The following Linux-based operating systems have been announced last week: VortexBox 2.1, Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 3 and Chrome OS 2.1.1145. In other news: Linus Torvalds officially announced Linux kernel 3.5. Softpedia Linux Blog news includes articles about Linux Mint 13 Xfce, LinHES 7.3, openmamba 126.96.36.199, GNOME 3.5.4, Arch Linux 2012.07.15, Linux Mint 13 KDE, Phoronix Test Suite 4.0.0, 4MLinux Allinone Edition 3.3, Frugalware 1.7 RC1, Slackware 14.0 Beta, Peppermint Three, AntiX 12 RC2, Transmission 2.61, Scientific Linux 6.3 Beta 2, Epidemic GNU Linux 4.0 Beta 2, Lubuntu 12.10 Alpha 3, Ubuntu Studio 12.10 Alpha 3, Ubuntu Server 12.10 Alpha 3, Kubuntu 12.10 Alpha 3, GhostBSD GNOME 3.0 Beta 1, Bodhi Linux 2.0.0, Calibre 0.8.62, Zorin OS 6 Educational, Zorin OS Gaming 6, Calculate Linux 12.0, and much more. For this week we've also prepared a very nice tutorial about how to install the Spec Ops: The Line game on Linux. The weekly ends with the video clip of the week, the new and updated Linux distributions, and the development releases.
On July 24th, Andrew Gillis announced the release of VortexBox 2.1, a Fedora-based operating system that turns any computer into a music server or jukebox. The new version comes after six months of hard work and includes important updates and various neat features.
VortexBox 2.1 is now based on a recent kernel version of the Fedora operating system (with upgraded audio drivers), it includes Logitech Media Server 7.7.2, and it brings support for more than 2.2 TB drives for backups, which is great for 3 TB+ VortexBoxes.
On July 26th, Canonical announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the the third and last Alpha version of the upcoming Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) operating system.
Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 3 is now powered by the Linux kernel 3.5.0-6.6 packages, based on the stable Linux 3.5 kernel upstream release, and the latest development version of the upcoming GNOME desktop environment, GNOME 3.5.4, which brings lots of new features, such as revamped Nautilus (now called Files) and Empathy apps.
On July 27th, the Chrome OS developers announced the immediate availability for download of the Chrome OS 2.1.1145 Live CD Linux operating system, which brings a lot of fresh software. Chrome OS 2.1.1145 is now powered by Linux kernel 3.4.2, and features the new Cinnamon desktop environment, a fork of GNOME 3.
Highlights of Chrome OS 2.1.1145:
· Linux kernel 3.4.2; · Cinnamon 1.4 desktop environment; · Chromium 21.0.1145 web browser; · Banshee 2.2 media player; · Shotwell 0.11 photo manager; · GIMP 2.6 image editor; · LibreOffice 3.5 office suite; · Wine 1.4 Windows emulator; · Cheese 3.2 webcam application; · Pidgin 2.10 multi-protocol instant messenger; · Dashboard with the social toolbar; · Control Center; · and much more!
· On July 21st, Linus Torvalds proudly announced the immediate availability for download of Linux kernel 3.5, which brings various interesting features (check out the highlights below and the quote from Linus Torvalds’ announcement) among which we can mention support for metadata checksums in the EXT4 filesystem, support for restoring and checkpointing TCP connections, support for TCP Early Retransmit (RFC 5827), a new network queue management algorithm designed to fight bufferbloat, Btrfs I/O failure statistics, and much more. Read more about it here.
Tutorial of the Week: How to Install Spec Ops: The Line on Linux
· The following tutorial will teach Linux users how to install the Spec Ops: The Line game on their open source operating system.
Spec Ops: The Line game running on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Officially released at the end of June 2012, the ninth installment in the Spec Ops series, Spec Ops: The Line, is a third-person shooter video game developed by Yager Development and published by 2K Games. To install the Spec Ops: The Line game on your Linux system, follow the next step-by-step (with screenshots) tutorial.