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An Everyday Linux User Review Of LXLE

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I have been asked on a number of occasions to take a look at LXLE.

I downloaded LXLE 14.04.1 a long time ago and for one reason or another it has taken until now to finally sit down and get to grips with it.

LXLE stands for Lubuntu Extra Life Extension. The purpose of LXLE is to take the base Lubuntu distribution and enhance it so that all the features the average person requires is available from the outset.

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Telegram Desktop for Linux Review

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Telegram is an instant messaging service that is best known for its mobile implementation, but a desktop app is also available and it's even better than what users might expect.

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Deepin 2014.2 - Mindbogglingly unique

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Linux Deepin remains a refreshing, unique offering on the distro market, with a truly beautiful composition and some rather lovely programs. It works well overall, but its attempt to look apart comes with the stability slash complexity price. The performance is not among the best, and some of the tools and applications could benefit from slight simplification, in that they ought to reduce the bling in favor of pure functionality.

There are other problems, like the lack of the live session, the Store clutter and such. Still, if you are looking for something Ubuntu-like with charm and culture of its own, then Deepin realizes a reality that is so far different from others, it's quite amazing. Not the best plug and play derivative, to be sure, but it could easily get there. The recipe has been laid out hereby. Final grade, something like 9/10. Not bad at all. You should definitely give it a try.

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First Impressions of Netrunner 14.1

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One of the nicest things I can say about any operating system is it is useful and running it is pleasantly boring. I like it when operating systems are easy to set up, they provide me with the tools I want so I can work (and play) and then they stay out of my way. Netrunner does exactly those things. The distribution is wonderfully easy to install, the operating system ships with lots of useful software and there are a minimum of distractions and notifications. The configuration panel offers a good balance of flexibility with easy navigation, the Muon Discover software manager is quick and easy to use and Netrunner worked well with my hardware.

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Manjaro Is the First Distro with Xfce 4.12 and It's Insanely Fast - Screenshot Tour

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Manjaro is a Linux distribution based on well-tested snapshots of the Arch Linux repositories and 100% compatible with Arch. A new version based on the upcoming Xfce 4.12 has been released in anticipation of the actual launch.

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Also: Manjaro Gets the Latest NVIDIA Drivers with New Update

First Look at Ubuntu 14.04.2

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This is my first look at Ubuntu 14.04.2. This is not a major release but bug fixes from the earlier version of 14.04.

Ubuntu is the perfect Linux for a Newbie to start off with. They have a very good online community to help with any questions. Why, just ask anything about Ubuntu in Google and you will get a response that will help you correct your problem. I have long been a fan of Ubuntu, and used it extensively in my early years of Linux.

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Running Bodhi 3.0.0 Legacy on Older Hardware

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There are many reasons why people use Bodhi Linux. Some use it because they really like the Enlightenment desktop, and Bodhi has pioneered the integration of Enlightenment to create a distro that is both beautiful, elegant and functional. Others use it because they want an operating system that stays out of their way. Again, although Enlightenment offers plenty of whistles and bells for those who need or want them, it can also be configured to be highly minimalist and use a very small amount of system resources.

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AntiX Linux: A Brief Review

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Certain factors like systemd are polarizing the Linux community. It seems that either you like it or you hate it. Some of the Debian developers are getting nervous and so a fork of Debian called Devuan has been announced.

I'm always looking at other distros that emphasize compactness and the ability to run on old hardware. I was also intrigued by the Debian controversy with systemd so when I saw AntiX 13.2 was based on Debian Wheezy I had to give it a try. AntiX comes on a single CD so installing it was easy enough.

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Mageia 5 Graphics Woes With Intel Broadwell HD Graphics

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For the most part my Linux benchmarking of Intel Broadwell systems currently in the form of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and Intel Broadwell NUC have been going great. Major Linux distributions tested on this latest-generation Intel hardware have been going well, but the first major failure I've run into on Broadwell was when firing up Mageia 5 Beta 3.

In trying to decide what new Broadwell Linux tests to run, I decided on a large Linux distribution comparison using the Intel BOXNUC5I3RYH with Core i3 5010U processor and HD Graphics 5500. When booting up Mageia 5 Beta 3 x86_64 this morning was the first time I experienced show-stopping failure of Linux on this NUC, where as Ubuntu and Fedora were running fine.

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PCLinuxOS, A User Friendly Linux Distribution

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PCLinuxOS Linux distribution

PCLinuxOS is one of the many distributions that exist in the world of Linux, but this caught my attention when I installed it on my computer. Let's take a look at PCLinuxOS, a distro that is user friendly.
 

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