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This Is Very Important - Check Your ISO Image Before Installing Linux

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On Sunday 21st February a message was posted to the Linux Mint blog stating that the website has been hacked and the intruder managed to post a link to an unofficial ISO version of Linux Mint.

For more information about what has happened visit http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2994.

The Linux Mint blog tells you how to check whether you have downloaded a dodgy version of Linux Mint.

Now this post is a little bit like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted because not once in any of my guides have I told you to check the MD5/SHA256 checksums for the downloaded ISO files of any distribution to make sure you have a legitimate copy.

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Korora 23 (Coral): Hands-on with all five desktop versions

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It has been quite some time since I last wrote about Korora Linux (Korora 20 - Peach) and I think that is a mistake on my part, because Korora is a good distribution that deserves consideration. I think of Korora as being "Fedora++". They start from the Fedora distribution, and then add in (or put back) all sorts of interesting and useful things that the Fedora developers can't (or won't, or didn't) include. They also configure and customize several different desktops, making them much more useful than the default desktops.

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What's in the Box? Interrogate Your Linux Machine's Hardware

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I recently had a problem trying to install the NVIDIA driver for my machine. It seemed the latest driver had stopped supporting my graphics card, and after updating my kernel, I was out of a driver. The question, obviously, was "which card did I have?" But, I didn't remember. If you have to name the chipset of your motherboard, specify the CPU in your box or get any other kind of hardware-related information, Linux provides several utilities to help you. In my case, I quickly could get the full ID of my graphics card, confirm that it really was getting a bit long in the tooth and decide that a newer one wasn't such a bad idea.

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Makulu's LinDoz Is a Smooth Windows-Cinnamon Blend

That technical issue aside, The MakuluLinux line is one of my favorites. Unlike typical distros, Makulu strays from some of the mainstream primary applications. It also has a set of the most commonly used software preinstalled regardless of the desktop flavor selected. For example, it uses the WPS office suite. If you fancy the Cinnamon desktop, you will feel right at home with MakuluLinux. If you cut your computing teeth on Microsoft Windows, you will be particularly enamored with the LinDoz Edition. Read more

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Hands on with KaOS Linux: Not just another derivative distro

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