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Ubuntu Derivatives News: Trisquel, elementary OS, Ubuntu Studio, Linux Mint, Peppermint, Bodhi, and Lubuntu

Posted in News Roundup at 3:36 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


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  • Linux Mint programs for Windows XP users

    The biggest challenge for Windows XP users switching to Linux Mint is having to change the programs you’ve known and used for years. Fortunately, some programs are available on both Linux and Windows. In addition, there are Linux programs that duplicate the functionality of your favorite Windows programs.

  • Which Linux Mint apps can replace Windows XP software?

    Some Windows XP users might be considering Linux MInt as a replacement operating system. But just replacing the operating system isn’t enough, you’ll also need Linux applications that will replace the ones you used in Windows. ZDNet has a roundup of Linux Mint applications that might fill the void when making your move from Windows XP to Linux Mint.

  • Review: Linux Mint MATE 201403

    It’s been a while since I’ve done a review. In fact, it’s been a while since I’ve posted in any form, because this semester has turned out to be a lot busier than I anticipated. It likely will remain so until it ends; the only reason why I can post a review right now is because of spring break, and even that has been busy for me. Anyway, I initially wanted to do a review of Frugalware because it looked intriguing, but I couldn’t get the live USB to work. I’m reviewing this (which I had planned for later) instead. If you’ve passed by this blog, you’ve probably already seen my thoughts on Linux Mint, so I’ll skip the introduction. I tried this updated ISO file as a live USB made with MultiSystem. Follow the jump to see what it’s like. There isn’t too much that has changed since last year, so I will simply link the review from then, point out any changes, and put out any other thoughts that occur to me about this.

  • Linux Mint Might Use The Same LTS Base For Linux Mint 17, 18, 19 and 20
  • Next Three Linux Mint Releases After “Qiana” to Be Based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

    Linux Mint is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu, but that wasn’t always the case. Now, the creator of Linux Mint has just announced Linux Mint 17 “Qiana,” which will be released almost a couple of months after Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) is made available.

  • MintBox 2 mini-PC now available in Europe
  • Linux MintBox 2 sells out in European debut

    The MintBox 2 is a small form factor, fanless PC designed to run quietly at low power.

    The machine features a die-cast, solid metal case which acts as a passive heatsink and cools down components without needing any fans. While the case design adds to the weight it reduces noise, with the only sound coming from the internal 500GB SATA hard drive.

  • Linux Mint 17 to Be Called “Qiana,” Release Date Announced

    Clement Lefebvre, the creator of the Linux Mint distribution, has just announced that the next version of the Mint operating system will be called “Qiana” and it should be available by the end of May 2014.

    Linux Mint is one of the most popular Linux distributions out there and it’s only superseded by Ubuntu. Actually, Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu and makes use of its repositories, but that may not happen for very long anymore.

  • Minty Review, Some Howtos, and a Poll


  • Inside Peppermint Linux – An interview with Shane Remington and Kendall Weaver

    This time however I have been lucky enough to get not just one member of the team but two. I recently sent an email to the Peppermint Linux team with a series of questions and what follows are the answers provided by Shane Remington (COO of Peppermint) and Kendall Weaver (CTO of Peppermint).

  • Peppermint 4 – An OS for everyone? & The Probem of Linux Advocacy

    When I’m introducing someone to Linux, I don’t believe the “all or nothing” approach works, so if you are new to Linux and would like to see the benefits it can offer you, download and burn onto disk the latest version of Peppermint and follow these steps.

  • Peppermint 4 – Turns a netbook into a Chromebook

    As you may or may not know, I have recently acquired a HP Chromebook and my first article about the Chromebook looked at whether it was possible to run another operating system alongside ChromeOS.

    Today I am taking a look at Peppermint 4. Peppermint 4 is designed as a hybrid operating system aimed at cloud computing and also average ordinary everyday home use.

    I last reviewed Peppermint Linux in August 2012 (Peppermint 3) and my overall impression then was positive. In this review I will review Peppermint Linux from scratch and I will also look at what has changed since version 3 to show how Peppermint has moved on.

  • Peppermint introduces cloud-based open source desktop to Africa

    Open source makes a lot of sense in rural areas and in third world countries. Lightweight and open source systems that are easy to use, and which allow normal users to become power users and contribute back to the open source community, can be ideal for countries like Cameroon, located in middle Africa.

  • Open source opening educational doors in Appalachia [also from OpenSource.com]

    As the program has grown over the past years, the cost of licensing for the video editing software has grown as well, beyond the operating budget of the organization. Faced with this challenge, PAGE turned to open source technology. Elizabeth McIntosh, a member of the Steering Committee for PAGE, led the charge. “I’d heard about the open source movement through my friendship with Brendan Szulik at Duke, and thought it might be able to help us.” PAGE participants historically used Final Cut Pro to document and edit their digital stories, but this year will use open source alternatives Kdenlive and Blender. Both offer a good user experience, without the heavy scale-up costs associated with non open-source solutions. The ability to rapidly learn the technology and to use it as the program continues to grow are the largest benefits.


  • Introducing eppDater – GUI for Apt-Get Package Updates

    One of the things I am working on for our Bodhi 3.0.0 release this summer is a simple GUI system update tool written in Elementary and the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries. Today I would like to share an early version of this tool I am calling eepDater (pronounced epp-date-er), which is written in python utilizing the EFLs.

  • Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 Alpha Release

    As promised I’ve put together our first Bodhi Linux disc that is built on top of the upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 release. Keep in mind this is a very early image not intended for production machines. There will be issues.


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