DG News 2016-01-01

Site News Distro Geeks has moved to a new better stable hosting provider. Big thank you to our new sponsor vRocket. We are working on restoring all the old content and adding more. We are also switching to Hugo (static generator) instead of using slow WordPress. Please stay tooned! — Sincerely, DG-Team

Happy Holidays! In the meantime please visit our friends at ReadText.org

Install Arch Linux

Arch Linux Arch Linux is a Linux distribution for computers based on IA-32 and x86-64 architectures. It is composed predominantly of free and open-source software, and supports community involvement.

The design approach of the development team follows the KISS principle (“keep it simple, stupid”) as the general guideline, and focuses on elegance, code correctness, minimalism and simplicity, and expects the user to be willing to make some effort to understand the system’s operation. A package manager written specifically for Arch Linux, pacman, is used to install, remove and update software packages.

Arch Linux uses a rolling release model, such that a regular system update is all that is needed to obtain the latest Arch software; the installation images released by the Arch team are simply up-to-date snapshots of the main system components.

Continue Reading

Install Manjaro Netbook Edition

Manjaro Linux Manjaro Linux, or simply Manjaro, is a Linux distribution, based on Arch Linux, which utilizes the Xfce desktop environment or KDE Plasma desktop environment, a rolling release update model, and the pacman package manager.

The Netbook Edition uses a lightened and customised Xfce environment. Screen real estate is optimised with the use of a single vertical panel that includes DockBarX (via a plug-in) and through a modified version of Xfwm4 (Xfce’s window manager), based on xfwm4-titleless-dev, further patched for default-maximized support.

Continue Reading

Install Manjaro KDE Edition

Manjaro Linux Manjaro Linux, or simply Manjaro, is a Linux distribution, based on Arch Linux, which utilizes the Xfce desktop environment or KDE Plasma desktop environment, a rolling release update model, and the pacman package manager.

KDE is a feature-rich and versatile desktop environment that provides several different styles of menu to access applications. An excellent built-in interface to easily access and install new themes, widgets, etc, from the internet is also worth mentioning. While very user-friendly and certainly flashy, KDE is also quite resource heavy and noticably slower to start and use than a desktop environment such as XFCE. A 64 bit installation of Manjaro running KDE uses about 550MB of memory.

Continue Reading

Install Manjaro Openbox Edition

Manjaro Linux Manjaro Linux, or simply Manjaro, is a Linux distribution, based on Arch Linux, which utilizes the Xfce desktop environment or KDE Plasma desktop environment, a rolling release update model, and the pacman package manager.

Openbox is a highly configurable, next generation window manager with extensive standards support. It allows you to change almost every aspect of how you interact with your desktop and invent completely new ways to use and control it. It can be like a video game for controlling windows. But Openbox can also be kept extremely simple, as it is in the default setup, meaning that it can suit just about anybody. Openbox gives you control without making you do everything.

Continue Reading

Install Manjaro XFCE Edition

Manjaro Linux Manjaro Linux, or simply Manjaro, is a Linux distribution, based on Arch Linux, which utilizes the Xfce desktop environment or KDE Plasma desktop environment, a rolling release update model, and the pacman package manager.

Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment for UNIX-like operating systems. It aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly. Xfce embodies the traditional UNIX philosophy of modularity and re-usability. It consists of a number of components that provide the full functionality one can expect of a modern desktop environment. They are packaged separately and you can pick among the available packages to create the optimal personal working environment.

Continue Reading

Install Linux Mint

Linux Mint Linux Mint is a Linux distribution based on Debian and Ubuntu, with an alternative Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) based purely on Debian. Mint provides full out-of-the-box multimedia support by including some proprietary software such as Adobe Flash.

At first new versions of the Ubuntu-based Linux Mint were released approximately every six months. The first release, named “Ada”, was released in 2006. When the 17th version (named “Qiana”. another long-term-support release) was released on May 31, 2014, Linux Mint developers decided that after that version all subsequent versions would use the source-code of the current Long-Term-Support release of Linux Mint until Ubuntu releases a new “Long-Term-Support release”; Basically, all “new version” releases would be based on Ubuntu’s “Long-Term-Support” release, and all the “Point releases” (ie. the versions in between) would be based on the existing Long-Term-Support-release’s source code. Version 17.2, code-named “Rafaela”, was released on June 30, 2015.

In the past support for older releases ended shortly after the next version is released (with the exception of releases based on the source-code of Ubuntu’s “Long-Term-Support” releases). After Linux Mint version 17 was released all future versions will be based on Long-Term-Support releases and will be supported for 5 years, while users can optionally upgrade to the next 17.x release if they so choose to do so.

Continue Reading