IPCop is a GPLed firewall solution targeted at Small Office/Home Office network. It is favored by many for its ease of configuration and setup and its support for a variety of features that you would expect to have in a modern firewall. IPCop is famed for letting users setup a sophisticated firewall for ones network without ever having to write an iptables rule themselves.
For the last several years, Ubuntu has been providing a superb desktop operating system consisting of open-source software. It has done a great job, but the philosophy behind Ubuntu prevents proprietary software from being included out of the box. This is where Linux Mint comes in.
There's a lot of exciting things going on in the world of Linux distros and while browsing for alternatives to (K)Ubuntu I stumbled across PCLinuxOS. While discussing my new found love for PCLOS I decided that I shouldn't forget the distro that seems to have started it all - Ubuntu!
Enlightenment. Linux users who have been around for awhile no doubt remember this X11 window manager. Every once in awhile a new story pops up on the web about Enlightenment and I reminisce about using it back when few people had heard of Linux. So, with the latest Elive release announcement, I decided to give Elive a try.
BOSS Linux, based in India, is trying to be the first Linux distribution trying to support all official languages of India. It does also support English which is also being used more in that country.
I have used PCLinuxOS since version .8 and have always found it easy to use and aesthetically appealing. Being based on Mandriva might help PCLinuxOS' cause as Mandriva has been and continues to be a system new Linux users can migrate to with little to no learning curve.
Linux Mint. Just like its parent distro Ubuntu an enigma. Born in Ireland out of a frustration of what the current distros included, or better yet lacked, this little package has taken the Linux community by storm. A quick check on Distrowatch says that it came into light there November 14, 2006 and in that time has risen to the near top ten (when looking at the last 30 days) and spent some time within the top ten following the latest release Bianca (2.2).
Ubuntu is a strong desktop distro, but it falls short for some users in a few areas. Where are the multimedia codecs and DVD support, and what's with all the brown, for heaven's sake? If you'd like multimedia support with a minty fresh theme, try Linux Mint 2.2, an Ubuntu-based distro that throws in support for Flash 9, Windows Media Format, DVDs, MP3s, and troublesome wireless cards.
I’ve always liked Trolltech. They make Qt, the cross platform application development framework that forms the basis of the K Desktop Environment (KDE–my desktop of choice). So when Trolltech contacted Red Hat to get us to review their SDK, I jumped at the chance.
Release Candidate 1 of SimplyMEPIS 6.5 has just been released and since I was planning on reviewing beta 7, I figured I might as well download RC1 before doing my official review. I am using the 64-bit version on my desktop.