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New release of elementary OS is one classy Linux distro

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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.




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