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REVIEW : First Impression on Kali Linux 2.0

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Kali Linux 2.0 is released on today (August 11, 2014 EST). I downloaded 64-bit full version and installed it on VirtualBox 5.0. The host computer has Intel Celeron(R) CPU N2930 @ 1.83GHz × 4 and 8 GB RAM. I assigned 5 GB RAM to Kali Linux 2.0. It is quite slow for it to run with 5GB RAM on my VirtualBox 5.0. Meanwhile, the sound always mute on every start up even you have set it before.

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Playing with antiX 15

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The antiX distribution is a lightweight operating system based on Debian. The latest release was put together using packages from Debian 8 "Jessie" and ships with SysV init software instead of systemd. The latest release, antiX 15, is available in three editions: Core-libre (233MB), Base (582MB) and Full (686MB). There are 32-bit and 64-bit x86 builds of each edition. The antiX wiki tells us that the Core edition ships with virtually no software pre-selected for us, allowing us to customize the operating system to our needs. The Base edition is for older computers, like Pentium II and Pentium III machines, while the Full edition is for more modern computers and people who want a complete desktop experience. I opted to download antiX's Full edition.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti: Simply The Best For Linux Gamers

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The GeForce GTX 980 Ti was launched earlier this summer and then towards the end of July the review sample had finally arrived. The GeForce GTX 980 Ti is a upgrade over the original GeForce GTX 980 that launched last September. The GTX 980 Ti has 6GB of GDDR5 video memory versus 4GB with the original GTX 980, 2816 CUDA cores versus 2048, 384-bit memory bus rather than 256-bit, 176 texture units versus 128, and 96 ROP units versus 64.

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Motorola Moto G Review: Great, Bargain-Priced Android Smartphone

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Moto G has been a joy to test and use. It is lightweight, easy to hold and store in a pocket or purse, and performs nearly as well as many of the premium devices on the market.

Aside from a somewhat beefier processor and a higher-resolution screen, the Moto G could fool many users and experts alike. The new G operates like it is a much more expensive device.

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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 an unlocked Android bargain (Review)

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If you’re in the market for a new Android phone or upgrade, this, my friends, is your time. In my six years of covering Android and the mobile space I’ve never seen such incredible phones on offer, at prices that, in many cases, simply seem too low to be true.

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Linux Lite, A Friendly Linux Distros For Windows/New Users

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Linux Lite, A Linux Distro For Windows/New Users

Linux Lite is a free, open source, Ubuntu-based and light-weight Linux distribution which is very easy for Windows users turning toward Linux.Linux Lite comes with all basic apps installed so that you don't have to download and install them manually. It's friendly to Windows/New users. So let's know more about Linux Lite.
 

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Zorin OS 10 Core: install and forget

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Zorin OS 10 Core feels solid, fast, responsive and powerful. I did not experience any crashes or lags when running it in the Live mode.

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An Everyday Linux User Review Of Elementary OS Freya

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In this review I will be looking to judge whether Elementary OS really serves its purpose as a distribution that anyone can use and whether it really is easy to use.

What happens when you scratch beneath the surface?

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BQ Aquaris E45 Ubuntu Edition review

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As the first ever Ubuntu Phone the BQ Aquaris E45 Ubuntu Edition had the potential to wow and prove there's life beyond Apple and Android, but unfortunately it fails.

By simply slapping it on a budget Android handset, both Canonical and BQ missed out on releasing a handset that was tailor-made for the Ubuntu Phone experience and that could show off its full potential.

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GTK Graphics

  • GTK Lands A Big Refactoring Of OpenGL Code
    In addition to Red Hat's Benjamin Otte working on a Vulkan renderer for GTK4's GSK, he's also been working on a big refactoring of the OpenGL code that's now been merged to master. OpenGL is very important for GTK4 as it will play a big role in rendering with GSK. With this "large GL refactoring", a big clean-up was done of the OpenGL GDK code, affecting the X11, Win32, Wayland, and Mir code too. Some of the specific work includes no longer using buffer-age information, passing the actual OpenGL context, and simplifying the code. More details via this Git commit.
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