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 126.96.36.199, 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.
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.
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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.
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
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The Ubuntu-based Tuquito 3 includes quite a few changes like its new GNOME desktop environment and cool new desktop gadgets. I took the time to try out a few of the Google Gadgets and see how they worked for a complete beginner on this distro. What I found was a desktop social media feel hard to find in anywhere. In some ways Tuquito reminded me of gOS gadgets which features similar widget-like internet applications that are extremely powerful. I examined the Web Clip and a few other gadgets and found them to be fantastic.
This screenshot shows us the options available for the Web Clip widget. Type another RSS feed into the field and press the Add button. The Web Clip gadget will now display posts from your feed right on your desktop.
Notice the Web Clip widget now has my RSS feed posts shown inside of it. Keep in mind you can blend multiple feeds together this way too giving you a unique custom feed that includes all the feeds you subscribe to anyway, right there in one.