Makulu, Ubuntu, and Red Hat

by Ostatic Staff - Mar. 10, 2014

Today's perusal of the headlines revealed a review of MakuluLinux 5, a Debian derivative with unusual default software. In addition, Matt Hartley asks if animosity towards Ubuntu is misplaced and recounts recent controversies. Finally today, another interview with Red Hat CEO and a review of Red Hat clone ClearOS are covered.

Jack M. Germain at put MakuluLinux through its paces recently and published a review today saying, "MakuluLinux was already a solidly performing distro, but the latest version, released last month, takes Makulu to the next level of usability and maturity." MakuluLinux is based on Debian ships with several desktop choices, lots of themes and wallpapers, and an interesting software selection. Germain says the default desktop design is "both appealing and functional." He concludes, "If you are looking for a modernized Xfce desktop and a wealth of software and different features, MakuluLinux 5 could be the distro that revitalizes your Linux experience." See that full review for all the details.

Today Matt Hartley wondered if Ubuntu animosity is misplaced. He says he examined the "most common issues Ubuntu detractors have with the popular Linux distribution" and discusses in today's post if these issues "should be of concern." After running those down, Hartley concludes in part, "the Ubuntu project has not only done wonders for propelling Linux adoption among governments and schools, they've made Linux accessible to the common user as well." See that full post for more.

Finally , Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat President and CEO, was featured in a interview in today's Triangle Business Journal online. Speaking on the shortage of qualified candidates for the technical jobs, he told the Journal that teachers and business leaders need to encourage student to take more STEM and computer classes early and often. They should become mentors, start students early and continue through college.

In related news, Jesse Smith took ClearOS 6.5 for a spin and shared his results in this week's Distrowatch Weekly. His review is quite thorough but concludes with the following handy ratings chart, but see the full review for all the details.

* Advanced file systems (Btrfs/ZFS): 3
* Documentation: 4
* Ease of installation: 2
* Ease of maintaining/upgrading: 3
* Length of support for each release: 3
* Performance: 3
* Stability: 4
* Steps required to enable services: 0