Linux Mainstream Distros are quite popular as they have a large number of developers working on them as well as a large number of users using them. In addition, these distros also have strong support system.
People often search alternatives for Linux Mainstream Distros but often get confused about which is the best one for them. So listed below are 7 best Linux mainstream distros alternative choices for you.
Intel's 5-Level Paging Support Being Prepped For Linux 4.12
For months there have been Intel developers working on 5-level paging to increase Linux's virtual/physical address space limitations and with Linux 4.12 it looks like that will be supported.
Five level paging allows raising the Linux x86_64 limitation of 256 TiB of virtual address space to 128 PiB and raises the physical address space limit from 64 TiB to 4 PiB. While 64 TiB of memory may seem like a lot, some Intel customers are already hitting this limitation.
- Linux Kernels 4.10.6, 4.9.18 LTS and 4.4.57 LTS Released with Updated Drivers
Amadeus: Redefining Travel Industry Tech Through Open Source and SDN
Travel tech giant Amadeus has been moving toward a fully software-defined data center strategy over the past few years -- one based on open source and software-defined networking (SDN).
The Meson Build System Is Being Fitted For The X.Org Server
Longtime X.Org developer Eric Anholt who previously worked for Intel and is now working for Broadcom on the open-source VC4 driver stack is working to add the Meson build system support for the xorg-server.
Radeon RX Vega Patches Begin Landing, First Hitting Libdrm
Last week AMD began publishing the open-source driver enablement patches for the upcoming Vega graphics hardware. Today the libdrm support began to land.
- More Vulkan PDF Presentations From GDC17 Are Now Online
Mesa 17.0.2 Now Available for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.10 Linux Gamers
Canonical's Timo Aaltonen announced earlier the availability of the latest Mesa 17.0.2 3D Graphics Library packages in his personal package archive (PPA) for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.10.
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and 16.04.1 LTS (Xenial Xerus) users who haven't managed to upgrade their installations to the Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS release, which ships with updated kernel and graphics stacks from Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak), are still relying on third-party PPAs for the latest Mesa builds.
Ubuntu now has a more official PPA to get Mesa updates
Timo Aaltonen noted on his blog that the 'Ubuntu-X' team now have an 'Updates' PPA for you to get the latest Mesa on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10.
This is likely a result of Feral Interactive's call for a PPA for this exact purpose. So it's good to see something proper come out of it.
Recent Noteworthy Releases in March 2017
There was much talk among big AAA games in the past few months (for good reasons), but we should not forget that there has been a bunch of other games that have recently made it to Linux. I won’t go through the list of all the lesser known ones, but you should probably pay attention to the following.
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is free to own forever on Steam for one day
It's part of an advertising campaign for their new game, which sadly won't be seeing Linux support.
- Ballistic Overkill leaves early access, but major new features will still be added
Valve Preparing To Roll Out SteamVR 360 Video Playback
At 37 minutes in they cover their plans for Steam 360 video. With SteamVR being in beta on Linux, presumably this new video offering will be available on Linux when the support officially rolls out.
What's New in Deepin File Manager 1.4
Deepin File Manager (DFM) reached version 1.4 at March 2017. Its a bugfix version, but very interesting as it brings many new features. The most noticeable changes are Settings dialog, new disk-space display, new "Format" option on disk storage, and new copying dialog. It's smoother now by having drop shadow on file/folder icons. DFM is much more beautiful and usable in this 1.4 version. Anyway, you can upgrade DFM to 1.4 on deepin OS, or in another distro (Manjaro DDE or Ubuntu).
Rock On: Deepin Music is Now Available as a Snap App on Ubuntu
Deepin envy is a condition afflicting Linux users who like the look of Deepin Linux’s apps, but don’t want to switch entire distro to use then.
And there’s finally a cure: Snaps.
Snap apps allow applications to bundle in all of their dependencies, which makes it easy for apps that typically rely on a certain set of libraries to run on distributions where those libraries are not normally available (or are, but only through additional repos and installing all sorts of junk that conflicts with your current system).
Nord: Modern Design Color Theme Palette for Your Terminal
Nord is a minimal flat design theme pattern created to enhance your work experience by improving focus and readability for code syntax highlighting and UI.
It has 4 main colors namely Polar Night, Snow Storm, Frost, and Aurora, which are further partitioned into a total of 16 dimmed pastel. It has been used to style so many things including iTerm, Hyper Terminal, and Intelli J IDE, among others.
PeaZip 6.4 Open-Source Archiver Brings Support for P7ZIP 16.02, Tabbed Browsing
The development team behind the open-source and multi-platform PeaZip archiver manager utility announced the release of PeaZip 6.4.0, an important update that brings new features and lots of improvements.
PeaZip 6.4.0 comes one and a half months after the release of the version 6.3.1, and updates the backend to use p7zip 16.02 on 64-bit GNU/Linux platforms, as well as pea 0.61 for all supported operating systems. Under the hood, there are a bunch of fixes, performance improvements, and code cleanup.
GnuCash 2.6.16 Free Accounting Software Adds HiDPI Improvements, Bug Fixes
The development team behind the GnuCash open-source and cross-platform accounting software announced the release and immediate availability of the sixteenth maintenance update to the 2.6 stable series.
GnuCash 2.6.16 comes four months after the release of version 2.6.15, which means that it's also the first to launch in 2017. It also means that a lot of issues reported by users since then have been addressed, including the display of small reports on HiDPI screens, wrong menu entry in the "Tip of the Day" dialog, and much more.
Notepadqq – Source Code Editor for Linux
Notepadqq is a free, an open source code editor and Notepad replacement, that supports several languages (100 languages supported) and helps developers to work more efficiently.
Fman is a Powerful Dual Pane File Manager
If you’re looking for a dual-pane file manager available for Linux (or macOS or Windows) look no further than Fman. Fman is pitched as “modern file manager for power users”. It has a clean design, runs quickly, and its functionality can be extended through plugins.
Blockchain Startups Venture Beyond Bitcoin
Bitcoin is the most widely-known example of blockchain-based technology, but many of today's startups are looking past the cryptocurrency and towards other, more business-friendly implementations.
European blockchain startup incubator Outlier Ventures and Frost & Sullivan have mapped out the blockchain startup landscape, identifying several key areas of activity. It outlines possible paths to success following a busy year for blockchain investments.
Another Sandy Bridge Era Motherboard Now Supported By Coreboot
The Sapphire Pure Platinum H61 is the latest motherboard to be supported by mainline Coreboot for replacing the board's proprietary BIOS.
OSI Welcomes the Journal of Open Source Software as Affiliate Member
The Open Source Initiative® (OSI), a global non-profit organization formed to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source software and communities, announced that the Journal Of Open Source Software (JOSS), a peer-reviewed journal for open source research software packages, is now an OSI affiliate member.
Open source project uses Docker for serverless computing
Serverless computing has fast become a staple presence on major clouds, from Amazon to Azure. It’s also inspiring open source projects designed to make the concept of functions as a service useful to individual developers.
The latest of these projects, called simply Functions as a Service (FaaS) by developer and Linux User contributor Alex Ellis, uses Docker and its native Swarm cluster management technology to package any process as a function available through a web API.
- PyCharm 2017.1, MicroStrategy 2017.1, Next.js 2.0, and Ubuntu 17.04 final beta released — SD Times news digest: March 27, 2017
The SaaS-based tool, which features capabilities like role-based access control, semantic versioning, and package discovery, now can be used on public code on the NPM registry, NPM Inc. said on Wednesday. Developers can transition between solo projects, public group projects, and commercial projects, and users with private registries can use Orgs to combine code from public and private packages into a single project.
Slaying Monoliths at Netflix with Node.js
The growing number of Netflix subscribers -- nearing 85 million at the time of this Node.js Interactive talk -- has generated a number of scaling challenges for the company. In his talk, Yunong Xiao, Principal Software Engineer at Netflix, describes these challenges and explains how the company went from delivering content to a global audience on an ever-growing number of platforms, to supporting all modern browsers, gaming consoles, smart TVs, and beyond. He also looks at how this led to radically modifying their delivery framework to make it more flexible and resilient.
Mudlet, the open source MUD client has a new major stable build available
I don't know how many of you play MUDs, but Mudlet, an open source cross-platform MUD client has hit version 3.0.
Using vi-mode in your shell
As a participant in the greater open source community, and more specifically as a member of the Fedora Project, I have the opportunity to meet with many people and talk about all kinds of interesting technical topics. One of my favorites is the "command line," or shell, because learning about how people use the shell proficiently can give you an insight into how they think, what kind of workflows they favor, and to some extent what makes them tick. Many developers and systems operators share their "dot files" (a common slang term for their shell's configuration files) publicly out on the Internet, which leads to an interesting collaboration opportunity that allows everyone to learn tips and tricks from seasoned veterans of the command line as well as share common shortcuts and productivity boosters.
- The Easy Way to Install Mesa 17.0.2 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
- YUM cheat sheet
- How to Set Up External Service Discovery with Docker Swarm Mode and Træfik
- Using cloud-init to initialize Fedora Cloud VMs on oVirt
- Customize Packages for Atomic Host : Ansible Automation
- Building IoT enabled power-strip with MicroPython and NodeMCU
- Bash scripting quirks & safety tips
- How to Install Magento on CentOS 7
- How To Perform linux kernel upgrade in 5 easy steps
- 8 Practical Examples of Linux Xargs Command for Beginners
Minimal Linux Live is, as the name suggests, a very minimal Linux distribution which can be run live from a CD, DVD or USB thumb drive. One of the things which set Minimal Linux Live (MLL) apart from other distributions is that, while the distribution is available through a 7MB ISO file download, the project is designed to be built from source code using a shell script. The idea is that we can download scripts that will build MLL on an existing Linux distribution. Assuming we have the proper compiler tools on our current distribution, simply running a single shell script and waiting a while will produce a bootable ISO featuring the MLL operating system.
I decided to try the MLL build process to see if it would work and how long it would take if everything went smoothly. I also wanted to find out just how much functionality such a small distribution could offer. The project's documentation mostly covers building MLL on Ubuntu and Linux Mint and so I decided to build MLL on a copy of Ubuntu 16.04 I had running in a virtual machine. The steps to build MLL are fairly straight forward. On Ubuntu, we first install six packages to make sure we have all the required dependencies. Then we download an archive containing MLL's build scripts. Then we unpack the archive and run the build script. We just need to type four commands in Ubuntu's virtual terminal to kick-start the build process.
For those curious about the impact of GCC compiler optimization levels, a variety of benchmarks were carried out using GCC 6.3 on Intel's Clear Linux platform.
- BRIEF-Red Hat reports Q4 and fiscal year 2017 results
- Shares of Red Hat surge on sales beat, positive earnings guidance
- Red Hat, Darden Restaurants, Dave & Buster's and Paychex are part of Zacks Earnings Preview
- Traders Secrets on Red Hat, Inc. (RHT), PPL Corporation (PPL)
- What to Expect From Red Hat Earnings
- Red Hat Firm in Pattern of Adding to Earnings-Driven After-Hours Trade in Follow-On Regular Session
- Red Hat, Darden Restaurants, Dave & Buster's and Paychex are part of Zacks Earnings Preview
- Form 8-K RED HAT INC For: Mar 27
- Paul Smith, Red Hat SVP & GM for US Public Sector, Named to 2017 Wash100