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Yoper Linux 3.0 RC1 LiveCD

When we heard Yoper Linux 3.0 RC1 was available, we immediately started downloading it. Yoper has been quiet recently -- to the fact where it dropped to the 69th position at DistroWatch -- but Yoper 3.0 Limenite looks promising. Making up the first release candidate of Yoper 3.0 is the Linux 2.6.21.1 kernel, the Con Kolivas patchset, X.Org 7.2, KDE 3.5.6, and other cutting edge packages. After trying out the Yoper 3.0 RC1 LiveCD it does look extremely promising, but there is definitely some room left for improvement.
19 May 2007

GNOME 2.19.2 Desktop

GNOME 2.19.2 is the second of nine development releases leading up to GNOME 2.20.0, which is due out this September. GNOME 2.19.2 is being released today and for those of you interested in the latest changes to GNOME, we have included some screenshots taken from GNOME 2.19.2 built this afternoon with GARNOME. In the process of trying out this latest desktop environment we had run into several crashes and bugs -- GNOME 2.19.2 is not for those new to Linux.
16 May 2007

Ubuntu Studio v7.04

Ubuntu Studio is an Ubuntu incarnation that focuses on software packages for the multimedia creation crowd. Found in Ubuntu Studio 7.04 are a horde of packages for graphic, video, and audio editing. The Ubuntu Studio theme has went black in a radical turn away from the traditional Ubuntu orange. If you are into multimedia editing and mastering, Ubuntu Studio is definitely worth checking out. In Ubuntu 7.10 all of the Ubuntu Studio packages should be available in the main Canonical repository.
15 May 2007

Gentoo Linux 2007.0

While late, the first Gentoo release of the year is now available for download. Gentoo 2007.0 features a rewritten LiveCD installer, updated packages, GNOME 2.16.2, and other improvements over Gentoo Linux 2006.
13 May 2007

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

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