October 2022 - Phoronix warns Intel Laptop Users Should Avoid Linux 5.19.12 To Avoid Potentially Damaging The Display Linux 5.19.13 patches the problem.

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Adventures in Linux series


Notes

Links

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Distro News - interesting Linux distributions

Tuxedo OS

Distrowatch reports, "TUXEDO OS is an Ubuntu-based distribution developed in Germany by TUXEDO Computers GmbH, designed and optimised for the company's own range of Linux-friendly personal computers and notebooks. The distribution uses KDE Plasma as the preferred desktop. Some of the differences between Ubuntu and TUXEDO OS include custom boot menu, the TUXEDO Control Centre, Calamares installer, availability of the Lutris open gaming platform, preference for the PipeWire audio daemon (over PulseAudio), removal of Ubuntu's snap daemon and snap packages, and various other tweaks and enhancements." The Distro has been added to their database

Bottles

2022-8 - Bottles is a free, open source graphical application to manage Wine prefixes in a new way. Using Bottles, we can easily run Windows software and Games on Linux operating systems. See my post at SimHQ Bottles run Windows apps on Linux with ease and also there for Linux Mint 19.3 (ubuntu 18.04) or earlier I would suggest upgrade to at least 20.3 if you using "Mate".
Or else you have to upgrade Flakpak to at least 1.12. This is because Mint 19.3 has only flatpak version 1.0.9
You can check from terminal with
flatpak --version
This is because if you use 'Software Manager" or APT to install Bottles from Flatpak, you get failure due to flatpak version. Bottles will need 1.12
or you can upgrade flatpak by adding a PPA and via the instructions I posted there or per this Ubuntu Quick Setup page

Mabox

Forgot to mention I tried Mabox Linux which is an Openbox Distro spin based off of Manjaro which is a spin of Arch. Mabox is quite good, even remarkable in many ways, I must say. But I abandoned it because frankly an Arch system is just too hard to maintain for me, as software updates can break the system. Unless you are a geek and really follow Arch and Manjaro I would not recommend getting into Arch at least for a stable every-day or even gaming system (though some swear by it).


Proton, Steam and Wine

2022-3 - Proton, Steam and Wine. According to this reddit page from 2 years ago the comment by 'OP'
"You need steam game only to get wineprefix and wine from proton. For example: you have game that you bought on gog that don't have native linux version and it hasn't been released on steam. You can get Steam - Free to Play first game from that page and you will have necessary files to run your game from gog. You can also remove steam completely from your PC and still will be able to use proton."
I have not tried it with EAW. Nor have I tried Steam but I think it may be a useful way to try the Proton Version of WINE.


2021-11 Endless OS 4.0 released - Distrowatch Endless OS 4.0 release notes support.endlessos.org

Shells™

Shells™ offers a virtual desktop from any operating system or device and you can download the app. US$ 8.95 month service. I have not tried it yet.

I'm not installing ArcoLinux, I decided that I don't need Arch really as Mint serves all the purpose I need for now, if a bit bloated. As far as security, you are only as secure as your browser anyway. I use Brave browser now from Brave's own PPA. PPA's are an easy way to get reliable and updated extra software packages not too bloated.


2021-9-15 - Renewed interest in trying other Linux Distros. Ready to try Arch by installing ArcoLinux. Also experiment to install Endless OS. Otherwise switched to Linux Mint 19.3 Mate since the expiration of updates for Mint 18. Other Distros of note I'm looking at - Solus, EndeavourOS, Eurolinux.


Manjaro

Manjaro

Manjaro is on the rise in the Linux world. Now ranked amazingly as 2nd at DistroWatch.com! This is one Distro I may switch to eventually.
The fact that they have a Spitfire is a big plus. I love Spitfires!


4MLinux

4MLinux is an independant 32-bit Linux distribution with 4 flavors:

Limited support since this is a small project

See DistroWatch - 4MLinux - there is also a review there, 4MLinux Blog , LinuxQuestions.org - 4MLinux

Update 2018-3-11 | 4MLinux 25.0 Core BETA released! announcement

This is a core system (only about 10 MB in size) for the 4MLinux 25 series. The system includes: the Linux kernel 4.14.18, GNU C Library 2.26, and BusyBox 1.27.2. The 4MLinux 25 series uses GNU Compiler Collection 7.2.0 to compile programs designed for the i686 architecture.

Despite its extremely small size, 4MLinux Core supports all possible boot options: BIOS with 32-bit CPU, BIOS with 64-bit CPU, UEFI with 32-bit firmware, and UEFI with 64-bit firmware.

Download at sourceforge.net


Sparky Linux

I was very impressed by Sparky Linux and their diverse offerings. The documentation is good also. This is one Distro that has it together more and more consistently as time goes by. So much so that I plan to install the 64-bit Gameover edition as alternative OS goto Distro for gaming on my Laptop. And yes this is one case I recommend using the rolling edition.

Check out their Sparky Wiki


Linux From Scratch


LFS - related Distros:

NuTyX is a French Linux distribution (with multi-language support) built from Linux From Scratch and Beyond Linux From Scratch, with a custom package manager called "cards". The package manager can install individual binary packages, desktop packages, and related. Compile source packages from "ports". For intermediate and advanced Linux users.

AryaLinux is a source-based GNU/Linux distribution that has been put together using Linux From Scratch (LFS) as a guide. Uses ports style package management.

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PureOS


Lakka


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DietPi

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