Welcome to the 155th issue of Softpedia Linux Weekly!
The following Linux-based operating systems have been announced last week: Parted Magic 6.3, Sabayon Linux 6 Core Editions and Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 2. In other news: Canonical changed the release schedule for the upcoming Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) by delaying Alpha 2 with a week; Softpedia announced that starting with Alpha 2 of Ubuntu 11.10 the default mail client is Mozilla Thunderbird 5.0; the KDE developers unleashed KDE Software Compilation 4.6.5; Canonical announced the schedule of this year's second Ubuntu Developer Week event. The weekly ends with the video clip of the week, the new and updated Linux distributions, and the development releases.
On July 3rd, Patrick Verner announced the immediate availability for download of the Parted Magic 6.3 operating system. It's only been a couple of weeks from the previous update, so the changelog is not long. There are several new packages though and more CPU options. Some smaller fixes and updates have been introduced as well. Clonezilla 1.2.8-46 is now included.
The two tools have been borrowed from the Puppy Linux family of distros. As such, they are not fully integrated or working 100 percent as the can in Parted Magic. Until they can be made to run completely as intended, a menu item will not be added, though, hopefully, this will happen before the next release, Parted Magic 6.4
Download Parted Magic 6.3 now from Softpedia.
On July 4th, Fabio Erculiani proudly announced the immediate availability for download of four Core editions of the Sabayon Linux operating system. Sabayon Linux 6 Core editions are designed for Linux experts and advanced users that want to set up a home server or create their very own operating system, based on Sabayon.
Highlights of Sabayon Linux 6 Core Editions:
· Linux kernel 2.6.39 optimized for desktop usage;
· Small ISO images that can be booted from CD or USB stick;
· EXT4 filesystem as deafult;
· Support for Btrfs filesystem;
· Ready for Portage and Entropy (allows access to lots of installable apps);
· OpenVZ-enabled, Server-optimized and Vserver-enabled kernels available in the default repositories;
· Entropy Framework 1.0 Alpha 14;
· Easy customizable system after installation (GNOME or KDE SC desktop environments can be installed in no time);
· Fast installation process (guaranteed to take less than 5 minutes).
Download Sabayon Linux 6 SpinBase now from Softpedia.
Download Sabayon Linux 6 CoreCDX now from Softpedia.
Download Sabayon Linux 6 ServerBase now from Softpedia.
Download Sabayon Linux 6 OpenVZ now from Softpedia.
On July 7th, Canonical announced the second Alpha release of the upcoming Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) operating system. Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 2 is now powered by the latest development version of the upcoming Linux kernel 3.0, which provides lots of new drivers and better hardware support. Mozilla Thunderbird 5.0 is now the default email client, replacing Evolution Mail and Calendar.
As expected, GNOME 3 is now default desktop environment, with Unity on top of it. The desktop is accessible again, so users can create folders and access desktop settings. The default browser for Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 2 is now the newly released Mozilla Firefox 5.0. There's a backup tool included by default in Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 2, called Deja Dup, which will allow users to easily backup and restore their important files.
Download Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 2 now from Softpedia.
· The release schedule for the upcoming Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) operating system has been modified last week by Canonical. The second Alpha version was supposed to arrive for testing last Thursday, June 30th, but it was rescheduled for July 7th. The rest of the dates remain the same and the final release will be available, as supposed, on October 13th, 2011. Read more about it here.
· On July 6th, Softpedia announced that starting with Alpha 2 of the upcoming Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) operating system the highly anticipated Mozilla Thunderbird 5.0 will be the default mail client. We know that some of you Ubuntu lovers out there wanted Thunderbird as the default mail client for Oneiric, but there are many others that still love Evolution Mail, which at the moment is no longer installed in the current development version of Ubuntu 11.10. Read more about it here.
· On July 7st, the KDE development team has unleashed the fifth maintenance release for KDE Software Compilation 4.6. As usual, this is a minor update, focusing on bug fixing and translation updates. KDE Software Compilation 4.6.5 is the 5th in a series of monthly bug fixing releases to the KDE Software Compilation 4.6 series, which brings various translation updates and improvements. Everyone should update their existing KDE SC machines running version 4.6.4 or earlier. Read more about it here.
· On July 8th, Canonical proudly announced a the schedule of this year's second Ubuntu Developer Week event, which will take place between July 11th and 15th, and will cover several aspects of Ubuntu development, from crash-courses in getting started with working on Ubuntu to more advanced topics. Ubuntu developers and enthusiasts wanting to contribute will get together online for five days of sessions hosted by some of Ubuntu's greatest developers. Read more about it here.
· For this week we've posted an 1080p HD video clip that reviews the recently released Alpha 2 version of the upcoming Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) operating system. The video has 7 minutes and 42 seconds, and it was posted by quidsup. Enjoy!
See you again at the end of next week for another issue of Softpedia Linux Weekly.