Ubuntu Studio 13.10

Ubuntu Studio 13.10 Install Slideshow Graphics

I’ve been reviewing a lot of Ubuntu spins lately, and they’ve all been differentiated by their desktop environments. This time around though I decided to take a look at Ubuntu Studio 13.10, a distro that is geared towards multimedia work. Ubuntu Studio comes with loads of multimedia software that will help you create and manage […]

Ubuntu GNOME 13.10

Ubuntu 13.10 GNOME 3.8 Desktop

Note: I’ve done some edits to this review after getting feedback from readers. The initial version was too skewed by my own lack of enthusiasm for GNOME 3. I’ve added some content and bumped up the score to better reflect the overall value of Ubuntu GNOME 13.10 rather than my own feelings toward GNOME 3. […]

Xubuntu 13.10

Xubuntu 13.10 Desktop

In my last review I took at Lubuntu 13.10, a light-weight Ubuntu spin. As good as Lubuntu is, it’s not the only minimalistic distro based on Ubuntu. Xubuntu 13.10 has also been updated, and it’s definitely worth considering if you want the advantages of Ubuntu without the desktop bloat. Xubuntu 13.10 uses the Xfce desktop […]

Lubuntu 13.10

Lubuntu 13.10 Apps Basket in Software Center

Sometimes less can be much, much more when it comes to Linux distributions. Lubuntu 13.10 offers some of the advantages of Ubuntu but in a much more minimalist package. Lubuntu uses the LXDE desktop environment instead of Unity, and it contains less software than Ubuntu 13.10. For example, you won’t find LibreOffice bundled into Lubuntu; […]

Kubuntu 13.10

Kubuntu 13.10 Computer Menu

The release of Ubuntu 13.10 has brought with it updates to the various Ubuntu spins. Kubuntu 13.10 is certainly one of the most important so it’s time to take a look at it. I haven’t done a full review of Kubuntu in quite a long while, so I was very curious to see how it […]

Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander

Ubuntu 13.10 Desktop

In my last review of Ubuntu (Ubuntu 13.04) I noted that Ubuntu has become a bit boring to review. I had hoped that Ubuntu 13.10 would fix that, and that there would be some terrific new features to comment on. Alas, Ubuntu 13.10 follows in the footsteps of Ubuntu 13.04. The big new desktop feature […]

Mageia 3

Mageia 3 App Install

Mageia 3 has been out for a while, and I’ve finally had time to do a review. Mageia is a fork of the Mandriva distribution, and offers quite a bit to desktop Linux users. It comes with a great selection of preinstalled software, and it is available in 32-bit or 64-bit versions on DVD (3.96 […]

Distro Astro 1.0.2

Distro Astro 1.0.2 Installed Desktop

One of the great things about Linux is that there really is a distribution for everybody, even astronomers or folks who would just like to learn a little bit about astronomy. If that’s you then you’ll want to take a peek at Distro Astro 1.0.2. Distro Astro is all about learning about our solar system […]

Kwheezy 1.2

Kwheezy 1.2 Boot Menu

Debian has not always had a good reputation when it comes to being welcoming to new Linux users. Kwheezy is a Debian-based distribution that aims to change that by making Debian easier to install, and by offering the slick KDE desktop environment. Kwheezy is a blend of Debian 7.1 (Wheezy) and KDE 4.8.4. What’s New […]

Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon

Linux Mint 15 Desktop

Linux Mint 15 “Olivia” has been released so it’s time for another review of one of the most popular distros of all time. Linux Mint has always been one of my favorite distros, it has so much to offer any desktop linux user. This release doesn’t disappoint either. There’s quite a bit here for fans […]

CrunchBang 11 Waldorf

CrunchBang 11 Desktop

CrunchBang 11 has been released so it’s time for a review. I last looked at CrunchBang back in 2009. Wow! Has it been that long? I’m pleased to report that CrunchBang 11 didn’t disappoint in any way. If you aren’t familiar with it, Crunchbang 11 is a distro based on Debian. It uses the Openbox […]

Debian 7.0 Wheezy

Debian 7 Install Archive Mirror

Debian 7.0 (Wheezy) is out and it’s time for another review of this venerated linux project. Debian is the granddaddy of Linux distros, it forms the basis for Ubuntu, Linux Mint and many other desktop linux distros. Yet many folks who are new to Linux might not even have heard of Debian. This is a […]

Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

Ubuntu 13.04 Prepare Install

Ubuntu 13.04 has been released, so it’s time to do another review of Canonical’s popular distro. This time around Ubuntu’s code name is “Raring Ringtail.” It appears to be a reference to the ring-tailed cat. I had no idea what a ring-tail cat is, so of course I googled. Here’s some background on the a ring-tailed […]

Manjaro 0.8.5

Manjaro 0.8.5 Install Assign Root Partition

I’ve written lots of distro reviews over the years, but every once in a while I find a new one that turns out to be a delightful surprise. Manjaro 0.8.5 is definitely one of those. Manjaro is based on Arch Linux, and promises to provide an easy to use distro that is still highly customizable. […]

Linux Mint Debian Edition 201303

Linux Mint Debian 201303 Home Folder

I’m often asked what my “favorite” Linux distro is by readers. Well, if I have one, it has to be Linux Mint Debian Edition. LMDE has so much to offer Linux users since it combines the power of Debian with the elegance of Linux Mint. There really is something for everyone to love in LMDE. Linux […]