DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 553

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:
Reviews: First Impressions of Slacko Puppy 5.7
News: New KDE packages coming to openSUSE, plans for DragonflyBSD’s next release, Ubuntu announces the end of their One service, an interview with a Gentoo developer, an interview with Slax’s lead developer and reported pop-up ad on….

Windows XP Dies Tomorrow, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Launches Next Week

Microsoft is finally pulling the plug on Windows XP tomorrow but, as it happens, Canonical is about to launch Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) in a little over a week, which seems to be very fortuitous. In Canonical’s defense, Ubuntu always launches new versions during the months of April and October, hence the names like 14.04 and 14.10, for example. Even so, the April launch is a little different than what we had until now because Canonical usually aimed at later dates in the course of the mo… (read more)

4MLinux 8.2 Beta Is a Mini OS That Is Almost Complete

4MLinux 8.2 Beta, a mini Linux distribution that is focused on the 4Ms of computing, Maintenance (system rescue Live CD), Multimedia (e.g., playing video DVDs), Miniserver (using the inetd daemon), and Mystery (Linux games), has been released and is ready for testing.

4MLinux is one of the smallest distributions in the world that still retain the ability to work as a normal desktop environment, integrating some of the newest applications available.

One thing is for sure, 4MLinux is not your … (read more)

Linux Kernel 3.13.9 Arrives with Better Driver Support and File System Improvements

The latest version of the stable Linux kernel 3.13.9 has been announced by Greg Kroah-Hartman, featuring a small number of driver and file system updates. The latest build of this kernel is not a major update, but the 3.13.x branch is still one of the most advanced versions available for users and Linux distributions. It’s already being used in a large number of operating systems and, if the updates keep coming, many others will adopt it. It’s very important to have a new Linux kernel becaus… (read more)

F2FS File-System Gains Large Directory Support, More Tuning

Samsung has made another feature-rich pull request for its Flash-Frienly File-System with new work that will be introduced in Linux 3.15…

Development Release: VectorLinux 7.1 RC1

Robert Lange has announced the first release candidate of VectorLinux Linux 7.1, a fast, light-weight Linux distribution that is designed to work well on older hardware: “The VectorLinux team is proud to announce the availability of the RC1 release of VectorLinux-7.1. We include Xfce4, the GIMP, Firefox, CUPS,….

New Google Chrome 35 Lands with Small Fixes for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X

The Google Chrome 35 development branch, a browser built on the Blink layout engine that aims to be minimalistic and versatile at the same time, has been upgraded yet again, but this time it’s only a very small update.

A new version in the Development branch of Google Chrome is now out but, unlike previous releases, this is just a very small update. Developers sometimes find small problems with an application right after a new version is made available, so they’re forced to release a new one…. (read more)

APT 1.0 Is Out After 16 Years, Gets Simplified Commands and Color Output

APT (Advanced Package Tool), a set of core tools inside Debian that makes it possible to install, remove, and keep applications up to date, has finally reached version 1.0.

Advanced Package Tool was launched back in 1998, and 16 years later it finally reached version 1.0. The APT developers didn’t really care about version numbers and the fact that the builds always started with 0 didn’t really bother them.

APT is a really old tool that was designed as a command-line application by the Debia… (read more)

PfSense 2.1.1 Firewall Distro Can Replace Any Commercial Alternative

PfSense 2.1.1, a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD tailored for use as a firewall and router, has been released and is now available for download. The developers of PfSense are making the best out of every release and implement all kinds of interesting changes. Most other distros would have a couple of changes for such a small increment in the version number, but the latest update to PfSense seems like an entirely new OS. Many of you might not have heard PfSense before bec… (read more)

Features That Landed So Far For The Linux 3.15 Kernel

For those not keeping up to date on all of the Phoronix articles covering the Linux 3.15 kernel changes that landed in the past week, here’s a recap of the changes that were merged so far half-way through the Linux 3.15 merge window…

“Get Involved” Q&A Hangout

We sat down for a couple hours to answer questions live and let people know how they can get involved with elementary. Check out the recorded Google+ Hangout on Air.

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Development Release: Parsix GNU/Linux 6.0 Test 3

Alan Baghumian has announced the final test release of Parsix GNU/Linux 6.0, a live and installation DVD based on Debian’s current stable release but featuring the very latest GNOME 3.10 desktop: “Our third and last official testing release for Parsix GNU/Linux 6.0 code name Trev, has been released…..

Solomon’s General Store – RuneScape through the Ages

Visit Solomon’s General Store and pick up a player-designed emote celebrating and revisiting the vast and varied history of RuneScape through the ages!

Bank Updates – Quick Presets and Drag & Drop

Managing your bank’s easier than ever with today’s duo of updates – quick presets, and drag & drop to destroy items.

NVIDIA’s Releasing An Overclocking Linux Driver Tomorrow

At long last NVIDIA is expected to release a new binary Linux driver tomorrow that will support GPU overclocking for the GeForce 400 series hardware and newer (Fermi, Kepler, and Maxwell, inclusive). This first NVIDIA 337 series Linux driver release will also bring other new features…

Running Linux 3.14 + Mesa 10.2 With Intel’s Bay Trail On Ubuntu

After yesterday’s article explaining how-to upgrade the Linux kernel and Mesa/X.Org drivers on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, I ran some benchmarks from an Intel Atom E3825 Bay Trail system to see whether the newer kernel and Mesa components made a difference for the low-end, low-power hardware compared to what’s being shipped by default in Ubuntu 14.04…

Nouveau Becomes Friendly Towards Non-Root X Server

A few days ago I wrote about the Intel and Radeon drivers supporting the X.Org Server without root rights due to the DDX drivers adding support for server-managed FDs. That support has now been extended to cover the Nouveau driver too…

Midori 0.5.8 Browser Pulls In New WebKit2 Code

The lightweight Midori open-source web-browser was released this week for Linux systems…

KDE Commit-Digest for 2nd March 2014

In this week’s KDE Commit-Digest:

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Steam Hardware Survey for March Shows Small Decline for Linux

A new Steam Hardware Survey has been released, for the month of March, showing a small decline in the Linux user base, although it might be too small to actually count. Every month Valve publishes a comprehensive hardware and software survey that reflects what is being used to run the Steam client. It’s been pretty accurate until now, but a couple of months ago Valve made a few small modifications and eliminated most of the inconsequential entries for various other distros. It’s… (read more)