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Korora 21 GNOME Edition Screenshot Tour

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At our readers’ request, we’ve decided to make a series of screenshot tours for the brand-new Korora 21 open-source computer operating system. As you might know, Korora 21 was officially released this past weekend, based on the acclaimed Fedora 21 operating system, and distributed in four editions with the Cinnamon, GNOME, KDE, and Xfce desktop environments.

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Also: Korora 21 Cinnamon Edition Screenshot Tour

Korora 21 KDE Edition Screenshot Tour

Plasma 5.2 review – Fire all weapons!

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Plasma 5 has the potential to revitalize the Linux world, it’s that important and meaningful. Of course, we must not forget that applications play their critical role, but if you need to sell your product, the first look, the very first impression is important. And in that regard, Plasma has everything to gain and lose. After what happened with Gnome, it’s the one remaining bastion of sanity in the Linux desktop world. And so we begin.

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First impressions of ArchBSD 2014.09.04

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BSD

From a practical point of view, I'm sure most people will stick with running either Arch Linux or vanilla FreeBSD. However, as an experiment into what is possible, ArchBSD does provide us with something interesting, something a little different. With some work to flesh out the documentation and more volunteers to keep the base operating system up to date, I think ArchBSD could be a viable server operating system.

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elementary OS Freya Beta 2 available For Download [Screenshots]

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Six months after the first beta, elementary OS Freya beta 2 was released yesterday. Based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (which is supported until April 2019), Freya beta 2 comes with various UI improvements, UEFI/SecureBoot support along with other interesting changes as well as almost 600 bug fixes.

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elementary OS Freya Beta 2 Released with Over 600 Fixes, Based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Manjaro Linux LXQt 0.8.12 Is Now Available for Download - Screenshot Tour

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Three days after the official announcement of Manjaro Linux 0.8.12, a point release that brings only a couple of changes, such as out-of-the-box support for Microsoft’s exFAT filesystem and Pacman 4.2 package manager, the Manjaro community released today the LXQt edition of the acclaimed Arch Linux-based computer operating system. At the moment of writing this article, only the 32-bit Live image was available for download, but that’s more than enough for us to take a quick screenshot tour of the release.

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Review: Manjaro Linux 0.8.12 "Ascella" Xfce

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It has been a while since I reviewed Manjaro Linux. In fact, my last review of it was almost 2 years ago. Since then, I have seen a lot of news about how much it has grown and how good it has gotten. I figured I should give it another review.

For those who don't remember, Manjaro is a distribution that based on Arch Linux. It maintains a rolling-release base, and it is compatible with most Arch repositories, though some of its repositories are its own. It officially supports KDE and Xfce, though community editions exist for other DEs as well.

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PC-BSD 10.1.1 Cinnamon review

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The last PC-BSD release I reviewed was PC-BSD 10.1. And that was actually just late last year. You may read that review at PC-BSD 10.1 review.

It was the worst edition of any distribution I have even reviewed.

An installation of the Cinnamon desktop, which shipped with Cinnamon 2.2, was especially bad. Out of the box, it was unusable. When PC-BSD 10.1.1 was released (on February 2 2015), I knew I had to take another look at a Cinnamon installation.

So that’s what this article is about – a cursory review of an installation of PC-BSD 10.1.1 Cinnamon.

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Raspberry Pi 2 vs Creator 120

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The Creator 120 and the Raspberry Pi 2 are single-board computers designed for developers and hobbyists.

The Creator C120 was announced in late 2014, but started shipping at about the same time that the Raspberry Pi 2 was announced/starting shipping, which was just last week.

I haven’t purchased a Raspberry Pi 2 yet, but I received a Creator 2 from the manufacturer this week. It was a prize I won in December and the first prize I ever won on the Internet. I’ve been playing with it all day and find it to be a very capable single-board computer. Out of the box, it’s mostly a plug-and-play device.

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Fedora 21 Cinnamon Desktop : Video Overview and Screenshot Tours

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Fedora 21 Cinnamon is a fedora 21 spin featuring with Cinnamon Desktop environment 2.4.5 as default desktop. it also included with kernel 3.18 and default application such as firefox 35, nemo 2.4, libreoffice 4.3, shotwell 0.2, yum extender as default sotware manager and cinnamon system settings.

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Bodhi Linux 3.0 RC 2 Reloaded : Video Overview and Screenshot Tours

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Bodhi Linux 3.0 ships with just a few applications by default such as Midori 0.5.9 as web browser, nm-applet (connection manager applet) 0.9.8 and of course, a few Enlightenment-specific applications like Enlightenment File Manager, Terminology (terminal emulator) 0.7.0, ePad (text editor) 0.5, ePhoto (picture viewer) 20150116 build, eepDater (update manager) 0.11.

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Solus Goes Flatpak for Better, Reliable Distribution of Third-Party Applications

In an unexpected turn of events, Ikey Doherty, the founder and lead developer of the Solus Project announced a few moments ago that he's adopting the well-known Flatpak application sandboxing and distribution framework for the Solus operating system. Read more

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