Linux

Deepin 15.8 Review

In this article we’ll take a look at a Linux distribution originating from China. The distribution is called Deepin Linux and it’s based on Debian’s unstable branch. The Linux distribution only has one version with their own Deepin desktop environment.

The purpose of Deepin Linux is to provide an easy to use, reliable and beautiful desktop that meets the needs of most home users. Let’s see if this Chinese distribution achieves its goals!

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Nvidia Optimus and Linux

A lot of laptops have both an onboard Intel graphics card for better battery life and a discrete Nvidia graphics card for better gaming performance. These laptops are called “Optimus laptops” because they make use of the Nvidia Optimus technology. I personally have such a laptop, and the past few weeks I have tested the different support options for Optimus laptops in Linux. In this article I will provide an overview of the three main technologies that are available for Linux Optimus laptops.

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KDE Connect: Let Android and Linux devices communicate

Are you interested in receiving Android notifications on your Linux desktop or are you in need of an easy way to transfer data between Android and Linux devices? In this article we will take a look at KDE Connect, a free and open-source project that allows you to easily set up communication between Android and Linux devices.

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Bluestar Linux Review

As some of you know, installing Arch Linux can be a daunting task. Let’s take a look at Bluestar Linux, a rolling release Linux distribution that tries to make Arch Linux easier to install by providing a full-featured Arch based system.

The distribution sports the latest KDE Plasma desktop and is available in three editions; desktop, deskpro and developer. The installation medium for these three editions is the same, you will just have to choose an edition at the start of the installation. The differences between these editions are limited to the applications that will be installed. In this article we will take a look at the desktop edition.

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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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