As was outlined in a previous Phoronix article, we have been evaluating KateOS as a possible Linux distribution to append to our arsenal of OS compatibility tests. Recently KateOS 3.6 Beta was introduced and we have went over this distribution with a fine tooth comb. KateOS 3.6 Beta is a huge improvement for the KateOS team with the improvements to the LiveCD as well as for the installation process. Shipping with this beta is everything from OpenOffice.org to Xine, making it a viable desktop distribution powered by Xfce.
Making up Zenwalk Live 4.4.1 is the new ZenPanel utility for system administration, a complete development suite, and a variety of new games such as Mega Mario, Frozen Bubble, and LBreakout. Zenwalk Live is a LiveCD distribution that ships with Xfce 4 so that you may try out Zenwalk without even touching your hard drive.
With much interest by the Linux community, yesterday Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn was released onto the Internet. While the final release of Ubuntu 7.04 hasn't changed much since the testing releases that we had covered quite extensively, we have posted some additional screenshots from this extremely popular Linux desktop distribution. Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and Edubuntu were also released yesterday but Ubuntu Studio is currently missing in action.
A new release of GoboLinux is out, which among other things contains glibc 2.5, X.Org 7.2, GCC 4.1.2, KDE 3.5.6, and the Linux 22.214.171.124 kernel. This is the first release candidate for GoboLinux 014 so expect more changes shortly.
We've heard a lot about the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project, which aims to provide a $100 laptop for developing nations, and we've heard a bit about its Sugar interface and other technical abilities, but recently we spent the time with QEMU and a test build of the OLPC XO operating system (Fedora based) to see how it really shapes up.
Hitting the web a few days ago was the first release candidate for the multimedia GL edition of Dreamlinux 2.2. This new release is built against the Debian testing repository, the multimedia plugins and codecs have been updated, and this release also includes Beryl 0.2 final. This release does also include the latest proprietary drivers from NVIDIA and ATI.
With the release of Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn happening in just a matter of days, last month at Phoronix we had presented The Visual History of Ubuntu. In that article we went back and looked at all Ubuntu releases to date to see how it has evolved over time both when it comes to the interface as well as the changes that had made up each release. Today we are doing the same for Fedora as we look back upon its history.
Toward the end of last week the first tech demo for the upcoming MyahOS 3.0 was released. The Myah 3.0 Tech Demo 1 LiveCD is optimized for i686 systems and is built using the Linux-Live scripts and has a lot of new packages including the Linux 126.96.36.199 kernel, GCC 4.1.2, X.Org 7.2, and Xfce 4.4.
Fedora 7 Test 3 was released to mirrors this morning for both the Live and Prime editions and both KDE and GNOME versions. There is still a final test release before Fedora 7 final in May, but this test release marks the merge of Fedora Core and Extras, GNOME 2.18.0, the new Echo icon theme, fast user switching, and a 2.6.21-rc5 based kernel. In this article you can find screenshots of Fedora 7 Test 3 Live.
SAM Linux is a distribution we had never heard of in the past, but with the 2007 edition of SAM coming out this week we couldn't help but to give it a try. SAM Linux is based upon PCLinuxOS and features a LiveCD with the Xfce 4.4 desktop. SAM Linux 2007 does include Beryl/XGL support, WINE, Flash 9, RealPlayer, Java, and much more. It is a clean distribution and looks extremely nice. If you're still trying to find the perfect match, SAM Linux 2007 may be worth trying out
The second release candidate for SimplyMEPIS 6.5 is now available. SimplyMEPIS 6.5 RC2 replaces QtParted with GParted, improvements to the MEPIS Xconfig assistant, and a fair amount of other changes beyond the original release candidate. SimplyMEPIS is another Ubuntu-based distribution.
Sabayon Linux, a LiveDVD distribution known for being based upon Gentoo and its inclusion of desktop eye-candy such as Beryl and XGL, has reached version 3.3. New in this Sabayon release is the Linux 2.6.20 kernel, X.Org 7.2 with AIGLX and Composite support, Beryl 0.2.0-rc2, updated NVIDIA and ATI drivers, and much more.
While Debian has been around for over a decade, Gentoo for five years, and Mandriva/Mandrake for nearly nine years, in less than three years of existence Ubuntu has received the most attention and generated the greatest amount of publicity in the Linux limelight. Why is that? In this article we will be taking a look back at all of the Ubuntu releases to date and exploring how this Linux distribution has evolved so quickly over its short lifespan.
Today marks the release of GNOME 2.18.0, and to commemorate today's release we have posted some screenshots from the Foresight LiveCD 2.17.92 GNOME Release Candidate, which is designed to be a demo GNOME LiveCD. This is also Foresight's first attempt at creating a bootable CD image.
With the switch to an Ubuntu base, development of Freespire 2.0 has restarted. The first alpha release of Freespire 2.0 is now available for download and we had decided to check it out for ourselves. Freespire 2.0 Alpha 1 utilizes the Linux 2.6.20 kernel, X.Org 7.2, KDE 3.5.6, and all of the other latest packages. However. for the Freespire team there remains a great deal of work ahead before we shall see Freespire 2.0 final.
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 188.8.131.52 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.
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