The following Linux-based operating systems have been announced last week: Snowlinux 2 MATE, Fedora 17, grml 2012.05, Clonezilla Live 1.2.12-60, and Linux Mint 13 OEM. Softpedia Linux Blog news includes articles about SME Server 8.0, NetBSD 6.0 Beta 2, SystemRescueCd 2.7.1, Bridge Linux 2012.5, AntiX M12 Pre-Final, Wine 1.5.5, Caixa Mágica 18, gPodder 3.1.2, Clutter 1.10.6, Fedora 17, Axigen 8.0.2, Xorg Server 1.12.2, KNOPPIX 7.0.1, LibreOffice 3.5.4, Parted Magic 2012_05_30, Calligra 2.4.2, Bodhi 2.0.0 Alpha, Alpine Linux 2.4.3, Mageia 2, Ubuntu Secure Remix 12.04, Parsix 4.0 Preview, openSUSE 12.2 Beta 1, VectorLinux 7.0 SOHO, SolusOS 1.1, Firefox 13, and much more. For this week we've also prepared an interesting review for the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating system. The weekly ends with the video clip of the week, the new and updated Linux distributions, and the development releases.
On May 26th, Lars Torben Kremer proudly announced the immediate availability for download of the final version of the Snowlinux 2 MATE operating system. Dubbed Cream, Snowlinux 2 MATE is based on the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system and it is powered by Linux kernel 3.2.0 and the MATE desktop environment, a fork of GNOME 2.
Highlights of Snowlinux MATE 2:
· LTS release, based on Ubuntu 12.04;
· Linux kernel 3.2.0;
· MATE 1.2;
· New look and feel;
· Chromium 18;
· Mozilla Firefox 12;
· Mozilla Thunderbird 12.0.1;
· Snowlinux-Metal dekstop theme;
· Snowlinux-Metal icons;
· Improved software selection;
· Better response and speed;
· Support for Medibuntu, multiverse, and universe repositories;
· Added terminal colors;
· Added delete permanently function;
· Added Open in Terminal function;
· Added Open as Administrator function;
· Lots of system improvments.
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On May 29th, the final and stable release of the Fedora 17 Linux operating system, dubbed Beefy Miracle, was announced. Fedora 17 (Beefy Miracle) is powered by the Linux 3.3 kernel, it features the GNOME 3.4 desktop environment with the GNOME Shell interface, of course, and the KDE Software Compilation 4.8 environment.
Highlights of Fedora 17:
· Linux kernel 3.3.4;
· GNOME 3.4.1 desktop environment (with GNOME Shell);
· KDE Software Compilation 4.8.3;
· Simplified filesystem by moving everything to /usr (see here more details);
· EXT4 as the default filesystem;
· systemd integration;
· Multitouch support;
· Software rendering for GNOME Shell;
· Mozilla Firefox 12;
· GIMP 2.8;
· Boost 1.48;
· Improved NetworkManager;
· DRI2 3D drivers;
· Support for CUPS colord;
· Thin provisioning;
· Updated Eclipse to Juno;
· Added English Typing Booster input method;
· Support for the D2 programming language;
· Support for Automatic Seat and ConsoleKit removal;
· Support for Lohit Unicode 6.0;
· DRI2 3D drivers;
· KDE Plasma dependency generation;
· PackageKit integration;
· New password quality checking mechanism;
· New virtio-scsi storage architecture for KVM, based on SCSI;
· ns-3 discrete-event network simulator;
· Added Wallaby;
· Added Thermostat;
· Updated Cluster Stack to support Enhanced Failover;
· Sugar 0.96;
· SSSD-Sudo integration;
· SSSD AutoFS integration;
· Static analysis of Python reference counts;
· Revamped LiveCD installation;
· Improved and extended Power Management;
· PHP 5.4;
· Added Open vSwitch;
· Updated OpenStack to Essex;
· New mkdumprd for kdump;
· Mingw-w64 cross compiler;
· ibus-pinyin integration;
· JBoss Application Server 7;
· OpenJDK 7 as the default Java Runtime Environment;
· GCC 4.7.x;
· Font configuration utility.
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Also on May 29th, Michael Prokop proudly announced the immediate availability for download of the final and stable release of the grml 2012.05 Debian-based operating system. Dubbed Ponyhof, powered by Linux kernel 3.3.7 and based on Debian Testing (28/05/2012), the grml 2012.05 Linux distribution comes with new features, such as the ability to retrieve NUMA information with numactl, simplified support for brltty, and the ability to mount DCS-directory (configuration and scripts, debs - see man grml-autoconfig) using the 9p-virtio filesystem.
Highlights of grml 2012.05:
· Linux kernel 3.3.7 (with no additional modules);
· New wallpaper;
· Added sysstat;
· Added grml-hwinfo tool to retrive NUMA information from numactl;
· Re-added simplified support for brltty;
· Added support for the 9p-virtio filesystem, to mount DCS-directory (debs, configuration and scripts - see man grml-autoconfig for details);
· The ssh bootoption can be used to set a SSH password for the "grml" user and a new password for root;
· /media is now used as the default mount target;
· Removed the grml-feedback utility;
· Modified the end of the main syslinux config file with a few kB of lines made of # characters;
· Fixed the remaining issues.
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On May 30th, Steven Shiau proudly announced a new stable release of his popular Clonezilla Live operating system, used for cloning hard disk drives. Being based on the Debian Sid repository as of May 25th, 2012, the Clonezilla Live 1.2.12-60 operating system is powered by Linux kernel 3.2.18-1 and incorporates Partclone 0.2.48, drbl 1.12.9-1drbl and Gdisk 0.8.4-1.1drbl.
This release also allows now to create a partition table when a blank destination hard drive is found in restoreparts mode, by entering the command-line prompt. The vlan package was added in Clonezilla Live 1.2.12-60, as well as support for the vmfs5 filesystem, and an option to use "autohostname" in order to create the image name.
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On June 1st, Clement Lefebvre proudly announced the immediate availability for download of the OEM installation images of the recently released Linux Mint 13 operating system. Dubbed Maya and powered by Linux kernel 3.2, Linux Mint 13 is was released a week ago and it is based on Canonical’s Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system.
Linux Mint 13 comes in two editions, 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. Linux Mint 13 (Maya) is distributed as Live DVD ISO images with separate editions of MATE and Cinnamon desktop environments, for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. The OEM images of Linux Mint 13 are only for the 64-bit architecture.
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· You can love it or hate it, but when Canonical releases a new Ubuntu operating system, people take notice and when that distribution is an LTS (Long Term Support) version, the standards of quality are twice as high. Is Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, dubbed Precise Pangolin, up to the challenge?
The main bonus and the most important feature of them all, that is not trumping all the other problems is the speed. Everything works faster, including nautilus, programs, and boot time. I'm fairly confident Canonical will manage to repair all the remaining problems in the coming months.
Read the entire review here.
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