musings

  • Best of 2012

    Two free very useful products this year…

    Xubuntu: Ubuntu is the best of all words in a desktop Operating System. Unfortunately the Unity desktop environment has ruined the product. I know a few folks who like Mint, but Xubuntu is everything I love in Ubuntu without the Unity so it wins. The stripped down interface consumes much less resources while maintaining it’s simple usefulness. Xubuntu easily makes my list this year.

    VirtualBox: The real value in VirtualBox is that it is a stable virtual environment that works well on Xubuntu. I run 3 to 4 simultaneous virtual machines on my Xubuntu laptop and I’ve never had a problem with interfaces, unsupported hardware, etc. Oracle has done a fine job of maintaining  VirtualBox which is fast becoming a default install for anyone working in security.