Latest Distribution Reviews


  • 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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  • Mageia 7 Review

    July 1, 2019, noon

    Mageia is a direct descendant of the defunct Mandriva Linux distribution which was previously known as Mandrake Linux. It retains and continues development of the system tools created by its predecessor, such as the urpmi CLI package manager, and the Mageia Control Center, an integrated set of modular system configuration GUI tools similar to -- but not nearly as comprehensive or suited to enterprise use -- as openSUSE's YaST.

    It uses a regular, when-ready, release model ...

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  • Clear Linux 28210 Review

    June 4, 2019, noon

    Clear Linux, an Intel open source project, is a rolling GNU/Linux distribution that optimizes the OS at all levels for Intel's implementation of the AMD64 or x86_64 architecture, the Intel Architecture, as it is referred to by Intel. This effort at optimization is to make the distribution especially useful for its intended use of cloud-centric and container applications. Recently, however, there have been developments that improve the experience on for desktop use, one ...

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  • elementary OS 5 Juno Review

    Nov. 9, 2018, 6 p.m.

    elementary OS is an Ubuntu (LTS) based distribution that strives to improve the Linux user experience and places an emphasis on the cohesiveness of the desktop environment and the apps that run on it. It targets new Linux users moving from Windows and macOS, offering a simple environment that does not require a steep learning curve.

    It is also the only Linux distribution that funds development of and monitizes the distribution through a pay-what-you-want model ...

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Latest Product Reviews


  • 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 ...


  • Audio Technica ATH-DSR7BT Review

    Dec. 13, 2017, 6 p.m.

    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 from source to driver to deliver it's High-Resolution Audio conformant sound. We discuss these features and provide a ...


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

    Nov. 1, 2016, 6 p.m.

    The Acer VN7-592G-70EN -- a "Black Edition" -- is an iteration of the ASPIRE V Nitro series of gaming laptops. The standout feature of this particular model is its value, offering the high performance -- for consumer laptops -- iCore7-6700HQ quad core processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, Nvidia GTX960M graphics with DDR5 video RAM, and a 128 GB m.2 SSD in addition to a 1TB mechanical hard drive, and the very state of the art USB Type C connector ...


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


  • 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 ...