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 18.104.22.168 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
Ubuntu, the Linux distribution continuing to gain momentum since Mark Shuttleworth began it two years back, has come out last week with the Beta release for the upcoming 6.06 Dapper Drake system. The Beta release includes the new desktop CD and now goes with a LTS flag for signifying long-term support of three years on the desktop side and five years of software support for Ubuntu 6.06 servers. Among many changes in this Beta are a new graphical installer, improved video playback support, and a graphical shutdown process. Ubuntu v6.06 Dapper Drake is still slated for a June 2006 release.
24 April 2006
Kanotix, the distribution derived from a few German developers, has come out with an Easter special of being the second release candidate for their 2006 edition. Kanotix 2006 Release Candidate 2 includes Debian sid packages as of April 16, 2006, X.Org v7.0.12, and KDE v3.5.2. Kanotix has certainly merged itself into a terrific position for being a Linux LiveCD distribution.
19 April 2006
SLAMPP, a relatively unheard of minimalistic Linux distribution designed for running an instant home server from a LiveCD, has come out with SLAMPPLite 2.0. This SLAMPPLite LiveCD 2.0 is powered by XAMPP 1.5.1, based on Slackware current, compiled with Linux Live scripts 5.4.1, and added sever elements for SMB, FTP, and NFS. When it comes to a desktop environment for the LiveCD, it ships with Xfce.
17 April 2006
SimplyMEPIS, the distribution designed for point-and-click usage, has reached version 6.0 Alpha 1. Recently SimplyMEPIS has been making news for now being based upon Ubuntu rather than Debian itself, and this release begins to pool in some of these changes. This release is still experimental and ships with the latest packages while a Beta is planned for later this month and the final release to come around June 1, 2006. The kernel that ships with SimplyMEPIS 6.0 Alpha 1 is the 2.6.15 kernel, GCC 4.0.3, KDE 3.5.2, and Xorg 7.0.
13 April 2006
Kororaa Xgl LiveCD 0.2 has been released. A great deal of improvements have been made to v0.2, in fact it is dubbed the blood, sweat, and tears release. The new Kororaa is integrated into the LiveCD as well as now ATI Radeon fglrx (8.23.7) support and Intel DRI support. KDE has been updated to 3.5.2 as well as GNOME 2.14. A great deal of improvements have made to this LiveCD (and installable) distribution with the Xgl functionality. For those wishing to experiment with Xgl functionality from a LiveCD, Kororaa is certainly an excellent choice.
10 April 2006
Not only is OpenSuSE v10.1 Beta 9 (and other distributions) being pushed out this week but also Ubuntu Dapper Drake Flight 6. While Dapper Drake was originally slated for an April launch, it has since been delayed to June 1st to yield greater time for quality assurance and corporate capabilities. Ubuntu Dapper Drake Flight 6 is home to a host of improvements. Among the improvements is the inclusion of GNOME v2.14.0, Deskbar, artwork improvements, Ubuntulooks GTK theme, notification framework improvements, and various other advancements by Mark Shuttleworth and his team.
2 April 2006
While Linspire/Lindows can be considered a distribution oriented for those beginning the Linux adventure, up on the Linspire Italian mirrors is a new Beta release for Linspire v5.1 – surprisingly, the American site doesn't seem to be sporting this free access to the Beta program. While there are quite a few noticeable (and visual) improvements to Linspire v5.1.365, the Linux kernel used is 2.6.14 and it uses X.Org v6.9.0. While an experienced Linux user is best off looking elsewhere for their distribution mate, the beginner may find a comfortable niche using this Linux distribution, which shares traits from both Microsoft Windows and Macintosh OS X.
1 April 2006
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