Latest Distribution Reviews


  • Garudal Linux Review [KDE Dragonized (D460nized),210621]

    Oct. 26, 2021, 6 p.m.

    Garuda Linux is an Arch based distribution that provides an easy GUI installation of an Arch system with the widely used Calamares installer. But unlike the numerous other distributions that offer such an easy installation of an Arch system and some custom convenience tools such as a welcome application, Garuda Linux is more ambitious -- offering much more such, as installation on a Btrfs filesystem with a fully configured system snapshot and rollback capability and distribution ...

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  • 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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Latest Product Reviews


  • Bowers & Wilkins PI3 Review

    July 9, 2021, noon

    The PI3 is an around-the-neck in-ear Bluetooth headphones from Bowers & Wilkins -- maker of high end audio equipment since the 1960s.

    The Bowers & Wilkins PI3 are high performance in-ear headphones designed to deliver the highest quality mobile personal audio experience combined with the convenience of wireless operation in a compact easy to wear design.

    And they in fact deliver. Of the other headphones I currently use -- an Audio Technica ATH-m50xBT, a Sony WF-1000XM3, a Sony WH-1000XM4 ...


  • 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 ...


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. 18, 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


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


  • Best Distribution of 2020: Arch Linux

    March 20, 2021, 8 p.m.

    The best distribution of 2020, in my experience is Arch Linux. This is a change from my choice of the best distribution of 2019 when I chose openSUSE Tumbleweed, with Arch as a close second. openSUSE Tumbleweed retains all of its strengths in the areas of system design and system ...


  • Best Distribution of 2019: openSUSE Tumbleweed

    Jan. 7, 2020, 5 p.m.

    The best distribution of 2019 is openSUSE Tumbleweed. This article describe some of the characteristics of openSUSE that make it so, at least for me.


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


  • Garuda Linux Benchmark Comparison Versus Solus

    Aug. 6, 2021, 3:27 p.m.

    Besides producing a beautiful Linux distribution by customizing the theme of the Plasma desktop, the focus of Garudal Linux is to optimize the distribution for performance. As a supplement to Garudal Linux Review [KDE Dragonized (D460nized),210621], I thought it would be interesting to see if the optimizations that the ...


  • Switching to a TUG TeXLive Distribution

    March 12, 2021, 2:52 p.m.

    The TeX Users Group provides a comprehensive TeX system called TeX Live from which Linux distributions build their own system for inclusion in their package repositories. For some time I have noticed some bugs that have caused minor breakage in a long and complex document I have been preparing each ...


  • 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 ...