I’m *OFFICIALLY* updating my estimate of how many Linux OSes there are, from 2000+++ to 3001+ now, and that includes all the Distros, SPINS, Flavors, DE’s, etc.

I have some bad news for VzLinux tho, i.e. even the Linux “Public” isn’t going to like the Virtuozzo Linux 9 Beta. Am not sure about their Stable 8 ‘n 8.5 versions, since I haven’t tried them yet. ‘Technical people‘ like Developers, Programmers, IT Specialists, Maintainers, etc. would probably like it, but the “Public” prospects are going to at least want a browser.

  • UPDATE: roughly 3+ hrs since publishing this post, I have installed VzLinux 8/8.5, and it is as stable as a rock. Will be doing a post on it possibly tomorrow (?). Different Gnome version. All the updating is working great, and have used the same method from the AlmaLinux 8.5 KDE Plasma post to install KDE Plasma DE. These RHEL-based CentOS ‘Clones‘ (?) are about to take over the Tier One on the Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page. \o/ ’Hippity hip Hoorah’ \o/
  • UPDATE 1/18/2022: VzLinux 8/8.5 is just not in the same league as AlmaLinux 8.5 KDE Plasma, IMHO. Was set to do a big post on it, but there have been too many little small issues. AlmaLinux has been ahead of the others in this ‘Race to replace CentOS‘ right out of the gate, and was only briefly slowed down by Gnome’s recent Dash to Panel extension issues…that’s when I moved to the KDE Plasma DE. VzLinux 8/8.5 may be fine for ‘Technical people‘ like Developers, Programmers, IT Specialists, Maintainers, etc., but it is just not ready for “normal people” using it for ‘Desktop Duty‘.

VzLinux Is the RHEL-based Linux Operating System You’ve Never Heard of:

But there’s another CentOS-like Linux distribution, one that’s been around for over two decades, VzLinux. You’ve probably never heard of this particular take on the enterprise-ready Linux distribution. The reason for that is because VzLinux has served as the foundation for OpenVz and several commercial products offered by Virtuozzo.

Virtuozzo was found in 1997 under the name SWoft in Herndon, Virginia. Its primary focus was/is virtualization and storage and it wasn’t until 2002 that the company released the 2.0 version of their containers/virtualization storage solution.

Outside of what we’ve already discussed, you’ll find VzLinux chock full of outstanding features, such as:

  • GNOME desktop environment 3.32.2
  • Anaconda installer
  • systemd init software
  • XFS journaling file system
  • bash 4.4
  • kernel 4.18
  • OpenJDK – 8b292
  • OpenSSH 8.0p1
  • Perl 5.26.3
  • Python 3.6.8
  • Samba 4.13.3
  • systemd 239

Jack is clearly describing another version, because this VzLinux 9 Beta has the 5.14.0-39 Linux Kernel, and not that “kernel 4.18” he mentions above. That could be the problem wid 9 Beta.

  • The Linux Kernel is literally a Religion to many Linux advocates (Red Hat, Slackware, and Puppy Linux are three of the rare exceptions). I have labeled the most radical of them – ‘Kernel Addicts‘. The radical ones literally ‘send up prayers of Thanks‘ if they find their *KERNEL* has been updated – Praise be to *KERNEL*!!!!!!!!
                                                Linux Kernel High Priestess

I’m not kidding

What is the Linux kernel?

The kernel, if implemented properly, is invisible to the user, working in its own little world known as kernel space, where it allocates memory and keeps track of where everything is stored. What the user sees—like web browsers and files—are known as the user space. These applications interact with the kernel through a system call interface (SCI).

VzLinux: Virtuozzo Linux 9 Beta

This/these GNOME 40 version/s have chased me away from using Gnome DE and to learning ‘n using KDE Plasma. Take a look at this GNOME 40.4.0 version that VzLinux 9 Beta has – three pics:

That desktop sorta reminded me of my old Android tablet where I could slide things out, but it suks here, IMHO.

What’s wid sticking a Cuban Cigar-sized Dock right the Display’s ‘Prime Real Estate‘ area?!

I tried to find a way to install a KDE Plasma DE, but epel-release and/or any epel related repository kept throwing up error messages.

Here’s the “About” pic:

Conclusion

  • NOTE: see two above UPDATES in reference to VzLinux 8’s stable performance.

VzLinux 9 Beta seems to be more for the ‘Technical people‘ like Developers, Programmers, IT Specialists, Maintainers, etc. than normal desktop users. The Anaconda installer wouldn’t allow me to add LibreOffice software, and it didn’t add a browser either.

Maybe the Stable versions wid the 4.18 kernel are more user friendly, like AlmaLinux 8.5 KDE Plasma, and these Beta’s can be a pain quite often.

Definitely some ‘Desktop Duty‘ potential there, and when I get caught back up I will certainly give it some more testing. CentOS Stream 9 gave me some fits recently, and I believe it was using that 5.14 or 5.15 kernel – Praise be to *KERNEL*!!!!!!!!  😉

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!