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Last Review by DavidMcCann - posted: 09-05-2014 12:20 PM [ Post a Review

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Zorin OS Light is based on Ubuntu with the LXDE desktop. It seems to be the largest LXDE distro, but it would still run well in 512MB of RAM. Pressing a key at boot-up gives a menu where you can choose a live session or installation. Donít use the installer from the menu if you need to reconfigure the HD: do that in a live session with Gparted, then run the installer. And donít try to encrypt /home ó it locks-up the installer. Despite my choice of a UK keyboard, I was given a US one. Luckily they have a keyboard management applet on the panel, so that was sorted with a few clicks. Software includes Abiword (with dictionary), Gnumeric, Firefox (with flash), Gnome-mplayer (with codecs), Audacious, and Wine. Running from the CLI gave critical warnings for Firefox and Gnumeric, but both worked. As with many Debian-based distros, more advanced activities were tricky. I had to install pulse-audio to get my USB speakers working, and that disabled the volume buttons on the keyboard ó the solution came (doesnít it always?) from the Arch wiki. Also im-chooser doesnít work, so changing input from GTK had to be done with ~/.profile. Still, these are exotic problems, the sort of thing that this site is here to solve. There are quite a few Debian-derived LXDE distros. Exe and WattOS are based on Debian Stable, Sparky is rolling-release, while Zorin and Lubuntu are currently based on Ubuntuís long-term support version. WattOS uses a non-pae kernel. Exe has the most software on the installation disk, while WattOS and Zorin will fit on a CD. Take your pick: all are well done.

Rating: 7
Product Details: "9 "Lite", "Educational Lite"" by wsteward - posted: 08-14-2014 - Rating: ******* 7.00

Last Review by cedar11 - posted: 09-03-2014 03:28 PM [ Post a Review

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First experience with Ubuntu, so nothing really to judge by other than many years and ditros of MS. firefox is much slower to load sites than firefox on windows, seems to hunt around a lot. Dash is handy, music box will take a bit of playing with as ms media is a simple functional library for music. Still running both systems for coparison but using Ubuntu as default, making myself learn it.

Rating: 5
Product Details: "14.04.1" by wsteward - posted: 07-25-2014 - Rating: **** 4.00

Last Review by mbstemps1110 - posted: 09-03-2014 10:45 AM [ Post a Review

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Kylix used a specific system call that was 'depreciated' by the master Linux distribution, I think the only time it has happened, I don't know that for sure, but the dropping of the OS service the IDE used makes this the last distribution that can be used with KYLIX (Kylix is a RAD system that uses Object Pascal to generate native Linux code). John A. Ward

Rating: 10
Product Details: "Enterprise Linux 4.9" by wsteward - posted: 02-18-2011 - Rating: ******** 8.33

Last Review by socokev - posted: 09-02-2014 02:39 PM [ Post a Review

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I've been a Linux user for about 8 years but would certainly consider myself an eternal newbie. I'm not a tinkerer of systems and much prefer and stable OS so I can actually use my computer for what I sat down for, rather than having to constantly alter settings. I started off with Mandrake (before mandriva) and moved through various lightweight and full on distros. I found Ubuntu too hard on my hardware and Sabayon rolled a release that broke my GUI once and it felt like too much hassle. Even Mint became hassle with it's constant new releases due to following Ubuntu. Hence I arrived at Slackware. For all the talk about it's difficulty I have to say it's actually really, really simple to use. Follow the well written guides and you shouldn't have any problems. Using the command line can seem a little foreign to start with, if you're used to the 'big' distros but it's only learning and it's simple learning at that. Many people talk about the lack of packages - there seems to be almost everything you need on the install media and plenty more on Slackbuilds. And just so you know - whilst there is no dependency checking, the Slackbuild will tell you what you need and have a link to it - you don;t have to go searching for rare files or anything. I've no idea what more you need for a home desktop computer that isn't offered here - especially if you just want a computer to actually do stuff on. Plenty of security updates and an officially sanctioned Chrome build - but no big software updates that will break the system. My advice, simply sign up to the Slackware mailing lists so you'll know when to go trough the update routine. I've been so impressed by not having to think about the OS that I even donate cash through their website! Thoroughly recommended for people like me - who just want a computer which doesn't break itself when you press 'update-all'!

Rating: 8
Product Details: "14.1" by wsteward - posted: 11-08-2013 - Rating: ********** 9.60

Last Review by UrAvgLinuxUser - posted: 09-01-2014 08:44 PM [ Post a Review

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Product Details: "11" by wsteward - posted: 05-09-2013 - Rating: ******* 7.00

Last Review by Bruce Baker - posted: 08-31-2014 03:12 PM [ Post a Review

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I don't have a large pallet of experience to draw on, but I did try Ubuntu and found it lacking. I took a gamble on Linux Mint and decided that this was the operating system I wanted. Then it was a small jump to KDE (to get the math and science oriented applications included). I think I'll stay.

Rating: 10
Product Details: "17 "KDE"" by wsteward - posted: 06-24-2014 - Rating: ********* 9.00

Last Review by UrAvgLinuxUser - posted: 08-26-2014 11:44 AM [ Post a Review

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Product Details: "13.1" by wsteward - posted: 11-20-2013 - Rating: ****** 5.67

Last Review by DavidMcCann - posted: 08-26-2014 11:36 AM [ Post a Review

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Peppermint is designed specifically for cloud computing: the only applications installed are a browser, video player, and music player. It is also said to be lightweight, using LXDE, and suitable for XP refugees with older computers, so long as they have a minimum of 256MB and x86 architecture. The main problem is that the latter promise is not true. The browser supplied is Chromium, compiled to run on CPUs with sse2. That means that the only 32-bit CPU that can run it is a Pentium 4: not a P3 or any AMD chip. I decided to install Opera, but that's not in the repository. I tried Midori, and that crashed with an illegal instruction. Finally I got Epiphany working, very slowly. The desktop is LXDE, but instead of using Openbox as its window manager, they've used the one from Xfce. But LXDE is developed using Openbox and xfcewm is written for Xfce. How long before the two fall out? In fact, that may have happened already. Some of the preset keyboard shortcuts, like Alt-F1 and the media buttons, do not work, even though they are entered in the configuration file. Also, the menu doesn't update properly when software is added or removed. The 64-bit version may be better, but the bad choice of desktop / window manager combination, and the sse2 problem suggest that these people don't have the skills to create a reliable distro. Still they seem to be learning: Peppermint 3's installer mistook my USB speakers for a keyboard.

Rating: 5
Product Details: "Five" by wsteward - posted: 06-24-2014 - Rating: ***** 5.00

Last Review by DavidMcCann - posted: 08-24-2014 10:14 AM [ Post a Review

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Black Lab offers 64-bit, 32-bit, and non-pae versions. I tested the 32-bit one. It draws on various repositories: Ubuntu, Xubuntu, and Elementaryos. No documentation is provided, but obviously the Ubuntu and Xfce sites provide all thatís needed. No md5sum is provided and the disk is not self-checking, but it does have m5dsums for its files, so you could check them yourself. Gparted is not provided, so shrinking a Windows partition is best does from Windows. The installer is the usual Ubuntu one, with the option to encrypt /home. The interface is Xfce, with the whisker menu. Many shortcuts are preset, like super+e for the editor and super+t for the terminal. Itís said to support a touch-screen, but I wasnít able to test that. At the request of their clients, the commercial version will switch to Gnome in edition 6, but itís hoped that an Xfce image will still be provided for the free version. The software installed included Abiword (with spell-checking), Gnumeric, Firefox (with Flash), Thunderbird Mail, Pidgin, Xchat, Audacious, Audacity, OpenShot, VLC (with codecs), and Steam. Everything worked except VLC, and only Audacity left warnings in the terminal. I installed Parole to replace VLC, and it worked after I reconfigured with ďparole --xv falseĒ. Black Lab competes with Xubuntu, AntiX MX, Linux Lite, and ZevenOS. All are good and very similar. Black Lab has a non-pae version and offers commercial support, but is the only one without Gparted; AntiX has a better installer; both AntiX and Linux Lite give you LibreOffice by default; Linux Lite canít encrypt /home; Xubuntu has support for the blind.

Rating: 7
Product Details: "5" by DavidMcCann - posted: 08-24-2014 - Rating: ******* 7.00

Last Review by UrAvgLinuxUser - posted: 08-18-2014 11:05 AM [ Post a Review

Views: 1530
Product Details: "14.04.1" by wsteward - posted: 07-25-2014 - Rating:

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