27 Oct 2015

Xfce Smooth: the smooth variations

I, DarkDuck, am always interested in new, unusual, non-mainstream Linux distributions. That's why I was very happy when one of my old readers asked me to prepare him a disk with a Linux distribution that I've never heard of before. And the order came through BuyLinuxCDs.co.uk web site, which meant I had to prepare the disk with that distribution anyway.

You won't find this distribution's name in Distrowatch. They have no official web site. Does this distribution even exist? Once upon a time I asked this question about Zorin OS. Yes, this distribution exists and you can download it from the Sourceforge page. The name is Xfce Smooth.

The ISO image is about 1.7 Gb in size. I downloaded it and burnt onto the DVD-R disk that I was going to send out.

The DVD is in the drive of my Toshiba Satellite L500-19X laptop.

Reboot. Choose to boot from DVD. Let's go!

22 Oct 2015

The Linux article contest from Linux notes from DarkDuck extended

Linux notes from DarkDuck announced a contest of Linux-related articles. That contest was linked to the 5th anniversary of the blog.

The contest was due to finish on the 15th of October 2015

I am happy to tell you that the end date is now 31st of October 2015! It means you still have time to submit your article and receive your prize!

Happy writing!

20 Oct 2015

BuyLinuxCDs.co.uk got new design

You know that BuyLinuxCDs.co.uk is a site where you can order CD or DVD with your favourite distribution of Linux operating system. The disk will be delivered to your door in any part of the world.

Disks ordered through BuyLinuxCDs.co.uk cost only 2.00 GBP for UK delivery, 5.50 USD for US delivery and 3.50 GBP for the rest of the world.

The list of distributions available for immediate order is impressive. If you don't find your distribution in the list, you can still order it through the contact form.

This site received an upgrade recently, which also means changes in the design. I welcome you to check that new design and make your orders!

Happy buying!

16 Oct 2015

Linux notes from DarkDuck blog is 5 years old

Yes, you read it right!

Linux notes from DarkDuck blog is 5 years old today! Can't believe that!

Congratulations and Thank You to all my readers who stay with me!

13 Oct 2015

Simply Linux 7.0.5: Love from Russia

Simply Linux is not a new guest on Linux notes from DarkDuck. I have already reviewed it twice: versions 6.0.1 and 4.0.

Simply is not an independent distribution. Instead, it is based on the ALT Linux, a distribution from a team of Russian developers. While ALT Linux is a KDE-oriented distro, Simply uses Xfce. Both of these distributions share the same platform, called Sisyphus.

As with many other Linux distributions, Simply and ALT Linux continue development. The current version of Sisyphus is 7, that means that Simply Linux has the same number in the name.

Let me introduce you Simply Linux 7.0.5, released in May 2015. You can download it from one of the official mirrors or from torrent. Unfortunately, the main web site of Simply Linux is in Russian. Unless you know the language, you will find it difficult to navigate.

The ISO size of Simply Linux Live is about 870 Mb. I burnt it onto my USB stick with Ubuntu's built-in image burner tool. If you find it difficult to download the ISO image and create a bootable media yourself, then BuyLinuxCDs.co.uk can help you!

The USB stick is ready. Reboot. Choose to boot from USB.

Let's go!

6 Oct 2015

Majority of Linux users still use Windows or MacOS

Linux noted from DarkDuck has recently run a poll for you, the readers. The question was about the "quantity and quality" of operating systems that you use. It is now the time to announce the results.

Are you ready?