Forbes: How To Test Drive 200+ Linux Distributions Without Ever Downloading Or Installing Them. “I’ve written about two fantastic tools that help people discover the ideal Linux distribution tailored to their needs and expectations, but a new tool just materialized on my radar and frankly, it’s blowing my mind.” Apparently this enthusiastic review crashed the site being reviewed, so you might want to wait a day or so on this one.
BetaNews: Zorin OS 15 Linux distro is ready to replace Microsoft Windows 10 on your PC. “Zorin OS is one of my favorite Linux-based operating systems to recommend to those switching from Windows. Why? Well, it is designed to look very much like traditional Windows. With Windows 7 support ending soon, Zorin OS should feel very familiar to those moving from Microsoft’s OS. Not to mention, it is stable, fast, beautiful, and relatively easy to use.” If you have a Windows user in your life who wants to switch to Linux, I can’t recommend Zorin enough. Its learning curve is gentle and its interface is familiar to Windows users.
BetaNews: Undetectable HiddenWasp backdoor malware hits Linux users, allowing for full control of infected systems. “HiddenWasp is slightly unusual in having Linux in its sights, and the targeted remote control tool is able to avoid detection by all major antivirus software. The malware is described as ‘sophisticated’ as it comprises a deployment script, a trojan and a rootkit.”
BetaNews: Peppermint 10 Ubuntu-based Linux distribution available for download. “Today, a lesser-known (but very good) Ubuntu-based operating system reaches a new milestone. Called ‘Peppermint,’ version 10 is now available. Peppermint 10 should be particularly good for those with modest hardware, thanks to its use of the fairly lightweight Xfce desktop environment and available 32-bit variant. With that said, those with more powerful computers should have a positive experience with Peppermint 10 too.”
Ars Technica: Ubuntu 19.04: The Disco Dingo arrives and will really make your IT dept. happy. “Canonical recently released Ubuntu 19.04, the latest version of its flagship GNOME-based Linux desktop. But if you’re a desktop user, you might be feeling a little left out.”
ZDNet: All Chromebooks will also be Linux laptops going forward. “At Google I/O in Mountain View, Google quietly let slip that ‘all devices [Chromebook] launched this year will be Linux-ready right out of the box.’ Wait. What?”
Neowin: Canonical’s next Ubuntu release is called Eoan Ermine. “Following the release of Ubuntu 19.04 last month, we found out that the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10 codename begins with the word Eoan which is an adjective defined as ‘of, or relating to, the dawn’. Since then, followers of the popular Linux distribution have been waiting to see what noun would be picked for the codename, and now we have it – Ermine.”