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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 483

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Welcome to this year's 47th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! As many of us await the stable release of Linux Mint 14, a rather quiet week has resulted in a triple first-look review of Debian GNU/Hurd, DragonFly BSD and Xubuntu 12.10.

Xubuntu is perhaps the most exciting project of the three, combining a well-tested base system with a lightweight desktop environment that could deliver a winner in these days of confusing desktop interfaces. But will the traditional desktop win the hearts and minds of users in this age of touch-screen interfaces? Read on to find out. In the news section, a link to an article suggesting improvements over a stock Ubuntu 12.10 install, Gentoo developers on the verge of forking the good-old udev device manager, and an unexpected FreeBSD server compromise that reminds us only too well about the insecurities of the Internet today. Also in the news, a Question & Answers section that talks about switching to a different file system on the fly and the usual sections, including an introduction to the Ubuntu-based SalentOS. Happy reading!

Contents:

Reviews: A tale of three projects - Debian GNU/Hurd, DragonFly BSD and Xubuntu
News: What do to after installing Ubuntu 12.10, Gentoo forks udev, FreeBSD security compromise
Questions and Answers: Switching file systems on the fly
Released last week: Parsix GNU/Linux 4.0, GALPon MiniNo 2.0, Kwort Linux 3.5
Upcoming releases: Linux Mint 14
New additions: SalentOS
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