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I haven’t blogged in a while, mainly because work has been busy and I have been administering new servers for a project going live soon.

Those servers have led to this quick blog entry, if you enjoy a good rant, read on.

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Android is taking the world by storm. 300000 devices are being activated daily since December 2010, yet a tightly integrated ecosystem is sorely lacking in the Android arena. I believe strongly that Desktop Linux in general, and Canonical and Ubuntu in particular, are well placed to become key players in this ecosystem, and to become the Operating System partners of choice for the Android environment.

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Puppy Linux. One of the most iconic Linux distros out there. I have played around with them for what seems like ages, and have found reasons to both love and hate them over the years.

As of recently Puppy has been built with Ubuntu using woof and Puppy as the base, and I take a look at the newest release… continue reading…

HaikuOS LogoI made a decision recently to distinguish between stable releases and others to do “Reviews” of stable releases, and “Impressions” of other releases, hence my “Impressions” of Ubuntu Maverick Alpha recently.

Haiku has been in development for so long though that the R1 Alpha2 release is fairly stable and represents a major milestone. Yet it is still not a full release, hence the “Impressions” for it in today’s article.

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PCLOSGNOME LogoI know I said I would review Xubuntu next, and keep PCLOS Gnome for the July edition of SaGeek MAG, but I wanted something other than a Gnome Distro to review for the MAG, and I only had the 10.04 RC available of Xubuntu, not the final release. Hence PCLOS 2010 Gnome it is for tonights review.

Well how did it perform?

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After a thorough feedback session from readers on my PCLOS review, and my Five Way Comparative Test, I have come to the uncomfortable conclusion that improvement is needed in how I approach reviews. I spend quite a bit of time on every OS I review, but that lends to subjective responses.

A little subjective opinion is needed in every review, for sure, but maybe some objective criteria, measurable scoring system, is needed.

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PCLOS ReviewedI used to be an avid PCLOS user. 2007 to 2008 I swore by it. It was THE distro for installing on PC’s. It supported codecs out of the box, worked when Ubuntu would not, and was quicker. It wooed me away from Mandriva back then. Ubuntu improved a lot though. It became more polished, and eventually between Linux Mint and Gutsy, I became an ubuntuphile. I decided to take a look at the newest release of PCLOS this week, here’s what I found.

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Installing Linux and XP

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Ah, that old bugbear of anybody who has tinkered with their computer (read: “Most Gamers”), re-installing their operating system.

For the sake of brevity I will not get into too much detail unless needed, or dive too deeply into the technical stuff. My hardware in this case is an older machine: A Dell Latitude C610, PIII 1ghz, 256mb Ram, ATI Radeon Mobility M6LY 16mb.

Please note: This is NOT a step-by-step folks, it’s a first impressions type thingy… step-by-step MIGHT follow later on…

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