After being dormant for several months, it seems that Symphony OS 2006-05 Beta has been released -- which signifies the first release in nearly six months. Contained in this release are several improvements from the previous 2005 release. If you will recall from our initial Symphony Beta investigation, it features its own desktop environment -- Mezzo -- and the focus of this operating system is at beginning PC users. Certainly its appearance makes it attractive to the new users.
20 May 2006
With JavaOne taking place this week at the Moscone Center, there has been lots of Java-related announcements from Sun announcing the open-sourcing of the language, to the launch of LG3D LiveCD v2.5 Looking Glass. For those that haven't tampered with Project Looking Glass, it is a Java-written 3D environment that is currently running upon the Slackware-derivative-derivative SLAX. In this v2.5 release is LG3D version 0.8.0 RC1, Java 6, Java3D 1.5.0, and a lot of other changes. Today we have taken an interesting look at this attempt for 3D desktop nirvana.
18 May 2006
While Fedora Core 5 had only come out almost two months ago, we are already geared up for Fedora Core 6. However, with Fedora Core 6 Test 1 not being released until June 14, being the Red Hat fanatics that we are, we have built Fedora Rawhide on May 16, 2006 to show the changes made thus far. While many packages still need to be worked on, we are certainly excited for what is to come of the next Fedora release -- which is tentatively scheduled for September 20, 2006. Continue on with our Fedora Core Rawhide 2006-05-16 adventure with both KDE and GNOME.
17 May 2006
CentOS, the popular Linux distribution designed for servers that is largely based off of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, has this morning delivered CentOS v4.3 LiveCD. Yes, this is the first time the CentOS team has created a LiveCD product for the masses. This newly spun open-source LiveCD derivative is based off of the CentOSPlus kernel and the CentOS 4.3 distribution, The primary goals for this LiveCD attempt are for workstation use. At Phoronix we have given this new release a try, and we were quite pleased with what the CentOS development team had presented.
13 May 2006
Ubuntu, one of the Linux distributions leading the desktop movement by Mark Shuttleworth, has come out this morning with Flight 7 for Ubuntu v6.06 Dapper Drake. Contained in this release are LiveCD installer improvements, updated multimedia framework, additional look and feel polish, latest version of popular applications, and other minor improvements. While it is relatively stable and almost the final version, it is still not recommended to install Flight 7 on production machines. We at Phoronix have coverage from Ubuntu Dapper Drake Flight 7.
9 May 2006
A new stable version of SLAX, the Slackware-based mini distribution using KDE, had been released. In all editions of the new SLAX v5.1.4 is KDE v3.5.2, KOffice v1.5.0, added support for two new file systems, and a great deal of other improvements. For those SLAX lovers, this new release weighing in under 200MB is certainly worth the bandwidth.
8 May 2006
The group behind Ark Linux have come out with a LiveCD derivative of the Ark Linux distribution. While still considered in Alpha stages, Ark Linux LiveCD certainly was interesting especially with its design of being used for system recovery and demonstration purposes. The LiveCD variant is also designed to replicate the software inside of the traditional install CD.
1 May 2006
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, and now Xubuntu. Mark Shuttleworth's work continues on with this new Xfce Ubuntu derivative. Xubuntu shares the same base system and installation system as the common Ubuntu distribution, but ships with the light-weight Xfce desktop environment. Some of the chances in Xubuntu v6.06 Dapper Drake Beta 2 include improvements in artwork, Xarchiver, new panel plug-ins, Xfce core components updated to Xfce 4.4 Beta 1 and newer development snapshots. When we tried Xubuntu for our first time, we were quite surprised with our findings. The theme and programs throughout Xubuntu were excellent and all-in-all it had done an exceptional job of representing the Ubuntu family. Today at Phoronix we have a screenshot tour of Xubuntu Dapper Drake Beta 2.
29 April 2006
MCNLive, a Linux distribution that is relatively unheard of but is Mandriva-based and was developed by the Mandriva Club out of the Netherlands. MCNLive's latest release comes with a code-name of Leuven. MCNLive Leuven features the 2.6.14 kernel, KDE 3.5.2, multimedia codecs, and various Mandriva packages. Even so, this feature-packed Linux LiveCD weighs in under 350MB.
26 April 2006
The third release candidate has been made available for VectorLinux 5.1 Live. VectorLinux 5.1 Live fixes several bugs beyond the previous development releases, added GParted, and an icon for the LiveCD installer. VectorLinux 5.1 Live RC3 also incorporates NVIDIA's proprietary drivers, Linux 184.108.40.206 kernel, Ndiswrapper 1.9, OpenOffice 2.0, and various other updated packages. Today at Phoronix we have screenshots from VectorLinux 5.1 Live RC3.
25 April 2006
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