The following Linux-based operating systems have been announced last week: Mageia 2 and Linux Mint 13. In other news: Linus Torvalds proudly released the Linux 3.4 kernel. Softpedia Linux Blog news includes articles about ExTiX 10, Nvidia video driver 302.11 Beta, Dream Studio 12.04, Helal Linux 3.0, ownCloud 4, Phoronix Test Suite 4.0 Milestone 3, Siduction 12.1, VirtualBox 4.1.16, LinuxTag 2012, LLVM 3.1, DeVeDe 3.22.0, iQunix 12.04, ZevenOS-Neptune 2.5 Beta, Snowlinux MATE 2 RC, Kanotix 2012, Fedora ARM 17 Beta, Pinguy OS 2012 Beta LTS, Calibre 0.8.53, LibreOffice 3.5.4 RC2, PlayOnLinux 4.1, Tiny Core Linux 4.5.3, openSUSE Conference 2012, KXStudio 12.04, Webconverger 13, and much more. For this week we've also prepared a very nice tutorial about how to untethered jailbreak you iDevice on Linux and an interesting review for the Cogs game. The weekly ends with the video clip of the week, the new and updated Linux distributions, and the development releases.
On May 22nd, Anne Nicolas proudly announced the immediate availability for download of the Mageia 2 Linux operating system. The new RPM-based Linux operating system from Mageia offers bleeding-edge core components combined with some of the greatest apps available these days.
Highlights of Mageia 2:
· Linux kernel 3.3.6;
· XOrg Server 1.11.4;
· Support for Intel Sandy Bridge (2nd Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3);
· Support for Ivy Bridge (3rd Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3);
· Nvidia 295.49 video driver;
· ATI Radeon 12.4 video driver;
· Greatly improved installer (smaller minimal install);
· systemd support;
· Btrfs filesystem support;
· LVM support;
· Support for ARM and MIPS;
· Improved support for PCMCIA controllers;
· RPM 4.9;
· Updated PPPoE;
· Support for serial line installations;
· Support for installation from virtual discs;
· Better support for labels and UUID for swap;
· Support for nilfs2;
· Support for hard drives large than 2.2TB;
· Improved rescue system with great support for RAID, LV, virtual discs, and encrypted systems;
· Extended hardware support;
· Reduced memory footprint for various utilities;
· Fixed various crashes and bugs found in Mageia 1.
Download Mageia 2 now from Softpedia.
On May 23rd, Clement Lefebvre proudly announced the immediate availability for download of the final release of the Linux Mint 13 operating system. Dubbed Maya and powered by Linux kernel 3.2, Linux Mint 13 is based on Canonical’s Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system, but distributed with the MATE and Cinnamon desktop environments. Being based on an LTS (Long Term Support) release, Linux Mint 13 is supported for five years with security updates and patches.
Another interesting feature of Linux Mint 13 (Maya) is the new login manager, called MDM (Mint Display Manager), based on the good ol’ GDM (GNOME Display Manager) 2.20. The artwork in Linux Mint 13 was also upgraded, now powered by the Mint-Z and Mint-X themes, which offer improved support for the GTK3 engine. Moreover, 15 new beautiful photographs (wallpapers) provided by an Irish artist called "masterbutler" will please users eyes.
Download Linux Mint 13 now from Softpedia.
· On May 20th, Linus Torvalds proudly announced the immediate availability for download of Linux kernel 3.4. Among the new features incorporated in Linux kernel 3.4 we can mention lots of improvements to the Btrfs filesystem, as well as support for Nvidia GeForce 600 'Kepler', RadeonHD 7xxx and Trinity APU series. Linux kernel 3.4 also comes with many improvements in various areas, such as memory management fixes, networking, improvements for EXT4, FUSE, NFS, XFS, HFSplus, CIFS and GFS2 filesystems, as well as KVM and Xen virtualization improvements. Read more about it here.
· The following tutorial will teach all Linux users how to jailbreak their Apple iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 1, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPod Touch 3G and iPod Touch 4G devices.
With Absinthe 2.0 users will be able to easily untether jailbreak their iPhone, iPod and iPad devices, and today's tutorial we will teach exactly that, step by step, with screenshots.
Read the complete tutorial here.
· Cogs is not your run of the mill puzzle and this will become immediately obvious to anyone who plays it. Puzzle games are now popping out on every corners of the Internet and it’s becoming harder and harder to find a proper one, but Cogs seems to fit comfortably in this overcrowded market.
Unlike most puzzles, Cogs will not make you hit a wall. Sometimes, games that require a brain to operate, will hit players with something that seem impossible to solve. In this case, you can envision the solution right from the start, but getting there with as few moves as possible and as fast as possible is a totally different thing.
Read the entire review here.
See you again at the end of next week for another issue of Softpedia Linux Weekly.