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Three more popular Linux distributions (and one failed attempt), and finally my overall impression and evaluation of my new Acer V5-131
After months of often bitter debate, Ubuntu will follow Debian in using systemd instead of its own Upstart for Linux start-up and shutdown routines.
Going forward, systemd will be Debian's default init system for Linux distributions, an init system soon to be used by every other major Linux distribution other than Ubuntu.
A number of interesting new Linux releases are due out in the next few days or weeks. Here's a quick overview of some of them.
Ubuntu's come a long way from being the popular Debian-based Linux distribution for desktops. So, who uses Ubuntu today and what do they think about where Ubuntu is now and where it's going?
Google Chrome Beta for 64-bit Debian/Ubuntu systems is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make...
The development team at Linux Mint have announced the release of the LXDE version of Mint 12. The Linux Mint Distributions have two major "branches", one derived from Ubuntu which is designated by a number (currently Mint 12), and the other derived from Debian, which is designated as Mint Debian.
There's good news for many, and perhaps bad news for a few, coming for Linux Mint Debian Edition. This has been one of my favorite distributions since it was first released, because it seems to me that it stars from the Debian GNU/Linux base and then adds all of the goodness of Linux Mint, without passing through Ubuntu on the way.
Google Chrome Beta for Linux is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the Web faster, safer,...
Linux Mint's recent climb to the top of the DistroWatch rankings and strong reactions to Ubuntu's Unity shell have led to speculation that Ubuntu's glory days could be over. We examine these two popular distros to see where they came from, where they stand and where they may be headed.
Recently it was published by DistroWatch that the Linux Mint distribution has passed Ubuntu and is now considered the most popular. In order from most popular on down, this list at DistroWatch starts with Linux Mint, followed by Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, and openSUSE.
There's going to be a bit of meandering before I eventually get to the point here, so bear with me, or skip the next few paragraphs to go directly to the "meat" of this post...Six months ago, when Linux Mint Debian was released, I was really excited about it - finally a Debian-based distribution with the quality of Mint and without the baggage of Ubuntu!
Since the release of the Linux Mint Debian Edition distribution last December, and then the Linux Mint Xfce distribution which is also based on Debian rather than Ubuntu, I have found myself moving more and more toward using these Debian-based distributions rather than the Ubuntu-based Mint 11. In a lot of ways these Mint distributions seem to offer a good combination of a solid Debian base, with a choice between the standard 2.
When Ubuntu changed to Grub 2 a couple of releases ago, it became significantly more difficult to set up multi-boot Linux systems. Most if not all Ubuntu derivatives are also using Grub2, and now the latest Debian release also uses it.
People don't notice Debian Linux releases as much as they used to. There's a reason for that, Debian, despite its close relationship to Ubuntu, is becoming irrelevant.
An excellent blog post by Raphael Hertzog entitled "5 reasons why I still contribute to Debian after 12 years". For me, it's inspiring to see the motivation for the OS behind Ubuntu.
A couple of weeks ago Linux Mint announced a new distribution - based on the Debian Testing branch, rather than Ubuntu. Like most users, the announcement took me by surprise, I hadn't even noticed that they were working on such a Distribution.
I just came across a very interesting piece written by Keith Cary Curtis, titled Should Ubuntu Have Been Created. He makes some very interesting and valid points to support his contention that Mark Shuttleworth should have put his money into supporting and expanding the established Debian development effort, rather than creating an independent fork of Debian.
Puredyne 9.10 is a GNU/Linux live distribution for artists based on Ubuntu and Debian Live.
The idea is that non-commercial Linux distributions running on HP hardware can find support, even though it's not officially coming from HP. We're talking about server versions of Asianux, CentOS, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE and Ubuntu.
Ubuntu patron and founder, Mark Shuttleworth, has detailed plans for the distribution's April 2010 release, codenamed Lucid Lynx.
I'm in the process of installing Ubuntu linux on my old PC tower (I'm building a trusty audio workhorse). But I forgot the name of the web site which carries the latest Debian packages that aren't in the Ubuntu repositories.
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