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The FreeBSD projects boast of the most stable operating system kernel in the world. Created from the University of Berkeley’s BSD4.4Lite sources, it’s a valid claim. And when such a kernel is blended with one of the most comfortable userlands of the world, magic happens. Ladies and gentlemen, we bring to you PC-BSD, a perfect fusion of BSD’s kernel and GNU’s userland—an operating system that’s aesthetic, pleasurable and complete in every aspect, and which has been designed keeping the assassination of Microsoft in mind.

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A CLI-based browser? Whatever for? Are you still in the early 90s? You may pose all these questions, but the truth is that Lynx, a CLI-based browser, is the favourite of many.

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With simplicity and stability continuing to be top priorities, Slackware 12.2 doesn’t disappoint.

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First, there was Slackware. And then there was Slax. As the similarity between the names suggests, Slax is actually a size-optimised (well, from 1.9 GB worth of installation files to a 190.1MB LiveCD) version of Slackware that’s meant for use as a Live CD and LiveUSB.

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The newly released version KDE 4.2 stands out for offering a fantastic desktop experience.

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Version 2.6 of The GIMP has recently hit the streets (err… I mean the Web) and we’re taking it for a test drive.

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…as Captain Jack Sparrow would have said. Well anyway, it doesn’t matter whether you want KDE 4.2 aboard or not, but the new gecko can surely set sail your Black Pearl… oops! I mean, your computer.

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It’s arguably the most feature and multimedia-rich distro out of the box…and it’s now available in a new avatar. With massive improvements in the software database and in hardware support, the much-hyped Sabayon version 4oh is knocking on your doors.

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Enter PackageKit, a distribution-neutral package manager.

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…but is it really worth it?