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Links 27/07/2008: New Version of Debian, VIA and Atheros Deliver Pleasant Surprise

Posted in News Roundup at 4:21 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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    Adding two inherently different Linux distributions brings more flexibility to users of rugged computers. The push from customers for Linux options in this line shows significant interest that could lead to greater Linux adoption in this vertical market, according to Glacier officials.

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    The rest of the software appears to be unchanged from my last review. Again, I like Puppy Linux and I think they continue to create a good lightweight distro with lots of programs. It seems to be very functional – unlike other lightweight distros it appears to have a program for each task you might need to do.

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  • IRC Clients for Linux – A Review


Linux Mint

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    This month’s Linux Format Magazine had Linux Mint as one of the Linux distros on the DVD. I’ve been hearing a lot of people talk about this Ubuntu-based distro. So Mint is based on Ubuntu which is based on Debian. Why not just base Linux Mint off of Debian? Ok, so given that it’s based off of Ubuntu and Ubuntu is becoming synonymous with Linux because it’s so easy to use, why would you want to use Linux Mint?

  • Review: Linux Mint 5 Elyssa XFCE Community Edition RC1

    After spending the day tinkering with Linux Mint 5 Xfce CE, I have to say this is a GREAT Linux distro. I prefer Xfce over GNOME and KDE because in my opinion, GNOME and KDE use too much memory and CPU power, while Xfce is much lighter on resources. There are other desktop environments which are even lighter than Xfce, but they aren’t as useful or as stable as Xfce. I am a little disappointed that Exaile and Gnomebaker are installed by default; I prefer Rhythmbox over Exaile and Sound Juicer over Gnomebaker. I give this a 9.5 out of 10

  • I’m A Believer

    To the fellow diehard fans of XP, I can assure you, Linux will not disappoint. In fact, I’m writing this post in the Linux OS.



  • Aulanerk – Alpha 2 of Amarok 2.0 released!
  • KDE Commit Digest: Issue 115

    In a long-planned move, the FolderView Plasmoid also becomes a containment (which enables it to fill the desktop space). The FolderView Plasma applet gets standard folder interaction context menu items. First version of CommandWatch Plasmoid, which displays output of a given console command. Support for displaying the running state of plugins and terminating jobs, abstraction of code completion (leading to initial code completion support for Java), and the clearing out of bug reports in KDevelop 4. Integration of the Panaramio online service into Marble. Work on loading themes in Parley.

  • Website for the KDE Utilities Launched

    The family of KDE websites has got a new member, the site for the fine utilities applications from the module kdeutils. Despite being one of the first modules, kdeutils has always been without its own website. No longer. At utils.kde.org you can now find a lot of information about the KDE Utilities.


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  1. Lol said,

    July 28, 2008 at 2:06 am



    Like we didnt see this coming….

    Har Har

    Now…what about the money ASF accepted ? Should that be returned ?

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    July 28, 2008 at 2:22 am


    That’s why I didn’t mentioned this when Microsoft did the media blitz at OSCON (promises promises and money on the table for Apache).

  3. John c dvorak said,

    July 28, 2008 at 1:55 pm


    So that’s VIA and ATHEROS that have seen the light in the same week.

    Who is left now?

    Broadcom and Nvidia?

  4. Roy Schestowitz said,

    July 28, 2008 at 2:09 pm


    It depends on scale. Among the prominent players, you have Nvidia and Seagate. Broadcom joined some Linux consortia and VIA is only trying but not yet producing much fruit.

    A lot of hardware manufacturers are better at publicity stunts than they are at actually delivering the goods. Adobe is an example on the software side.

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