Distros

Two Simple Suggestions for Ubuntu
As Ubuntu's popularity increases, how can we help to ensure that new users get the best experience possible?
Hey Ubuntu, Stop Making Linux Look Bad
Ubuntu's new Karmic Koala 9.10 release has been highly anticipated as the greatest release ever. In truth, it falls flat on its face in a time when Linux really needed to shine.
Gentoo Optimizations Benchmarked
Gentoo is a source based distribution which lets the user decide how to optimize their system in many ways. Linux Magazine benchmarks three of the most common GCC optimizations; -Os, -O2 and -O3, and throws in Ubuntu for good measure.
xPUD: Floating On The Cloud
If personal computing is moving to the web, then where are all the lightweight Cloud focused distributions? Meet xPUD, a brilliant little distro that boots straight to a fullscreen browser. It uses a simple, unique interface, and includes everyday software such as a media player and more! We talk with the lead developer about what makes this operating system unique.
Gentoo: “We’re Not Dead”
In 2008 the Gentoo Foundation ceased to exist, sending rumors of Gentoo's demise and ultimate death circulating around the Internet. Almost two years on, the distro is still here and celebrating its 10th anniversary. How close did the distro come to disaster, and where does it stand now?
Gentoo: Ten Years Emerge
Gentoo, the most popular source based distribution, has turned ten years old. What benefits does a such a system provide over its binary distros? As Linux becomes more and more popular, is there still a place for source based distros?
Linux Will Regain Lost Market Share, Thanks to Moblin
The netbook phenomenon was going to hail in the reign of Linux on the desktop. It hasn't, yet. Now however the Moblin project is changing the game, so much so that we just might see Linux take back that market share which it lost in the very beginning.
Linux is Bloated, Just Not How You Think
Linus recently stated that Linux is "bloated and huge," but what does that really mean? He is, of course, talking about the code in the kernel itself, rather than the wider implementation as a desktop. Even so, does this really need fixing, and is it even possible?
The New Ubuntu Netbook Remix is Totally Karmic: An Early Look
If you've been looking for a lean, sleek, well supported operating system for your netbook then look no further. Due out next month, Karmic Koala Netbook Remix has a cleaner interface, complete hardware support and numerous other improvements. Let's take a look.
Lubuntu: Floats Like a Butterfly, Stings Like a Bee
Some complain that there is simply too much choice in the free software world and far too many Linux distributions. Well, now there's another called Lubuntu. A derivative of Ubuntu with the LXDE desktop, it's super light and very fast. Finally, there's an Ubuntu perfectly suited to those older, low end machines!
Interview with Eric Hameleers: Why You Should Try Slackware
Slackware is one of the first Linux distributions ever and the oldest surviving. With the recent release of version 13.0, the project has announced official support for 64-bit systems. Linux Magazine talks to Eric Hameleers, the man behind the port, about what motivated him to create it and what Slackware has to offer you.
A Little Empathy For Pidgin
With the integration of the Telepathy framework into GNOME, most distributions are dropping the old instant messaging favorite Pidgin, for the new upstream application Empathy. It's a reminder of the important role that distributions play in making choices for us all.
Arch Linux: The Simple, Flexible (and Fast!) Distro
Arch Linux is a unique distribution, offering the latest free software via a super fast package manager coupled with a "keep it simple" philosophy. It is fast becoming a very popular distribution and now thanks to their split packages, you can install a lightweight KDE 4.3 desktop for even more flexibility and speed.
Tiny Core: The Little Distro That Could
The way we use computers is changing, but Linux isn't standing still. Tiny Core is a minimal Linux distribution that boots a complete live system for every day use. Its foundation and unique approach to the desktop helps it achieve certain goals like preventing system rot and ensuring your system is fresh every time it boots.
Omega: Fedora For The Rest of Us
The Fedora Project is one of the most popular Linux distributions, however its position on non-free software and proprietary codecs isn't for everyone. But thanks to Fedora's ability to create Remix versions of the disto with anything you like, Omega attempts to bridge the divide.
Microsoft Patches Linux; Linus Responds
Microsoft has released code for inclusion in the Linux kernel, but should it be accepted? Linus Torvalds gives his perspective.
Will Linux Shine as Google Chrome OS?
Google has announced their very own Linux based operating system, but is anyone surprised? What will it mean for other Linux distributions who are vying for a piece of the pie?
How Does Ubuntu 9.04 Measure Up to Mac OS X?
Bypassing Windows altogether, Mark Shuttleworth has stated that OS X is the operating system to beat. With Ubuntu's 9.04 now in wide distribution, we look at how it stacks up with the competition.
Kdenlive: A Video Editor in the Spotlight
Linux distributions strive to include all the useful applications that users will need, but a quality video editor has been lacking for quite some time. Now with KDE4 getting better and better, could an application like Kdenlive fill that gap?
Say Goodbye to Reboots with Ksplice
Linux is famous for uptime, but even it has to reboot when a new kernel vulnerability is fixed. Or does it? Now there's Ksplice, technology that applies patches directly into the running kernel. And thanks to their free Uptrack service it's free for users of Ubuntu!