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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 478

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Welcome to this year's 42nd issue of DistroWatch Weekly! It has been a relatively slow week for new releases in the open source community. Many of the big projects, including Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora and FreeBSD, are in the process of fixing critical bugs and getting ready to launch new versions of their respective projects. In the mean time we decided to use this lull to talk about a project known for its calm, steady progression. We refer to, of course, Slackware, the world's oldest surviving Linux distribution. This week Jesse Smith takes the venerable project for a spin and reports on his findings. Read on to find out what the conservative distribution brings to the table.

In the news this week we cover a new file system developed by Samsung for the Linux kernel and we talk a bit about something called The Internet Of Things. We also look at the interesting new way Webconverger is handling system updates and cover the latest developments from the Ubuntu distribution. Also in this week's edition we discuss accessing multiple home machines that reside behind a firewall. Additionally we take a look at the releases of the past week and provide easy access to news, reviews and podcasts from Around The Web. We here at DistroWatch wish you all a wonderful week and happy reading!

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