Latest Distribution Reviews


  • Fedora 32 Review [KDE Spin]

    May 21, 2020, 8 p.m.

    Fedora, a community project started and supported by Red Hat. distributes a GNOME based flagship edition, Fedora Workstation featuring the GNOME desktop environment. The community also offers alternative editions to the flagship featuring other desktop environments for users who prefer other desktops besides GNOME in editions called Spins, one of which being the KDE Spin discussed in this article.

    This article reviews the Fedora 32 KDE Spin released on April 28, 2020.

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  • Kubuntu 20.04 LTS Review

    May 21, 2020, 6 p.m.

    Kubuntu is an official flavor of the Canonical, Ltd. backed Ubuntu distribution that, along with other official flavors, offers alternative desktop environments to the GNOME desktop environment used in the default Ubuntu flavor. Kubuntu provides KDE's Plasma desktop environment with the same Debian based, Ubuntu core provided in the default distribution flavor and the other flavors.

    This article reviews Kubuntu 20.04 LTS released on April 23, 2020.

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  • Solus 4.1 Fortitude Review [Plasma Edition]

    Feb. 28, 2020, 3 p.m.

    The release of Solus 4.1 Fortitude adds an official Plasma based variant of the distribution, the existing Mate, GNOME, and flagship Budgie editions. As the release announcement states:

    We’re proud to announce a new addition to the Solus family: Solus Plasma Edition. Solus Plasma Edition has been a long sought after experience by current and prospective users alike, melding our ability to create a curated out-of-the-box experience with the sophistication of the Plasma ...

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  • KaOS Review [2019.10 Release]

    Nov. 29, 2019, 6 p.m.

    KaOS is a KDE Plasma focused, conservatively rolling release distribution primarily built upon Arch tools for packaging and package management. While using Arch tools, it is not the typical Arch based distribution. It builds its own kernel and packages and hosts its own repositories. It also provides a user community package repository -- KaOS Community Packages (KCP) -- with a sophisticated and user friendly online portal. To manage packages from the community repository, it develops a helper ...

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Latest Product Reviews


  • Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT Review

    Oct. 11, 2019, noon

    The ATH-M50xBT is an over-ear Bluetooth headphone by Audio-Technica -- a maker of professional audio equipment. In making these headphones Audio-Technica began with the design and sound signature of the M50x wired monitor headphones from its Professional line and added the convenience of Bluetooth connection capability. According to Audio-Technica:

    The ATH-M50xBT harnesses the legendary M50x studio sound for an exhilarating wireless listening experience, with exceptional clarity and deep, accurate bass response.

    Utilizing Bluetooth wireless technology and ...


  • Anker Soundcore Life NC Review

    Oct. 4, 2019, noon

    The Life NC is the top of the line of a series of around the neck Bluetooth earbud headphones by Anker's Soundcore brand. It features a comfortablearound the neck/on-collar design, adequate battery life, good sound quality, a multi-point Bluetooth connection that allows the headset to be connected to two devices at the same time.

    Adding a lot of value to its price point, it also provides a wired listening capability and an active ...


  • Dell G5-5587 Review for Linux Users [G5-5587-7037RED-PUS]

    June 17, 2019, noon

    The Dell G5 5587 series laptop, while marketed as a gaming laptop, is worthy of consideration by GNU/Linux users looking for a high performance workstation. It is available in numerous configurations directly from Dell or in specific configurations at retailers. It has a bold and minimalistic design and further differentiates itself from laptops with similar specifications with a design that allows for very easy upgradability due to the thoughtfully designed single piece removable bottom ...


  • Reflection for UNIX [Android Edition] Review

    Aug. 26, 2018, 6 p.m.

    Reflection for UNIX (for Android and iOS) is part of a set of tools, collectively referred to as Reflection, originally developed by Attachmate, now part of Micro Focus -- both former owners of SUSE (pending finalization of a sale in the case of Micro Focus) -- to facilitate connections to remote hosts and to integrate remote host applications locally. The iOS and Android app is a simple SSH client offering various terminal emulation modes, connection and identity ...


Latest Guides


  • The Best Distributions for Problematic Nvidia Optimus Hybrid Graphics

    May 19, 2020, 4 p.m.

    For Linux users with NVIDIA/Intel hybrid graphics laptops, having everything working perfectly or at least to the extent that their needs are met from the computer sometimes requires intervention by the user if the chosen distribution does not set it up. Sometimes this includes adjusting the system configuration to ...


  • Enabling a Native File Dialog for Firefox on Plasma Desktop

    May 19, 2020, 1 p.m.

    Firefox is an excellent browser with many useful and innovative features that is created by an organization that respects and strives to protect its users' privacy. It is also a GTK based application which means that it will use GTK elements in dialog windows for browsing files to upload to ...


  • Using SSH in KDE's Dolphin File Browser

    July 13, 2019, 6 p.m.

    KDE's Dolphin file browser is widely regarded as the most customizable. But it also has a lot of advanced built-in functionality and is extensible to add even more capability. Among its most useful functionality is the ability to access and manage remote files directly in the file browser using ...


  • Introduction to Phoronix Test Suite

    Feb. 16, 2018, 6 p.m.

    Phoronix Test Suite is a Free and Open Source automated benchmarking program developed by Phoronix Media, which also publishes the Phoronix website. Linux enthusiasts most likely have seen the output of the PTS software on Phoronix in their benchmarking results. In this article we provide an overview of the installation ...


Latest Distribution Specific Guides


Latest Web, Cloud, Server, Etc. Articles


  • Using pyenv to Install a Specific Version of Python

    Aug. 27, 2019, noon

    GNU/Linux distributions provide recent versions Python as part of the default installation, and in fact, rely on the language to create many of the system tools used by the distribution. For users' Python development needs, the version provided by the distribution may not be appropriate for various reasons. Some ...


  • Co-Installing Zurb Foundation 5 and 6 on the Same Machine

    May 1, 2017, 6 p.m.

    The Zurb Foundation web front end framework is excellent, with advanced workflow automation tools and features. Unfortunately, development on new versions is quick and sometimes content management system plugins based on this framework -- like the Drupal theme modules -- sometimes don't move at the same pace. Or maintenance stops on ...


Latest Virtualization Articles


  • VMware: Installing Workstation Player 12.1.0 on Ubuntu 15.10

    Nov. 30, 2015, 6 p.m.

    Installation of VMware Workstation Player remains as straightforward as previous version of VMware's free hypervisor for desktop systems. However Ubuntu's recent adoption of systemd in place of Upstart, has added additional steps in installing VMware Workstation Player (previously VMware Player). This article presents the installation process, describing the ...


Latest Specials


Latest Opinion Articles


  • Why Buy a Blackberry Passport In 2017?

    June 1, 2017, 6 p.m.

    Almost three years after release, the Blackberry Passport and other devices that use Blackberry 10 OS are essentially useless to most people who are used to the cornucopia of apps in the Apple App Store and in Google Play -- especially popular social media apps -- because of the very minimal native ...


  • openSUSE Tumbleweed Needs True Multiple Version Kernel Support

    June 1, 2017, 6 p.m.

    The openSUSE project produces two of the best distributions in the Linux world -- the rolling Tumbleweed and the regular release Leap. It has been my favorite distribution for many years because, in my opinion, it is a technically superior distribution with a mature and extensive infrastructure where rationality is evident ...


Latest Blog Articles


  • Using a TV As a Second Monitor with Plasma Desktop

    May 19, 2020, 1 p.m.

    Using a 4K TV as an external monitor is an excellent way to increase productivity when workflows require having many application windows open at once. The Plasma desktop is a very capable and flexible desktop environment for such use cases allowing users many options in configuring the working environment.

    Depending ...


  • Preparing to Install Clear Linux [28210] on Bare Metal

    June 4, 2019, 10 p.m.

    Clear Linux, the Intel developed GNU/Linux distribution optimized for Intel processors and particularly suited for containerized applications, recently has made progress in developing the OS to make it usable as a desktop OS in addition to its capabilities as a cloud, server, and container platform. Unfortunately for desktop GNU ...


  • The Effect of the KDE Plasma Baloo File Indexing and File Search Framework on System Performance

    March 11, 2018, 6 p.m.

    The KDE PLasma Desktop Environment's File Indexing and File Searching backend, Baloo, is an extremely fast and useful tool of the Plasma DE. It enables among other features, krunner's extremely fast population of search results. Unfortunately, depending on its configuration, it can cause intermittent unresponsiveness during its initial ...