Parsix GNU/Linux 6.0r1, a live and installation DVD based on Debian, aiming to provide a ready-to-use, easy-to-install desktop and laptop-optimized operating system, has been released for testing.
The developers' ultimate goal is to offer customers an easy-to-use OS based on Debian's Wheezy branch, which employs a release of the GNOME desktop environment. The devs have made a few minor modifications to the desktop and now it's much easier to set it apart from other distros.
The first version in the series arrived less than a month ago and it looks like things are moving fast. Most of the major packages have been updated for this release and all these improvements are really showing.
“We are proud to announce the immediate availability of Parsix GNU/Linux 6.0r1 code name Trev. This is the first re-spin of Parsix GNU/Linux 6.0 series and merges security and bug fix updates as of June 22, 2014. Trev 6.0r1 version ships with GNOME Shell 3.10.3, and updated Linux 3.12.20 based kernel, built on top of rock solid Debian Wheezy (7.0) platform. All base packages have been synchronized with Debian Wheezy repositories as of June 1, 2014,” reads the official announcement.
Parsix GNU/Linux 6.0r1 is a not a Linux distribution that aims to integrate all the latest packages, it's a home for more conservative versions, like GNOME 3.10.3 and Linux kernel 3.12.20. Both of these components have been out for a while now and they proved to be stable.
“Our goal is to provide a ready to use and easy to install desktop and laptop optimized operating system based on Debian's testing branch and the latest stable release of GNOME desktop environment. Users can easily install extra software packages from Parsix APT repositories. Our annual release cycle consists of two major and four minor versions. We have our own software repositories and build servers to build and provide all the necessary updates and missing features in Debian stable branch,” also said the developers in the release notes.
This operating system also features X.Org 7.7, GRUB 2, GNU Iceweasel (based on Firefox) 30, GParted 0.12.1, Empathy 3.10.1, LibreOffice 3.5.4, VirtualBox 4.3.10, and many other important applications.
Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.