The following Linux-based operating systems have been announced last week: Fuduntu 14.12, Fedora 16, and Sabayon Linux 7 LXDE, E17 and Awesome Editions. In other news: The Document Foundation announced the immediate availability for download of LibreOffice 3.4.4 open source office suite; Softpedia took a first look at the upcoming Linux Mint 12 (Lisa) operating system. Softpedia Linux Blog news includes articles about Firefox 8, Thunderbird 8, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Wine 1.3.32, Xorg Server 1.11.2, SlimPup 3.4, Linux Mint 12, Fedora 16, SecureCRT 6.7.3, KDE SC 4.8, VortexBox 2.0, FileZilla 3.5.2, Open64 5.0, Parted Magic 11.11.11, Firefox 9.0 Beta, and more. For this week we've also prepared a nice tutorial about how to install Firefox 8.0 in Ubuntu 10.04 and Ubuntu 10.10, and an interesting review for the Calibre 0.8.24 application. The weekly ends with the video clip of the week, the new and updated Linux distributions, and the development releases.
On November 7th, Andrew Wyatt proudly announced the immediate availability for download of the Fuduntu 14.12 operating system, a Fedora-based distro. Fuduntu 14.12 packs new packages and updates, along with the 'ideological' changes. The big news is that Fuduntu is no longer dependent on Fedora, it has its own repositories and all of the packages are now hosted separately.
In essence, this makes Fuduntu a stand-alone distro, despite its Fedora roots. Fuduntu is also celebrating its birthday, it's been just one year since the project was started, as a way of simplifying Fedora, and it is now ready to stand out on its own.
Download Fuduntu 14.12 now from Softpedia.
On November 8th, the Fedora Project announced the immediate availability for download of the final and stable version of the Fedora 16 operating system, dubbed Verne. Fedora 16 (Verne) is powered by the newly released Linux kernel 3.1, it features the GNOME 3.2.1 desktop environment with the GNOME Shell interface and the KDE Software Compilation 4.7.2 environment. Fedora 16 includes OpenStack, lots of SELinux enhancements, updated Haskell, Perl and Ada environments, Blender 2.5, Boost 1.47, TigerVNC 1.1, and much more.
Highlights of Fedora 16:
· Linux kernel 3.1.0;
· GNOME 3.2.1 desktop environment (with GNOME Shell);
· KDE Software Compilation 4.7.2;
· 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.
Download Fedora 16 now from Softpedia.
Download Fedora 16 GNOME now from Softpedia.
Download Fedora 16 KDE now from Softpedia.
On November 9th, Fabio Erculiani proudly announced the immediate availability for download of three new Sabayon Linux 7 editions, for the LXDE, Enlightenment 17 and Awesome desktop environments. Gathered under the "Experimental" umbrella, the new Sabayon Linux 7 LXDE, E17 and Awesome editions are designed for Linux users with low-end computers. They are powered by the newly released Linux kernel 3.1.
Highlights of Sabayon 7 LXDE, E17 and Awesome:
· Linux kernel 3.1;
· EXT4 as the default filesystems;
· Support for encrypted filesystems (LUKS);
· Support for Btrfs filesystems;
· Fast installation process (guaranteed to take less than 5 minutes);
· Ready for Portage and Entropy (allows access to lots of installable apps);
· Easily customizable system (with the help of Entropy);
· Much more lightweight because GCC is provided by sys-devel/gcc.
Download Sabayon Linux 7 LXDE now from Softpedia.
Download Sabayon Linux 7 E17 now from Softpedia.
Download Sabayon Linux 7 Awesome now from Softpedia.
· On November 9th, The Document Foundation company proudly announced the fourth maintenance release of the LibreOffice 3.4 open source office suite software for Linux, Windows and Macintosh platforms, bringing several bugfixes. LibreOffice 3.4.4 is here to fix some of the most-important bugs found by users in the previous releases. Fixes include bugs found in the Calc, Impress, Writer, SDK, and the core libraries of LibreOffice. LibreOffice 3.4.4 is quite identical to the Release Candidate 2, but users should upgrade even if they have the lasted development version installed. Read more about it here.
· On November 11th, Softpedia took a first look at the upcoming Linux Mint 12 (Lisa) operating system. To our surprise, it appears that Linux Mint 12's new interface, called MGSE (Mint Gnime Shell Extensions) is actually a small modification of the GNOME 3's GNOME Shell interface. You have two panels: the one on top is GNOME 3's one, which can't be removed (but it can be improved), and the bottom panel was added by the Linux Mint developers, providing a stylish Launcher Menu with built-in search and favorites, as well as a desktop switcher and notification center. Read more about it here.
· The following tutorial will teach Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) users how to install the newly released Mozilla Firefox 8 web browser.
At the request of many of our readers, we've created the following tutorial to guide them with the installation of the popular Mozilla Firefox 8 web browser in the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) and Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) operating systems.
Read the complete tutorial here.
· Calibre is an eBook management software that is almost without equal, on any platform that runs it. A few years ago nobody could anticipate that eBooks will take our lives completely, but the rise of eBook readers and the fact that most books are cheaper in digital form, proves that it was inevitable for someone to take matters in his own hands and develop something that can actually manage an entire library.
Calibre offers some features that are practically irreplaceable, such as converting formats and news downloads. I have no idea what we would have done if this software wouldn't exists. Just the fact that it's here, with all the problems, is a major plus.
Read the entire review here.
· For this week we've posted an interesting video clip with Mark Shuttleworth's interview at the Ubuntu UDS P Orlando event. The video has 20 minutes and 12 seconds, and it was posted by ubuntudevelopers. Enjoy!
See you again at the end of next week for another issue of Softpedia Linux Weekly.