The following Linux-based operating systems have been announced last week: SolusOS 1.2 Legacy, openSUSE 12.2, Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 1 and Ubuntu Christian Edition 12.04. Softpedia Linux Blog news includes articles about NetBSD 6.0 RC1, Linux kernel 3.6 RC4, Slackware Linux 14.0 RC4, Zorin OS 6.1 Educational, Liberté Linux 2012.3, Linux From Scratch 7.2, Calculate Linux 12.0.3, SystemRescueCd 3.0.0, digiKam 2.9.0, Slackel KDE 4.8.5, Qubes 1.0, ownCloud 4.5 Beta, Cinnamon 1.6, KDE SC 4.9.1, GNOME Shell 3.6 Beta 2, Network Security Toolkit 2.16.0-4104, Netrunner 4.2.1, openSUSE 12.2, Tiny Core Linux 4.6.1, Ubuntu Server 12.10 Beta 1, Lubuntu 12.10 Beta 1, Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 1, Kubuntu 12.10 Beta 1, Xubuntu 12.10 Beta 1, Ubuntu Studio 12.10 Beta 1, Calibre 0.8.68, and much more. For this week we've also prepared an interesting tutorial about how to encrypt Ubuntu Home folder after installation, and a nice review for the Fieldrunners game. The weekly ends with the video clip of the week, the new and updated Linux distributions, as well as the development releases.
On September 2nd, Ikey Doherty proudly announced the immediate availability for download of Legacy Edition of his SolusOS 1.2 Linux operating system. SolusOS 1.2 is the second maintenance release of the 1.x branch of the SolusOS distribution, bringing better GPU, bluetooth and printer support, as well as many system-wide optimizations and fixes.
Highlights of SolusOS 1.2 Legacy:
· Linux kernel 3.0.0-ck1-solusos (with BFS/preempt/no dyn ticks/1000Hz);
· Mozilla Firefox 15.0;
· Mozilla Thunderbird 15.0;
· LibreOffice 3.6.0;
· GNOME 2.30;
· Pidgin 2.10;
· VLC Media Player 2.0.1;
· iptables 1.4.8;
· ufw 0.31.1;
· HPLIP 3.12;
· Added new apps in the software repositories.
On September 5th, the openSUSE development team proudly announced the immediate availability for download of the highly anticipated openSUSE 12.2 Linux operating system. Dubbed Mantis, openSUSE 12.2 comes with various improvements and updated apps over the previous release, openSUSE 12.1, which make the distribution more reliable and stable.
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On September 6th, Canonical announced that the first Beta version of the upcoming Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) operating system is available for download. Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 1 is now powered by the Linux kernel 3.5.0-13.14 packages, based on the stable Linux 3.5.3 kernel upstream release, and the GNOME 3.6 Beta 1 desktop environment, which brings many nice features.
As you all already know, the Alternate CDs were removed from Ubuntu and some of its features were already implemented in the Desktop CD, such as encrypted installation and LVM partitioning. The Unity interface has been updated to version 6.4 and it now features a Previews function, new effects when minimizing the apps, and a Photo Lens. Moreover, the Mozilla Firefox 15.0 web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird 15.0 email client, and the famous LibreOffice 3.6.1 office suite were added in this Beta release of Ubuntu 12.10.
Also on September 6th, the Ubuntu CE development team proudly announced the immediate availability for download of the Ubuntu Christian Edition 12.04 operating system. Being based on the almighty Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS (Precise Pangolin), the Ubuntu Christian Edition 12.04 release includes many updated applications and, of course, the usual improvements and fixes.
Tutorial of the Week: How to Encrypt Ubuntu Home Folder After Installation
· The following tutorial will teach Ubuntu users how to encrypt their home folder after installation, for enhanced security. All supported Ubuntu operating system to date allow the possibility to encrypt your home folder at installation, but if for some reason you forgot or expressly omitted to select this functionality, we now give you the opportunity to enable it after installation.
Encrypted Home folder in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
The following guide will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to convert your unencrypted home folder to an encrypted one, for enhanced security over your sensitive files.
· Fieldrunners is yet another tower defense game in the crowded market that is practically teeming with such titles. Is Fieldrunner a game that’s worth the player's money and time, or it's just another mediocre title, reusing a recipe that proved successful for a lot of other studios?
Fieldrunners on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
The classic mode is the default choice (and the only one available) in the beginning, and players must first finish it before others, more complex ones, are unlocked. In order to finish the Classic Mode or at least to unlock other modes for that particular map (this process has to be done with every map), a player must survive 100 rounds.