24 Feb 2016

Who wants to be a triple millionaire???

Back in August 2012 I ran a very simple contest: you had to fix the moment when the visitors' counter on this blog showed the 1,000,000.
It's time when the counter is close to another large and round value, and it is time to announce yet another similar contest.
The rules are the same as they were last time, except for the value you need to show on the screenshot: 3,000,000.

16 Feb 2016

PCLinuxOS: the walking dead

You have probably noticed that BuyLinuxCDs.co.uk site has recently changed its design. The first order that came from the redesigned site contained a highly unexpected item: PCLinuxOS. But unexpected or not, you certainly can purchase a disk with this operating system from BuyLinuxCDs.co.uk, along with many others on offer.

Of course I always test the disks before sending them to customers, so I tried to run that distribution myself too.

To start with, the design of the official web site of PCLinuxOS is so cool outdated that you can see it with a naked eye. They are stuck somewhere in 2007, I suspect.

Second, the latest version of PCLinuxOS KDE that you can download from the official web site is dated December 2014. Though there are some updates on the front page, new versions of the browsers, kernel or other software are released almost every day. But why can't the team create a newer edition of their OS with all the updates? Isn't it better for the user to download the image with the latest versions of software once than download 1.8 GB of an outdated ISO image and then get the same amount of updates separately?

Nevertheless, I had an order to fulfill. I burnt the ISO image to the DVD-R disk.

Reboot. Choose to boot from the optical drive. Let's go!

9 Feb 2016

Zorin OS 11 Core: quick screenshot tour

Zorin OS 11 continues the line of Linux distributions for the users who migrate from other operating systems. It was released at the beginning of February 2016.

Let's have a whistle-stop tour for the main features of this operating system.

2 Feb 2016

Brand New BuyLinuxCDs.co.uk

What? - you may ask. You only changed the BuyLinuxCDs.co.uk design back in October 2015! And now again?

Yes, again! - I will tell you.

BuyLinuxCDs.co.uk is a commercial arm of this blog. You can order a disk with your favourite operating system on that site and it will be delivered to your door.

So, what has changed on that site?

The root cause of all the other changes, the site now runs a proper E-Com platform instead of using a third-party hosted script for processing your orders. It gives me more convenience in running the site. It works better for you!

Site navigation is now clearer and E-Com oriented.

The list of distributions you can order from the site is now re-worked. Some defunct distributions are gone, some more added.

The price determination procedure is now fully automated and extended. There are now 4 different prices that will be determined on your location:

  • 2.00 GBP for UK customers.
  • 4.50 EUR for customers in Europe, plus ex-USSR republics.
  • 5.50 USD for USA and Canada customers.
  • 3.50 GBP for the customers in other parts of the world.

Just to celebrate the launch of this new web site, BuyLinuxCDs.co.uk offers you a 10% discount from above prices in February 2016. To get the discount, use the coupon code LAUNCH.