Softpedia Linux Weekly, Issue 216

Welcome to the 216th issue of Softpedia Linux Weekly!

By Marius Nestor on September 9th, 2012 17:51 GMT

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.

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Summary:
[tablec][row][col]· Announced Distro: SolusOS 1.2 Legacy
· Announced Distro: openSUSE 12.2
· Announced Distro: Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 1
· Announced Distro: Ubuntu Christian Edition 12.04
· Softpedia Linux Blog: Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10, Ubuntu 12.10 features, and more...
· Tutorial of the Week: How to Encrypt Ubuntu Home Folder After Installation
· Review of the Week: Fieldrunners
· Video Clip of the Week: openSUSE 12.2 in 1:30
· New Distributions: Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 Alpha
· Distributions Updated Last Week: OLPC OS 12.1.0, Kiwi Linux 12.08, Linutop OS 5.0, and more...
· Development Releases: Slackware 14.0 RC4, Kubuntu/Lubuntu/Edubuntu 12.10 Beta 1, and more...
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SolusOSOn 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.

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Download SolusOS 1.2 Legacy now from Softpedia.

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openSUSEOn 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.

Highlights of openSUSE 12.2:

· Linux kernel 3.4.6;
· KDE 4.8.4;
· GNOME 3.4.2;
· XFCE 4.10;
· Plymouth 0.8.6.1 boot splash animation;
· Btrfs filesystem;
· GRUB2;
· XOrg Server 1.12;
· Qt 4.8.1;
· LibreOffice 3.5;
· Mozilla Firefox 14.0.1;
· GIMP 2.8;
· Krita 2.4;
· Tomahawk Player;
· Systemd 44;
· GCC 4.7.1;
· Glibc 2.15;
· Google’s Go 1.0.2;
· Qt Creator 2.5.

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Download openSUSE 12.2 Install DVD now from Softpedia.

Download openSUSE 12.2 KDE Live CD now from Softpedia.

Download openSUSE 12.2 GNOME Live CD now from Softpedia.

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UbuntuOn 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.

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Download Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 1 now from Softpedia.

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UbuntuAlso 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.

Highlights of Ubuntu Christian Edition 12.04:

· Based on Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS (Precise Pangolin);
· Dconf-tools;
· Synaptic Package Manager;
· BleachBit;
· gAlternatives;
· GNOME Tweak Tool (Advanced Settings);
· Ubuntu Tweak;
· Bum;
· Wine;
· WineTricks;
· Google Chrome;
· VLC Media Player;
· Y-PPA-Manager;
· MyUnity;
· Terminator;
· Nautilus scripts;
· Unity Wikipedia Lens;
· Unity Cities Lens;
· Quelea;
· Bibledit;
· Verse;
· Xiphos;
· OpenLP;
· Wide-Margin.

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Download Ubuntu Christian Edition 12.04 now from Softpedia.

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Softpedia Linux BlogSoftpedia Linux Blog:

· Ubuntu 12.10 Adds Encrypted Installation
· Calibre 0.8.67 Improves PDF Output
· NetBSD 6.0 RC1 Available for Testing
· Download Linux Kernel 3.6 Release Candidate 4
· Slackware Linux 14.0 RC4 Available for Testing
· Zorin OS 6.1 Educational Is Based on Lubuntu 12.04
· Liberté Linux 2012.3 Has Linux Kernel 3.4.7
· Linux From Scratch 7.2 Has Linux Kernel 3.5.1
· Calculate Linux 12.0.3 Has LibreOffice 3.6
· Introducing Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10
· SystemRescueCd 3.0.0 Adds UEFI Booting Support
· digiKam 2.9.0 Fixes Slideshow Feature
· Slackel KDE 4.8.5 Has Firefox 15
· Qubes 1.0 Officially Announced
· ownCloud 4.5 Beta Community Edition Available for Download
· Cinnamon 1.6 Will Bring Cinnamon 2D
· Ubuntu 12.10 Will Introduce Unity Previews
· KDE SC 4.9.1 Is Now Available for Download
· GNOME Shell 3.6 Beta 2 Has Been Released
· LibreOffice 3.6.1 Is Now Available for Download
· The Document Foundation Joins OASIS Consortium
· Network Security Toolkit 2.16.0-4104 Has Linux Kernel 3.4.9-2
· Netrunner 4.2.1 Has KDE SC 4.8.4
· openSUSE 12.2 Screenshot Tour
· Two Kernel Vulnerabilities Fixed for Ubuntu 11.10 and 10.04 LTS

· Tiny Core Linux 4.6.1 Available for Download

· Ubuntu Server 12.10 Beta 1 Features 32-bit Version
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Lubuntu 12.10 Beta 1 Has Been Released
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Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 1 Screenshot Tour
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Kubuntu 12.10 Beta 1 Screenshot Tour
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Xubuntu 12.10 Beta 1 Screenshot Tour
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Ubuntu Studio 12.10 Beta 1 Officially Released
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Calibre 0.8.68 Has Driver for Nokia N9
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First Alpha of Mageia 3 Comes With KDE 4.9
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PCLinuxOS KDE FullMonty 2012.09 Officially Released
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GhostBSD LXDE 3.0 RC1 Available for Testing

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Tutorial of the WeekTutorial 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.
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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.

Read the entire tutorial here.

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Review of the WeekReview of the Week: Fieldrunners

· 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?
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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.

Read the complete review here.

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Video Clip of the WeekVideo Clip of the Week: openSUSE 12.2 in 1:30

· For this week we've posted a 720p HD video clip that showcases the features of the openSUSE 12.2 operating system. The video has 1 minute and 29 seconds, and it was posted by Jos Poortvliet.



Download from SoftpediaNew Distributions:

· Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 Alpha

Download from SoftpediaDistributions Updated Last Week:

· Zest 2.0
· OLPC OS 12.1.0
· Zorin OS Educational Lite 6.1
· Liberté Linux 2012.3
· Calculate Linux Desktop 12.0.3
· Calculate Linux Desktop Xfce 12.0.3
· Calculate Linux Directory Server 12.0.3
· Calculate Linux Scratch 12.0.3
· Calculate Linux Scratch Server 12.0.3
· Calculate Media Center 12.0.3
· AUSTRUMI 2.5.6
· Slackel Linux KDE 4.8.5
· Qubes 1.0
· Network Security Toolkit 2.16.0-4104
· Netrunner 4.2.1
· Kiwi Linux 12.08
· 4MLinux Server Edition 4.0
· Tiny Core Linux 4.6.1
· Linutop OS 5.0


Download from SoftpediaDevelopment Releases:

· Slackware 14.0 RC4
· Snowlinux E17 3 RC
· Ubuntu Cloud Server 12.10 Beta 1
· Ubuntu Netboot 12.10 Beta 1
· Ubuntu Server 12.10 Beta 1
· Edubuntu 12.10 Beta 1
· Kubuntu 12.10 Beta 1
· Lubuntu 12.10 Beta 1
· Ubuntu Studio 12.10 Beta 1
· Pentoo LiveCD 2012.0 Beta 2
· Zentyal 3.0 RC2


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