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  1. varennikov on August 28, 2013 at 5:08 am

    Review Netrunner 13.06, please. I find it a very interesting distro.

  2. Anon Yser on August 27, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Debian 7.0
    Damn Small Linux
    Puppy Linux

  3. odo5435 on August 19, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I’d be interested to hear your opinion of SolydXK which is a fork from the apparently defunct LinuxMint LMDE version. Their idea of a “semi-rolling” release with monthly Update Packs seems to negate the need for constant “fresh” installs to keep one’s system up-to-date. I’ve been looking for something like this for a while. Is SolydXK the answer?

  4. Whitebuck on July 12, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Hello Jim,
    If you would, please sir, review “Snowlinux” Thanks!
    Ciao, Whitebuck

  5. Anthony on June 21, 2013 at 3:23 am

    Can you review Slackware Linux and how to install and customize it to replace Windows 7 64 bit home premium on my Dell Inspiron 660s desktop?

  6. TonyVanDam on May 23, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Good Afternoon Jim!

    Have you ever seen this distro called LinuxBBQ? It’s based upon Debian Sid with kernels & tools from Siduction, grml and LinuxMint.


    Info from the website:

    LinuxBBQ is a multi-purpose operating system based on the Debian GNU/Linux “sid” branch, spiced up with kernels and tools from siduction, grml and LinuxMint.

    The BBQ offers different flavours and desktops to build up from (“Roast Your Own”) that can be customized and remixed by the user. Community contributions are consequently implemented in the frequently updated installation media. Furthermore, special purpose desktop solutions are being actively developed and released.

    The editions – coming in different setups of WM/DE and applications – are designed to be configured and customized by the end-user. Redistributable ISOs that are bootable from USB, CD or DVD can be easily produced in short time.

  7. Utkarsh on December 2, 2012 at 9:25 am


    My name is Utkarsh Sevekar. I’ve created a new Linux distribution based on Debian stable and Debian Sid (2 different versions). It’s called Rebellin Linux. It’s gorgeous and comes with loads essential stuff covering every aspect of our computing lives.

    Would you please review it on your website for me? It’s pretty new and I need your help in getting the word out. It’s just a plain sincere request. Please review it for me. It’s quite awesome and wont disappoint you as a user.

    Here’s the website link:

    Youtube Intro Video:

    I’ve no words to describe how much I appreciate your time and help.

    Thank you so much.


  8. multiplicis on October 17, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Review SalineOS, please. It is a “Debian Stable for human beings”.

  9. Patrick d'Emmabuntus on August 14, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Dear Jim,

    I wish to inform you that a new Linux distribution was born, his name Emmabuntus 2. It is based on Xubuntu 12.04.

    This distro was designed to facilitate the refurbishing of computers given to human help associations, especially Emmaüs communities (where the name come from) and promote the discovering of Linux and GNU by beginners. This thousandth Linux distro is intended to be sleek, accessible, equitable.

    See http://wiki.emmabuntus.org

    She was ranked by Get-Linux in the Top 6 Linux Distros for beginners, see http://get-linux.net/beginners/

    What do you think of our distro ?

    Can your make a review ?

    Thank you for attention to my request.


    Patrick d’Emmabuntus

  10. Patrick d'Emmabuntüs on August 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Dear Jim,

    I wish to inform you that a new Linux distribution was born, his name Emmabuntüs 2. It is based on Xubuntu 12.04.

    This distro was designed to facilitate the refurbishing of computers given to human help associations, especially Emmaüs communities (where the name come from) and promote the discovering of Linux and GNU by beginners. This thousandth Linux distro is intended to be sleek, accessible, equitable.

    See http://wiki.emmabuntus.org

    She was ranked by Get-Linux in the Top 6 Linux Distros for beginners, see http://get-linux.net/beginners/

    What do you think of our distro ?

    Thank you for attention to my request.


    Patrick d’Emmabuntüs

  11. Bernie Victor on June 25, 2012 at 9:57 am

    SolusOS v Linux Mint LXDE

  12. Pierre Champagne on June 7, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Quelitu 12.04 was out last week. It is a major release featuring a second-generation version of our HUD (Qx Search, first released in 11.10), a Kid’s desktop layout, an optional E17 interface (installation option), three new centers (maintenance, software, advanced configuration), our own set of ultra-light utilities, loads of installation options…

    Quelitu is a very lightweight distribution based on Lubuntu and Bodhi Linux.

    It is worth taking a look at and I hope you can get around to review it.

    Details at:

    See also our speed comparison page:


  13. JopioV on May 18, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Always without problems together beside each other can use. After update van Ubuntu 11.10 to 12.04 I regularly crache, where will again start up the besturingsysteem, have. What is there to the hand?? How I can repair to 11.10

    en nu in het Nederlands,

    Op mijn HP Pavilion Elite 020 heb ik een dual boot met Windows 7 en Ubuntu Gnome 12.04.

    Altijd zonder problemen samen naast elkaar kunnen gebruiken.

    Na een update van Ubuntu 11.10 naar 12.04 heb ik regelmatig een crache, waarbij het besturingsysteem opnieuw gaat opstarten.

    Wat is er aan de hand ??

    Hoe kan ik herstellen naar 11.10

  14. TonyVanDam on May 13, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    If anyone is a fan of distros based on Debian Stable, consider SolusOS.

    This distro was developed and founded by Ikey Doherty, who was also one of the original developers of Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE). On a quick glance, SolusOS looks like MEPIS meets LMDE.

    More info HERE:

  15. TonyVanDam on March 14, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Siduction (a fork of aptosid) is worth a great look. This distro was founded by former aptosid users that were fed up by the unfriendly environment of the aptosid forum.

    More details about Siduction HERE:
    http://news.siduction.org/ http://siduction.org/index.php?module=inhalt&…

    • Brian Masinick on March 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      I would enjoy reading a review about siduction. I find it a refreshing change from the highly autocratic (free software only, no discussion) and argumentative group that was part of the aptosid effort. While that was good software, the forums were among the worst out there, very hostile.

      The siduction team, on the other hand, has returned normalcy to the world of Debian Sid-derived distributions, and it is arguably the easiest Sid distribution to work with straight from installation. I'd recommend a review and I'd recommend Sid lovers give it a try. Perhaps not everyone will like it, but those who used to like sidux, the original Kanotix (back when it was Sid-based), and the long lost (back in 2005), but never forgotten, Libranet, along with a Debian Testing (MEPIS derivative) called antiX, are the best distros out there today for those with an intermediate level of experience – which I am assuming represents a significant amount of the readership here.

      I may write a blog review of siduction at some point in time, but I'd like to see a nice review of it here in the famous Jim Lynch style. As Rodney D. once said, "Try it, you'll like it". You won't hear, "So I tried it, but I thought I was gonna die"; most of you, with the exception of true beginners and those who simply prefer something OTHER than Debian will find it to install quickly, usually recognizes common hardware, and it runs quite well on anything built within the past 3-5 years.

  16. metternich on March 14, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Review SimplyMepis 11.0.12 DVD please.

  17. Ulderico on March 14, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Review Netrunner please.

  18. Alessandro Bompadre on March 13, 2012 at 7:10 am

    My name is Alessandro Bompadre, i'm a software developer and I am pleased to report a new Linux distribution, created by me, his name is Mystras and is an unofficial ubuntu derivative

    you can find any informations and downloads at


    Thanks in advance for your attention.

  19. Zachary on February 10, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    you should really take a look at Manjaro Linux: http://manjarolinux.org/

    Great little up-and-coming distro, with a XFCE DE.

  20. Ross Vassilev on February 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    How about a review of Bridge Linux? http://www.millertechnologies.net/ It's Xfce and made by some company called Miller Technologies, which might be just one guy for all I know.

  21. Ninja-1 on February 1, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I would like a review of Bridge Linux. It's based on Arch Linux, includes Xfce as the desktop, and has several applications like LibreOffice and Chromium. It is designed to make it easier and faster to set up Arch Linux for the desktop. Check it out at http://millertechnologies.net and https://sourceforge.net/projects/bridgelinux/

  22. stuckinoregon on December 29, 2011 at 6:17 am

    I see mention of Arch back in 2009 and a decision not to review it. Does that still stand? At the time there was a comment about it being aimed at a different type of user than the standard desktop variety. This was incorrect even back then. It has great package management, an awesome wiki and community and it allows you to actually own YOUR system. I've been using it for years now and it, good old Debian and FreeBSD round out my standard OSs that I always return to. You should take a look at it again. :ninja:

  23. Warren Coles on December 21, 2011 at 10:57 pm


    Linpus has just released for public download the latest edition of their Linux distro, Linpus Lite Desktop.

    Linpus Lite Desktop Edition is an extremely powerful yet versatile desktop, all-in-one, notebook and netbook operating system. Based on Gnome 3, it has a significant array of enhancements that make it a great choice whether you require productivity, entertainment or lead an extremely social, connected online life.

    It is also designed to work on a broad range of hardware and handle the most intensive tasks



    Happy Christmas!


  24. Pablo Saborio on December 21, 2011 at 7:43 am


    Please review ZevenOS Linux Neptune

  25. Pablo Saborio on December 21, 2011 at 7:33 am


    Please review PearOS Panther Linux 3.0

  26. john_paulson on December 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Review Kororaa Linux 16 please. It is a Fedora 16 remix with all the non-free codecs already installed, thirdy party repositories already configured, flash plugin installable through an on-demand script. Kororaa has the Ubuntu "Jockey Device Driver Manager" to install proprietary video drivers fon NVidia videocard.


  27. Devil505 on December 4, 2011 at 7:08 am

    What about Frugalware 1.5 ? :cheerful:

  28. Ryan on November 25, 2011 at 5:26 am

    I would like to see Fedora 16 and Mint 12 reviewed. Yes, Mint 12 final, not RC, has been released a few days ago, back on Wednesday, even though there was no formal announcement on either DistroWatch or Linux Mint's website.

  29. easyed on November 15, 2011 at 6:06 am


    LM Lisa gave me a positive impression to extent of recommending you to take a look at it when having time to do so. The functionality of this LM is the thing that caught my attention. Just about everything works in the DVD edition works, straight out of the box. For those who do not want to tweak, tinker nor have the time to mess with these kind of things, and don't want to pay for Windows, the LM 12 version could be the distro hopper stopper for many people if it does correct one thing before the final release is out. This is also novice friendly, too.

    The real minor issue in LM Lisa is its compatibility with Moonlight Mono. It didn't work. If they get this figured out before the final release, then what I posted above could become true. Pinguy, in this latest release, somehow got this right, even though the rest of the operating system tends to drag along.

    After raving about the LMDE Gnome of this past January, I had tried the newer one which came out in the spring. This was a disappointment. Whatever they did, they regressed. It was lot slower in loading, and not all the repositories worked.

    I've noticed same about the LMDX. One did not like their hard ball coding mechanism. Their mode of restarting is not what I call this process. I tried it for one day then ditched. Message to that version is thanks, but no thanks.

  30. Brian Masinick on November 12, 2011 at 8:51 am

    easyed wrote:

    @ Brian Masinick:

    Good Day Brian, I would take a look at the latest Linux Mint Gnome. Its RC is up on the repositories.

    So you really like it, EasyEd? I am not particularly a GNOME, Ubuntu, or Mint fan, but based on your positive impression, I'd be willing to give it a look.

    Anything in particular lead you to your positive impression – or were you just hoping that I would look at it and give you my impression of it?

    What I can generally tell you about Mint distributions is that they are extremely easy to install and they have just about anything you can think of. The Debian Edition versions are not as well polished yet as the regular versions, but they are just as easy to install. If they tune those up just a bit better, they could end up being the best possible thing out there, because with the Debian Testing repositories backing them, you install it once and you are done until you choose to get something else; you can run the same distro for years, just upgrading it occasionally.

    For me, I would have liked the Linux Mint Debian Xfce Edition, (LMDX), except that they made a choice that really bothered me, so eventually I just dumped the distro. What they did (and THEY definitely did this) was hard code a scheme that instead of rebooting the system using the usual /sbin/reboot program, in place of that program, they put an exec call to simply replace the currently managed OS image with a replacement (in UNIX and Linux terms, a "fork" is when you initiate a child process, a second process, of a parent process, and an "exec" is when you replace or overwrite the current process, executing or killing the current process with a new one. So their "Reboot" is not really a reboot at all; it won't go and return to the system boot loader, it just restarts itself. Fine if that's your only system, but with LMDX, rebooting just restarts itself. You have to do a halt to completely stop the system, then boot using the boot manager to find another system. How crazy! If it weren't for that lousy feature, I'd like the release, but that's a show stopper for me!

  31. easyed on November 12, 2011 at 8:32 am

    @ Brian Masinick:

    Good Day Brian, I would take a look at the latest Linux Mint Gnome. Its RC is up on the repositories.

  32. easyed on November 12, 2011 at 8:30 am

    I have to confess, Linux Mint 12 Gnome, which is now in a release candidate cycle, could become another blow for distro hopping. It could be lights out when the polished product comes out in a couple of weeks, around 25 November.

    LM 12 Gnome,although in RC at present, deftly took something that's spastic, erratic and user unfriendly in Gnome 3 with Unity interfacing, and build their own version of Mint's shell. It works very well. Would strongly download this, then see what it does when the final release is out. It has that kind of potential…to slow down distro hopping.

  33. Maicon on October 20, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Macpup PLEAAAAASE! (:

  34. TonyVanDam on October 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    How about a new review in general?!? It's been a while (almost 2 months as of October 2011?) since your last one. I would love to read your review on anything Debian, Ubuntu, and/or Linux Mint related since the release of the controversial Gnome 3.

  35. Lou Gagliardi on September 6, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    How about an updated review on pinguyos, jim? 11.04.1 is out now! :D

  36. Jowdy on September 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Seeing as how this isn't a widely known Distribution of Linux, I figured I'd start posting it to a few respectable Review/Watch sites.


    Thank you. :happy:

  37. js on August 25, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    thanks for the review.

  38. js on August 25, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I would request you,if possible,to review openSUSE 11.4, and help us

    make up our minds about it,as we find your views and analysis of distros very helpful and comprehensive.

    Thanking you for all the good work you have already done;


  39. Adam on August 7, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Hi, could you review PCLinuxOS 2011.7? Looks very interesting, good hardware support, appearance is very pretty :)

  40. Brian Masinick on August 3, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Brian Masinick wrote:

    I would really like to see a review of Mageia. While the first version was nothing particular earth shattering, it had a couple of attributes besting the distro from which it forked, Mandriva. One, it isn’t tied to corporate budgets, schedules, or staffing requirements. Two, the first version focused on establishing an infrastructure and creating a stable core system. I feel that they did very well, and the new user community deserves to see Mageia in action because it is pretty good, and it is easy to handle.

    Mageia 2 is well under way, and it behaves similar to the Mandriva Cooker. I like the fact that Mageis is no longer under the thumb of the poor senior management at Mandriva, who have failed for over a decade to produce a consistently reliable and viable system, not only for business, but for the community. Mandriva has tried Clubs, changed strategies multiple times, cleaned house two or three times, shedding excellent developers. Quite a few of the finest developers have landed with Mageia, and I think it merits a look. I think novice to intermediate users will get along fine with it, and old time Mandrake users might appreciate it too; I have.

    Glad you took a look at Mageia and reviewed it, Jim. Now how about a look at Jason Hsu's work on Swift Linux? Granted, it's similar to antiX in a lot of ways, and it uses the MEPIS installer, but to me, those are both reasons for this one to get a + or a check.

    Swift Linux is a bit easier than antiX to use, and targets a combination of antiX, Puppy, and forensics users as its audience.

    The fact that Jason has created a few "fun" boot and wallpaper screens, plus some interesting sound bites on some of his "marketing" derivatives (Taylor Swift Linux, NASCAR Linux to name two), speak to the flexibility of this system.

    In Swift Linux numbering, this one is not yet Version 1. That's because it's truly not 100% its OWN distro yet, it still has too many references to antiX, something that Jason is working on. But in spite of that, I think this one has merit. One, it makes an excellent forensic distro. Two, it's small, easy to run live, possible to load into memory and use from CD or DVD or even install to USB, yet it is also installable. Three, it's pretty solid, and you can get help and information on it, not only through Jason's site, but also in the antiX forum and the MEPIS Lover's Community forum, because in its true underlying essence, its a MEPIS derivative, 100%. Only the packaging and user experience, which are what Jason is emphasizing, differ, and those differences are worth looking at in my opinion.

  41. Brian Masinick on August 3, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Jimmy wrote:

    I think you’re reviews are the best. How about the little nice distro called Chakra?

    Chakra would be a nice one to look at. Originally based on Arch, some people probably avoid it because of that, but they really shouldn't. Chakra takes the complexity out of a lot of it, and seems to be diverging from the goals of Arch, yet still benefits from several of the good things that Arch has done.

    Perhaps Chakra is not quite a beginner or mainstream distro, but it is an interesting one that the type of people who visit this site ought to take a look at. The fact that you can run it live, by its very nature, makes this one doable for most people.

  42. Jimmy on August 3, 2011 at 4:24 am

    I think you're reviews are the best. How about the little nice distro called Chakra?

  43. m.djole on July 14, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Hy Jim !

    Could you try out Kanotix 2011-05.That was a very popular distro back in some time.But the best part is that it is built on debian stable and it installs the ati driver during the installation of the the os :w00t:


  44. Brian Masinick on July 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Jason Hsu wrote:

    Please review my distro, Swift Linux. Swift Linux 0.1.0 is now available at http://www.swiftlinux.org and based on the new antiX Linux M11.

    Here is another vote, not only for Swift Linux, but for anything that is a member of the MEPIS family. SimplyMEPIS and antiX also released their Version 11.0 systems the first week of May, and they have quietly, with very little fanfare, been the favorites of many.

    To show the versatility of both MEPiS and antiX, first of all, antiX has been doing a very nice remake of MEPIS for over five years now. It does not sport a desktop by default; the full version offers IceWM and Fluxbox instead.

    The Swift Linux variation was birthed from an interest in forensic Live CDs and a sense of humor and learning by the developer, Jason Hsu. He's done iCarly, Magnum PI, Taylor Swift, and a few other "fun" respins, just to show what you can easily do with a remaster or respin, but he's also added some value to the antiX infrastructure. Anti tries to keep things minimal, and Jason has done so too, but Jason has focused a bit more than anti on simplicity so Swift Linux may in some ways be a better choice for a curious newcomer.

    Swift Linux is not quite yet 100% "branded"; it's roots and its remastering from antiX are strongly obvious. As long as that's not a problem for anyone, this is a fine distribution, and I've been congratulating Jason along the way.

    I could see a family or string of reviews here, even a series:

    1. Debian Squeeze (out since Winter).

    2. Simply MEPIS 11.0 (out since May).

    3. antiX M11.0 in any of three flavors (out since May).

    4. Swift Linux (many samples available Spring and Summmer).

  45. Brian Masinick on July 13, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I would really like to see a review of Mageia. While the first version was nothing particular earth shattering, it had a couple of attributes besting the distro from which it forked, Mandriva. One, it isn't tied to corporate budgets, schedules, or staffing requirements. Two, the first version focused on establishing an infrastructure and creating a stable core system. I feel that they did very well, and the new user community deserves to see Mageia in action because it is pretty good, and it is easy to handle.

    Mageia 2 is well under way, and it behaves similar to the Mandriva Cooker. I like the fact that Mageis is no longer under the thumb of the poor senior management at Mandriva, who have failed for over a decade to produce a consistently reliable and viable system, not only for business, but for the community. Mandriva has tried Clubs, changed strategies multiple times, cleaned house two or three times, shedding excellent developers. Quite a few of the finest developers have landed with Mageia, and I think it merits a look. I think novice to intermediate users will get along fine with it, and old time Mandrake users might appreciate it too; I have.

  46. easyed on July 10, 2011 at 5:55 am

    @ Brian Masinick:

    I just happen to believe PCLOS is bit overrated. In spite of saying this, one is eager what will come out of their next Gnome ambitions. Will they stick with the classic style, or go bold with Gnome 3 or shell? The PCLOS KDE is pretty good. but for some reason MEPIS 11 beats it hands down in audio/video playing. You're correct in the PCLOS tendency to try new things, then have these go astray – which happens to be my experience when playing videos in full screen mode.

  47. easyed on July 10, 2011 at 5:50 am

    @ Stijn:

    No specific reason. I wanted to try a different Linux platform. Then I found one that could be an excellent set and forget candidate, which happens to be Linvo.

    However, lately, one has been playing around with MEPIS 11, which is arguably one of two most stable Debian based releases. The other is LMDE.

  48. Fernando Hernandez on July 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    I recently took a look at UberStudent, a variant of Ubuntu for higher education students. It seems like a nice distro and would welcome your walk through of it with your helpful observations.

  49. Stijn on July 6, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    easyed wrote:

    In past few months, I’ve shifted away from Debian based distros.

    Any specific reasons?

    I have located a Slackware based Gnome (which is resembling the classic GUI) that is rock solid. It’s Linvo.

    Interesting. I'd never heard of it before, and, apparently, it isn't even on DistroWatch.

  50. Brian Masinick on July 5, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    easyed wrote:

    I meant to ask if the Anti X is still Fluxbox.

    Yes, antiX still has a Fluxbox window manager, and includes IceWM as well in the full version. I personally find IceWM to be a bit easier for someone to start with; both Fluxbox and IceWM are straightforward to configure for those who know how to mess with config files, and antiX at least makes it a bit easier by providing a tool that calls up the multi-tabbed Geany text editor/IDE to simplify things slightly.

    SimplyMEPIS, I agree, does things right. PCLinuxOS usually works well, but occasionally they take some steps to try new things and then things inexplicably break. You rarely see that with MEPIS; I've never experienced strange behavior in MEPIS in any released version from 2003 until 2011.

  51. easyed on July 5, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    I meant to ask if the Anti X is still Fluxbox.

  52. easyed on July 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    @ Brian Masinick:

    Wow at AntiX. I didn't know there are three variants of this. I am now testing MEPIS 11. Is it still Fluxbox? Maybe I didn't realise the potential of MEPIS in the past, but it seems to have come into its own, in my mind with this release. I knew it was a good distro before, but one was always having some sort of minor issue with it until this version.

    I tried the PCLOS, and wasn't terribly impressed by it. I think MEPIS beats it soundly. It plays multimedia much better than PCLOS KDE.

    Last I communicated with you, I was using Mint Linux Debian Edition. I still have it on a partition, but is not using this as often. I kind of drifted away from Debian until today when deciding to try the new MEPIS (I know, a month old).

    Recently, I have migrated toward the Slackware related Linvo. It is extremely stable. Has been using it over past few months, with out one single issue. It's my main distro of choice at present. After installing, I liked it very much to extent of forgetting about testing for a few months. It's latest upgrade could be a distro hopper stopper. Everything just works.

    Last month, I tried the USU that someone posted on here. That is a very good Ubuntu type of distro. The 7 mini was the one tried.

  53. Brian Masinick on July 5, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    easyed wrote:

    I tried Brian’s favourite distro MEPIS 11. It’s another one meriting a review. Very good.

    SimplyMEPIS is simply ONE of my favorites; it IS my favorite straightforward, easy to install, don't have to mess with it much, kind of a distro. I also really like it's lighter sibling, antiX, whose Version M11.0 implementation now comes in THREE variations: the light, but complete distribution, a base implementation, upon which you can install the software you want, and a core implementation, which literally comes with the core components, no X environment, so you implement it 100% with what you want, but at least it gives you an easy starting point. Having no X server is not a problem because setting up X with antiX and the tools that are available is a very easy proposition. I always use Harold Hope's smxi and inxi tools with all of my antiX implementations, and that makes it quick and easy, though it's still not the kind of thing "consumers" are apt to use, but it's perfect and easy for the experimenter to pick up very quickly.

    I am a full-fledged Debian enthusiast, and about 75% of the systems that I keep installed have Debian packaging. The remainder of my systems include Slackware – or often Absolute Linux in its place, openSUSE, with the Tumbleweed rolling release repositories, and recently I've resurrected Fedora 15 Xfce and Sabayon 6 in my mix.

    In the Debian derivative category, I generally keep Kubuntu and Xubuntu installed, Joli OS, a Cloud-based system, and Peppermint Two, a Lubuntu-derived system, and then, just to round things out, I include two Mandrake-Mandriva derivatives, PCLinuxOS (which rivals MEPIS in simplicity) and Mageia, which, for my two cents, is better engineered than the Mandriva upon which it is based. It's "Cooker" for Mageia 2 has been very solid, and the first release of Mageia beat Mandriva 2011 to release, yet maintained superior quality throughout testing, to the point that I dumped Mandriva, a long time staple in my collection, dating all the way back to its inception in 1998 – that says something GOOD for Mageia and extremely disappointing for Mandriva!

  54. easyed on July 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I tried Brian's favourite distro MEPIS 11. It's another one meriting a review. Very good.

  55. easyed on July 5, 2011 at 9:18 am

    In past few months, I've shifted away from Debian based distros. I have located a Slackware based Gnome (which is resembling the classic GUI) that is rock solid. It's Linvo.

  56. Brian Masinick on July 2, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Stijn wrote:

    SimplyMepis 11. Please pretty please!?

    I agree. Out of all the distributions that are available, this one is one of the least likely to ATTRACT attention – at least through fancy gimmicks, but when it is time to provide a system that handles the every day work (or hobby) that we have, SimplyMEPIS is one of the very few that get it done efficiently and in a no-nonsense kind of a way.

    You can argue that Mint or PCLinuxOS or Ubuntu provide more of this or that. All of that is available, either directly from MEPIS, through Debian, or one of the non-free Debian Multimedia Repositories, or perhaps even through the well-regarded MEPIS CR – the community repository that has been established to deliver the same kind of quality that Warren Woodford puts into his base system,

    For me, this is the number one stable, no nonsense system. Built on Debian Stable, you KNOW it is stable. Built with Warren Woodford's knowledge and experience, you know that it is solid and well tested. Backed by the MEPIS Lover's Community, you know you can get the questions you may have answered without getting into philosophical arguments about chickens and eggs or something equally irrelevant, you get answers.

    Jim, I know this one doesn't get attention, but Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols consistently agrees with me – this one is ALWAYS on his top five list and would be a top one or two except for the small number of key participants, which he feels adds some risk. Warren is no longer a youngster, so I suppose some of that risk is real, but Version 11.0 is here now and it's one of the best. How about if we get a solid review before Version 12 is in Alpha or beta testing and instead of reviewing this one at the end of its development cycle, let's get it right in the middle. Doable? I hope so. This one is unexciting but it's also likely not to frustrate those who try it. Always one of my highest recommended systems, this release is no different. How about it, Jim?

  57. Stijn on July 2, 2011 at 3:55 am

    SimplyMepis 11. Please pretty please!?

  58. Hassle on June 30, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Hi Jim,

    Yes, after trying a million distro's the last couple of years, I was surprised by the new PC Linux OS. KDE.

    Disappointed with Unity and the new Gnome 3, never a KDE fan, it got me by surprise. A brilliant Distro.

    Give it a try. Everybody should, in this year of disappointing distro's.

    You might be surprised like me. Find yourself the high quality you were looking for. Thanks Texstar !



    By the way, nice weather in Ireland …..

  59. joey on June 27, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Can I get a PCLinuxOS KDE 2011.6 review please. Seems to have alot of new features. Thank you

  60. joey on June 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Can I get a review on PCLinuxOS KDE 2011.6 please? Its seems like they offering yum and yumex in their repo.

  61. akragot on June 23, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Review Openxange, please. It is a Fedora remix based on KDE. The 2011.06 version is based on Fedora 14.

    About: "Open Xange! is a Linux Operating System, based on Fedora, KDE and Open Source application".

  62. presenguin on June 14, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Review Kororaa, please. I have tried the KDE Live-DVD: it is an interesting Fedora-based distro.


  63. John on June 5, 2011 at 3:11 am


    I would like to see a real Mageia1 review. And especially aspects of internet connections.

    I saw this in the Mageia forum:

    The problem with Free DVD

    "When I tried Mageia beta and RC on my old laptop (Dell Inspiron 5150), they worked fine; but I didn't realize that these DVD included proprietary firmware. When I installed Mageia1 DVD, with only Free software inside, Internet couldn't be connected, neither by wire (Broadcom BCM 4401) nor by Wifi (Ralink RT73). The Mageia Wiki says that after installing the DVD, you can download the Nonfree packages, of course; except for the network packages !

    To fetch the missing packages on Internet with another PC, and then to copy and install them on the laptop isn't simple for me. I succeeded, but it took me several hours !

    I don't understand the Mageia policy, why only Free software on the DVD ? You can say: It doesn't work, but it's Free ! I would prefer : It's not Free, but it works !

    This rule of no nonfree sofware inside the DVD shouldn't apply to the internet connection."

    So it would be interesting to see a real review that bring up all aspects. So far I have not see an article about Mageia that have bring up this issue.


  64. steve on May 27, 2011 at 11:14 am


    Would you consider to review Crux Linux? it is for advanced users.

    Thank you

  65. dajomu on May 23, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Would be nice to see a review of Meego 1.2

  66. lokster on May 17, 2011 at 12:27 am

    How about writing a review for USU Linux http://learnfree.eu/ ?

    It is Bulgarian Ubuntu-based educational distribution (but it's not only for Bulgarians!).

    It has three variants

    – USU Desktop – includes MANY educational apps (way more than Edubuntu). It's not only useful for students in universities, but also for schools and kids (includes Gcompris and other similar apps)

    – USU Mini – it's for the regular users – with working out of the box experience

    – USU Netbook – optimized for netbooks

    All three versions of USU include a lot of tweaks and also some useful custom built apps (like LiveUSB Install – better than unetbootin and usb-creator).

    One key highlight of USU is that unlike many spin-offs of Ubuntu, it has carefully selected list of applications (not just "install everything from the repos"), custom GTK theme, very complete icon theme based on elementary (has icons for a lot of apps), and more…

    I'm one of the developers of USU actually.

  67. Brian Masinick on May 13, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Jason Hsu wrote:

    Please review my distro, Swift Linux. Swift Linux 0.1.0 is now available at http://www.swiftlinux.org and based on the new antiX Linux M11.

    Hey Jason! Congratulations on the GREAT job you have done, both with your Web site and with the latest version of Swift Linux! I am looking forward to trying out the latest version, and *just for fun*, I am going to grab the Taylor Swift variation and install it on my Lenovo 3000 Series Y410 laptop.

    I have already grabbed the latest antiX M11.0 "full" version, have it installed on my Gateway 17" portable, and I was experimenting with my own customized version of antiX "core" today, which I also have installed on my Gateway. It will be nice to have your implementation installed on the Lenovo, and even before using it, I am confident in what you have produced, based on the previous versions that I have used. I look forward to using it, hope that others will try it out, and I hope that Jim gives it a nice review on Desktop Linux Reviews, or at least a "Quick Look" review in Eye on Linux!

    I'll let you know what I think of it once I give it a try, but I am optimistic about it already. Thanks for sharing with all of us!

  68. Jason Hsu on May 13, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Please review my distro, Swift Linux. Swift Linux 0.1.0 is now available at http://www.swiftlinux.org and based on the new antiX Linux M11.

  69. Nero on May 9, 2011 at 2:53 am

    I would like you'll review eQuityOS, my Ubuntu remastered distro.

    Thanks for your work.


  70. Nero on May 9, 2011 at 2:51 am

    I would like you'll review my distro eQuityOS, remastered from Ubuntu 10.10.

    I made it with passion and I think some users could aprreciate it.

    Thanks my friend

  71. armorex on May 3, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Review Omega Linux 14, please. It is an interesting Fedora Remix (all the non-free codecs are installed by default). It is an alternative to Fusion Linux…


  72. Linux Fanboy on May 2, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Hey ,

    I known this isn't really a desktop linux distribution but can you review Tiny Core. By the way great website.

  73. Tim on April 30, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Hey Jim, glad to see DLR still going strong :). I'd be interested in your take on the Natty Narwhal Ubuntu release, specifically what you think of the new Unity interface. Especially since you are notoriously a mac guy and the Unity interface is very… "dock" like ;).

  74. eman on April 28, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Hey Jim, Can you do a review of PCLinuxOS. Just curious what your take is on it – especially for newbies. Thanks.

  75. c_h0use on April 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    OpenSUSE GNOME please.

  76. pikatos on April 17, 2011 at 5:38 am

    Puppy Linux is a great piece of work … but what about Slitaz (http://www.slitaz.org)? Could you tell us?

  77. karan on April 16, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Hey Jim ,It's a while and you haven't reviewed Linux Mint 10 KDE. Atleast mention it in Eye of Linux

  78. Virgil Brummond on April 5, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    You should review (if you have not already) the up and coming Fuduntu. It is based on Fedora however has some of the desktop focus of Ubuntu. It is also intended to perform well on the go for portable devices such as netbooks. The community is fairly strong as well and I am sure they would appreciate the review! :)


  79. easyed on March 24, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Greetings Jim,

    It has been while since I've been on the forums. I found a very stable flavour of Ubuntu that uses the Gnome shell instead of the former's GUI. It's Bennix 10.10 from http://www.bennix.net. The 10.10.2 is the latest one. It was tested over five days from a Live DVD, and I tried to break it in making this crash. It couldn't be done. One believes you'd be interested in testing this.


  80. LAUDDIN SIREGAR on March 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    i want to request ubuntu sabily 10.10

  81. Bob Smith on March 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    can you review ututo or hybryde os , it comes with all four environments… the start is in french… but you can then go to gnome or kde in english… try using google translate…

  82. Geoffrey Bacon on March 17, 2011 at 2:17 am


    Have you checked out iGolaware Linux 2.0 This is a distro which I have created to appeal to the noobs to Linux. It's Ubuntu based and I'vr tried to include the software that your average family with 2.2 children would appriciate. Take a look and please do a review.

  83. Trevor on March 14, 2011 at 3:21 am

    An interesting, new minimalist ubuntu based distro: Bodhi. (http://www.bodhilinux.com/). It uses the enlightenment desktop. I'd find it a very interesting review

  84. Kellen on March 8, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Linux Mint 10 KDE

    Opensuse 11.4 Gnome and KDE desktops when it is released tomorrow

  85. Sudeep on March 3, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Have you review asturix 3 yet? It seems promising to me. If you haven't already, I request you to review it.

  86. DjoleSrb on February 27, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Hi Jim

    I really like your reviews,and I would suggest you too ,after you tested the latest debian,try the latest slackware.I've tested many distros but slack is slack.After all the people dont say just for fun that if you learn ubuntu you have learned ubuntu,but if you learn slackware you have learned linux.

    PS: Sorry for my bad english.


  87. Paul on February 26, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Although not Linux ("Or Open Source!"), I'd like to see your review of Oracle Solaris 11 Express.

  88. Joseph Ashe on February 25, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Have you noticed how more and more distributions are trying to distinguish themselves by offering "specialized" features vs. just being still yet another, (more or less) run of the mill distro with pretty much the same software set ?

    For example… JoliCloud ? Not to mention similar types aimed at the NetBook market.

    Several distro's (Fedora for example)have a "specialized" Games version; or "Electronics" version; Mythbuntu is another example.

    Here's a new and unique one…. SPLASHTOP. What makes it unique is that it claims to load on-top of Windows, but instead of being just another Linux distro, SplashTop allows an almost instant boot allowing a quick check of email and the web. Little more.. but hey… most times that's all I want… to quickly check my email and be gone.

    How about doing one of your famous reviews on this one Jim.

  89. Jan Kuster on February 9, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Hello Jim,

    Thanks for al those nice reviews.

    For me it helps finding interresting distro's witout getting in trouble.

    I'l would like to read your opinion about the latest PCLinuxOS release.

    Best regards,

    Jan Kuster :smile:

  90. Brian Masinick on February 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    @ c_h0use:

    Me too; I'd rather see a comprehensive review of this distribution, looking at it from the perspective of a long term, stable operating system for either desktop or server use.

    Debian is not Ubuntu or Mint, and should not be compared to them, it should be compared to other long term stable systems, such as Slackware, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and other systems that have a three to five year life expectancy. Comparing Debian in this manner, I believe it stacks up very well with its competition.

  91. c_h0use on February 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Debian 6.0 is FINALLY out! Would appreciate it if you could review it.

  92. Geoffrey on February 5, 2011 at 4:13 am

    There's a new distro that might be of interest. It's called iGolaware Linux 2.0 and is an Ubuntu 10.10 derivative. The thought behind this distro is similar to Pinguy however the emphasis is for ease of use for the beginner, no extra downloads for codecs / plugins, and a variety of apps aimed to satisfy the average home user. The download page is


    Check it out

  93. den on January 31, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I would love to see a review of midnightbsd.

  94. John on January 31, 2011 at 5:25 am


    I would like to see a review of the new Pardus 2011:

  95. aBsolutex3 on January 30, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Hey Jim take a look at Sn0wL1nuX, http://sn0wl1nux.forumdoandroid.com , It is a Debian/Ubuntu based distribution; it come with all the codecs and media players need for a good multimedia experience. It is capable of playing flash out of the box, latest kernel, sweet animation, clean look, dock, simple to use. if you want something better than what you have right now, then you've got to try Sn0wL1nuX.

  96. koray löker on January 27, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Dear Lynch,

    We've enjoyed your Pardus 2009 review and looking forward to hear your thoughts on recently released Pardus 2011 as well…



  97. Bill Julian on January 25, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Doubtles you saw the Distrowatch mention of SalineOS. I have the 64 bit version running Jim, and it is a darned nice effort. You might want to check it for a possible review. Advice: The installer is a bit clunky I think, though it works well enough.

    In any event this is a new distro with some clever bits. Might be fun.

  98. Ezra on January 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    There's a pretty interesting-looking distro called paldo (Pure Adaptable Linux DistrO). It's source-based, but its installation uses binary packages, and there are also binaries available in the repository. There's a stable, testing, and unstable branch, just like Debian. I'd love to read what you have to say about it (Be warned, though–there's no graphical package manager!)



  99. DucTape on January 9, 2011 at 7:01 am

    I've started a review site myself to cover some distros people don't get around to often, if anyone wants a review of Chakra or Lunar Linux check out my site.


    I don't have anywhere NEAR the number of reviews DLR has yet, but they're for different, usually more obscure, OSes. Though I would love to see DLRs take on Chakra.

  100. Josh Senic on December 29, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Unity and Tiny Me are a couple Mandriva-based little OS's I like a lot.



  101. Josh Senic on December 29, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    …and yet another suggestion: Madbox!!


    As you can probably tell, I like Linux OS's that run on old machines! A lot of my client base in my computer repair side job thingy have old computers that I install various Linux OS's on, and they are amazed at how fast their computer is suddenly running now that XP SP3 is off the computer! :D

    –Josh :devil:

  102. Josh Senic on December 29, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Oh, and have you ever reviewed Legacy OS (formerly TeenPup)? That would be another good one for older computers. Works well in VMware.


  103. Josh Senic on December 29, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    BTW, the URL is http://www.connochaetos.org/wiki/

    That would probably help, huh?! ;)

  104. Josh Senic on December 29, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Hey Jim, how about a Linux review for super-duper OLD computers. Connochaet, formerly DeLi Linux, is now based on Arch. It used IceWM as the default, so its pretty user friendly. I have used it on my VMware to experiment with it a little, and I found it pretty cool; well, for what it is. It isn't a "blow your socks off" kind of distro. Connochaet is the basics for what one would need to operate a computer. I think it would be good for a Linux user (no, not for a newbie — it is based on Arch after all) who knows someone that could use that old desktop in the closet floor. Once its set up, its ready to go!

    Anyway, take it easy Jim. I enjoy your reviews a lot.

    –Josh :devil:

  105. ichtyandr on December 28, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Could you please review Linux Mint Debian (201012) ?

  106. easyed on December 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Greetings Jim,

    LMDE 10 is out. Give it a whirl. You'll won't be disappointed. It's probably one of best distros I've ever tried.

  107. Grant Mitchell on December 16, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Hey, guys. Check out puddletag. It's a seriously good audio tagger.


  108. Jeff Hoogland on December 15, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Any change you'd consider doing a review of Bodhi Linux? http://bodhilinux.com/


  109. Brian Masinick on December 8, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Aaron wrote:

    How about the latest version of Crunchbang Statler XFCE or Openbox

    I ran a live build of Crunchbang-10 20101205, found it to be built from Debian Live instead of Ubuntu, so I was very excited about that, and I'd love to see at least a quick look review on this. It's a fast, light, excellent looking and running distro.

    I'd also love to see a revisit of SimplyMEPIS 11.0, either as soon as it is released or even at a late Alpha or Beta stage in a Quick Look, and I'd also love to see a good, solid review of Debian Squeeze when it comes out, which ought to be within the next month or two.

    Finally, I mentioned Debian Live. I'd love to see a Quick Look review of Debian Live. I write about it a lot in the forum, but I'd like to see "The Master's" take on it! :-)

  110. Aaron on December 8, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    How about the latest version of Crunchbang Statler XFCE or Openbox

  111. Yan Mayer on December 6, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    It's been quiet recently…

    I believe Linux is at the height of its popularity. New strains are starting to pop up, based on a different vision, leaving Linux's traditional complexity behind, and a primary exponent is MeeGo. Take a look for all of us and find out where Intel believes the future is heading!

  112. casual distrohopper, on December 1, 2010 at 1:31 pm


    I mostly just have an eclectic bunch of desktop releases to suggest – Gentoo, Mandriva – as well as some more portable ones. The new Knoppix and Damn Small Linux editions in particular.

    Also, maybe a few hardcore distros, like Slackware.

    That should give you a few ideas for December.

    Thanks in advance if you do any of these.

  113. cas on November 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Hi, I would very much like te see a review of the ozunitydebut desktop as I've heard some very promising word about it.

    As I recall you're not a great fan of unity but….well, you might want to check it out anyways.


  114. Spier on November 28, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Please make review for newest "Austrumi" linux. It has grown and improved a lot since last review..

  115. Kate on November 27, 2010 at 8:04 am

    dreamlinux please :whistle:

  116. Brian Masinick on November 23, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I have not requested a review in a while, so why not request an Epidemic – a review of Epidemic Linux? My friend Scott, a.k.a. Trash80, co-author of the inxi system management tool – the one that is called in the smxi tool, written by another of my friends, Harold, a.k.a. h2, put me on to this distro and mentioned it to me several months ago, and I gave it a quick look, but I gave it a longer look today and I grabbed the Beta 2 build of Version 3.2. Version 3.1 is the supported release, but Beta 2 of Version 3.2 is available. It may be worth a Quick Look review, followed by a full review when 3.2 becomes available. You can make all kinds of jokes about a Linux Epidemic if you write a review! :-)

    It's a pretty good one, Brazilian based, and we don't review many Brazilian distros, so I'd like to see this one in our mix soon.


  117. Irfan on November 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    PureOS Gnome 1.0 2010, please.

  118. Irfan on November 23, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Hi Jim,

    Could you review these distros please:

    1. PureOS/PureOSlight



    2. SliTaz GNU/Linux 3.0




  119. m on November 20, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Please give a review about PClinux OS

  120. SimonTek on November 14, 2010 at 10:57 am

    doh, i knew i was forgetting one. GnackTrack!


  121. SimonTek on November 14, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I want to see a review on the following. Arch, Slackware, and sls.

  122. Easy Ed on November 13, 2010 at 4:43 am

    @ Dick MacInnis

    I tried your distro. You should have had least included Flash out of the box for the intended purpose of your operating system.

  123. Easy Ed on November 12, 2010 at 5:12 am

    I would review Ubuntu Tutix Remix 10.10 DVD edition. I have it running flawlessly on two machines. It features two things not many other distros offer, Adobe .pdf reader, and the Oracle VM Virtual Box, which was extremely simple to set up to run (Windows 7 on one PC, and Mac OS X on another).

  124. Aaron on November 5, 2010 at 8:25 am

    How about Crunchbang Statler Alpha 2…both the Openbox and XFCE

  125. Dick MacInnis on November 4, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Hi! I would really appreciate if you'd do a review on my new distribution, which can be found at dream.dickmacinnis.com. here's a quick description

    Dream Studio contains all the apps you need to create stunning graphics, captivating videos, inspiring music, and professional websites. Available as a free download, Dream Studio can be run directly from DVD, installed to your hard-drive, or even installed onto a USB Flash drive, for the ultimate in portability! Here is a list of just some of the included software:

    Cinelerra (with custom UI) – a powerful non-linear video editor comparable to leading solutions like Apple's Final Cut Pro, Sony Vegas, or Adobe Premiere. Cinelerra contains more than 30 visual effects like motion tracking and chromakey, and supports both keyframing and nested sequences.

    Ardour (with custom UI) – a professional digital audio workstation designed to replace offerings such as Digidesign Pro Tools, Steinberg's Cubase/Nuendo, Apple's Logic, and Sonar. Ardour features unlimited tracks, unlimited undo, and routing to and from any sound source. Ardour comes with support for many different plugin formats, and Dream Studio's version comes with close to 200 plugins/effects including pitch correction, triggers, compression, eq, reverb, and more. Dream Studio also supports VST plugins.

    Cinepaint – used for motion picture frame-by-frame retouching, dirt removal, wire rig removal, render repair, background plates, and painting 3D model textures. It's been used on many feature films, including The Last Samurai where it was used to add flying arrows.

    Blender – a free 3D graphics application, similar to 3DS Max and Maya, that can be used for modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, rigging, water and smoke simulations, skinning, animating, rendering, particle and other simulations, non-linear editing, compositing, and creating interactive 3D applications, including video games, animated film, or visual effects.

    Inkscape – vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.

    Synfig Studio – a powerful, industrial-strength vector-based open-source 2D animation software package allowing one to create animations similar to those done with Adobe Flash. It has been designed from the ground-up for producing feature-film quality animation with fewer people and resources. While there are many other programs currently on the market to aid with the efficient production of 2D animation, we are currently unaware of any other software that can do what our software can.

    Scribus – professional page layout, akin to Quark Xpress, Adobe Indesign, or Microsoft Publisher, with a combination of "press-ready" output and new approaches to page layout.

    Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, Spot Colors, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.

    Darktable – a virtual lighttable similar to A and darkroom for photographers similar to Adobe Lighroom: it manages your digital negatives in a database and lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable. it also enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.

    Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) – a raster graphics editor with features similar to Adobe Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro. It is primarily employed as an image retouching and editing tool. In addition to free-form drawing, GIMP can accomplish essential image work-flow steps such as resizing, editing, and cropping photos, combining multiple images, and converting between different image formats. GIMP can also be used to create basic animated images in the gif format. At present, GIMP is usable for amateur or professional work with images intended for viewing on monitors and printing on ink-jet printers.

    Kompozer – a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing. KompoZer is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding, and is a complete alternative to such commercial offerings as Adobe Dreamweaver and Apple iWeb.

    Bombono – a DVD authoring program

    Brasero – a CD/DVD burning application

    Dream Studio also includes drum machines like Hydrogen (including several drum kits), samplers such as QSampler and SooperLooper, close to one hundred software synthesizers including Bristol and Zynaddsubfx, format conversion utilities like WinFF and SoundConverter, an audio mastering suite (JAMin), and much, much more. Not only that, but Dream Studio comes standard with the following applications for day-to-day work:

    Firefox web browser

    OpenOffice.org office suite (can read and write Microsoft Office formats)

    Evolution mail, addressbook and calendaring (compatible with Microsoft Outlook)

    Tomboy note taking

    Dream Studio is based on Ubuntu Gnu/Linux. This project aims to be:

    1. Simple – To this end we aim to stay as close to stock Ubuntu as possible. This not only allows users to install software from the standard repos and ppas without hassle, but also to find solutions to problems through Ubuntuforums, the Ubuntu manual, and the entire Ubuntu community, as opposed to multimedia distributions such as AVLinux and Dyne:bolic. In addition, we add features such as pulseaudio->jack integration. This goal, in fact, is the reasoning behind naming this distribution Dream Studio: those who know what Ubuntu, Gnu, Linux, GPL, and FOSS are, will quickly find information on these things as they relate to Dream Studio. The new user, however, need not learn these cryptic phrases in order to begin creating.

    2. Stable – Although Dream Studio may make comparisons with other distributions, we do hold them in the highest esteem. For this reason, we make use of the most functional, up-to-date packages that the Open Source ecosystem has to offer, such as those you will find in UbuntuStudio, KXStudio, AVLinux, and the Akirad project.

    3. Stunning – Dream Studio builds on Ubuntu's goal of aesthetic beauty, and pushes it further. Unlike distributions like UbuntuStudio (which features a theme quite dissimilar to stock Ubuntu) and KXStudio (which is based on KDE rather than Gnome – which some would say is less polished, on Ubuntu at least), Dream will always base our default themes on those of stock Ubuntu, albeit usually with less coloring (orange in its current iteration). Not only that, but we include custom UI themes for applications such as Cinelerra and Ardour, making them appear more integrated with the rest of the desktop.

    We would like to thank Canonical (Ubuntu), Paul Davis (Ardour), the UbuntuStudio team, falktx (KXStudio), GMaq (AVLinux), Paolo Rampiro (Akirad project), the Cinepaint team, the GNU project, Linus Torvalds (Linux), Deviantdark (hydroxygen iconset), and everyone else whose contributions to open source have made this release possible.

  126. Brian Masinick on October 31, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    have two mini reviews of builds I've done recently on Debian Live.

  127. Cae on October 31, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Reference the forum post


    what about a how to and a review on Debian Live?

  128. paldepind on October 30, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Ups! I just realized that you've already reviewed Trisquel :/

  129. paldepind on October 27, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Hi! I really think you should review Trisquel GNU/Linux! It's a amazingly good looking, 100% percent free (most distros are not) Ubuntu based distro.

    I've been trying out and so far it works great! It's pretty much the only up to date distro being recognized by as free software by GNU which I think makes it interesting.

    Also I really think it deserves a bit more attention..

  130. Jellmoo on October 14, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Hi Jim,

    Well, we've seen both Ubuntu and Kubuntu 10.10 now, and since I am an XFCE fanboy, I think it might be nice to see what Xubuntu 10.10 is bringing to the table. ;)

    Thanks for the great reads so far!

  131. Ani Rahmat on October 12, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Hi Jim,

    I would like to see review of Kubuntu 10.10 on your website. I heard a lot of good things, I tried it. But, it's very nice to know your opinion about this distro.

  132. Dornac on October 11, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Hi Jim,

    i would love to see a review of ArchBang Linux on your site. Yes it's based on Arch Linux, but it's (in my point of view) MUCH easier to install and to work with.

    I used Arch Linux for several months, i tried Chakra and KahelOS, but belong all this Arch-based distributions, ArchBang really caught my attention.

  133. jim on October 6, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    would love to see reviews on the new linux mint 9 lxde and linux 9 fluxbox distros. also, i really like the way your reviews are done and enjoy reading them – they provide a great service to linux users everywhere. – jim

  134. imr on October 6, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Recently i used Greenie what is not perfect for me since i am abroad but my parents in Prague love it

  135. top4o on September 30, 2010 at 11:13 am


  136. The Bean on September 27, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Hi Jim,

    What about WattOS? I really like it. It's Ubuntu based with an Openbox Desktop and fast on old hardware.

    You did a good job here :smile: mfg Bean

  137. Pinguy OS on September 25, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    @ Jim Lynch:

    Thanks Jim :)

    Just in case you have an old version downloaded can you make sure you do the review for Pinguy_OS_10.04.1.2-Branded, this is the last version of 10.04. I am happy with it so don't see any need to release another version. Plus I am working on 10.10 now http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFm6qxb3hZY

  138. Jim Lynch on September 25, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Hi guys,

    Pinguy OS is on my list to review. I haven't forgotten about it. So no worries. :smile:

  139. Pinguy OS on September 25, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    @ Brian Masinick:

    Yeah, that is true. Pinguy OS does not run well in VB. I have made some improvements with Pinguy OS Branded version so that it will run better in VB by installing the graphics driver for VB, but its still not that great as the 3D-effects don't work and to get the most out of this Distro 3D-effects should be turned on.

    The only thing I can think of why it doesn't run well in VB is because it has VB installed default. VB modify the kernel, so that could be why.

    Pinguy OS really doesn't need that much to run, I have got many users using it on low powered netbooks. http://tinyurl.com/3554fp8

    To get an idea how fast it runs here is a screencast: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmvJAfUaDdM

  140. Brian Masinick on September 25, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Pinguy OS wrote:

    @ Brian Masinick:

    Firefox is just as fast as a default install if not faster. There are many reviews about this.

    And I quote:
    “Sticking to the Firefox subject, let’s slide towards the part of the article in which I tell you about the bundled software that comes with Pinguy. Starting with, you guessed, Firefox, I have to tell you that it ships packed with 27 (twenty-seven) extensions installed. I was almost certain that all these will equal a heavy burden, but I was quite wrong, as the browser starts pretty quickly, and on top of that, I found most of the add-ons to be quite useful: Opera-like speed dial function, smooth scrolling, Fasterfox, etc.”
    “The Firefox that ships with Pinguy is heavily customized to include a fantastic selection of addons that add an array of features to the browser (and Firefox on Pinguy feels much “snappier” than it does on Mint/Ubuntu).”

    I tried installing Pinguy OS in a Virtualbox setting. I've had many distributions work well that way, but unfortunately, though your distribution looks very nice and it is undoubtedly very convenient for some people, I did not share the experience that other reviewers seemed to experience. The desktop itself took so long, and the spinning image stayed spinning long enough that I nearly gave up on it, but I tried and kept it going long enough to finally get it to come up.

    Appearance looked excellent, but performance, at least when running in a virtual setup, which is how Jim reviews most, if not all, of the versions he reviews, just didn't cut it.

    I'm sure it would do a lot better if natively installed, but I don't have a high powered box like the reviewers did (one of them even admitted that he had the latest and greatest hardware).

    I'm glad that this distribution does have an audience, and I'm glad that you built it, and that there are people who enjoy it. Like so many other things, one size doesn't fit everyone, and this one just doesn't work out well for what I like to do. I still applaud your creativity with it, and if you have brought some friends to the Linux environment with it, that's great!

  141. Pinguy OS on September 25, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    @ Jocelyn:

    I really do doubt Jim will do the review of Pinguy OS. He did contact me about the Distro but because it has adblock installed by default he wouldn’t review it.

  142. Pinguy OS on September 25, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    @ Brian Masinick:

    Firefox is just as fast as a default install if not faster. There are many reviews about this.

    And I quote:

    “Sticking to the Firefox subject, let’s slide towards the part of the article in which I tell you about the bundled software that comes with Pinguy. Starting with, you guessed, Firefox, I have to tell you that it ships packed with 27 (twenty-seven) extensions installed. I was almost certain that all these will equal a heavy burden, but I was quite wrong, as the browser starts pretty quickly, and on top of that, I found most of the add-ons to be quite useful: Opera-like speed dial function, smooth scrolling, Fasterfox, etc.”


    "The Firefox that ships with Pinguy is heavily customized to include a fantastic selection of addons that add an array of features to the browser (and Firefox on Pinguy feels much “snappier” than it does on Mint/Ubuntu)."

  143. Pinguy OS on September 25, 2010 at 1:58 pm


    I really do doubt Jim will do the review of Pinguy OS. He did contact me about the Distro but because it has adblock installed by default he wouldn't review it.

    @Jocelyn, Firefox is just as fast as a default install if not faster. There are many reviews about this.

    And I quote:

    "Sticking to the Firefox subject, let's slide towards the part of the article in which I tell you about the bundled software that comes with Pinguy. Starting with, you guessed, Firefox, I have to tell you that it ships packed with 27 (twenty-seven) extensions installed. I was almost certain that all these will equal a heavy burden, but I was quite wrong, as the browser starts pretty quickly, and on top of that, I found most of the add-ons to be quite useful: Opera-like speed dial function, smooth scrolling, Fasterfox, etc."


    The Firefox that ships with Pinguy is heavily customized to include a fantastic selection of addons that add an array of features to the browser (and Firefox on Pinguy feels much "snappier" than it does on Mint/Ubuntu).

  144. Brian Masinick on September 25, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Jocelyn wrote:

    Hi Jim,

    Please give Pinquy OS http://pinguy-os.sourceforge.net/ a review.

    It appears to be a Ubuntu core with Mint Menu and some other Mint features plus a Mac style docking interface. I find this offering tempting.

    If this offering successfully integrates all aspects it could be a 5/5 especially for newbies but I’m skeptical so I’m requesting an experienced review that only you can offer. Thank you for all those reviews – a long time Mint user but not a distro hopper or tester.

    Until (and if) Jim decides to review this, let me give you my thoughts on it. There is no way that I would give this a 5/5. It does have just about everything I might want to use, but on the browser, for example, it includes every plugin you can imagine. The result is that the performance is terrible.

    I can understand that you may want to have a lot of stuff included because they don't know how to add it. This one has a bit TOO much. It might be better to include basics, such as the codecs to access media, firmware to handle networks, particularly wireless networks, then include the basic core applications. From there, what I think I would have icons on the desk – as PCLinuxOS does for installing Open Office – and have a group of them, maybe one for installing office tools, another for installing social media access, and whatever else. Including it all, especially stuffing it automatically in the browser just leads to poor performance. I give them a five for trying but only a three for their implementation. It is just too sluggish to be useful for very long.

  145. Jocelyn on September 25, 2010 at 5:37 am

    Hi Jim,

    Please give Pinquy OS http://pinguy-os.sourceforge.net/ a review.

    It appears to be a Ubuntu core with Mint Menu and some other Mint features plus a Mac style docking interface. I find this offering tempting.

    If this offering successfully integrates all aspects it could be a 5/5 especially for newbies but I'm skeptical so I'm requesting an experienced review that only you can offer. Thank you for all those reviews – a long time Mint user but not a distro hopper or tester. :smile:

  146. Jim C on September 16, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Mint and Antix are my preferred favorites at the moment but Pinguy OS looks interesting , downloading now thanks for the heads up

  147. DeeCeeDoc on September 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Hey Jim,

    Just ran across this one, so thought I'd mention it: Pinguy OS?

    From the project homepage…

    "This OS is for people that have never used Linux before or for people that just want an out-of-the-box working OS without doing all the tweaks and enhancements that everyone seems to do when installing a fresh copy of Ubuntu or other Linux based Distro's. "


    I have it downloading and will take it for a spin myself, but I don't have you're writing talent. :wink:

  148. Brian Masinick on September 15, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Jim C wrote:

    new review of Antix would be nice

    antiX-M8.5 ‘Marek Edelman’ released

    it was the only linux I could get to run happily on an old 64Mb pc

    that was after trying DSL,puppy,Tinycore slax etc

    antiX is my favorite for a small, fast, lean, and flexible system.

  149. Brian Masinick on September 15, 2010 at 6:39 am

    The sidux distribution is dead, but long live aptosid 2010-02, it's replacement, which was just announced. DistroWatch has an article and a pointer to the images, and it is a good one. I ran it from Virtualbox last night and I am going to install it today.

  150. Jim C on September 15, 2010 at 1:16 am

    new review of Antix would be nice

    antiX-M8.5 'Marek Edelman' released

    it was the only linux I could get to run happily on an old 64Mb pc

    that was after trying DSL,puppy,Tinycore slax etc


  151. The_Doctor on September 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    How about this ?


    It's based on Ubuntu but looks pretty interesting….

  152. Neal on September 5, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Hi Jim, could you please review Chakra linux sometime? Would love to hear what you have to say about it.

    Thank you.

  153. Mahdi on August 26, 2010 at 10:50 pm


    I have created a remastered version of ubuntu called mFatOS. It aims at creating a true out of the box experience, a revolutionary new look and tons of extra applications. It's optimized for Iranian users with extra fonts and a Jalali calendar, but there's no localization and everything is in English. It also has built-in remastering capability for easily backing up the whole system including user data. I was realyy surprized by the feedback I received from the people who tried it, and so I worked on it for two more weeks and now version 1.3 is available here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/mfatos/. It's not just another ubuntu remaster adding codecs and flash. It has been tweaked extensively for maximum usability. I have managed to convert several people to linux through dis remaster. kindly have a look and see for yourself. Thanks.

  154. marco hinsen on August 8, 2010 at 9:21 am

    hi, thanks for all the great reviews!

    maybe you can review gobo-linux, or any other distro that uses this alternative file system (if there is any…)



    the Netherlands

  155. Glyn Stuckey on August 8, 2010 at 4:42 am

    Hi Jim,

    I'm only a recent reader of your site, but am enjoying it quite a lot! I was wondering if you would be able to review openSuSE? As I am only new to Linux, I am trying to find which would be the best distro for me …… Have tried Ubuntu, Mandriva (briefly), and just downloaded Mint 9, but have been hearing good things about openSuSE and just thought it would be great to hear what you think.


  156. bytebulimic on July 28, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Review the new Mint 9 KDE, please.

  157. Brian Masinick on July 20, 2010 at 6:17 am

    jacobdb wrote:

    @ Brian Masinick:

    if you could review mint 9 isadora. or if that one has already been done review zenwalk linux 6.4 because i would like your opinion about it.

    I have not worked with the full GNOME release of Linux Mint Isadora, but this week I installed Linux Mint 9 LXDE, and found it to be very easy to install with no obvious issues at all, a clean, visually appealing environment, a fast, light desktop, and a few of the usual Mint management tools that have been improved for speed. If you like Mint, you are likely to like this version. The full version of Mint using the GNOME desktop has more software and applications that are more familiar to frequent Linux users and it is a fairly trouble free desktop environment.

    I have not recently used any versions of Zenwalk, but I did just recently read about them. Zenwalk, which has Slackware foundations behind it, had in recent years started to diverge from Slackware, but then the developers rethought their position, realized that Patrick Volkerding has REALLY GOOD base packages in Slackware, so in the Version 6 stream Zenwalk has really returned to the active use of base Slackware packages, and where they've focused their attention are in features and performance aspects not found by default in Slackware.

    When I have used Zenwalk in the past, I've found it somewhat easier than Slackware to install, configure, and manage, with desktop performance very similar to what you get in Slackware. I would rate it similar to Mint in ease of installation, but I would give Mint more points for tools and overall flexibility, and Mint also tends to release new features in a more timely basis, has a more active user community, and has much better name recognition. Both, however, represent very good desktop systems, so it ultimately depends what you are looking for. Chances are that either of them could deliver a solid desktop experience, but that, to a certain degree, will depend on your needs and interests and also on the particular hardware and software that you use.

  158. Brian Masinick on July 20, 2010 at 6:08 am

    I'd like to see a "shootout review" where a number of distributions that feature the LXDE desktop environment are featured. LXDE is one of the newest desktop environments. It's quite a bit newer than the OLDEST one in the free software space, XFCE, which predates even KDE by a couple of years, and actually started in the UNIX space as a free alternative to CDE, the ugly Common Desktop Environment. XFCE was once pretty ugly, too, but it's gone through well over a decade (and a half) of enhancements. XFCE can be modestly small if you keep its feature set trim, but it can get a bit bloated if you are not careful, though not to the extent of KDE or GNOME. But LXDE does not have all of that fancy message passing stuff, just a session manager, window manager, and a few applications, and they are all designed to be light and simple.

    The netbook craze, the tablet craze, and the general mobile craze have created interest in lighter environments and it is unnecessary to use a big KDE or GNOME, though they, too, have many interesting new features for power users.

    Given the fact that we've recently looked at a few LXDE based distributions, I'd like to see a broader review across several of them, spanning the range from miniscule, such as SliTAZ to large – maybe Fedora or OpenSUSE with LXDE, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.

    I've done a little of that myself in the Desktop Linux Reviews Forums if anyone wants to take up a discussion with me there.

    I'd love to see a review that generates Jim's thoughts on this and responses from others as well. Whaddaya think?

  159. Bill Julian on July 19, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Jim, you probably saw the reference to UberStudent Linux on Distrowatch this morning. This is another Ubuntu re-spin, this time optimized for "teaching, learning or doing academic computing." It is an interesting website and it appears that UberStudent can be used in structured courses or for self-taught, self-paced activities.

    Whoever does it knows today's students. Needless to say there's a full load of multimedia/social networking stuff!

    Worth a look maybe?

  160. zahurdias on July 17, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Slitaz, Talk about speed!!! 20 sec boot time on an old 1 Mhz celeron

  161. Aaron on July 14, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I would like to see a review of WattOS…based on Lucid Lynx and designed for lower power usage.

  162. Brian Masinick on July 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Brian Masinick wrote:

    sidux 2010-01 has now been released with KDE SC 4.4.4, a very current sidux 2.6.34 kernel, a solid XFCE desktop alternative, fast, highly compressed bootable image, great hardware support. One of the very best distributions for the experienced Debian user community, still my every day system.

    I've been using the RELEASED version of sidux 2010-01 since the middle of June, the preview prior to that, and rolling releases of sidux for some time. It's nice to see KDE SC 4.4.4 in Debian Sid because sidux works really well with it. XFCE has stabilized and has only had modest changes over the past 1-2 years, but it is fast and solid. These are the two desktops that the sidux DVD includes; KDE, XFCE and fluxbox are the sidux defaults. According to the latest sidux manual, GNOME has stability issues in the Debian Sid repositories, and therefore GNOME is explicitly NOT supported, but unofficially it is possible to run it; you may be able to ask someone nicely, or you can be brave. Me? I can run the standard KDE, XFCE, Fluxbox, IceWM, JWM, fvwm, fvwm-crystal, just to name a few. That's MORE than plenty, and they ALL run extremely well.

    I know what I think of this release. I'd like to hear how you review it Jim, and if I am the only one who still likes this software.

  163. mukhtarz on June 24, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Hi Jim,

    Can you please tell us what you think about opensuse…

  164. jacobdb on June 24, 2010 at 10:05 am

    @ Brian Masinick:

    if you could review mint 9 isadora. or if that one has already been done review zenwalk linux 6.4 because i would like your opinion about it. :smile:

  165. Brian Masinick on June 22, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    How about CloudUSB, based on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS?

  166. John on June 20, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Hello Jim, I would see a review of the new Pardus 2009.2. You write a review of the old 2009. But they have released 2 versions since then.

    And now they got a live cd to:



  167. Brian Masinick on June 13, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    sidux 2010-01 has now been released with KDE SC 4.4.4, a very current sidux 2.6.34 kernel, a solid XFCE desktop alternative, fast, highly compressed bootable image, great hardware support. One of the very best distributions for the experienced Debian user community, still my every day system.

  168. Brian Masinick on June 8, 2010 at 7:18 am

    How about SliTAZ 3.0, a VERY small (30 MB) ISO image that builds into about a 100 MB image if installed. I know of only one system that is smaller in size – Tiny Core is about 10 MB, but SliTAZ rivals distributions in the 100-200 MB size range in its capabilities. This one is worth a look, to review based on what it can do compared to other very small distros. Amazing.

    Another amazing piece of software is the fully functional sidux. The Preview 1 release of 2010-01 is now available, and the KDE SC 4.4.4 code is coming into Debian Sid, so we ought to see the final release of this distribution with a VERY current release of KDE plus a really stable release of XFCE.

    Even though sidux is a full featured system, it is amazingly fast and nimble to run live or to install. Runs GREAT in a VM!

    Can't wait to see what others think about it.

  169. Ian on June 6, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    How about looking at this Chinese variation of Ubuntu: Ylmf OS? It has an english version. I'm just curious at the chinese effort! Maybe there is a surprise here for all of us.

  170. Glenn de Groot on June 6, 2010 at 5:34 am

    Like Jim I would also like a Lubuntu review. :angel:

    I am a member of the lubuntu team so I would like to know what to improve.

  171. jim on June 6, 2010 at 4:16 am

    would enjoy seeing a review of lubuntu 10.04, the ultra lite version of ubuntu 10.04 lucid lynx. it uses lxde and is supposedly much lighter and faster than xubuntu and may greatly benefit those with older machines.

  172. Ahmad Sharifpour on June 4, 2010 at 3:34 am

    Hi jim.

    The new release of Parsix Linux is out.

    Its version is 3.5 and code name Frankie.

    I would be glad to see a review of this distro in your blog.

    I've read your review about version 2.0 and 3.0 of this distro and waiting for this one. Especially comparing this with the well known Ubuntu Lucid Lynx.

    (All if possible :wink: )


    Ahmad Sharifpour

  173. Pablo Saborio on June 2, 2010 at 9:32 am

    May be you are interested in review aLinux (formerly Peanut Linux).

    Website: http://www.alinux.tv/

  174. Brian Masinick on May 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    sidux 2010-01 Preview 1 is out with the expected release in 1-2 weeks. I would like to see this one visited again. Can we review it with emphasis on what it offers as opposed to the graphics, appearances, and that kind of stuff? That's not where this is strong. It is strong in being fast, current, and a developer's dream, also VERY FAST installing and running in Virtual environments.

  175. Ray on May 27, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Please review Zorin OS.

  176. Jan on May 19, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I don't want to request a review (maybe Slax come to think of it), but I want to alert you to selector at the bottom of fe:


    I naturally click the Next button. But that is before I read it, and it actually says "Last", which is useless IHO. So I request you change it.

    Otherwise it is a joy to have a review available so quickly. Thanks!

  177. Jeff on May 19, 2010 at 7:57 am

    I'd also like to see a review of Lubuntu. I'd like to see how it compares to Xubuntu and Puppy Linux 5 in regards to system resource usage.

  178. Jason on May 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I'd like to hear what you think of Lubuntu. I tried it on an old laptop (Dell D600) and found it slower than Xubuntu which surprised me.

  179. Sammy on May 12, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    What do you think about Jolicloud for Netbooks?

  180. Jim C on April 28, 2010 at 2:29 am

    Would like to see what you think of Antix

    it was the only linux I could get to run happily on an old 64Mb pc

    that was after trying DSL,puppy,Tinycore slax etc


  181. Johan on April 26, 2010 at 11:29 am

    What do you think of Debian GNU/kFreeBSD ? It's debian, but on a freebsd kernel.

    The point? ….My point exactly.


  182. Pablo Saborio on April 15, 2010 at 5:33 am

    Please review Igelle Linux (http://www.igelle.com/) Looks a nice distro made from scratch. Also is compatible with others platforms.

  183. C_House on April 11, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    How 'bout openSUSE 11.2? I searched for it on your blog but couldn't find it. Really want to know what it is like because I want to install it on my netbook.

  184. manmath sahu on April 10, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Liked this review!

    I eagerly expect a review on Mepis 8.5. It doesn't have that pretty posterboy face of Ubuntu, but it's definitely a great distribution in terms of stability, usability and overall system integration.

    Though it's free I found every release of Mepis to be shining with commercial gloss.

  185. cajunmainard on April 3, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Howdy Jim,

    If you get a chance, I'd like to see how PCLINUXOS stacks up.

  186. C_h0use on March 14, 2010 at 9:08 am

    How 'bout Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10? I know you reviewed the standard Ubuntu 9.10, but I eant to really see if UNR is better for a netbook than Desktop Edition.

  187. Neal on March 9, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Hello, would you please consider a review of Frugalware 1.2 please?

    Also would enjoy a review of the LXDE version of Ubuntu…I think its called "Lubuntu"

    Thank you. Please don't delete my post.. :smile:


  188. another ubuntu freak on February 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Hey jim, I was reading your reviews and their great! :getlost: OK enough of the suck up crap, I think you might find this distro interesting. It's called super OS, Originally called super ubuntu. nothing special but superOS is basicly ubuntu that's toured out-of-the-box and user-friendly experience for ubuntu, it's packed (1.1GB) with more things that a beginner will need and then some. If your thinking it's more like Ultimate Edition then your wrong. SuperOS comes with everything you truly need for a beginner and things that average and advance ubuntu users would like to have. I know that this isn't really convincing but all I'm asking is that you should check it out and if you feel like it review it. Here's the link http://hacktolive.org/wiki/Super_OS. have fun!

  189. Bill Julian on February 13, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Jim, if I understand them correctly people on the PCLOS website are saying that a new version with a KDE 4-series desktop is due out yet this month (February). If so keep an eye out or it.

    I suspect Mepis is coming along also with their 4-series desktop. If so you will have two interesting distributions for review before too long!

  190. Raven Lee on February 10, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Slax please.

  191. vek on February 9, 2010 at 5:09 pm


    I've been looking at purchasing a new ultra-portable notebook to replace my aging and well-used Asus EeePC 701. I've been eyeing some Toshibas, which are offered in configurations with OpenSolaris installed.

    Would it be possible to review OpenSolaris and possibly run it as a comparo against, say, Fedora, Ubuntu, Mint, and the like?

    It'd be greatly appreciated, as I'm not sure it'd be that great a deal over the WinXp/7 versions if I'm just going to wipe and install another OS myself.

  192. bert barten on January 4, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Hello Jim,

    What is your opinion about Zorin OS 2.0? Just been out and I have been reading some nice reviews. I hope you can shine your light about this distro.

  193. spacecoyote on December 17, 2009 at 7:31 am

    Although its not commonly thought of as a desktop or noob-friendly OS, Debian has made a lot of progress recently on both counts. I'd like to know what your opinion is on Debian Lenny.

  194. Camilo on December 16, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I really would like to know a bit more about Calculate Linux. I tried the live CD of the desktop edition (CLD) for previous release, and i liked.

    As i was using the live CD, i did not try the package management. However, i think it doesn’t includes proprietary drivers. Nevertheless, i think it’s a good distro.

    Here is the link to the main website: http://www.calculate-linux.org/Main_Page

    And the link to download section: http://www.calculate-linux.org/Download

    By the way, thanks for all the reviews so far.

  195. tlmck on November 30, 2009 at 9:53 am
  196. Généra on November 18, 2009 at 8:07 am

    First, double apologies for my English and I have 2 ideas (hence double apologies…):

    a) I noticed that you often use Virtual Box, which is|was a property of Sun:

    what about reviewing OpenSolaris (I vmplayed it last year, and was very impressed with its nice gnome, though I am clueless enough not to find softs such as a C compiler I am accustomed to. As it might remain a little young for HW recognition, virtual boxing it would be

    *ideal -at least I hope- and

    * new to some of your readers I know I am one : they have exotic file system and unusual ways of storing apps, at least).

    b) Usual reviews are : "it was {un|}easy to install, HW recognition worked|failed and the fora seemed help{ful|less}"

    As, after some time, HW ends up with finding its drivers (at least with installed linuxen I know, it is another story with live {D|DV}Ds, of course…)

    what about looking at the softs they ship :

    Frugalware made me conscious Octave was getting newer releases last year -and I could recommend Octave to a friend of mine to replace matlab- ,

    Mandriva -I bet Fedora and Suze do about the same thing, but I cannot look at everything – often ships unusual (for the time) softwares: [VMplayer, Vbox and qemu] in 2007 -they were little known- , nepomuk in 2008 and sage in the 2010.0 version -which might make a student in math very happy: HW recognition lasts a short while in a mans life, but complicated applications can train someone for years….

  197. Corey on November 15, 2009 at 4:35 am

    Review Vector Linux. I've been wanting ti try it out but I don't know how easy it is.

  198. Roshan Pius on November 13, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Hi Jim,

    Opensuse 11.2 releasesed few days. I would like to see a review of that. I've latelty become a KDE4 fan and this is the biggest Linux Distro whose main Desktop is KDE4.

    So i would like to decide if i want to shift from Kubuntu 9.10 to Opensuse 11.2.


    Roshan Pius

  199. Jim Lynch on November 12, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Hi David,

    I did a review of that not too long ago for ET. It's at http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,234512

    I'm not sure the latest release was enough of an upgrade to get me to do another one just yet. I usually like to wait until there's been a major upgrade before I review it again.

  200. David on November 12, 2009 at 8:04 am

    How about a review of PCLinuxOS

  201. wayne on October 28, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Hi I like to request a review of linux mce (http://www.linuxmce.org/)

  202. Brian Masinick on October 27, 2009 at 9:36 am

    sidux 2009-03 Preview has been announced. That means that sidux 2009-03 is within a couple of weeks away. This release adds a 2.6.31 kernel for new hardware support, the choice of ext3 and ext4 file systems, the availability of the new GRUB 2 boot manager, the latest KDE 4.3.2 and XFCE 4.6.1 desktop environments, and considerable refactoring of the graphical environment to support changes that have occurred over the past one to two quarters.

    Should be a worthwhile release for those who might be new to this one. It is upgradable without installing this release for those who already use it. You can change the appearance to the new backgrounds by installing the "momos" specific sidux packages.

    This has always been one of the fastest, most capable releases I use and it remains my personal favorite. I'd like to see what others think of it too.

  203. Jim Lynch on October 21, 2009 at 6:58 am

    Thanks for the suggestion, Rick. I'll pass though as I prefer not to look at alpha software for the most part. Please let me know though when they have a release version ready to go. I'll be happy to take a peek at it.

  204. Brian Masinick on October 20, 2009 at 10:06 am

    How about a review of julinux_0.1.4.7.iso? I downloaded it; I've never seen it in action before, nor had I heard about it previously until today. Claim to fame seems to be the ability to play Windows based games and use a relatively common Ubuntu-derived environment. Might be worth a look for the curious among us. I am hoping to have the time to at least check it out myself.

  205. Rick on October 18, 2009 at 9:58 am

    How about a KDE/Arch based distro. I just tried the Chakra Project and I am impressed. They are calling it an alpha release, but it looks pretty good to me.


  206. jai ho on October 13, 2009 at 10:19 am

    As molen noted, KAHEL OS is very promising….It is based on ARCH LINUX and it uses GNOME as its desktop environment……It how Zenwalk is to Slackware…KAHEL OS IS ARCHLINUX MADE EASY…..Just visit their website and you will understand how well maintained it is….

    I haven't seen any good review about it when i googled about it….SO IF YOU ARE DOING A REVIEW ABOUT IT it will be USEFUL FOR LINUX ENTHUSIASTS….


  207. zoyerglure on October 7, 2009 at 7:50 am

    I would like to read a review on Scientific Linux (it is a derivative of RHEL). In particular, I am interested to know if this distro is adaptable to a desktop use (is it possible to install proprietary multimedia codecs?). Thank you in advance. :wink:

  208. molen on October 3, 2009 at 5:03 am

    Hello Jim,

    You reviewed earlier Sabayon 4.2 on Extremetech. Than you were very positive. Now is Sabayon 5 out. I wonder if this distribution isalso suitbale for newbies on Linux. Thank you for your efforts. With friendly greetings from Holland.

  209. molen on September 29, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Hello Jim,

    Since a while I am reading your reviews with great interest. Now I am looking for still unknown distros with potential possibilities. I saw on Distrowatch that Kahel OS has been placed on the waiting list. Then I looked on their website and it looks very promising. Will you review Kazhel OS. Thank you for your efforts. With friendly greetings from Holland.

  210. Pablo Saborio Chacon on September 25, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Jim, may be it is interesting for you to review two projects whom evolved significantly:

    - Slackware linux 13.0

    - MagicPoint application


    Pablo SAborio Chacón

  211. dishingrad on September 24, 2009 at 6:39 am

    I am interested in reading your opinion about Hymera Linux version 20090910. It is an italian Linux distro based on Debian (also available in English).

  212. Brian Masinick on September 21, 2009 at 11:53 am

    How about a review of yet another unknown – but this one is based on an old classic. It is salix 13.0, based on Slackware 13.0. It has the same rock solid stability as Slackware, but instead of defaulting to KDE, salix offers the XFCE desktop, and it has three ways to configure: full, where it installs all 500 MB of packages, minimal, where it installs enough to get up and running, but leaves the rest to you, so you can customize, or core, where it installs only the core components.

    It claims to install in around five minutes, and based on my quick test, it seemed to do just that. I have not given it a full evaluation yet, but it looks like a very fast alternative to Slackware. It uses the same ancient, but ultra reliable Slackware installer, but it configures everything, including X, for you.

    See if you like it; distro lovers may want to look at this one.

  213. Lusitan on September 20, 2009 at 2:09 pm


    I’d like to see reviewed the gNewSense 2.3


    Thanks in advance.

  214. Jim Lynch on September 17, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Hey guys,

    Thanks for the great distro review suggestions, I'm bookmarking them. I will try to get to them here and there along with the other stuff that comes out.

    Note though that I did some of the ones suggested fairly recently when I was writing for ExtremeTech. If you don't see your review here on DLR then you might want to check my writing clips/opinions site to see if I already wrote a review of it:


    I will definitely do another review of the ones I did on ET once a major new version has been released of those distros. But give the ET reviews a peek to see if what you're looking for was covered there. I left ET at the end of June so everything after that is here on DLR.

  215. Mitchell Hale on September 16, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Hey Jim, I liked how you ventured out of the Linux domain to review Desktop BSD, but I would like to point out it is not by any means a very polished distro. I am not a BSD user myself (for compatibility issues, I know most linux software works on BSD, but some apps I frequently use don't), but I have taken a liking to PC-BSD (site: http://www.pcbsd.org/). PC-BSD is a desktop user oriented distro, that is also great on servers. PC-BSD uses KDE 4, rather than 3 like Desktop BSD. It also has many features that make it great for starter BSD users. It has .pbi installer files, which is like a .exe on windows, or a .dmg on mac.. The install DVD is very large (Over 2 gb) so it won't fit on a liveCD. (I know you do your reviews in a virtual machine, so it shouldn't matter). If installing from a DVD is not an option, you can download the three install CDs. I would like to see a review of PC-BSD so your site readers will know that BSD can be as polished as linux.

  216. Jonathan E. Brickman on September 14, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    I am interested in seeing a review of Sabayon Linux. It has its own packaging system, and I have installed it with apparent considerable success as 'first linux' for several friends.


  217. jai ho on September 12, 2009 at 2:34 am

    Goblinx 3 is released a few days ago…

  218. simon on September 11, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    How about Zenwalk ?

  219. jai ho on September 10, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    1) Another distro i'm really interested is LUBUNTU based on LXDE desktop environment supported by Canonical….


    If you are a bit adventurous you can download the alpha release version from


    Its a light weight distro (381 mb only) we can use in old hardware…I prefer lxde to Xfce…Xubuntu is 600 mb

    LXDE comes with pcman filemanager,openbox windows manager etc

    You can install lxde in your exixsting ubuntu desktop from the repo….

    Its only 11mb …reboot your pc and select lxde as your desktop environment…

    2) Another distro based on lxde is Moon OS


    3) I would like to read a review by you about Jolicloud


    but it is an invite only beta now…so if you can get an invite using your contacts,it will be useful for the regular followers of your blog like me..

  220. jai ho on September 3, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Today i have found a site to download LIN-X.


    So please try this and review it….I would like to have a review about a linux distro looking like apple mac os X just after your review about vixta linux…so please try it……

  221. jai ho on September 3, 2009 at 5:58 am

    Just now completed reading your Vixta a linux distro looking like Windows Vista…Now i would like you to do review about a linux disrto looking like Apple's Mac OS X……..

    The distro's name is LIN-X and it looks like osX

    This was its site


    but the link is not working now..i don't know why..

    It is actually based on MAC4LIN project.I have used it and it was one of the best in that department…mac4lin project is wonderful…..it was able to create mac os x look in ubuntu…

    so if you are getting time,try it….

  222. B1n4ry_J0n3s on August 31, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    blackPanter os looked like a catch

  223. marcelo on August 30, 2009 at 8:19 am

    what about Sabayon Linux?

  224. tlmck on August 24, 2009 at 6:47 am

    How about Firefly?


  225. manutd31 on August 22, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    I'm adding gNewSense to the list……..


    Its a fork of ubuntu GNU/Linux which is only using free softwares(as described by Free Software Foundation)I don't know anything new is there in this distro,but the philosophy looking good to me…

  226. Paul Mienuo on August 20, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Hello I'm poor and have been given a Pentium III PC which I thought would be of no use. A friend said to give this linux stuff a go and installed something called teenpup linux on it. I'm getting use to using it and thought others might like to try it as well. Can you please review it as my friends want to know more about it and I can't provide them with any information on it.

  227. Rafie on August 13, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Greetings Jim. I stumbled across your site from a link posted by the Download Squad regarding your Hannah Montanna Linux review (Oh dear god), and was pleasantly surprised to read your well-thought out reviews and insights.

    My request is this : A review (or basic overview) of Enlightenment-using distros/remasters. I know of two, eLive (which I have just downloaded and will try soon) and OpenGEU (which is an Enlightenment-using remaster of Ubuntu 9.04). I think that Enlightenment has enormous potential as part of a lightweight distro, and seems to be far more user-friendly than either IceWM, XFCE or Fluxbox.

    A simple overview list (or 'Best Of' listing with brief summaries) would be useful to introduce people to this window manager.

    Cheers, and keep up the good work!

  228. grnich on August 6, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I'd like to see a review of PCLinuxOS. It's consistently listed in the top 10 at distrowatch. I've used several variations of it (Kde, Gnome, XFCE and minimal-versions) and it's a well-put-together distro, in my opinion. It's targeted to new linux converts and focuses on being easy to use with minimal tweaking. Give it a spin!

  229. Michael on August 5, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Hi, I so far love your blog. Your reviews seem to be pretty fair, and cover a lot of detail without getting bogged down in things common among distros. It's a great site for people who like to distro hop (who doesn't?).

    I'd like to see the latest openSUSE reviewed some time. Although I'd dabbled in dual booting before hand, one of my first cold-turkey Linux experiences was with Suse 10.1. That put me off Suse for a long time, and almost put me off Linux. I'd love to see how Suse is going now.

  230. altermec on August 4, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Please review Sabayon. I am interested in reading your opinion about it.

    The current version is 4.2, but version 5.0 will be ready for 2009-08-09. Thank you!

  231. Valadis on August 2, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Thanks for the reviews.

    I really enjoy your reviews of lightweight distros. I have a msi wind running Crunchbang Linux 9.04 and I am really satisfied. Pretty fast and with fairly full desktop functionality.

    I would like to read a review of gOS (http://www.thinkgos.com/index.html). Also a review on the Zenwalk would be nice (http://www.zenwalk.org).
    Thank you.

  232. tlmck on August 1, 2009 at 6:09 am

    Another possible candidate.


  233. Brian Masinick on July 30, 2009 at 7:47 am

    BTW, I am using Omega 11 in a Virtualbox OSE instance and it runs well there!

  234. Brian Masinick on July 30, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Now that the majority of the distros that I have mentioned or recommended have been reviewed, the two remaining ones from my previous list are:

    1. SimplyMEPIS

    2, Debian Lenny

    Both are stable, both are based on Lenny, both have a very loyal following. Neither has changed a lot since released this past winter, and neither of them gets a lot of press, at least compared to the hysteria that usually surrounds Ubuntu and anything remotely connected to it or anything with Google in the name. These have something THEY DON'T – longevity and stability. I challenge you to find something more stable than either of these distributions.

    Another distro that has been out there a year or two is Omega. I first tried it as a respin of Fedora 10 and liked it because it came with the extras that cannot be directly included in Fedora. Now there is a Omega 11 release, and it is just as good as the previous one, and a bit more stable than Fedora 11 at release, since it includes the updates and improvements.

    If you like to track Fedora, but would rather have a somewhat more stable release, and you would also like to use non-free media extensions, then Omega is the distro for you. I think it is worth a review, too, since it is probably not that well known.

  235. masinick on July 28, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    JR, that KDE 4.2 remaster is the excellent "Danum" remaster. Danum created a couple of them, beginning on January 27 when KDE 4.2 came out, called that one Cano, then came out with another one somewhere around KDE 4.2.3 and called it Cano 2. He has another one to be coming out soon; cannot recall the name of that one, but he does have a new name and his remaster will be SimplyMEPIS with a KDE 4.3 desktop.

    Marcos has done a great job, too, and has published at least two respins – one for XFCE, another for LXDE. These also have their own theme, though they are not quite as comprehensive as Danum's work.

    antiX qualifies as a distribution in its own right, and it has been officially sanctioned by Warren Woodford and announced alongside SimplyMEPIS for a couple of years now. There are possible signs that Warren might sanction one or two more variations, if they hold up to the high standards of the name. A couple of them appear that they could, IF the documentation and support can equal that of SimplyMEPIS and antiX.

  236. masinick on July 28, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Official antiX announcement at http://www.mepis.org/node/14221

  237. masinick on July 28, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Pumping up a hopefully pending review of antiX at http://mepislovers.org/forums/showthread.php?p=18… – and hoping that a review of antiX will also get the antiX team some positive exposure too!

    The antiX announcement and information can be found at http://mepislovers.org/forums/showthread.php?t=22

  238. masinick on July 24, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    antiX M8.2 has now been released, and I would like to see a review of the full version – and maybe I will take a crack at writing a review of the base version.

    If there really are not any reviews of SimplyMEPIS out there, I'd love to see impressions of SimplyMEPIS 8.0. It has been out since February, and it has had one formal official update, but the MEPIS Lovers community has been absolutely hopping this year with unofficial updates. Danum has released at least three respins with KDE 4.2, and has another one imminent with KDE 4.3. Marcos, another community packager, has released at least two respins of his own, one of MEPIS XFCE and another of MEPIS LXDE. All of these are of first rate quality.

    I don't know if we want to get into the business of reviewing an unofficial "respin" or not, but Jim, if you do decide to give that a whirl at any time, these MEPIS respins are extremely impressive and all of them that I have tried out are nearly distribution release quality – that's MEPIS distribution release quality – they EXCEED the quality of about 75-90% of the released distributions out there!

  239. Namida12 on July 24, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Mepis, I do not see a single review of this well supported distro. I have been using a 64-bit KDE version since the 6.5 release, Currently there are a number of remasters that are not the official KDE 3.5.10 release and all of them would be dependable for a main computer system:





    I recently downloaded a Mepis KDE4.2 remaster set up with the old style menu that completely evaporated any hesitation I had about moving to the updated KDE4 in the future. In the mean time I depend upon the current version Mepis 8.0.6 without any hesitation, using KDE 3.5.10.


  240. Brian Masinick on July 14, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    sidux 2009.02 is released at last – on mirror sites early July 15 and probably mastered sometime yesterday. Sure would love to see this one reviewed; I know what *I* think of it; interested in what you think, Jim, and what others may think of it as well. There are KDE and XFCE implementatinos, FULL and LITE, also Intel and AMD based ISO images. Distrowatch will probably have info on it in the morning; if not, go to sidux.com and you will see it there.

  241. Brian Masinick on July 14, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    How about another really "off the wall" one to look at – kongoni.nietschzhe-1_12.2 – a cool, African based KDE distribution with Slackware roots? It is quite fast even in a VM?

    See http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=kon… for the details.

    I like it, running it in a Virtualbox right now.

  242. DJiNN on July 14, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Jim, here's one for you. "Austrumi" Linux ( http://cyti.latgola.lv/ruuni/)

    It's Slackware based, only 111mb (approx) iso and has a really lovely desktop setup. A small yet very capable distro IMHO.

    Cheers…. DJiNN

  243. tlmck on July 13, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Here's one that may be right up your alley Mr. Jim! A little off beat. :biggrin:


  244. masinick on July 12, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Jim, have you ever looked at eLive? It is a Debian based Live CD using Enlightenment as the desktop environment. http://www.elivecd.org/ is the site where it is located, and http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=ES&hl=es&… has one of the best promo videos you have ever seen for a Linux distro. Might be a nice change of pace.

    http://elive.homogenica.com/development/ is one location where you can get development releases – 1.9.34 (July 11) is the most current development release). The most recent "Stable" release goes way back to 2007 – however, I have not found the development releases in the past to be unstable at all – that's more a Debian term than anything else.

    If you want to try something out of the ordinary, this could be another good one to review – it's a pretty fast system too.

  245. Fr. Stephen on July 12, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks for the reviews – especially the "Who Should Use It" section. Your review of TinyCore is the first time I've gotten the point of what that distro was about.

    Would there be any interest in a "Linux for old dead hardware" review? I have a P-II with 356 MB of RAM that needs something better than its current tired install of Win2000. I'm thinking along the lines of TeenPup – I'm on the same page re: the necessity of OpenOffice.

    (Also have a P-III running Ark Linux, to get a "light" KDE system with KOffice; have tried Slax & Puppy; DSL is a bit too bare-bones for my use.)

    A comparison of various lightweight distros with fairly full desktop functionality could be very useful.

    Thanks again!

  246. Brian Masinick on July 9, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    How about a review of the real, true blue Debian? Lenny is no longer a beast to install; it is actually fairly easy, though still more "steps" than some of the easiest distros. While still perhaps not an early beginner distro, Debian is no toughie either, and it is fast, effective, efficient, and very stable.

    Debian Lenny was released in February 2009, and there has now been an update to the original release, so the number might be something like 5.0.1 or something like that. Well worth a review and well worth using!

    I retrofitted mine with KDE 4.2.4 from a back port repository and it runs KDE 4.2.4 as well as anything I've ever seen. XFCE runs great on Lenny too, as do GNOME (the typical default), the classic KDE 3.5.10, and plenty of lightweight desk and window managers – Lenny has many of them in its repository.

    How about a review of the stock setup?

  247. Brian Masinick on July 9, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    How about a fresh review of the latest Crunchbang Linux 9.04.01 that was announced on July 8?

    I'm looking forward to a sidux review, too. It is now in preview testing; I will let you know when it is final. Notice that Bill Julian was quite impressed with the speed. It's not a newbie distro (you can probably say the same thing about Crunchbang), but it sets the mark for a fast base installation (I got two minutes and seventeen seconds by throwing the ISO image on a USB stick and installing it). Crunchbang is a pretty fast Openbox based offshoot of the Ubuntu family, but it looks and feels VERY different from Ubuntu, believe me.

  248. Jim Lynch on July 6, 2009 at 6:19 am

    Hi Bill,

    I checked out Arch and I'll have to pass on doing a review. I was not able to get it to install properly in VMWare and, after doing a bit of research on it, I don't think it's really well suited for a general desktop distribution. Not that it can't be used that way but it seems like it's geared a bit more for a different kind of user.

  249. Bill Julian on July 6, 2009 at 5:14 am

    I see Mas has made a pitch for Sidux, which I have just installed. Blazingly fast at least in the Xfce version. Well worth a look, but not a first-timer's distro, IMHO. There is a new version just around the corner, evidently. Might be best to wait for it.

    Is there enough reader interest for a review of Arch Linux? My impression is that there are people who are quite passionate about it.

  250. Shashwat on July 3, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Please review Mandriva.. I have already reviewed a lot of distro, thus I am interested in reading your opinion about Mandriva 2009.1 :)

    Nice work ..

  251. masinick on June 24, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Mentioned in the Mint 7 review, but a review on the new Elive would also be nice.

  252. Bill Julian on June 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Put Knoppix 6.1 Live DVD on your hit list. I have one courtesy of Linux Journal and it is quite good and innovative! Klaus Knopper is back at it.

    What I find interesting is that if you want to do an HD installation the reply at the Knoppix Wiki is more-or-less "Why the heck do you want to do that?"

    And then "Well if you must just understand we won't hold your hand."

    Darned impressive as a Live DVD though, and it can be persistent. Take a look Jim.

  253. Brian Masinick on June 22, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Hey Jim, I am waiting with eagerness for the next sidux release (they generally come out quarterly). Usually each release comes with a KDE-lite edition, an XFCE edition, and a full DVD edition including both KDE and XFCE.

    The current release is 2009.01, which was released early this year. It is a true rolling release, so when KDE 4.2 came into Debian Sid, sidux picked it up. The community very quickly described how to do the KDE 3 – 4 migration smoothly, but a developer, h2, who has been working on a script called smxi for several years, incorporated all of the KDE migration stuff into his script. While the h2 script is not an official part of sidux, to me, it is what makes sidux so special – getting cutting edge software to work with very little effort.

    When sidux 2009.02 comes along, I'd like to see your impressions of it. Mine are clear: this is my number one favorite distro.

    Other distros that have long held my favor include SimplyMEPIS, which I appreciate for its basic simplicity and solid stability. I always keep one around, just in case my ambitious exercises torch one or more of my other favorites; antiX, a SimplyMEPIS derivative using lighter window managers and fast applications, MEPIS Cano 2, a respin by MEPIS Lovers Forum packager, "Danum", MEPIS XFCE 4.6.1, a respin by another excellent packager, Marcos. The packaging community at MEPIS Lovers have really become experts over the past two years. Marcos and Danum are two of the more recently visible packagers who have made their own creations to share; anticapitalista was perhaps the first one; he made antiX, and it was regarded highly enough to be sanctioned by Warren Woodford. It appears that Marcos' work is also starting to gain Warren's approval as well.

    I like this kind of stuff – efforts a bit off the commonly beaten path. I don't know if you want to review some distros that are far off the mainstream path, but if you do, the MEPIS Lovers Forum has some great ones. The sidux stuff is closer to the mainstream, and you will find an almost rabid enthusiasm for it among the admittedly modest sized user base – it has the kind of enthusiasm that Libranet used to get in the early part of the decade – that may give you an idea of its usefulness.

    Whatever you choose to review, I am sure I will find something of interest in it, if for no other reason than to read the viewpoints of someone whom I have long valued and respected. I think I've read opinion pieces from you and Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols about as long as any other writers in this particular niche of the business, and I still enjoy each of your styles and opinions very much. Keep it up!


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