Saturday, June 11, 2011

Puppy Linux With Enlightenment

Macpup looks interesting: Puppy Linux 5.25 + the Enlightenment desktop + Firefox 4. Lucid Puppy had a pretty good-looking default desktop, and Enlightenment looks incredibly slick for a lightweight desktop, based on my experience with Bodhi Linux. Therefore this distro could combine performance with beauty in a way that only Bodhi has before.

Distribution Release: Macpup 525 ( News)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Distribution Release: Peppermint OS Two ( News)

Peppermint OS Two has been released. This is the second version of the cloud-centric, Ubuntu-based distribution. It looks like the new version is specifically based on Lubuntu but uses the Openbox window manager alone rather than the complete LXDE desktop.

Distribution Release: Peppermint OS Two ( News)

Thursday, June 9, 2011 Videos Don't Work on Unity

Doug Roberts of Linux Journal wrote a blog post about the inconveniences of the Ubuntu bug reporting system. What struck me, however, was the problem that drove him to Ubuntu's Launchpad site:

So I noticed a few days ago that videos on had stopped working. I’m running Ubuntu 11.04 and Unity.

This reminds me of the reason I first decided to stick with Xfce over GNOME. In my case, it was that YouTube videos played more smoothly, but Flash seems to have a lot of problems with GNOME-based desktops.

Ubuntu Bug Reporting (Again) | Linux Journal

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

New Built-in Screenshot Feature in Enlightenment Desktop

Jeff Hoogland blogs about a new tool in the Enlightenment desktop, the default graphic interface for Bodhi Linux. Enlightenment users no longer have to download a third-party application to take screenshots. Instead, they can install a simple tool, similar to the screenshot tool in desktops like GNOME, to get the job done. This feature will come in handy whenever I get around to my review of Bodhi Linux 1.1.0.

Thoughts on Technology: HOWTO: Easily Take Screenshots in the Enlightenment Desktop

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Greybird on Xfce-Look

If you like the look of the Xubuntu 11.04 default theme but don't want to actually run Xubuntu, you're in luck. Somebody posted the Greybird theme on Xfce-Look, making it available to Xfce users running faster distributions.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Xfce Theme: Pepperlake

Another complete Xfce theme has made its way to Xfce-Look. Pepperlake, according to its creator, is designed to "incorporate a dark style with light menus so items are clearly visible."  Here's a screenshot of the theme with the Elementary icon set and with the top panel's alpha level (level of opacity) set to 90%.

I set the top panel to be slightly transparent because the panel has the same gradient color as the window title bar. I found the effect visually jarring, and it disappears if you make the panel slightly transparent.