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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 480

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Welcome to this year's 44th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The dust is starting to settle in the wake of the latest Ubuntu release from Canonical. In this week's feature, Jesse Smith takes Ubuntu 12.10 for a ride and reports on his first impressions of the popular distribution. Read on to find out how the latest version performs. Also in relation to Ubuntu, the project's founder, Mark Shuttleworth, made an important announcement this past week, inviting more community cooperation and feedback. In other news, the controversial Wayland protocol hit version 1.0 last week, raising questions about the future and direction of graphical interfaces on Linux distributions. In this week's issue we take a look at FreeBSD's new package manager, Pkgng, designed to make the handling of ports easier for end users. Have you had a chance to try Pkgng? Please let us know about your experiences in the comments section. As usual, we cover recent releases in the open source world and bring word of news, reviews and podcasts from across the Linux ecosystem. We here at DistroWatch wish you all a pleasant week and happy reading!

Content:

Review: Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop
News: Ubuntu invites further community involvement, Wayland 1.0 released, file system corruption with ext4 and Red Hat brings Java to A64
Tips and Tricks: FreeBSD's New Package Manager
Released last week: Zenwalk 7.2 "Live", Puppy Linux 5.3 "Precise", DEFT Linux 7.2
Upcoming releases: OpenBSD 5.2, Fedora 18 Beta, Mageia 3 Alpha 3
Around the Web: Reviews, podcasts and newsletters
New additions: Linux Lite
New distributions: Flux Capacity
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