The first release candidate is out for SLAX version 5.1.8. New in SLAX 5.1.8 RC is better handling of booting from USB devices, ntfsmount for full support of writing to NTFS partitions, slaxsave.zip, and more. This latest LiveCD release weighs in at 195MB.
Hitting the burner this week is OpenSuSE 10.2 Alpha 3. This latest SuSE development release delivers the 2.6.18-RC4 kernel, KDE 3.5.4, GNOME 2.16 Beta, and new OpenSuSE branding in most areas. X.Org has also been updated to 7.1 in this latest release. Overall, this development copy for OpenSUSE 10.2 (due out later this year) is shaping up quite well.
Fedora Core 6 Test 2 is now out after a Xen delay late last month. Among the notable highlights in F6t2 include all packages are recompiled (built using Mock, packages also now have proper BuildRequires), ability to install from additional yum repositories during the Anaconda/KickStart installation, Java web applet from gcjwebplugin, new default font, package updates and upgrades, and Fedora Core 6 Extras.
Ark Linux 2006.1 is out, which ships with the newly-released KDE 3.5.4, and brings a host of other improvements to the distribution. X.Org has also been upgrades to 7.1.1 and AmaroK is at 1.4.1. Numerous bugs were also squashed in the LiveCD version of Ark Linux 2006.1. We have shots up at Phoronix today.
For your viewing pleasure today we have up some shots from the recently released Alixe v0.08c Standard edition. This distribution is built upon the SLAX LiveCD, but is oriented for French-speaking regions of Canada. Alixe v0.08c STD includes the 220.127.116.11 kernel, KDE v3.5.3, and all of the SLAX 5.1.7b KillBill packages. This French LiveCD weighs in at 250MB.
After the success of Ubuntu Dapper Drake 6.06, Mark Shuttleworth's team is back a month later with the first development snapshot (now known as Knot 1) for the upcoming Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft. Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft Knot 1 implements the latest GNOME 2.15 development build, and more. We took a look at this latest Ubuntu copy today at Phoronix.
A new release of Berry Linux is out that contains a multitude of improvements, Phoronix has screenshots of this Japanese Fedora-based LiveCD.
The people behind Lindows, and now known as Linspire, have come out with a free community project they have called Freespire. Freespire Beta 1 Build 0.0.69 as they call it is the first operating system with the freedom of choice. Trying it out first hand at Phoronix, it certainly is NOT a GNU/Linux distribution to try if you have any level of computer literacy. It continues to almost be a clone of Linspire, and even bundles its CNR (Click n Run) software in there, as well as bundling proprietary codecs and drivers. For any enthusiast, this is a distribution we would recommend you steer clear of if you have any level of sanity.
Nonux, a Slackware-based desktop-oriented LiveCD, has reached version 3.1. New in Nonux 3.1 is Linux 18.104.22.168, Dropline GNOME 2.14.2, and more package updates. This distribution release is of course tailored for dutch speaking Linux users.
ZenLive is a Linux LiveCD based upon Zenwalk and it features their unique configuration tools, international translations, XFce window manager, and several other packages. With this being the first major release from the Zenwalk Linux LiveCD side, we have it covered with images today at Phoronix.
The last time we had took a look at Mandriva was back in the Mandrake 9.2 days. Anyhow, with the first Alpha release now out for Mandriva 2007 Alpha, we decided to fire up the GNOME candidate to see how it looks these days. Some of the new items in Mandriva 2007 Alpha include X.Org v7.1, Linux 22.214.171.124, GNOME 2.15, and many other open-source software updates. Plenty of new features and changes can be found in this development release.
It is time yet again where the next Fedora Core installment (this time, Core 6) begins to grab the attention of red-hat-wearing penguins and other GNU/Linux enthusiasts. Yesterday was the inaugural test release of Fedora Core 6, which is targeted at die-hard Fedorians, and any other users wishing to get a glimpse at what Fedora Core 6 will hold in store. Of course, Fedora Core 6 Test 1 is not a stable release for use with production machines, so proceed at your own risk. We have been experimenting with Fedora Core 6 Test 1 for about 24 hours now, and have a few thoughts to share. Fedora Core 4 Stentz shaped up to be a competitive release, and Fedora Core 5 Bordeaux continues to be one of the best Linux distributions to date, so how will Fedora Core 6 fare in this competitive open-source world?
SimplyMEPIS v6.0 Beta 5 has been released, after the availability of Ubuntu v6.06 Dapper Drake LTS, for which MEPIS is now based upon rather than the Debian pool. A few other changes can be found in SimplyMEPIS 6 Beta 5, which we have visually covered today.
Knoppix, one of the most popular GNU/Linux LiveCD distributions, has officially released version 5.0. Knoppix v5.0.1 for both the CD and DVD variants bring fourth a host of new improvements -- including the Linux 2.6.17 kernel, X.Org v7.0.0, KDE 3.5.2, and GNOME 2.12.0. At Phoronix we have taken a quick look at the LiveCD of Knoppix 5.0.1.
Ubuntu, one of the most widely known desktop Linux distributions -- thanks in part to it being Mark Shuttleworth's creation -- is quickly approaching the version 6.06 Dapper Drake release. After a delay and other headaches, the release candidate for Ubuntu Dapper Drake had shipped last night. This Ubuntu 6.06 release scheduled for a final version coming out on June 1, is gearing up to be one of the best desktop Linux distributions for personal and enterprise use to date. The Ubuntu Desktop LiveCD has also matured quite nicely into one of the best for live general usage.
After being dormant for several months, it seems that Symphony OS 2006-05 Beta has been released -- which signifies the first release in nearly six months. Contained in this release are several improvements from the previous 2005 release. If you will recall from our initial Symphony Beta investigation, it features its own desktop environment -- Mezzo -- and the focus of this operating system is at beginning PC users. Certainly its appearance makes it attractive to the new users.
With JavaOne taking place this week at the Moscone Center, there has been lots of Java-related announcements from Sun announcing the open-sourcing of the language, to the launch of LG3D LiveCD v2.5 Looking Glass. For those that haven't tampered with Project Looking Glass, it is a Java-written 3D environment that is currently running upon the Slackware-derivative-derivative SLAX. In this v2.5 release is LG3D version 0.8.0 RC1, Java 6, Java3D 1.5.0, and a lot of other changes. Today we have taken an interesting look at this attempt for 3D desktop nirvana.
While Fedora Core 5 had only come out almost two months ago, we are already geared up for Fedora Core 6. However, with Fedora Core 6 Test 1 not being released until June 14, being the Red Hat fanatics that we are, we have built Fedora Rawhide on May 16, 2006 to show the changes made thus far. While many packages still need to be worked on, we are certainly excited for what is to come of the next Fedora release -- which is tentatively scheduled for September 20, 2006. Continue on with our Fedora Core Rawhide 2006-05-16 adventure with both KDE and GNOME.
CentOS, the popular Linux distribution designed for servers that is largely based off of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, has this morning delivered CentOS v4.3 LiveCD. Yes, this is the first time the CentOS team has created a LiveCD product for the masses. This newly spun open-source LiveCD derivative is based off of the CentOSPlus kernel and the CentOS 4.3 distribution, The primary goals for this LiveCD attempt are for workstation use. At Phoronix we have given this new release a try, and we were quite pleased with what the CentOS development team had presented.
Ubuntu, one of the Linux distributions leading the desktop movement by Mark Shuttleworth, has come out this morning with Flight 7 for Ubuntu v6.06 Dapper Drake. Contained in this release are LiveCD installer improvements, updated multimedia framework, additional look and feel polish, latest version of popular applications, and other minor improvements. While it is relatively stable and almost the final version, it is still not recommended to install Flight 7 on production machines. We at Phoronix have coverage from Ubuntu Dapper Drake Flight 7.
A new stable version of SLAX, the Slackware-based mini distribution using KDE, had been released. In all editions of the new SLAX v5.1.4 is KDE v3.5.2, KOffice v1.5.0, added support for two new file systems, and a great deal of other improvements. For those SLAX lovers, this new release weighing in under 200MB is certainly worth the bandwidth.
The group behind Ark Linux have come out with a LiveCD derivative of the Ark Linux distribution. While still considered in Alpha stages, Ark Linux LiveCD certainly was interesting especially with its design of being used for system recovery and demonstration purposes. The LiveCD variant is also designed to replicate the software inside of the traditional install CD.
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, and now Xubuntu. Mark Shuttleworth's work continues on with this new Xfce Ubuntu derivative. Xubuntu shares the same base system and installation system as the common Ubuntu distribution, but ships with the light-weight Xfce desktop environment. Some of the chances in Xubuntu v6.06 Dapper Drake Beta 2 include improvements in artwork, Xarchiver, new panel plug-ins, Xfce core components updated to Xfce 4.4 Beta 1 and newer development snapshots. When we tried Xubuntu for our first time, we were quite surprised with our findings. The theme and programs throughout Xubuntu were excellent and all-in-all it had done an exceptional job of representing the Ubuntu family. Today at Phoronix we have a screenshot tour of Xubuntu Dapper Drake Beta 2.
MCNLive, a Linux distribution that is relatively unheard of but is Mandriva-based and was developed by the Mandriva Club out of the Netherlands. MCNLive's latest release comes with a code-name of Leuven. MCNLive Leuven features the 2.6.14 kernel, KDE 3.5.2, multimedia codecs, and various Mandriva packages. Even so, this feature-packed Linux LiveCD weighs in under 350MB.
The third release candidate has been made available for VectorLinux 5.1 Live. VectorLinux 5.1 Live fixes several bugs beyond the previous development releases, added GParted, and an icon for the LiveCD installer. VectorLinux 5.1 Live RC3 also incorporates NVIDIA's proprietary drivers, Linux 126.96.36.199 kernel, Ndiswrapper 1.9, OpenOffice 2.0, and various other updated packages. Today at Phoronix we have screenshots from VectorLinux 5.1 Live RC3.
Ubuntu, the Linux distribution continuing to gain momentum since Mark Shuttleworth began it two years back, has come out last week with the Beta release for the upcoming 6.06 Dapper Drake system. The Beta release includes the new desktop CD and now goes with a LTS flag for signifying long-term support of three years on the desktop side and five years of software support for Ubuntu 6.06 servers. Among many changes in this Beta are a new graphical installer, improved video playback support, and a graphical shutdown process. Ubuntu v6.06 Dapper Drake is still slated for a June 2006 release.
Kanotix, the distribution derived from a few German developers, has come out with an Easter special of being the second release candidate for their 2006 edition. Kanotix 2006 Release Candidate 2 includes Debian sid packages as of April 16, 2006, X.Org v7.0.12, and KDE v3.5.2. Kanotix has certainly merged itself into a terrific position for being a Linux LiveCD distribution.
SLAMPP, a relatively unheard of minimalistic Linux distribution designed for running an instant home server from a LiveCD, has come out with SLAMPPLite 2.0. This SLAMPPLite LiveCD 2.0 is powered by XAMPP 1.5.1, based on Slackware current, compiled with Linux Live scripts 5.4.1, and added sever elements for SMB, FTP, and NFS. When it comes to a desktop environment for the LiveCD, it ships with Xfce.
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.
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.
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