Latest Distribution Reviews


  • ArcoLinux Review [ArcoLinuxB 19.07.9 Community Plasma Edition]

    Oct. 18, 2019, 1:44 p.m.

    Arco Linux is an Arch based distribution with a focus on learning Linux through the process of assembling a customized Arch system. It uses its three project branches or editions in a six phase learning plan that makes heavy use of videos, as opposed to written documentation. The main edition, named ArcoLinux, features fully configured and automatically installed Openbox, Xfce, and i3 environments, while ArcoLinuxB allows users to configure their installation from a terminal based ...

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  • Condres OS 19.09 Review [KDE Plasma Edition]

    Oct. 1, 2019, 7 p.m.

    Condres OS is an Arch based distribution -- actually taking many components from the defunct Apricity OS -- developed by the Italian company CodeLinSoft. In addition to an easy installation of Arch using the Calamres GUI installer, it aims to provide a professional OS suitable for businesses. As such it is developing a centralized system control center to proide functionality similar to Mageia Control Center and SUSE/openSUSE's YaST.

    The distribution provides many desktop specific ISO ...

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  • Redcore Linux Hardened 1908 Review [KDE Plasma Edition]

    Sept. 4, 2019, 7 p.m.

    Redcore Linux is a Romanian Gentoo based distribution that aims to make a Gentoo installation easy for newcomers to Gentoo by saving them the hours and maybe days that a Gentoo installation takes due to it being a source based distribution. Like Gentoo it is a rolling release, but unlike Gentoo, Redcore provides more current software than Gentoo itself by using the Gentoo testing repositories as its package base.

    Like the other notable Gentoo based ...

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  • Arch Linux Review [20190701 Bootstrap Image]

    July 28, 2019, 7 p.m.

    Arch Linux is an independent, rolling release GNU/Linux distribution with bleeding edge packages. It is designed in adherence to the principles of simplicity, modernity, pragmatism, user-centricity, and versatility. It is intended for users who want to -- and because of the nature of the distribution, must -- take an active role in installing and configuring their systems. Users are aided in system administration by its simple and straightforward design -- as is evidenced by its tools and ...

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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


  • 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 ...


  • Using rsync

    Feb. 1, 2018, 6 p.m.

    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 ...


  • GRUB for EFI Systems

    June 20, 2015, 6 p.m.

    Installing and configuring GRUB for an EFI system is a simple matter of a few commands to make the EFI System partition available, to install the appropriate version of the GRUB package, to install GRUB (the bootloader not the package) in the EFI System partition, and to update the configuration ...


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 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


  • 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 ...