[Review] BunsenLabs – a reason to love Linux

You don’t hear about this Linux distro a lot, even in those numerous “Best Lightweight Linux Distros” posts that list the most popular and famous “lightweight” distros, some of which don’t even belong in that category!

But this one, the heir of Crunchbang Linux, is the fastest and most stable of the lightweight Linuxes! Not especially newbie friendly, but I think it’s easy enough to use by anyone who has used any desktop Linux for about year or more. It’s still point-and-click simple, and ultra light!

Old but Cool Stuffs

BunsenLabs is one of the reason why I love Linux. Not because of its beauty or visual charm, but more to its simplicity and being very “light”. BunsenLabs (formerly known as CrunchBang) is based on a Debian stable branch. It is a community based distro as a continuation of the CrunchBang project. It is available as 32-bit (for ancient 32-bit hardware/processor) and 64-bit (designed for modern 64-bit machine at least comes from a decade ago).

Default Openbox desktop in BunsenLabs

What we should appreciate about it is the low hardware requirements, makes it “usable” on an ancient hardware with only 256 MB of RAM and single core processor (2 GB RAM is “luxurious” for BunsenLabs). Don’t compare it to WinXP though, as it is a modern OS indeed, and suitable to run and do “modern” tasks in modern standard. BunsenLabs “Helium” (its codename for the current…

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More Hate for Linux Mint?

I didn’t even know this was actually a thing, but YIKES! Linux Mint should DIE?!? Kinda extreme, dontchya think? Who knew there was so much drama among Linux geeks? Anyway, Linux Mint invented some of the coolest tools available for desktop Linux, like Mintstick, for example, that lets simple people like me format a USB stick in a couple of mouse clicks instead of opening GMparted and trying to figure that out! That the Mint Updater that lets total newbies update the OS selectively and avoid the Beta crap from upstream Ubuntu that can brick a perfectly good working system. Linux Mint absolutely ROCKS and is a favorite of both newbies and experts who just like a ready-out-of-the-box simple OS that they and their parents, grandparents and kids can all use with ease.

Thar She Blows!

Back from one doctor’s appointment, hanging out before having to go the the next one … time to blog. About Linux, of course. Dunno what’s going on in SL, no sensational news from that direction, so I’m quite sure you will excuse my indulgence. No? Hey, I didn’t force ya to read this shitty blog, did I?

Okay, with that cleared up, now let’s see what Gardener – the Linux Gamer – has to say about the artificial excitement in the Linux community about Mint and if it needs to die or wot?

Watchy first:

Almost more interesting than the video content is, as so often, the comment section, which is quite positive about Linux MInt and wants it to stay, even if the commenters don’t use it themselves … anymore.

Looky here:

I used Mint in the past and I had a really good experience with it.
keep Linux…

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A New Way to Test Linux Distros

Imagine being able to test dozens of Linux distros without downloading an ido and burning it to a DVD or a USB stick! Imagine if you could experience the distro entirely through a web browser, online!

Is it possible?

Yes, it is now! Clicky on the link below:


In Defence Of Linux Mint

While I think Linux Lite is better for beginners, and that MX-Linux is more stable, Linux Mint is safer than Linux Lite (their updater lets the user selectively update the OS) and easier for beginners than MX.

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Linux Mint Cinnamon Edition (Photo Credit: Linux Mint)

At the moment, there are people who would like to see the Linux Mint project come to an end.

To be most straightforward with you, I hate it when a distribution of Linux goes into oblivion.

On Tuesday, the 21st of May, 2019, the developers of Antergos mentioned via a blog post of theirs, that they would be ending the Antergos Linux project (The hearts of the people who used that distribution of Linux was broken that day).

In reality, there is a huge number of Linux distributions out there (And, a percentage of them will meet their untimely demise).

However, in regards to Linux Mint, I believe that it would be around for a very long time (In May 2019, the Linux Mint team received $24,149.00 in donations from 868 people; which is proof that there are people who love Linux…

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A Great Review of SalixOS

Hi everyone! Here is a great review of SalixOS for responsible users. The reason I’m looking into this again is that my beloved MX-Linux, based on Debian Stable, may not be able to avoid systemd once Debian Buster is released (MX is based on Debian Stable). And there are plenty of good reasons to avoid systemd, even for us ordinary non-technical folks who just want a reliable OS that doesn’t spy on us and report back to the Mother Ship and stuff, as systemd does (didjya know it’s linked to Google!?!), journaling and logging everything!

It’s probably totally unrealistic of me to hope for, but just imagine if MX-Linux (which has been at the top of Distrowatch for awhile) got together with SalixOS (which is ranked even below server-only distros, unbelievably). Maybe the Salix devs could teach MX how to get around systemd in spite of Debian’s efforts to make it impossible, and MX could teach SalixOS about the supercool tool set that makes it so awesome. Both distros have the same mission: To make Linux manageable for us ordinary casual users, while avoiding the instability, unpredictability, and bloat of the popular “newbie” distros.

Yup, probably totally unrealistic of me to even wish for such a thing. But I suspect that SalixOS will be inheriting a lot of new users once MX-19 comes around, if they are unable to avoid systemd.

Autism, Awareness, and Acceptance — The Last Refuge

Sorry. Comments had to be closed.April is Autism Awareness Month. That might not even be on my radar if I wasn’t the grandmother of two fantastic little boys who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Old timers here might remember praying for our family and our grandson Conner three years ago when he had […]

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