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Fedora 15 with GNOME 3: better than Ubuntu 11.04 with Unity, but...

The 24th of May 2011 was an important day for Linux community. This was a day of first ever official release of Linux distributive featuring GNOME 3 as default. This distributive is Fedora 15. Of course, Fedora has lots of "spins" which include other desktop managers, but who can lose an opportunity to play with new toy?

FreeSBIE: Is Devil Live or Dead?

  • Linux notes from DarkDuck (Posted by darkduck on May 23, 2011 10:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
That is a pity that FreeSBIE is abandoned project. It has very powerful base in face of FreeBSD, but needs developers to continue work on it. It gives users what FreeBSD does not give: Live version which would allow to touch a system before installation.

Adventures in Chakra Linux

  • Linux notes from DarkDuck (Posted by darkduck on May 23, 2011 5:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
What is my general feeling of Chakra Linux? Honestly, I expected more from famous and long-existing distributive. Just more...

Alternative DNS services: pro and contra

  • Linux notes from DarkDuck; By darkduck (Posted by darkduck on May 19, 2011 11:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
The issue which your Internet provider may have is that their DNS servers may be down for whatever reasons. Technical glitch, software or hardware upgrade, whatever else. If your provider's DNS servers are down, you cannot use domain names to get access to Internet sites. Is there any alternatives to your provider's DNS service? Yes!

What was new in Fedora 14?

  • Linux notes from DarkDuck (Posted by darkduck on May 16, 2011 5:21 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Fedora
10 days remain until release of Fedora 15. Is it good time to look 6 months back and check whether Fedora 14 brought anything new? And what was it?

CTK Arch: Fast and Furious

  • Linux notes from DarkDuck (Posted by darkduck on May 11, 2011 7:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
CTK Arch is very interesting distro from my perspective. It is well balanced between graphical and CLI sides of Linux. Maybe I am little bit too inexperienced for it yet, but still can do quite a lot there. I will not recommend CTK Arch for beginners. You need to be prepared to take some of challenges. But..

Blessed by Trinity...

I am long established fan of KDE3 (Trinity). There might be 2 reasons: 1) My first ever Linux was SLAX which is based on KDE3. 2) I prefer old-school menu style with one column in main part with branches for each of them. When I see several columns in main menu I quickly get lost in navigation. It's like Win95 style compared to Win7 style. Or KDE3 compared to Mint Menu or KDE4 in some Linuxes. That's why every Tux which is blessed by Trinity is interesting for me.

4 Terribly Easy Steps To Move Away From Unity In Ubuntu 11.04

Lots of people are determined to abandon Ubuntu 11.04 in favour of other operating systems only because they hate Unity. But do you know that Ubuntu 11.04 comes with 2 (two!) desktop environments? It also includes GNOME. To be precise, GNOME 2.32.1. Let me show you how to easy switch from Unity to GNOME...

Fighting with Ubuntu 11.04 (Unity)

Ubuntu 11.04 is one of the most expected releases this year. Yes, there were lots of pre-release discussions, reviews, controversy and so on. Finally, it was released. I decided to go through fresh install route and replace my Ubuntu 10.10 with Ubuntu 11.04 with Unity desktop.

Linux Mint XFCE Roller Coaster

  • Linux notes from DarkDuck (Posted by darkduck on May 4, 2011 2:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Xfce
Just few days ago I wrote about my happiness after achieving my long-term desire with Linux Mint XFCE. This distro is based on Debian Testing. I managed to activate and use Broadcom 4311 there in Live mode! Did it make me stop? As long as I had USB stick with Linux Mint XFCE on it, I decided to give Debian another go.

What If Prince William And Kate Middleton Were Linux Fans

  • Linux notes from DarkDuck (Posted by darkduck on May 3, 2011 2:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor; Groups: Linux
I actually don't know if William and Kate are Linux fans or not. Maybe they even have not heard about this great operation system. But let's imagine they are great Linux lovers. How can this change Royal Wedding ceremony?

5 things I like in Ubuntu 11.04 (Unity) and 10 things which I don't

I easily got myself to new Unity desktop. Did I like it? Yes and No. Let's try to list all my findings and discuss them a little.

9 Steps To Happiness in Linux Mint XFCE

Linux Mint team works hard on making Linux as much user-friendly as possible. They even managed to improve usability of Ubuntu which holds position because its high degree of userfriendliness. Linux Mint is not just one system. I would say that Mint is more like approach to interface building which can be applied to a range of systems/desktop environments/windows managers. Sure enough, most known Linux Mint version is based on Ubuntu with GNOME. That was just a beginning. I have already written my thoughts about this Linux Mint version. But every beginning has its own story. Mint team also released KDE, LXDE and XFCE remixes. All of them were based on Ubuntu. Were... Until recent.

How To: Page Numbering in Open Source Text Processors

It was not obvious for me how to automatically number pages in the document using some of text processors reviewed there. Have you ever faced this issue? Now I will open the secrets of three different packages and show you how to solve this issue.

Is CentOS 5.6 Better Than 5.5?

  • Linux notes from DarkDuck (Posted by darkduck on Apr 14, 2011 2:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
What is general feelings about CentOS 5.6? I would say I saw progress since last version 5.5. It is not quantum leap, but steadily progressing system. Bearing in mind that this Operating System is based on commercial software which is used by thousands of customers, you should not expect sudden significant changes in it. That is normal in corporate world.

Moonstruck with MoonOS

  • Linux notes from DarkDuck (Posted by darkduck on Apr 13, 2011 9:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
One of the most admirable elements about Linux is, once the community has become comfortable with a distro, another one appears to disrupt the status quo. Mint arose out of a desire to create an improved version of Ubuntu; Salix was developed to make Slackware more user-friendly. While these distributions are often argued to be mere spin-offs, and not true distros, they deserve mention for their unique adaptation to an already established distro. MoonOS is one of these noteworthy distros. It may be an obscure distribution, and it might not be genuinely original, but Moon is too interesting to be ignored.

Do I Have Bad Karma for Debian?

Do I have bad karma to run Debian? I have 6 posts about Debian so far, and only one of them relates to full success, where I was able to run a full-power Debian on my laptop. Maybe I myself and Debian are just creatures of different worlds and we cannot live together?

Old Good(?) Style

  • Linux Blog from DarkDuck (Posted by darkduck on Apr 10, 2011 5:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Today, when CentOS 5.6 is released, isn't it good time to remember what was in CentOS 5.5? As long as Red Hat (commercial product) is open source software, anyone can use their source code for own purposes. That's the way how CentOS was born. Selection of available versions for CentOS is not massive. If you want to have Live system, you have a choice of only one variety. Practically, this is GNOME-embedded system. No choice between KDE, LXDE or any other windows manager. At least, for CentOS 5.5, which I used.

3-in-1: How 3 Old Friends Can Be Found In Same Place

  • Linux notes from DarkDuck (Posted by darkduck on Apr 7, 2011 6:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: KDE, Linux
Can you ever expect that three of your oldest friends which belong to different companies can be found in the same place? Difficult to imagine, isn't is? It's like accidentally finding your best school friend and your best colleague in your favorite pub just across the road from your home. Dream! Same happened to me recently.

4 Lessons Which Bodhi Linux Taught Me

New star appeared on the Ubuntu sky recently, and this star is called Bodhi Linux. Version 1.0.0 was released at the end of March, just a week ago. Everything new is interesting. Hopefully, not only for myself, but also for my readers. That's why I have to try this new operating system. Bodhi Linux image weights less than 400Mb, which puts it into the same line as Puppy and SLAX. While testing Bodhi Linux, I learnt 4 lessons which I'd like to tell you about.

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