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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 520

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Welcome to this year's 32nd issue of DistroWatch Weekly! Exciting developments are brewing in the open source community. This past week WeWi unveiled a new laptop computer featuring solar panels to charge the machine's battery. The new device, which runs the Ubuntu distribution as the default operating system, is designed to work in areas where the electrical infrastructure is unreliable. Meanwhile, the Xubuntu project tackles the question as to whether the distribution should follow Canonical's example and use the new Mir graphics technology, adopt the competing Wayland protocol or stick with tried-and-true Xorg.

In other news, OS/4 announces plans to make Solaris binaries run on Linux and the FreeBSD Foundation looks back on important events which have occurred in the FreeBSD community over the past six months.

Also in this week's issue Jesse Smith shares his first impressions of Salix's KDE edition. Salix has its roots in Slackware, but how does it compare with its parent? Read on to find out! We will also talk about how to deal with a common problem: keeping track of the dozens of passwords we need for forums, bank accounts and e-mail. Plus we summarize the distribution releases of the past week and look at the schedule of upcoming releases.

We wish you all a wonderful week and happy reading!




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