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.


Site Renovation

November 25, 2008

This blog site will be developing for a complete new change.

Things that are changing:

  1. This site is adopted to only inform you, linux information and news.
  2. Things that can be done on multiple operating systems, including linux is included.
  3. Narrowing down topic, means easier researching, therefore, more posts.
  4. An “TransLXP Linux Magazine” will be made 1-2 times each year.
  5. There will be an added “Distros” page on the bar. “My Current Distro”, “Distros I’ve recently tried”, “All distros I’ve tried” and “Recommended Distros” will be on this page.
  6. The Categories will be updated. New narrowing down categories will be up.
  7. As you can see, site links related to linux is up.
  8. Site slogan will be changed.
  9. Site logo may be changed.

Mint 6 Felicia out!

November 12, 2008

Now for what we have been waiting for since the release of Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex.

Linux Mint 6, code named Felicia is finally released!

The team is ready to announce the new features from Ubuntu 8.10, including the latest GNOME 2.24, the latest Firefox 3 and other GNOME applications.

The Mint team had also added a couple of new features to enhance security and accessibility features.

One of the tool is mintInstall. At last! Linux Mint had developed its own Software Manager!

The skin remains untouched. The Mint menu, which used to display the current version of Mint, had now changed to “Menu”.

Read the updates and new features by clicking here.


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!



Turn Your Ubuntu Hardy to Mac OSX Leopard

October 29, 2008

Can you actually stand the plain old Ubuntu skin?

Are you impressed with the latest Mac OSX skin?

Well, now I’ll show you how to change this Ubutu Desktop….

ubuntu-desktop-original

Into this….

ubuntu-leopard-screenshot

Find out how! Click this link!


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