5 Linux Distros to Try

June 08, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on June 1, 2020

I covered a lot of Linux distributions in my Syracuse InfoSpace blog on evolving with open source software . After 5 years of browsing Distrowatch.com and Linux distro hopping (with good reasons) , I want to share my subjective, uninfluenced list of 5 Linux distros you should try.

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5 Websites For IT Training

June 03, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on August 21, 2017

Here are 5 websites with great free IT training.

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Why Distro Watch Rocks

June 01, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on February 15, 2016

Distro Watch is a user-friendly site where you can find info and reviews for over 100 Linux and BSD distributions. There are four reasons why this is awesome:

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Uberstudent 4.3

June 01, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on January 25, 2016

Let me first admit that I haven’t used Edubuntu and therefore can’t compare it to Uberstudent. Now, I want to respect the above image as much as possible. Thankfully, that’s easy to do because Ubuntu-based Uberstudent has so many useful apps pre-installed and quick links included in the menu. Though many senior Linux users may not care much for this, novice FLOSS users and college students will appreciate the pre-installed open-source apps and links which allow you to start doing everything the average user would need to do :

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Syncthing for Syncing Phones and Linux

June 01, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on March 7, 2016

When I made the transition from Windows to GNU / Linux, the one BIG issue I struggled the most with was the inability to connect my smartphone to my laptop to transfer photos and ringtones. I prefer to create my own ringtones. Since I didn’t want to use Google Drive or Dropbox (because popular apps and weird me), I had to find another alternative. Somehow, probably from Podnutz, I found out about Syncthing, and I’ve been using it ever since.

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Shutter for Linux Screenshot

June 01, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on March 21, 2016

For Linux distros, XFCE4-Screenshooter (or Screenshot) seems to be the norm based off the few distros I’ve used. It does what the average user would need it to do – in the GUI or CLI.

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Linux Ubuntu Server Vs Windows Server

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on May 21, 2017

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Linux 2015

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on May 21, 2017

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Free or Open Source Software Starter Pack 2016

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on February 6, 2017

Continuing the trend from 2015, this late list is specifically for Linux users. I published the Windows list months ago.

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Open Source (Read “FREE”) Software Starter Pack 2015

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on November 16, 2015

Are you hesitant about jumping into Linux but enjoy the idea of using Open Source Software? Check these apps out.

Libre Office – This software suite is capable of just as much as Microsoft Office, excluding Microsoft Outlook. I donate sometimes to show gratitude for the product. Oh. . .

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My Plans for 2017

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on January 23, 2017

I asked IT professionals from the Rallypoint community what topics I should cover in future Linux and FOSS related podcasts. I got great suggestions involving security:

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Linux Ubuntu Server versus Windows Server

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on April 10, 2017

This post goes further in-depth with my thoughts in the Syracuse University InfoSpace blog about evolving with open source software.

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Linux MX-16

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on July 3, 2017

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5 Reasons Why a Linux Newbie Would Like Linux Mint Cinnamon

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on October 19, 2015

Linux Mint is a great full-featured Linux distribution for beginners with decent laptops with adequate RAM.

Why?

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Linux For the Rest of Us Help

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on August 29, 2016

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This tutorial will cover how to use a GNU/Linux Operating System, also known as Linux distribution or distro, for free without overwriting any data. I’ll be assuming you’re currently running Windows for this tutorial but that affect most of the steps.

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Linux 2018

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on March 1, 2019

Notes

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Linux 2017

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on February 26, 2018

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Linux 2016

May 31, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on May 30, 2017

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5 Reasons I Enjoy Linux Distro Hopping

May 29, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on November 7, 2016

DistroWatch.com lists over 200 operating systems, or distributions (distros), built on top of the Linux kernel for many different purposes – older and smaller laptops, multimedia production, data rescue, security, and more. “Distro hopping” refers to whenever a Linux user switches from one Linux distro to another – same concept as ditching Windows for an Apple computer but you don’t need to buy new hardware, you have more options, and its free. Linux users distro hop for many reasons. I have five.

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10 Things To Do After You Install Linux Deepin 2015

May 29, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on February 2, 2016

Click here for my latest review – deepin 15.9

Many deepin fans were anxious about the release of Deepin 2015. Continuing the trend from my deepin 2014.3 review, here are some recommendations for after you install Deepin 2015.

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10 Things To Do After You Install Linux Deepin 2014.3

May 29, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on August 13, 2015

Click here for my latest review – deepin 15.9

Deepin is a beautiful Ubuntu-based distro originated in China that uses HTML5. These are my “non-expert” top five recommendations for after you install Deepin 2014.3.

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10 Things To Do After Installing deepin 15.9

May 27, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on May 6, 2019

A couple months ago I realized I’d only published one IT blog in 2018. But I posted it on Syracuse InfoSpace. Since my deepin blogs are my most popular, I decided to check out the newest version at the time – deepin 15.7 – but never published a blog.

Months after focusing on distributing music (yes, I’m on Spotify) and music blogs, I wanted to fix this ASAP. So I installed 15.9 (15.10 is available for download as of May 3, 2019) and edited this blog.

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10 Sites to find Open Source Alternatives

May 27, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on January 30, 2017

I’m always looking for newer and more efficient solutions to accomplish a task rather than simply forcing ways to accomplish new issues with older solutions. Here are 10 websites to check out when you want to think outside the box with not only Free and Open Source (FOSS) but substitute applications.

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