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Monday, July 18, 2022

Sega Saturn Emulator: Medfen

 We will be performing a test with the Sega Saturn Emulator named Medfen. I would test out Yabause, but it has not been updated or patched for the last 5 years. According to Linux Standards, that would render it a dead program by default.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Zorin OS, a nice Windows and Mac alternative. The Linux Minute

Zorin OS - The Linux Minute

Zorin OS is one of those Linux operating system that not only looks nice on the outside, it play nice on the inside as well. 

Zorin OS is the alternative to Windows and macOS designed to make your computer faster, more powerful, secure, and privacy-respecting.

The operating system is even customizable to your preferences and likes. Here I have set the appearance and behavior to mirror the Windows 11 operating system.

This is the standard Windows 10 interface type, if that is your preference. This is set to this style by default when you install the operating system.

This version more closely resembles Windows 8 and 7, since the select menu item will render its name on the taskbar below.

This menu option is reminiscent of the Android operating system or the Mac OS as well.

Here is you standard , stick the menu and task bar on the side of the scree. This is handy if you need more screen real estate to work with when editing pictures.

This closely resembles a Mac style menu that can be used.

This is a more blown out version of the Mac menu, complete with the search bar when select the 9x9 grid of dots.

Now here we have the Windows 11 style interface, which is only available in the "PRO" version, which runs for around $40.

A nice side bar interface for you vertical pleasure.

Windows 7 standard interface.

As you can imagine, the OS comes complete with Libre Office, which is just as up to par as Microsoft Office 365 currently is. Even more so than MS O365. It just seems so much more robust and powerful than your standard install of MS0365.

In Zorin , we even have options provided for us for video and audio editing and podcasting. Just record your audio and then upload it to your favorite podcasting service. In the video realm, as with the audio, edit your final product in one of the many video editors that are free to download and then upload your video to the platform of your choosing. Some apps even let you upload the video directly to the platform, including Davinci Resolve(yes, you can down load and edit your videos for free with no watermark, up to 1080P), KDEN Live , and many others.

Gaming is a breeze in Zorin as well. Here I am playing Command and Conquer, that is free to download as well. I wonder if it will be raining?

Nighttime mode is activated, and for this desktop theme it has two colors of mountain ranges, THis is the sundown mode.

Next up is the weather app, it is installed by default and finds your weather forecasts for your local area, very easily.

The settings menu is relatively easy to navigate as well since it resembles a windows setting interface.

And as you might of guessed, it also auto updates itself as well. You can also turn off the auto updates if you so choose to.

You can also choose to skip the updates, that is if you are still working on documents, and what not.

The Zorin store is complete as well. Since it runs on two different Linux builds, Ubuntu and Debian, it has flatpack install capability as well as DEB and SNAP. Even though it has 3 different install libraries that it can pull from, I have never encountered any issues with the OS failing after an update. I run my build on a HP G3 600 series Quad Core i5-6500 series CPU with 16GB of ram.

Here is a better view of the store and some of the apps that reside there. There are many more programs listed in the store and 90% of them have free options for download. You can preview what is inside the store by running the Live Version of the program, which just runs the OS from the USB stick you imaged it to, without over writing anything in the main hard drive of your computer. So read the last two parts of the review about shutdown procedures and download Zorin OS today!

Shutting the computer down is just as easy as shutting down a Windows machine. Just select the menu interface, in this case the letter Z icon. Then select the power button over to the right to receive your power options

Now the final task is just to select the Power Off button and your Zorin OS computer will safely shut down.


Click on the link below and download ZORIN OS today!

Download Zorin OS

Friday, July 1, 2022

Things that make you go boom. - The Linux Minute

Fireworks and the Linux Operating System - The Linux Minute

There are too many fireworks in the mix for people to be lighting off and disturbing ones sleep, when they have to go to work the next day. 2 A.M., not acceptable. 3 A.M., not acceptable, and 4:30 A.M., definitely not acceptable.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

We are here to talk about Emulators, emulation, retro like operating systems and Linux Operating Systems and the one operating system that is very patriotic.

 Peach OSI : Patriot 

The Patriotic Operating System

The reason that it is a patriotic operating system is not only because of its name, but it also displays people skating in New York in front of the American flag and the background sounds that are enabled in desktop mode are a busy crowd. There are many desktop pictures to choose from which are all patriotic in nature. Fireworks audio files can even be set to be played at random to give it more of a 4th of July feel to the operating system.

Peach OSI:Patriot – a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu, with an OSX-like interface.

Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, Peach OSI: Patriot has been defined as discontinued since it has not had any development since 2019. I emailed them and asked if any newer versions will be released. I am currently still awaiting a response.

Here is a basic picture of the OS's desktop mode.

There is also a search menu that is a a bit odd, but albeit, familiar within the Mac World, since it is emulating the Mac environment.

There are quite a few programs already installed, but don't get me wrong. This is not an over bloated operating system like Microsoft Windows. The install barely takes up 8 gigabytes of hard drive space compared to windows almost insanely 36GB to 50GB depending on options that you install.

Peach OSI:Patriot comes with a large set of pre-installed applications by default, such as: Firefox, Midori, KeePassX, Desktop Webmail, Pidgin, Ubuntu Software Center, LibreOffice, AbiWord, Dictionary, Orage Calendar, digiKam, Entangle, Gimp, Blender, gmusicbrowser, Banshee, Ardour3, Brasero, wxBanker, Backups, Wine, Grub Customizer, and a whole lot more.

Google Chrome is not included but it is easily installed if that is your flavor.

You can also download a Linux version for the many different flavors in Debian, Ubuntu, Mint. Fedora, CentOS Stream. OpenSUSE versions of Brave Browser. That is, if you like to earn coin and rewards, whilst browsing the interwebs.

There is even a program that was developed to help make using Wine even easier. What this program exists for is to make it so that normal Windows users who still need to use a few odd programs, can install them easily and execute them. I have not tested this feature as of yet, but I will do so with an oddity of a program called Manga Maker by Comipo, in the near future.

You can think of this as a sub menu system that contains all your windows programs and contains them in one district. I am sure that you can make shortcuts to said programs, seeing as versatile and powerful as Linux is made to be.

Peach OSI:Patriot even comes with Libre Office already installed so that you may edit and create Microsoft Office style documents, for work ,school or home use. You can even save your work as Microsoft office documents file architypes such as DOCx or XLSX, which are Microsoft 2007-2013 file types and compatible with Microsoft Office 365.

As you may see, this is just a basic rundown of the current version of Peach OSI : Patriot. With a few addons you can make the desktop icons and menu icons more appealing to the eye. This is just another flavor of Linux, that is a bit easier to use for above entry level users who have converted over from the Windows or Mac environment for a little while.

So go out and download the operating system at the link at the bottom, install and enjoy! 😄