We have compared the 32-bit and 64-bit performance of Ubuntu and started a performance comparison of Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu, but how does the performance of the upcoming Feisty Fawn release compare to that of Fedora 7? In this article we have enclosed benchmarks from Fedora Core 6, Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft, Fedora 7 Test 2, and Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Herd 5. In gaming and desktop benchmarks, which of these Linux distributions is faster? We hope to answer that question today.
The final Herd (alpha) release is now available from Ubuntu mirrors before the beta and release candidate versions of the upcoming 7.04 Feisty Fawn release. New in Ubuntu Feisty Fawn herd 5 is artwork improvements, X.Org 7.2, improved desktop effects support, and much more.
By many the Linux world is regarded as being a scary or challenging place with tons of poorly engineered terminal commands and all sorts of difficulties to install and use a Linux distribution. While this is really not the case with modern day Linux, one of the areas where Linux has rapidly progressed is in the field of virtualization. Among the virtualization options are Xen, QEMU, QEMU with KVM, and VMWare. With Fedora 7 it's so easy to use KVM virtualization that you can start virtualizing your favorite operating system and barely even touch the keyboard! In this guide we will tell you how as we work on virtualizing a battery of operating systems from Microsoft Windows Vista to Mandrake 9.2.
Three months of development has created SIDUX 2007-01, which is now available for download. New in this ex-KANOTIX developer release is a rewritten distribution framework, further efforts dealing with hardware support/detection, and lite and full editions of SIDUX. Check it out at Phoronix.
Fedora 7 Test 2 is being pushed out the door this Tuesday (February 27), but thanks to the excellence of Pungi we decided to run our own spin. New in Fedora 7 Test 2 is the artwork along with quite a few other changes that we commented on in our Fedora 7 Preview earlier this year. In this article we have some of the first screenshots from Fedora 7 Test 2. To say the least, Fedora 7 is shaping up extremely well!
With Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Xubuntu each deploying a different desktop environment (GNOME, KDE, and Xfce respectively), how do each of these distributions compare performance-wise? We have taken two systems -- one with dual Intel Clovertown processors and the other an AMD Sempron -- and tested out each of these distributions in some of our commonly used Linux benchmarks to see how the performance truly stacks up. In this article we will be presenting part one of our results.
A new test (Herd) release is now available from the Ubuntu camp. This is the fourth testing release in the road to Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn this April. In today's screenshots we show off a few of the changes in this release along with the improved Ubuntu Hardware Database.
Since the death of Mandrake we have only used Mandriva Linux once or twice a year, but with the first beta now out for 2007.1 we decided to give it another go. New in Mandriva Linux 2007.1 is GNOME 2.17, Firefox 2.0, and much more. There are some pretty nifty features found inside Mandriva Linux 2007.1 Beta 1, and it does look as if it will be a hopeful year for this distribution.
SLAX is one of our favorite mini Linux LiveCD distributions so when SLAX 6.0.0 Pre 3 recently came out we couldn't help but to try out the new SLAX 6. New in this third pre-release of the SLAX 6.0 LiveCD is the Linux 2.6.20 kernel, bootable LiveUSB support in both Linux and Windows, udev replaces hotplug, full sound support with ALSA 1.0.14, NTFS read and write support, and more.
MCNLive Virtual City is out, which is a Linux distribution that can run on a 512MB USB flash drive or CD-ROM and supports virtualization through VirtualBox OSE and a whole lot more. It also supports desktop effects through Compiz with either AIGLX or XGL. This is an interesting little distribution worth checking out.
Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Herd 3 is now available for download. New in this third alpha release of 7.04 Feisty Fawn is GNOME 2.17.90 and numerous other updated packages. For Ubuntu fanatics this is certainly worth trying out.
A new release of Parallel Knoppix is out, which is a Knoppix-based distribution for cluster computing using LAM-MPI and MPICH. Among the updates in Parallel Knoppix 2.3 is updates against Debian unstable, computer nodes being able to boot using copies of the CD, and other improvements. Parallel Knoppix 2.3 is also the focus of today's screenshots at Phoronix.
Earlier this week Microsoft finally shipped its Vista "Longhorn" operating system, which has been receiving a fair amount of attention from traditional media sources. However, if Windows is not your thing Fedora 7 Test 1 is now out. Originally Fedora 7 Test 1 was scheduled for release on January 30, but a delay had pushed it back to today. Fortunately this two-day delay should not push back the April final release. Many of the features for Fedora 7 were covered in our Fedora 7: The Linux Knight in Shining Armor article. However, what we have to offer today is the first screenshots of Fedora 7 along with some of our very preliminary thoughts on the Fedora Desktop LiveCD.
Kurumin Linux is a distribution we had never heard of prior to today's encounter. The latest Kurumin release, Light 7.0, is a mini LiveCD that is targeted for Brazilian users and is based on Debian/Knoppix. This mini LiveCD is sized at 182MB while featuring the full KDE desktop along with plenty of extra software.
The Alixe 0.10 RC1 LiveCD is based upon SLAX 6.0 and ships with the Linux 18.104.22.168 kernel, GTK+ updates, and many more updates. It was an interesting time for us to try out Alixe 0.10 RC1 and it brings a fair amount of innovation to the table.
Fedora Core 6 was released on October 24, 2006 and scheduled to come out a half-year later is the seventh major release for the Fedora Project. However, unlike Yarrow, Tettnang, Heidelberg, Stentz, Bordeaux, and Zod, Fedora 7 is shaping up to be the most ambitious release yet. With all the work and reform going into Fedora 7 it poses the question, will Fedora 7 be Linux's knight in shining armor?
The second development release for Ubuntu 7.04 "Feisty Fawn" has hit the mirrors. Ubuntu 7.04 Herd 2 integrates GNOME 2.17.5, ZeroConfNetworking, F-Spot v0.3, GTK+ 2.10.7, KVM virtualization support, WINE 0.9.29, and much more.
The second beta release of SimplyMEPIS 6.0-4 is now out the door. SimplyMEPIS 6.0 Beta 2 appends an array of fixes along with tweaks and other improvements. MEPIS developers are also working on Macintosh Intel hardware. At Phoronix we have provided a few screenshots from this release.
In time for the new year, Knoppix 5.1.0 has been released. Even with Windows users, Knoppix is an incredible GNU/Linux LiveCD that offers a great deal of desktop functionality and features. New in this latest release of Knoppix is the Linux 22.214.171.124 kernel, update to Debian Etch, OpenOffice.org 2.1, and integration of 3D desktop effects with Beryl and Emerald. Both CD and DVD versions of Knoppix 5.1 are available.
Out just in time for Christmas from Red Hat is the official Fedora Core 6 i386 LiveCD. Offering a LiveCD is one of the areas where the Fedora Project has lagged behind the other distributions. For some time Fedora developers had been experimenting with Kadischi but this official LiveCD was built using the Pilgrim project. The tools used to build this LiveCD have been added to Fedora Extras. Some of the features for the Fedora Core 6 Zod LiveCD is GNOME 2.16, Linux 2.6.18 kernel, and a great deal of other desktops. Overall this is a very clean and polished LiveCD with some of the best software and advancements found within Fedora 6.
The GNOME camp has pushed out a new development release in time for the holidays. GNOME 2.17.4 is another test release in the road to GNOME 2.18.0 in March of next year. Many packages were updated from GNOME 2.17.3, so this afternoon we had set out on a GARNOME adventure to capture some new GNOME screenshots to see how GNOME 2.17 is shaping up. Overall it looked quite well except for a few more bugs than normal.
Project Looking Glass has reached version 1.0! For the uninformed, Project Looking Glass is an open-source 3D desktop environment for not only Linux but also Solaris and Windows. This software is all powered by Java after three years in development. Curious to see what Project Looking Glass looks like in action, as well as some of their Java 3D applications? We have an arsenal of images to demonstrate this software as we run it on Fedora Rawhide FC7.
Sabayon Linux is a relatively new distribution that is known for its looks with the inclusion of AIGLX, XGL, and Beryl. After the recent release of Sabayon Linux 3.2, the Mini Edition of the 3.2 branch has now been updated. Updates include newer ATI and NVIDIA proprietary display drivers, full NTFS read/write support out-of-the-box, and many other package updates and changes. It also looks very nice from the desktop side with its LiveCD.
Ulteo is a new distribution based upon Ubuntu that promises to deliver revolutionary concepts in managing and updating an operating system and applications. Ulteo Sirius Alpha 1 is the first public version of this new Linux distribution, which we had decided to try out for ourselves.
The first development build for Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn has been released. While Ubuntu has tagged development builds as Colonies, Knots, and Flights in the past, this time around the development versions will be Herds: Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Herd 1, Feisty Fawn Herd 2, etc... Featured in Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn Herd 1 is GNOME 2.17, new disk analyzer, Linux 2.6.19 kernel, and a massive package merge from Debian.
Previous to today's encounter with Pardus Calisan, we had never heard of this GNU/Linux distribution. The Pardus vision is to have a distribution in the vertical markets with differing versions, a sustainable organization with its own resources to run this operating system, and its developers making code contributions to Linux and the open-source society. With that said, we decided to take a look at this Turkish distribution. Pardus Calisan LiveCD 2007 Release Candidate offers many updated packages (such as the Linux 126.96.36.199 kernel), Spanish installer support, and a few new utilities and programs.
BeleniX, our favorite OpenSolaris-based LiveCD here at Phoronix, has come out with a new release. New in BeleniX 0.5.1 Firefox 2.0, Thunderbird 188.8.131.52, Koffice 1.6.0, C++ runtime libraries from the SUN Studio Suite, and the inclusion of NVIDIA's proprietary display drivers. BeleniX 0.5.1 is also up to date with OpenSolaris build 52. If you've never tried out BeleniX, it's certainly a handy LiveCD worth trying out.
After last month's release of Fedora Core 6 a new unstable release of Berry Linux is out. New to Berry Linux 0.76 is packages updated to those found in FC6 Zod, Linux 2.6.18, Unionfs 1.4 support, and X.Org 7.1. With desktop effects being all of the craze now, Berry 0.76 ships with Xgl/AIGLX and Beryl 0.1.2. At Phoronix we have took Berry Linux 0.76 for a try and have some screenshots to show today.
Parsix GNU/Linux 0.85 Test 3 is now out. New in this third test release is the inclusion of GNOME 2.16.1, OpenOffice.org 2.0.4, Firefox 2.0, and fixed a number of bugs. The final release of Parsix 0.85 should be out in early December.
The Free Software Foundation has pushed out the first stable release of gNewSense. This GNU/Linux distribution is built upon Ubuntu but is modified to only include Free Software. This distribution was started by two Irish FSF developers who wanted to combine the stability of Ubuntu with the addition of software freedom. Like Ubuntu, gNewSense 1.0 works as a LiveCD and can be installed using the Ubiquity graphical installer. The packages included in gNewSense 1.0 are not bleeding edge, with its inclusion of the GNOME 2.14 branch, X.Org 7.0, etc...
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