Virtual Distro Sampler

Linux Mint 4.0 Daryna Community Edition

The popular Linux Mint distro, which is currently ranked fifth at DistroWatch, offers an abundance of user tools with an impressive collection of original management utilities.

SimplyMEPIS 7.0

SimplyMEPIS has attracted a loyal following with its well-designed interface and carefully selected tool set. SimplyMEPIS 7.0 includes a smart collection of applications for the home and office – with many more available for download at the MEPIS site and the Debian Stable repositories.


Our innovative Live Distro sampler lets you sample and test five great Live distributions without rebooting. While you're at it, you can also test drive the popular Ubuntu "Gutsy Gibbon" host system. We hope you enjoy this month's Linux Magazine Virtual Live Distro Sampler DVD.

System Requirements

Processor: Pentium-class 1 GHz or better

Memory: 512MB RAM; more is recommended

Disk Space: 2GB Minimum

Additional Resources

[1] Ubuntu:

[2] CentOS:

[3] DreamLinux:

[4] Kubuntu:

[5] Mint Linux:

[6] MEPIS:

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  • issue 90 Virtual Distro #$!!%!!

    After several months, I decided to assemble a system to run and install your Virtual Sampler DVD from issue 90. I had a few false starts with some bad DVD drives, I even copied the DVD-ROM, but eventually I was able to "install" your Ubuntu from the DVD. did not recognize my login name and password!

    I tried different spellings. I reinstalled and tried different names and passwords. About three more hours went by. Oh, I see "ubuntu" is a login name and password, but it has no privileges, so I can't read off the users, to see if I misspelled something. Then, I thought, "I'll look on the magazine site to see what they say". Hunt, hunt: "oh, a small error, the installer doesn't add any's a workaround....let us know if this solves your problem, we apologize for the inconvenience".

    Yes, your "fix" gave "ubuntu" enough privilege that I could log in with it and create admin accounts. I see no point in ranting about how every Linux distro and version I install, gives me some kind of grief like this. But all Linux users and developers have "no problems" dealing with these issues; I've given up in trying to explain that Linux for Windows users, is like French to English-speakers, they just think I'm stupid (he he) for not speaking their "French". Or that I'm evil for using paid-for software, etc. etc.

    However, all the interesting software I'd like to use or play with, comes in Linux form now. Windows software is all the commercial stuff at high prices. So, either I spend a lot of money, or I trip over every install of every change in every distribution and every version of every package I MIGHT want to run in Linux. And then, months later, it all changes again, and I either keep installing new versions, or I wipe it all and get a new distribution.

    That's how Linux looks to a good number of people, who are not dummies.

    Herb (deleted)
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