Distro Reviews

  • Fedora 28 Workstation Review

    Since I last reviewed Fedora -- version 22 with a Netinstalled Cinnamon desktop -- there have been various changes to Fedora's flagship edition for desktops. Flatpack's and Wayland have been embraced, and more recently there have been efforts to separate the core of the OS from the additional layers with atomic and modularity, which allows installing different versions of software. The improvement which has been getting the most attention in this...

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  • Void Linux 20171007 Review

    Void Linux is an independent rolling distribution that only includes FOSS software by default. It is reminiscent of Arch Linux in its minimalism, use of a custom package management and build system, and some other aspects of its design. Like Arch it is a distro suitable for advanced users who want to configure their OS as they see fit. It does, however, offer live ISOs which can be used to easily install a system, either from a local source on the...

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  • The Best Linux Distribution of 2017: Manjaro

    I have been using Manjaro Linux almost continuously since 2014, starting with the excellently themed and configured OpenBox Community Edition. Since then, my appreciation for Manjaro has grown more and more to the point that I have come to trust it as my primary OS. It seems, judging by its recent rise in DistroWatch rankings, other desktop Linux users are also trusting it more, displacing previously top ranking corporate backed...

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  • Deepin 15.4 Review

    Deepin Linux is a Debian based GNU/Linux distribution from China featuring a custom desktop environment called Deepin Desktop Environment, acclaimed for its beauty and its innovative system configuration center. It includes a suite of applications developed in-house to complement the desktop environment -- Deepin File Manager, Deepin Terminal, Deepin Music, and Deepin Movies, among others. It also includes Deepin Store, a GUI Software Manager that...

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Product Reviews

  • Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT Review

    The ATH-DSR7BT is an over ear Bluetooth headphone by Audio-Technica -- a maker of professional audio equipment -- in its Sound Reality line, which A-T describes as

    for those who demand extreme clarity from their listing experience... designed to deliver the highest level of sonic realism.

    It, like the higher-end ATH-DSR9BT, employs technology to maintain a completely digital signal... Go To Article

  • Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition (VN7-592G-70EN) Review for Linux Users

    The Acer VN7-592G-70EN -- a "Black Edition" -- is an iteration of the ASPIRE V Nitro series of gaming laptops. Although this series of laptops has the same Intel iCore 7 processor and includes a dedicated Nvidia graphics card as do the Acer Predator series of gaming laptops, it differs from the Predators in that the video processor is on the lower end of the Nvidia spectrum and in that the design is more conservative.

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  • LG Tone INFINIM (HBS-910) Review

    The LG HBS-910, the current iteration of the Tone INFINIM Bluetooth stereo headset, is near the top of the Tone line of Bluetooth stereo headsets, featuring a comfortable around the neck/on-collar design, long battery life, good sound quality, and a unique multi-point Bluetooth connection that allows the headset to be connected to two devices at the same time, where one connection is primary. The... Go To Article

  • LG HBS-900 Tone INFINIM - Review

    The LG HBS-900 Infinium Bluetooth stereo headset is the top of the line of a group of Bluetooth stereo headsets featuring a comfortable around the neck/on-collar design, long battery life, good to superior sound quality, and a unique multi-point Bluetooth connection that allows the headset to be connected to two devices at the same time, where one connection is to a primary device. Compared with the other models in the range, the HBS-900 INFINIM has the best sound... Go To Article

General Guides

  • Introduction to Phoronix Test Suite

    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 of Phoronix Test Suite, the...

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  • Using rsync

    rsync is a file transfer and file synchronization program for Unix and Unix-like computers that provides efficient transfers and synchronization "by sending just the differences in the files across the link, without requiring that both sets of files are present at one of the ends of the link beforehand," according...

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  • Installing Multiple Versions of Firefox Including Multiple Profiles

    Nearly all distributions make Firefox available through their default repositories. Some also make the beta, developer, and nightly editions available through non-default repositories. For distributions that don't provide these editions, or for distributions that make only one or some of the other editions available -- in the case of openSUSE, only...

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  • SSH Connection to Shared Web Server

    Some web hosting providers, even if their servers use Linux, are Windows-centric in their customer support. This was a difficulty for me when I had to access the server using ssh to do some security maintenance. In case you are having the same difficulties, I will share what I have learned in case it is helpful to you.

OS Specific Guides

Web, Cloud, Server

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

    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 a widely adopted version in favor of a new version, while the previous version is still essential to web developers and site operators. This might require using Foundation 5 for some projects and Foundation 6 for others.


openSUSE Tumbleweed Needs True Multiple Version Kernel Support

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 in many areas of its...

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Why Buy a Blackberry Passport in 2017?

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 app support in the Blackberry World app...

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

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...

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