The following Linux-based operating systems have been announced last week: Comice OS 4.0, Sabayon 8, CrunchBang 10 R20120207 and Parsix GNU/Linux 3.7r2. In other news: Google released the Google Chrome 17 web browser, bringing faster browsing and safer downloads. Softpedia Linux Blog news includes articles about KDE Development book, Retroblazer FPS, Snowlinux 2 RC, Openshot 1.4.2, Linux kernel 3.2.5, Tiny Core Linux 4.3 RC2, Webconverger 11.2, Open Advice book, Comice OS 4, Superb Mini Server 1.6.4, Semplice Linux 3.0 Alpha 1, Linux kernel 3.3 RC3, Mutter 3.3.5, GNOME Shell 3.3.5, Sabayon Linux 8, Calibre 0.8.39, Debian 5.0 EOL, AV Linux 5.0.3, GNOME 3.3.5, Thinstation 5.0, NetBSD 5.1.2, Wine 1.4 RC3, CrossOver Games 10.3.0, SeaMonkey 2.7.1, Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.02, Frugalware 1.6, and much more. The weekly ends with the video clip of the week, the new and updated Linux distributions, and the development releases.
On February 7th, David Tavares announced a new Linux distribution, called Comice OS, which is actually a redesigned version of the Pear OS Linux. Comice OS 4.0 is built on top of the GNOME 3 interface, powered by Comice Shell, which is a modification of GNOME Shell to look exactly like a Mac OS desktop. It provides two views: Mission Control to view running apss and Launchpad to see installed apps.
Comice OS 4.0 is powered by Linux kernel 3.2 and GNOME 3.2.1. Will contain drivers for wireless networks and popular graphics cards, like Nvidia, ATI/AMD and Intel. One of the most highlighted apps of Comice OS will be of course the Pear Appstore, which features parallel downloading, resuming of downloads, updates notifier, cache cleaner, and one-click installation.
Download Comice OS 4.0 Beta 1 now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a beta release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only.
Also on January 7th, Fabio Erculiani proudly announced the immediate availability for download of the Sabayon Linux 8 operating system, designed for Linux enthusiasts who want the latest packages and the best performance, but don't want to spend days getting things working properly. Including Linux kernel 3.2 and native support for the Btrfs filesystem, the new Sabayon 8 is distributed as GNOME, KDE SC, Xfce, CoreCDX, SpinBase and ServerBase ISO images, for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.
Highlights of Sabayon 8:
· Linux kernel 3.2;
· Extreme-Rolling release distribution;
· Native support for Btrfs filesystem;
· KDE Software Compilation 4.7.4;
· GNOME 3.2.2;
· Xfce 4.8;
· LibreOffice 3.4.4;
· GCC 4.6;
· XBMC 10.1;
· Java 7;
· Subversion 1.7;
· Entropy Framework 1.0 RC86;
· Support for non-roman and IME fonts;
· Installation support for non-latin languages;
· Over 12,000 available in the default software repositories;
· Cinnamon desktop manager (available in the repos);
· Razor Qt desktop manager (available in the repos).
Download Sabayon 8 KDE now from Softpedia.
Download Sabayon 8 GNOME now from Softpedia.
Download Sabayon 8 Xfce now from Softpedia.
On February 8th, Philip Newborough announced that another maintenance release of his CrunchBang 10 Linux distribution is available for download. CrunchBang Linux 10 R20120207 is a Linux distribution powered by Debian's stable Linux kernel 2.6.32 and X.Org 7.5. CrunchBang is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms, distributed as stable and backported ISO images. However, the "backported" images of CrunchBang Linux 10 R20120207 ship with Linux kernel 3.2 and X.Org 7.6, and automatically track any apps that are introduced in the Debian backport repository.
The SLiM login manager has been replaced with GDM (GNOME Display Manager) and the 32-bit Linux kernel flavour now ships with 686 kernels instead of 486 kernels. CrunchBang Linux 10 R20120207 disables the software repositories containing the VLC Media Player builds and the DVD Playback packages that were reported broken in the previous release.
Download CrunchBang 10 R20120207 Stable now from Softpedia.
Download CrunchBang 10 R20120207 Backported now from Softpedia.
On February 10th, Alan Baghumian announced the immediate availability for download of the Parsix GNU/Linux 3.7r2 operating system. This is the second and most probably the last update for the Parsix GNU/Linux 3.7 (Raul) distribution. Parsix GNU/Linux 3.7r2 incorporates all the security and bug fixes, as well as application updates, that were published as of February 10th, 2012.
Highlights of Parsix GNU/Linux 3.7r2:
· Based on Debian testing repositories (as of February 7th, 2012);
· Linux kernel 188.8.131.52;
· GRUB 2 boot loader;
· EXT4 filesystem;
· GNOME 2.32.1 desktop environment;
· X.Org 7.5;
· X.Org Server 1.7.7;
· GNU Iceweasel 10.0 web browser;
· Chromium web browser 13.0.782.220;
· OpenOffice.org 3.2.1 office suite;
· XBMC Media Center;
· Avidemux video editor;
· Tsclient was replaced by Remmina;
· NetworkManager 0.8.1;
· Glibc 2.11.2;
· SquashFS+Lzma 4.0;
· GParted 0.8.1;
· Empathy 2.30.3;
· The GIMP 2.6.8;
· Grisbi 0.8.8;
· CompizFusion 0.8.4;
· Synaptic Package Manager 0.70.1;
· VirtualBox-OSE 4.0.4;
· VLC Media Player 1.1.3;
· xFarDic 0.11.7.
Download Parsix GNU/Linux 3.7r2 now from Softpedia.
· On February 8th, Softpedia was the first to announced that Google has unleashed the stable and final release of the Google Chrome 17 web browser for the Linux, Macintosh, Windows and Chrome Frame platforms. Google Chrome 17.0.963.46 includes features such as new extensions APIs, an updated Omnibox prerendering, download scanning protection, and lots of small changes and security fixes. Google Chrome 17 is here to offer faster browsing and safer downloading. Read more about it here.
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