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Notable Forks of Slackware Linux, Oldest Surviving Linux Distro

In this post, we will take a look at some notable forks of Slackware Linux. Recently, I published a post that honoured Slackware Linux, one of the oldest surviving Linux distributions. While Slackware is appreciated by advanced Linux users for its simplicity, stability and adherence to UNIX philosophies, it is often considered as a “Hard to master” distribution for beginners. Possible reasons include its minimalist approach, less out-of-the-box functionality, and limited automated tools compared to modern Linux distributions.


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A quick review of Lubuntu 24.04 Alpha Noble Numbat

In this blog post, we do a quick and short review of Lubuntu 24.04 Alpha. The 24.04 release of Ubuntu is code named Noble Numbat. In this, we delve into the firsthand experience of installing Lubuntu 24.04 Alpha on a modestly equipped laptop. This exploration is not just about the technical process but also a personal journey with the Ubuntu family, particularly Lubuntu, and its lightweight capabilities.


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Downsides of Ubuntu based Linux Distributions

In this blog post, we will explore the downsides of Ubuntu based Linux distributions. that is, distributions that are derived from or use code base of Ubuntu. We will delve into some of the common issues that users face when using Ubuntu-based distributions. We will also discuss the possible solutions to these issues to help users get the best out of their Ubuntu-based systems.


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Bodhi- Lightweight Linux distribution for Older Computers

Bodhi Linux, a lightweight Linux distribution for older computers, is based on Ubuntu that uses the Moksha Desktop Environment. The philosophy behind Bodhi Linux is to provide a minimal base system so that users can install the software they want, making it an ideal choice for older machines with limited resources. In this article, we will cover the key features, history, Moksha Desktop Environment, customization options, and alternatives to Bodhi Linux.


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My favourite Discontinued Linux Distributions

In this post, find a list of my favourite discontinued linux distributions. Linux offers a wide variety of choices when it comes to distributions. Some of these have stood the test of time, while others have been discontinued for various reasons. We will explore some once-popular Linux distributions that are now discontinued. I have tested or used each of the distributions in this blog post at some period of time, typically between 2017 and 2020.


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Running Alpine Linux on VPS : A Basic Guide

This blog post offers a comprehensive guide to running Alpine Linux on VPS (Virtual Private Server). It covers the benefits, such as lightweight design and enhanced security features, and the challenges like limited package availability and a steep learning curve. The article also provides practical tips for optimizing performance and security settings, making it a valuable resource for both beginners and seasoned VPS users.


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Managing Cloud storage and backups using Rclone

In this post, let us take a look at Managing Cloud storage and backups using Rclone. With Rclone, you can easily connect to popular cloud storage providers like Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon S3, and many more. It is a powerful command-line program that allows you to manage files on various cloud storage platforms. It is widely used on Linux, Windows, and Mac systems, making it a versatile tool for users across different operating systems.


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Open Source Office Software : A continuous evolution since 1990s

In this post, we will explore the world of open source office software from 1990s to 2020s.  The open-source office software landscape underwent remarkable development and growth during this era. This post provides an overview of major software tools and their key features during this period. Specifically, we explore the evolution of open-source office suites from 2000 to 2021, highlighting major players, web-based solutions, lesser-known tools, and mobile apps. This post was updated in March 2024.


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Open Source Software tools for podcasting – Useful Resources for podcasters

In this post, let us explore the world of open source software tools for podcasting. We will explore the programs or applications that have been instrumental in my journey since gaathastory’s inception.  इस ब्लॉग पोस्ट में हम पॉडकास्टिंग के लिए ओपन सोर्स टूल्स के बारे में बात करेंगे | ब्लॉग पोस्ट गाथा स्टोरी पॉडकास्ट के अनुभव से प्रेरित है। हम इसमें प्रयुक्त टूल्स की चर्चा करेंगे। हमारा उद्देश्य पॉडकास्टर्स को सही टूल्स का चयन करने में मदद करना है।

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A 20 year Eventful Office Suite Journey: from Staroffice to Libreoffice

This morning I read a news article about LIbreoffice, which made me reflect of my office suite journey. Reading the article from Makeuseof, and looking at the web based interface brought back a flood of memories. I have tinkered around with open source and propereiraty  office suites since 2000. The 2024 update about LibreOffice, the free and open source office suite, is the latest in this journey. (more…)

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Lookback – Fifteen Years using Linux and Open Source

January of 2017 marks my Fifteen years using Linux and Open Source Software. I had written this post originally around that era, but this post never got published. Learn how I got introduced to Linux, open source software, my early years with RPM based distributions, installation challenges, and what I have come to learn so far. The era in which this post was written might also explain to the reader why the names of some distributions and version numbers may appear different.This post was revised and updated in February 2024.