Softpedia Linux Weekly, Issue 210

Welcome to the 210th issue of Softpedia Linux Weekly!

By Marius Nestor on July 29th, 2012 16:40 GMT

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 2.0.10.1, 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.

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PearOSOn 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.
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VortexBox 2.1
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PearOSOn 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.
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Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 3
Download Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 3 now from Softpedia.

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PearOSOn 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!
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Chrome OS 2.1.1145
Download Chrome OS 2.1.1145 now from Softpedia.

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Other NewsOther News:

· 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.

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Softpedia Linux BlogSoftpedia Linux Blog:

· Linux Mint 13 Xfce Edition Has Been Released
· LinHES 7.3 Has Linux Kernel 2.6.30
· openmamba 2.0.10.1 Has Linux Kernel 3.2.21
· GNOME 3.5.4 Comes With a Revamped Nautilus
· Arch Linux 2012.07.15 Ditches AIF
· Linux Mint 13 KDE Edition Has Been Released
· Phoronix Test Suite 4.0.0 Available for Download
· 4MLinux Allinone Edition 3.3 Available for Download
· Frugalware 1.7 RC1 Has Linux Kernel 3.4.4
· Slackware 14.0 Beta Features Xfce 4.10
· New Kernel Vulnerability Affects Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
· Peppermint Three Is Based on Lubuntu 12.04
· AntiX 12 RC2 Available for Testing
· Transmission 2.61 Now Requires GTK3
· Scientific Linux 6.3 Beta 2 Available for Testing
· Epidemic GNU Linux 4.0 Beta 2 Available for Download
· Project Neon KVM Officially Launched
· Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Comes to Dell Laptops
· Calibre Plugin of the Week: Reading List
· GUADEC Conference 2012: 26th July - 1st August
· LibreOffice Conference 2012: 17th - 19th October
· Lubuntu 12.10 Alpha 3 Officially Released
· Ubuntu Studio 12.10 Alpha 3 Officially Released
· Ubuntu Server 12.10 Alpha 3 Officially Released
· Kubuntu 12.10 Alpha 3 Has Rekonq 1.0
· Kubuntu 12.10 Alpha 3 Screenshot Tour
· Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 3 Screenshot Tour
· Introducing Ubuntu Radio Lens for Unity
· GhostBSD 3.0 Beta 1 Is Based on GNOME 2
· Bodhi Linux 2.0.0 Officially Released
· Calibre 0.8.62 Improves Full Screen Mode
· Fedora is Giving Away Mini-PCs
· Xubuntu 12.10 Alpha 3 Screenshot Tour
· Lubuntu 12.10 Alpha 3 Screenshot Tour
· Ubuntu 12.10 Unity Concept Mockup Video
· Zorin OS 6 Educational Available for Download
· Zorin OS Gaming 6 Features over 40 Games
· Calculate Linux 12.0 Has Been Officially Released


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Tutorial of the WeekTutorial 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.
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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.

Read the entire tutorial here.

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Video Clip of the WeekVideo Clip of the Week: Ubuntu 12.10 Unity Concept Mockup Video

· For this week we've posted an 720p HD video clip that presents a mockup of Unity for the upcoming Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) operating system. The video has 3 minutes and 46 seconds, and it was posted by nq6.



Download from SoftpediaNew Distributions:

· ProxLinux 2.2
· RayOS Almond


Download from SoftpediaDistributions Updated Last Week:

· Linux Mint Xfce 13
· LinHES 7.3
· openmamba GNU/Linux 2.0.10.1
· Linux Mint KDE Edition 13
· Peppermint Three
· Cinnarch 2012.07.23
· Leeenux 6

· LuninuX OS 12.00
· Bodhi 2.0.0
· Zorin OS Educational 6
· Zorin OS Gaming 6
· GParted LiveCD 0.13.0-3
· Calculate Linux Desktop 12.0
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Calculate Linux Desktop Xfce 12.0
· Calculate Linux Directory Server 12.0
· Calculate Linux Scratch 12.0
· Calculate Linux Scratch Server 12.0
· Calculate Media Center 12.0


Download from SoftpediaDevelopment Releases:

· Slackware 14.0 Beta
· Frugalware Linux 1.7 RC1
· antiX MEPIS M12 RC2
· Epidemic GNU Linux 4.0 Beta 2
· Scientific Linux 6.3 Beta 2
· ZeroShell 2.0 RC1
· Ubuntu Netboot 12.10 Alpha 3

· Ubuntu Cloud Server 12.10 Alpha 3
· Ubuntu Studio 12.10 Alpha 3
· Lubuntu 12.10 Alpha 3
· Edubuntu 12.10 Alpha 3
· Xubuntu 12.10 Alpha 3
· Kubuntu 12.10 Alpha 3
· Ubuntu ARM 12.10 Alpha 3
· Ubuntu Server 12.10 Alpha 3
· Ubuntu Core 12.10 Alpha 3
· Clonezilla LiveCD 1.2.13-11


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