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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 469

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Welcome to this year's 33rd issue of DistroWatch Weekly! It has been an interesting week for the open source community, especially in the realm of desktop interfaces. The Common Desktop Environment was released as open source software, Debian is switching its default desktop to Xfce and the GNOME team is planning GNOME OS.

Further, in this issue we introduce a new feature -- a lot goes on in the world of open source operating systems, more than we can cover in this space. With that in mind we hope you will enjoy a new section of the Weekly we are trying called Around The Web which will provide links to more news, more reviews and interesting podcasts. Let us know what you think of this new information digest in the comments section below. We here at DistroWatch wish you a pleasant week and happy reading!


Reviews: Hello, Peppermint Three
News: CDE goes open source, Qt changes hands, SUSE's view on Secure Boot, plans for GNOME OS
Questions and answers: Transferring email to Linux
Released last week: Scientific Linux 6.3, antiX 12, ROSA 2012 "GNOME"
Around the web: Reviews, podcasts and newsletters
New additions: Oz Unity
New distributions: noop linux
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