Distro Test Update – Nov 28, 2021
Distro Test Update – Nov 28, 2021

Distro Test Update – Nov 28, 2021

I decided to dedicate a dual core desktop machine just to linux distrio testing. In the bast I used my main system and ran into to issues, mainly breaking my boot loader. I could easily fix the boot loader, but is better to dedicate a test machine just to this project.

Pop OS – Pop!_OS is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution featuring a custom GNOME desktop. Pop!_OS is designed to have a minimal amount of clutter on the desktop without distractions in order to allow the user to focus on work. The distribution is developed by Linux computer retailer System76.

Pros – Runs fine on a dual core processor 1.8 gig with 8 gigs of ram. Xfce desktop.

Cons – Does not support dual boot.

Installed a Proxmox Virtual Environment. Server – Proxmox Virtual Environment ( Proxmox VE or PVE) is an open-source software server for virtualization management. It is a Debian -based Linux distribution with a modified Ubuntu LTS kernel and allows deployment and management of virtual machines and containers.

Garuda Linux – is a rolling distribution based on the Arch Linux operating system. Unlike Arch Linux, Garuda Linux comes with a graphical installer (Calamares) for easy installation, and other advanced graphical tools for managing your system. Garuda is a performance-oriented distro with many performance enhancing tweaks. Some of the many tweaks include using zram, a performance CPU governor, along with custom memory management software. Garuda Linux has striven to provide system stability by including the Timeshift backup utility.

Alama Linux Desktop – AlmaLinux OS is an open-source, community-driven project that is built from the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). AlmaLinux is a completely binary compatible fork of RHEL 8 and it is maintained by AlmaLinux OS Foundation which is a register non-profit.

I installed it on a Virtual Machine.

MakuluLinux Shift – the World’s FIRST fully transformable Operating system. Transform your operating system between 8 Desktop Environments with a Click of a button, within seconds your whole OS is transformed, along with Menu’s, Docks, Icon sets, Cursors, Panels, Styles, Themes… Your whole Desktop changes before your eyes. Select between 8 Unique Environments “LinDoz, Core, Flash, Simple, Dash, Unity, Plasma and Gnome”. Each Environment with its own Unique look and feel. Included are 8 Unique Layouts that consist of 330 Wallpapers, 92 Icon sets, 20 Cursors, 14 GTK Themes, Various Docks, Panels and Menu’s. This is a Truly Unique OS, It is a 1 Click Transformation, no internet needed, no scripts to download or run, nothing to configure. Click a button and your Whole world transforms in seconds.

Not only can users shift between Layouts, but users can create their own unique layout and add it to the existing collection. There are Video tutorials included to guide the users through the process.

The Software Center in Makulu Shift fully supports both Flathub and Snaps, Users can install from a selection of Thousands & Thousands of great software and games with a few easy clicks.

Shift sports a Huge selection of preinstalled drivers, from GPU’s to USB devices to Printers… Most, if not all your plug and play devices should work out of the box on Shift without much fuss.

Various Extensions have been included, some used by various layouts and a few additional that users may want to enable, Because shift is designed on the gnome framework, it support the use of gnome extensions, either make use of the current extensions or install your own, there is a huge selection available at the gnome extension web hub.

Makulu shift Also support Special Effects that give it an almost “Compiz” like feel, you can turn Special effect on/off via the Theme manager, these will enable wobbly windows and magic Lamp like effects in Shift.

Makulu Constructor Tool is included, This tool is simply AMAZING, it lets you turn your current OS back into a ISO to be installed on another Computer, preserving your desktop look and feel exactly as it was when you constructed the ISO. The constructor tool is now Fully automated, no more dozens of options that confuse users, now its a one click option. Click and the Constructor will do the rest, sit back and wait for your iso to pop out, it is completely Fully automated.


Kubuntu 21.10 –

The Kubuntu Team is happy to announce that Kubuntu 21.10 has been released, featuring the ‘beautiful’ KDE Plasma 5.22: simple by default, powerful when needed.

Codenamed “Impish Indri”, Kubuntu 21.10 continues our tradition of giving you Friendly Computing by integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.

The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

Under the hood, there have been updates to many core packages, including a new 5.13-based kernel, KDE Frameworks 5.86, KDE Plasma 5.22 and KDE Gear 21.08.

Kubuntu is a community developed and supported project. Since its launch in October 2004, Kubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions with millions of users around the world. Our mission is to provide the latest stable KDE software, which includes the flagship project Plasma, our desktop environment on top of a stable Ubuntu core. We release in 6 monthly cycles, following the same freezes/milestones as Ubuntu.

Lubuntu – now ships the most advanced desktop interface, using Qt technologies for rendering the widgets and the entire ecosystem (from the installer to the smallest parts). (Main Daily Driver on Desktop)

The winning combination of Arc theme and the Papirus icons makes the new Lubuntu desktop easier to read and less cluttered. The symbolic icons and glyphs, now easier to recognise, added to sharp edges and vibrant colours, add visual dynamics without overwhelming the overall design.

Combined with the new compositing effects, the apps, panels and widgets of your new desktop will look modern, while being fast, simple and affordable for almost every machine.

Lubuntu is an official Ubuntu flavor which uses the Lightweight Qt Desktop Environment (LXQt). The project’s goal is to provide a lightweight yet functional Linux distribution based on a rock-solid Ubuntu base. Lubuntu provides a simple but modern and powerful graphical user interface, and comes with a wide variety of applications so you can browse, email, chat, play, and be productive.

You can find the following major applications and toolkits installed by default in this release:

  • LXQt 0.17.0 – with many improvements over 0.16, you can go here for more information.
  • LXQt Archiver 0.4.0 which is based on Engrampa, is now included.
  • Qt 5.15.2
  • Mozilla Firefox will be shipped as a Debian package with version 93.0 and will receive updates from the Ubuntu Security Team throughout the support cycle of the release.
  • The LibreOffice 7.2.1 suite.
  • VLC 3.0.16, for viewing media and listening to music.
  • Featherpad 0.17.1, for notes and code editing.
  • Discover Software Center 5.22.5, for an easy, graphical way to install and update software.

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In memory of Razor-qt

Although people often compare LXDE and the “so-called” Qt port, LXQt with each other, they are actually from different code bases.

The most parts of LXQt are actually built on top of razor-qt, a lightweight Qt-based DE with the same philosophy as LXDE. We reorganized the source code of razor-qt and removed unused pieces. Then we ported several LXDE components to Qt and also developed some new ones.

Hence it’s more the merge of developers than the merge of the actual source code. That’s why they have slightly different feature sets. Without the work of razor-qt project, we can’t have LXQt now.  Its developers deserved the credit. Since the story is too long for the tiny “About” dialog, I wrote the blog post here to thank their contributions. Long live free software!

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