Softpedia Linux Weekly, Issue 206

Welcome to the 206th issue of Softpedia Linux Weekly!

By on July 1st, 2012 09:20 GMT

The following Linux-based operating systems have been announced last week: PureOS 5.0, Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 2 and Linux Mint 13 RC Xfce. In other news: CodeWeavers released CrossOver 11.2 with support for Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010; Google released Google Chrome 20 web browser. Softpedia Linux Blog news includes articles about Linux kernel 3.5 RC4, siduction 12.1.1, LibreOffice 3.6.0 Beta 2, PS3 Media Server 1.54.0, Empathy 3.5.3, Parted Magic 2012_06_26, SolusOS 2 Alpha 5, KDE SC 4.9 RC1, Clonezilla Live 1.2.12-67, Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.3, AMD Catalyst 12.6, Calibre 0.8.58, Phoronix Test Suite 4.0 Milestone 4, NetworkManager 0.9.6 Alpha, , and much more. The weekly ends with the video clip of the week, the new and updated Linux distributions, and the development releases.


PureOSOn June 24th, Marc Poirette proudly announced that the PureOS 5.0 Linux operating system is available for download. Powered by Linux kernel 3.3.6 and based on the latest Debian Testing packages, PureOS 5.0 comes now with the GNOME 3.4.2 desktop environment, providing both GNOME Shell and GNOME Classic desktop sessions.

Highlights of PureOS 5.0:

· Based on Debian Testing;
· Linux kernel 3.3.6;
· GNOME 3.4.2 desktop environment;
· LibreOffice 3.5.4 office suite (includes Calc, Impress, Writer and Draw);
· GIMP 2.8.0 image editor;
· Iceweasel 13.0 web browser;
· Icedove 10.0 email client;
· Transmission 2.52 torrent downloader;
· FileZilla 3.5.3 FTP client;
· Banshee 2.4.1 music player and organizer;
· VLC Media Player 2.0.1;
· Brasero 3.2.0 CD/DVD writer;
· Evince 3.4.0 document viewer;
· Eye of Gnome 3.4.1 image viewer;
· GParted 0.11.0 hard drive partitioner;
· CUPS 1.5.3 printing server;
· GCC 4.7.0 compiler;
· Added the smxi and sgfxi scripts;
· Added the following Nautilus actions and scripts for module management: debs2lzm, activate, debs2lzm-file, lzm2dir, dir2lzm and find2lzm.
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PureOS 5.0
Download PureOS 5.0 now from Softpedia.

UbuntuOn June 28th, Canonical announced that the second Alpha version of the upcoming Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) operating system is now available for download. Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 2 is now powered by the Linux kernel 3.5.0-2.2 packages, based on the Linux 3.5 RC4 kernel upstream release, and the latest development version of the upcoming GNOME 3.6 desktop environment.

The following important filesystem utilities have been updated in Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 2: e2fsprogs 1.42.4, mdadm 3.2.5, autofs 2012-06-01, and btrfs-tools 2012-03-28. Also, there's now a new version of the ATI video driver. Moreover, the Mozilla Firefox 14.0 Beta web browser and Mozilla Thunderbird 14.0 Beta email client were added in this development release of Ubuntu 12.10.
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Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 2
Download Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 2 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.

Linux MintOn June 29th, Clement Lefebvre announced that the Release Candidate of the upcoming Linux Mint 13 Xfce Edition operating system is available for download and testing. Being based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), Linux Mint 13 RC Xfce is built on top of the Xfce 4.10 desktop environment, it is powered by Linux kernel 3.2, and distributed as a DVD ISO image for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.

Highlights of Linux Mint 13 RC Xfce:

· Based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS;
· Linux kernel 3.2;
· Xfce 4.10;
· MATE and mintMenu applets;
· Mint Display Manager;
· Artwork improvements;
· Search engines.
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Linux Mint 13 RC Xfce
Download Linux Mint 13 RC Xfce now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a development release and it should not be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.

Other NewsOther News:

· On June 25th, CodeWeavers announced that the CrossOver 11.2.0 software has been officially released for both Linux and Mac OS X platforms, bringing support for Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010. Based on Wine 1.4.1, CrossOver 11.2.0 comes with lots of general improvements for various applications, as well as support for the upcoming Apple Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) operating system. Read more about it here.


· On June 26th, Google proudly announced that they have unleashed the stable and final version of the Google Chrome 20 web browser for Linux, Macintosh, Windows and Chrome Frame platforms. There's no information about the Google Chrome 20 (the actual version is 20.0.1132.43) web browser, except the fact that it brings a lots of bugfixes and various stability improvements over previous releases. Read more about it here.

Softpedia Linux BlogSoftpedia Linux Blog:

· Download Linux Kernel 3.5 Release Candidate 4
· siduction 12.1.1 Has KDE SC 4.8.4
· LibreOffice 3.6.0 Beta 2 Is Available for Download
· Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Will Have Btrfs
· PS3 Media Server 1.54.0 Is Available for Download
· Empathy 3.5.3 Has a Revamped Interface
· Parted Magic 2012_06_26 Has Linux Kernel 3.4.3
· SolusOS 2 Alpha 5 Has LibreOffice 3.5.4 and VLC 2.0.1
· Download KDE SC 4.9 Release Candidate 1
· Clonezilla Live 1.2.12-67 Is Available for Download
· Kubuntu 12.10 Alpha 2 Screenshot Tour
· Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 2 Screenshot Tour
· ownCloud 2012 Business Edition Adds LDAP Integration
· Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.3 Officially Released
· AMD Catalyst 12.6 Has Support for Linux Kernel 3.4
· New Kernel Update Available for All Ubuntu OSes
· Calibre 0.8.58 Has Better Generated Covers
· Phoronix Test Suite 4.0 Milestone 4 Available for Download
· NetworkManager 0.9.6 Will Have Better IPv6 Support

Video Clip of the WeekVideo Clip of the Week: Linux Mint 13 XFCE RC

· For this week we've posted an 720p HD video clip that showcases the features of the Linux Mint 13 RC Xfce Edition operating system. The video has 7 minutes and 31 seconds, and it was posted by sneekylinux.

Download from SoftpediaNew Distributions:

· Antivirus Live CD 3.3-0.97.5
· Linutop OS 4.0 Demo
· Xubuntu 12.10 Alpha 2
· Ubuntu Netboot 12.10 Alpha 2
· Ubuntu Studio 12.10 Alpha 2

Download from SoftpediaDistributions Updated Last Week:

· AUSTRUMI 2.5.3
· siduction 12.1.1
· Berry Linux 1.15
· Tin Hat 20120623
· Parted Magic 2012_06_26
· Clonezilla LiveCD 1.2.12-67
· Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.3

Download from SoftpediaDevelopment Releases:

· SolusOS 2 Alpha 5
· ClearOS 6.3.0 Beta 1
· Phinx Desktop 2012 Beta 1
· Kubuntu 12.10 Alpha 2
· Edubuntu 12.10 Alpha 2
· Ubuntu Server 12.10 Alpha 2
· Ubuntu ARM 12.10 Alpha 2
· Ubuntu Cloud Server 12.10 Alpha 2
· Lubuntu 12.10 Alpha 2

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