Welcome to the 162nd issue of Softpedia Linux Weekly!
The following Linux-based operating systems have been announced last week: Zorin OS 3.1 and Fedora 16 Alpha. In other news: Canonical announced the schedule for the Ubuntu App Developer Week 2011 event, which will take place between 5th and 9th September on IRC; Softpedia wrote an article with some of the most important features that will be included in the upcoming Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) operating system; Linux celebrated its 20th birthday this week, 20 years since Linus Torvalds revealed his hobby project; Canonical added a new default wallpaper for the upcoming Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) operating system. The weekly ends with the video clip of the week, the new and updated Linux distributions, and the development releases.
On August 22nd, Artyom Zorin proudly announced the immediate availability of the long-term support of the Zorin OS 3 operating system. Zorin OS 3.1 provides updated packages, bug and security fixes. It also features some enhancements and improvements, such as customized applications and better art.
The main reason for using Zorin OS 3.1 at this point is the long-time support. If you want to make sure that your operating system is supported for a long time, until 2013 in this case, then Zorin OS 3.1 may be a good choice, even as Zorin OS 5 is available. Zorin OS 3.1 is based on Ubuntu 10.04, a LTS version of the popular Ubuntu distro. This ensures that Zorin OS 3.1 will receive security and minor version for all of the packages included in the default configuration.
On August 23rd, the Fedora Project proudly announced the immediate availability for download of the Alpha version of the upcoming Fedora 16 operating system, due for release in November 2011. Dubbed Verne, Fedora 16 Alpha is powered by Linux kernel 3.0, the latest development version of the GNOME 3 desktop environment and KDE Software Compilation 4.7.
Highlights of Fedora 16 Alpha:
· Linux kernel 3.0; · The GNOME 3.1 desktop environment;
· KDE Software Compilation 4.7; · GRUB2; · Systemd services management; · SELinux improvements; · 1000 System accounts; · Added Chrony NTP client; · Removed HAL; · Removed ConsoleKit; · Automatic Multi-seat support; · Support for cloud computing; · Restored support for Xen; · Enhanced Spice 0.10 app to manage virtual machines; · Many improvements for developers; · Aeolus Conductor; · Blender 2.5; · Boost 1.47; · Glasgow Haskell Compiler 7.0.4; · Haskell Platform 2011.2.0.1; · GNOME Input integration; · libvirt networking support improvements; · New mkdumprd for kdump; · Perl 5.14; · Static analysis of CPython extensions; · Sugar 0.94; · TigerVNC 1.1; · USB Network Redirection.
Fedora 16 Alpha
Download Fedora 16 Alpha now from Softpedia. Remember that this is an alpha release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only.
· For the second time this year, Canonical, through David Planella, announced on August 17th that the Ubuntu App Developer Week event will take place between 5th to 9th September, 2011, on the Ubuntu IRC channel. Ubuntu App Developer Week was created to inspire developers of all ages, regardless of their skill level, to write applications with tools developed by Ubuntu for the Ubuntu platform. Read more about it here.
· As the first Beta of the Ubuntu 11.10 operating system is knocking on our doors, on August 24th we though it will be a good moment to list some of Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot)'s features. Ubuntu 11.10 is dubbed Oneiric Ocelot and will include new and breathtaking "under the hood" technologies, such as Linux kernel 3.0, multi-arch support, GNOME 3.2 desktop environment, GTK3, Python 3.2, GCC 4.6.1, Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS) 1.5.0, and lots more. Read more about it here.
· On August 25th Linux celebrated its 20th birthday. While pinpointing the exact day when it was created is hard, and subjective, this is the day that the world found out about Linus Torvalds' hobby project, Linux. On 25 August, 1991, Linus took to the Minix newsgroup to announce his creation and progress. By that time he had a pretty much working operating system, with all of the main components being ready, though he felt he was still several months away from Linux being something people would be able to actually use. Read more about it here.
· On August 25th, Canonical added a new default wallpaper for the upcoming Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) operating system. This new default Ubuntu 11.10 wallpaper is very similar to the default background found in the GNOME 3 desktop environment and the Fedora 15 release. The wallpaper is called "Stripes" and it is part of the default theme of the GNOME 3 desktop environment, Adwaita. Read more about it here.
Video Clip of the Week: Fedora 16 Alpha
· For this week we've posted an 720p HD video clip that showcases some of the features of the newly released Fedora 16 Alpha operating system. The video has 5 minutes and 13 seconds, and it was posted by 98952303618. Enjoy!