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Opensuse 12.1 with gnome 3.2 released

Posted: November 18, 2011 in Distros

OpenSUSE 12.1, a brand-new version of one of ¬†most widely used Linux distributions on the market, has been released: Official note – “Time to present to you openSUSE 12.1. This release represents more than eight months of work by our international community and brings you the best free software has to offer. Awesome improvements include the latest GNOME 3.2 desktop as well as the newest from KDE, Xfce and LXDE; your own Cloud made easy with mirall; Snapper-shots of your file system. openSUSE 12.1 comes with the new GNOME Shell 3.2. We presented you with a taste of GNOME Shell on openSUSE 11.4; since then, many bugs have been squashed and numerous small improvements have made life on the Shell more comfortable.”

OpenSUSE 12.1 also supplies the long-time GNOME desktop competitor KDE 4.7, as well as Xfce and LXDE. The distro is touted for being the “first major Linux distribution” to ship both GNOME and KDE with color management tools.¬†



Oracle Solaris 11 Is Finally Out !!!!

Posted: November 11, 2011 in Distros


It’s¬†been seven years since the release of Solaris 10, and about one year later than originally slated, but Oracle officially released Solaris 11 today.

Oracle Solaris 11 is here and Oracle has proclaimed it to be the “First Cloud OS” and also the “first fully virtualized operating system.”

Oracle also is pushing the Solaris Zones, ZFS, and security features of Solaris 11 with this being the first major Solaris release since Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems.


LInux Mint to use GNOME 3 By Default

Posted: November 6, 2011 in Distros


According to a new LinuxMint blog post, Linux Mint 12 will use GNOME 3 with GNOME Shell by default. For those who prefer the classic GNOME 2.3x desktop, MATE (a GNOME 2.3x fork) will probably be included on the DVD edition.

Linux Mint 12 will use MGSE (Mint Gnome Shell Extensions) which makes it possible to use Linux Mint in a traditional way: a panel with a menu and window list on the bottom, switching between windows and not applications, system notification icons on top, classic ALT + TAB and more.
Among the extensions included in Linux Mint 12 are: bottom panel, classic ALT+TAB, MediaPlayer, user theme, alternative status menu (shutdown menu), window list, smart overview as well as a cool new menu extension.

Have a look –

¬†MATE looks and behaves just like GNOME 2.3x, but it has an advantage: it doesn’t conflict with GNOME 3, so both can be installed on the same system. However, some conflicts still exist, which block MATE from being included on the Linux Mint 12 DVD, for now anyway, but hopefully the bugs will be fixed in time for the Linux Mint 12 release.

Linux Mint releases are usually made around last week of ¬†November, but as usual, the Mint release date is not fixed so expect Linux Mint 12 “when it’s ready”. The blog post also mentions that a release candidate should be available on 11th of November at the latest.


During the ¬†Ubuntu 12.04 LTS developer summit. that’s going on right now, it was decided that the 64-bit version of Ubuntu (beginning with 12.04 Precise) will¬†finally¬†be the recommended version over the 32-bit Ubuntu.

While Linux was the first operating system to have strong x86_64/AMD64 support, there’s been Ubuntu 64-bit images from the start, and most hardware for several years has supported 64-bit software, Canonical / Ubuntu have always recommended the 32-bit version of Ubuntu over 64-bit (in terms of when going to the download area of, etc). With Ubuntu 12.04 next April, this will finally change so that Ubuntu x86_64 is the recommended version, but there will still be 32-bit images offered.

The reason for finally going 64-bit by default is that multiarch will provide superior 32-bit compatibility for packages, Adobe now offers a mainline 64-bit version of its Flash Player right in the software center, and that UEFI support is only offered in the 64-bit version of Ubuntu.



Canonical and Dell are teaming up to sell computers with Ubuntu preinstalled at stores in China. The program, which could help improve the mainstream visibility of the Linux-based operating system, will span 220 retail locations.

According to a statement that Canonical posted – the products will be set up with marketing materials that tout the virtues of the Ubuntu platform. Retail staff will also be trained to explain the products to consumers.


Linux From Scratch 7.0 released

Posted: October 30, 2011 in Distros

Linux From Scratch (LFS) is a project that provides you with step-by-step instructions for building your own customized Linux system entirely from source. Building LFS teaches you all about developing linux and most importantly, how to customize it to your own tastes and needs.

Well if you pretend to invest your time to build a distro completely out of scratch then this is a must have for you.

Visit LFS Homepage .


Mageia 2 Delayed a Month

Posted: October 27, 2011 in Distros

In July Mageia announced the developmental schedule for its second release. At that time Mageia 2 was planned for release on April 4. Now it appears developers and management¬†are pushing¬†back developmental and the final releases in order to “integrate the last stable versions and provide better quality for your favorite distribution.”

Alphas 1 and 2 will arrive as originally scheduled, all other development releases would be delayed. Originally only two alphas, two betas, and one RC were planned before final release, but now there will be an extra alpha pushing the remaining schedule back in some cases to almost a month.