Whether you use OpenSUSE or not you undoubtedly have heard what today is. And if not, it’s the release of OpenSUSE 11.3! OpenSUSE uses the KDE desktop but presents a nice version of GNOME, XFCE, and for the first time in version OpenSUSE 11.3 you’ll find a LXDE version. Before you install OpenSUSE 11.3 you’ll need to download or buy OpenSUSE 11.3 on DVD or CD. XFCE is only available on the OpenSUSE 11.3 DVD release. During Installation you’ll find a new feature that allows the use of the the BtrFS filesystem which is a cutting edge option with several high end features and advantages. BtrFS is a highly experimental feature however, so use it with caution.
Here’s a list of the other popular features you’ll find in OpenSUSE 11.3:
- GNOME 2.30.1
- KDE SC 4.4.4
- Btrfs filesystem
- Netbook support
- the 2.6.34 Linux kernel
- SpiderOak file syncing
- Rosegarden audio editor
- Mozilla, Firefox, GoogleCL and Thunderbird Updates
- And Much More. (Read the official Release Announcement)
You can find a full OpenSUSE 11.3 Review over at EasyLinuxCDs. Don’t forget to share your comments and opinions about OpenSUSE 11.3 in the box below.
I noticed that Sayaon 5.1 Gamers edition live DVD is available for download. Or you can buy Sabayon DVDs. I’ve used and reviewed the Gentoo-based Sabayon many times before and have been very impressed with the Live CD’s out-of-the-box functionality. I was quite excited to crack open Sabayon Linux 5.1 “Gaming” for obvious reasons.
The Sabayon 5.1 installation process is smooth sailing and one if the simplest around. Several things I enjoyed about the installation were the option to install XBMC (Xbox Media Center), GNOME (which I chose), or the Fluxbox empty desktop for minamlists that want to start from scratch. I also enjoyed the user setup built into the installation which grabbed all the information on one or two screens and even had the option for adding additional users. A nice feature I can see saving me considerable time.
After installation I restarted my computer as prompted and prepared myself for the games. Sabayon has an interesting startup that hops along to some uninterupted rock music as your system starts up. Although I think this feature could be great, I wasn’t thrilled by the default song selection, but really how can you please everyone? The desktop is dark but accented by some thin colorful lines. The Sabayon menu includes Applications, Places and System tabs making use of the top panel. Gamers are located under Applications — Games.
The games you see in the screenshot above are all included by default on Sabayon 5,1 Gamers live DVD. Some popular titles include Battle of Wesnoth, Foobillard, Freeciv, Frozen Bubble, GNOME Games, NeverBall, Nexuiz, OpenArena, Pingus, Pychess, Scorched 3D, Spring, Stepmania, Torcs, Tremulous, Warsow, Warzone 2100, and Wormux.
Here’s some screenshots from Sabayon 5.1 Gamers
The PCLinuxOS 2009.2 MiniMe KDE Linux distribution is out and available for download or purchase on CD. This release includes a minimal classic KDE 3.5.10 desktop and few extra applications. The idea behind PCLinuxOS MiniMe KDE is to create a tricked out desktop and use Synaptic package manager to customize the application lineup. PCLinuxOS 2009.2 MiniMe KDE users can also update packages to KDE 4 after installation.
Here’s some screenshots I captured from this incredible starting point distro.
Pentoo Linux is a Gentoo-based Linux distribution that runs as a Live CD or Live USB. Pentoo has been designed to provide a penetration testing and security assessment solution through the use of Nessus and Metasploit. Pentoo uses the Enlightenment window manager, is optimized for Pentium III architecture, and supports package modularity like Slax.
The most recent version of Pentoo, Pentoo 2009.0 just came out today. Pentoo 2009.0 includes several notable changes. Here’s the most important.
- Kernel 220.127.116.11 with aufs and squashfs-lzma
- Wifi stack 2.6.32_rc7 with injection and fragmentation patches
- Qemu plus virt-manager for playing with VMs
- Updated tools and applications like msf, exploit-db, kismet, sqlmap, and Firefox
- Added packages like airpwn, wapiti, and pppd
- Fixed some Nvidia and Intel graphics problems
Calculate Linux is a Gentoo-based Linux distribution that comes in several editions to suit your desktop and server needs. The server edition (CDS) supports Windows and Linux clients via LDAP + SAMBA. This provides proxy, mail and Jabbers servers with streamlined user management. The desktop edition (CLD) is a workstation and client distro available in KDE and XFCE flavors that include a wizard for connecting the desktop with the (CDS). To create your own Calculate Linux use the Calculate Linux Scratch live DVD which includes all the framework needed to build a custom distro.
The Calculate 10.0 release brings several enhancements such as a complete client-server solution with full compatibility to Gentoo Linux. This version also brings support for German, English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian languages. AdBlock Plus add-on enabled in Firefox by default and EisKaltDC P2P client, Kbluetooth packages have been added to Calculate Linux. Calculate Linux 10.0 comes in these editions:
- (CDS) – Calculate Directory Server
- (CLD) – Calculate Linux Desktop KDE 4.3.3
- (CLDX) – Calculate Linux Desktop Xfce 4.6.1
- (CLS) – Calculate Linux Scratch without a desktop
- (CLSG) – Calculate Linux Scratch with GNOME 2.26.3
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Ubuntu CE 6.0 beta Changes
With kids as curious as ever and an internet that’s getting more dangerous by the day I get more and more requests to install parental controls on family computers. I took a look around at the options available and became inspired to use Ubuntu and the internet filtering application Dansguardian together to solve this problem. Since Ubuntu 9.10, Dansguardian has had some problems blocking various innocent sites due to a known bug. Ubuntu CE 6.0 beta, which was released today, includes a working version of Dansguardian among other major features.
- Ubuntu CE is now available in a server edition
- Ubuntu CE desktop version available in 32 and 64 bit
- Changes to the e-Sword installer
- Dansguardian gui improvements make internet and filter sharing easier
The look and behavior of this distro differs from Ubuntu very little which in this case was an advantage. Users with basic family computers already running Ubuntu won’t miss a beat while switching to Ubuntu CE for the parental controls or other family friendly features. I noted only slight changes here and there on the Ubuntu CE desktop and during startup. Of course the background, panels, and a few other desktop items were customized but the feel remained similar to Ubuntu.
Because I was decided to install Ubuntu CE mostly for its Dansguardian fix and parental control ability, this was the first thing I looked for in the menu and on the desktop. While looking for Dansguardian GUI controls, which are under System — Administration — Dansguardian GUI, I started to notice that Ubuntu CE has quite a few extra applications and extra features. In addition to Dansguardian I found Xiphos bible study software, OpenSong for managing lyrics, chords, lead sheets and more, the E-sword bible software installer and a few other additions. On to Dansguardian.
After selecting the Dansguardian option form the main menu, I was brought to the Ubuntu terminal window where I entered my root password and pressed enter. This brought up a simple actions menu for the Dansguardian application. The options include Autoconfig/Reset Dansguardian, Filter setting, Start Dansguardian, Stop Dansguardian, Lock Firewall Proxy, UnlockFirewall Proxy, Internet connection sharing, View denied log, Advanced settings and Exit.
Back at the Dansguardian menu if you select Access Denied log you can see what page have been blocked and why. Here’s my Access Denied Log which shows an attempt at Rotten.com, Date, URL, and Reason For Denial.
I also tested 10-20 sites I frequent and had no problems accessing any of them. Before I was prevented from visiting Amazon and several other obvious non-violating sites. No traces of this with Ubuntu CE 6.0 beta.
Overall Ubuntu CE beta surprised me a bit with many of the things they have going on here. This distro is yet another example of how Linux continues to mold itself to fit the needs of all kinds of people.
The Slackware-based CDLinux just came out with a new release, CDLinux 0.9.5. I’d never used CDLinux so I decided to take a shot at the minimalist live CD and found a solid little distribution worth a look.
The name CDLinux stands for “Compact Distro Linux” which is the focus of the extremely efficient CDLinux distribution. This latest version of the distro, CDLinux 0.9.5, has several updated packages such as Linux kernel 18.104.22.168, X.Org Server 1.6.5, CUPS 1.4.2, Poppler 0.12.2, Samba 3.4.2, Firefox 3.5.5. CDLinux also includes up-to-date applications such as Pidgin, GIMP, Java and Wine.