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FreeBSD 9.0 vs. Oracle Linux Server 6.1 Benchmarks

The last minute push of unique tests continues as Arendal is stressed prior to its release. Here are some benchmarks comparing Oracle Linux Server 6.1 (their derivative of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1) versus FreeBSD 9.0.
12 December 2011 - Unique Testing - 1 Comment

KahelOS: An Easy-To-Use Version Of Arch Linux

If you have been wanting to dabble with Arch Linux but don't want to jump directly into this leading rolling-release Linux distribution, you may want to give KahelOS a shot.
10 December 2011 - Arch Linux Derivative - 7 Comments

Genode Aims To Produce A General Purpose OS

2012 could be an especially interesting year for open-source software with continued advancements in the area of open-source drivers, prominent announcements, major software releases like GIMP 2.8 and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and much more. Another event to look forward to next year is a new operating system release built atop the unique Genode Operating System Framework.
5 December 2011 - Genode OS - 5 Comments

Genode 11.11 Released With Virtualization Options

Genode, the interesting research (non-Linux) operating system developed on a unique framework architecture, recently experienced the release of Genode OS 11.11. This operating system, which brought Gallium3D support last year, now has a variety of virtualization modules available.
3 December 2011 - New OS

Mageia 2 Alpha Takes Flight With New Features

Mageia 2 Alpha 1 is now available with an updated Linux kernel, systemd, and other features.
28 November 2011 - New Work

Linux Mint 12 Released

Linux Mint 12 has been officially released.
27 November 2011 - New Version - 4 Comments

XBMC-Focused OpenELEC 1.0 Released

After reportedly being in development for two years, OpenELEC 1.0 has been officially released.
20 October 2011 - Linux Distribution - 22 Comments

Sabayon 7 Brings The Experimental Fusion Kernel

Sabayon Linux, the easy-to-use distribution derived from Gentoo, reached version 7.0 yesterday. Among other improvements, Sabayon 7 features an "ultra-optimized" Linux 3.0 kernel as well as the project's experimental Fusion Kernel.
11 October 2011 - Sabayon Linux - 6 Comments

Mandriva 2011 Linux Release Finally Comes

While the Mandriva Linux distribution lost most of its charm when many of the developers left to form Mageia Linux and the remaining stakeholders switched to just doing one official release per year, the 2011 final release was published on Sunday.
28 August 2011 - Mandriva - 4 Comments

Gentoo Releases New LiveDVD (Gentoo 11.2)

Gentoo Linux "The future is now" has been released, which is the Gentoo 11.2 LiveDVD.
8 August 2011 - New Media - 9 Comments

Knoppix 6.7 Released This Weekend

Knoppix, one of the best original Linux LiveCD distributions, experienced its version 6.7 release this weekend.
7 August 2011 - New Knoppix - 1 Comment

At Long Last, CentOS 6.0 ISOs Finally Surface

Since the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0, 242 days have passed. Additionally, 129 days have passed since the release of Scientific Linux 6.0, which is one of the popular community rebuilds of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 source packages. Only today, however, is CentOS 6.0 ISOs beginning to surface.
10 July 2011 - It's Here - 16 Comments

Gentoo-Based Sabayon Linux 6.0 Released

The Gentoo-based Sabayon Linux distribution has officially released their version 6.0 build. Sabayon is a popular alternative to running Gentoo directly as it focuses upon providing a pleasant "out of the box" support and on greater usability, with the 6.0 release there are a number of helpful improvements.
23 June 2011 - New Release - 12 Comments

Arch Linux Enables Mesa Floating Point Textures

The rolling-release Arch Linux distribution has just enabled floating point textures for Mesa. This was the hotly-debated feature for Mesa that provides OpenGL floating point textures and render targets, but is disabled by default since its protected by patents in the United States and elsewhere. Arch Linux users when building new versions of Mesa will receive this support irrespective of their physical location.
1 June 2011 - Takes A Stand - 13 Comments

OpenBSD 4.9 Brings Various Improvements

OpenBSD 4.9 has been released today while many Europeans are out with their first of May celebrations.
1 May 2011 - New BSD - 2 Comments

Slackware 13.37 Released

Not only is Ubuntu 11.04 out there, but Slackware 13.37 has now been released as well.
28 April 2011 - Lots of Changes - 11 Comments

ReactOS 0.3.13 Brings Lots Of Improvements

ReactOS, the free software operating system that aims to be binary compatible with Microsoft Windows XP and Windows 2003 while being completely written from scratch, has a new release out. ReactOS 0.3.13 has nearly 300 bug-fixes including several prominent changes that have piled up since the previous 0.3.12 release last October. However, this Windows-like operating system is still considered to be in an alpha state.
27 March 2011 - The Windows-Like OS - 26 Comments

Some Distributions Still Live In A KMS-Less World

One of the most commonly mentioned terms at Phoronix is KMS, as in kernel mode-setting, whereby the GPU mode-setting is done in kernel-space rather than user-space with an X.Org DDX driver. The major open-source drivers were quick to adopt KMS support in their DRM drivers since it allows for cool features like a cleaner boot process, faster and more reliable VT switching, more reliable suspend-and-resume, greater security by running the X Server as a normal user, the ability to have a Linux kernel panic message (like a Windows BSOD), and for new technologies like the Wayland Display Server to emerge. However, not all Linux distributions are yet on this KMS bandwagon.
25 March 2011 - Not By Default - 13 Comments

New Mageia & Mandriva Releases Step Closer

New development releases of Mageia and Mandriva Linux are available this week. On the Mandriva side it's their first beta of Mandriva Linux 2011 and with the Mageia fork they are now up to Alpha 2.
17 March 2011 - New Development Builds

Gentoo Linux 11.0 LiveDVD Released

While stable, tagged releases really aren't important to Gentoo users due to its rolling-release model, a Gentoo 11.0 LiveDVD was released today by its developers.
8 March 2011 - Gentoo Snapshot - 7 Comments

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