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The Slowmo Linux Desktop

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Flickr user José put together this good-looking Linux Mint desktop. It features media controls and a simple launcher at the bottom. Here’s how he set it all up.

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Preview of GhostBSD 4.0

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GhostBSD is a desktop distribution that’s based on FreeBSD. The core developers are from Canada, so I think it ok to call it a Canadian distribution. The only article I’ve written about this distribution was a review of GhostBSD 2.5 back in February 2012 (see GhostBSD 2.5 review). I wasn’t impressed.

But that was then, this is now. The third alpha of what will become GhostBSD 4.0 was released a few days ago. To see how far the distribution has come since the 2.5 edition, I downloaded and installed it from a DVD image in a virtual environment. I’m still not terribly impressed, though I realize the this is only a third alpha release. The following screenshots were taken from that test installation.

This is what the boot menu looks like. This needs to change. Even PC-BSD, another FreeBSD-based distribution, has abandoned this bland boot menu.

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Linux Mint 16 - The most complete and easy to use operating system

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This review is aimed at people who have heard of Linux Mint but who haven't yet given it a go.

If you are a Windows user and you are indecisive about whether Linux is really for you then this review might help you in your decision making process.

I am not advocating that you replace Windows right now with Linux Mint 16 as you would be better off waiting for Linux Mint 17 whereby you would have a supported operating system for years to come...

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Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon and MATE screenshot preview

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The first and last pre-stable version of what will become Linux Mint 17 has been released. It will be code-named Qiana and will be an LTS (Long-term Support) release, supported until 2019. Released installation images are for Cinnamon and MATE desktop environment only and are based on Ubuntu 14.04.

The list of new features for both desktops is impressive and I think fans of Linux Mint will love Qiana even more than previous versions. While we await the release of the stable version, which should be available in about a month, here are several screenshots from test installations I set up yesterday.

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Tails 1.0 review – total privacy

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Debian

Tails has been a curiosity to us for a while now, long before Snowden made it known to the mainstream. Cropping up every now and then on Distrowatch, we acknowledged that it existed and its list of features seemed to convey that the team knew what they were doing in constructing an ultra-secure and privacy-driven Linux distro. Now post-Snowden and Heartbleed, with the need for journalists and whistleblowers to have true internet privacy, we’ve come to see Tails as a necessity in the changing tech world.

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Superb Deepin 2014 Beta OS Now Available for Download – Screenshot Tour

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Ubuntu

The Deepin Linux distribution is aimed at professional and normal users alike, focusing on the best user experience possible, and uses its own desktop environment, which is not something that you usually see these days.

The Deepin developers are known for their unorthodox way of doing things. The previous edition of the operating system was full of interesting features, which even included facial recognition software. Now they have returned with a brand new desktop environment and a fresh desktop ecosystem.

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Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon and MATE screenshot preview

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The first and last pre-stable version of what will become Linux Mint 17 has been released. It will be code-named Qiana and will be an LTS (Long-term Support) release, supported until 2019. Released installation images are for Cinnamon and MATE desktop environment only and are based on Ubuntu 14.04.

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OSA Desktop Fresh R3 review

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ROSA Desktop Fresh R3 is the latest edition of the Mandriva-derived Linux distribution from ROSA Laboratories, a Linux software solutions provider based in Moscow, Russia. This is one of my favorite desktop distributions because the developers are actually creating original applications and system utilities designed to make the desktop easy and fun to use.

The KDE edition, which is the distribution’s flagship edition, includes a few user-friendly features that are not available in vanilla KDE desktops. That’s why it’s one I never hesitate to recommend it to new and experienced users alike. The released installation images are for KDE only. Installation images for GNOME 3 and LXDE will likely be released in about a month.

Highlights of ROSA Desktop Fresh R3 are.

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Leftovers: Screenshots

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Ubuntu 14.04 review

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Ubuntu

Canonical is pushing hard to expand Ubuntu into new consumer markets. In the past year we've seen shiny prototypes of Ubuntu-based mobile phones and tablets, and the company hasn't given up on its 2012 vision of getting Ubuntu onto TVs either. What's more, serious work is underway on converging all of these roles into a single chameleonic OS, something even Microsoft hasn't attempted. Read on for our full Ubuntu 14.04 review.

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