Valentine's Day may be over, but that doesn't mean the love has to stop there.Indeed, judging by the emotion that gushed forth through the Linux blogosphere on and around the holiday, Linux geeks have a serious pent-up supply of love to share. Interestingly, a remarkable amount of that affection was expressed through -- or even for -- Linux itself!Alivad.com's David Williams, for example, wrote a very touching article titled "Linux, the Language of Love" in which he described all the many ways Linux can help people show their love for one another.Using the banner command to say "I love you," for instance, was one big method Williams predicted would be "met with squeals of delight and praised for its pure creativity" by that special someone.Don't try this at home, Windows users!Creating something with open source software such as Audacity, Open Office, Inkscape and Scribus was another technique Williams recommended for wooing your heart's desire, as was telling some old Unix jokes, such … [Read more...] about LINUX BLOG SAFARI Linux, How Do We Love Thee?
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Mozillux is a French Linux distribution that is leaner and more family-oriented than is typically found in young open source communities.Released about a year ago, Mozillux is now at version 13.5.1. It is primarily a portable Linux OS that boots from a DVD or USB drive, but you can also install it on a hard drive.I am a big fan of two other well-tuned Linux-on-a-stick distros -- Puppy Linuxand Knoppix Linux -- but newcomer Mozillux can easily substitute for either of these distros for both its flexibility and its usability.As its name suggests, Mozillux promotes Mozilla software and is designed as a complete software suite. Many computer users are familiar with various Mozilla cross-platform applications such as browsers and email clients -- Firefox and Thunderbird, in particular. In similar fashion, the Mozillux OS is an ideal Linux distro for both beginners and intermediate users.I was pleasantly surprised at how comprehensive its installed software collection is. Adding applications … [Read more...] about LINUX PICKS AND PANS Mozillux: A Nice Linux Distro With a Unique Software Set
Parsix GNU/Linux 7 is a feature-rich rendition of the GNOME desktop that you must take for a spin regardless of how you feel about the GNOME desktop.Linux GNOME desktop distros are a dime a dozen. What makes Parsix a shinier dime than many of the others is how the tweaking of the GNOME desktop makes this distro such a pleasure to use.Parsix 7, code name Nestor, is wrapped around Debian GNU/Linux Wheezy 7.0. The project's goal is to provide a ready-to-use and easy-to-install operating system based on Debian's testing branch and the latest stable release of the GNOME desktop environment. The Parsix distro meets that goal -- and goes even beyond.The developers parse out releases every six months, which include two annual major, and two-to-four minor distro releases. Unlike other Linux versions, Parsix offers smooth upgrades from older versions to the newer ones via the package manager system or DVD media. This is not quite a rolling release method -- but it definitely gives users a … [Read more...] about LINUX PICKS AND PANS Parsix 7 Morphs GNOME Into a Better Desktop
Linux bloggers' New Year's resolutions tend to be many and varied in any given year, but one most can surely agree upon is the desire to outfit a new PC with nothing but free software.That sentiment, indeed, is just the one that was anticipated over at Computeractive UK, which published a compelling little story along those lines back in December."I want to use only free software on my new PC. Where do I start?" the piece began, before zeroing in on Ubuntu, in particular.Of course, as any good Linux geek knows, there's a wide world of FOSS out there, and Ubuntu is just the beginning -- but certainly not the only one.Bloggers didn't hesitate to pick up that ball and run with it. "I would still choose Ubuntu, and in fact I am still running it," offered Hyperlogos blogger Martin Espinoza. "I would start out with essentially the default set of applications, because that is the path of least resistance, but I would certainly also install some other FoSS greats like Scribus, Inkscape, and … [Read more...] about LINUX BLOG SAFARI Going All-FOSS With a New Computer
BunsenLabs Linux does a bang-up job of picking up where CrunchBang Linux left off.Developer Philip Newborough retired the popular minimalist distro earlier this year. In a world of feature-packed operating systems and bloated Linux distros, he felt his CrunchBang alternative served no further purpose.BunsenLabs is one of three CrunchBang replacements that mimic the lightweight but highly functional OS. CrunchBang++ and CrunchBang-Monara are the other two.BunsenLabs Linux is based on Debian Jessie and continues to run a highly configurable Openbox window manager as the desktop environment. The current release is version 8.2, code-named Hydrogen. The release candidate 1 version was released earlier this year.If you have a tendency to uninstall applications you never use in your current OS, you are a good candidate to try out this minimalistic computing platform. It has the everyday programs you need, and you can add whatever is missing from its own software repository and the Debian … [Read more...] about LINUX PICKS AND PANS Hot New BunsenLabs Linux Eases Pain of CrunchBang Loss
Well it's now been nearly a week since 1234567890 Day, but for many geeks, the fun still hasn't come to an end. Party on!Specifically, following the original Digg post last Wednesday alerting readers to the upcoming occasion, not one, not two, not three but four additional posts on the topic have been among the site's most popular stories.First, xdvx submitted a screenshot marking the arrival of the big moment in Unix time, vowing, "I will tell my kids about this day.""Kids, back in 1234567890, we had to TYPE to use our computers," quipped accn112.Then, babak91 posted a screenshot of a Google logo in honor of the event.Next, on Saturday, dlprager posted a clip of BitTorrent founder Bram Cohen at a 1234567890 Day party in San Francisco, explaining to Revision3 why the event was so significant.Now *that's* a level of geekiness we can only aspire to!Of course, at the party in question, "I saw exactly 0000000000 girl nerds," WorksCited noted.Finally, there was the video posted by … [Read more...] about LINUX BLOG SAFARI Nonstop Parties, Patent Trolls and Members Choice Awards
The advantages of open source software really become evident when it comes to using design applications. This category of software is one that not everyone needs -- that is, unless you need software to help you create illustrations for Web design or print publication projects.The Linux OS has a bevy of design apps that go head-to-head against hallmark design applications for the Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X platforms such as Adobe Illustrator CS5, Adobe Freehand, CorelDraw Graphics Suite X5 and Microsoft Visio. I am not referring to standard intro-level drawing apps with variations of "Paint" in their names.Three Linux apps -- Inkscape, OpenOffice Draw and Xara Xtreme -- come fully loaded with professional-strength tools to handle on-screen illustration tasks.You will need to spend some time with each of these apps, however. Deciding which one works best for you will take familiarity and hands-on practice. If you did not use design software on another platform, no doubt you … [Read more...] about LINUX PICKS AND PANS 3 Open Source Design Apps: The Pro, the Novice and the Trainee
RoboLinux is an impressive traditional Linux desktop distro. It could be an ideal vehicle for both enterprises and SOHOs to make the migration to Linux.RoboLinux comes with a few extra features that solve some of the potential problems of leaving other desktop platforms. One of its more enticing migration tools is a preconfigured virtual machine add-on that greatly reduces the IT burden of setting up Windows XP or Windows 7 to run in a VM environment within the Linux distro.The website gives the impression that RoboLinux is unique in that it lets you run Windows in a VM setting that is immune to viruses and malware. However, all Linux distros are immune to the targeting attacks of decades-old viruses, as well as new malware. Running Windows in a VM setting within any VM-capable Linux distro will achieve the same degree of safety for Microsoft Windows.Still, RoboLinux has an additional feature set that provides its own process for doing this. For example, it comes with desktop links to … [Read more...] about LINUX PICKS AND PANS RoboLinux Smooths the Linux Migration Path
The Musix Linux distro is a specialty OS with an impressive collection of tools for users with a passion mostly for audio and music production. That same collection of tools should be included for video, given the blending of music and video popular in distributing entertainment on the Internet today. Yet it is missing from Musix.If you have a passion for a well designed, general purpose Linux OS, Musix will leave you tapping a beat for something else. More is neglected in musix that would make this distro more suitable beyond music mania.For instance, Musix lacks its own software repository. It also is too lightweight out of the box to serve typical non-artistic computing tasks.The installed software covers the basics. Newcomers to Linux, however, will be at a loss for support in getting problems solved.Part of this is the result of the Musix developers not having much of an active user forum. This is a common problem when straying this far from the more established Linux communities. … [Read more...] about LINUX PICKS AND PANS Musix Linux: Sweet Strains Jarred by Sour Notes
Well the days are heating up here in the Linux blogosphere, and FOSS fans are flocking to the Broken Windows Lounge as much for the frosty air-conditioning as for the conversation.Even Linux Girl, whose days generally involve far more pavement-pounding than she'd like, has found herself seeking solace in the blogobar's arctic climes far more often than she probably should.It's a good thing she has been, though, or she might have missed the latest juicy debate. "What killer app is Linux missing?" was the question that kicked things off, and the discussion has been escalating ever since."The Free Software world is incredibly rich, and covers pretty much all bases," Linux Voice's Mike Saunders began. "We have a wealth of desktop, server, development and multimedia tools to choose from -- some of which are the best in their field."But what is missing?" Sanders went on provocatively. "Is there a killer app that prevents you from running Linux 24x7 on your main machine?"There was a momentary … [Read more...] about LINUX BLOG SAFARI Does Linux Lack a Killer App?