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[26 Apr 2013 | One Comment | 5,352 views]
Netbook too slow? Xubuntu may speed it up

Remember a few years ago when netbooks were all the rage? Well, they may not have been all the rage, but they were certainly highly visible starting around 2008 and that’s no surprise — an incredibly portable computer that could be had for around $300 was certainly worth looking at twice.
Ah, but the netbook has steadily declined in popularity over the past couple of year. In 2011, Dell announced it was pulling out of the network market and Toshiba followed suit in 2012. It seems the netbook is in the …

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[24 Apr 2013 | One Comment | 2,738 views]
Ubuntu 13.04 due out Thursday

Get ready, Linux fans — Ubuntu 13.04 is due to out tomorrow (April 25).
What’s new in Raring Ringtail, the latest version of Ubuntu? It appears that Canonical is out for refinement in the newest version of its Linux distribution — we’re talking about making the ever-evolving Unity user interface look slicker and streamlining code so the operating system runs faster than it has in the past.
While such enhancements may seem minor on paper, keep this in mind — squeezing more efficiency out of an operating system is actually a pretty …

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[15 Apr 2013 | One Comment | 6,571 views]
Worried about losing Windows XP? Give Xubuntu a try.

Just a couple of days ago, we discussed Microsoft’s decision to pull the plug on support for Windows XP and suggested that concerned fans of the aging operating system might want to take a look at Windows 7 if they can’t stomach the thought of using Windows 8.
For those wanting to get out of the Windows camp completely but haven’t felt the urge to rush out and buy an Apple Macintosh, there is good alternative in the form of Linux. Yes, the Linux operating system has been around for awhile …

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[19 Dec 2011 | 2 Comments | 9,618 views]
Xubuntu — putting the zip back in Ubuntu

My, but the people over at Canonical — the group responsible for the Ubuntu Linux distribution — don’t mind a bit of controversy, do they?
For those who are late to the party, Ubuntu’s decision to promote and solely support the Unity desktop has been met with everything from joy to hostility among users. In Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), people who upgraded to that distro were met with the Unity desktop by default but could go back to the more familiar Gnome desktop by selecting “Ubuntu Classic” at the login screen. …

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[7 Nov 2011 | 2 Comments | 7,821 views]
System 76 – Ubuntu Linux desktops made to order

How do most Linux users wind up with the operating system?
For a lot of us, the process is pretty straightforward — take a Microsoft Windows-powered system, do some research, download a Linux distribution and install it. If all goes well, you’ll have a new OS that is configured well and ready to roll. There are times, of course, when all does not go smoothly, leaving the operator to figure out how to configure hardware, why graphical glitches are present, etc. Bear in mind that communities spring up around Linux distros …

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[2 Nov 2011 | 24 Comments | 23,563 views]
Sick of Unity in Ubuntu 11.10? Give Xubuntu a try

A few weeks ago, we took a look at Ubuntu 11.10 and observed that its default desktop, Unity, was much improved in this popular Linux distribution.

Regardless, it seems that some people still dislike the Unity. Well, dislike is a bit mild — some readers wrote in stating that absolutely hate it and that sentiment has gained some traction here and there on the Internet. It seems that Canonical — the organization responsible for Ubuntu Linux — aren’t ones to shy away from controversy.

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[16 Oct 2011 | 37 Comments | 34,760 views]
Unity much improved in Ubuntu 11.10

It’s October and that means it’s time for the latest distribution of Ubuntu Linux.
This one — 11.10, dubbed Oneiric Ocelot — is a regular, incremental update of 11.04 (Natty Narwhal, which came out in April). The changes are minor for the most part, but the Unity desktop is much improved.While Unity has been around for some time, Canonical made it quite clear with 11.04 that it was going to be phased in while the older, tried and true Gnome 2 shell that had anchored Ubuntu for years was going to …

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[30 Apr 2011 | 45 Comments | 45,569 views]
Ubuntu Linux 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) is out

Ubuntu rolled out its latest Linux distribution — 11.04, which has been dubbed Natty Narwhal — was released on Thursday (April 28) and comes with a couple of new features worth mentioning.
Let’s get the irritating parts of the distribution out of the way first. First of all, this thing takes a couple of hours to install, including the download over a broadband Internet connection and the expected configuration, obnoxious prompt screens, etc. The download and upgrade takes quite some time, clocking in at over two hours form start to finish. …

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[10 Apr 2011 | One Comment | 5,549 views]
The Commodore 64 is back! Sort of.

Anyone who had an interest in computers in the 1980s remembers the Commodore 64.
Commodore — along with Apple, Atari, Radio Shack, Texas Instruments and even Timex (to an extent) — were all trying to convince us that they manufactured the ultimate home computer back in the early 1980s. Commodore’s flagship computer back then was the Commodore 64, which was introduced in 1982 for $595 and boasted 64 kilobytes of RAM a 6502 CPU (the same one that Apple and Atari used) and — perhaps most importantly — ports that accepted …

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[27 Jan 2011 | 14 Comments | 3,723 views]
Kind of like the iPhone App Store, but for Linux

According to a story in PCWorld, a bunch of Linux vendors are getting together to build a unified application store so that users can easily find the software they want and install it.
Those who have an Apple iPhone, a device running Google’s Android OS or some other fancy-schmancy phone are familiar with the concept — visit an app store, run a search, click a button and watch the chosen program install. According to the aforementioned article, developers from Red Hat, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, openSUSE, Mandriva and Mageia are working on …