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Absolute Linux 13.0.2 Review

Oct 13, 2009, 20:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Lynch)

[ Thanks to Jim Lynch for this link. ]

"Absolute Linux can be considered a more light-weight version of Linux since you won't find the beautiful but bloated KDE or Gnome desktop environments on it. Instead you'll find IceWM, a very fast and light-weight window manager. If you've never used IceWM before please keep an open mind about it. It may not be as pretty as KDE or Gnome but it more than makes up for it by keeping the distros that offer it very fast (even on older hardware).

"What's New In This Release

"Here's a list of what's new in this release:

"Gtk themes in, K3B and KDE libs out:

"Brasero has replaced K3B and kdelibs, kdemultimedia and arts have all been removed. Gtk themes have been implimented and are changeable via customized gtk-chtheme utility. While we are staying away from the heavy integrated environments, we can still get our lightweight apps to look good and coordinate with each other… changing Gtk theme also changes icewm theme, desktop background (in pcmanfm) and window background for ROX-Filer.

"So far there are themes of clearlooks, warm, gray and black. Any contribs most welcome. For background info, check out the /usr/local/bin/settheme script. It is called from gtk-chtheme and the script lets you know exactly what files are being used."

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