The Slackware-based CDLinux just came out with a new release, CDLinux 0.9.5. I’d never used CDLinux so I decided to take a shot at the minimalist live CD and found a solid little distribution worth a look.
The name CDLinux stands for “Compact Distro Linux” which is the focus of the extremely efficient CDLinux distribution. This latest version of the distro, CDLinux 0.9.5, has several updated packages such as Linux kernel 184.108.40.206, X.Org Server 1.6.5, CUPS 1.4.2, Poppler 0.12.2, Samba 3.4.2, Firefox 3.5.5. CDLinux also includes up-to-date applications such as Pidgin, GIMP, Java and Wine.
One thing I enjoy about Linux is that is comes in all shapes and sizes. Macpup Foxy 3.0 features the Enlightenment window manager and a Mac OS X-like user interface. Macpup Foxy 3.0 is based on Puppy Linux 4.3.1 which uses the Linux kernel 220.127.116.11. Macpup Foxy 3.0 includes all the applications from Puppy 4.1 and 4.3.1 service pack plus Macpup Foxy 3.0 features Firefox 3.5.4, GIMP 2.6.3, and a few other enhancements. Here’s a short release announcement.
I booted up Macpup Foxy 3.0 in RAM to get a few screenshots and spent only a few minutes playing around. I wasn’t particularly impressed by the desktop feel of the distro out of the box. The brown background with birds didn’t do it for me and my resolution was a bit off. Both of these things were corrected easily though and a window even popped up on startup offering resolution changes which was a nice touch. Another thing worth noting is the application selection in Macpup Foxy 3.0. This is a minimalist distro yet it has a powerhouse of applications to use out of the box.
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Linux Mint is one Linux distribution that really stands out from the crowd. Besides its outstanding mint green graphical setup, the Ubuntu-based Linux Mint includes Mint specific tools such as MintInstall, MintBackup, MintUpdate and others. Linux Mint 8 was just released yesterday and it includes some great new features worth looking into.
Linux Mint 8 “Helena” is based on Ubuntu 9.10 “Karmic Koala” and it features the latest versions on many applications. Linux 2.6.31, Gnome 2.28 and Xorg 7.4 are all included in Linux Mint 8 along with significant changes to the menu, software manager, update manager, and a brand new upload manager. As has been the case in recent releases, the Linux Mint artwork has been adjusted to give the Gnome 2.28 desktop a beautiful look. What’s your favorite feature of Linux Mint 8?
The Greenie Linux 6k CD is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution that is focused on Slovak and Czech users but supports English and many other languages as well. In October I wrote a Greenie 5j review and was impressed with the distribution. The most recent version has a nice set of current applications such as Linux Kernel 2.6.31, GNOME 2.28, OpenOffice.org 3.1.1, Firefox 3.5, and WINE 1.1.33. Greenie also has some new applications that might surprise you including the Google Chrome web browser, Imagination slideshow creator, PDFMod PDF editor, StarDict dictionary and both Pidgin and Empathy instant messengers installed by default. The Greenie Linux 6k CD includes some nice desktop improvements to the toolbar and desktop as well. I set out to take Greenie 6K for a spin this evening and snap few screenshots of the new apps in action.
Update: I discovered some nice Linux netbooks last year while writing this article, Black Friday 2010 is all about Linux-based tablets and that’s what I’m shopping for. Check out my latest post Black Friday 2010 Tablet Deals. I’ve listed my favorite tablets launching on or close to Black Friday along with their specs and price tag.
Every year in the US, the Friday after Thanksgiving shoppers get up early and squeeze into stores everywhere to save a few bucks on holiday purchases. While saving money on new Linux Netbooks appeals to most Linux geeks, crowds of people and checkout lines often do not. Here’s two options for the geek who wants to get in and get out while still getting a great deal on a new Linux Netbook or laptop.
First of all, if you don’t need to buy a laptop or Netbook with Linux pre-installed you can find a large selection of Black Friday Netbook specials over at ZDNet. Many of these make excellent candidates for installing lightweight distros like Xubuntu, Puppy, and Vector after you purchase them. My personal favorite is the Acer Aspire One Netbook with a 10’1″ screen, 1GB RAM, and a 160GB hard drive for $149 in Office Max stores the morning of November 27th.
If you’re looking to find a discounted Netbook with Linux installed your best bet may be the Dell Vostro A90 Netbook which has been released as the “The Ideal Mobile Business Internet Companion” providing an excellent solution for lightweight computing on the go. Best of all this Dell Netbook comes pre-installed with Ubuntu 8.04.
If it’s Linux training you’re after, we will have site wide discounts on various types of Linux desktop and server training materials will be available at BeginLinux.com throughout the week of November 22nd, 2010. (Black Friday) Linux training specials and discount codes will be launched from the @beginlinux Twitter account.
Anyone else find any hot Linux Netbook deals being rolled out? Please comment.
Although OpenSUSE is not one of my primary distros I’m still excited for today’s OpenSUSE 11.2 release. This is because many new features and improvements have been implemented into the OpenSUSE 11.2 release which is available as KDE or GNOME live CD versions. A few specific improvements that I am looking forward to include KDE 4.3 which is suppose to feature closer integration with Firefox and OpenOffice.org applications. I’m not the biggest KDE fan but some distros definitely do it better than others and KDE is starting to grow on me. GNOME, which I am a fan of, version 2.28 is included with this OpenSUSE 11.2 release which has a new theme, software update improvements, and other features.
Here’s some useful OpenSUSE 11.2 Links:
With the release of Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala we’ve decided to kick off our newsletter by giving away a free Ubuntu 9.10 USB drive. Anyone who subscribes to the BeginLinux.com newsletter will be entered into the drawing which will be held November 5th, 1 week after the Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala release.
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