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…

REVIEW: Salix 13.1-rc1 (Live LXDE)

Salix, a slackware distro, is one I’ve looked at previously on Openbytes.  It has a history with Zenwalk, but not in just the fact that they are two Slackware offerings, it was reported that a group of developers left the Zenwalk project and created the Salix project, lucky for us as Salix has matured into…

Peppermint Ice – Press Release!

Press release received from the Peppermint dev team.  Due to a shortage of time (and a desire to get this news out) here is the release in full.  Peppermint Ice will be discussed/reviewed in depth next week: Peppermint Ice:  Faster, Lighter and Aiming for the Clouds Asheville, NC, USA  July 18, 2010 Just  three short months ago…

Peppermint Team – Q&A with OpenBytes

Regular readers here will remember the Peppermint One review I covered recently.  I was very impressed and the project has had me re-evaluating my views (and usage of Cloud based apps) The feedback I have had from users Ive spoken to around the net is very good and a combination of a lightweight Ubuntu derived…

Wolvix 2.0.0 beta Build 56

Its been a long time. The last time I reported on Wolvix was in July 09 where the distro received praise (and became my distro of choice). After that date I found myself praising the distro whenever I got the opportunity, there was so many great things about it – out of the box compat,…

When must you shill for Linux? – A rather disturbing idea.

How many times have people accused me of “Microsoft Hater”, “Linux Zealot”, “Linux Unwashed”?  Comments like these (and many more vulgar ones) are often thrown by a Microsoft advocate with no argument to any person who dares to suggest there is an alternative to their products.  Its easy to dismiss a point of view with…

Netrunner (Albedo) – A look at a brand new distro!

Its been a while since I showcased a Linux distro with the last being Puppy Arcade.  Ive got Dr Schestowitz of TechRIGHTS to thank for bringing my attention to Netrunner. During the years of running Openbytes and covering distro’s from all around the world based on a plethora of ideas/innovations/other distro’s, one thing in the…

REVIEW – xPUD 0.9.2

A look at an out-of-the-box, Ubuntu based Linux distro with a bias towards computing in the cloud! No matter if you are a Linux user or not, everyone seems to talk about the new GoogleOS which is due to arrive next year.  These “big name” steps that are being taken to providing cloud computing will…

Chakra Alpha 3 – Review!

Ive never been a fan of KDE.  Maybe its because for me it reminds me too much of Vista and a part of my PC experiences I would rather forget, however I cannot stay with Gnome forever and since many new distro’s don’t come with XFCE it was only time before I gave KDE a…