It's a tough thing when you're doing a review of a distribution that you want to like but end up having to pan it. The latest version of Ubuntu Linux is called Feisty Fawn, and about all I can see it being good for is venison. We found it to be a real stinker in some ways, despite past versions of Ubuntu having been fairly good.
Matt Hartley writes "To this day, I still have to smile when new Linux users decide to take the plunge because they want the cool looking visual effects that Beryl offers. To some limited degree, I can understand the motivation. The stunning videos on YouTube are certainly compelling to those who have never tried to use the setup themselves. Unfortunately, there are still some valid reasons for sticking with the alternatives for the time being. Let's explore some of the issues that I have found with using Beryl."
One of the hardest things for users of other platform to understand is that GNU/Linux does not have a single graphical display. Instead, there are dozens, ranging from basic window managers that control the look and positioning of windows in the X Window system, to complete desktop environments with a wide variety of utilities and specially designed applications.
Tuesday, April 10 2007 @ 04:04 AM EDT Contributed by: sde
The Linux-based Dolphin file manager is now scheduled for official inclusion in KDE 4, the next major release of the KDE desktop environment. Dolphin includes several unique usability enhancements that aren't available in Konqueror, KDE's current file manager. In particular, Dolphin features a navigation bar inspired by Thunar and Windows Vista, a bookmark system built around file management rather than web browsing, a more flexible sidebar system, and a less-invasive notification system that doesn't interrupt user work flow.
Monday, April 09 2007 @ 04:11 AM EDT Contributed by: sde
In my apparently never-ending quest to revive and refresh my aging 32-bit box I decided to try installing the JAD (JackLab Audio Distribution) system. To recapitulate the source of woe with this particular machine, I'll remind readers that its PS2 ports are physically damaged, forcing me to switch my mouse and keyboard to the USB ports. Under normal circumstances this switch wouldn't be a problem, but many contemporary distros and live discs cause the keyboard to vanish from recognition by the system, leaving me with an unusable machine (the problem has something to do with the HID module). Regular readers of this blog may recall that I've been using the excellent Dynebolic on this hardware, and that it's worked wonderfully well. However, I thought I'd take a chance with the JAD distribution, and I must say that I've been very pleased with it. The installation and configuration went smoothly, the system is happy with my USB keyboard, and the old box now has a new lease on life, with a shiny new 2.6.19 Linux kernel optimized for realtime performance.
Intel's Xeon line has gone through some major changes that provide us with a new quad-core chip and a refined chipset, designed to maximize many different aspects of the systems' communications. AMD's line has stayed fairly steady, and the biggest change the end user will notice is a move to DDR2 memory and a refined processor core. From here, let's go into more detail behind these platforms and take a look at which each offers in terms of performance under Linux.
Wednesday, April 04 2007 @ 08:00 AM EDT Contributed by: sde
Some two years in development, the latest version of Red Hatís Enterprise Linux platform, RHEL 5, was finally launched on 14 March 2007. The open source performance, functionality and security updates are all present and correct, but of greatest significance is the newly integrated Xen virtualisation technology ó marketed for the first time as suitable for production use ó together with a complete revamp of the way the product is licensed.
Sunday, March 25 2007 @ 10:36 AM EST Contributed by: sde
Rosegarden combines a track-oriented audio/MIDI sequencer with a standard music notation editor to provide a feature-rich "all-in-one" solution for Linux music-makers. The program supports various components of the modern Linux music studio, such as the JACK audio server, LADSPA and DSSI processing and synthesis plugins, and advanced features of the ALSA MIDI system such as multiplexed I/O and syncronization with external programs and devices via MIDI clock, MIDI Machine Control (MMC), and MIDI Time Code (MTC). Rosegarden can also act as the JACK transport control master or slave.
Sunday, March 18 2007 @ 01:30 PM EST Contributed by: sde
During my 8 years of Linux on and off usage I have tried more distros than I have chocolate bars. Each one of my previous encounters meant that I had to spend at least 2 days configuring before I have a desktop that I was somewhat comfortable with. With Ubuntu Feisty Fawn's latest test beta --for the first time ever-- this was not the case. I was up and running with all the niceties I wanted within 2 hours.