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SLAX 6.0.0 RC3

SLAX is one of our favorite Linux distributions so when SLAX 6.0 RC3 was released you can be sure that had caught our attention. New in SLAX 6.0.0 RC3 is the Linux 2.6.21.1 kernel, full NTFS write support, and upgrades to Slackware current. This mini LiveCD distribution is definitely an interesting distribution worth trying out for an older PC or if you are simply looking for a lean and efficient distribution.
8 May 2007

Litrix v7.4 Linux LiveCD

We've never heard of this Brazilian Linux distribution but decided to give it a shot with the recent release of Litrix v7.4. The Litrix LiveCD is based upon Gentoo Linux and with the new additions in v7.4 being NTFS write support, support for wireless networking, i686 optimizations, NVIDIA's binary blob pre-installed, and Beryl integration.
6 May 2007

PCLinuxOS 2007 Test 4

After a month of server issues and other problems, this distribution is back online and with a new test release. PCLinuxOS 2007 Test 4 is the final test release and includes the Linux 2.6.18.8 kernel, KDE 3.5.6, OpenOffice.org 2.2, and other new improvements.
1 May 2007

Fedora 7 Test 4

Today's release marks the final test release for Fedora 7 before its final debut on May 24. Some of the changes making up this release includes the implementation of the new wireless stack, a 2.6.21-rc7 based kernel, and reverting away from the new Echo icon set. Fedora 7 has shaped up very nicely, but it hasn't become the Linux knight in shining armor we once sought.
26 April 2007

KateOS 3.6 Beta

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.
25 April 2007

Zenwalk Live 4.4.1

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.
22 April 2007

Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn

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.
20 April 2007

GoboLinux 014 RC1

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 2.6.20.4 kernel. This is the first release candidate for GoboLinux 014 so expect more changes shortly.
16 April 2007

OLPC XO Test Build (Sugar Interface)

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.
13 April 2007

Dreamlinux 2.2 RC1 Multimedia GL

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.
8 April 2007

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