Welcome to the 153rd issue of Softpedia Linux Weekly!
The following Linux-based operating systems have been announced last week: Porteus 1.0 and Sabayon Linux 6.0. In other news: Mozilla officially releases Firefox 5 web browser for Linux, Macintosh and Windows platforms; Canonical updates the Mozilla Firefox web browser in Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), to version 5.0; Softpedia presented an article with the most useful and popular panel applets (indicators) for the Unity interface of Ubuntu 11.04. For this week we prepared an amazing tutorial that you have been waiting for, about how to customize your Ubuntu 11.04 operating system. For this week we've also prepared an interesting review for the Sweet Home 3D 3.2 application. The weekly ends with the video clip of the week, the new and updated Linux distributions, and the development releases.
On June 20th, the Porteus Team announced the final and stable release of the Porteus 1.0 operating system. The Linux distro based on Slackware has been updated with the latest upstream packages and also includes several new features, such as an experimental package manager. Another change is the switch to LZMA2 compression, resulting in a smaller ISO and faster load times.
Highlights of Porteus 1.0:
· Linux kernel 18.104.22.168;
· KDE SC 4.6.4 - for the 64-bit version;
· KDE 3.5.12 - for the 32-bit version;
· Firefox 4;
· Based on Slackware 13.37;
· Porteus Package Manager introduced;
· Added PXE Boot option;
· Added automatic guest login;
· Backup/restore MBR option during installation.
Download Porteus 1.0 now from Softpedia.
On June 23rd, Fabio Erculiani proudly announced the immediate availability for download of the Sabayon Linux 6.0 operating system, designed for Linux enthusiasts who want the latest packages and the best performance, but don't want to spend days getting things working properly. Sabayon Linux 6.0 comes, as usual, distributed as GNOME and KDE SC ISO images, for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. It includes cutting-edge applications, Linux kernel 22.214.171.124, GNOME 2.32.2 and KDE Software Compilation 4.6.4.
Highlights of Sabayon Linux 6.0:
· Linux kernel 126.96.36.199;
· X.Org Server 1.10;
· GNOME 2.32.2;
· KDE SC 4.6.4;
· Chromium as default web browser;
· Native support for Btrfs filesystems;
· Support for 16:9 and 16:10 widescreen LCD monitors;
· Brand new and amazing artwork and boot music intro;
· Improved boot speed;
· LibreOffice 3.3.3;
· Entropy 1.0 RC10;
· Installer improvements (now with support for LVM, crypt and swRAID);
· Extra kernel packages in the default repositories (Server-optimized, Vserver-enabled, OpenVZ-enabled);
· Added Ubuntu's ufw firewall;
· Sane Desktop Compositing is now enabled by default;
· Uses jpeg-turbo library for faster JPEG image rendering;
· Added kernel-switcher to easily switch between Sabayon Linux kernels;
· GRUB 1.99;
· Python 2.7;
· GCC 4.5.2;
· Over 1,000 applications were updated;
· More than 100 bugs were fixed;
· Can run inside Windows!
Download Sabayon Linux 6.0 GNOME now from Softpedia.
Download Sabayon Linux 6.0 KDE now from Softpedia.
· On June 21th, Mozilla unleashed the stable version of the highly anticipated Mozilla Firefox 5.0 web browser for Linux, Windows and Macintosh operating systems. Mozilla Firefox 5 brings support for CSS animations, which will lead to amazing Web experiences. It also brings Location-Aware Browsing, performance and stability enhancements, and much more. Mozilla Firefox 5.0 is supported on both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, which means that it will run on any Linux distribution. Read more about it here.
· On June 22nd, all Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) users received an update of their favorite web browser, to the latest version, Firefox 5. The new and improved Mozilla Firefox 5 web browser has been made available for download a few days ago on Mozilla's trusted FTP sites, but the official release was on June 21st, 2011. Canonical unleashes the highly expected update to the Mozilla Firefox web browser, replacing Firefox 4.0.1 with Firefox 5.0. However, it is available only for the Ubuntu 11.04 operating system. Read more about it here.
· On June 24th, Softpedia presented and article with some of the most important panel applets, also called indicators, for Ubuntu 11.04's Unity interface. CPU monitors, system load indicators, bandwidth statistics, weather indicators, RSS news feeds, DropBox handlers, and many more other applets can be quite easily installed on Ubuntu 11.04. Read more about it here.
· At the request of our readers we have decided to revive our usual desktop customization tutorial for the Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) operating system, because of Unity!
Many of you hate Unity, therefore this step-by-step tutorial was created for the Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) operating system and it will teach you how to change the looks of your Linux desktop into an eye-candy, practical, simple and modern workstation.
Read the entire tutorial here.
· Sweet Home 3D is one of many applications on the market that can be used to virtually design your house, without having to learn to much stuff. The main problem users face is the steep price of such applications, as it usually tends to be really high. Linux users in particular have an additional hurdle to pass. There are just a couple of software that can claim to fit into this category.
Sweet Home 3D can be used by someone that's not all that familiar with this type of applications, but sometimes the sheer number of options can get overwhelming. Users can get lost in micromanagement, forgetting the fact that this software can be used to build only a facsimile of the actual house and it cannot be used to actually design a home.
Read the complete review here.
· For this week we've posted an 480p HD video clip that reviews the new Mozilla Firefox 5 web browser. The video has 9 minutes and 21 seconds, and it was posted by TheCanadianToast. Enjoy!
See you again at the end of next week for another issue of Softpedia Linux Weekly.