Snowlinux KDE 2 RC Now Available for Testing

Based on Debian Squeez and powered by Linux kernel 2.6.32

Lars Torben Kremer has announced this weekend, June 16th, the immediate availability for download and testing of the Release Candidate of the Snowlinux 2 KDE edition operating system.

Dubbed Ice, Snowlinux 2 KDE is based on the Debian 6 (Squeeze) operating system and it is powered by the LTS (Long Term Support) Linux kernel 2.6.32 and KDE Software Compilation 4.4.

Snowlinux 2 KDE RC comes with the Chromium web browser, Icedove emai client, Banshee music player and Shotwell image viewer. It is 100% compatible with the Ubuntu software repositories.

"Snowlinux 2 "Ice" is based upon Debian 6 "Squeeze". It comes with the long-term-support (LTS) Linux kernel 2.6.32 and KDE 4.4 which were made available upstream."

"It has installed chromium-browser, icedove, banshee and shotwell by default," the official release announcement stated.

Highlights of Snowlinux 2 KDE RC Edition:

· Baseon on Debian 6;

· Linux kernel 2.6.32 (LTS);

· Chromium 18;

· Updated packages;

· Icedove;

· Banshee;

· Shotwell;

· Firewall;

· Apturl;

· OpenJDK 6 Java;

· Ubuntu font;

· Better installer with support for UUID in fstab and keyboard variants);

· New look and feel;

· Fushigi-Plasma-Theme theme;

· Snowlinux KDM theme;

· Snowlinux KSplash theme;

· Snowlinux bootloader theme

· Better software selection;

· Better response and speed;

· Support for contrib, non-free, and debian-multimedia software repositories;

· Added terminal colors;

· Added delete permanently function;

· Added Open in Terminal function;

· Added Open as Administrator function;

· Lots of system improvements.

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Snowlinux 2 KDE RC - Image courtesy of Lars Torben Kremer

The developer of the Snowlinux operating system recommends the following system requirements in order to install this KDE edition on your machine:

· An x86 processor;

· At least 512 MB memory;

· At least 4 GB free disk space;

· A graphics card capable of 800x600 resolution;

· A CD-ROM drive or USB port.

Snowlinux 2 KDE Edition is distributed as Live CDs for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. The distribution will be supported for five years, until February 2014.

Download Snowlinux 2 KDE RC right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.

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