Softpedia Linux Weekly, Issue 168

Welcome to the 168th issue of Softpedia Linux Weekly!

The following Linux-based operating systems have been announced last week: openSUSE 12.1 Beta 1, Parted Magic 6.7 and Fedora 16 Beta. In other news: Adobe Labs proudly announced the final release of Adobe Flash Player 11 for Linux systems; Mark Shuttleworth announced the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS a.k.a. Precise Pangolin operating system. For this week we've also prepared an intersting review for the Hedgewars 0.9.15 game. The weekly ends with the video clip of the week, the new and updated Linux distributions, and the development releases.




openSUSEOn October 1st, Bryen Yunashko proudly announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the openSUSE 12.1 Beta 1 operating system. openSUSE 12.1 Beta 1 is now available for download for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, coming as a KDE SC 4 and GNOME 3 Live CD ISO images.

The development cycle of openSUSE 12.1 will continue with two Release Candidate versions, which will be released on October 13th and October 27th. The final and stable release of openSUSE 12.1 will be here on time, as promised, on November 11th 2011.

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openSUSE 12.1 Beta 1

Download openSUSE 12.1 Beta 1 now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a beta release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only.


Parted MagicOn October 2nd, Patrick Verner announced the immediate availability for download of the Parted Magic 6.7 operating system, which comes with some rather big changes. A couple of big components have been updated to Parted Magic 6.7, both the Linux kernel and GParted, the main tool in the suite.

Parted Magic 6.7 also comes with Firefox 6.0.2, granted, not the latest stable release, and Xfburn takes SimpleBurn's place. Parted Magic 6.7 comes with Firefox 6.0.2, a fairly recent update, though not the latest. It includes the Mozilla branding, aka the Firefox name and logos, as opposed to fully-free forks such as Debian's IceWeasel.

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Parted Magic 6.7

Download Parted Magic 6.7 now from Softpedia.


FedoraOn October 4th, the Fedora Project proudly announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the Beta version of the upcoming Fedora 16 operating system, due for release in November 2011. Dubbed Verne, Fedora 16 Beta is powered by Release Candidate 6 of the upcoming Linux kernel 3.1.0, it features GNOME 3.2 and KDE Software Compilation 4.7 desktop environments, lots of SELinux enhancements, updated Haskell, Perl and Ada environments, and much more.

Highlights of Fedora 16 Beta:

· Linux kernel 3.1.0 RC6;

· GNOME 3.2 desktop environment;

· KDE Software Compilation 4.7.0;

· 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.

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Fedora 16 Beta

Download Fedora 16 Beta now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a beta release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only.


Other NewsOther News:

· On October 4th, Adobe Labs proudly announced the immediate availability for download of the final and stable release of the Adobe Flash Player 11 plugin for Linux, Windows and Machintosh platforms. Providing native support for 64-bit Linux-based operating systems, the new Adobe Flash Player 11 plugin brings lots of new features and improvements over the previous version, Flash Player 10. Read more about it here.


· On October 5th, Mark Shuttleworth, father of the popular Ubuntu operating system, proudly announced the name and the goals for the next version of Ubuntu. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, dubbed Precise Pangolin is scheduled for release next year on April 26th. For the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), the Ubuntu development team will focus their efforts on making a tough and long-lasting, reliable, solid as a rock and well defended operating system. Read more about it here.


Softpedia Linux BlogSoftpedia Linux Blog:

· The New Wallpapers of Ubuntu 11.10

· VirtualBox 4.1.4 for Linux Supports X.Org Server 1.11

· Salix OS 13.37 Features Ratpoison Window Manager

· KDE SC 4.7.2 Is Available for Download

· Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 Beta Released

· Ubuntu Powers HP's Public Cloud


Review of the WeekReview of the Week: Hedgewars 0.9.15

· Build on the recipe of Worms, Hedgewars was launched almost 15 years later. It has the same appeal as the games it was inspired from, and best of all, it's completely free.

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Hedgewars 0.9.15

The multiplayer mode is by far the most complex part. Here, players can choose from a ton of options, like which map to use (there are almost 40 predefine maps to use), choose to use a randomise option, a feature which insures that no one is too familiar with the terain and that no one gets an unfair advantage.

Read the entire review here.


Video Clip of the WeekVideo Clip of the Week: Fedora 16 Beta in action

· For this week we've posted an 720p HD video clip that showcases some of the features of the newly released Fedora 16 Beta operating system. The video has 11 minutes and 30 seconds, and it was posted by fredbezies. Enjoy!

Download from SoftpediaNew Distributions:

· AgiliaLinux 8.0.0

· Salix OS Ratpoison 13.37

Download from SoftpediaDistributions Updated Last Week:

· GNOME 3.2 Live 1.0.0

· 4MLinux Media Edition 3.0

· Zentyal 2.2-1

· Ikki Boot 4.1

· vatlator 3.0

· KNOPPIX Live DVD 6.7.1

Download from SoftpediaDevelopment Releases:

· openSUSE GNOME Live CD 12.1 Beta 1

· openSUSE KDE4 Live CD 12.1 Beta 1

· illume OS 1.0.0 Preview 4

· Clonezilla LiveCD 1.2.10-16

· Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 Beta

See you again at the end of next week for another issue of Softpedia Linux Weekly.

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