Softpedia Linux Weekly, Issue 184

Welcome to the 184th issue of Softpedia Linux Weekly!

The following Linux-based operating systems have been announced last week: Chrome OS Linux 1.8.1017. In other news: The openSUSE Project announced the official release schedule for the upcoming openSUSE 12.2 operating system; Spain’s Extremadura administration announced that they will move 40,000 PCs to Debian Linux; the KDE Project announced the release of KDE Software Compilation 4.8; the GNOME Project announced the GNOME 3.3.4 desktop environment development release. Softpedia Linux Blog news includes articles about VirtualBSD 9.0, Opera 11.61, GhostBSD 2.5, Ubuntu Unleashed 2012, Linux kernel 3.2.2, AMD Catalyst 12.1, Samba 3.6.2, Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2.1, FFmpeg 0.10, LibreOffice 3.5.0 Release Candidate 2, Calibre 0.8.37, and much more. For this week we've also prepared a very nice tutorial about how to install KDE SC 4.8 on Ubuntu 11.10 and an interesting review for the highly acclaimed Oil Rush game. The weekly ends with the video clip of the week, the new and updated Linux distributions, and the development releases.




Chrome OSOn January 27th, the Chrome OS developers proudly announced the immediate availability for download of the Chrome OS Linux 1.8.1017 operating system. The latest updated, Chrome OS Linux 1.8.1017 is built around the latest dev channel Google Chrome 18.0.1017.2, released a couple of days ago. The dev branch of Google Chrome is considered unstable and it’s here that new features are first introduced. It also gets updated once every few days, to a week.

Highlights of Chrome OS Linux 1.8.1017:

· Linux kernel 3.2.1;

· GNOME 2.32 desktop environment;

· Experimental GNOME Shell desktop environment;

· Google Chrome 18.0.1017 web browser;

· Google Talk Plugin 2.6;

· Google Music Manager 1.0;

· Google Picasa 3.0 photo manager;

· LibreOffice 3.4 office suite;

· GIMP 2.6 image editor;

· Wine 1.3 Windows emulator;

· Cheese 2.32 webcam app;

· Pidgin 2.7 instant messenger;

· Dashboard with social toolbar;

· Control Center.

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Chrome OS Linux 1.8.1017

Download Chrome OS Linux 1.8.1017 now from Softpedia.


Other NewsOther News:

· On January 21st, Bryen Yunashko published the release schedule of the upcoming openSUSE 12.2 Linux distribution. The openSUSE Project releases new versions of its openSUSE Linux operating system every 8 months, with a life cycle of 18 months for each one. The development cycle of openSUSE 12.2 will include four Milestone releases in February 9th, March 3rd, April 5th and 26th, a single Beta release in May 24th, and two Release Candidate versions in June 14th and 28th. Read more about it here.


· On January 23rd, Teodomiro Cayetano López, Extremadura's CIO (Chief Information Officer), confirmed that the administration of Spain’s autonomous region will move all their desktop PCs to Debian Linux. The Extremadura administration's computers will receive the same Debian Linux OS used by the region's public health services and schools for about five years now, LinEx. The installation of the Debian-based distro on all 40,000 computers will take about three months, during which it will also be prepared to be deployed on all the offices of the regional government, which will be completed in about one year. Read more about it here.


· On January 25th, KDE e.V. and the developers behind the KDE project proudly announced the final and stable release of the highly anticipated KDE Software Compilation 4.8 environment. After six month of hard work, the KDE Software Compilation 4.8 is finally here, bringing beautiful new features, various software updates, and lots of performance improvements. KDE Software Compilation 4.8.0 is composed of the KDE Plasma Workspace, the KDE Applications and the KDE Development Platform. Read more about it here.


· On January 26th, the GNOME project announced the immediate availability for testing of the fourth development release of the upcoming GNOME 3.4 desktop environment, which brings various fixes and improvements. With a delay of one week, the GNOME 3.3.4 desktop environment is ready for testing and it brings updates to main components, such as GNOME Bluetooth, GNOME Contacts, GNOME Desktop, GNOME Control Center, GNOME Disk Utiliy, GNOME Icon Theme Symbolic, GNOME Themes Standard, GNOME Keyring, GNOME System Monitor, GNOME Shell, GNOME Settings Daemon, GTK+, Mutter, Vala, Yelp, and Nautilus. Read more about it here.


Softpedia Linux BlogSoftpedia Linux Blog:

· Desura Goes Open Source With Desurium

· openSUSE 11.3 Is Now Officially Discontinued

· Download LibreOffice 3.5.0 Release Candidate 1

· VirtualBSD 9.0 Officially Announced

· Oneiric Backport Kernel Fixed for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

· Natty Backport Kernel Fixed for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

· Three New Kernel Vulnerabilities Affect Ubuntu 10.10

· New Kernel Vulnerability Affects Ubuntu 11.10

· Untethered Jailbreak iPhone 4S and iPad 2 Under Linux

· Download Opera 11.61 for Linux

· Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Will Have Next-Gen Menus

· GhostBSD 2.5 Available for Download

· Thunderbird 9.0 Officially Lands in Ubuntu 11.10

· 2 New Kernel Vulnerabilities Affect Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

· New Kernel Vulnerabilities Affect Ubuntu 11.04

· OpenJDK 6 Vulnerabilities Fixed for Ubuntu OSes

· Ubuntu Unleashed 2012 Book Hits the Shelves

· Ubuntu Developer Week: 31st January - 2nd February

· Oneiric Backport Kernel Issue Fixed for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

· Linux kernel 3.2.2 Is Available for Download

· Oil Rush Officially Released on Linux

· New ATI Video Driver Supports Ubuntu 11.10

· Samba 3.6.2 Available for Download

· Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2.1 Updated

· Canonical Adds Unity Settings in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

· FFmpeg 0.10 Officially Released

· Zorin OS Educational Lite 5.2 is Based on Lubuntu 11.04

· Download LibreOffice 3.5.0 Release Candidate 2

· Calibre 0.8.37 Has a Restart Button

· Oil Rush Lanched on Ubuntu Software Center

· Introducing Ask Ubuntu Lens for Unity


Tutorial of the WeekTutorial of the Week: How to Install KDE SC 4.8 on Ubuntu 11.10

· Today's tutorial is for those of you who want to install KDE SC 4.8 on their Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) systems. In other words, with this guide, we will teach you, step by step, how to install KDE SC 4.8 on top of your existing Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) installation.

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KDE SC 4.8 on Ubuntu 11.10

Loaded with many interesting and new features, updated applications, new technologies and functionality, breath-taking effects, KDE SC 4.8.0 is composed of the KDE Plasma Workspace, the KDE Applications and the KDE Development Platform.

Read the entire tutorial here.


Video Clip of the WeekVideo Clip of the Week: KDE 4.8

· For this week we've posted a 720p HD video clip that showcases the new KDE Software Compilation 4.8. The video has 5 minutes and 2 seconds, and it was posted by MrNolucas.

Download from SoftpediaNew Distributions:

· SparkyLinux Lite 1.0 Beta 1

Download from SoftpediaDistributions Updated Last Week:

· Semplice Linux 2.0.1

· illume OS 1.1

· Ubuntu Saner Defaults Remix 10.04.3

· JayOS 20120123

· KDE Reloaded CD 4.7.2 Build 2.22

· GParted LiveCD 0.11.0-10

· Zorin OS Educational Lite 5.2

Download from SoftpediaDevelopment Releases:

· VectorLinux 64-bit 7.0 RC1

· GParted LiveCD 0.11.0-11

· Clonezilla LiveCD 1.2.12-10

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

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