Softpedia Linux Weekly, Issue 186

Welcome to the 186th issue of Softpedia Linux Weekly!

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.




ComiceOn 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.

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Comice OS 4.0 Beta 1

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.


SabayonAlso 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).

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Sabayon 8 KDE Edition

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Download Sabayon 8 GNOME now from Softpedia.

Download Sabayon 8 Xfce now from Softpedia.


CrunchBangOn 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.

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CrunchBang 10 R20120207

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ParsixOn 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;

· 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;

· 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.

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Parsix GNU/Linux 3.7r2

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Other NewsOther News:

· 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.


Softpedia Linux BlogSoftpedia Linux Blog:

· Beginner's Guide to KDE Development Book Available

· Ubuntu One Notes to be Removed

· Retroblazer FPS Available for Download

· Snowlinux 2 RC Has Linux Kernel 2.6.32

· Openshot 1.4.2 Fixes Lots of Bugs

· Canonical Drops Support for Kubuntu

· Linux Kernel 3.2.5 Is Available for Download

· Tiny Core Linux 4.3 RC2 Officially Announced

· Three OMAP4 Vulnerabilities Fixed for Ubuntu 11.04

· Introducing Ubuntu Reddit Lens for Unity

· Devil-Linux 1.6.0 RC2 Has Linux Kernel 3.2.4

· Fedora Has a New Project Leader

· Webconverger 11.2 Has Firefox 10

· Open Advice Book, Wisdom From the Open Community

· Comice OS 4 Screenshot Tour

· Superb Mini Server 1.6.4 Brings Linux Kernel 3.2.5

· Semplice Linux 3.0 Alpha 1 Officialy Announced

· Download Linux Kernel 3.3 RC3 Now

· Mutter 3.3.5 Depends on GTK+ 3.3.7

· GNOME Shell 3.3.5 Available for Download

· Sabayon Linux 8 GNOME Live CD Screenshot Tour

· Sabayon Linux 8 KDE Live CD Screenshot Tour

· Calibre 0.8.39 Has New Drivers for Motorola, Nokia, and HTC

· Top Ubuntu Software Center App Downloads for January

· Debian 5.0 Reaches End of Life

· AV Linux 5.0.3 Available for Download

· GNOME 3.3.5 Development Release Is Here

· Download Ubuntu Business Desktop Remix 11.10

· Thinstation 5.0 Has Linux Kernel 3.2

· NetBSD 5.1.2 Available for Download

· Introducing Ubuntu Music Search Scopes for Unity

· Ubuntu Business Remix 11.10 Screenshot Tour

· Wine 1.4 RC3 Brings More Fixes

· CrossOver Games 10.3.0 Fixes Skyrim on Linux

· SeaMonkey 2.7.1 Has Anti-Aliasing for WebGL

· Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.02 Has KDE SC 4.8

· Frugalware 1.6 Comes With Cinnamon and Firefox 10


Video Clip of the WeekVideo Clip of the Week: Comice OS 4 Preview

· For this week we've posted a 720p HD video clip that showcases the new Comice OS 4 operating system. The video has 2 minutes and 32 seconds, and it was posted by lukebrincat.

Download from SoftpediaNew Distributions:

· Byzantium Linux 0.1 Alpha

· Illumian 1.0

· RebeccaBlackOS 1.0

· Ubuntu Business Desktop Remix 11.10

Download from SoftpediaDistributions Updated Last Week:

· Salix OS Xfce Live 13.37

· Hanthana Linux 15.5

· Netrunner 4.1

· SimplyMEPIS 11.0.12

· SlimPup 3.5

· Sabayon Linux ServerBase 8

· Sabayon Linux SpinBase 8

· Sabayon Linux CoreCDX 8

· Webconverger 11.2

· Superb Mini Server 1.6.4

· AV Linux 5.0.3

· ThinStation 5.0

· illume OS 1.1.1

· LuninuX OS 11.11

· Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.02

· Frugalware Linux 1.6

· ZEN-mini 2012.1

Download from SoftpediaDevelopment Releases:

· Skolelinux 6.0.3 Beta 3

· SolusOS Alpha Snapshot #49

· Snowlinux 2 RC

· Tiny Core Linux 4.3 RC2

· Devil-Linux 1.6.0 RC2

· Semplice Linux 3.0 Alpha 1

· GParted LiveCD 0.11.0-12

· ConnochaetOS 0.9.1 RC1

· Clonezilla LiveCD 1.2.12-13

· DRBL Live Xfce 1.0.8-3

· openSUSE Linux 12.2 Milestone 1

· openSUSE GNOME Live CD 12.2 Milestone 1

· openSUSE KDE4 Live CD 12.2 Milestone 1

· VectorLinux SOHO 7.0 RC1.8

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

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