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Hands-on with Manjaro Linux 15.09: A new favourite

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In summary, I really like Manaro Linux, and I strongly recommend it. It is well developed and maintained, and it is consistently one of the first distributions to include new/updated kernel, driver and packages. The next stable release (15.09) is likely to be released within the next week or so. That would be a great chance to give it a try, even if it is just running from the Live USB media so that you could check out what Jamie has been raving about.

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Also: Manjaro Linux Xfce 15.09 RC3 Out Now, Adds Support for Linux Kernel 4.3

Last Release Candidate Build of Manjaro Linux KDE 15.09 Brings KDE Plasma 5.4.1

How To Install & Use TrueCrypt In Ubuntu Linux To Encrypt Files & Folders

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If you are little interested obtaining higher level of security for you data, then I'm sure you would like this little software. Perhaps you have heard of encryption, if not, encryption is just the way to transform plain text files into Cipher text. To be more clear, encryption just makes the normal files like, songs, movies, documents etc. into something that human can't understand, only machines can understand after inserting a secret key.  We can too encrypt our secret files with TrueCrypt, still safe to work with. Let's see how to do that in Ubuntu Linux and other derivative OS.

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Review: The ideal Linux laptop for power users

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The Serval ships with Ubuntu right out of the box. I also loaded up openSUSE. Both Linux distributions ran fantastically well. (Would it run Windows well? I have no idea. I couldn't think of any good reason to check.) When I spoke to an engineer at System76 he regaled me with the story of making sure the firmware on the Serval supported Linux as perfectly as possible right out of the gate. That earned significant brownie points with me.

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An Everyday Linux User Review Of Q4OS

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Last week I updated an article at about.com which lists the top 25 Linux distributions on Distrowatch and gives a short description of who they are for as well as any pros and cons.

There are a few distributions on that list that I haven't tried and so I just gave a description as provided by Distrowatch. I made a note to myself though that I really should give them a go.

The first one I tried was Q4OS because it was the smallest download (under 400 megabytes) and my internet is playing up again. (The misty hills of Scotland does that from time to time).

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Hands-on: Installing openSuSE Tumbleweed on my new Acer Aspire V3-331

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One thing that particularly interested me was the screen size - at 13.3" it is larger than my usual netbooks (10"-11"), but still smaller than the 15" screen on my Asus which doesn't fit very well in my backpack. I'm hoping this will be a good replacement for the Aspire E11 that I got nearly a year ago, with a bit more comfortable screen and a wi-fi adapter that isn't as much of a pain as the E11's Broadcom.

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openSUSE Gymnastics: Leaping and Tumbling

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openSUSE announced the second milestone for the Leap 42.1 developmental cycle so I decided to give her a test run. I wasn't the only one putting openSUSE through its paces this weekend though. Jamie Watson tested a recent Tumbleweed snapshot on yet another new Acer netbook and Neil Rickert tested both.

As my search for a Mint replacement continues, openSUSE Leap 42.1 reached Milestone 2 and thought I'd give it a whirl. I downloaded the install DVD and designated a pre-used partition for the install and formatted with ext4. I didn't test any of the higher functions like encryption or LVM, and left the default KDE desktop as my choice. I didn't bother selecting packages and just installed the default selections. That was 4 gigs. I had it put the boot files on both the MBR and the install partition and it didn't balk. This is the first time in a long time I have a pretty Bootloader screen. It identified and listed all my Linux installs, even those I wish it wouldn't.

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Austrumi 3.2.2: a nice stranger

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Austrumi is a Linux distribution that is based on Slackware and developed by a small team from the Latgale region of Latvia, a small ex-USSR Baltic state.

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A Long Term Review of Android Devices

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I think that phone companies will be struggling to maintain sales of high end phones in the future. When I chose the Xperia X10 I knew I was making a compromise, the screen resolution was an obvious limitation on the use of the device (even though it was one of the best devices available). The storage in the Xperia was also a limitation. Now FullHD is the minimum resolution for any sort of high-end device and 32G of storage is small. I think that most people would struggle to observe any improvement over a Nexus 5 or Note 3 at this time. I think that this explains the massive advertising campaign for the Galaxy S6 that is going on at the moment. Samsung can’t sell the S6 based on it being better than previous phones because there’s not much that they can do to make it obviously better. So they try and sell it for the image.

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ChaletOS, New & Beautiful Linux Distribution Based On Xubuntu And A Clone Of Windows

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ChaletOS, New & Beautiful Linux Distribution Based On Xubuntu And A Clone Of Windows

Now when Linux is becoming more & more popular among non-Linux users, there is a Linux distribution dedicated for such users who are blank about Linux. ChaletOS is a new, sleek & beautiful operating system that is very much Like modern Windows. ChaletOS aims for making ease in learning Linux, taking away from complexities for new users. Personally I think about their aim, "Great!". Let's take a look at this new & sleek Linux distro.

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Motorola Moto X Pure Edition review

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As it turns out, in 2015, a really good mid-range smartphone is also a really good overall smartphone, and the Moto X Pure Edition is the best mid-range smartphone you can get.

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