Category: Linux

On Ubuntu ditching Unity

Yesterday Canonical, the company which develops the Linux distribution Ubuntu, for a long time the most popular distribution (or ‘distro’) and the basis for Linux Mint, possibly the most popular distro at the moment,...

When will Google fix the Chrome wi-fi bug?

I’ve been using Linux on the desktop (and laptop) since about 2003, and I’ve seen it progress from being something that didn’t work with most of the hardware I had access to (including the...

A fortnight of upgrades

The past couple of weeks, I’ve upgraded the operating systems on all three of the computers I own (not including my mobile phone and tablet). I’ve a Mac, a desktop PC and a laptop...

Korora 19: not a great advance on Fedora

In my review of Fedora 19 (in the last entry), I noted that I thought Fedora had abandoned the idea of end-users using Fedora and were targeting distro developers instead. There is a Fedora...

Fedora 19: clearly not for end users

A few months ago I published a scathing review of Fedora 18, the last release of the Linux distribution which started life as Red Hat Linux, once the version of Linux that everyone who...

Fedora 18: Dangerous to your Data

Last month Fedora released the latest version of their Linux distribution, version 18, codenamed “Spherical Cow”, a reference to an engineering joke, the main new feature of which is a redesigned installer (still called...

Linux Mint is Ubuntu. Get over it!

Earlier today I was browsing the latest edition of Linux User & Developer, a British Linux magazine with a more in-depth analytical focus than Linux Format, which concentrates on reviews, tutorials and interviews with...

2011: the year Linux stopped being fun

In less than a week from now, I expect to be in possession of a Mac, most likely a Mac mini. It’s taken a long time since I last had an up-to-date Mac —...

Some impressions of the new Ubuntu

Recently I installed the new version of Ubuntu (actually, it’s still in development as the final version is only due out on the 13th). It was sort of forced on me in one case,...

First impressions: Fedora 15, GNOME 3

For many years, GNOME has been the default desktop for most Linux users — it’s developed a reputation for almost boring stability, and generally stayed out of the way and didn’t offer too much...

Unite, but follow me

Yesterday I decided to install the new version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution on my main computer, after a disaster with another distro (or rather, with some new software they had tagged as “stable”...

Why I don’t use Windoze

I have two Dell computers (one laptop, one desktop) and they both have Windows Vista and Linux (currently, the latest version of Ubuntu) installed on them. I use Ubuntu the vast majority of the...

Thunderbird and Android updates

Thunderbird 3 has been out for a few weeks now, although I’d been using it on Linux since well back in the beta days. It was actually the standard version of the software on...

Linux Format rant on Mono debate

The other day I bought the January 2010 edition of Linux Format, the UK’s best-known magazine for that platform. In the letters page, there is a letter from a guy called Nick Canupp, having...

Ubuntu ‘Karmic’: my computer is a joy to use again

Yesterday I downloaded the newly-released latest version of Ubuntu, codenamed Karmic Koala (they all have an alliterative codename; the last was Jaunty Jackalope). I had been using Fedora version 11 since, well, it came...

New network card

Today I got the new Belkin network card I ordered from Dell over the weekend. (Obviously, it being a bank holiday on Monday, and having ordered it at the weekend, it took until today...