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Java Project Looking Glass 1.0

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.
21 December 2006

Sabayon Linux 3.2 Mini

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.
18 December 2006

Ulteo Sirius Alpha 1

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.
14 December 2006

Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn Herd 1

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.
7 December 2006

Pardus Calisan 2007 RC

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 2.6.18.4 kernel), Spanish installer support, and a few new utilities and programs.
3 December 2006

BeleniX LiveCD v0.5.1

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 1.5.0.8, 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.
30 November 2006

Berry Linux 0.76

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.
24 November 2006

Parsix 0.85 Test 3

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.
19 November 2006

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

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