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 126.96.36.199 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 188.8.131.52 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 184.108.40.206 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 220.127.116.11, 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...
While Xfce doesn't receive nearly as much coverage in the mass media as KDE and GNOME when it comes to the main desktop environments for GNU/Linux, the 4.4 version of Xfce is shaping up to be a very competitive release. Coming out of the Xfce camp yesterday was the second (and hopefully finally) release candidate for Xfce 4.4 (v18.104.22.168). This release primarily targets bug fixes and optimizations, but we took this as an opportunity to show new users what Xfce 4.4 is all about. There are many changes in this release over the Xfce 4.2 branch, and if you're looking for a lightweight window manager this release may suit you well.
Shipping on November 3 was GoboLinux 013. For those that are unfamiliar with this install and LiveCD distribution is that among its many differences, it breaks away from the historical UNIX directory hierarchy. It is also a distribution tagged as not needing a package manager because the filesystem is the package manager. New in GoboLinux 013 is X.Org 7.1, KDE 3.5.3, GCC 4.1.1, and the Linux 2.6.16 kernel.
Xfld; ever hear of it? Neither did we until hearing of its third (0.3) release. Xfld is a Xubuntu-based LiveCD that ships with the latest development build of the Xfce desktop environment. Xfld v0.3 includes Xfce 22.214.171.124 and is based on Ubuntu Edgy Eft 6.10. With that said we decided to take a look at this LiveCD release.
After three last-minute delays, Fedora Core 6 is finally being pushed out the door this morning. Fedora Core 6 is codenamed Zod, and is being released seven months after the much anticipated and well-deserved launch of Fedora Core 5. Yarrow, Tettnang, Heidelberg, Stentz, and Bordeaux were all exceptional or ground-breaking releases in one way or another, but what is new for Zod? After the release of Fedora Core 6 Test 1, we had written up a small preview of that development release to shed some light on what would hopefully hit the Fedora Core 6 development cycle. Today we will share with you everything that has made the cut for Zod. We have been fortunate enough to obtain an early copy of the final Fedora Core 6 spin, so we have all of the details for you this morning, so grab your coffee and enjoy!
Coming out on October 26, 2006 is the final release of Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft -- along with all of the Ubuntu derivatives. While it has only been six months since the belated release of Dapper Drake 6.06, Edgy Eft has shaped up very nicely. Here at Phoronix we have taken a look at the design advancements found in the Ubuntu 6.10 Release Candidate.
Tuesday night Jesse Keating announced that Fedora Core 6 would not ship this week as many had hoped for, but rather will launch on Tuesday, October 24. This release was pushed back twice this week due to last minute bugs. However, with Rawhide being complete, all that is left is last minute testing and then spinning the ISOs and sending them off to the mirrors. For those dieing to see what Fedora Core 6 final shall look like, we have built it from Rawhide on October 18, which should be the final packages for this build. New in FC6 from Fedora Core 5 is a multitude of improvements, and is certainly a release for the open-source community to be proud of. If you're opposed to Microsoft Vista's licensing agreements or you're finally ready to make the jump to GNU/Linux, Fedora Core 6 is definitely worth checking out. Fedora 6 ships with GNOME 2.16 and features several improvements such as a yum applet, Anaconda installation from yum repositories, and many more terrific features. Check it out over at Phoronix.
SLAX, our favorite mini LiveCD at Phoronix, has reached version 5.1.8. Like usual, they have their various SLAX editions such as KillBill, Server, Popcorn, and Frodo. SLAX Standard v5.1.8 features KDE 3.5.4, recompiled with some Slackware 11.0 fixes, better handling of booting from USB devices, and added slaxsave.zip to the SLAX CD.
Hitting the burner this weekend is ZenLive Linux 3.0. This Zenwalk release uses the Linux 126.96.36.199 kernel and over 100 software upgrades. ZenLive Linux 3.0 also ships with Xfce 4.4 Release Candidate 1.
After Kororaa had faced GPL legal issues for including the proprietary NVIDIA and ATI drivers, the closed-source kernel modules have now been removed so this distribution can continue in their XGL + AIGLX LiveCD production. Kororaa 0.3 includes the open-source display drivers for the Intel and ATI components, meanwhile NVIDIA users are out of luck for any XGL or AIGLX action. This new release also includes the Linux 2.6.18 kernel.
The developers of Ubuntu have reached the Beta stages in their road to Edgy Eft. Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft Beta 1 ships with X.Org 7.1, GNOME 2.16.0, and the assortment of other state-of-the-art packages. The other *buntu derivatives have also released their Beta 1 candidate in the 6.10 cycle. Look for the final release of Ubuntu Edgy Eft coming out later this month.
Myah OS: ever hear of it? Neither did we till we decided to give it a shot with its recent 2.2 release. Myah OS is built on GNU/Linux with the KDE desktop environment but they have extensively tweaked the user interface and have made it a relatively visually pleasing desktop -- except for the fact that it looks very similar to Windows XP in many respects. Myah OS 2.2 is based upon Slackware 11, Linux 188.8.131.52 kernel, and includes many proprietary packages such as ATI/NVIDIA and Sun's Java.
The final test release is now available for the upcoming Fedora Core 6. Looking to steer clear of Microsoft Vista? Fedora Core 6 has progressed wonderfully in the GNU/Linux desktop arena. With Fedora Core 6 Test 3 (FC6T3) are countless improvements – including new artwork, GNOME 2.16.0, yum support from Anaconda, Xen virtualization improvements, startup performance improvements, and a new default font.
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