Sunday, November 20, 2011

Kororaa Linux 16 Beta

Chris Smart has announced the availability of the first beta release of Kororaa Linux 16, a Fedora-based distribution with GNOME or KDE desktops and many usability enhancements: "The first beta of Kororaa 16 (code name 'Chum') has been released and is available for download, in 32-bit and 64-bit editions for KDE and GNOME. This new release includes major updates of most packages including the Linux kernel, office and desktops (KDE 4.7 and GNOME 3.2). The GNOME 3 desktop has a custom theme available, as well as several extensions to provide an enhanced user experience (and help ease the transition from GNOME 2.x). It also comes with the GNOME Tweak Tool to allow further customisation. The KDE desktop has a custom layout with specific default applications, such as Firefox for the web and VLC for media." Read the full release announcement for a full list of tweaks and enhancements. Download (MD5) links: Kororaa-16-Beta-i686-Live-KDE.iso (1,639MB), Kororaa-16-Beta-i686-Live-GNOME.iso (1,421MB), Kororaa-16-Beta-x86_64-Live-KDE.iso (1,655MB), Kororaa-16-Beta-x86_64-Live-GNOME.iso (1,445MB).

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sabayon Linux 7 "Experimental"

Fabio Erculiani has announced the availability of three experimental editions of Sabayon Linux 7, containing the LXDE desktop environment, Enlightenment 17 and the Awesome window manager: "Directly from our 'Breaking Stuff' department, three new Sabayon 7 releases have seen the light. These releases all go under the 'Experimental' umbrella: 'LXDE' is a minimal, CD-sized flavour geared towards low-end computers, shipping the LXDE desktop environment; 'E17' is a minimal, CD-sized flavour made for people wanting to showcase the magic of Enlightenment 17; 'Awesome' window manager flavour. Features: latest and greatest package updates from repositories; Linux kernel 3.1...." Here is the brief release announcement. Download links: Sabayon_7_x86_LXDE.iso (644MB, MD5, torrent), Sabayon_7_amd64_LXDE.iso (673MB, MD5, torrent), Sabayon_7_x86_E17.iso (649MB, MD5, torrent), Sabayon_7_amd64_E17.iso (677MB, MD5, torrent), Sabayon_7_x86_Awesome.iso (651MB, MD5, torrent), Sabayon_7_amd64_Awesome.iso (684MB, MD5, torrent).

Oracle Solaris 11

Oracle has announced the release of Oracle Solaris 11, a UNIX operating system originally developed by Sun Microsystems and known for its scalability and innovative enterprise features: "Oracle today announced availability of Oracle Solaris 11, the first Cloud OS. Oracle Solaris 11 is designed to meet the security, performance and scalability requirements of cloud-based deployments allowing customers to run their most demanding enterprise applications in private, hybrid, or public clouds. As the first fully virtualized operating system (OS), Oracle Solaris 11 provides comprehensive, built-in virtualization capabilities for OS, network and storage resources. Oracle Solaris 11 offers comprehensive management across the entire infrastructure - operating system, physical hardware, networking and storage, as well as the virtualization layer." See the press release and read the detailed release notes to learn more. A variety of ISO images for x86 and SPARC architectures, including a live CD image and an image for USB drives, are available for free download from this page (after creating and signing in to an account).

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Kwort Linux 3.2

David Cortarello has announced the release of Kwort Linux 3.2, a CRUX-based desktop distribution (with Openbox) designed for intermediate and advanced Linux users: "Almost a year has passed since Kwort's last stable release, and today I'm rolling out a new release of our system. This is a major upgrade of almost every software package included in Kwort 3.14, except the toolchain. The most noticeable changes include: move from to LibreOffice; a new kernel 3 series, Firefox 7.0.1 (not installed by default but you can install it from the CD image) and the latest version of Chromium. Other than what's noticeable, there are tons of improvements under the hood, like the inclusion of LVM2 and mdadm for logical volume management and raid support, the ext4 file system supported in the installation and some nice improvements in kpkg." Visit the distribution's home page to read the release announcement. Download the installation CD image from here: kwort-3.2.iso (393MB, MD5).