Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

New release of elementary OS is one classy Linux distro

Filed under
Linux

There are a lot of Linux Distributions in this world of ours, with a large percentage of them releasing new, major versions at least once (if not twice) per year. And when those new releases come out, most Linux Distros try to differentiate themselves by talking about which versions of which software packages they are utilizing.

My job is to read through all of it – and, more often than not, install and test it out. This, after the 287 thousandth new Linux Distro release, effectively renders my brain about as useful as a bowl of oatmeal without the bowl. “This distro has Firefox version 12.0 but THAT distro has version 12.0.1. Fascinating!"

Then, over the weekend, a new release of elementary OS (the beginning “E” is lowercase in the name) codenamed “Luna” arrived, and there wasn't the usual “mind-numbingly long list of package revisions” anywhere to be found. In fact, its press release was the simplest one I have seen in ages. Here, let me re-print the meat of the announcement.

"Luna is the latest version of elementary OS, a design-oriented and open source Linux-based operating system for desktops and laptops. It succeeds Jupiter, the previous version which was released in April of 2011."

And... that's it.




More in Tux Machines

Firefox gets preliminary support for casting to Chromecast

Mozilla is in the process of adding the ability to “cast” videos from Firefox to Chromecast devices, and you can try it now if you have the right hardware. As announced in a post on Google+ post by Mozilla developer Lucas Rocha, “Chromecast support is now enabled in Firefox for Android’s Nightly build.” To check this out, I downloaded the latest Firefox Nightly, installed it on my Nexus 10, and tested it with my Chromecast. It worked… although, it has some rough edges right now. Read more

SparkyLinux GameOver Is a Winning Work-Play Combo

This SparkyLinux game edition builds in access to a large collection of popular games compiled for the Linux platform. It brings the latest game fare via the Steam and Desura platforms. It provides handy access from a quick launch bar to a dozen plus emulators to let you run top-line games from leading gaming boxes and platforms. GameOver does not wimp out on providing all of the needed everyday computing tools found in other Linux distros, either. It provides nearly all of the standard Linux applications out-of-the-box, so you do not have to install them on your own. Read more

WebKitGTK+ 2.5.2 Drops GTK+2 Dependency

WebKitGTK+, a version of the WebKit open source web engine that uses GTK+ as its user-facing frontend, has reached version 2.5.2. Read more

today's leftovers