April 13, 2006 -- SimplyMEPIS, the distribution designed for point-and-click usage, has reached version 6.0 Alpha 1. Recently SimplyMEPIS has been making news for now being based upon Ubuntu rather than Debian itself, and this release begins to pool in some of these changes. This release is still experimental and ships with the latest packages while a Beta is planned for later this month and the final release to come around June 1, 2006. The kernel that ships with SimplyMEPIS 6.0 Alpha 1 is the 2.6.15 kernel, GCC 4.0.3, KDE 3.5.2, and Xorg 7.0.
April 10, 2006 -- Kororaa Xgl LiveCD 0.2 has been released. A great deal of improvements have been made to v0.2, in fact it is dubbed the blood, sweat, and tears release. The new Kororaa is integrated into the LiveCD as well as now ATI Radeon fglrx (8.23.7) support and Intel DRI support. KDE has been updated to 3.5.2 as well as GNOME 2.14. A great deal of improvements have made to this LiveCD (and installable) distribution with the Xgl functionality. For those wishing to experiment with Xgl functionality from a LiveCD, Kororaa is certainly an excellent choice.
April 02, 2006 -- Not only is OpenSuSE v10.1 Beta 9 (and other distributions) being pushed out this week but also Ubuntu Dapper Drake Flight 6. While Dapper Drake was originally slated for an April launch, it has since been delayed to June 1st to yield greater time for quality assurance and corporate capabilities. Ubuntu Dapper Drake Flight 6 is home to a host of improvements. Among the improvements is the inclusion of GNOME v2.14.0, Deskbar, artwork improvements, Ubuntulooks GTK theme, notification framework improvements, and various other advancements by Mark Shuttleworth and his team.
April 01, 2006 -- While Linspire/Lindows can be considered a distribution oriented for those beginning the Linux adventure, up on the Linspire Italian mirrors is a new Beta release for Linspire v5.1 – surprisingly, the American site doesn't seem to be sporting this free access to the Beta program. While there are quite a few noticeable (and visual) improvements to Linspire v5.1.365, the Linux kernel used is 2.6.14 and it uses X.Org v6.9.0. While an experienced Linux user is best off looking elsewhere for their distribution mate, the beginner may find a comfortable niche using this Linux distribution, which shares traits from both Microsoft Windows and Macintosh OS X.
March 30, 2006 -- Nexenta, an operating system forged by using the Solaris kernel while tapping into the Debian and Ubuntu packages, has reached its Alpha 4 stage for Nexenta OS, with the codename being Elatte. This testing release provides massive cleanups of the userland, Nexenta OS installer, re-designed and optimized for speed, and Nexenta OS hardware database. In total, there are 3627 packages in Alpha 4. With this hybrid OS of GNU/Solaris, the results were quite interesting.
March 28, 2006 -- SLAX, the Linux LiveCD distribution that is known for its compact size and based upon Slackware, has reached version 5.0.8. In addition to the host of other variants – Standard, KillBill, Popcorn, and Frodo – the new special version to come out is a server edition. This new SLAX v5.0.8 Server provides support for DNS, DHCP, HTTP, FTP, MySQL, SMTP, POP3, IMAP, and SSH – all on a LiveCD weighing in at a mere 184MB. In addition, the server edition continues to ship with KDE v3.5.0 and it now uses the Linux 2.6.16 kernel. In addition to this new sever option, SLAX 5.0.8 features several new improvements and various fixes. SLAX is certainly one of the best light-weight KDE Linux distributions available.
March 20, 2006 -- Well well, the fifth installment of Fedora Core has been officially released. Although we have been covering the happenings with the Fedora Project at Phoronix, today we have the latest from its official launch. The codename for Fedora Core 5 is "Bordeaux" and among other new features to this release is a new Anaconda installer, Novell mono support, replacement of Up2date with Pirut/Pup, and the beginnings of the Fedora Rendering Project for desktop OpenGL effects. Some of the packages to be included in Fedora Core 5 is the Linux 2.6.15 kernel, X.Org v7.0, NetworkManager v0.6, and GNOME v2.14.0. Continue on as we investigate the happenings with this state-of-the-art release.
March 12, 2006 -- The fifth Alpha, or referred as Dapper Flight 5 by Shuttleworth's community, of Ubuntu v6.04 Dapper Drake has been released. With many of the low-level enhancements now complete, they have begun adding some finishing touches to this release scheduled for release in April 2006, although there has been some discussions of a possible delay in order to finalize a few finishing touches. Of the new noticeable improvements in this development build is a new installer splash screen, assistive technology available from the initial boot screen, new Ubuntulooks artwork and theme based upon a light brown version of Clearlooks, new icons, help menu resource, improved add/remove applications utility, Graphical Power Tools - gdebi, OpenOffice.org v2.0.2, and a graphical shutdown menu. Some of the packages making their way into Ubuntu v6.04 Flight 5 is GNOME v2.13.92, Linux 2.6.15 kernel, X.Org v7.0, Firefox v1.5, and AbiWord v2.4.2. Marking Flight 5 is the latest v6.04 builds of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Edubuntu. Today we have taken quite a few shots to visually display some of these changes.
March 12, 2006 -- With CeBIT taking place this week, the German-based Kanotix has released a 2006 preview of this Linux distribution to display at this exhibition. We have obtained this Kanotix preview release and have a few shots of it here today. Kanotix 2006 CeBIT preview includes the Linux 220.127.116.11 kernel, NVIDIA LiveCD support, and the new Kanotix Control Center.
March 04, 2006 -- Released late last month by Japan's Alpha Systems was Accelerated Knoppix v1.0. Whether you are a die-hard Linux user, or even a Windows enthusiast, Knoppix is one of the most commonly known LiveCD Linux distributions. Japan's Alpha Systems have taken Knoppix v4.0 and constructed it into an efficient masterpiece. The developers have re-arranged the Cloop file system block and optimized the hardware detection and configuration process. This LiveCD can fully boot on a system in under 60 seconds! Accelerated Knoppix is certainly one of the fastest Linux distributions we have ever tried, and Alpha Systems have provided complete technical illustrations with their project. Accelerated Knoppix comes with the same programs as what is found on the CD variant of Knoppix v4.0.