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Best KDE Distros, GNOME Resurgence, Ubuntu 15.04 Beta

It was a bit of a slow news day today without any big item overtaking the rest. Several folks celebrated the Ubuntu 15.04 Beta release and Danny Stieben discussed reasons for GNOME's resurgence. Martin Brinkmann asked "What is keeping you from switching to Linux?" Simon Phipps today discussed the challenges ahead for LibreOffice Online and Swapnil Bhartiya posted a slideshow of the top nine KDE distributions. Read more

Debian 8.0 Jessie RC2 Installer Released

Debian 8.0 "Jessie" is still working towards its long-awaited release. Cyril Brulebois, representing the Debian Release Team, today announced the release of the Debian Installer Jessie RC2. This second release candidate of the Debian installer for Jessie has changes to systemd, tasksel, console-setup, and other components. The upgraded Linux kernel also has a few hardware support improvements. The DI's U-Boot also now supports the LeMaker Banana Pro board and A20-OLinuXino-LIME2. Read more

Docker at Age 2 Reaches Out Far Beyond Its Roots

The open-source Docker container application virtualization project turned two-years old on March 20, marking a robust period of market hype, interest and adoption. Docker was originally just the Docker-engine project started by Solomon Hykes at platform-as-a-service vendor dotCloud. The original dotCloud business has been sold, and Docker Inc. is its own business and has raised $66 million in multiple funding rounds. The project has grown to include Hykes as chief architect, Steve Francia as the chief operator and Michael Crosby as chief maintainer. In the last two years, many vendors—including Red Hat, IBM, Microsoft, VMware and Amazon—have embraced Docker technology. Other companies are creating technologies and products that extend, complement and support it. Docker needs a host OS on which to run, which has led to Red Hat's creating Project Atomic. CoreOS and RancherOS have also emerged as purpose-built optimized operating systems for container deployment. eWEEK examines the wide world of Docker container virtualization. Read more

The 9 best distros for KDE’s Plasma desktop

While it's possible to install 'KDE' software and Plasma desktop on most Linux based distributions, I have picked the distros which offer Plasma as their default desktop environment. These 'KDE-based' distros offer a better Plasma experience compared to those where you can 'also' install KDE. At some point in time I have used each of these distros as my primary OS except for Mageia and Open Mandriva, which I tried but never used due to uncertainty around their future. Read more