The openSUSE Project has announced the release of the final version of openSUSE 11.3 today. openSUSE 11.3 includes a number of changes, updates and improvements over openSUSE 11.2 which was released in November last year.
openSUSE 11.3 is based on Linux kernel 2.6.34 and has KDE Software Compilation 4.4.4 as the default desktop environment. A GNOME version is also available and it uses GNOME 2.30.1. In terms of the default applications, it comes with Thunderbird 3.0.5, Firefox 3.6.4 and OpenOffice 3.2.1 to name a few. openSUSE 11.3 also gives the user the choice of using Btrfs during installation.
You can view the complete changelog here or read the release note. A screenshot tour of openSUSE 11.3 have also been put up.
openSUSE is widely regarded as one of the best KDE based Linux distros. So, if you want to give openSUSE 11.3 a go, you can download it from here -> Download openSUSE 11.3.
Update: A 32-bit version of Pinguy OS is now available. Download link at the end of the article.
Yes there is another fork of Ubuntu in town and it is called Pinguy OS.
Pinguy OS is based on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and is built to have more eye-candy (CoverGloobus, Gloobus Preview, GNOME Do, Docky) than Ubuntu and to be a little bit more user friendly. For example, .iso files open with Basero Disc Burner and not in Archive Manager as it does in Ubuntu.
Pinguy OS is available only for 64-bit syatems. Unlike Ubuntu, as soon as you finish installation you can straight away start listening to music or watch video as all the audio and video codecs are included during the installation. It also comes with Flash and Java. Some minor annoyances in Ubuntu are also fixed in Pinguy OS. These include wireless problems, Gwibber’s Facebook problem and Flash Video in full screen. Even Samba and Upnp are all set up and ready to be used.
Pinguy OS comes with Elementary-Nautilus with plugins to fetch album art from the web. Elementary is the default theme.
All in all Pinguy OS is not much different from Ubuntu. It is based on a stable OS. So it should be stable enough. Its default list of applications also looks very good. It consists of a lot of applications which I usually use (and I am sure that many others too use them).
So, for a complete noob, Pinguy OS may be useful. However, I will not recommend it to anyone over Ubuntu. The problem with Pinguy OS as I see right now is that there is just one person behind it and I do not think only one person can maintain a distro properly. Yes it is based on Ubuntu and you can use the Ubuntu PPAs; but the question is “Will there be new releases like in Ubuntu?” Moreover, most of the changes in Pinguy OS can be done in Ubuntu too very easily. So for now hold on to your Ubuntu installation until Pinguy OS really differentiates itself from Ubuntu.
However, if you are interested, go ahead and download it. If you do try it out, let us know your opinion.
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[source: Ubuntu Geek]
MeeGo 1.0 which was released for Netbooks and Nokia N900 last month has been updated to fix bugs and add new features. The core MeeGo OS for netbooks has been updated to MeeGo 1.0.1 and only supports netbooks running on the Intel Atom processors.
The update versioned MeeGo v1.0.1 has over 100 bug fixes and is a recommended update for all users running MeeGo 1.0. MeeGo has now been update to use 126.96.36.199 kernel and also has improvements in 3D performance. USB storage finding time has been decreased from 5 seconds to 1 second too.
In addition to that, there are also enhancements in the web browser and several fixes for the mail client. Users who are already using MeeGo 1.0 will get an notification that you have an "Important update available". Click Install updates when you see this notification, and follow the instructions on the screen to install your updates. You can also manually update MeeGo 1.0 to the latest version by navigating in the user interface to Applications -> System Tools -> Update System.
After the release of Moonlight 2.0 about a year ago, Moonlight 3.0 is well on its way with the announcement of the availability of the seventh preview of Moonlight 3.0.
Moonlight is an open-source implementation of Microsoft’s Silverlight for Linux and other Unix based OS.
The Preview 7 of Moonlight brings about a lot of new features although they need some polishing:
- Roughly API complete to SL4.0 beta. Next preview will be API compatible with SL 4.0 RTW.
- Video capture support, but support for pixel formats is sparse.
- SSE2 fast paths for gradient fills in the embedded pixman/cairo, this improves performance significantly as some people seem to have discovered the use of gradients.
- Fixes for chrome support and to curl bridge.
- Several html bridge fixes.
- Element to element binding.
- Client HTTP stack
- Cascading styles are now supported
- New right-click dialog.
You can get Moonlight 3.0 Preview 7 from http://go-mono.com/moonlight/prerelease.aspx.
Canonical has released the first of four Alphas of Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. As it has been released just after weeks after the Lucid release, it is not very much different from Lucid from the outside. The only notable change may be the History Tab in the Software Center.
As this is an Alpha, it is considered not safe for use in production machines. Anyway if you want to try it out you can download it from http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/10.10/alpha-1/ and install it.
In case you decided to test it out, do let us know how it feels.
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Amarok is one of the best music players available for Linux (and a personal favorite of mine, if I may add). Although is is a KDE application, it has a loyal following even from GNOME users.
Well there is a good news. Amarok 2.3.1, codenamed “The Bell” has been released a few hours ago. Here is a brief list of what it has to offer:
- Automated Playlist Generator which helps you create playlists based on criteria like song length or file size.
- Two new applets have been added for the Context View. The Upcoming Events applet shows concerts and events that the currently playing artist is participating in and the Similar Artists applet uses the Last.fm database to show similar artist and makes the ones in your collection directly playable.
- Cover fetching has seen a lot of improvements and we added support for the new system tray protocol.
- Improved responsiveness when expanding/collapsing items in the collection browser.
- Lots of bug fixes!!
You can get the official release announcement and the changelog at kde.org.
Barely a few weeks after Canonical released Ubuntu 10.04 aka Lucid Lynx, they already announced plans for Ubuntu 10.10 aka Maverick Meerkat, with a release schedule aimed to launch Meerkat in October 2010.
With the increased frenzy around the new build, there is some good news now that the initial codebase for Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat has been frozen, which means that no more major changes will go into the latest build and Alpha 1 of Meerkat will see the light of day as scheduled on Thursday, June 3, 2010.
The freeze for Maverick Alpha 1 happened ahead of schedule and was announced in the Ubuntu developers newsletter. The announcement states:
Hello fellow Ubuntu developers,
the Meerkat wants to stick its head out to the world the first time! We
haven’t really started landing new features from ourselves yet, but the first
milestone is important for testing the new kernel on a variety of hardware, as
well as the result of the autosyncs from Debian and first wave of merges and
Between tomorrow and Thursday, the developers will iron out the bugs in the existing codebase and prepare the build for the first milestone in the schedule. So, rest assured you will be able to say hello to Maverick Meerkat soon enough.
Are you excited about Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat? Will you be trying out the Alpha?
The KOffice team has just announced the release of KOffice 2.2. This is the first KOffice release since version 2.1 was released almost six months ago. Although Open Office still rules, KOffice is also starting to get noticed and improve now that Nokia has choosen it to be their mobile office viewer.
Anyway here are the major changes that KOffice 2.2 brings:
- Kexi is back: Kexi, the data management application, is back in KOffice with a completely new user interface. Kexi was last released in KOffice 1.6 so the new version has seen over 3 years of developement.
- New Import Filters For MS OOXML Format: KOffice has received new (although basic) import filters for the Microsoft XML based office formats that are used in MS Office 2007 and later.
- Stability: KOffice 2.2 has received many enhancements to the layout engine, the libraries and the filters. KOffice 2.2 has much more features and stability as compared to KOffice 2.1.
You can view the complete changelog here.
KDE SC 4.5 has now reached its first beta today for both the desktop and netbook versions. The final release is expected in August this year.
KDE SC 4.5 Beta 1 comes with some new improvements:
- New Notification Area – KDE SC 4.5 now has a reworked notification area which creates a uniform look and consistent interaction scheme across applications and toolkits.
- KWin – KWin has a new tiling mechanism to automatically place windows next to each other. Advanced graphical effects, such as blurring the background of translucent windows are also included.
- WebKit in Konqueror – Users that prefer WebKit over the KHTML rendering engine currently used in Konqueror, now can install the WebKit component and switch Konqueror to use WebKit as rendering engine for web sites.
A notable component missing from this release is KMail, which is being reworked to make use of Akonadi. The new version of KMail will be delivered as part of the monthly bug fix update.
KDE SC 4.5 Beta 1 is not yet available for Ubuntu. We will update as soon as it is available in the Kubuntu Beta PPA.
Regardless of the few hiccups along the way, Fedora 13, codenamed Goddard, is finally released. This is a significant release both for Fedora and Linux users as a whole as this is probably the first (correct me if I am wrong) mainstream Linux distro to come with Btrfs support.
So whats new in Fedora 13? Here is a brief overview:
- Simpler installation and device access – Anaconda, the Fedora installer, has a new user interface make handling storage devices and partitioning a lot easier. Once installed, Fedora automatically offers driver installation.
- Accelerated 3D graphics using free drivers – A variety of Nvidia graphics cards can now be 3D enabled to support free software games and an enhanced desktop experience. Of course, the ATI and Intel video cards are still supported.
- Virtualization enhancements – Fedora 13 adds support for stable PCI addresses, enabling virtual guests to retain PCI addresses’ space on a host machine and expanding opportunities for large-scale automation of virtualization.
- Enhanced software development and debugging – Fedora 13 includes new support that allows developers working with mixed libraries (Python and C/C++) in Fedora to get more complete information when debugging with gdb.
- Expanded Btrfs features – Btrfs has been added as an optional filesystem (not default) with filesystem snapshots capability.
You can view the full release note here.
All in all, this is a very interesting release both for Linux users everywhere as Fedora continues to bring bleeding-edge technology to average users.
You can download Fedora 13 here.