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
Nexenta, an operating system forged by using the Solaris kernel while tapping into the Debian and Ubuntu packages, has reached its Alpha 4 stage for Nexenta OS, with the codename being Elatte. This testing release provides massive cleanups of the userland, Nexenta OS installer, re-designed and optimized for speed, and Nexenta OS hardware database. In total, there are 3627 packages in Alpha 4. With this hybrid OS of GNU/Solaris, the results were quite interesting.
30 March 2006
SLAX, the Linux LiveCD distribution that is known for its compact size and based upon Slackware, has reached version 5.0.8. In addition to the host of other variants – Standard, KillBill, Popcorn, and Frodo – the new special version to come out is a server edition. This new SLAX v5.0.8 Server provides support for DNS, DHCP, HTTP, FTP, MySQL, SMTP, POP3, IMAP, and SSH – all on a LiveCD weighing in at a mere 184MB. In addition, the server edition continues to ship with KDE v3.5.0 and it now uses the Linux 2.6.16 kernel. In addition to this new sever option, SLAX 5.0.8 features several new improvements and various fixes. SLAX is certainly one of the best light-weight KDE Linux distributions available.
28 March 2006
Well well, the fifth installment of Fedora Core has been officially released. Although we have been covering the happenings with the Fedora Project at Phoronix, today we have the latest from its official launch. The codename for Fedora Core 5 is "Bordeaux" and among other new features to this release is a new Anaconda installer, Novell mono support, replacement of Up2date with Pirut/Pup, and the beginnings of the Fedora Rendering Project for desktop OpenGL effects. Some of the packages to be included in Fedora Core 5 is the Linux 2.6.15 kernel, X.Org v7.0, NetworkManager v0.6, and GNOME v2.14.0. Continue on as we investigate the happenings with this state-of-the-art release.
20 March 2006
With CeBIT taking place this week, the German-based Kanotix has released a 2006 preview of this Linux distribution to display at this exhibition. We have obtained this Kanotix preview release and have a few shots of it here today. Kanotix 2006 CeBIT preview includes the Linux 220.127.116.11 kernel, NVIDIA LiveCD support, and the new Kanotix Control Center.
12 March 2006
The fifth Alpha, or referred as Dapper Flight 5 by Shuttleworth's community, of Ubuntu v6.04 Dapper Drake has been released. With many of the low-level enhancements now complete, they have begun adding some finishing touches to this release scheduled for release in April 2006, although there has been some discussions of a possible delay in order to finalize a few finishing touches. Of the new noticeable improvements in this development build is a new installer splash screen, assistive technology available from the initial boot screen, new Ubuntulooks artwork and theme based upon a light brown version of Clearlooks, new icons, help menu resource, improved add/remove applications utility, Graphical Power Tools - gdebi, OpenOffice.org v2.0.2, and a graphical shutdown menu. Some of the packages making their way into Ubuntu v6.04 Flight 5 is GNOME v2.13.92, Linux 2.6.15 kernel, X.Org v7.0, Firefox v1.5, and AbiWord v2.4.2. Marking Flight 5 is the latest v6.04 builds of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Edubuntu. Today we have taken quite a few shots to visually display some of these changes.
12 March 2006
Released late last month by Japan's Alpha Systems was Accelerated Knoppix v1.0. Whether you are a die-hard Linux user, or even a Windows enthusiast, Knoppix is one of the most commonly known LiveCD Linux distributions. Japan's Alpha Systems have taken Knoppix v4.0 and constructed it into an efficient masterpiece. The developers have re-arranged the Cloop file system block and optimized the hardware detection and configuration process. This LiveCD can fully boot on a system in under 60 seconds! Accelerated Knoppix is certainly one of the fastest Linux distributions we have ever tried, and Alpha Systems have provided complete technical illustrations with their project. Accelerated Knoppix comes with the same programs as what is found on the CD variant of Knoppix v4.0.
4 March 2006
Gentoo is one of the more popular Linux distributions with die-hard enthusiasts, while also being dubbed one of the hardest distributions to grasp. The team of Gentoo developers have announced the availability of Gentoo v2006.0 as we approach the end of February. Some of the improvements in Gentoo 2006.0 include KDE v3.4.3, GNOME v2.12.2, GCC v3.4.4, and the Linux 2.6.15 kernel. In addition, this premiere 2006 release includes many optimizations for various processing architectures. Today at Phoronix Gentoo v2006.0 is the focus of our spotlight.
28 February 2006
GoblinX Mini, the distribution based off of GoblinX Premium, has reached version 1.2.2. Included in GoblinX Mini v1.2.2 is a new "liveupgrade" feature for remastering the entire Linux distribution, improvements to the "goinstall" script, corrected various small errors and corrections, and have shaped up into a fairly nice release and is the focus of the Phoronix spotlight today. GoblinX v1.2.2 also uses the Linux 2.6.15 kernel and X.Org v6.8.2, all of which is contained on the LiveCD with Xfce v4.2.2.
26 February 2006
We at Phoronix have long been supporters of the Fedora Core Project since the release of Yarrow (Fedora Core 1) and continuing with Tettnang, Heidelberg, and Stentz. Sticking with Red Hat's 9-month release interval for the Fedora Project, we are on the heals of the Fedora Core 5 launch, which is expected to be released on March 15. Striking the Internet this week was the final test build of Fedora Core 5, which also marks the continual freeze of the development process except for fixing critical bugs. With that said, today we have delivered our first Phoronix examination of Fedora 5 as well as the first official benchmarks coming out for this next release. Our primary focus today is on its benchmarking performance with our long-standing platter of tests at Phoronix, as well as seeing if Fedora Core 5 is truly ready for prime time.
21 February 2006
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