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The Arch Linux distribution that uses a rolling-release model has provided new installation media that provides an updated snapshot of their core packages along with some improvements to the distributed media itself.
18 May 2010 - New Spin - 4 Comments
While we don't normally talk much about ReactOS, the free software operating system that was started some twelve years ago to provide binary compatible with Windows NT, there is a new proposal to abandon much of its Win32 subsystem that has built up over the past decade and to create a new Windows subsystem that in large part is derived from Wine code.
18 January 2010 - Wine In New Subsystem - 46 Comments
The 2010.0 release of Mandriva Linux is now available. This update to Mandriva brings KDE 4.3 (along with GNOME 2.28) along with options for Moblin and OLPC Sugar desktops. Other highlights for Mandriva 2010.0 include the Moovida multimedia center, X.Org 7.5 packages but with X Server 1.6.5 (instead of X Server 1.7), improved boot performance, netbook optimizations, new installer features, package management improvements, Mandriva tool improvements, and more.
3 November 2009 - New Mandrake, Err Mandriva - 3 Comments
In celebration of Gentoo's 10th birthday, the Gentoo engineering team banded together and created the Gentoo 10 LiveDVD of the latest packages for this rolling Linux distribution. Less than a month after releasing Gentoo 10.0, the Gentoo Ten team has released Gentoo 10.1.
25 October 2009 - Gentoo's 10th Birthday Continue - 14 Comments
The last development release, Release Candidate 2, of Mandriva Linux 2010 is now available. Mandriva Linux 2010 adopts Plymouth and brings other new features like Moblin packaging, Tomoyo security framework integration, improved boot performance, and more. Mandriva Linux 2010 RC2 brings the last bits into place for Moblin support, offers the final versions of KDE 4.3.2 and GNOME 2.28.0, Intel Poulsbo drivers, support for guest accounts, and improved Nepomuk integration.
11 October 2009 - Last Development Release - 1 Comment
Filled with bug fixes (particularly with the networking tools and KDE/GNOME) and the golden Linux 2.6.31 kernel, Mandriva 2010 Release Candidate 1 is available. The release of the first RC for Mandriva 2010 was announced on the Mandriva blog and as always there are the free versions in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors along with KDE and GNOME spins. The KDE version of Mandriva 2010 is now shipping with Nepomuk support too.
19 September 2009 - Bug Fixes - 1 Comment
The developers behind the Slackware distribution have announced the release of version 13.0. With this major update, Slackware now finally has a complete port to 64-bit packages, while still continuing to support x86 too. Besides the x86_64 architectural support, Slackware 13.0 is running with Xfce 4.6.1 and KDE 4.2.4 while under the hood it's packing the Linux 2.6.29 kernel and GCC 4.3.3.
28 August 2009 - Finally They Support x86_64 - 21 Comments
The developers behind Arch Linux have announced the release of Arch Linux 2009.08. This ISO for the rolling Arch Linux distribution contains an updated snapshot of Arch's core, which includes the Linux 2.6.30 kernel and many other key package updates. Additionally, Arch Linux 2009.08 contains a new installer (the AIF installer) and it delivers a better disk editor, support for automated installations, a framework for building third-party installation procedures, NTP support for date/time, enhanced GRUB routines, and usability improvements. Outside of the core package updates and the new Arch installer, other enhancements in the 2009.08 release include using AuFS rather than UnionFS for its live mode, enhanced boot detection, bug fixes, more automatic configuration settings, and much more.
10 August 2009 - Arch Linux Distribution Update - 17 Comments
Back in February we were first to share the news that Linpus was going to launch a QuickOS Linux operating system. They did that, but we can now also tell you that next week Linpus Technologies will be launching a new version of their Linpus distribution that is based upon Moblin V2. One of their representatives decided to send us the information early again, and so we have it for you now.
27 May 2009 - At Computex Taipei - 1 Comment
For the Mandriva users out there, Mandriva Linux 2009.1 "Spring" is now available. This update to Mandriva brings KDE 4.2.2, GNOME 2.26, X Server 1.6, Xfce 4.6, the Linux 2.6.29 kernel, and various other updated packages. Some of the improvements include a faster boot process via Speedboot, an optimized Mandriva Control Center, improved networking, a redesigned security framework, and much more.
30 April 2009 - Mandrake Updated - 1 Comment
DeviceVM's SplashTop Linux environment (which we were the first to exclusively share) really was revolutionary in pushing the "instant-on Linux" theme as it was able to boot to its desktop in just a few seconds. Since then we have seen the emergence of Phoenix HyperSpace and other products that target netbooks with near instant-on capabilities.
27 February 2009 - Another Instant-On Linux - 2 Comments
For those looking to play with a development snapshot of Mandriva, 2009.1 Alpha 2 has hit the Internet. Mandriva 2009.1 Alpha 2 is shipping with the latest KDE 4.2 and GNOME 2.25 bits (as well as the latest beta for Xfce 4.6), the Linux 2.6.28 kernel, and the latest code for X Server 1.6.
20 January 2009 - New Mandriva Update
Last year a new Linux distribution came about and immediately began appearing on some budget PCs within retail establishments. Good OS, the company behind the gOS Linux distribution, that launched the conceptual Google OS last year has had a quite successful 2008. gOS 2.0 Rocket launched in January at the Consumer Electronic Show and then in September was the release of gOS 3.0 Gadgets. Last month gOS also announced their plans on supporting Intel's Moblin project. Today the Good OS crew is announcing plans for their next Linux OS release.
1 December 2008 - It's Codenamed The Cloud
Last week we published an article looking at the ASUS Eee PC 901 Linux boot performance. In that article we had compared how long it took to boot Linux (using the excellent Bootchart program) for Fedora 9, Fedora 10 Alpha, Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 6, and Mandriva 2009 Beta 2. Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 6 ended up being the hands-down winner, but the team at Mandriva have been working on optimizing their boot process and some of these improvements can now be found in their most recent Mandriva 2009 test release.
28 September 2008 - Improving Linux Boot Performance - 3 Comments
Our friends at Good OS have today released version 3.0 of gOS. gOS 3.0 integrates Google Gadgets onto this Ubuntu-based distribution with a focus on providing an easy to use Web 2.0 experience atop Linux. Google Gadgets for Linux was released earlier this year. gOS 3.0 can be downloaded from their project web-site.
24 September 2008 - OS With Google Gadgets Released - 1 Comment
There was no Gentoo 2007.1 release that made it out last year, and we now know for sure that there will be no Gentoo 2008.1 release this year. The Gentoo Release Engineering Team has canceled the Gentoo 2008.1 release that would have otherwise been expected in the next three months. Due to spending increased time on Gentoo 2008.0 and having limited manpower, they've decided to call off Gentoo 2008.1 and future .1 releases.
23 September 2008 - Gentoo 2008.1 Will Not Be Released - 30 Comments
Mandriva 2009 Beta 2 has been released today. This testing update adds the Firefox 3 web-browser, OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta, switching to Fedora's system-config-printer, and many other changes too. The release announcement can be read on Club Mandriva's Wiki.
21 August 2008 - PTS Enters Mandriva Cooker - 1 Comment
Knoppix used to be regarded as one of the best and most popular Linux LiveCD distributions, but as of late it's been virtually under the radar. However, Klaus Knopper has pushed out the 5.3.1 release of Knoppix. This release is upgraded against Debian Lenny, ships with the Linux 184.108.40.206 kernel and various custom modules (including KVM virtualization, NDISwrapper, experimental Compiz Fusion modules, KDE 4.0 support, and much more. The change-log for Knoppix can be viewed here. Knoppix can be downloaded from the Knoppix website.
30 March 2008 - Knoppix Isn't Dead, At Least Not Yet
2007 isn't even over yet, but the Mandriva team already has out the first public beta for Mandriva 2008. Mandriva Linux 2007 (codename: Cassini) is available as a 3 CD free edition without any non-free software included while future releases will be in a hybrid edition. New in Mandriva 2008 will be NTFS write support, AppArmor, modular IDE drivers, new devicescape wireless stack, Compiz Fusion, and the Linux 2.6.22 kernel. More information on Beta 1 is available here.
8 August 2007
At Phoronix, SLAX is one of our favorite mini LiveCD Linux distributions. SLAX has always been a wonderful KDE distribution with a very small footprint and is based upon Slackware. Today marks the continued growth of SLAX and the fifth release candidate for SLAX 6.0.0. SLAX 6.0.0 RC5 ships with the Linux 220.127.116.11 kernel, KDE 3.5.7, and other packages have been updated against Slackware 12.0. A variety of fixes are also present in this release. Additional details can be found on the SLAX FTP server.
25 July 2007
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