News Category: Distributions

A Tour of elementary OS, Perhaps the Linux World’s Best Hope for the Mainstream

elementary OS began life over a decade ago as a set of icons. (Yes, seriously.) If ever there was a group of developers who started at the bottom and worked their way up to the top, it's Daniel Foré and the rest of today's elementary OS team. From a set of icons designed to improve the look of...
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Linux For Beginners: Understanding The Many Versions Of Ubuntu

But did you know there are seven different "flavors" of Ubuntu?*  I'll briefly explain the kind of user each Ubuntu version is designed for, what differentiates them and what you can expect from each distribution's desktop environment (basically its look and feel). It's not an exhaustive deep dive...
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Bio-Linux: A Stable, Portable Scientific Research Linux Distribution

Bio-Linux was introduced and detailed in a Nature Biotechnology paper in July 2006. The distribution was a group effort by the Natural Environment Research Council in the UK. As the creators and authors point out, the analysis demands of high-throughput “-omic” (genomic, proteomic, metabolomic)...
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Linux IoT Landscape: Distributions

Linux is an Operating System: the program at the heart of controlling a computer. It decides how to partition the available resources (CPU, memory, disk, network) between all of the other programs vying for it. The operating system, while very important, isn’t useful on its own. Its purpose is to...
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GNU Linux-Libre 4.19 Kernel Is Now Available for Those Seeking 100% Freedom

With Linux kernel 4.19 hitting the streets, a new version of the GNU Linux-libre kernel is now available, version 4.19, based on the upstream kernel but without any proprietary drivers. Based on the recently released Linux 4.19 kernel series, the GNU Linux-libre 4.17-gnu kernel borrows all the new...
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Ubuntu's Cosmic Cuttlefish Brings Performance Improvements and More

Canonical has just recently announced that Ubuntu 18.10, code named 'Cosmic Cuttlefish', is ready for downloading at the Ubuntu release site. Some of the features of this new release include: the latest version of Kubernetes with improved security and scalability access to 4,100 snaps better...
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Kali Linux for Vagrant: Hands-On

What Vagrant actually does is provide a way of automating the building of virtualized development environments using a variety of the most popular providers, such as VirtualBox, VMware, AWS and others. It not only handles the initial setup of the virtual machine, it can also provision the virtual...
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Linux Guide: How To Easily Create A Bootable Live USB Using Ubuntu

I've been writing frequently about Ubuntu and have come across a bunch of people who've dipped their toes into Linux desktop waters as a result. Perhaps they referenced this guide to create a bootable Live USB on Windows, allowing them to test drive something like Ubuntu without making any changes...
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Whether you prefer a stable, bleeding edge, or minimal distribution, Netrunner has you covered.

Netrunner Builds on KDE for a Unique Linux Spin

Most every Linux distribution is based on another one. Many are based on Ubuntu or Debian, some are based on Fedora, while others are based on Arch Linux. And, even when a distribution offers different types of releases (stable vs. rolling, or various available desktops), they are generally based...
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Linux For Beginners: What's A Desktop Environment?

As I continue my journey into the world of Linux, I've realized that one of its most distinct advantages over Windows and macOS can also be one of its most confusing hurdles for beginners. Choice has a tendency to be overwhelming, and Linux is all about choice. Let's say you've set your sights on...
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