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That’s a shame though as Wolvix does a better job than some other distros at bundling useful software. I’d like to see more work put into polishing this distribution up and making it very easy to install. It’s a shame to see it sort of languish off to the side while other distributions get more use and attention.”

gOS 3.1 Gadgets OS Review

“Wolvix Linux is a distribution that has a lot of potential but it really needs an easy to use install routine before it can be considered a serious desktop Linux competitor. I liked the range of apps included with it and I also liked the Xfce desktop environment. Wolvix has it’s own minimalistic but pleasing visual aesthetic as well.

Right now though I have to recommend this distribution to Linux tinkerers and more experienced users. Newbies to Linux are welcome to download it and run it as a Live CD but it’s probably not worth the bother of trying to install it on the desktop. Newbies would be much better off with gOS, Ubuntu, Linux Mint or any of the other easy to install distributions.

That’s a shame though as Wolvix does a better job than some other distros at bundling useful software. I’d like to see more work put into polishing this distribution up and making it very easy to install. It’s a shame to see it sort of languish off to the side while other distributions get more use and attention.”


Sabayon Linux 4.1 Review

“When I first found Sabayon Linux on distrowatch I thought it had a very weird name. I hadn’t used it before so I was expecting a crappy distribution that somebody had thrown together with little in the way of real value. Well I was quite wrong and pleasantly surprised to find a solid and elegant Gentoo-based Linux distribution that works well on the desktop.

I remember screwing around with Gentoo ages ago and writing it off as being more of a pain in the ass than it was worth for a desktop distribution. But Sabayon Linux certainly changes my perception about Gentoo and seems to have become the “Gentoo for the Masses” distribution.

Give it a download and check it out. I think it definitely deserves a place beside Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS, Linux Mint, and some of the other better known desktop distributions.”

Linux Mint 6 Felicia Review

“I like Linux Mint a lot. In some ways it’s what I wish Ubuntu itself had been. If I had to choose between the two of them, I would pick Linux Mint because it’s Ubuntu but better. While I noted a few things that could be improved, Linux Mint is definitely worth a download.

I really like the look and feel of Linux Mint. The artwork and the overall aesthetics of this distribution are very easy on the eyes. In an odd way it reminds me of Mac OS X without all the overbearing Apple glitter or the Apple tax. It’s slick.

And don’t just run it in Live CD mode either. Give it an install on your system. If I were in the market for an alternative to Windows, Linux Mint would definitely be at the top of my list. I still hear some people say “Linux still isn’t ready for the desktop” and stuff like that sometimes.

Well these people clearly haven’t used Linux Mint.”

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Blue Jay,

    Glad you found your way over here, welcome! :smile:

    I may indeed look at BSD and perhaps even Solaris. Please note the Request A Review page link at the top of the page. That's a great place to post suggestions with links to your favorite distro pages. I will add them to my list and see if I can get a review done.

    Thanks and welcome. Be sure to drop by the forum too. It's at http://desktoplinuxreviews.com/forum

  2. BlueJayofEvil says

    Found this site from reading your farewell post on ET, Jim. Hope this blog goes well. Will you be exploring *BSD and OpenSolaris distributions as well? Just curious.

    By the way, I love the background wallpaper on your blog! :cool:

  3. says

    Hi Richard,

    I don't own a modem these days, I'm on broadband. So I really can't test a dialup connection. Sorry. I wish I could help but it's just not something I can do. Plus I don't have a landline connection any more either. I only have a cell phone these days.

    But you raise a good point, I hope that others might have some helpful feedback for you.

  4. Richard Kerns says

    Jim,

    Thanks for all your good work at ET. Glad you are doing these reviews.

    Request: since many of us are still in the dial-up world (not to change any time soon) please include a paragraph about connecting with dial-up with each distro/version review. I request that you do a dial-up connection as the basis of the dial-up paragraph. Connecting with dial-up is a distro and/or version specific adventure. Your expertise could help many people in choosing a distro and getting connected.

    Thanks, richard

  5. says

    Hmmmm…well it probably wouldn't hurt to have one. Let me mull this over a bit more. We'd need some kind of graphic for the top of it, I'm not great with logo design.

    But it might be nice to have. Hmmm…

  6. tlmck says

    @ Jim Lynch:

    I think a limited forum would be welcome. Perhaps just a general Linux section, a Linux help section, and a "free for all" section. Just some food for thought as I am sure you have more bubblegum than you can chew right now.

    Personally, I thought you did a great job with the forums over at ET. Plus here, you could be total lord and master. Oh wait, I think that is a WoW thing. :biggrin:

  7. says

    Hi Bill,

    Welcome! Good to have you with us! :smile:

    Awesome, glad you will be visiting. I will have a lot more content, this week has been very hectic because of the transition at ET and getting things going over here, etc.

    Satanic? Heh, heh. Well I love that distribution. It's hilarious. I couldn't have found a funnier one to end my Linux reviews at ET with. :lol:

  8. Bill Julian says

    My thanks to tlmck for steering me over here! If you are not at ET it is their loss!

    I appreciate what you have been doing so I will check in regularly and sign up for the email subscription.

    May you prosper!

    But really, Satanic ???? :devil:

  9. says

    Hi tlmck! Great to have you here! Welcome!

    I am very glad that you like the look of the site. I picked the Structure theme because it was very clean and clear. No, it won't win any elaborate design awards but who cares right? You can find what you're looking for and you can read the articles comfortably and without a lot of headaches.

    I do have ads running as I hope to generate a bit of income over time but I hope you guys will put up with them. Hopefully they will do okay for me.

    I thought about doing a forum but I'm not sure if it's not a better idea to keep discussions in the article pages. I really don't know. KG has Manic Geeks so I'm not sure another ET spinoff forum would work well. I don't know though, maybe if we stuck to Linux it might work. Then again maybe not. Hard to say.

  10. tlmck says

    Found the site also! Too bad about ET. Just glad us Linuxophiles :blink: have a new place to roost. I especially like the uncluttered look of the place.

    I look forward to the future of this site, and will post links to it on the other sites I frequent.

  11. says

    Hi Brian!

    Glad you found the site. Welcome. :smile:

    It'll surely keep me busy, that's for sure. I had the calendar at ET filled with Linux reviews clear through September. It's sad that there won't be any more there but I'll put them here instead.

    So it'll still be fun to chit chat about them and pick through what we like and don't like. Feel free to chime in whenever you want. I'm hoping we'll get a lot of ET'er's dropping by to say hi.

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