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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 442

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

* Reviews: I dream of Linux - Dreamlinux 5
* News: Red Hat introduces 10-year support, Texstar takes leave of absence, Mint banks on Cinnamon
* Questions and answers: Revisiting Ubuntu market share numbers
* Released last week: Linux Mint 12 "KDE", PCLinuxOS 2012.2, DEFT Linux 7
* Upcoming releases: Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.02, Frugalware Linux 1.6, openSUSE 12.2 Milestone 1

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Debian Project News - February 6th

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Welcome to this year's third issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include:

Is Desktop Linux Becoming Fractured as Open Source Matures?

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Software

thevarguy.com: Until quite recently, the Linux world had, for the most part, only two major desktop environments: GNOME 2 and KDE. Fast forward to the present, however, and there’s an immense litany of different choices, all vying to become the new face of your open source operating system. To me, this shift signals a new paradigm in the world of free software.

Hail the penguin

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stuff.co.nz: Last year Linux celebrated its 20th birthday. The operating system began life as a cut-down version of the commercial Unix system, which turned 40 last year, and has become the largest distributed software development project in history.

Anaconda to the Rescue

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HowTos

agrimmsreality.blogspot: I've always been a fan of the flexibility of anaconda and kickstart not just for installing systems, but also for rescuing a system when something goes horribly wrong.

Switching From Windows To Linux Easy With Zorin OS

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makeuseof.com: Despite the many reasons why people preach the use of Linux, actually going through with the switch is a completely different story.

2012 Linux Computer Buyer’s Guide

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Hardware

maketecheasier.com: With the coming of a new year, it is time to take a look at the Linux computer offerings and see which distributions you can get shipped to your doorstep.

Review: Installation and first Look: Fuduntu 2012.1

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ericsbinaryworld.com: Fuduntu started off as a customized Fedora install, but recently forked Fedora to create their own special distro that borrowed a bit from Ubuntu and a bit from Fedora. It has a very nice look when it first starts up and I almost forget that it’s Gnome 2.x:

Raspbmc - XBMC Linux Distribution For Raspberry Pi Announced

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ubuntuvibes.com: $25 credit card size ARM Linux PC Raspberry Pi is getting lots of love from community. Now a specific Linux distribution Raspbmc is being developed for Raspberry Pi.

Linux Format 155 On Sale Today - Discover Linux!

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tuxradar.com: If you`re looking for a way into the weird and wonderful world of Linux (by weird we mean being able to install what you want without being branded a pirate. LOOK NO LONGER! This issue holds your hand and guides you through those first tentative steps.

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Emulation or WINE

Fedora: The Latest

  • New "remi-php71" repository
  • PHP on the road to the 7.1.0 release
  • First round of Fedora 24 Updated Lives now available. (torrents expected later this week)
    As noted by my colleague on his blog the first round of F24 Updated Lives are now available and carry the date 20160720, Also as mentioned last week on his blog F23 Respins are not going to be actively made, however we and the rest of the volunteer team will field off-off requests as time and resources permit. We are considering a new/second tracker for the Updated Spins but as of today there are only .ISO files available at https://alt.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/live-respins [shortlink] F24 Live-Respins . The F24 respins carry the 4.6.4-200 Kernel and roughly ~500M of updates since the Gold ISOs were released just 5 weeks ago. (some ISOs have more updates, some less)

Leftovers: Ubuntu

  • Snappy Packaging Happenings In The Fedora, Arch Space
    This week Canonical hosted a Snappy Sprint in Heidelberg, Germany where they worked to further their new package management solution originally spearheaded for Ubuntu Touch. This wasn't an Ubuntu-only event, but Canonical did invite other distribution stakeholders. Coming out of this week's event were at least positive moments to share for both Arch and Fedora developers. The Arch snaps package guy made progress on snap confinement on Arch. Currently when using Snaps on Arch, there isn't any confinement support, which defeats some of the purpose. There isn't any confinement support since it relies upon some functionality in the Ubuntu-patched AppArmor with that code not yet being mainlined. Arch's Timothy Redaelli has got those AppArmor patches now running via some AUR packages. Thus it's possible to get snap confinement working on Arch, but it's not yet too pleasant of an experience.
  • PhantomJS 2.1.1 in Ubuntu different from upstream
    At the moment of this writing Vitaly's qtwebkit fork is 28 commits ahead and 39 commits behind qt:dev. I'm surprised Ubuntu's PhantomJS even works.
  • Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS released
    Ubuntu 16.04 is a LTS version of Ubuntu.Now Ubuntu team has announced the release of it's first point release,Ubuntu 16.04.1.This first point release includes many updates containing bug fixes and fixing security issues as well and as always what most of users want from a distribution and most of distributions tries to perform,Stability.This release is also well focoused on stabilty as Ubuntu 16.04.