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10 Linux desktops you shouldn’t overlook

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| If you know Linux, you know there are tons of options on every level. To 
| some, this might seem overwhelming at first. To others, it’s all about 
| possibility. The desktop is certainly not without options. In fact, the Linux 
| desktop might very well be the area where there are the most options. But for 
| a lot of users, desktop selection doesn’t usually go beyond KDE or GNOME. 
| With this article, I hope to help the average Linux user get beyond the 
| standard fare.      


Nice improvements in Mandriva:

Smart updated with more urpmi functionality implemented

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| Over the last week I’ve been messing a bit with smart again. :)
| I’ve now merged in 1.1.1 from trunk into my own mandriva branch and
| started work on a urpmi channelsync plugin. This plugin will read urpmi’s 
| configuration from /etc/urpmi/urpmi.cfg, use the same metalink data 
| under /var/lib/urpmi  
| and has also initial mirrorlist support using urpmi’s mirrors cache 
| from /var/cache/urpmi/mirrors.cache, picking the first (thus closest) mirror 
| from that list.  



Introduction to Linux: Desktop Environments

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| You undoubtedly notice that, although the functionality seems to overall be
| similar (with a few minor exceptions), everything seems to use a different
| name and/or is in a different place. If you've explored more than one
| distribution, this may even seem to be the case between Linux distributions.
| I'll be covering the more mainstream desktop environments, as well as
| suggested programs to replace the ones you've come to rely on in Windows.


An Introduction to Linux for Activists (And Others)

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| Well that wraps it up for what I recommend as the top distros for new Linux
| users. Next week I'll cover the installation process and some troubleshooting
| tips in case you get stuck. Until then remember that "information wants to be
| free." So stop paying Microsoft your hard earned money and free it!


Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop Options

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| In addition to Desktop environments there are window managers that are
| separate programs that manage the windows and interface that you use. The
| reason you would explore the option of a different window manager is that it
| will use much less resources than the GNOME or KDE Desktop. However, less
| resources in terms of RAM and CPU means more basic features. In initial
| testing in similar settings for each these are the results. It is very clear
| that GNOME uses considerably more resources than any of the alternative
| window managers.



More distros = more choice

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| With more than 300 active distributions (distros), Linux is on a roll. Linux
| distros primarily differ in terms of features since they are built on
| variants of the same kernel (32-bit/64-bit; with various features of the
| kernel enabled or disabled). “All the Linux distributions come from the same
| upstream kernel and what distinguishes each distribution is how they provide
| support, get ISVs to certify the ISV applications on the specific
| distribution, and how IHVs (Independent Hardware Vendor) get to do the same,”
| feels Nandu Pradhan, President & Managing Director, Red Hat India.        


Distros Don’t Drive Development

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| Lots of press and people focus on Linux distributions when they check out
| what happens in Linux land. This and that distro come in new releases and
| they offer this and that brand new feature. This is also true of the many
| linux podcasts. They give credit to distros for new things that pop up.  


The distro jungle

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| People who are new to Linux are often confused by the large number of
| distributions to choose from. The good news is that you can safely ignore
| most of them. This article helps you choose a distribution for getting
| started with your Linux exploration—and helps you understand just what
| it is you've just chosen.


Ubuntu 7.10 & Fedora 8 Performance Compared

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| The bottom line is with our hardware we had used and these common Phoronix
| benchmarks, the performance of Fedora 8 and Ubuntu 7.10 was deadlocked. There
| was no clear winner. If you are trying to decide between taking the Ubuntu or
| Fedora route, you're best off looking at the distribution's features and what
| they mean to you.    



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| When someone says a recent Linux Distro is 100 times better than another
| recent Linux distro, I worry a little that schism has lead to computer
| religion. Taken on its face, examined rationally, you have to ask "how can
| that be?". They all feed off the same kernel stock, and pull in the same sets
| of office projects and same GUI projects and so forth.    


Why Having 500+ Distros is a Good Thing

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| Perhaps next time the author might think about what they're
| saying...because limiting the number of distros out there is
| absolutely NOT the way to go to accomplish anything other
| than limiting innovation.


Staffing for Linux, not distribution X

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| What doesn’t change is that you hired them to do what they’re doing: run
| Linux - and the next step in generality is to first recognise that Linux, the
| BSDs, and Solaris are all variations on a theme and then to conclude that
| people who are good with one of these are likely to be equally effective with
| the other two.    

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