Putting Desktop Environments to the test!

December 11, 2008

LXF

We have all been hearing the popularity of the three main DE, Gnome, KDE and XFCE. They all of their uniqueness. But which one is the most stable and mature desktop? Which one is the least memory consuming?

LinuxFormat puts these DE to various tests. See here.

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LXF:: Fedora Core 10 Test

November 26, 2008

Fedora Core 10, one of the simplest to use Linux desktop available is now released!

With exiting new wallpaper and the latest applications and features.

LinuxFormat team is here once again to guide you around this newly polished distro.

Click here.


Linux Mint Felicia – Official TransLXP Review

November 26, 2008

Linux Mint Felicia:: Not impressive

The latest Linux Mint, Felicia had been released a couple of weeks ago. Overall, after experiencing new features and tools, they’re not impressive.

Well, the best thing they’ve improved so far was the mintInstall, Linux Mint package installer. It had been transformed into a professional installer, easy to use for all of us and not having to go through the hassle of downloading the package off the internet.

The second best improvement was the mintupload, now allowing us to upload a file onto our own server.

They have added two new softwares, Giver – An easy file sharer and Gufw – a lightweight firewall. But the Mint team hadn’t done any goods on those softwares. They just simply added them in.

Now, on to the “bad part”. They had added mintNanny which is an extremely lightweight parental control system. From the description from the mint website, it seems like this tool had been made by a four-year old. Why? It looks too simple and it isn’t very mature.

And quoting from the website:

When you “block” a domain in mintNanny it basically adds an entry to your /etc/hosts file and defines that domain’s IP address as being 0.0.0.0. This results in your computer not being able to communicate with the domain anymore.

  • You can’t block domains for particular users or particular programs, the block is for everyone on the computer and for any protocol.
  • Remember that mintNanny blocks domain names, not IP addresses so if your children are smart enough to ping the domain from another computer they’ll be able to access it via its IP address.
  • Certain domains use subdomains and redirect to them so you might have to block them to. For instance if you want to block somewebsite.com you might also have to block http://www.somewebsite.com. As a rule of thumb try to access the website after you block it to see if your block was efficient enough.

It just seemes too imature. They just put the ip as being 0.0.0.0. You have to find out yourself if you have to block www. And if you only want to control your child’s account, you have to sacrafise yourself from being blocked to that website as well. Not very mature indeed.

The worse feature though. Since I used to be a Mint fan, when I heard of the release, I rushed towards the downloads and got the iso in 3 hours. I burnt it into a disc, insert it….and…..nothing happened. You can’t upgrade from older versions. I posted a thead on the Mint’s site and they told me that this RC hasn’t got the upgrader plannted in yet. It will be released on RC2!? What?! For f** sake! RC1 is for mature, stable, ready to use!!! They should’ve released that in BETA!

And up until now, there is no sign of RC2. Anyway, after getting completely bored with the distro. I’ve switched back to openSUSE. (bye bye Mint). If you’d like to give Mint a try, you can. It’s stable since it’s Ubuntu-based.


LXF:: Putting the new Ubuntu to the test!

October 31, 2008

And this is what we have all been waiting for!

The latest Ubuntu 8.10, Interpid Ibex had just been released!

New GNOME applications and tool updates are ready for you to experience!

LinuxFormat has put the new Ubuntu to the test and ready for you to experience the new features!

Click here!



Linux Mint – Official TransLXP Review

October 20, 2008

Mint Linux is Ireland’s adoption of the popularary known distribution Ubuntu. Its aim is to develop Ubuntu into full featured distribution. The first thing you see is its amazing elegant interface which had been massively developed and revised. It had added its own Mint Tools in replacement of some of Ubuntu’s navigational systems. Mint also had all the codecs installed beforehand. Its latest release is Elyssa which is based on Ubuntu’s 8.04 Hardy Heron. Mint’s website can be found here. When I first saw the Mint, I was like, “Wow! What a beautiful desktop”, and you would think the same. I immediately got it downloaded right after I explored its website. Then of course, I burnt it to a disc. I got so excited, I removed the existing Ubuntu and without even messing around with its live cd mode, i instantly got it installed on my machine. Done! As simple as Ubuntu’s installer. When I first messed around. It was like experiencing the new Linux. MP3, flash and other codecs where already there. So I didn’t have to waste time downloading it. Compiz fusion is enabled on defualt. And one thing I loved about Linux mint it’s the Mint Menu which looked similar to openSUSE’s Gome Menu. I think it is very clever. But after several hours. I got I removed, and of course, I reinstalled Ubuntu. Why?! Linux mint is good. Overal all. But Ubuntu’s much better. Firstly, when the installer finalises, it prompted me to add the “Fortune message” everytime I start Terminal. And the box is already checked. So, I didnt even know what it was, so I just left the choice as it was. And it was absolute madness. The jokes aren’t even funny. It’s absolute trash. So I went to Mint’s wiki and find ways to get it removed. It told me to execute a terminal command. I did. What the terminal command does is that it poped up a text file with instructions on how to remove it. It’s like two pages with tens of commands I have to execute. So I gave up. The next feature I hated was the Mint installer. It had removed Ubuntu’s simple add/remove feature and replaced it with this one instead. It’s absolute rubbish. When you click on this programme, a small window pops up with a single search bar. So you have to type the name of the application you want to install into the search bar. Then what happens is that Firefox pops up and it searches the name through the website and what you have to then do is download the package of the website. Poo! The other feature it removed is the directories. I don’t know what it had done that but it removed the Pictures, Music and Videos folders, leaving with just Documents folder. Why had it dont that?! Well, Mint isn’t that bad for a Linux distribution. It still keeps Ubuntu’s easy features, but just removed some of them, replacing it with its own style tools. It’s ranked in the 5th place on Distrowatch. It is still a distribution to go for beginners. So If you like its great interface, simplicity and if you can live without some easier features, Mint is for you. Screenshots: https://i2.wp.com/www.linuxmint.com/img/screenshots/elyssa/small/grub.png Mint’s bootlooder https://i2.wp.com/www.linuxmint.com/img/screenshots/elyssa/small/usplash.png Mint’s loading screen https://i0.wp.com/www.linuxmint.com/img/screenshots/elyssa/small/gnome.png Mint’s default desktop https://i0.wp.com/www.linuxmint.com/img/screenshots/elyssa/small/mintupdate.png Mint’s update manager https://i2.wp.com/www.linuxmint.com/img/screenshots/elyssa/small/mintinstall.png Mint’s pacakge manager https://i0.wp.com/www.linuxmint.com/img/screenshots/elyssa/small/mintmenu.png


openSUSE – Official TransLXP review.

October 12, 2008

NOTE: I’ve tried openSUSE 11 3-4 months ago and haven’t wrote a review on this…So I guess it’s isn’t too old to do a review on this. On this post, I’ll be reviewing both openSUSE KDE and GNOME.

openSUSE is founded by Novell. It aims at simplicity and performance, but doesn’t spend much time maintaining it or reasearching on what customers need. It creates softwares but once it’s done creating it, it stops maintaining it and think of ways to imporve and it doesn’t care about interface. This is openSUSE’s main downfall. openSUSE is pretty much easy to use, but often tries to be complicted. It tries to improve the distribution but doesn’t seem to have spent too much time on this. You get a lot of bugs, but you can search through this great community forum asking experts about what you should do. This is the best bit about openSUSE. Its user friendly community.

openSUSE comes in 4seperate CDs or a DVD version. This is also annoying for users. Because either ways, it takes damn long to download. The DVD is the most preferred option. Although, it downloads smoothly. Once you got the DVD, you test it out. But openSUSE takes so long to boot up. Well, booting isn’t a problem though. OK, i’ve tried openSUSE, let’s install it. I wanted to dual boot windows and openSUSE. If you ever thought of that, you’ll realise that you wouldn’t ever manage to do it yourslef without any knowledge or any reasearch. And if you went ahead and install it, you’ll end up replacing Windows with openSUSE. This is when the community becomes part of the distribution. I’ve actually spent 2 weeks researching and asking for help. The community tries to help you. They directed me to a post telling you how to manage the partitions and stuff, but since I’m a newbie, I don’t get a s*** of what they’re trying to tell me. My first question was “Can you simplify it?” and it took me the whole week asking questions on what they’re meant. So…I GIVE UP!!! It even gave me a headache!! So I went to LinuxFormat and ask the community there. I wrote a post explaning my troubles and inform them of how much time I’d wasted on openSUSE’s forums. A smart guy came and explains everything in just one sentence or two. Thank him!

When dual booting openSUSE with Windows, you have to actually manage the partition yourself…You have to create a sepearate partition for openSUSE and go through all that trouble. Ubuntu does it automatically. This is not for an average user. And anyways, I didn’t end up installing it. It’s not worth it anyways.

My final notes is that openSUSE wouldn’t be too good for both starters and experts. It doesn’t maintian the software, it doesn’t look for customers needs. If you’re interested in openSUSE, spend a LOT of time researching it, asking for people’s opinions then, once you’ve decided check out the openSUSE community of LinuxFormat asking for information and help. You you don’t want to dual boot, you shouldn’t have any problems installing it. Just keep the defualt options…But I strongly recommend you to always ask them what’s going on.

Screenshots:

https://i0.wp.com/files.opensuse.org/opensuse/en/thumb/2/24/OS11.0-plasma.jpg/800px-OS11.0-plasma.jpg openSUSE KDE 4.1 https://i1.wp.com/files.opensuse.org/opensuse/en/thumb/5/5b/OS11.0beta1-gnome0.png/800px-OS11.0beta1-gnome0.png openSUSE GNOME


KDE4 – Official TransLXP Review

October 10, 2008

KDE4 is the newest version of the K Desktop Environment.
You can read more about KDE4 here.

On this version, KDE had achieved its goal.

KDE has been looking for ways it can improve the desktop interface, offering the prettiest desktop on linux. And on KDE4, it had achived it’s goal!

KDE4 offers a Mac style interface with Windows navigational system, attempting to make new commers become more familiar with the style and look.

Although, there is one down side of this eye candy looking desktop environment. KDE isn’t designed for performance so it is very much memory consuming. Both KDE3 and KDE4 continuously freeze both my virtual machine and the actual computer. And the startup process is slightly slower than Ubuntu (GNOME).

And here, I reveal the latest KDE4 on Kubuntu 8.04 since it has more seders than the Kubuntu 8.10 upcoming BETA.

KDE4 Startup Screen:

KDE4 Startup by you.
KDE4 Start Menu (Trying to imitate openSUSE’s start menu):
KDE4 startmenu by you.
KDE4 Newly developed Dolphin File manager:
KDE4 dolphin by you.
KDE4 Dolphin on “split view” feature:
KDE4 dolphine split by you.
The new Konqueror (trying to immitate the look and feel of Firefox):
KDE4 konqueror by you.
KDE4 Widgets (Simmilar to Mac’s):
KDE4 widgets by you.
KDE4 System Settings:
KDE4 System Settings by you.
KDE4 System Monitor:
KDE4 System Monitor by you.
KDE4 Log out screen:
KDE4 log out by you.
KDE4 Freezes every time I run adept package manager:
KDE4 kdefreezes by you.