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10 Best Linux Distros for 2011

10 Best Linux Distros for 2011
Introduction Note: Our 10 best Linux distros round-up has been fully updated. This feature was first published in May 2012. Choice and flexibility are the hallmarks of a Linux distribution, and by extension the Linux ecosystem. With the proprietary Windows and OS X, you're stuck with the system as designed and can't make changes no matter how unpleasant you may find the experience. Each distro has the Linux kernel at its core, but builds on top of that with its own selection of other components, depending on the target audience of the distro. Largely speaking, Linux distros can be grouped into seemingly endless categories such as the default graphical environment, the underlying package management system, single developer distros or distros backed by large billion dollar enterprises, and so on. How to get to grips with your Raspberry Pi's command line interface In this feature we're focusing primarily on the desktop. 1. Ubuntu has one of the easiest installation mechanisms. Rating: 9/10 2.

Blog Tool and Publishing Platform Howto use downloaded ISOs as a repository in Debian Instead of inserting (or even burning) multiple CDs to install software in debian you can just use the downloaded ISOs. This method assumes you are going to keep the ISOs and folders available, the ISOs will be mounted at boot time automatically and you will be able to install software from them at any time. Be sure to replace any instance of my-user-name with your username. First create a folder in /home/my-user-name/ called isos Now store all your downloaded isos in /home/my-user-name/isos/ and the isos are named debian1.iso debian2.iso debian3.iso I create three folders in my /home/my-user-name/isos/ directory called iso1, iso2, and iso3. I use my favorite text editor with root privileges to open /etc/fstab and add the following entries to the bottom of the file: Then add the following repositories to synaptic file:/home/my-user-name/isos/iso1 lenny main file:/home/my-user-name/isos/iso2 lenny main file:/home/my-user-name/isos/iso3 lenny main

Best Linux desktop: which is ideal for you? Linux is about choice, or so the popular mantra goes, and nothing represents this more than the plethora of desktop environments on offer. Most distros have at least five graphical environments in their repositories, and some offer double-digit numbers of choice. But why? That's what we're here to investigate. 50 best Linux distros: find the best one for you The phrase desktop environment is notoriously slippery. Of course, even when it comes in a pre-assembled package, it will vary between distributions. The final thing we have to say before we get started is how we're evaluating them. So, we're going to say that a good desktop environment is one that makes computing fun and simple. Gnome 3 Can the once-popular desktop reclaim lost users? Gnome was once the most popular desktop environment for Linux. This new style comes courtesy of Gnome Shell, the part of the Gnome which creates the desktop. This philosophy lies right at the heart of Gnome 3. Verdict Death by customisation Unity Xfce Sugar

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UBCD for Windows List of Tools on the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows® Due to increasing "false positives" from AV software, please view this: FAQ topic. 9/18/09 UPDATE: This page is NOT up to date! List of tools included with Ultimate Boot CD for Windows® If this project has helped you or you find it very useful please consider donating to help us cover our hosting and other costs. Power user Linux distros: 5 reviewed and rated: Release schedules, documentation, package management Test 4: release schedule Not that a power user cares either way, part two There are three popular development methodologies that Linux distributions typically adhere to - fixed schedule, fixed feature and rolling release. These distros, more often than not, are drastically different from one release to the next. After years of unpredictable releases, Debian recently switched to a two-year release cycle. Lastly, you have the rolling release cycle. Verdict Slackware: 4/5Fedora: 3/5Debian: 3/5Arch: 5/5Gentoo: 5/5 Test 5: documentation Because even a power user may need to RTFM From installation, to desktop environment, to package management, Linux distros can sometimes change the status quo without warning. All the distros in the roundup can boast of a large repository of helpful documentation. Gentoo and Arch offer the most extensive documentation, detailing even the most basic of technologies, such as configuring the Ethernet interface or the Xinitrc and fstab files. Verdict Arch Vs Gentoo

LAME MP3 Encoder List of live CDs This is a list of live CDs. A live CD or live DVD is a CD or DVD containing a bootable computer operating system. Live CDs are unique in that they have the ability to run a complete, modern operating system on a computer lacking mutable secondary storage, such as a hard disk drive. Rescue and repair live CDs[edit] BSD-based[edit] FreeBSD based[edit] OpenBSD based[edit] Anonym.OS – an OpenBSD-based disk for secure anonymous web browsingjggimi - a OpenBSD 5.0-release LiveCD / LiveDVD for x86 and AMD64 in 6 variant: basic, Firefox, fluxbox, xfce, gnome and kde. Other BSDs[edit] DragonFly BSD DOS-based[edit] GNU-based[edit] Arch Hurd A live CD of Arch Linux with the GNU Hurd as its kernel. Linux-based[edit] Arch Linux based[edit] Debian-based[edit] These are directly based on Debian: Knoppix-based[edit] A large number of live CDs are based on Knoppix. Ubuntu-based[edit] Other Debian-based[edit] Gentoo-based[edit] Mandriva-based[edit] openSUSE-based[edit] Red Hat Linux/Fedora-based[edit] Slackware-based[edit]

How to make a minimalist desktop - University of Warwick Computing Society There are many different desktop environments available for Linux (and other platforms with X11). These range from the more well-known, newbie-friendly, featureful options such as [[KDE]] and [[GNOME]], to a vast array of more esoteric alternatives. If you’ve used something like KDE for a while and you feel that: a lot of it is unnecessary you don’t need all your available commands laid out before you in a pretty but wasteful set of panels and menus you would be better off with something where you can bring up a terminal without waiting a couple of seconds the limited resources of your machine could be put to better uses than excessive user-friendliness then you might like to try some of these alternatives. One of the first things to realise is that under X11, there are many small, co-operating tools. The Easy Way If you want less of a kit-car approach, but still want a faster, less bloated environment, you could use one of these: Window manager Gtk application theming then run: bc.switch2 bc.

Apache Why you want a Linux Live CD | Defensive Computing For the most part, on this blog, I try to convince readers to do something defensive on their computers - like a parent nagging a child to eat their vegetables. Only once have I put my foot down, so to speak, saying unequivocally last year that all Windows XP users should employ DropMyRights. Now, another emphatic endorsement - all Windows users should have a Linux Live CD, and, know how to use it. If you're not familiar with the term "Live" applied to a CD, that's because it's not something that exists in the Windows world. Linux can do something Windows can't, run (not just install) from a CD. There isn't a single Linux Live CD any more than there is a single Linux. Have you ever panicked when Windows won't boot and you really need the files on the computer? Speaking of the old days, Linux distributions used to have install CDs and Live CDs. When Windows won't startup, the first debugging issue is always whether it's a hardware or software problem. Extras Bought a new computer?