New/Imminent Releases: Black Lab Linux, Exton|Defender, Mageia
Today we are pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Linux 8.1. Our first incremental release to the 8.0 series. In this release we have brought all security updates up to Feb 15, 2017 as well as application updates.
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton is announcing the availability of a new build of his Exton|Defender SRS (Super Rescue System) Live DVD/USB designed for those who want to do various administrative tasks on their PCs.
Based on the 64-bit version of the Fedora 25 operating system, Exton|Defender SRS Build 170218 comes with up-to-date tools that let you administrate and repair your operating system after a disaster. It's now powered by the Linux 4.9.9 kernel and uses the gorgeous Cinnamon 3.2.8 desktop environment by default.
Samuel Verschelde of the Mandrake/Mandriva-forked Mageia Linux distribution has put out a blog post concerning the state of Mageia 6.
The last Mageia 6 test release was in June of last year and their next Mageia 6 "stabilization snapshot" has been repeatedly delayed for months.
There is no mystery about it, we are totally off schedule. The last preview we published for Mageia 6 was Stabilization Snapshot 1 in June 2016, and Stabilization Snapshot 2 still hasn’t been published, although we have been saying “soon” for weeks, or even months! So what’s going on? Is Mageia dead? Fortunately not. But it’s good that you worry about it because it shows you like your Linux distribution. We need to communicate about the state of things so that you can stop worrying, so here we are.
5 Signs That Show You’re a Linux Geek
While Linux is certainly very easy to use, there are some activities surrounding it that are seen as more complex than others. While they can be all be avoided easily enough, they do have a certain, geeky appeal. How many of them do you follow?
Top 5 best rising Linux distros in 2017
Linux is built for tinkering and experimentation, which means it’s always morphing and changing. New distros are popping up all the time, because all it takes is a little bit of determination, time and effort to create a custom operating system.
Not all of them hit the mark – there are stacks of Linux distros that have seen little to no action, and we’re almost certain that some have been released and never installed by anyone other than their creator.
Other alternative distros, though, fare rather better. Look at the success of Linux Mint, which spun off from Ubuntu to become (at times) arguably more popular than its own parent. Indeed, Ubuntu itself grew from Debian, and its niche offshoots (distros like Ubuntu Studio) have seen good movement. If there’s a market out there for your distro, there’s traction to be had.
So let’s look at our pick of the five distros moving up swiftly through the ranks as of early 2017. Some of these might become the best Linux distros out there, some might turn out to be awful – but it won’t cost you a penny to try them out.
Games for GNU/Linux
Maia [Steam, itch.io, Official Site], the colony building simulation from Simon Roth has a huge update which includes Lava and colonist relationships. It’s sounding more and more like a heavily simulated version of ‘the sims in space’.
So you've bought Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition on Steam and you want to play it on your Linux gaming rig with an AMD Radeon or Intel graphics card using the Mesa 3D Graphics Library, right? Wrong!
The game won't start and instead it will show you an ugly error that looks like in the screenshot attached in the gallery at the end of the tutorial. I purchased the game a few months ago to play co-op with a friend, but after installing it on my GNU/Linux computer, I could not even start it with my AMD Radeon HD 8750M discrete GPU, nor with the integrated Intel Haswell HD 4000 graphics card.
Unvanquished, the open source humans vs aliens FPS is due to get a massive update soon and it sounds pretty decent. See their blog post on it here.
Rencounter [Steam], a reasonably good looking turn-based roguelike RPG has recently added Linux support. The reviews are a bit mixed, but it still might be worth a try.
You play as a rather laid-back hero who has been around for a long time, the initial intro shows you as some sort of legend who has fought numerous enemies across the ages. He's so laid-back that when he's not doing anything he just stands around with his hands in his pockets. It's described as a love letter to retro beat 'em ups and I can certainly see that.