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Peppermint 4 – An OS for everyone? & The Probem of Linux Advocacy

Its been a while since I wrote a distro review on Openbytes and its also been a while since I visited Peppermint developments.  To this day I still have a Netbook (Acer) which many years ago I installed Peppermint on and whilst in the days of tablets and just about every device in your house … Continue reading

REVIEW: Sabayon 6 (Xfce) and a look at my migration away from Gnome.

It’s no secret that Gnome 3 (and Gnome-shell) are not being well received by everyone.  Canonical is going with its Unity and for many other Gnome users, the future is Gnome-shell. KDE is/was never an option for me, I simply don’t like it.  Over the last few years I’ve tried to get on with KDE, but … Continue reading

A look at: MikeOS 4.1.1 – A barebones OS written totally in Assembly.

With so many projects in the world of Tech, its very easy to spend time merely focusing on the most common apps/distros, be it Firefox, Chromium, Ubuntu, Fedora or discussions about Gnome3, Unity or other hot topics from recent news. Today we are looking briefly at MikeOS which is a rather unusual project and at … Continue reading

A look at: ArtistX (1.1) – LiveCD (3.6GB)

Ubuntu is probably the most common for distro’s to derive from, the number of Ubuntu variants is staggering and whilst many can share aspects rendering them virtually identical, the one thing about a distro based on Ubuntu is that there is an accepted (high) level of functionality you can expect out of the box. ArtistX … Continue reading

Mageia 1 – A new distro and a new DE experience for me.

In 2008 I tried a well known distro called Mandriva, even back then the bar was set pretty high for what you could expect out of the box from Linux.  Suffice to say it failed me, from regular yet apparently random freezes to a bug in its update manager pestering me to “upgrade” to a … Continue reading

Looking at 11.04 Natty/Unity – Good or bad?

Theres been a 1001 different reviews of Ubuntu 11.04, so I hope to put a little bit of a different spin on the review.  Theres been much criticism regarding the direction Canonical have taken with Unity and then with every release of Ubuntu you always get a flood of FUD with people capitalizing on the … Continue reading

REVIEW: GhostBSD 2.0 (LiveCD)

I would expect it’s a welcome release for established GhostBSD users but new users may find that it’s neither polished or packaged as fully as they would like. Its been a while since I wrote a review and it was GhostBSD that caught my eye over on Distro Watch.  It’s nice to look at BSD for a change and … Continue reading

The perfect distro for the Acer Aspire One?

Around June 2009 I purchased a Linux Acer Aspire One (Linpus Linux) and a pay as you go broadband dongle.  The idea was, whilst I was away on holiday I could keep my net presence, conduct a little blogging and have something to do on the quiet evenings. It was lucky that I tested the machine … Continue reading

Puppy Arcade 9 – New release!

Gaming not what it used to be?  Bored by the plethora of 3rd person shooters which seem to dominate the games market? Well there has been no reason to say that ever since Puppy Arcade had it’s first release –  Puppy Arcade caters for probably every platform of yesteryear you could want and then some … Continue reading

REVIEW: Peppermint – Cloud/Lightweight distro & Considering the cloud?

Linux and its diverse range of distributions are developing at a very fast pace.  Nearly every day on Distrowatch I see something new and whilst I would like to take a look at everything, the popularity and demand for Linux distro’s means that I do not have the time to review everything.   In today’s … Continue reading

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