The following Linux-based operating systems have been announced last week: Fuduntu 2012.1 and Linux Mint 12 KDE Release Candidate. In other news: Canonical showcased the Ubuntu TV concept at CES 2012; Canonical announces Ubuntu User Days in the weekend of 14-15 January. Softpedia Linux Blog news includes articles about IPFire 2.11 Core 55, Tiny Core Linux 4.2.1, Porteus 1.1, GhosBSD 2.5 RC3, R.I.P. 13.6, Asturix 4, GnuCash 2.4.9, Astaro Product Manager 8.300, Zorin OS Lite 5.2, Scientific Linux 6.2 Beta 2, MySQL 5.5.20, PHP 5.3.9, Webconverger 11, Ubuntu SSH Lens for Unity, FreeBSD 9.0, Mageia 2 Alpha 3, Linux kernel 3.2.1, and much more. For this week we've also prepared an interesting review for the Gratuitous Space Battles game. The weekly ends with the video clip of the week, the new and updated Linux distributions, and the development releases.
On January 10th, Andrew Wyatt proudly announced the immediate availability for download of the Fuduntu 2012.1 Linux operating system. Fuduntu 2012.1 is a maintenance release, featuring small improvements and fixing existing bugs. It is powered by Linux kernel 3.1.6, and has Chromium 16 web browser, as well as the latest Adobe Flash Player 188.8.131.52 pllugin.
Fuduntu 2012.1 also features Mozilla Firefox 9 and Mozilla Thunderbird 9 products, Xfce 4.8 and LibreOffice 3.4.3, all available in the default software repositories. The default desktop theme (Fuduntu Classic) and the font (Google Droid Sans) were also changed in this release, making Fuduntu more likeable.
Clement Lefebvre announced the Release Candidate version of the upcoming Linux Mint 12 KDE operating system. Linux Mint 12 KDE Edition Release Candidate features updated applications, general improvements and new features, all to make your desktop experience more comfortable.
Highlights of Linux Mint 12 KDE RC:
· Linux kernel 3.0; · Based on Kubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot; · KDE Software Compilation 4.7.4; · Hybrid ISO image; · Print to PDF; · Apturl; · Ctrl_Alt_Backspace; · mintDesktop; · Mint4Win; · Moonlight.
Linux Mint 12 KDE RC - Image courtesy of Clement Lefebvre
Download Linux Mint 12 KDE RC now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a development release and it should not be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.
· On January 9th, Softpedia has been informed that Canonical plans to make an exclusive demonstration of an Ubuntu TV and Ubuntu In-vehicle Infotainment (IVI) at CES 2012. This year at CES, Canonical’s goal was to demonstrate Ubuntu "inside" a wide mixture of devices and electronics in 2012. From TVs, mobile phones, tablets, cars, and more. Ubuntu TV has a user interface powered by the controversial Unity interface and allows users to view rent, buy, record, and play movies and TV shows. Read more about it here.
· On January 12th, Softpedia introduced the Ubuntu User Days event, which will take place from Saturday 13:30 UTC through Sunday 03:00 UTC on the Ubuntu Classroom IRC channel. Canonical created the Ubuntu User Days as a set of chat-based classes, distributed during a one day period, in order to teach the Ubuntu beginner or intermediate Linux users the basics of the Ubuntu operating systems. Read more about it here.
· Gratuitous Space Battles is basically a tower defense game, but with a vast fleet of ships in outer space and no means to control anything after the simulation has started.
Gratuitous Space Battles on Ubuntu 11.10
Gratuitous Space Battles is definitely something that gamers must try. A game that falls in no particular niche and still manages to impress is not something to be seen everyday. Although it will be a bit hard at first, I get the feeling that once you master the gameplay, a whole new world opens up and you won't be able to stop playing.