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FSF gNewSense 1.0

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...
12 November 2006

Xfce 4.4 RC2 v4.3.99.2

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 (v4.3.99.2). 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.
6 November 2006

GoboLinux Release 013

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.
4 November 2006

Xfld 0.3 + Xfce 4.3.90.2

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 4.3.90.2 and is based on Ubuntu Edgy Eft 6.10. With that said we decided to take a look at this LiveCD release.
1 November 2006

Fedora Core 6 Zod Review

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!
24 October 2006

Ubuntu 6.10 Release Candidate

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.
23 October 2006

Fedora Core 6

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.
19 October 2006

SLAX v5.1.8 LiveCD

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.
11 October 2006

ZenLive Linux 3.0

Hitting the burner this weekend is ZenLive Linux 3.0. This Zenwalk release uses the Linux 2.6.17.11 kernel and over 100 software upgrades. ZenLive Linux 3.0 also ships with Xfce 4.4 Release Candidate 1.
8 October 2006

Kororaa 0.3 XGL + AIGLX LiveCD

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.
5 October 2006

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