The following Linux-based operating systems have been announced last week: VectorLinux 7.0, Clonezilla Live 1.2.11-23 and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Alpha 1. In other news: Canonical released numerous kernel updates for various Ubuntu operating systems; Softpedia presented a roundup of the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS development cycle. Softpedia Linux Blog news includes articles about CRUX 2.7.1, SME Server 8.0 Beta 7, CrunchBang Linux 10 R20111125, Mageia 2 Alpha 1, AmaroK 2.5 Beta 1, Warzone 2100 2.3.9, Thunderbird 8.0, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Alpha 1, Linux Kernel 3.1.4, CrossOver Games 10.2.0, Alien Arena 7.52, Android-x86 4.0, GNOME Shell extensions, and much more. For this week we've also prepared an interesting review for the Voxatron 0.1.6 Alpha game. The weekly ends with the video clip of the week, the new and updated Linux distributions, and the development releases.
On November 27th, Robert Lange proudly announced the immediate availability for download of the VectorLinux 7.0 operating system. After quite a lot of work and several testing releases the final build is here. Its creators boast that it's the fastest distro out there and that it's packed with everything you need right out of the box.
VectorLinux 7.0 has an unique look, thanks to a custom theme and other artwork. The latest version is also available in a lot more languages than before thanks to a lot of localization work. VectorLinux tries to fit everything in from the get go, which means that DVD playback, audio and video codecs, Java and other plugins are installed by default.
Download VectorLinux 7.0 now from Softpedia.
On November 28th, Steven Shiau proudly announced the immediate availability for download of the Clonezilla Live operating system, used for cloning hard disk drives. Clonezilla Live 1.2.11-23 is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures and includes major improvements and various bugfixes. Clonezilla Live 1.2.11-23 is powered by Linux kernel 3.1.1-1 and features Partclone 0.2.38 and Gdisk 0.8.1. This release is based on the Debian Sid repository as of November 28th, 2011.
Clonezilla Live 1.2.11-23 has support for VMFS5 cloning and imaging, as well as an improved GRUB2, for EFI booting, being able to boot a Macintosh machine from a USB flash disk (MBR partition table). Among other changes in Clonezilla Live 1.2.11-23 we can mention that the cpufrequtils package was added, the -pa|--postaction option was added to ocs-onthefly (to shutdown or reboot a machine after cloning), and the volume name of NTFS and DOS partitions will be displayed before the restore process.
Download Clonezilla Live 1.2.11-23 now from Softpedia.
On December 1st, Canonical announced that the first Alpha version of the upcoming Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system is available for download and testing. The big news is that Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Alpha 1 includes the Linux kernel 3.2.0-2.5 packages, based on the Linux kernel 3.2 RC3 development release.
Also new in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Alpha 1 is that Rhythmbox is now the default music player, and Banshee was completely removed. However, there's no UbuntuOne Music Store yet, which will be ported to GTK3 soon. Moreover, Mozilla Firefox 9.0 is now the default web browser and Mozilla Thunderbird 9.0 is the default email client. GNOME 3.2.1 is the default desktop environment, with Unity on top of it.
Download Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Alpha 1 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.
· On November, several more security vulnerabilities were discovered in the Linux kernel packages, affecting the Natty and Maverick backport, and EC2 Linux kernels of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, and the OMAP4 Linux kernels of Ubuntu 10.10 and Ubuntu 11.04 operating systems. The security flaws can be fixed if you upgrade your system(s) as soon as possible. Read more about it here.
· On November 30th, Softpedia presented an article about the upcoming development stages of the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system. The Ubuntu 12.04 LTS development publicly starts on December 1st, 2011, with the first development release, called Alpha 1. Another Alpha version will be made available for testing next year on February 2nd. Because it's an LTS (Long Term Support) release, Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) will have two Beta versions. The first one will be available on March 1st and the second one on March 22nd, 2012. The development cycle of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS will continue with a Release Candidate version, which will be announced on April 19th, one week before the final release of the Precise Pangolin. Read more about it here.
· Voxatron is not like other games. It doesn't conform to what the market wants. It's like the cool kid who wares cool clothes before they become cool.
Voxatron doesn't has a story per say. It's the kind of game you build a story for, in you mind. Users control an avatar (not that kind), in a 2.5 environment, with the WASD keys and shoot with the IJKL keys or the Arrow keys. This kind of control scheme was also used in The Binding of Isaac, a great game we've reviewed a week ago.
Read the entire review here.
· For this week we've posted an 1080p high-definition video clip that showcases the features and gameplay of the upcoming Ignite video game for Linux operating systems. The video has 1 minute and 2 seconds, and it was posted by JustAGameGmbH. Enjoy!
See you again at the end of next week for another issue of Softpedia Linux Weekly.