The following Linux-based operating systems have been announced last week: Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.09 and Pear Linux 6 Alpha 1. In other news: New games powered by the Unity 4 game engine were announced for Linux; Canonical presents the top 10 Ubuntu app downloads for August 2012. Softpedia Linux Blog news includes articles about Arch Linux 2012.09.07, 0 A.D. Alpha 11, Empathy 3.6 Beta 2, PureOS 6.0, Linux kernel 3.6 RC5, GNOME 3.6 Beta 2, Xfce 4.12, SimplyMEPIS 12.0 Alpha 2, IPFire 2.11 Core 62, Mozilla Firefox 15.0.1, Qt Creator 2.6 Beta, Manjaro 0.8.1 Pre1, Parted Magic 2012_09_12, Caligra 2.5.2, Super OS 11.10, Qt 4.8.3, Calibre 0.8.69, Zentyal 3.0, Bodhi 2.1.0, Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 Alpha 2, openSUSE Edu Li-f-e 12.2, Linux kernel 3.5.4, Wine 1.5.13, LPS Public 1.3.6, and much more. For this week we've also prepared a nice review for the Google Earth 22.214.171.12413 app. The weekly ends with the video clip of the week, the new and updated Linux distributions, as well as the development releases.
On September 8th, Anke Boersma has announced the immediate availability for download of the Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.09 operating system, dubbed Clair, and dedicated to the memory of Claire Lotion, a KDE contributor. This release includes the latest KDE 4.9.1 desktop environment, as well as the latest LibreOffice and Calligra office suites.
Highlights of Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.09:
· Linux kernel 3.4.6; · Linux kernel 3.0.35 (optional); ·KDE Software Compilation 4.9.1; · GRUB2 2.00; · Qt 4.8.2; · Added Dharma artwork, including a new theme and wallpaper; · Added Kapudan, a desktop greeter for first timers with Chakra; · Improved most of the Chakra tools, like cinstall/cbundle, tribe, spun, and welcome-plasmoid; · Updated Poppler, OpenJPEG, and OpenAL; · New sound-stack; · Updated the latest proprietary video drivers; · Move to /usr/lib to prepare for systemd switch.
Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.09
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On September 13th, David Tavares has announced that the first Alpha version of the upcoming Pear Linux 6 operating system is now available for download and testing. Dubbed Bartlett, Pear Linux 6 Alpha 1 is now based on the latest LTS release of the Ubuntu OS and it is powered by Linux kernel 3.2 with support for PAE (Physical Address Extension).
Highlights of Pear Linux 6 Alpha 1:
· Based on Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS (Precise Pangolin); · Linux kernel 3.2 with PAE; · Added Pear Linux Shell 6.0; · Added Pear Linux Panel 1.0; · Pear Linux Control Center; · Updated Pear Appstore to version 6.0; · Added new Pear Linux icons; · Added new Pera Linux desktop theme · Added new boot splash; · Added new login screen; · Added new desktop notification system; · Updated lots of applications.
Pear Linux 6 Alpha 1
Download Pear Linux 6 Alpha 1 now from Softpedia. Remember that this is an alpha version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.
· On September 12th, Canonical published the top 10 app downloads for August 2012, from Ubuntu Software Center. On the paid apps chart, it looks like last month's first place Braid game has been dethroned by a new tool, MC-Launcher, a Minecraft mod installator launcher, followed closely by some of the best games from the Humble Indie Bundle V, Bastion and Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Read more about it here.
· Building a software that can catalog an entire planet is not a feat for everyone, and if there is someone out there who is up for the task, then Google is surely the only company capable to do it.
Google Earth 126.96.36.19913 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Google has dedicated a lot of time and effort to this project and it shows. 3D buildings are added all the time, new sources for images are implemented on a regular basis, and they even managed to help government authorities to control a crisis like the one in Haiti by refreshing their images just a few days after the calamity.