One thing I enjoy about Linux is that is comes in all shapes and sizes. Macpup Foxy 3.0 features the Enlightenment window manager and a Mac OS X-like user interface. Macpup Foxy 3.0 is based on Puppy Linux 4.3.1 which uses the Linux kernel 188.8.131.52. Macpup Foxy 3.0 includes all the applications from Puppy 4.1 and 4.3.1 service pack plus Macpup Foxy 3.0 features Firefox 3.5.4, GIMP 2.6.3, and a few other enhancements. Here’s a short release announcement.
I booted up Macpup Foxy 3.0 in RAM to get a few screenshots and spent only a few minutes playing around. I wasn’t particularly impressed by the desktop feel of the distro out of the box. The brown background with birds didn’t do it for me and my resolution was a bit off. Both of these things were corrected easily though and a window even popped up on startup offering resolution changes which was a nice touch. Another thing worth noting is the application selection in Macpup Foxy 3.0. This is a minimalist distro yet it has a powerhouse of applications to use out of the box.
Download Macpup Foxy 3.0
Macpup Foxy 3.0 Release
Buy Puppy on USB
Linux Mint is one Linux distribution that really stands out from the crowd. Besides its outstanding mint green graphical setup, the Ubuntu-based Linux Mint includes Mint specific tools such as MintInstall, MintBackup, MintUpdate and others. Linux Mint 8 was just released yesterday and it includes some great new features worth looking into.
Linux Mint 8 “Helena” is based on Ubuntu 9.10 “Karmic Koala” and it features the latest versions on many applications. Linux 2.6.31, Gnome 2.28 and Xorg 7.4 are all included in Linux Mint 8 along with significant changes to the menu, software manager, update manager, and a brand new upload manager. As has been the case in recent releases, the Linux Mint artwork has been adjusted to give the Gnome 2.28 desktop a beautiful look. What’s your favorite feature of Linux Mint 8?
The Greenie Linux 6k CD is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution that is focused on Slovak and Czech users but supports English and many other languages as well. In October I wrote a Greenie 5j review and was impressed with the distribution. The most recent version has a nice set of current applications such as Linux Kernel 2.6.31, GNOME 2.28, OpenOffice.org 3.1.1, Firefox 3.5, and WINE 1.1.33. Greenie also has some new applications that might surprise you including the Google Chrome web browser, Imagination slideshow creator, PDFMod PDF editor, StarDict dictionary and both Pidgin and Empathy instant messengers installed by default. The Greenie Linux 6k CD includes some nice desktop improvements to the toolbar and desktop as well. I set out to take Greenie 6K for a spin this evening and snap few screenshots of the new apps in action.
The Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Release Candidate has been released and is available for download. In addition to the GNOME version of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, and Mythbuntu versions have also been released. Anticipation continues to build for next weeks’ release of the Ubuntu 9.10 stable version which will provide significant improvements and updates to the popular Ubuntu Linux desktop.
Here are some Ubuntu 9.10 tutorials published at BeginLinux recently.
Fedora 12 beta has been released with a new set of features and improvements. Fedora 12 beta includes optimized performance, smaller and faster updates, NetworkManager improved, graphics support improvements, automatic crash reporting and SELinux issues, new Dracut initrd generation tool, PackageKit plugins, Bluetooth on-demand, Moblin graphical interface for netbooks, PulseAudio enhancements and much more. What’s you favorite feature or improvement included in this release? I’ve also posted a Fedora 12 beta KDE screenshots
Read the full release announcement.
Download Fedora 12 beta.
Buy Fedora Training.
Today brought the release of Greenie Linux 5.1J. Yet another Ubuntu-based Linux desktop, the Greenie Linux distribution is aimed at Slovak users. I was able to reach English by pressing f2 from the boot menu.
After running the Greenie 5.1j release as a live CD I installed it fairly quickly and examined the default desktop. As you’ll see in the screenshot gallery, Greenie Linux comes with a great looking desktop and GNOME interface. I also found the screenlets feature installed by default to be of use. This allows me to view a desktop icon that tells me my inbox status instead of going through the browser all the time. This is one of many conveniences I found in Greenie screenlets.
The Greenie Linux website isn’t supporting English anymore which is disappointing to me. This means support is a question mark and that is probably the main reason Greenie Linux won’t be a primary distro for me. A smaller detail I didn’t like was Ubuntu mentions in the installer and other places in the distribution. I think establishing your own identity is key for upcoming distros. Some users are annoyed with the many Ubuntu branches causing for even more reason to get this out of there.
I’d use it more if it had English support. It is usable and worked great for me but somehow I felt disconnected without others to talk to, articles to read, etc. The website not having English support was the deal-breaker for me. This one was a little too far out there for me but may be good for the user base that it was created for.
Parsix 3.0 Released
The Parsix Linux distribution is derived from KANOTIX, based on the Debian testing branch, and developed by a team in Iran. The distro comes as a live CD with English and Persian languages installed by default and many others available. According to the release announcement features of the new Parsix 3.0 include GNOME 2.26.3, Linux 184.108.40.206-based Kernel, the installer supports separate /home partition, ext4 file system and GRUB 2, SquashFS+Lzma compression for the live CD and much more. After seeing the amount of changes to this release and remembering positive reviews of Parsix 1.0 and 2.0, I burned the .ISO to CD and got started.
Buy Parsix and other Linux CDs
Look and Feel
The default theme of the Parsix 3.0 desktop is very earthy featuring colors of brown and green. The light brown background and panels give the desktop a very clean look which is accented by brighter orange icons on the desktop. The orange icons match the Parsix logo which appears as the head of the menu on the left side of the top panel. The menu remains similar to the standard GNOME look besides the brownish background tone. This is all easily changed by clicking System — Preferences — Appearance where I found Kev-light, Kev-dark, standard Parsix and a few other themes.
It Just Works
Parsix included everything necessary for me to play an MP3 right out of the box. I downloaded it with Iceweasel, double clicked the .mp3, the file was opened and began playing with the Exaile music player. I also found VLC can handle any of my video needs. It’s nice not having to set up codecs, this is very newbie friendly.
I was happy to see an all-star application lineup which only boosted my confidence of Parsix 3.0. A few that caught my eye included Exaile, GIMP, VLC, Cheese, Brasero, Iceweasel, Pidgin, and OpenOffice. Balsa email client is included instead of Thunderbird, which is my preference at the moment. After looking closer I noticed Icedove, the free/unbranded Thunderbird is easily available through Synaptic Package Manager. In my opinion, having a good selection of applications out of the box is important to help users understand the possibilities of the distro. Sure most applications can be added after installation through Synaptic or even the terminal but this just adds another layer of complication to the users experience.
It was nice to see an excellent set of instantly usable application mixed into the GNOME 2.26.3. The theme matched throughout my experience (log in window, desktop, boot, etc) and I actually began to like these earthy tones quite a bit before I was done. Codecs out of the box are huge for basic desktop users both for ease-of-use and necessity.(Some users can’t install things at first) These things along with the Debian base are enough for me to give Parsix a several week test run on my laptop. Way to go Parsix!