Kahel OS Linux

The login screen has the familiar orange coloring of the desktop.

Once again another interesting suggestion was recently made on the Request A Review page by a reader so I thought I’d follow up and do a review. This time around it’s Kahel OS. My thanks to reader Molen for the suggestion to review this distro. Kahel OS is a remastered version of Arch Linux. Arch […]

Absolute Linux 13.0.2

Absolute Linux features a well organized but rather bland looking desktop.

I always admire the effort made by developers to take a version of Linux that isn’t particularly friendly to desktop users and tame it a bit thus making it available to a wider audience. Absolute Linux is one such distro as it is based on Slackware. Slackware isn’t exactly known as a “newbie-friendly” version of […]

Sabayon Linux 5

Black is beautiful and the Sabayon Linux desktop is bathed in black.

Sabayon Linux is a remastered version of Gentoo Linux. I first took a look at it when I was writing for ExtremeTech, back when Sabayon Linux was in version 4.1. This latest release is version 5.0. Gentoo, as you may already be aware, has long had a reputation for not being particularly friendly to folks […]

Puppy Linux 4.3

Puppy Linux has a cute (albeit a bit bland) desktop wallpaper.

One of the nicest things about Linux is its sheer versatility. There are so many different versions of Linux that serve different purposes including being able to take it with you wherever you go. No, I’m not talking about on a laptop or even on a netbook. I’m talking about being able to stick it […]

Trisquel 3.0 STS Linux (Dwyn)

Trisquel features a clean but rather bland desktop.

I came across another interesting Linux distribution today called Trisquel Linux. Trisquel is geared more toward Linux purists since it focuses on providing truly free software without any non-free stuff. Here’s some background from Wikipedia about Trisquel Linux including an explanation of where its name comes from: “Trisquel GNU/Linux is a version of the GNU […]

moonOS 3 Linux (Makara)

moonOS 3 features a stunningly beautiful desktop theme.

There have been a lot of different remastered versions of Ubuntu created over the years. Occasionally though I find one that stands out from the pack and that offers an entirely unique experience. moonOS 3 is a remaster created in Cambodia by a Cambodian artist called Chanrithy Thim. There are two versions of moonOS, the […]

DesktopBSD 1.7

DesktopBSD is a nice alternative to the usual desktop Linux distros.

Although the official name of this blog is Desktop Linux Reviews, we will occasionally be looking at non-Linux operating systems too. Such is the case with DesktopBSD 1.7 which is a version of the FreeBSD operating system. DesktopBSD is, as you can tell from its name, geared toward desktop users. Here’s some background on FreeBSD […]

Lin-X Linux 1.1

The Lin-X login screen features an apple logo complete with a skull and crossed swords.

In my last review I took a look at a distro that looked like Windows Vista. This week I got an interesting suggestion on the Request A Review page from Jai Ho about a distro called Lin-X. Lin-X is a remastered version of Ubuntu designed to look and feel like Mac OS X. Lin-X has […]

Vixta Linux 2009.7

The Vixta Linux desktop is, for the most part, a blend of KDE and Windows Vista.

A lot of Windows users have considered switching to Linux and usually when they do switch it means getting used to a whole new look and feel on their desktop computers. Usually it involves picking Gnome or KDE or perhaps one of the light-weight window managers for their desktop environment. But what happens when Linux […]

Vine Linux 5

The Vine Linux desktop features a gorgeous flower or vine as the wallpaper.

I keep an eye on Distrowatch frequently to see what distributions have been released and I’m always downloading this one or that one. Some make it onto DLR as a review and some don’t. Today I snagged Vine Linux and thought it would be fun to look at something from Japan. I’m normally somewhat reticent […]

SimplyMEPIS Linux 8.0

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Certain distributions tend to get more press than others. SimplyMEPIS isn’t one of the ones that gets drooled over by the media the way that Linux Mint, Ubuntu and others do. I include myself in this as a journalist since this blog has been up and running since early July and I’m just now getting […]

Austrumi Linux 1.9.3

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I got another interesting distro review suggestion by DJiNN on the Request A Review page recently so I thought I’d take a look at Austrumi Linux in this review. Austrumi Linux is based on Slackware and is pretty tiny in terms of size, weighing in at about 108MB. As you might imagine, Austrumi Linux is […]

Linux Mint 7 (XFCE)

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I recently reviewed the KDE and Gnome versions of Linux Mint 7. While either of them will give you a great desktop Linux experience, they aren’t necessarily the best choice for everybody. Some people have slower computers and some folks simply have no need for all the desktop bells and whistles found in KDE or […]

Linux Mint 7 (KDE)

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I recently took a look at the Gnome version of Linux Mint 7. That review proved to be quite popular and brought a lot of traffic to DLR. I’ve been patiently waiting for the KDE version to be finished and now it’s finally here. So I snagged a copy and gave it a whirl. What’s […]

SuperGamer Live DVD

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A while back I took at a Linux distribution geared solely toward playing games called Live Linux Gaming. Well there’s another remastered distribution for gamers called SuperGamer. SuperGamer is based on VectorLinux and requires a dual layer DVD. It weighs in at roughly 8GB so it’s a bit on the chunky side as a download. […]