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Guest Post: Selecting a Linux Distribution

January 13, 2010 4 comments

If you are planning to learn the ways of using and operating Linux then you should try to gain proper knowledge about it. You must try to decide the type of version that you are planning to utilize, when it comes to Linux as your operating system.
You should know the ways to choose the right kind of Linux distribution for you. It is better to spend some time, when it comes to selection of Linux distribution channel for you. The below mentioned information is a type of check list that will help you to choose the best type of Linux distribution.
It is better to think before you have your Linux distribution. You will have to ensure that your Linux distribution should have the smoothest installation process. The process should guide you to the ways to complete the installation. Make sure that you have a guidance provided by the version at each level for installation. The distribution will be able to guide you the best ways to utilize the commands that has an affect on the hard drive as well.
In case of Windows operating system, you will be automatically diverted towards the desktop that is user friendly as well. However, Linux is tricky to understand. It is true that Linux has various types of desktop. Therefore, you will have to select the require desktop during the boot mode of your system. You will not be automatically diverted towards the desktop.
It is advisable for you to have knowledge about the different types of desktop that are offered by Linux. You can try each of the desktop style that is offered by this useful operating system. This will allow you to get an idea about the options are available for you. At the same time, you will be able to decide the best type of desktop that is required for your needs.
Do not forget to check the capability of your hardware. It is true that some hardware parts might not be able to support Linux. Therefore, it is better to make sure that the components are compatible with Linux.
If you are planning to get some information about the desktops that are offered by Linux then you should explore the World Wide Web. You must know that websites that are offering downloads for Linux desktops will be able to offer you the require information. At the same time, exploring the internet will allow you to look at some tutorials as well. Some tutorials will be a great help, when it comes to gaining knowledge for Linux desktops. On the other hand, if you have a question to ask then discussing with experts will be a great idea. You must know the internet forums are always based to help you. You can be a member of a form that is specifically created to discuss about Linux. Over these forums, you will be able to get the best knowledge about the different options that are available with Linux desktops.

Sabayon 5.1 Gamers Linux Screenshots

December 28, 2009 3 comments

I noticed that Sayaon 5.1 Gamers edition live DVD is available for download. Or you can buy Sabayon DVDs. I’ve used and reviewed the Gentoo-based Sabayon many times before and have been very impressed with the Live CD’s out-of-the-box functionality. I was quite excited to crack open Sabayon Linux 5.1 “Gaming” for obvious reasons.

The Sabayon 5.1 installation process is smooth sailing and one if the simplest around. Several things I enjoyed about the installation were the option to install XBMC (Xbox Media Center), GNOME (which I chose), or the Fluxbox empty desktop for minamlists that want to start from scratch. I also enjoyed the user setup built into the installation which grabbed all the information on one or two screens and even had the option for adding additional users. A nice feature I can see saving me considerable time.

After installation I restarted my computer as prompted and prepared myself for the games. Sabayon has an interesting startup that hops along to some uninterupted rock music as your system starts up. Although I think this feature could be great, I wasn’t thrilled by the default song selection, but really how can you please everyone? The desktop is dark but accented by some thin colorful lines. The Sabayon menu includes Applications, Places and System tabs making use of the top panel. Gamers are located under Applications — Games.

The games you see in the screenshot above are all included by default on Sabayon 5,1 Gamers live DVD. Some popular titles include Battle of Wesnoth, Foobillard, Freeciv, Frozen Bubble, GNOME Games, NeverBall, Nexuiz, OpenArena, Pingus, Pychess, Scorched 3D, Spring, Stepmania, Torcs, Tremulous, Warsow, Warzone 2100, and Wormux.

Here’s some screenshots from Sabayon 5.1 Gamers

PCLinuxOS 2009.2 MiniMe Video and Screenshots

December 5, 2009 1 comment

The PCLinuxOS 2009.2 MiniMe KDE Linux distribution is out and available for download or purchase on CD. This release includes a minimal classic KDE 3.5.10 desktop and few extra applications. The idea behind PCLinuxOS MiniMe KDE is to create a tricked out desktop and use Synaptic package manager to customize the application lineup. PCLinuxOS 2009.2 MiniMe KDE users can also update packages to KDE 4 after installation.

Here’s some screenshots I captured from this incredible starting point distro.

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Pentoo 2009.0 Screenshots

December 5, 2009 4 comments

Pentoo Linux is a Gentoo-based Linux distribution that runs as a Live CD or Live USB. Pentoo has been designed to provide a penetration testing and security assessment solution through the use of Nessus and Metasploit. Pentoo uses the Enlightenment window manager, is optimized for Pentium III architecture, and supports package modularity like Slax.

The most recent version of Pentoo, Pentoo 2009.0 just came out today. Pentoo 2009.0 includes several notable changes. Here’s the most important.

  • Kernel 2.6.31.6 with aufs and squashfs-lzma
  • Wifi stack 2.6.32_rc7 with injection and fragmentation patches
  • Qemu plus virt-manager for playing with VMs
  • Updated tools and applications like msf, exploit-db, kismet, sqlmap, and Firefox
  • Added packages like airpwn, wapiti, and pppd
  • Fixed some Nvidia and Intel graphics problems

Download Pentoo or Buy a Pentoo CD and give it a try.

Calculate Linux 10.0 Screenshots

December 4, 2009 1 comment

Calculate Linux is a Gentoo-based Linux distribution that comes in several editions to suit your desktop and server needs. The server edition (CDS) supports Windows and Linux clients via LDAP + SAMBA. This provides proxy, mail and Jabbers servers with streamlined user management. The desktop edition (CLD) is a workstation and client distro available in KDE and XFCE flavors that include a wizard for connecting the desktop with the (CDS). To create your own Calculate Linux use the Calculate Linux Scratch live DVD which includes all the framework needed to build a custom distro.

The Calculate 10.0 release brings several enhancements such as a complete client-server solution with full compatibility to Gentoo Linux. This version also brings support for German, English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian languages. AdBlock Plus add-on enabled in Firefox by default and EisKaltDC P2P client, Kbluetooth packages have been added to Calculate Linux. Calculate Linux 10.0 comes in these editions:

  • (CDS) – Calculate Directory Server
  • (CLD) – Calculate Linux Desktop KDE 4.3.3
  • (CLDX) – Calculate Linux Desktop Xfce 4.6.1
  • (CLS) – Calculate Linux Scratch without a desktop
  • (CLSG) – Calculate Linux Scratch with GNOME 2.26.3

Download Calculate Linux or buy Calculate Linux DVDs

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