The following Linux-based operating systems have been announced last week: Kororaa 17 Beta, Snowlinux 2 Cinnamon, and Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 1. In other news: Linux Mint introduced the mintBox PC. Softpedia Linux Blog news includes articles about ZevenOS-Neptune 2.5, Linux kernel 3.5 RC2, Frugalware 1.7 Pre2, Rhythmbox 2.97, KDE SC 4.9 Beta 1, Linux kernel 3.4.1, MythTV 0.25.1, digiKam 2.6.0, Open Xange 2012.06, Quelitu 4-12.04, Tiny Core Linux 4.5.4, 2X OS 7.1, Samba 4.0 Beta 1, Thunderbird 13, Carmageddon: Reincarnation, Ubuntu DuckDuckGo Lens for Unity, GNOME 3.5.2, Firefox 13, Mplayer 1.1, X.Org 7.7, Ubuntu Server 12.10 Alpha 1, Edubuntu 12.10 Alpha 1, Kubuntu 12.10 Alpha 1, Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 1, Calibre 0.8.55, Parted Magic 2012_06_07, KDE SC 4.8.4, Wine 1.5.6, and much more. For this week we've also prepared a very nice tutorial about how to install the Diablo 3 game on Linux, and an interesting review for the Ubuntu Tweak 0.7.1 application. The weekly ends with the video clip of the week, the new and updated Linux distributions, and the development releases.
On June 3rd, Chris Smart proudly announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the first Beta release of the upcoming Kororaa 17 Linux operating system. Dubbed Bubbles, the Kororaa 17 Beta distribution is based on the recently released Fedora 17 release, it features the GNOME 3.4 desktop environment with GNOME Shell (includes software rendering support), KDE Software Compilation 4.8 and the brand-new Cinnamon desktop environment.
Highlights of Kororaa 17 Beta:
· Linux kernel 3.3.7; · Based on Fedora 17 (Beefy Miracle); · GNOME 3.4; · KDE SC 4.8; · Cinnamon (optional); · VLC Media Player as default media player; · Mozilla Firefox as default web browser; · Adobe Flash Player installer; · Empathy and Choqok microblogging clients; · Out-of-the-box multimedia support; · Pre-installed Adblock Plus, Flashblock, DownThemAll and Xclear add-ons for Firefox; · Added third-party software repositories for installing VirtualBox, Google Chrome, RPMFusion, Adobe; · Kdenlive and OpenShot video editors; · SELinux enabled by default; · Support for English (Australian and British) languages/dictionaries.
Kororaa 17 Beta with Cinnamon - Image courtesy of Chris Smart
Download Kororaa 17 Beta 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.
On June 4th, Lars Torben Kremer proudly announced the immediate availability for download of the Cinnamon edition of the Snowlinux 2 operating system. Dubbed Cream, Snowlinux 2 Cinnamon is based on the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system and it is powered by Linux kernel 3.2.0 and Cinnamon, a fork of the GNOME 3 desktop environment.
Highlights of Snowlinux 2 Cinnamon Edition:
· LTS release, based on Ubuntu 12.04; · Linux kernel 3.2.0-24; · Cinnamon 1.4-UP3; · Chromium 18; · Mozilla Firefox 13.0; · Mozilla Thunderbird 13.0; · New look and feel; · Snowlinux-Metal dekstop theme; · Snowlinux-Metal icons; · Better software selection; · Better response and speed; · Support for Medibuntu, multiverse, and universe software repositories; · Added terminal colors; · Added delete permanently function; · Added Open in Terminal function; · Added Open as Administrator function; · Lots of system improvements.
Snowlinux 2 Cinnamon - Image courtesy of Lars Torben Kremer
On June 7th, Canonical announced the first Alpha version of the upcoming Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) operating system. The big changes in Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 1 are the Linux kernel 3.4.0-5.11 packages, based on the Linux kernel 3.4 upstream release, and the fact that the CD and DVD ISO images were united into a single 800 MB USB image.
Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 1 now uses udisks2 as the default backend for Unity and GNOME, and Update Manager has been revamped a little. It Includes GCC 4.7, binutils 2.22, eglibc 2.15, Linaro gdb 7.4-2012.04 and Python 3. Moreover, Mozilla Firefox 13.0 is now the default web browser and Mozilla Thunderbird 13.0 is the default email client. Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 1 also contains packages from the GNOME 3.5.2 desktop environment, with Unity on top of it, of course.
Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 1
Download Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 1 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 June 8th, Linux Mint, in collaboration with CompuLab, proudly announced the immediate availability for purchase of a mini PC called mintBox, powered by a custom version of Linux Mint 12 with MATE 1.2 desktop environment and the XBMC media center. Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon is also supported, with full 3D desktop effects. mintBox comes in two editions, basic and pro. The basic edition comes with 250GB HDD, an APU G-T40N (1.0 GHz dual core + Radeon HD 6290 – 9W), 4GB RAM and a flat metal case. On the other hand, the pro edition comes with 8GB RAM, an APU G-T56N (1.65 GHz dual core + Radeon HD 6320 – 18W), 250GB HDD and a ribbed metal case. Read more about it here.
Tutorial of the Week: How to Install Diablo 3 on Linux
· The following tutorial will teach Linux users how to install the Diablo 3 game on their open source operating system.
Diablo 3 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
For this guide, we have used the PlayOnLinux application. We've tested the tutorial on the current 32-bit release of the Ubuntu OS, 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin). Apparently, 64-bit users will not be able to play the game, as there are some 32-bit OpenGL libraries missing.
· A lot of people turned away from Ubuntu because Canonical has slowly, but surely, taken out a lot of customization options, making some of the most menial tasks a chore, pushing back usability and ease of access, as they were a few years ago. Ubuntu Tweaks aims to correct these shortcomings and it's doing it beautifully.
Ubuntu Tweak 0.7.1
I can finally make Ubuntu look and act in the way I want it, without having to install a lot of programs. Everything I could think of is provided and I'm quite sure more will arrive soon.