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Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela - Tight as a tiger

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Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela is a highly polished, refined, practical, effortless distro. It's a genuine joy to use. Everything works as expected, and best of all, out of the box, by default. The new release brings in an avalanche of small, soft but most effective improvements, including system settings, themes, and software management.

On the bad sides, there are some tiny quirks. Having to leave your bubble of fun and wander around the Internet in search after some new icons or decorations lessens the impact of having a closed and tight ecosystem that can sustain itself. The Realtek bug is also rather annoying and maybe even alarming, and I do not know how to explain the power to brightness applet transformation. But it only happened once.

Overall though, the impression is very similar to Xubuntu Vivid. Slightly more restrained, because I've learned to accept the fact Mint is a top notch player, whereas Xubuntu used to be a black swan underdog and now it's a majestic phoenix sweeping over the forests of distrolandia, and there's more of a dramatic effect there. But then, tiny tiny glitches, the family woes, and a whole lot of goodness, elegance, great software, and not a single crash. My 10/10 wizard stick is out again, and it's trickling faerie dust. 9.99999/10. Not perfect, because perfection means zero flaws. But you should be testing this one, right now. See you around.

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The Strangest, Most Unique Linux Distros

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From the most consumer focused distros like Ubuntu, Fedora, Mint or elementary OS to the more obscure, minimal and enterprise focused ones such as Slackware, Arch Linux or RHEL, I thought I've seen them all. Couldn't have been any further from the truth. Linux eco-system is very diverse. There's one for everyone. Let's discuss the weird and wacky world of niche Linux distros that represents the true diversity of open platforms.

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Cinnamon: Not all Sugar and Spice

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Recently, I have installed and tested Linux Mint 17.2, and found it quite adorable. One of the major improvements the distribution brings to the proverbial Penguin table is a set of stylistic and functional changes to its settings menu, including the way you manage themes, icons, extensions, and the rest of the desktop bits and pieces. All of that, in a review, coming soon. But that’s only one side of the story.

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Linux Mint 17.2 KDE: do you have the hardware?

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Linux Mint 17.2 KDE felt solid and responsive to me, apart from one occurrence that I mentioned above.

It is based on a solid distribution and adds some useful features like necessary codecs.

KDE always had its fans for the convenience, high level of integration and the ease of navigation. On the flipside, KDE is usually considered a Desktop Environment for high-performance hardware.

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Ubuntu phone in South Africa: Aquaris E5 HD unboxing

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BQ recently launched its Ubuntu global store, which sells and ships the Aquaris E5 HD and Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu smartphones to countries like South Africa.

While you are required to pay in Euros, no shipping fees or taxes are levied at checkout. You must just pay the relevant duties and taxes over to SARS when the device lands in South Africa.

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A review of every Android phone from the past, present, and future

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If you read a lot of Android phone reviews, you've probably started to see the patterns between them. By carefully analyzing these patterns and running them through highly accurate formulas, I've been able to determine what every Android phone review ever written will say. Don't wait around for next year's model. Its review is already here:

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Exploring a different direction with VectorLinux 7.1

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Often times, when we look out over the sea of Linux distributions, we see a lot of Debian based projects, dozens of Ubuntu spins and a healthy collection of Fedora derivatives. It seems to me that distributions based on Slackware are sighted less and less these days. Maybe Slackware's traditional style just does not appeal to new distribution creators or maybe the distribution's conservative nature has become a liability in today's environment of fast paced development. Whatever the reason, VectorLinux 7.1 (a Slackware derivative) was launched back in June and I, hungry for a taste of Slackware, happily added it to my list of projects to review.

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HP Probook 455 G2 Ubuntu review

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The HP Probook 455 G2 with Ubuntu is very affordable, but even without the expense of Windows it feels a little cheap and lacks polish in various places from the hardware to Ubuntu itself. It’s by no means bad, but unless you specifically need Linux then a good Chromebook would be a better value and better designed Windows alternative – as long as you’re happy to work exclusively in the cloud.

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Atom 1.0.7 Released, Text Editor Made For Developers

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A text editor is always the best friend of any developer. Every developer passes most of his/her time programming with text editor. So that text editor has to be unique and friendly at the same time. Then I rememberAtom, one of the most handy text editors. The latest version Atom 1.0.7 released recently with some tweaks into find & replace.  
 

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August Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 Update Review

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We’ve been spending some quality time with Google’s latest Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 update and today, we want to take a look at how its performance is holding up as we move away from its release date. This is our review of the August Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 update.

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