| DistroWatch Weekly
|DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 5, 7 July 2003
The Year of Linux
The year 2003 is turning to be something that many people predicted before - The Year of Linux. While our favourite operating system has been taking over the server rooms for some time, it is only now that it is beginning to make huge inroads into personal computing. Europe seems to be leading the way with several regional and local governments in various countries moving their public administration infrastructure to desktop Linux and many schools are replacing proprietary software with free one. It is ironic that all this is happening despite (or perhaps because of) SCO's current onslaught against Linux. The Economist has put things nicely in a recent issue of their magazine - if an obscure company in Utah decides to sue IBM for 3 billion dollars over Linux, it only shows one thing: how big an important Linux has become.
Will Debian survive the rise of Linux? Such was the title of a lengthy article in linmagau.org, Australia's online Linux magazine. The author expressed a worry that one day, when Linux is a lot more ubiquitous, Debian GNU/Linux will no longer be around. Unlikely as this scenario sounds now, none of us knows how the rise of Linux will impact on the volunteer and non-commercial Linux projects. Debian is a base that supplies the code and infrastructure to many other projects and even commercial companies. Can you imagine that one day there is no Knoppix, Xandros, Lindows.com, Libranet and a dozen of other Debian-based distributions?
Speaking about Lindows, the story of the last weekly edition regarding LindowsOS 4.0 did not go down well with many LindowsOS fans. While I don't believe that the story covering the release of LindowsOS 4.0 was overly negative, a few critical remarks in it were taken as a sure sign that the author is nothing but a massively biased anti-Lindows zealot. Admittedly, that was the case during the times when Lindows.com was long on promises and short on delivery, but as I've argued elsewhere, the times have changed. LindowsOS is a real product and, if the Lindows.com user forums are anything to go by, there are many happy and satisfied users who have successfully made the switch. If Lindows.com has finally delivered on those promises and has built a distribution that brings the power of Linux to non-geeks, then they deserve our respect.
That was another way of saying that you are going to see a LindowsOS 4.0 review on this site. Yes, I know - it will be reviewed to death by many other publications in the next month or two and most of you are probably not interested in it anyway. That's fine, just don't read it. But I want to make it clear that this site is not only for geeks and operating system junkies, but also for those who use their computers to accomplish tasks. If LindowsOS 4.0 is a good product, you deserve to hear it from a site that monitors the development of Linux distributions. If it isn't, then don't accuse us from being anti-Lindows, but try to see how the product can be improved. All distributions are striving to be perfect, but that's an elusive goal that cannot possibly be reached.
As for the Arch Linux review, you'll get that too. There is still no word on when Arch 0.5 will be out, but if things go right, it will hopefully coincide with the completion of the LindowsOS review. Why Arch Linux? Because it's the year 2003 and if you are still using an operating system where upgrades are done by inserting a CD and rebooting your system, then you are using a wrong OS. Even if the upgrade succeeds (which is by no means certain), you still have to go through the upgrade anxiety and take your computer off-line for the upgrade. With source-based distribution, you only ever install once. With binary distributions, the picture is grim and unless you are a Debian user and want to keep your OS up-to-date, you have little choice besides going through the scary upgrade procedure every time your distributor releases a new version. This can't be right. If Debian can do it -- and as will be revealed in the upcoming review, Arch Linux can do it as well -- why not the rest? If you know the answer, please share it in the forums below.
|Released Last Week
Trustix Secure Linux
It was a quiet week as far as new distribution releases are concerned and the only big news was the release of Trustix Secure Linux 2.0. Trustix is one of the more mature distributions around; the first release of the Norway-based company was announced in March 2000. However, it has been nearly 2 years since the company's last stable release, version 1.5. Trustix 2.0 is fairly cutting edge for a distribution with a security focus and the release was quickly followed by a long list of bug and security fixes. Be sure to apply them if you have Trustix 2.0 installed in a production environment.
SmoothWall 2.0-beta5 and Ark Linux 1.0-alpha8.1 (followed by a 1.0-alpha8.2 bug fix release two days later) were released last week. A word of warning for those who are interested in trying out the latest Ark - users report that the installation program does not allow for custom partition selection and the only two options for installing Ark Linux are "System Install" (takes over the entire hard drive) and "Express Install" (installs in available free space). This is a known issue with the installer, which is still under heavy development.
|Upcoming Releases and Announcements
What's up with Yoper? Andreas Girardet, the Yoper developer, has posted some information about future plans for Yoper and its transformation from a commercial distribution into a community project: "I have been offered a position in the Linux Project Team for IBM in New Zealand last week and have started to work on various Yoper unrelated projects. Yoper is as such second priority. To continue this project I need users like yourself and people with technical skills to make it grow further. Since Yoper as a commercial entity is put on hold for the moment I have to ask you all how you want Your Operating System to continue from here." Version 2 of Yoper is planned to be released within the next 6 - 9 months, it will be purely community-based and available for free download immediately after release. Find more information here.
Momonga Linux celebrated its first anniversary last week. The project was created by former developers of Kondara Linux, a popular Japanese distribution, which was discontinued in July 2002. The announcement contains a development roadmap with a beta release planned for September and final release one month later. See Momonga's press release for further information.
Definity Linux has announced an imminent release of version 2.0, which has been in beta testing for the last two months. Definity Linux is a Brazilian commercial distribution based on Slackware; Definity's web site and its changelog (both in Portuguese) provide more information about the product.
|Web Site News
Three new distributions have been added to the database last week.
New on the waiting List
- Adamantix (formerly known as "Trusted Debian") is a Debian-based extension of the stable Debian branch, providing security-conscious users with tools such as PaX for preventing buffer overflow exploits and RSBAC for creating access control rules, among other features.
- Happy MacLinux is a Japanese distribution for PPC and m68k processors. It is based on another Japanese distribution called Holon Linux.
- TrX Live Firewall is a Turkish project created by Gürkan Sengün. TrX produces a Debian GNU/Linux-based desktop router and firewall package. This package is bootable directly from CD-ROM, so hard disk installation is not necessary. TrX is designed to work completely off the CD-ROM, with configuration data stored on a floppy disk, hard disk partition or, in future versions, on a USB storage device.
If you've ever worried that you'll run out of new distributions to play with, never fear - this week has brought in a flood of new ones, all of which have been added to the waiting list. Here they come, in alphabetical order:
DistroWatch database summary
- Aurora SPARC Linux. The SPARC devotees have so far been neglected by DistroWatch, but this is about to change.
- Burapha Linux. A free Linux distribution based on Slackware. The Burapha Linux project is developed at the Burapha Linux Lab at Burapha University in Thailand. It isn't a new distribution, but has not been submitted before.
- Knoppix STD. This is a customised distribution of the Knoppix Live Linux CD with security tools.
- LGIS GNU/Linux. A new Mexican distribution by LG Internet Solutions, based on Red Hat 9 with Ximian desktop as its default desktop environment.
- Momonga Linux. This is a Japanese RPM distribution started by former developers of Kondara Linux; see also the note in the "Upcoming Releases" section above.
- NBROK ZIP-drive-Linux. If you have an unused 100 or 250 MB ZIP-drive around, here is your chance to do something with it! Give your ZIP-drive a new goal, use it to run Linux! No hard disk required!
- Oralux. An audio GNU/Linux distribution for visually impaired persons, based on Knoppix.
- Panthera GNU/Linux is a new Linux distribution and that's all we know about it.
- Zeus Linux. A new Slackware-based distribution from Greece; version 1.0 is due for release shortly.
Number of distributions in the database: 154
Number of discontinued distributions: 19
Number of distributions on the waiting list: 41
Yes, the Timesavers are being worked on. The Timesavers programme was introduced to get the fans and frequent visitors of DistroWatch support this site in exchange for extra benefits. These include custom comparisons, searches, up-to-date mirror lists and other features, which are still being developed. However, in its unfinished state, the idea has yet to prove itself - only 140 people have signed up for it since its launch in January this year.
- "Mostly because of DWW I decided it was time to sign up for timesavers and support a worthwhile resource. But I see you haven't had anything new to say about it since April. Is it still a going concern?"
As a result, I have been forced to concentrate some of my efforts on other income generating activities, such as building up an advertising clientele and writing for third-party publications. I am pleased to report that this effort has paid off and several satisfied advertisers now provide much of the financial support for running DistroWatch.
This means that I can turn my attention to Timesavers. The most often requested feature is a custom comparison table listing up to 10 distributions side-by-side for easy comparison. The highest priority at the moment is to update the package list and include all the new packages (this will kill a few days), but as soon as that is done, I will get to creating the custom comparison page -- and that's a promise. The price of admission to Timesavers is US$17.50, which is a one-off payment for unlimited access to all areas of DistroWatch, including all new features. The information on this site will of course remain free for all, but those of you who are willing to support it, will get a few extra features, which hopefully save you time and money in the long run. Read about the Timesavers in more detail here.
On DistroWatch icons
Anybody out there with logo design talent? As you can see, my "creativity" last week came under some criticism and I need your help. If you can design an original logo, banner or any artwork for DistroWatch, please send them in; I'd really appreciate your work. Authors of the best efforts will be rewarded with free access to Timesavers.
- "It seems the new icon is not as beautiful as the previous one." "Hate the new Watch logo, tho. Keep trying."
On font sizes
A possible explanation is that unlike most other web sites, DistroWatch uses Unicode (UTF-8) encoding for all text on the site. This is to make it more accessible to audience using non-Latin alphabets by providing navigation menus in their native languages. In your Mozilla preferences dialog, navigate to Appearance/Fonts, then select "Unicode" from the "Fonts for" drop-down box. This is where you
should set a minimum font size and adjust other font properties. Most other browsers provide similar options for adjusting font sizes.
- "My version of Mozilla (1.3) set at the default Text Zoom size [100% (Original Size)] renders DistroWatch main body text at an unusually small font size (I would venture 8-pt). I
rarely come across sites that display text so small, whatever the organiation's intention."
That's all for this week, see you next Monday,
1 • upgrading Linux (by warpengi on 2003-07-07 07:54:14 GMT) |
I have been running Mandrake since 8.0. I have never been able to upgrade successfully. Thankfully Mandrake installs /home as a separate partition so all I have to do is format the other partitions and do a new install.
I was playing with some other distros recently and was shocked to discover that was not standard practice. Guess that means I am using a wrong OS:-0 but it works for me.
2 • upgrading Linux, Yoper, Logo (by Benjamin Vander Jagt at 2003-07-07 09:14:13 GMT)
This is very intriguing. I've never thought of upgrading that way. In their defense, though, Red Hat has made updating very easy and reliable without need for reboot. Of course, that's updating as opposed to upgrading. Upgrading still requires rebooting with CD #1 in the drive. However, that works very well, too, as I've even told it to "upgrade" from a Red Hat 8.0.94 beta to 8.0 (8.0.94 became 9), and it worked perfectly. Those who need to upgrade without taking the system down may still be able to after a laborous task of inserting, say, Rawhide RPMs. I've had very good luck with this.
I forgot to mention that J.A.M.D. 0.0.6 comes with Synaptic, and I've installed large items, including GNOME with it. Synaptic can probably accomplish the task for J.A.M.D. users. I'd like to take this moment to plug my project, DLIP (dlip.sourceforge.net), which upon completion will, among many other things, make automated updates very easy to implement into Linux distributions.
As for Yoper, which I've written so many bad reviews of, I'm glad and quite proud of them. Many thanks and congratulations to Mr. Girardet. I wish the best for him and the Yoper team. Yoper has a few things to its advantage, including a very fast boot. I am not quite sure, but I don't *think* I've tried the most recent version (the actual release version) of Yoper. (Too bad this means slighty reduced advertising revenue, eh? hehe)
For the logo, I personally recommend the person who did the logo for Vector. It just *feels* like Slackware, and Slackware *feels* like geek. It's some sort of cutting edge feeling, slick, elegant and mysterious, noble, simple, high-tech logo. There are more words to describe it, but I think I've gone overdescriptive already. I'm pretty sure the designer is easy to find, too. I'll check on the Vector boards.
By the way, and I regret not having said this earlier, I really like DistroWatch Weekly. It brings to me the joy that a newspaper brings to normal people...and you can quote me on that.
3 • running as root (by Benjamin Vander Jagt at 2003-07-07 09:20:16 GMT)
Also, thanks for defending the position that some people do want to run as root (as you did in the "Lindows.com - Friend or Foe?" review you linked to in this week's DWW). I did myself for a while, even though my computer is a server and client holding some precious data. Of course, the vast majority of users should run as users. The only reason I switched back to running as a user was that Wine kept complaining that it wouldn't create certain files unless I had a user to run as.
4 • Thank you! (by Nisse Jouni on 2003-07-07 09:38:28 GMT)
I'd like to thank the staff of Distrowatch.com. The site has been very important to me. I'm a "OS freak" I've tried dozens of linuxdistros, and finally I've have find the perfect distro for me, Debian. Thank you wery much...
P.S. Can I help your project somehow?
5 • RE: running as root (by ladislav at 2003-07-07 11:39:32 GMT)
No, I wasn't defending the run-as-root concept - I was merely looking at it from the point of view of those who market Lindows and who want to reduce the complexity of an operating system for non-technical users. Using the OS for general tasks while logged in as root is wrong, period.
6 • Updgrading distros (by Leo on 2003-07-07 14:32:20 GMT)
I have had very good luck upgrading RedHat (6.0 up to 7.3), and then Mandrake (9.0->9.1). In almost all cases I upgraded from the CDs, no big deal. You choose the "upgrade" mode, and this is it. Mandrake is in general easier, at least to me. I even upgraded a box just using URPMI, a la debian. No problems whatsoever. All packages got upgraded with no conflicts.
Lots of people suggest "clean installs", which is not appropriate nor convenient in most cases. The other thing to consider is bandwidth. Not everyone have fast internet connections to upgrade from the net.
All in all, Mandrake (with urpmi and its software management from the control center) has made my life so easy in this regard. Mandrake made my computing easier in many aspects but this is off-topic :-) My 2 cts.
7 • Waiting list (by Leo on 2003-07-07 14:37:55 GMT)
Ladislav, the waiting list is growing and growing. Distros are blooming, some of them very small and specific. At this rate, I wouldn't be surprised to see more distros in the waiting list than being tracked some time soon. Do you have any ideas on this respect ? (like installing a voting booth or something similar so that you only track, say, 100 o 150 distros).
8 • RE: Waiting list (by ladislav at 2003-07-07 15:23:00 GMT)
Well, based on my experience, about half of them won't survive the 3-months waiting period. As an example, take the PlumpOS project at http://plumpos.sourceforge.net/ - the author emailed me with a request to list his distro, but 3 months later, the project page has a blurb about some other interesting projects taking priority over PlumpOS. This is usually the first sign of the project being on life support, so don't be surprised if the current release candidate never matures into a final release. Other projects appear to be in a similar situation. I'll keep them on the waiting list for another 3 months and if I don't see any new activity, I'll drop them from the list.
All new distributions will added as they come. Many projects seem nothing but clones of existing distributions, but there are still plenty of interesting ideas worth a look. It's tough though - you really have to do something right to break into the top league (like Knoppix).
What can I do besides sorting out the big distribution mess and present it here in a more logical and organised fashion? It has been fun so far, so I'll just keep going :-)
9 • Logo (by DaveW on 2003-07-07 17:45:54 GMT)
I'm no designer, but suggest you shorten the name to DistroWeek (as in Newsweek, Business Week, etc) and just put it in a nice serif font.
10 • *sigh* oh well. :-p (by Benjamin Vander Jagt at 2003-07-07 18:40:31 GMT)
"I was merely looking at it from the point of view of those who market Lindows and who want to reduce the complexity of an operating system for non-technical users. Using the OS for general tasks while logged in as root is wrong, period."
Of course, that's the reason I was running as root. The way I use my computer, running as a user gave me no extra security. I was always su-ing to root to do everything, like tweaking GATOS, installing software, messing with settings, accessing customer's hotswapped hard drives, etc. It's true that I could just keep su-ing as I needed, but in a few computers here, it just made more sense to log in, even to X, as root, such as for my little bro, little sis, and mom, who know what they want to do but not always how.
I'm back to running as a user now and often find myself having to startx -- :1 as root to get things done more quickly and easily. For the record, I've never lost any data or had any systemwide problems running as root. Also for the record, I don't recommend running as root except under certain circumstances. (If you don't mind having the security of a Windows box but want the power of a Linux box, running as root *might* be for you.)
I don't use illegal drugs, but I don't think it's "wrong, period" (other than being illegal, of course). I think that there are more legitimate uses than people admit to, for both drugs and root.
Let's keep in mind that wonderful security and a true userspace is not what separates Linux from Windows, where any user can access any files. Linux was the best operating system back in 1991, because it's GPL. What makes Linux special is the shedding of counterproductive and immoral copyright and patent laws.
FreeDOS runs as the administrator. Does that make it "wrong"?
I like DaveW's idea for the name change. I think it could still use a more graphical logo, though. As it is now, it definitely stands out from the rest of the headlines. It's easy to spot. Of course, that's a good thing, and a logo ought to take that into consideration. Serif text might do that, or perhaps the headline's text could be in a different color.
11 • Arch live CD (by Penguin Domesticus on 2003-07-07 20:55:03 GMT)
I just noticed that Arch Linux now has a live CD too: http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?t=768. When you review Arch on DW, maybe you should at least mention that (unofficial?) live CD there too?
I read that the live CD can be used to install Arch on HD too. As you've to manually edit various config files etc. when installing Arch, maybe this CD project makes the installation a bit more straightforward for us non-gurus too?
It's nice also that there's now a bit more Arch documentation than before. (Yea, maybe also I'll try installing and configuring Arch again with more success this time...;-/)
12 • Upgrading Mandrake (by LB06 at 2003-07-08 15:09:58 GMT)
Starting from 8.1 upgrading can be done flawlessly through URPMI. Just add ftp.mirror.com/.../current/.../RPMS (I'd pick main, contrib and plf) to your sources and whenever the new release hits your mirror, it can easily be upgraded. Cooker is also an option (à la Debian Unstable).
13 • Mandrake Linux 9.1 User Guide available (by W T Zhu on 2003-07-09 09:18:27 GMT)
Documents available online at http://doc.mandrakelinux.com/MandrakeLinux/91/
and the first beta version of Mandrake 9.2 will come into being soon, hopefully nextweek!
14 • Distro Watch Logo (by darkproximity at 2003-07-09 12:07:07 GMT)
I have created a logo, not sure where i should send it in to, i'll give you a link, tell me what you think. I can make any changes necessary, just tell me what it needs (if anything) http://darkprox.brokli.org/DistroWatchlogo.png
15 • Distro Watch Logo (by darkproximity at 2003-07-09 12:08:37 GMT)
Heh, i should probably leave some contact info, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
16 • updated logo (by darkproximity at 2003-07-09 16:09:33 GMT)
after being contacted about my original logo design, i made a new one, this time to ladislav's specifications, check it out (feedback appreciated)
17 • to make money (by sfernald at 2003-07-09 23:07:49 GMT)
Ladislav, now that your site is popular to make enough money, have you thought about charging "distros" to be listed on your site? Maybe a nice $50 per month fee. Or you could make it a pay-per-click site. "Distros" have to pay $.03 per click sent to your site.
If that makes you uncomfortable, perhaps you could charge a $100 "rush" fee which will promote distros on the waiting list to main page immediately.
Just some ideas. Hope things go well for you.
18 • No subject (by W T Zhu at 2003-07-10 01:20:26 GMT)
What's more, what we exactly need is the DistroWatch Weekly logo, so the concept of Weekly would be somehow represented.
19 • Re: to make money (by Leo on 2003-07-10 01:48:07 GMT)
Regarding the "rush fee", this is implemented in Distro watch, it is implemented and explained here:
The fee is $30
20 • About: will Debian survive the rise of Linux? (by L Gandolfo at 2003-07-10 02:17:11 GMT)
My answer to that question is: yes, definitely.
But the following is needed:
A modern installer, easy and with good hardware detection. The following Debian based distros have managed to do it: Lindows (absolutely magic). Libranet. Xandros. Knoppix: this last one is 100percent Debian, and although the HD installer is far from perfect, it could make a very good starting point.
2) Its own kernel, regularly updated, so that Debian users can update it through apt-get
3) Easier access to popular commercial application, like RealPlayer, Flash..I am not sure how this could be achieved, but if you can very easily find RPM versions, why not Debs?
21 • DistroWatch Weekly logo (by darkproximity at 2003-07-10 03:02:00 GMT)
heres a logo for the main page, for the distrowatch weekly link, the background is transparent, notify me if any color changes are needed.
22 • Debian... (by Spiritraveller at 2003-07-10 14:01:34 GMT)
1) Debian could definitely use a better installer... at least one that works on Intel machines. Morphix is another cd-based Debian distro that you can install to harddrive. It's installer works very well and it's graphical too!
2) Actually, you can already update your kernel through apt-get. Just run "dpkg -l kernel-image*" and you will get a list of available precompiled kernels.
3) You can also get a lot of commercial applications through apt-get. But you have to use unofficial repositories because it is against Debian policy to include any "non-free" software in the official distribution. Just go to www.apt-get.org and do a search for the application you want. Cut and paste one of the repositories into your sources.list file. Both realplayer and flashplayer are available.
23 • About the DW Weekly logos... (by Penguin Domesticus on 2003-07-10 14:19:35 GMT)
I don't really mind what sort of logos you use, and those things are always a matter of taste. But as this subject has been taken under discussion now, I'd like to say that the newest DW Weekly logo - though basically ok (like the one Ladislaw had made was too...) - may look a bit too decorative (is it a bus ticket, or a serif's badge?).
Usually most pro designers like plain stylish simple logos that emphasize the subject and not themselves, consistent with the general style guidelines of the project. Non relevant decoration in logos (and for example in window manager styles too) that only hide the message/function are usually only a sign of unprofessionalism (the reason why I hate most Enlightenment window manager themes, btw).
Why not first make the Weekly logo text short enough? I liked the previous suggestion of the title "Distro Week". No more text is necessarily needed in the logo. And then remove any non-relevant elements from the logo? Just my 2 cents worth though. It is anyway good to see people contributing their grahics to help the site.
24 • RE: About the DW Weekly logos... (by ladislav at 2003-07-11 14:13:06 GMT)
I was hoping for more logo submissions, but so far only darkproximity has made any effort. I would like to see several logos and get some comparisons/voting going... It looks like I'll have to repeat the call again next week. Many people are quick to criticise, but scurry away when asked to contribute some ideas. Oh, well...
25 • dw logos (by darkproximity at 2003-07-12 12:49:24 GMT)
Were you just looking for the distrowatch weekly logos, or other ones too? because i can make more :)
26 • Distrowatch Weekly (by Coolcmsc at 2003-07-12 20:15:19 GMT)
Here is some feedback on ELX.
A couple of weeks ago an editorial here attracted a bit of debate http://www.distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20030623.
This realted to DistroWatch's measure of 'Activity'. This is apparently partly being measured in terms of support, mainly on their forums.
I purchased vs 2.0 the day Disrtowatch came out and posted a reply to the above address. Here is what happened next:
1. ELX replied to an e-mail I sent expressing concern having read Distro' Weekly. They replied within 24 hours with a request: Would I like to wait until the Friday (4/7/2003) for dispatch of my distro, in hwich case I would ger vs 3.0 - about to be released they said. I was amazed at the speed and supportive reply! I note there is nothing on DistroWatch about upcoming distros nor is there on their site about vs 3.0.
2. That was 1/7/2003. Today is 12/7/2003, I am in the UK and they are in Asia. I am now starting to drum my fingers, so to speak.
By the way, they have 2 sets of forums:
http://www.hdox.com/phpBB2/index.php and http://elxlinux.org/elx/innercircle/Forum/
Did you survey both for your editorial? I will be back with info as to when (if) my distro arrives and the support I got during install.
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|• Issue 649 (2016-02-22): Zorin OS 11, openSUSE launches new editions, Linux Mint website compromised, sandboxing applications using Firejail|
|• Issue 648 (2016-02-15): XStream Desktop 153, Raspbian unveils OpenGL feature, free hardware, Ikey Doherty talks desktop design|
|• Issue 647 (2016-02-08): Tails 2.0, KDE project launches Neon, Manjaro unveils ARM support, FreeBSD's quarterly report|
|• Issue 646 (2016-02-01): deepin 15, Mint plans X-Apps, FreeBSD to support boot environments, logging into the desktop as root|
|• Issue 645 (2016-01-25): Linux Mint 17.3 "Xfce", Chromixium changes its name, Ubuntu tablets coming soon, Linux vs BSD comparision|
|• Issue 644 (2016-01-18): Kwort 4.3, Sabayon tests ARM images, Slackware adopts PulseAudio, running Linux without GNU software|
|• Issue 643 (2016-01-11): Solus 1.0, Mint provide upgrade path to 17.3, Fedora developers work on stability, running the LXQt desktop|
|• Issue 642 (2016-01-04): paldo GNU/Linux, vetting distro repositories, Fedora plans to adopt GCC 6, Ian Murdock passes|
|• Issue 641 (2015-12-21): Arch Linux, Qubes OS to ship on Librem laptops, ALT offers start kit images, the spread of systemd and launchd|
|• Issue 640 (2015-12-14): Chakra GNU/Linux 2015.11, removing meta-data from files, Ubuntu to remove on-line dash searches|
|• Issue 639 (2015-12-07): OpenBSD 5.8, openSUSE gathers Summer of Code proposals, running WINE on a live disc, Enlightenment adds Wayland support|
|• Issue 638 (2015-11-30): Qubes OS 3.0, KaOS with Plasma, NetBSD 7.0, Fedora seeks Wayland testers, scheduling tasks|
|• Issue 637 (2015-11-23): NixOS 15.09, Antergos introduces ZFS support, MINIX shares new features, copying an OS to a new computer|
|• Issue 636 (2015-11-16): openSUSE 42.1, Fedora uses Wayland by default, Debian replaces live CD project, Steam consoles launch|
|• Issue 635 (2015-11-09): Fedora 23, Cinnamon 2.8 released, a Fedora KDE packager quits, Red Hat signs deal with Microsoft|
|• Issue 634 (2015-11-02): Ubuntu 15.10, Chakra upgrades to Plasma 5, OpenMandriva plans new editions, MINIX plans conference|
|• Issue 633 (2015-10-26): GhostBSD 10.1, Bodhi Linux to get new settings panel, Fedora 23 delayed, creating live image of existing OS|
|• Issue 632 (2015-10-19): Linux Lite 2.6, 32-bit build of CentOS, OpenBSD turns 20, Bodhi Linux releases AppPack|
|• Issue 631 (2015-10-12): Parsix 8.0, Manjaro seeks new artwork, sending commands to multiple servers, Debian drops LSB support|
|• Issue 630 (2015-10-05): Android-x86 4.4-r3, Ubuntu's new installer, Raspbian defaults to GUI interface, cleaning out dot files|
|• Issue 629 (2015-09-28): Open source desktops and touch interfaces, locking down user accounts, OpenMandriva opens gaming documentation|
|• Issue 628 (2015-09-21): Neptune 4.4, changes to pfSense, Pinguy OS releases updated ISO images, accessing hard disk images|
|• Issue 627 (2015-09-14): Mageia 5, Snappy co-exists with Debian packages, creating PDF/A documents, Antergos previews Poodle|
|• Issue 626 (2015-09-07): Status of Wayland and Mir, Cinnamon improvements, an OpenBSD hypervisor, HAMMER2 gets deduplication|
|• Issue 625 (2015-08-31): OpenELEC 5.0.8, Fedora's new Wayland features, Tails releases update, the LILO boot loader|
|• Issue 624 (2015-08-24): Zorin OS 10, Sabayon's new features, Solus seeks funding, Debian turns 22, new PC-BSD repository|
|• Issue 623 (2015-08-17): VectorLinux 7.1, Ubuntu One source released, Moksha Desktop ships in Bodhi, Fedora developers debate Chromium|
|• Issue 622 (2015-08-10): antiX 15, Fedora tests kdbus, Debian tracks UEFI issues, word processors for the CLI|
|• Issue 621 (2015-08-03): Point Linux 3.0, Debian drops Sparc, Fedora package stats, VirtualBox 5.0|
|• Issue 620 (2015-07-27): Debian GNU/Hurd 2015, Linux Bible, Ubuntu MATE gets new Welcome app, Telegram on Fedora, Plasma Mobile|
|• Full list of all issues|
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