Mandriva 2008.1 Spring Edition Review: Breath Of Fresh Air

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Mandriva 2008.1 Spring Edition Review: Breath Of Fresh Air

Recently I wrote the review on Mandriva latest offering 2008.1 Spring Edition .. So check the synopsis and the review πŸ™‚
Mandriva is the leading European Linux distributor. It was founded in 1998 under the name Mandrake, producing the Linux Mandrake distribution. The name Mandriva was adopted in 2005, following a merger between Mandrake and Conectiva (a Brazilian Linux distributor) and also a trademark lawsuit in which Mandrake was sued by Hearst Publications, an American company which syndicates a comic strip named Mandrake the Magician. Mandriva Linux earlier known as Mandrake Linux was first released on July 1’st 1998. The first release was based on Red Hat and KDE..From its inception to version 8.0, Mandrake named its flagship distribution Linux-Mandrake. From version 8.1 to 9.2 it was called Mandrake Linux.The product lifetime of Mandriva Linux releases is 18 months for base updates and 12 months for desktop updates.

Mandriva Linux known for its intuitive interface and providing newbie friendly Linux Distribution.. Mandriva 2008.x series comes with some advance GUI tools that will help you to Interact with your computer easily and will allow you to setup your hardware without any hassle.. Being a KDE featured Desktop Mandriva focuses more on KDE though other Desktop Environment are available..The new Mandriva 2008.1 Spring Edition features latest and the best software from the Linux barracks.. On the base software front you will be greeted with the brand new GNOME 2.22 desktop, the latest stable KDE 3.5.9 .Linux kernel 2.6.24.4, gcc 4.2.3, glibc 2.7, X.Org 7.3, compiz 0.7.2, Pulse Audio Sound Server etc… Other Desktop Environment available on the repositories are the latest KDE 4.0.3, Xfce 4.4.2 and IceWM 1.3.1..


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Fedora 9 Sulphur Released

After lots of waiting Red Hat Released their latest Desktop/Server version of Fedora Linux πŸ˜‰ Lets take a quick look at its feature πŸ™‚ Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that showcases the latest in free and open source software. Fedora is always free for anyone to use, modify, and distribute. It is built by people across the globe who work together as a community: the Fedora Project. The Fedora Project is open and anyone is welcome to join.

  • This release features GNOME 2.22. GNOME now includes a webcam photo and video creation utility called Cheese, improved network filesystem support, a new international clock applet, Google Calendar support and custom email labels in Evolution, a new Remote Desktop Viewer, improved accessibility features, and PolicyKit integration.
  • KDE 4.0.3 is available in the KDE Live image as well as the regular DVD.
  • Xfce 4.4.2 is available as part of this release. Read the rest of this entry »

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Released

Ubuntu has finally released their second LTS [Long Term Support] Operating system.. Being the most widely used Linux distro we all have huge hope with this big release. So lets take a quick look at its features an aplication : 00

Accessories:

  1. Calculator (an arithmetic, scientific or financial calculator)
  2. Character Map (permits to insert special characters into documents)
  3. Dictionary (a tool to search word definitions and spellings in an online dictionary)
  4. Baobab (disk usage analyzer)
  5. Seahorse (passwords and encryption keys manager)
  6. Gnome Screenshot (saves images of your desktop or individual windows)
  7. Gnome Terminal (allows you to use the command-line)
  8. Gedit (a small and lightweight text editor with intuitive spell-checker)
  9. Tomboy (desktop note-taking application)

Graphics:

  1. F-Spot (photo manager)
  2. The GIMP (image editor)
  3. XSane (scan, copy and fax images)

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Support the Libre Graphics Meeting 2008.

The Libre Graphics Meeting will be held in WrocΕ‚aw Poland on 8-11th May, The conference will bring users and developers of free Graphic applications together, on the list is , GIMP, Inkscape, Scribus, Blender, Krita, the Open Clipart Library.

Help out!The organizes have setup a donation fund to help support developers with travel and accommodation costs.
USD$ 20,000 needs to be raised in the next 16 days before Friday, April 18t. so help out if you can πŸ™‚

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Pie Dock : The Next Gen Dock..

Piedock is a task bar and application launcher in shape of a pie menu of icons.PieDock feels a little bit like the famous OS X dock but in shape of a pie menu which appears directly around your mouse cursor.
Basically it shows a selection of icons that you can use to control or launch the corresponding application.

Requirements

  • Requires a C++ compiler, a make utitlity along with the headers and libraries of X11 and libpng.
  • Runs on Linux and *BSD.

Home Page : PieDock – Markus Fisch Personal Web Page
Java Demo : PieDock JavaScript Demo

Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 5 :Makes Installation Easy !

The Ubuntu developers are moving very quickly to bring you the absolute latest and greatest software the Open Source Community has to offer. Hardy Heron Alpha 5 is the fourth alpha release of Ubuntu 8.04, and with this new alpha release comes a whole host of excellent new features.

Features : –

  1. Xorg 7.3 : – The latest Xorg is available in Hardy, Xorg 7.3, with an emphasis on better autoconfiguration with a minimal configuration file.
  2. Linux kernel 2.6.24 : – Alpha 4 includes the 2.6.24-5.8 (2.6.24-rc8-based) kernel. This brings in significant enhancements and fixes that have been merged in the last few months into the mainline kernel. Among these is the introduction of dynticks support for amd64, bringing the same power savings already available on 32-bit systems to 64-bit laptops and desktops.
  3. PulseAudio : – Alpha 4 includes [WWW] PulseAudio enabled by default. Some non-GNOME applications still need to be changed to output to pulse/esd by default and the volume control tools are still not integrated.
  4. umenu : – WinFOSS and the Windows open source software have been replaced by umenu, a simple launcher that lets the user install Ubuntu from Windows using Wubi (see below), install Ubuntu to a partition without having to make their CD-ROM the first boot device, and find out more about Ubuntu at the Ubuntu Home Page | Ubuntu website.

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Famelix GNU/Linux : The XP Nemesis.

Famelix is a GNU/Linux distribution developed by Brazil’s Faculdade Metropolitana de Guaramirim (FAMEG) and based on the work of Kurumin Linux. Its peculiarity lies in the adaptation of the user interface so that it resembles Windows as much as possible.

It is with great satisfaction that the group of developers and users Famelix GNU / Linux, announced the launch of Famelix 2.1 – Release Candidate 1, and many new features in this version are present.

Here are some of its features of Famelix 2.1 RC1 : –

  • Support for 5 languages Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, German and English.
  • Mounting Automatic CD Rom,Floppy, Pen Drive etc.
  • Automatic Update packages.
  • Development of new OS based on pure Debian using Live Script which allows greater compatibility.
  • Support the various plates Wireless.
  • Support 3d Graphics nVIDIA, ATI and Intel.
  • Compiz Fusion with all plugins enable. Read the rest of this entry »