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PCLinuxOS 2010 beta review

Once upon a time, PCLinuxOS was the biggest desktop distro. It came from nowhere straight to the top, beating Ubuntu and other big distros.

But as fast as it rose to the top, even faster was its decline.

The next release was no where near as popular as it’s predecessor. The distro seemed to have faded into the giant pool of small Linux distros.

Is PCLOS once again a serious contender for the desktop with the 2010 release?

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Elive 2.0 Stable review

Elive is a Belgian, Debian based distro using the Enlightenment (E17) window manager.

If you want to install Elive 2.0 to your hard drive, you will need to donate money to its creator.

This fact was not mentioned on Elive’s homepage, so this came as a surprise to me when I wanted to install it.

You have to donate at least €15 before you get access to the module required to run the installer.

As a result, I can only review the live CD.

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Zimbra Desktop

The Zimbra Desktop is out of beta and has launched it’s first stable version on all major platforms.

Zimbra Desktop is an email client by Yahoo.

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Miro

Miro is a open-source cross-platform application, the program can read RSS feeds and it will let you download and manage the videos in those feeds.

Besides that it can also download videos from url and bittorrent and it will let you import all the videos on your harddrive and create playlists for them.

All of its features can be found on the miro feature page or you can watch a demo here.

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Battle Of The IM’s

Today I’m having a look at most Instant Messengers that can handle the MSN protocol.

I’m not very happy that I use this protocol but it’s the only one used in this part of the world.

I’ll take a better look at 7 IM’s and rate them according to my biased opinion.

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The best and worst docks for Ubuntu

Docks became popular when Mac began using them in their operating system. But these days docks are available on all platforms.

So which ones should you avoid and which ones should you use?

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CNR, don’t use it

I’m going to be short about this one.

CNR is a kind of package manager that also has a website where you can download and install stuff.

It’s installed by default on freespire but can be installed on a number of distro’s (including ubuntu).

Why shouldn’t you use it?

1. You already have synaptic (in ubuntu, which has more software)
2. It has outdated software (like the lastest flash version hasn’t had the exploit fix)
3. The program itself has many security holes. (I’ve heard you don’t even need a password to install stuff).

Yeah, that was short.