Softpedia Linux Weekly, Issue 172

Welcome to the 172nd issue of Softpedia Linux Weekly!

The following Linux-based operating systems have been announced last week: ArchBang Linux 2011.11, SystemRescueCd 2.4.0 and openSUSE 12.1 RC2. In other news: Mark Shuttleworth said at UDS for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS that Ubuntu's Unity is for everyone. Softpedia Linux Blog news includes articles about Linux From Scratch 7.0, AMD Catalyst 11.10, OpenMAMA, Doom 3 source code, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, ALT Linux 6.0, Kwort 3.2, AV Linux 5.0.2, Alpine Linux 2.3.0, KDE SC 4.7.3, and more. For this week we've also prepared a nice tutorial about how to install GNOME 3 themes in Ubuntu 11.10, and an interesting review for the Wine 1.3.31 application. The weekly ends with the video clip of the week, the new and updated Linux distributions, and the development releases.




ArchBangOn November 1st, Willensky Aristide proudly announced the immediate availability for download or upgrade of the ArchBang 2011.11 operating system, based on the Arch Linux, but with the lightweight Openbox window manager. ArchBang 2011.11 brings various features, new apps and lots of bugfixes. ArchBang Linux now features a new file manager, PCMan File Manager, instead of the old Thunar File Manager. Also, the ISO image got a lot smaller with this release.

Highlights of ArchBang 2011.11:

· PCMan File Manager replaced Thunar File Manager as default file manager;

· Xcompmgr-dana replaced Xcompmgr;

· Added the Recent Files pipemenu;

· Added the new keybind to read the upgraded DOC;

· Added a progress bar to show the current progress while copying files;

· Improved font rendering;

· A brand-new look;

· Smaller ISO image;

· Lots of bugs fixed.

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ArchBang 2011.11 - Image courtesy of ArchBang

Download ArchBang 2011.11 now from Softpedia.


SystemRescueCdAlso on November 1st, François Dupoux proudly announced a major release of his popular SystemRescueCd Linux-based operating system for rescue and recovery tasks. The SystemRescueCd 2.4.0 Linux Live CD operating system for rescue tasks, includes the latest stable version of the Linux kernel, an updated version of the XOrg Server, Mozilla Firefox, and GParted applications.

Highlights of SystemRescueCd 2.4.0:

· Updated the standard Linux kernel package to version 3.0.8 (with rescuecd and rescue64);

· Updated the alternative Linux kernel packages to version 3.1.0 (with altker32 and altker64);

· Removed the Reiser4 Linux kernel patch from all the included kernel packages (no patch for Linux kernel 3.x);

· Updated Xorg Server to version 1.10.4;

· Updated Mozilla Firefox web browser to version 7.0.1;

· Updated GParted to version 0.10.0.

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SystemRescueCd 2.4.0

Download SystemRescueCd 2.4.0 now from Softpedia.


openSUSEOn November 3rd, the openSUSE development team, through Jos Poortvliet, proudly announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the openSUSE 12.1 RC2 operating system, and also the final development release. openSUSE 12.1 RC2 is now available for download for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, coming as a KDE SC 4.7 and GNOME 3.2 Live CD ISO images.

openSUSE 12.1 RC2 contains just a few bugfixes and small improvements since the previous Release Candidate version, released on October 24th. The final release of the highly-anticipated openSUSE 12.1 operating system is expected in 13 days, on November 17th, bringing Linux kernel 3.1, GNOME 3.2, KDE SC 4.7, Google’s new programming language, called Go, and much more.

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openSUSE 12.1 RC2 KDE SC Edition
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openSUSE 12.1 RC2 GNOME Edition

Download openSUSE 12.1 RC2 now from Softpedia.

Download openSUSE 12.1 RC2 KDE SC 4.7 Live CD now from Softpedia.

Download openSUSE 12.1 RC2 GNOME 3.2 Live CD now from Softpedia.

Remember that this is a development 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 31st, Mark Shuttleworth, father of the Ubuntu operating system, announced at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Orlando, USA that Unity is here to stay and everyone should use it. Ubuntu Developer Summit for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), took place this week in Orlando, Florida, USA. Mark Shuttleworth delivered yesterday morning his usual keynote where he talked about the future of Ubuntu. He thinks that power users don't hate the new interface of the Ubuntu operating system. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, dubbed Precise Pangolin is scheduled for release on April 26th, 2012 and the Ubuntu development team will focus their efforts on making Unity better, offering a much pleasant desktop experience for every user. Read more about it here.


Softpedia Linux BlogSoftpedia Linux Blog:

· Goodbye Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook and ARM

· Portugal Schools Switching to Linux OSs

· Linux From Scratch 7.0 Released

· LibreOffice Now Offering Extensions Website

· Ubuntu 12.10 is Also For Phones and Tablets

· Ruby 1.9.3-p0 Released

· New ATI Video Driver Supports Ubuntu 11.10

· Users Want a Better Unity in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

· $89 Motherboard System to Run Linux

· OpenMAMA Project Launched by The Linux Foundation

· Doom 3 Source Code Available Soon

· Ubuntu 12.04 Will Get Chameleonic Login Screen

· New Games Available in Ubuntu 11.04 and 10.10

· ALT Linux 6.0 Centaurus Released

· Kwort 3.2 Final Available for Download

· AV Linux 5.0.2 Has Linux Kernel 3.0.6

· Alpine Linux 2.3.0 Uses GCC 4.6

· KDE SC 4.7.3 Is Now Available for Download

· Ubuntu and HP Will Power ARM Data Centers

· Upcoming Features of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

· OLPC OS 11.3.0 Offers Support for XO-1.75

· Pinguy OS 11.10 Pre-Alpha Based on Ubuntu 11.10

· Scientific Linux 5.7 Live CD Now Available

· IPFire 2.11 Now Supports IKEv2 Protocol

· Fedora Wants To Simplify the Linux Filesystem

· Canonical Will Develop Unity for Phones

· Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Will Have GNOME 3.2

· Helal Linux 3: Ubuntu for Muslims, With Unity

· GParted Live CD 0.10.0-3 Can Detect exFAT


Tutorial of the WeekTutorial of the Week: How to Install GNOME Themes in Ubuntu 11.10

· A lot of Ubuntu users requested this guide, because the new Ubuntu 11.10 operating system doesn't provide a tool to add new GTK or icon themes. Why? Because of the GNOME 3 desktop environment and the complexity of GTK3 themes. So, let's say you saw that wonderful desktop theme out there on the Internet, and you want it on your brand-new Ubuntu machine, right? What do you do?

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Selecting a GTK 3 theme with GNOME Tweak Tool

Look no further, as the following tutorial will offer you the easiest method to add desktop themes on Ubuntu 11.10. Believe us, this is the easiest way to add these theme on your Ubuntu operating system.

Read the complete tutorial here.


Review of the WeekReview of the Week: Wine 1.3.31

· The work that goes into Wine to make Windows developed applications run under Linux is immense. The developers have the daunting task of providing the required DLLs and a substitute to Windows kernel, everything wrapped in a compatibility layer. All of this work has one single purpose, to run games.

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Playing Heroes of Might and Magic V on Wine 1.3.31

Wine is without a doubt one of the most complex pieces of software that can be found for the Linux platform and we can certainly say is a great tool to close the entertainment gap between Windows and Linux. The best feature is just its simplicity. Just install it and use it.

Read the entire review here.


Video Clip of the WeekVideo Clip of the Week: Ubuntu UDS P Orlando - Mark Shuttleworth Keynote

· For this week we've posted an interesting video clip with Mark Shuttleworth's keynote at Ubuntu UDS P Orlando event. The video has 29 minutes and 12 seconds, and it was posted by ubuntudevelopers. Enjoy!

Download from SoftpediaNew Distributions:

· Pacman Linux 0.1

· Sage Live CD 511-47

· ALT Linux Cerberus 6.0.0

· Helal Linux 3.0 Beta

Download from SoftpediaDistributions Updated Last Week:

· Berry Linux 1.12

· Visopsys 0.71

· 4MLinux Game Edition 3.0

· OpenELEC 1.0.2

· AV Linux 5.0.2

· Kwort Linux 3.2

· Scientific Linux Live CD/DVD 5.7

· IPFire 2.11

· OLPC OS 11.3.0

· Tor-ramdisk 20111103

· GParted LiveCD 0.10.0-3

Download from SoftpediaDevelopment Releases:

· illume OS 1.0.0 Preview 5

· PLoP Linux 4.1.3 Test

· LuninuX OS 11.11 Alpha

· Pinguy OS 11.10 Pre-Alpha

· Clonezilla LiveCD 1.2.11-15

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

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