Welcome to the 185th issue of Softpedia Linux Weekly!
The following Linux-based operating systems have been announced last week: Debian GNU/Linux 6.0.4, Clonezilla Live 1.2.12-10, DEFT Linux 7, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Alpha 2 and Linux Mint 12 KDE. Softpedia Linux Blog news includes articles about Wine 1.4 RC2, Ubuntu 12.10 Developer Summit, KDE Telepathy 0.3, Spark, PS3 Media Server 1.50.1, Frugalware 1.6 RC2, OpenShot 1.4.1, ownCloud 3, Endian Firewall Community 2.5.1, GNU Health 1.4.3, Firefox 10, Linux Kernel 3.3 RC2, PelicanHPC 2.7, Scientific Linux 6.2 RC1, IPFire 2.11 Core 56, Tails 0.10.1, PCLinuxOS KDE 2012.02, Calibre 0.8.38, SecureCRT 6.7.4, PHP 5.3.10, Salix Live Xfce 13.37, Netrunner 4.1, Skolelinux 6.0.4 Beta 3, LibreOffice 3.5 RC3, Firefox 11 Beta, and much more. For this week we've also prepared a very nice tutorial about how to jailbreak iPhone 4S and iPad 2 on Linux and an interesting review for the highly acclaimed Oil Rush game and the Desura gaming client. The weekly ends with the video clip of the week, the new and updated Linux distributions, and the development releases.
· Announced Distro: Clonezilla Live 1.2.12-10
· Announced Distro: DEFT Linux 7
· Announced Distro: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Alpha 2
· Announced Distro: Linux Mint 12 KDE
· Softpedia Linux Blog: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS adds HUD, Desura goes Open Source, Oil Rush Launched, and more...
· Tutorial of the Week: How to Jailbreak iPhone 4S and iPad 2 on Linux
· Review of the Week: Oil Rush Review
· Review of the Week: Desura 110.22 Review
· Video Clip of the Week: Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin Alpha 2
· New Distributions: Ubuntu Kameleon 0.1, Stella 6.2 TEST12 and SolusOS Alpha Snapshot #32
· Distributions Updated Last Week: PelicanHPC 2.7, Saline OS 1.6, Tails 0.10.1, and more...
· Development Releases: Tiny Core Linux 4.3 RC1, Kubuntu/Xubuntu/Edubuntu 12.04 LTS Alpha 2, and more...
On January 28th, the Debian project proudly announced the fourth maintenance release of the stable Debian 6.0 operating system. Debian 6.0.4 brings fixes to various security issues, as well as improvements to some serious problems. Some of the packages included in the previous versions of the distribution were also updated with the Debian 6.0.4 release.
The Debian installer was also updated in this release, allowing users to install Debian 6.0 on POWER7 machines and to adjust the dimensions of the first boot menu in order to bypass problems with various screens. The Linux kernel included in Debian 6.0.4 was also updated with security fixes, and bringing support for Agere ET-1310-based network cards (et131x driver), USB 3.0 controllers (xhci driver), and Intel C600-series SAS/SATA controllers (isci driver).
Download Debian 6.0.4 now from Softpedia.
On January 30th, Steven Shiau proudly announced a new stable release of his popular Clonezilla Live operating system, used for cloning hard disk drives. Clonezilla Live 1.2.12-10 is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms and includes major improvements and assorted bugfixes. Clonezilla Live 1.2.12-10 is powered by Linux kernel 3.2.1-2 and features Partclone 0.2.45 and Syslinux 4.0.5. This release is based on the Debian Sid repository as of January 27th, 2012.
Better mechanisms were implemented, in ocs-update-syslinux ("syslinux -i" will run only when files that will be updated will be found), for Microsoft Windows boot partition size to be kept reserved if the "-k1" option will be selected, and to handle UFS partition in a GPT table when saving FreeBSD 9.0. Another mechanism was implemented to bypass saving of an image for an unmatched MBR partition table or GPT. VMFS5 and VMFS3 support are now separated, as partclone.fstype higher than 0.2.45 can now tell them.
Download Clonezilla Live 1.2.12-10 now from Softpedia.
On January 31st, after months of hard work, the DEFT Linux team proudly announced that the final and stable version of the DEFT Linux 7 operating system is now available for download. DEFT Linux 7 is the first Linux distribution able to perform Computer Forensics, Network Forensics, Mobile Forensics, Cyber Intelligence and Incident Response.
Highlights of DEFT Linux 7:
· Based on Lubuntu 11.10;
· Linux kernel 3.0.0-12;
· Support for USB 3;
· Installable DVD image;
· Wine 1.3.28
· Autopsy 2.24;
· Digital Forensic Framework 1.2;
· PTK Forensic 1.0.5 DEFT edition;
· Hunchbackeed Foremost 0.6;
· KeepNote 0.7.6;
· Emule Forensic 1.0;
· Bulk Extractor 1.1;
· Findwild 1.3;
· Scalpel 2;
· Xplico 0.7.1;
· Mobius Forensic;
· Maltego CE;
· TSK 3.2.3;
· Afflib 3.6.14;
· Libewf 20100226;
· Dropbox Reader;
· Guymager 0.6.3-1;
· Dhash 2;
· Cyclone wizard acquire tool;
· iPhone analyzer;
· iPhone backup analyzer;
· SQLite Database Browser 2.0 Beta 1;
· BitPim 1.0.7;
· Bbwhatsapp database converter;
· Creepy 0.1.9;
· Hydra 7.1;
· Log2timeline 0.60.
Download DEFT Linux 7 now from Softpedia.
On February 2nd, Canonical announced the second and last Alpha version of the upcoming Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system. What's new in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Alpha 2? Well, the final version of Linux kernel 3.2.2 has been added to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Alpha 2, which merges the amd64 -server and -generic kernel flavors. Not to mention that AUFS is disabled and everyone who needs it is encouraged to migrate to OverlayFS.
Mozilla Firefox 10.0 is now the default web browser and Mozilla Thunderbird 10.0 is the default email client. Moreover, the LibreOffice 3.5 Beta 2 office suite has been added. The Unity interface received lots of improvements, configuration settings, Nautilus quicklist support, maximized windows improvements, and quicklist items accessible with one right click. The GNOME components have been updated to latest stable 3.2.2 version, the LightDM login manager has now support for theming, and the desktop wallpapers list has four rows.
Download Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Alpha 2 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 February 3rd, Clement Lefebvre, father of the Linux Mint project, proudly announced a few minutes ago, February 2nd, that the final and stable version of the Linux Mint 12 KDE edition operating system is available for download. Being based on Kubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot), Linux Mint 12 KDE is built on top of the KDE SC 4.7.4 environment, it is powered by Linux kernel 3.0, and distributed as a DVD Hybrid ISO image for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.
Highlights of Linux Mint 12 KDE:
· Linux kernel 3.0;
· Based on Kubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot;
· KDE Software Compilation 4.7.4;
· Distributed as Hybrid ISO image;
· Black boot splash screen;
· Print to PDF;
· Removed Moonlight.
Download Linux Mint 12 KDE now from Softpedia.
Softpedia Linux Blog:
· Wine 1.4 RC1 Available for Download
· Ubuntu 12.10 Developer Summit Sponsorship Open
· KDE Telepathy 0.3 Officially Announced
· Spark, the First Tablet to Run KDE Plasma Active
· PS3 Media Server 1.50.1 Is Available for Download
· Frugalware 1.6 RC2 Has Linux Kernel 3.1.10
· OpenShot 1.4.1 Brings Fish Eye Effect
· ownCloud 3 Officially Announced
· Endian Firewall Community 2.5.1 Has New Drivers
· GNU Health 1.4.3 Has Better Menus and Navigation
· Download Firefox 10 Final for Linux
· Fedora 17 Will Have a Revamped Live CD
· Download Thunderbird 10.0 Final for Linux
· Red Hat Extends Lifecycle for RHEL 5 and 6
· Download Linux Kernel 3.3 RC2 Now
· PelicanHPC 2.7 Has Octave 3.6.0
· Scientific Linux 6.2 RC1 Available for Download
· New Humble Bundle Comes with Four Games
· The Document Foundation Moves to Berlin
· Are You Ready to Test Unity 5.2 in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS?
· Firefox 10 and Thunderbird 10 Arrive on Ubuntu 12.04
· IPFire 2.11 Core 56 Officially Released
· Tails 0.10.1 Has Linux Kernel 3.2.1-2
· Linux Kernel Maintainer Joins The Linux Foundation
· Former SUSE Executive Joins ownCloud
· PCLinuxOS KDE 2012.02 Has Been Released
· Introducing Ubuntu Tomboy Lens for Unity
· Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Alpha 2 Screenshot Tour
· Calibre 0.8.38 Improves Book Import Feature
· Wine 1.4 RC2 is Now in Code Freeze
· SecureCRT 6.7.4 Available for Download
· Kubuntu 12.04 LTS Alpha 2 Screenshot Tour
· Spark KDE Tablet Will Arrive in May 2012
· PHP 5.3.10 Available for Download
· Linux Mint 12 KDE Screenshot Tour
· Salix Live Xfce 13.37 Available for Download
· Firefox 10 Officially Lands in Ubuntu 11.10
· The Document Foundation Shows Development Statistics
· Netrunner 4.1 Has Linux Kernel 18.104.22.168
· Skolelinux 6.0.4 Beta 3 Available for Download
· LibreOffice 3.5 Will Be Released on February 8
· Xubuntu 12.04 LTS Alpha 2 Screenshot Tour
· Download Firefox 11 Beta for Linux
· Firefox 11 Beta Lands in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
· Military Grade Tablet Features Ubuntu 10.04
· Linux kernel 3.2.4 Is Available for Download
Tutorial of the Week: How to Jailbreak iPhone 4S and iPad 2 on Linux
· The following tutorial will teach all Linux users how to jailbreak their Apple iPhone 4S and Apple iPad 2 devices. As you all know, the Chronic Dev Team finally released the highly anticipated version of Absinthe jailbreak tool for the Linux platform. With Absinthe users can easily untether jailbreak iPhone 4S and iPad 2 devices powered by the Apple A5 chip.
With today's tutorial we will teach you, step by step, how to jailbreak an iPhone 4S or iPad 2 device on Linux.
Read the entire tutorial here.
Review of the Week: Oil Rush
· Oil Rush is an interesting strategy game that has a twist in the gameplay, combining simple RTS action with a tower defense flavor. It’s not hard to like it and to admire what the developers have managed to accomplish with the engine.
Oil Rush is an amazing looking game. It’s on par with everything developed these days and the fact that everything takes place on water was a challenge for the developers. Water is one of the elements most difficult to replicate in a game because players can easily spot “fake” looking textures.
Read the complete review here.
Review of the Week: Desura 110.22
· Desura is a name that is going to come up a lot more often in the future, mainly because it's practically the only digital distribution platform for Linux games that presents itself in a commercial, but friendly manner.
Desura is the only digital distribution platform on Linux that provides games in a simple and easy way. If we ignore some of the faults, it's hard not to think that Desura is really the only option available and by the looks of it, it will become an important game distribution platform.
Read the complete review here.
Video Clip of the Week: Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin Alpha 2
· For this week we've posted a 1080p HD video clip that showcases the new Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Alpha 2 (Precise Pangolin) operating system. The video has 6 minutes and 12 seconds, and it was posted by quidsup.
· Ubuntu Kameleon 0.1
· Bridge Linux 2012.1
· Stella 6.2 TEST12
· SolusOS Alpha Snapshot #32
Distributions Updated Last Week:
· Linux LiveCD HotSpot Server 2.0.50
· VMKnoppix 20080827
· DRBL Live Xfce 1.0.5-6
· PelicanHPC 2.7
· Saline OS 1.6
· IPFire 2.11 Core 56
· Tails 0.10.1
· Berry Linux 1.13
· BlankOn 8.0 Alpha 3
· Frugalware Linux 1.6 RC2
· Scientific Linux Live CD 6.2 Beta
· DRBL Live Xfce 1.0.7-13
· Epidemic GNU Linux 4.0 Beta 1
· Tiny Core Linux 4.3 RC1
· Scientific Linux 6.2 RC1
· Ubuntu Netboot 12.04 LTS Alpha 2
· Edubuntu 12.04 LTS Alpha 2
· Kubuntu 12.04 LTS Alpha 2
· Lubuntu 12.04 LTS Alpha 2
· Ubuntu Cloud Server 12.04 LTS Alpha 2
· Ubuntu DVD 12.04 LTS Alpha 2
· Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS Alpha 2
· Ubuntu ARM 12.04 LTS Alpha 2
· Xubuntu 12.04 LTS Alpha 2
See you again at the end of next week for another issue of Softpedia Linux Weekly.