Ubuntu Colony CD 4

Ubuntu Colony 4, the “last Colony CD release before the Breezy preview, has been released. My Ubuntu Breezy install recently updated itself to include a spiffy framebuffer-using bootup, with a black and gold(?) theme. This is most likely the same theme they’re talking about at the bullet point which says “Many fixes to the live CD, including usplash integration”.

Elive: Where Debian meets Enlightenment

OSDir.com has a review of Elive. If you like visual effects, you owe it to yourself to try Elive. The screenshots are good, but don’t come close to actually using this desktop.

In a few moments the Elive desktop was loaded. Unlike earlier versions of Enlightenment the vertical curtain effect was not present. Elive uses the ‘elive’ theme as opposed to the Enlightenment default. Wow, where do I start with this crazy desktop. Beautifully polished would be a fit description. It is truly only rivaled by OS X.

Upgrade to free software for italian schools

NewsForge reports that 20,000 LiveCDs will be distributed to students and teachers in Italy. Less than three weeks ago there was an announcement that 64,000 LiveCDs would be distributed to students in France. If only I was given a Linux CD while in school, I’m sure my first computing years in front of BASH would have had a better impact on me then all the time I spent in DOS.

about 20 thousand live-cd will be delivered to students and teachers, with the collaboration of Alpikom [7]. All the students and families will have, for free, the same software environment and all the applications used in the computer classes at school.

DevelopGo – A Programmer’s Platform

OSDir, or Distroreviews.com (are they the same?) has a review of DevelopGo. Worth reading if you’re interested in the various development LiveCDs.

Although I am a Windows Programmer, I was searching for such a Live CD that would allow me to experiment with different types of
toolkits and IDEs available in Linux.

GoblinX Mini 1.2.0 Reviewed

DistroReviews.com has a review of the new GoblinX Mini LiveCD.

GoblinX has never lacked in providing a stunning experience from their desktop image right through to their themes ,which is carried into their bundled applications.

Windows Got Ya Down? Try a Remix

Wired has a piece on the many modified copies of Windows floating around on the torrent sites. Some of them sound extremely useful, including the bootable WinPE along with several WinXP installers on a single DVD. Of course, none of these are legal, but it’s still amazing how much people have been able to do with closed software. Imagine how much farther they could have gotten if they could modify the source code too.

In addition to two Chinese variants of Windows, the Super WinPE disc includes dozens of boot-time utilities for troubleshooting system snafus. One is an experimental “pre-installation environment” that uses a “mini-Windows XP” for system scanning and file recovery, similar to the popular Knoppix LiveCD version of Linux.