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04.14.14

Distributions News: GNU/Linux Distros

Posted in News Roundup at 3:34 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

High End

Old Computers

Single-purpose

  • GParted Live 0.18.0-2 Arrives with a New Linux Kernel, 3.13.7

    GParted Live, a small bootable GNU/Linux distribution for x86-based computers that can be used for creating, reorganizing, and deleting disk partitions with the help of tools that allow managing filesystems, is now at version 0.18.0-2.

  • Clonezilla Live 2.2.2-35 Distro for Backup Is Ready for Testing

    “The underlying GNU/Linux operating system was upgraded. This release is based on the Debian Sid repository, as of April 7, 2014,” reads the official changelog.

    The Linux kernel has remained the same, 3.13.6, and this is one of the most recent ones available. It’s very likely that the next development version will feature Linux kernel 3.14.

Distrohopping

  • Opinion: Desktop spin laws that need to go away

    Various distro spin makers have made two unwritten laws that I very much disagree with:

    A) A distro spin of desktop blah should have only programs built with the same widget library that desktop blah uses

    B) A distro spin should only ship / pre-install one program for each application category

    I mention this because I’m a big KDE fan but KDE-only distro spins do not include my preferred browser (Firefox) nor my preferred office suite (LibreOffice, not that I use an office suite much) because they aren’t QT-native applications. While LibreOffice does a better job of integrating with KDE than Firefox does, both drag with them quite a bit of GTK baggage… which is considered “bloat” by many spin makers.

  • Do distrohoppers have too many choices?

CAELinux

SparkyLinux

  • Inside SparkyLinux – An interview with Pawel “Pavroo” Pijanowski

    I think it started when I installed the same Linux distribution with the same set of applications, configuration and layout as mine, to my wife’s and then to my colleague’s computers. Then somebody asked me why should I not try to share my point of view with more people.

  • SparkyLinux 3.3.2-test1 Base Edition Is for Command-Line Aficionados

    The SparkyLinux 3.3 “Annagerman” system is built on Debian GNU/Linux “Jessie,” just like the previous versions. The developer usually releases versions with various desktop environments, but this is just the Base, which means that it’s only for command-line fans.

AVLinux

Arch Family

Fedora

Debian Family

Ubuntu and Derivatives

  • Todo Indicator: Ubuntu AppIndicator For todo.txt
  • Pimp Your Ubuntu Desktop and Derivatives with Numix Icon Packs

    Numix Icon Packs is a small project developed by Numix project team focused to create high quality GTK themes and icons for Linux desktop. Their goal is to make a “difference” in theming and to present you a modern and stylish desktop without damaging its usability while at it, and quite frankly, up until now they seem to have done a pretty great job.

  • Tesla Model S owners hack their cars, find Ubuntu

    After wiring into the car’s communications system, forum user “nlc” was able to find a number of ports and tap into the data flowing to the center console and navigation screens. Others soon joined in the fun and amongst the slightly esoteric bits of information the “hackers” eventually discovered was that the sub-system runs on a version of Ubuntu operating system, which is a Linux variant.

  • One Week Until Lubuntu 14.04: Lightweight, LTS, Tidy [Overview with Screenshots]

    With Ubuntu 14.04 closing in to the release date, which is set for April 17th, I took Lubuntu for a spin from the daily live ISO image. Lubuntu is the most lightweight distribution in the Ubuntu family (the other one being Xubuntu which uses Xfce), using LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment), as well as a set of applications intended to be low on resources.

  • Thinking of Trying Linux Mint 16 Cinnemon on Old Systems

    Okay, I have two socket 939 machines with XP collecting dust. Nevertheless they are quite stable and more than meets the requirements to run any version of Linux.

    One has four gigs of RAM and the other two and both processors are AMD. I was wondering what you think of Mint and if there is another version of Linux you would recommend for the beginner.

Gentoo Family

PCLinuxOS

  • The HP Pavilion Laptop is Back

    I will have to migrate it to a newer version of PCLOS. But I will do that during Easter. The thing is, I am not sure if I want to do it. The current install of PCLOS has everything I need to work and play (it even runs the game Braid on Desura), so… why fixing it if it is not broken?

Slackware Family

  • VectorLinux 7.1 RC Is a Light Distro Compatible with Slackware 14.1

    “We include Xfce4, the gimp, firefox, cups, exaile, popular multimedia plugins, and many other programs to maximize the desktop experience. Also new is an update to our very own installer, this was written from scratch and is a major improvement from previous installers. This is a RC release so final is soon to follow after initial peer testing,” notes the developer in the official announcement.

  • Salix MATE 14.1 Beta 1 Is Based on MATE 1.8

    Salix MATE 14.1 Beta 1, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Slackware that is simple, fast, easy to use, and based on the MATE desktop environment, is ready for testing and download.

  • Zenwalk 7.4 is ready!
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