Windows spec requirements out of control? & quest for a refund

A different type of post today, this is my personal story. On Friday 20th August I went to my local store for a new base unit after “old faithful” finally gave up.  I have to say before I go any further that Acer products have always been in my opinion, rock solid and built to…

Netrunner 2 – Blacklight – A new release!

Regular readers to Openbytes may remember the coverage we gave to Netrunner.   The first release “Albedo” impressed with its speed and its removal of Mono, which for some is not seen as the “gift to the world” its touted as being.   If you want a recap you can read that review here. The…

REVIEW: Puppy Arcade 8 (LiveCD 105mb)

Puppy Arcade is one of the few Linux distro’s that Openbytes tries to keep following.  Since version 5, Puppy Arcade has not only been a favorite with friends and colleagues, but also has a home on a few of my machines around the house that would otherwise be obsolete.  Ive had the pleasure of a…

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…

Linux Gaming – The RPG question.

“North“, “East“,”East“,”Kill Skeleton” – The online RPG has come along way since the days of MUD and whilst MUD’s are still popular (and are certainly a pastime I enjoy on occasion for protracted period), things have moved on somewhat.  For the better? Thats for you to decide. Probably the MMORG that has brought the concept…

Windows 7 freezes – Don’t worry, “its not major”

Short news post here.  Computer world is reporting: Some Windows 7 users have reported that their PCs started to freeze or randomly display the infamous “Blue screen of death” after applying a January update Microsoft billed as a stability and reliability fix. You can read the full article here. But if you are a Windows…

Retro gaming: Dosbox v ScummVM – Who is the champion?

Since the Puppy Arcade review gave me a little inspiration for a few emulation related articles, here is the “battle” which I mentioned on Twitter that has ScummVM and Dosbox going head to head with each other with the game Kings Quest III by Sierra. The idea that Linux users would want to play old…

FEATURE: UK Companies that sell Linux systems & WFTL Bytes!

Article by Goblin[RFD] First off, this list is by no means complete (Im hoping that readers will help me out and supply ones Ive missed)  In addition this list is in no way an endorsement of the companies, its merely a list for you to know where you can purchase Linux based systems, if you…