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Xen – A GPLed Virtualisation Technology for Linux

October 23rd, 2006 Comments off

All about Linux has the second review of the Xen Demo CD today. It includes some instructions on starting up a Xen instance.

Categories: How To, Reviews, Server, Xen Demo CD

PCLinuxOS 0.93a – Installation; General Use

October 23rd, 2006 Comments off

free-bees.co.uk reviews the current PCLinuxOS 0.93a family.

Categories: Desktop, PCLinuxOS, Reviews

First Looks: Xen Demo CD 3.0.3

October 23rd, 2006 4 comments

DistroWatch Weekly contains a review of the new Xen Demo CD.

Xen Demo CD is a bootable CD containing not one, but three Linux distributions – a recent build of Debian “etch”, SUSE Linux 10.0 and CentOS 4. Its main purpose is to demonstrate the wonders of virtualisation, or in less technical terms, the technology of running several operating systems (or several instances of the same operating system) simultaneously on the same machine.

Categories: Reviews, Server, Xen Demo CD

Mandriva 2007 Review

October 17th, 2006 Comments off

This Mandriva 2007 review at Linux Forums has a short section involving the LiveCD install of the new Mandriva release.

I booted on the Mandriva One CD, noticed nice boot splash sequences, answered one too many questions about my favorite language, keyboard layout, home country, time zone, favorite time synchronization method, I signed a user license agreement and told Mandriva One I didn’t want to activate the 3D effects (I didn’t, because I wanted to keep that as a surprise for when it would be running from the hard-drive).

Categories: Desktop, Mandriva, Reviews

Sabayon Linux miniEdition looks sharp on the bleeding edge

October 16th, 2006 Comments off

Linux.com has a review of Sabayon Linux miniEdition 3.0. Screenshots of some 3D effects are included.

Sabayon has earned a reputation for running right on the cutting edge; it is the first distro to deploy a live CD using the Beryl compositing engine and Nvidia’s newest beta video drivers.

A Windows Users Delight: PCLinuxOS

October 6th, 2006 1 comment

Really Linux has an overview of PCLinuxOS.

PCLinuxOS offers the flexibility of being both a Live-cd, and including all necessary components for a full installation. As a Live-cd version it can boot directly from a CD drive without any installation to the hard disk. But more importantly, it includes an easy to use installer that allows you to fully install Linux when you are ready. Of course, as with many major distributions, there are excellent guides on the website for helping use the installer.

Categories: Desktop, PCLinuxOS, Reviews

Super-Simple System Recovery

September 28th, 2006 3 comments

SmallBusinessComputing.com reviews Symantec’s Backup Exec System Recovery Desktop Edition 6.5, which utilizes a Windows PE LiveCD to perform system restores of broken systems.

You probably don’t need to be told how important — make that critical — it is to regularly back up your company’s data. But it’s almost as important to have complete system backups as well, because desktop systems have become complicated beasts — containing updates and patches, user profiles, application preferences and myriad other customized settings. Restoring these can take hours or even days, during which time you have an unproductive employee.

Sabayon Linux 3.0 Review

September 25th, 2006 Comments off

DistroWatch Weekly reviews the stable Sabayon Linux 3.0 release.

One new feature in SabayonLinux 3.0 is that hard disk installation is now available via the popular Anaconda installation program developed by Red Hat.

Categories: Desktop, Reviews, Sabayon

Introduction to TUD:OS

September 13th, 2006 Comments off

OSNews.com has a walkthrough of the TUD:OS, an experimental microkernel operating system.

To make the outcome of their research easier accessible to the non-OS-research public, on March 13th, 2006 the TU Dresden OS group has published a demo live CD

Categories: Reviews

Puppy Linux 2.02 Review

September 12th, 2006 Comments off

MadPenguin reviews Puppy Linux 2.02.

Lately, it feels like the world is being overrun with otherwise outdated PCs. With landfills overflowing with unwanted computers, it’s great to find that Linux developers have taken it upon themselves to offer a viable solution to simply throwing away older computers. In today’s review, we’ll look closely at Puppy Linux and how well it does from a compatibility point-of-view. Since a number of other reviews have already explained how well Puppy Linux can do with outdated hardware, we figured it might prove valuable to see how well Puppy Linux functions on newer hardware with the needs of today’s notebook user.

PCLinuxOS shines, despite dull name

September 8th, 2006 Comments off

DesktopLinux is reporting on a review of PCLinuxOS done by ExtremeTech which we completely missed last week.

Although it suffers from an incredibly boring name, PCLinuxOS has a lot to offer desktop Linux users. It’s a shame that so much utility has to be obscured by a bland name—but hopefully the developers will decide to rebrand this distribution under a catchy name.

I never had a problem with the name, but then, it is quite different than Beernix.

Categories: Desktop, PCLinuxOS, Reviews

Sectoo–A Live Look at Gentoo

September 8th, 2006 Comments off

LinuxPlanet has a review of Sectoo, a Gentoo based security LiveCD.

Rousseau wanted to make Sectoo Linux a lightweight system, in terms of minimal requirements. He said that 64MB or even 32MB of RAM should be enough to run Sectoo.

Categories: Reviews, Sectoo, Security

A Look at Syllable 0.6.1

September 8th, 2006 Comments off

OSNews has a review of Syllable.

Syllable 0.6.1 is the latest incarnation of the operating system that “will be a reliable and easy-to-use GPLed operating system for the home and small office user” as their website states.

Categories: Desktop, Reviews, Syllable

Gentoo 2006.1 Review

September 4th, 2006 Comments off

Techgage has a review of the new Gentoo 2006.1. Included are many screenshots of the LiveCD and the GUI installer in action.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a full six months since 2006.0 was released. Time indeed flies. The regular Gentoo release schedule is one per six months, and with this current release they hit the schedule dead on. This release doesn’t introduce anything major, but there have been many improvements that we will be getting into.

The Linux Newbie: How to Pick a Linux Distro: LiveCD Edition

August 28th, 2006 Comments off

The Linux Newbie compares 11 different LiveCDs in this article. One interesting piece of information included is boot times for each of the LiveCDs.

PCLinuxOS 0.93a – The Full Monty

August 25th, 2006 Comments off

TuxMachines has a thorough review of PCLinuxOS 0.93a. Included are lots of screenshots.

A walk in the park with Puppy Linux

August 21st, 2006 Comments off

Linux.com reviews the latest Puppy Linux.

PCLinuxOS 0.93a Junior and MiniMe – Two reviews for the price of one

August 21st, 2006 Comments off

KnoLinux reviews the latests releases of PCLinuxOS.

Categories: Desktop, PCLinuxOS, Reviews

Elive 0.5 Beta-3.1 Review

August 15th, 2006 1 comment
Categories: Desktop, Elive, Reviews

Sabayon Linux RC2 Review

August 12th, 2006 Comments off
Categories: Desktop, Reviews, Sabayon