Endless OS Review

Last week we compared three distribution independent package formats, so I thought it would be interesting to visit a Linux distribution that relies solely on a distribution independent packages to run desktop applications. Meet Endless OS, a Debian based Linux distribution with a custom desktop environment “EOS Shell” based on GNOME.

Different from most Linux distributions, the root file system of Endless OS is read-only and managed by OSTree. This allows the system to easily and continuously be updated without the need for a system upgrade or reinstall after a major release. On top of this read-only system, Endless OS makes use of Flatpak to manage the system and user applications.

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Snap, Flatpak and AppImage, package formats compared

In recent years, three different distribution independent package formats have gained a lot of popularity. There are already a few Linux distributions like Endless OS and Fedora Silverblue that depend solely on distribution independent packages to run desktop applications. Are these package formats ready to become main packages formats for Linux distributions?

In this article we will take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each package format individually, and of distribution independent package formats in general.

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KDE Neon review

KDE Neon recently released a new version of their Linux distribution, which I have been testing for the past week. I would like to share my experience with you in this article.

The distribution is based on Ubuntu 18.04 “Bionic Beaver”, the latest long-term support Ubuntu release. What makes KDE Neon an interesting and unique project is that they provide a rolling release of the KDE Plasma desktop environment on top of the stable Ubuntu LTS base. Let’s find out if this mix of a stable base with a rolling KDE environment is a winning combination!

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Google free Android

Is it possible to have a usable Android device without Google services or apps installed? Are there open-source, or at least more privacy friendly, alternatives to the Google apps and services most Android users depend on? I have been experimenting with my Android smartphone to find an answer to these questions. With this article I want to share how I have tried to achieve a Google free Android phone and what other options are available or will be available to you in the near future to also obtain a Google free Android device.

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Siduction 2018.3 Cinnamon Review

The past week I tried to test Siduction 2018.3, with the Cinnamon desktop environment. Siduction is a rolling-release Linux distribution based on Debian unstable, also known as Debian sid.

Siduction is available with many different desktop environments, namely KDE, LXQt, GNOME, Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce, Lxde, Xorg and noX. I chose to test the Cinnamon desktop because I have only used Cinnamon in combination with Linux Mint before, on which it ran very well, and I’d like to see how it performs on another Linux distribution.

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