Sunday, February 10, 2019

NEW • Distribution Release: MX Linux 18.1

Dolphin Oracle has announced the release of MX Linux 18.1, an updated build of the project's desktop Linux distribution (with Xfce, based on Debian's "stable" branch) built as a cooperative venture between the antiX and former MEPIS Linux communities. This version is an "ISO refresh" release, featuring bug fixes and application updates: "We are pleased to offer MX Linux 18.1 official releases ISO image for your use. MX Linux 18.1 is a refresh of our MX Linux 18 release, consisting of bug fixes and application updates since our original release of MX Linux 18. Note: existing users do not need to reinstall, all bug fixes and additions will come through the regular update channel. Updated packages: the latest updates from Debian 9.7 'Stretch', antiX and MX repositories; Firefox 65.0; VLC 3.0.6. New and updated mx-apps: mx-installer (based on gazelle-installer) received fixes to address crashes during grub install; mx-repo-manager now lists many many more repository mirrors; miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements to MX-PackageInstaller and MX-Conky."
 DownloadMX-18.1_x64.iso Download MX-18.1_x64.iso(1,381MB)

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Distribution Release: MakuluLinux 2019.01.25 -MakuluLinux 2019.01.25

I don't remember trying out MakuluLinux recently; I do have PLENTY of distributions available and installed, but I'll at least download this and give it another look.

Anyone familiar enough with this to comment one way or the other on it's usefulness, features, or whether you tried it and liked it?

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Alternative Web Browsers revisited; Brave and Vivaldi mentioned

In the previous blog where I mentioned Web browsers, of course the usual Google Chrome, Firefox - and for proprietary, commercial systems, we know that Internet Explorer, Edge, and Safari also exist.

I have mentioned some of the Firefox alternatives; Waterfox is one of those.
A decent alternative to Google Chrome is Flashpeak Slimjet, also previously mentioned.

A browser that I'm using today is the Brave browser,

This browser is based on Chromium, the freely available browser alternative to Google Chrome, which in native form contains only the free, open source code available from Chrome.

Vivaldi is another interesting alternative created by CEO Jon von Tetzchner, who co-founded Opera in 2003.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

IBM Began Buying Red Hat 20 years ago

The article: suggests in the title that IBM Began Buying Red Hat 20 years ago.  While that is actually just a title intended to attract attention, I can tell you that IBM was one of the first major companies to embrace both Linux and other forms of Open Source and other types of software that for years have stood side by side with their own proprietary brands of hardware and software.

IBM is not afraid to carry several different lines of competing products and services and has done this for several decades - most of my career, in fact.  HP has not been too far behind IBM in their support.  I went to a few conferences in the early 2000s concerning UNIX, and then Linux products and services.  Both companies had a solid presence and even had several employees who served on committees, and in many cases, chaired committees - using company resources and the company name, so this really isn't new, but as of now it's about as mainstream as either companies collections of traditional name brand products.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Food for thought about large companies, their demise, and ways to regain relevance

Regarding Microsoft, perhaps they have learned a few lessons in the post Steve Ballmer years and are returning to their core values (in the current age of technology).

This may or may not be "THE way" or the only way, but it is food for thought.

Also, Microsoft, in the last 5 years or so (again after the Ballmer regime) has. had a much smarter attitude toward Linux, much more like the attitude of IBM, HP, Dell - and more recently, looking at the success of Amazon, Facebook, Linkedin, git, etc. and they've embraced these technologies and they are a major player in cloud services, which puts them back in the business - to - business conversation once again.

It's even possible that Microsoft may eventually either dump Windows altogether or use open source technologies as core components of its underpinnings.  Don't be surprised if this happened.  I predicted it as long ago as 1999 that such components would dominate, and they do.  But because of Steve Ballmer, it took MSFT nearly 20 years to get on the right path, when, had they done it first, they could be #1 in this too, so in that regard, perhaps it's best that there are 3-4 solid competitors in this space!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Fedora 29 network-based release upgrade from Fedora 28

That's what I am attempting to do tonight, put Fedora 29 Xfce on my Dell Inspiron 5558 by doing a network-based release upgrade from Fedora 28.

I seldom do things "the easy way" when I am experimenting.

Fedora 28 actually worked out reasonably well, especially considering it's bleeding edge reputation, so it'll be interesting to see how this one ends up!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

PCLinuxOS in 2018

I am currently using PCLinuxOS on my Dell Inspiron 5558.

I have XFCE running here right now; I have often used this particular distribution with KDE frequently in the past, although it is a very good distribution for use with many diverse window managers and desktop environments - XFCE is very solid with PCLinuxOS.