Softpedia Linux Weekly, Issue 207

Welcome to the 207th issue of Softpedia Linux Weekly!

The following Linux-based operating systems have been announced last week: Ultimate Edition 3.4, Fuduntu 2012.3, Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.07, and Parsix GNU/Linux 4.0 Test 1. In other news: Mandriva Linux gets renamed. Softpedia Linux Blog news includes articles about Linux kernel 3.5 RC5, Fedora 17 IBM System z 64-bit, GNU C Library 2.16, DoudouLinux 1.2, DRBL 1.0.9-2, Commodore OS Vision 1.0 Beta 9, Wine 1.5.8, Calculate Linux 12 Beta, Porteus 1.2, OpenMW 0.16.0, Qbittorrent 2.9.11, ArchBang 2012.07.02, Helal Linux Light 1.0, GNOME 3.5.3, Super Grub2 Disk 2.00 Beta 1, Calibre 0.8.59, Pidgin 2.10.5, Transmission 2.60, Parted Magic 2012_07_05, Descent|OS 3 Alpha 2, and much more. For this week we've also prepared a nice review for the LIMBO game. The weekly ends with the video clip of the week, the new and updated Linux distributions, and the development releases.




Ultimate EditionOn June 30th, TheeMahn proudly announced that the Ultimate Edition 3.4 LTS operating system is now available for download on mirrors worldwide. Ultimate Edition 3.4 is now based on Canonical's Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system, which makes it a Long Term Support release.

Packed with a new GTK3 theme, a comprehensive set of apps, all the updates from Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, new initrd, rebuilt vmlinuz, and a rock solid GNOME 3 desktop environment. Ultimate Edition 3.4 is distributed as Live DVD ISO images for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, containing Unity, Cinnamon, XBMC, GNOME Classic, GNOME 3 with GNOME Shell, and the GNOME Fallback sessions.

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Ultimate Edition 3.4 - Image courtesy of TheeMahn

Download Ultimate Edition 3.4 now from Softpedia.


FuduntuOn July 2nd, Andrew Wyatt proudly announced the immediate availability for download of the Fuduntu 2012.3 Linux operating system. Fuduntu 2012.3 comes with lots of under-the-hood improvements, such as GCC 4.6.3, GRUB 2 as default bootloader, the Anaconda 16 installer, and the Droid Sans Mono terminal font.

Highlights of Fuduntu 2012.3:

· Linux kernel 3.4.4;

· Chromium 19.0.1084.56;

· Mozilla Firefox 13.0.1;

· Mozilla Thunderbird 13.0.1;

· LibreOffice;

· GIMP 2.8;

· Pidgin 2.10.4;

· VirtualBox OSE 4.1.16;

· Wine 1.4.1;

· Infinality Freetype 2.4.10;

· GRUB2 2.0-0.27;

· GCC 4.6.3.

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Fuduntu 2012.3

Download Fuduntu 2012.3 now from Softpedia.


ChakraOn July 3rd, Anke Boersma has announced the immediate availability for download of the Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.07 operating system. Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.07 is the last maintenance release for Archimedes series and it is powered by Linux kernel 3.4.3 and KDE Software Compilation 4.8.3. It also contains QtWebkit 2.2.1, Qt 4.8.2, and an optional Linux kernel 3.0.35.

Highlights of Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.07:

· Linux kernel 3.4.3;

· Linux kernel 3.0.35 (optional);

·KDE Software Compilation 4.8.3;

· Calligra 2.4.2;

· Qt 4.8.2;

· QtWebkit 2.2.1;

· tomoyo-tools 2.5;

· wqy-microhei is now the default font for Japanese, Chinese and Korean languages;

· udev 182;

· kmod 0.8;

· mkinitcpio 0.8.8;

· Move to /usr/lib to prepare for systemd switch.

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Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.07

Download Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.07 now from Softpedia.


ParsixOn July 4th, Alan Baghumian announced the immediate availability for download of the first test version of the upcoming Parsix GNU/Linux 4.0 operating system. Dubbed Gloria, Parsix GNU/Linux 4.0 Test 1 brings lots of updated packages, an updated installer, faster live boot, and new features. It includes all the security updated and bug fixes, as well as application updates, that were published on the Debian testing repositories as of July 1st, 2012.

Highlights of Parsix GNU/Linux 4.0r0 Test 1:

· Based on Debian testing repositories (as of July 1st, 2012);

· Linux kernel 3.2.20;

· GNOME 3.4.2;

· GRUB 2 boot loader;

· X.Org 7.6;

· X.Org Server;

· GNU Iceweasel 13.0 web browser;

· Chromium web browser 18;

· LibreOffice 3.5.4 office suite;

· GParted 0.12.1;

· Empathy;

· GIMP 2.8.0;

· Grisbi 0.8.9;

· VirtualBox 4.1.16;

· xFarDic 0.11.7;

· VLC Media Player 2.0.1;

· Adobe Flash Player 11.2;

· Glibc 2.13.

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Parsix GNU/Linux 4.0r0 Test 1

Download Parsix GNU/Linux 4.0r0 Test 1 now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a development release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only.


Other NewsOther News:

· Mandriva S.A., through Charles Schulz, posted a very interesting announcement on their blog, asking users to vote for the new name of the Mandriva Linux distribution. Long story short, it looks like Mandriva S.A. wants to separate the Mandriva community and the distribution from the company. Among possible names chosen by Mandriva for the future distribution, we can mention OpenMandriva, Commundriva, Dracanea Linux, Drake Linux, Mana Linux, Mandala Linux, Mira Linux, Moondrake, NorthStar Linux, OpenDrake, Pulsar Linux, and Tulipa Linux. Read more about it here.


Softpedia Linux BlogSoftpedia Linux Blog:

· Download Linux Kernel 3.5 Release Candidate 5

· Fedora 17 Officially Released for IBM System z 64-bit

· GNU C Library 2.16 Officially Released

· LibreOffice 3.6 Bug Hunting Party Organized on 6 and 7 July

· OMAP4 Kernel Vulnerability Fixed for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

· The Summer Bundle Has Three Linux Games

· Official Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Manual Is Now Available

· DoudouLinux 1.2 Available for Download

· DRBL 1.0.9-2 Has Linux Kernel 3.2.21

· Commodore OS Vision 1.0 Beta 9 Has New Classic Games

· Free Software Foundation Criticizes Ubuntu for Secure Boot Policy

· Fuduntu 2012.3 Screenshot Tour

· Valve Confirms Steam for Linux, Blizzard Bans Linux Users

· Introducing Ubuntu Web History Lens for Unity

· Wine 1.5.8 Improves Windows Codecs

· Calculate Linux 12 Beta Released, Includes GIMP 2.8

· Porteus 1.2 Has Linux Kernel 3.4.4

· Blizzard Is Not Banning Diablo III Linux Players

· Calibre Plugin of the Week: FanFictionDownLoader

· Latest Games Added to Ubuntu Software Center

· OpenMW 0.16.0 Brings New Features

· Qbittorrent 2.9.11 Fixes a Few Bugs

· Parisx GNU/Linux 4.0r0 Test 1 Screenshot Tour

· ArchBang 2012.07.02 Now Has GParted

· Helal Linux Light 1.0 is Based on Lubuntu 12.04

· GNOME 3.5.3 Development Release Is Here

· Super Grub2 Disk 2.00 Is Based on GRUB 2

· Calibre 0.8.59 Fixes GNOME 3 Problem

· Pidgin 2.10.5 Has Support for GNOME 3 Proxy

· Transmission 2.60 Has Been Officially Released

· Parted Magic 2012_07_05 Has Linux Kernel 3.4.4

· Descent|OS 3 Alpha 2 Available for Download

· Scientific Linux and Ubuntu Used to Find the Higgs Boson

· Tiny Core Linux 4.5.6 Is Available for Download

· LibreOffice 3.6.0 Beta 3 Is Available for Download

· Top Three Latest Wine Platinum Games


Review of the WeekReview of the Week: LIMBO Review

· Limbo is not a nice place to be, but for some unbeknown reason it's a great place for game developers. Who would have thought that the adventures of a little boy in a place that could very well be the dreaded Limbo, will make a great game and something to be remembered.

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LIMBO game running on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Limbo is built with an amazing physics engine and almost all of the puzzles and conundrums are making use of it. Moreover, the deaths of the main character are one of the most imaginative I’ve ever seen, with the exception of Heart of Darkness.

Read the complete review here.


Video Clip of the WeekVideo Clip of the Week: Valve Confirms Steam for Linux

· For this week we've posted an 480p HD video clip with an interview with Gabe Newell from Valve, confirming Steam for Linux. The video has 49 seconds, and it was posted by Softpedia Linux.

Download from SoftpediaNew Distributions:

· WoodOS Alpha 1

· Anansi OS 0.04

· Helal Linux Light 1.0

· Porteus Xfce 1.2

Download from SoftpediaDistributions Updated Last Week:

· Knoppix 7.0.3

· 4MLinux Media Edition 3.3

· Fedora for IBM System z 64bit 17

· DoudouLinux 1.2

· Instant WebKiosk 1.5

· 4MLinux Rescue Edition 3.2

· Porteus 1.2

· ArchBang 2012.07.02

· Parted Magic 2012_07_05

· Tiny Core Linux 4.5.6

Download from SoftpediaDevelopment Releases:

· Vine Linux 6.1 Beta 2

· Clonezilla LiveCD 1.2.13-5

· DRBL Live Xfce 1.0.9-2

· Commodore OS Vision 1.0 Beta 9

· Calculate Linux Desktop 12 Beta

· Calculate Linux Desktop Xfce 12 Beta

· Calculate Linux Directory Server 12 Beta

· Calculate Linux Scratch 12 Beta

· Calculate Linux Scratch Server 12 Beta

· Calculate Media Center 12 Beta

· Bodhi 2.0.0 Build 4

· Descent|OS 3.0 Alpha 2

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

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