14th February: Valentin’s Day

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Valentine’s Day [Peanuts]

Every year on the 14th of February is celebrated the feast of lovers, in honor especially of the Saint Valentine of Terni.

The festival is very old and has gained worldwide importance only in recent centuries. But in recent decades it obviously had a commercial power to make it one of the most important anniversaries of the year.

The gesture (or the most common custom) is the gift of chocolates to the person we love..Β But of course there are many other customs, such as a love note, the gift of a plush heart, or any object that symbolizes our affection. However, chocolates are the most popular gift.

The Anglo-Saxon countries have given in the common imagination the idea that the most common gesture was also a love note, especially because it was emphasized by children’s cartoons or films, but also by some writings of shakespeare..
Obviously the gesture of the chocolates is very intimate and there are many gifts more appropriate and relevant to our feeling ..

 

Short History

There is no evidence of any link between St. Valentine’s Day and the rites of the ancient Roman festival Lupercalia, despite many claims by many authors.[20][45][notes 1][46] The celebration of Saint Valentine did not have any romantic connotations until Chaucer’s poetry about “Valentines” in the 14th century.[26] Popular modern sources claim links to unspecified Greco-Roman February holidays alleged to be devoted to fertility and love to St. Valentine’s Day, but prior to Chaucer in the 14th century, there were no links between the saints named Valentinus and romantic love.[26]

In Ancient Rome, Lupercalia, observed February 13–15, was an archaic rite connected to fertility. Lupercalia was a festival local to the city of Rome. The more general Festival of Juno Februa, meaning “Juno the purifier” or “the chaste Juno”, was celebrated on February 13–14. Pope Gelasius I (492–496) abolished Lupercalia. Some researchers have theorized that Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with the celebration of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and claim a connection to the 14th century’s connotations of romantic love, but there is no historical indication that he ever intended such a thing.[46][notes 2][47] Also, the dates do not fit because at the time of Gelasius I, the feast was only celebrated in Jerusalem, and it was on February 14 only because Jerusalem placed the Nativity of Jesus (Christmas) on January 6.[notes 3] Although it was called “Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary”, it also dealt with the presentation of Jesus at the temple.[48] Jerusalem’s Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary on February 14 became the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple on February 2 as it was introduced to Rome and other places in the sixth century, after Gelasius I’s time.[48]

Alban Butler in his Lifes of the Principal Saints (1756–1759) claimed without proof that men and women in Lupercalia drew names from a jar to make couples, and that modern Valentine’s letters originated from this custom. In reality, this practice originated in the Middle Ages, with no link to Lupercalia, with men drawing the names of girls at random to couple with them. This custom was combated by priests, for example by Frances de Sales around 1600, apparently by replacing it with a religious custom of girls drawing the names of apostles from the altar. However, this religious custom is recorded as soon as the 13th century in the life of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, so it could have a different origin

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X: the first 64-core desktop CPU

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It is the first processor for desktop systems with 64 cores inside and represents the fastest currently available on the market. However, it requires applications that are able to take advantage of the high number of cores present to give the best. It is therefore not for everyone, starting from the price: 3,999 dollars!

 

The Ryzen Threadripper family of processors debuted on the market with the first versions in the summer of 2017, representing a radical novelty compared to what AMD previously offered. For the first time, in fact, the American company has been able to offer a product intended specifically for the field of HEDT systems, High-End Desktop, putting itself in direct contrast with the range of Intel solutions of the Core-X series.

 

In the comparison between the two families of Intel and AMD HEDT CPUs, some differences immediately became clear: AMD aimed to offer a higher number of cores, clearly evident with the transition to the number of 32 in the debut of the second generation Ryzen Threadripper CPUs , while Intel has benefited from higher clock rates and superior single-core efficiency. The particular architecture of the first two generations of Ryzen Threadripper processor, borrowed directly from the EPYC proposals for datacenters, also represented a limit with those applications highly dependent on the latency of access to system memory.

 

However, everything has changed with the debut of the third generation of Ryzen Threadripper processors, based on Zen 2 architecture and built with 7 nanometer production technology, which took place last November. AMD presented two models, equipped with 24 and 32 core architecture respectively, anticipating the debut of a third version capable of offering 64 internal cores.

Oscar nominations 2020

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Like every year, the Oscar nominations capture everyone’s attention and interest, especially to consider which is actually the best film. Although from an theoretical point of view the Oscar should represent the best film, it often represents the most successful film, which is not necessarily the best.

This year the most successful film was Joker and in fact Joaquin Phonenix was nominated for 11 nominations. If the film is really the best there would be much to debate. I honestly don’t like it, although I haven’t seen it. Already the idea of ​​going to see the film of one character extrapolated from another makes me lose my curiosity.

Nominations are also often given as career awards. There would be many famous actors who could receive it because they still lack the statuette. Among these is certainly Bred Pitt. But there are also many other names, such as Tom Cruise who, however, this year is not among the candidates for the Oscar and who next year could certainly win the statuette with his new film and sequel TOPGUN2.

While in the United States the winners of the statuettes are expected, in Italy Checco Zalone conquers the cinemas with his Tolo Tolo. And another film that is very controversial is the one about Bettino Craxi, which offers a rehabilitated image of the politician, who has always been considered a condemned man, despite being exiled to Tunisia to escape the condemnation of Italian justice.

 

This is a partial list of all the Oscar nominations, the main ones.

For more info https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/92nd_Academy_Awards

Best Picture

Ford v Ferrari – Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, and James Mangold
The Irishman – Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff
Jojo Rabbit – Carthew Neal and Taika Waititi
Joker – Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff
Little Women – Amy Pascal
Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach and David Heyman
1917 – Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, and Callum McDougal
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh, and Quentin Tarantino
Parasite – Kwak Sin-ae and Bong Joon-ho

 

Best Director

Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
Todd Phillips – Joker
Sam Mendes – 1917
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Bong Joon-ho – Parasite

 

Best Actor

Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory as Salvador Mallo
Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as Rick Dalton
Adam Driver – Marriage Story as Charlie Barber
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker as Arthur Fleck / Joker
Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio

 

Best Actress

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet as Harriet Tubman
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story as Nicole Barber
Saoirse Ronan – Little Women as Josephine “Jo” March
Charlize Theron – Bombshell as Megyn Kelly
RenΓ©e Zellweger – Judy as Judy Garland

 

Best Supporting Actor

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood as Fred Rogers
Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes as Pope Benedict XVI
Al Pacino – The Irishman as Jimmy Hoffa
Joe Pesci – The Irishman as Russell Bufalino
Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as Cliff Booth

 

Best Supporting Actress

Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell as Barbara “Bobi” Jewell
Laura Dern – Marriage Story as Nora Fanshaw
Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit as Rosie Betzler
Florence Pugh – Little Women as Amy March
Margot Robbie – Bombshell as Kayla Pospisil

 

Best Animated Feature Film

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – Dean DeBlois, Bonnie Arnold, and Brad Lewis
I Lost My Body – Jeremy Clapin and Marc du Pontavice
Klaus – Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh and Marisa RomΓ‘n
Missing Link – Chris Butler, Arianne Sutner and Travis Knight
Toy Story 4 – Josh Cooley, Jonas Rivera, and Mark Nielsen

 

Best International Feature Film

Corpus Christi (Poland) in Polish – Directed by Jan Komasa
Honeyland (North Macedonia) in Turkish[a] – Directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov
Les MisΓ©rables (France) in French – Directed by Ladj Ly
Pain and Glory (Spain) in Spanish – Directed by Pedro AlmodΓ³var
Parasite (South Korea) in Korean – Directed by Bong Joon-ho

 

Best Documentary Feature

American Factory – Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert
The Cave – Feras Fayyad, Kirstine Barfod, and Sigrid DyekjΓ¦r
The Edge of Democracy – Petra Costa, Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris, and Tiago Pavan
For Sama – Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts
Honeyland – Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska and Atanas Georgiev

 

Best Documentary Short Subject

In the Absence – Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) – Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva
Life Overtakes Me – John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson
St. Louis Superman – Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan
Walk Run Cha-Cha – Laura Nix and Colette Sandstedt

DUA LIPA – Don’t Start Now

 

Lyric

Did a full one eighty
Crazy, thinking about the way I was
Did the heartbreak change me?
Maybe, but look at where I ended up

I’m all good already
So moved on it’s scary
I’m not where you left me at all
So if you don’t wanna see me dancing with somebody
If you wanna believe that anything could stop me

Don’t show up
Don’t come out
Don’t start caring about me now
Walk away
You know how
Don’t start caring about me now

Aren’t you the guy who tried to
Hurt me with the word goodbye
Though it took some time to, survive you
I’m better on the other-side

I’m all good already
So moved on it’s scary
I’m not where you left me at all
So if you don’t wanna see me dancing with somebody
If you wanna believe that anything could stop me

Don’t show up
Don’t come out
Don’t start caring about me now
Walk away
You know how
Don’t start caring about me now

Don’t come out
Don’t show now
Don’t start now
Don’t come out
I’m not where you left me at all

So if you don’t wanna see me dancing with somebody
If you wanna believe that anything could stop me

Don’t show up (Don’t show up)
Don’t come out (Don’t come out)
Don’t start caring about me now (About me now)
Walk away (Walk away)
You know how (You know how)
Don’t start caring about me now

(Don’t come out, out, out)
(Don’t show now, walk away, walk away)
So (Don’t come out, out, out)
(Don’t start now, walk away, walk away)

COLDPLAY – ORPHANS

 

LYRIC

Boom boom ka, buba de ka
Boom boom ka, buba de ka
Boom boom ka, buba de ka
Rosaleem of the damascene
Yes, she had eyes like the moon
Would have been on the silver screen
But for the missile monsoon
She went, “Woo woo, woo woo ooh ooh ooh”
Indigo go up to heaven today
“Woo woo, woo woo ooh ooh ooh”
With bombs going boom ba-boom-boom
She say
I want to know when I can go
Back and get drunk with my friends
I want to know when I can go
Back and be young again
Baba would go where the flowers grow
Almond and peach trees in bloom
And he would know just when and what to sow
So golden and opportune
And he went “Woo woo, woo woo ooh ooh ooh”
Tulips the color of honey today
It’s true true, woo woo ooh ooh ooh
With bombs going boom ba-boom-boom
He say
I want to know when I can go
Back and get drunk with my friends
I want to know when I can go
Back and be young again (yeah)
Woo woo, woo woo ooh ooh ooh
Woo woo, woo woo ooh ooh ooh
Cherubim, Seraphim soon
Come sailing us home by the light of the moon
Oh I want to know when I can go
Back and get drunk with my friends
I want to know when I can go
Back and feel home again
Woo woo, woo woo ooh ooh ooh
I guess we’ll be raised on our own then
Woo woo, woo woo ooh ooh ooh
I want to be with you ’til the world ends
I want to be with you ’til the whole world ends
Boom boom ka, buba de ka
Boom boom ka, buba de ka
Boom boom ka, buba de ka
Boom

U2 – New Year’s Day

 

This is most likely one of the best known songs for the new year.

“New Year’s Day” is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the third track on their 1983 album War and was released as the album’s lead single in January 1983. With lyrics written about the Polish Solidarity movement, “New Year’s Day” is driven by Adam Clayton’s distinctive bassline and the Edge’s piano and guitar playing. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine placed the single at number 435 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. This song was also included in the Pitchfork 500.

Lyric

Yeah
All is quiet on New Year’s Day
A world in white gets underway
I want to be with you
Be with you, night and day
Nothing changes on New Year’s Day
On New Year’s Day
I will be with you again
I will be with you again
Under a blood red sky
A crowd has gathered in black and white
Arms entwined, the chosen few
The newspapers says, says
Say it’s true, it’s true
And we can break through
Though torn in two
We can be one
I, I will begin again
I, I will begin again
Oh, oh
Oh, oh
Oh, oh
Oh, oh
Oh, oh
Oh, oh
Oh, oh
Ah, maybe the time is right
Oh, maybe tonight
I will be with you again
I will be with you again
And so we’re told this is the golden age
And gold is the reason for the wars we wage
Though I want to be with you, be with you
Night and day
Nothing changes
On New Year’s Day
On New Year’s Day
On New Year’s Day

Robbie Williams – Time For Change

 

Time for change is a single excerpt from the album The Christmas Present.

he Christmas Present is the 12th studio album by British singer-songwriter Robbie Williams, and his first studio album since 2016’s The Heavy Entertainment Show. It was released on 22 November 2019, and features guest appearances from Tyson Fury, Rod Stewart, Jamie Cullum, Helene Fischer and Bryan Adams. Williams performed a pair of concerts dubbed the “Robbie Williams Christmas Party” at the SSE Arena on 16 and 17 December 2019 in promotion of the album.

 

LYRIC

For once in your life, make it matter
For once in your life, let it be
Why don’t you hand it all over?
And sing it loudly with me?
Soon we will all be forgotten
But while we’re all still here on Earth
Sing about love and forget about loss
And shout for whatever you’re worth
C’mon, spread the word
(Christmas time)
Doesn’t everyone hurt?
Do you remember the gold old days
When all the children would cheer?
Well, the time’s around, my friends
Santa’s nearly here
Christmas time, Christmas time, merry Christmas
And a happy new year
Seasons come, seasons go, winter song
Time for change is here
Mum’s got a lot to get together
And dad, he provides what he can
They’ve been saving up forever and ever and ever
Just to do it all over again
Got me dreaming of home
(Christmas time)
Fills my heart full of hope
Do you remember the gold old days
When all the children would cheer?
Well, the time’s around, my friends
Santa’s nearly here
Christmas time, Christmas time, merry Christmas
And a happy new year
Seasons come, seasons go, winter song
Time for change is here
A time for a change
Must be here
So send all your loving out into the world
It’s your gift
Do you remember the gold old days
When all the children would cheer?
Well, the time’s around, my friends
Santa’s nearly here
Christmas time, Christmas time, merry Christmas
And a happy new year
Seasons come, seasons go, winter song
Time for change is herew

 

 

The best software for musical notation

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MUSESCORE

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Musescore is absolutely the best FREE program for writing music. It is only passed by FINALE – considered a professional level – but it is paid.

It allows for fast and easy note entry on a virtual note sheet. It has an integrated sequencer to allow for immediate playback of the score. MuseScore can import and export MusicXML and standard Midi files.

MuseScore is available in more than 40 languages and is rapidly becoming the leading free music notation software and often praised as a cost effective alternative for expensive software.

https://musescore.org/it/download

 

 

TUX GUITAR

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Simple and essential program that does its job perfectly. Originally created for Linux, it has the main tools.

Imports and exports gp3,gp4 and gp5 files

https://sourceforge.net/projects/tuxguitar/

 

 

Frescobaldi

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Frescobaldi is a LilyPond sheet music text editor. It aims to be powerful, yet lightweight and easy to use. Frescobaldi is Free Software, freely available under the General Public License.

Powerful text editor with syntax highlighting and automatic completion
Music view with advanced Point & Click
Midi player to proof-listen LilyPond-generated MIDI files
Midi capturing to enter music
Powerful Score Wizard to quickly setup a music score

https://www.rosegardenmusic.com

 

 

FINALE

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This software being of professional level I recommend it to those who really require all the tools and functions, because obviously they are paid and it is not cheap …

Finale is proprietary scorewriting software developed by MakeMusic, Inc. It displays music primarily in music notation and allows for multiple tracks and very specific tweaking of instrument sounds for each track.

https://www.finalemusic.com/free-trial/

The monstrous goal of Cristiano Ronaldo against the Sampdoria.

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Have you seen Ronaldo’s last goal? Yesterday, 18th December, Juve played against Sampdoria and won with two splendid goals from Dybala and Ronaldo. In particular, Ronaldo’s goal was monstrous in technique and athletic level. CR7 hit the head ball with an incredible elevation remaining suspended for an infinite time. Cristiano Ronaldo has accustomed us to similar goals, with enormous elevations, but this goal seemed to be from another planet. One of the best goals in football.

The Best Linux Distro [december 2019]

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01] Ubuntu

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It is undoubtedly the most used distro and it probably has the largest number of supporters, both in terms of code of the Operating System and in terms of use. It is suitable for those with no particular needs and is a beginner in the Linux world. But it’s also good for those who are environment veterans.

(based on Debian)

www.ubuntu.org

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02] Opensuse

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Opensuse is renowned for being one of the first desktop-oriented distros and taking care of the graphic environment. Today with the advent of Ubuntu it is a little bit more complex for those who are beginners in the use of the package management system.

The distribution uses software packages in rpm format and adopts the Zypper command line program as their manager. In the graphical environment, the program for package management is YaST.

https://opensuse.org/

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03] LinuxMint

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Linux Mint is a GNU / Linux distribution for personal computers, known for its ease of use and ease of installation. It is based on Ubuntu (itself based on Debian) and uses both its own repositories and those of Ubnutu.

https://www.linuxmint.com/

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04] ArchLinux

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Arch Linux is a GNU / Linux distribution with i686 and x86-64 architecture, created by Judd Vinet according to the KISS philosophy (Keep It Simple, Stupid). Initially inspired by CRUX Linux, it is known to be light, fast, extremely scalable and adaptable to your needs. The peculiarity of this distro lies in being able to decide which packages to install, depending on your needs.

https://www.archlinux.org/

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05] Tails

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Tails is the well-known Linux distribution that installs on a USB pen and starts it in live mode. It is renowned for surfing the web without leaving any kind of trace on the web, taking advantage of the famous TOR browser. Also on the PC it does not leave any kind of trace.

https://tails.boum.org/

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06]Β Fedora

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It is among the most well-known distros in the Linux world. The applications of this distro are distributed under opensource license and cover all sectors making it complete even at the server level. Although it is a distro that lacks nothing, the management of installation packages is less easy than that of ubuntu. The management of software packages is the job of the DNF utility (previously yum).

https://getfedora.org/

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07] Debian

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It is the distro on which ubuntu is based and therefore have many features in common. The most substantial differences are that Debian has a much broader support community which creates numerous packages for the distro which may even be non-free. In fact, on the official website it is also possible to download the DVD version consisting of three large .iso files.

https://www.debian.org/

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08] Mageia

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Although it can be overshadowed by the better known Distro, it has the right to be mentioned to be the successor of Mandriva, as well as being based on it.

https://www.mageia.org/

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09] Gentoo

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Gentoo (or Gentoo Linux) is a GNU / Linux distribution focused on execution speed and customization possibilities.

It is unsuitable for non-experts as it is known to be a source-based distro, ie the installation of programs is done by compiling source codes on your computer rather than by pre-compiled packages.

This close relationship with the source code makes Gentoo particularly suitable to be optimized for the hardware and configured according to the needs of the user.

https://www.gentoo.org/

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10] Korora

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Korora is a Linux distro based on Fedora and at the beginning of its Gentoo-based launch.

The main objective that Korora aims to achieve is to provide a complete and user-friendly GNU / Linux operating system; in fact it includes several software not present in Fedora.

Korora is an installable Fedora Remix Live USB image which aims to provide a complete out of the box experience for new users, including support for multimedia.

https://kororaproject.org

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11] ChromeOS

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Chrome OS (or Chromium OS, referring to its open source project) is an operating system designed by Google and based on the Gentoo Linux distribution.

It is especially lightweight but can only be installed on Chromebooks. To get rid of the curiosity anyway, you can install it on a virtual machine.

https://www.chromium.org

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12] Knoppix

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And the most famous of the live distros and still today boasts the title of best live distro for reliability and completeness in applications. There is also a version that can be installed on the hard disk of your PC.

www.knopper.net/

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13] PuppyLinux

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Puppy Linux is a GNU / Linux Live CD distribution created by Barry Kauler in 2003, aimed at ease of use and limited system resource consumption: it is therefore recommended for those with old PCs.

The operating system also contains only the essential programs and weighs only about 200MB

www.puppylinux.org

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14] Slackware

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It is probably the most long-lived distro and the one aimed exclusively at the most experienced. Its installation, like that of all packages,
must be carried out mainly from the command line.

www.slackware.com/

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15] Elementary OS

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As the name implies, Elementary OS is a distro with the characteristic of ease of use. Another feature is its minimalism, that is the poor possibility of customizing the graphics. As installer he uses Ubiquity, while as windows manager he uses Gala, a modified version of Mutter. The operating system can be run directly by starting it in LiveCD mode (although with a loss of performance)

https://elementary.io/it/