServerD*s dependency on XML for automated server management.
"…my earlier mistake had been to assume optional lines in the configuration file which were commented out were the defaults…" I suspect a conflated-flipped-bit here. My initial assumption would be that commented-out items are all options/non-default.
Like the natural expectation that a freshly-installed app would appear in the current session's menu, I suggest these indicate potential documentation improvement.
Are its "snapshots" of package organization, of all packages (de-duplicated?), of the entire OS, or of all apps+config/settings+userdata?
Can Nix save different branches of development as well? (Oo, revision-control crossover!?)
Speaking of which, isn't there a difference between copying just OS+apps, and/or optionally including configuration settings, versus just wholesale inclusion of everything (even userdata)?
Microsoft tied their OS licensing to motherboards well before 7 (conflating re-partitioning a hard drive with "hardware change!" was mere FUD, user harassment and hacker "window"); for simple motherboard replacement transfer (in my experience) no whining is needed. But then, what of W'8-on-a-stick!?
Slackware-Live release notes
I was disappointed to see no hyperlink to the standards mentioned ...
23 • Covered Windows 10 with Mint 17.2 (by Jordan on 2015-11-23 19:29:03 GMT from North America)
Destroyed Windows 10 on my newer laptop. It first had Windows 8. I'm used to
changing hard drives to do Linux computing on the same machine (never have
been a dual boot freak).
This time I DESTROYED Windows. It's taken me 20 years almost exactly, as I
began the Linux journey in '96 with RedHat 5. Always went back to Windows or
made sure I had a spare hard drive.
It's just time. Overdue. Time to commit to and support Linux and not look back
at that huge piece of spyware called Windows 10. Turning off the various choices
one can find in that OS does NOT stop the stream of data being sent to MS, as I
read at various knowledgeable sites.
Also have to stay off of Chrome. Similar issues.
24 • Codecs (by libresociety on 2015-11-23 19:45:33 GMT from Asia)
My legal jurisdiction does not recognise software patents, so MPEG codecs are not encumbered for me. I use libre software to decode MPEG files.
But in the spirit of internationalist solidarity, I do not *create* new files using codecs that are encumbered in other legal jurisdictions. I encode new content in VP8 and Vorbis, which is the combination I see as being the most widely supported at the moment. Will probably play around with VP9 soon.
25 • Codecs (by GittyUp on 2015-11-23 23:19:51 GMT from North America)
I use about 90% of the time freely licensed codecs (hope to be 100%). Audio for lossy is Ogg (Vorbis) or Opus (both far superior to MP3) and for lossless audio, FLAC. Video for the container, MKV and the video codecs are x264/x265, but prefer VP8/VP9. The encoders for VP8 need a little work for quality and A LOT of work for the speed of encoding. 2 bits
26 • off-topic (by dick on 2015-11-24 00:12:27 GMT from North America)
Sorry... if this is off-topic and misplaced;
but, this is only list I know of with Arch-gurus graced.
Artha ... is a handy writer's tool
that helps make erudite... even uncouth-fool.
Would someone who knows what to do
please add "Artha" to the AUR too.
27 • @26 Artha (by linuxista on 2015-11-24 05:22:06 GMT from North America)
I've had Artha installed for a few years now from the AUR. Just type "yaourt artha" and choose the only entry that comes up and you're good.
28 • Back in Slack (by d-wave on 2015-11-24 05:45:46 GMT from North America)
Yeah! ALMOST A BETA! I'm pretty excited about Slackware's progress towards a new release. I'm not sure why though, 'cause I could always just run current if I wanted to be up to date... Hmm. I guess a shiny, new, official release is just more fun.
Also, glad to hear that the transition to eudev went well. Say what you will about me, but I'm not a fan of systemd, and I'm glad that there are still alternatives available. People speak of fragmentation in the community like it's a bad thing, but I believe that there's power in choice.
Uhh... All Hail Slackware!
29 • OS transfer (by Andy Figueroa on 2015-11-24 06:00:40 GMT from North America)
One can often just make a compressed tarball of the Linux OS and then untar it into a clean partition. Edit any necessary startup files such as /etc/fstab, install grub and voila. I do this frequently with my Gentoo installations.
30 • Codecs (by Zork on 2015-11-24 09:10:08 GMT from Oceania)
Bit of a "No-Brainer" this poll...
Most people will use whatever works for the media they have. Doesn't matter if it's Proprietary or Open Source, it's a matter of "I want to see/hear this NOW!!!"
I truly can't imagine someone actually going "Oh, it's an mp3/mpeg/wmf etc... Better not play it then..."
31 • Codecs (by Hoos on 2015-11-25 05:09:35 GMT from Asia)
Like post 24, my jurisdiction does not recognise software patents.
However, much as I would like to play only unencumbered formats, the reality is you have to use what works.
My car's music player can't play FLAC or Ogg Vorbis. So I have the same music tracks in both FLAC for the home/mobile devices, and mp3 for the car.
Video - I do not create video content and hardly watch much. Thus I just watch in whatever format the video comes in.
32 • Nix package snapshot VS Snappy, PC-BAS, openSUSE (by Kazlu on 2015-11-25 11:56:21 GMT from Europe)
"But in the past two years we have watched PC-BSD and openSUSE introduce file system snapshots which perform essentially the same functions and Ubuntu is rolling out Snappy which implements less mature versions of the same features Nix has been showcasing for years."
Although the comparrison of Nix and Snappy is valid, what PC-BSD and openSUSE do is technically different. The idea is also to do snapshots alright, but where with Nix and Snappy you do package snapshots, with PC-BSD and openSUSE you perform snapshots of all your partition, of all your files. This includes user data and config files. This is not the same idea and it has some consequences, pros and cons in both cases. For example, what immediately appears to me is that Nix snapshots allow you to rollback a single package and not all the packages that have been updated since the last snapshot. On the other hand, file system snapshots may be suitable for data partitions to prevent mistakes or even corruptions (diminishing the need of a dustbin). It also allows you to rollback if only a configuration change breaks your system (with no associated package upgrade), provided you made a snapshot before making your change. I find interesting that different roads are explored. Time will tell if one logic will prevail over the other of if the two will coexist.
33 • Free vs. encumbered codecs (by Thomas Mueller on 2015-11-26 03:24:36 GMT from North America)
Regarding the poll question, I find it difficult to keep track of all, especially since I build software applications with ports (FreeBSD) and pkgsrc (NetBSD). Individual codecs are pulled in as dependencies or options when building a package like vlc, mplayer, mplayer2 or mpv.
34 • Co-Dec s (by Somewhat Reticent on 2015-11-26 07:35:17 GMT from North America)
I thought patent encumbrance was for stimulating foreign exchange ...
35 • KDE & Linux Vs Windows (by M.Z. on 2015-11-26 23:21:48 GMT from North America)
@5 - KDE
'Only 190 MB running KDE? That, truly, is a miracle! I have never seen it that low before.'
It is a fairly impressive accomplishment in terms of minimizing the memory footprint of KDE; however, it seems to be in the same ballpark as the Debian 6 KDE system I used to have installed, though admittedly that was 32 bit. I seem to remember that system consistently running on less than 300MB of RAM, so perhaps it's just down to some background processes that are running in Debian by default but not in NixOS.
@23 - Linux vs Windows
I've heard a fair amount of bad stuff on Windows 10 & user tracking, it sounds like the Ubuntu spyware/'shopping lens' has been turned up to 11. I just hope that others who care about privacy notice that there are options besides Ubuntu that respect privacy rights by default. I fear some users will figure out the problem with Ubuntu & write off Linux completely as being just as bad as Windows 10 rather than doing their homework & getting a more trustworthy distro. Hopefully not too much damage is done, but when one of the biggest names in desktop Linux has such low ethical standards it can be a problem for Linux in general.
36 • @35 Ubuntu pontificating (by subg on 2015-11-27 01:33:11 GMT from North America)
I find Ubuntu to be a fine operating system - stable, easy to use, well maintained. Great for experienced and new users, alike. The ethical argument doesn't wash with me, but instead seems to rest on a poor understanding of the nature of business, financial sustainability, and how other technology models work.
I trust that the ethicists among us don't use a cell phone, mainstream browsers, and social media. And,of course, they pay to use those patent protected codecs downloaded in their Mint installs.
37 • Linux vs Windows (by lupus on 2015-11-27 06:52:48 GMT from Europe)
I'm appalled by your Statement that Ubuntu shopping lens is anywhere near what windows 10 does. There are more than just a few notches that M*cr*s*ft took up what you might call surveillance in it's latest release.
BTW I am thinking my searches on my computer should stay private therefore I made a click and voila no more amazon attention whilst searching for misorganized files, yeah I'm lazy as f*ck. But I understand canonical trying to raise a buck for a fine product that ervery average Joe can easily install and use. What the hell some might even like the feature, cause in the end we are all consumers.
M*cr*s*ft on the other hand even pushes satisfied customers (win7 or 8) to upgrade to 10.
Just go and read what M*cr*s*ft holds in store for you in their EULA. It is quite a fun read and honestly I don't understand why anyone would allow using a win10 powered device in the vicinity of their business as it seems to be legal for M*cr*s*ft to gather all the information it can acquire and then sending it over to their server farms.
BTW have fun controlling your computer not to do so. It is a hassle to say the least.
I am opposed to Microsoft from day one cause I always hated Monopoly, but if one needed proof they are indeed evil, now everyone can see.
All in all M*cr*s*ft really bad, in comparison Canonical quite good far from perfect
38 • @36 software patents (by Frederic Bezies on 2015-11-27 08:23:03 GMT from Europe)
"I trust that the ethicists among us don't use a cell phone, mainstream browsers, and social media. And,of course, they pay to use those patent protected codecs downloaded in their Mint installs."
Ethicists... Well. But correct me if I'm wrong, software patents are not legal in Europe, India, New Zealand, Philippines, Russian Federation at least. A good third of all human people.
Only USA or Canada are applying them... Paradise for patents trolls.
So, if an ethicist is living a patent software free country, they don't have to pay in order to install software patents crippled software.
39 • Nix - not necessarly NixOS (by Grzegorz W on 2015-11-27 15:04:07 GMT from North America)
I remember Jesse's NIxOS review 2 years ago. Then I had the impression that to use Nix packaging system you have to use NixOS. But I later got into the subject a little, and this is not true.
It is not clear from review and postings: you DO NOT HAVE to use NixOS to use/try Nix packaging system. Nix package manager is completly different and independed product than NixOS (which is as Jesse correctly said kind of demo/showcase of Nix packager).
I actually sucessfully used Nix on my Debian and Ubuntu LTS installations for installing some software like LibreOffice and few others in newer versions than in disto repositories. It is completly save and do not interfer at all with distos native package manager. So it is rather a replacement for using backports' repoositories, or PPA in Ubuntu - much better replacement.
In this context "...adoption by additional distributions" would mean not replacing their own package managers, but just including ONE package: nix.deb in their repositories. I can not understand why nix.deb, rpm, etc is largely refused to land in disto repos ?!?
It should be also noted that Nix packaging system is user-extendable: users can write their own rules (for building packages from sources) and use Nix also to manage installations of their own software or any software that could be compiled from sources.
My experiance with Nix is mostly possitive, and exept all the cons already nemtioned, I can say about just 2 minor pros:
- you need large space on your root partition (or mount special partition as /nix), even if you purge old "snapshots". This is because packages are being installed togather with all their dependencies inside Nix repository (even if dependencies are in your main system (in /usr). E..g. installing LibreOffice from Nix takes about 2-3GB HDD space and usually takes longer than standard installation.
- installed software is run allways in fallback (i.e. English) language - not in language of your OS. At least out-of the box - I have not enough time to fight with that but within 1h I spent on investigation - did not manage to run apps in localized versions.
Last but not least: Jesse - PLASE NOMINATE Nix to your monthly money award - it is excelent piece of technology worth even 3 times price.
40 • NIX (by nolinuxguru on 2015-11-27 21:24:13 GMT from Europe)
@39 It was interesting to see your report of using NIX as an alternative to apt for installing libreoffice. However, I am confused. I just did a fresh install of Debian7, just as a test. the os+xorg+xfce4+libreoffice came to 1931mb, of which 684mb was libreoffice. So it looks like NIX is dragging in EVERYTHING needed for libreoffice, probably duplicating xorg, etc. Does that sound right?
41 • Nix, 0install (by Somewhat Reticent on 2015-11-27 23:46:39 GMT from North America)
I would expect Nix to require a bit more storage space, even with de-duplication, since that's how it plays the dependency game.
Comparison with ZeroInstall would be intriguing ...
42 • Linux Vs Windows (by M.Z. on 2015-11-28 04:34:31 GMT from North America)
So you don't like references to Spinal Tap because it understates the reality of how bad MS is? Or maybe you just haven't seen Spinal Tap? Either way Canonical does take advantage of unaware users by using a function than many have rightly called spyware. Personally I think it's rather naive to automatically assume good faith on the part of Canonical & bad faith on the the part of MS just 'because it's open source'. I do agree that the spyware in Windows 10 seems significantly worse than the spyware in Ubuntu & that MS has a longer history of unethical behavior, but that doesn't excuse Canonical. After all you can only give up so many inches in the struggle for privacy to people you want to trust before the next company that is even less deserving of your trust comes & takes a mile. Too much good faith makes you nothing but a door mat for the unscrupulous.
43 • Puppy/root (by Dave Postles on 2015-11-29 05:15:03 GMT from Europe)
I see that Puppy has zoomed up to 5 in DW table for the last week. What is the perception now about running as root, as Fido is a work in progress?
44 • Tired of KDE reviews (by KDE Tired on 2015-11-29 20:52:56 GMT from North America)
Jesse can you do some reviews that don't involve KDE. There are a lot of other DE that deserve attention and sticking to KDE is doing the other a little injustice. Time to move out of your comfort zone ; )
45 • KDE desktop (by Jesse on 2015-11-29 21:36:56 GMT from North America)
@44: "Jesse can you do some reviews that don't involve KDE."
Five of my last seven reviews did not feature the KDE desktop. Feel free to read any of those.
46 • KDE reviews (by KDE Tired on 2015-11-29 22:09:00 GMT from North America)
@45 Jesse I was being facetious. I just would like if the distribution that you are reviewing had multiple DE choices as default, you would try any DE besides KDE. Please don't take offence because none was meant!
47 • KDE reviews (by Jesse on 2015-11-29 22:14:36 GMT from North America)
@46: I'm not at all offended, just puzzled since I don't review distributions with the KDE desktop any more or less than any oher desktop environment. I just take the default environment offered. When a choice is offered without defaults, I equally divide my time between the main desktop environments.
Looking at the list of reviews I have coming up, one uses Plasma, one uses Xfce, one uses a alnterative window manager and one uses GNOME.
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|• Issue 829 (2019-08-26): EndeavourOS 2019.07.15, Drauger OS 7.4.1, finding the licenses of kernel modules, NetBSD gets Wayland application, GhostBSD changes base repo|
|• Issue 828 (2019-08-19): AcademiX 2.2, concerns with non-free firmware, UBports working on Unity8, Fedora unveils new EPEL channel, FreeBSD phasing out GCC|
|• Issue 827 (2019-08-12): Q4OS, finding files on the disk, Ubuntu works on ZFS, Haiku improves performance, OSDisc shutting down|
|• Issue 826 (2019-08-05): Quick looks at Resilient, PrimeOS, and BlueLight, flagship distros for desktops,Manjaro introduces new package manager|
|• Issue 825 (2019-07-29): Endless OS 3.6, UBports 16.04, gNewSense maintainer stepping down, Fedora developrs discuss optimizations, Project Trident launches stable branch|
|• Issue 824 (2019-07-22): Hexagon OS 1.0, Mageia publishes updated media, Fedora unveils Fedora CoreOS, managing disk usage with quotas|
|• Issue 823 (2019-07-15): Debian 10, finding 32-bit packages on a 64-bit system, Will Cooke discusses Ubuntu's desktop, IBM finalizes purchase of Red Hat|
|• Issue 822 (2019-07-08): Mageia 7, running development branches of distros, Mint team considers Snap, UBports to address Google account access|
|• Issue 821 (2019-07-01): OpenMandriva 4.0, Ubuntu's plan for 32-bit packages, Fedora Workstation improvements, DragonFly BSD's smaller kernel memory|
|• Issue 820 (2019-06-24): Clear Linux and Guix System 1.0.1, running Android applications using Anbox, Zorin partners with Star Labs, Red Hat explains networking bug, Ubuntu considers no longer updating 32-bit packages|
|• 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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