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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 523

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Welcome to this year's 35th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The OpenIndiana project, forked from OpenSolaris after it had been abandoned by Oracle, has seemingly been in steady decline for the last couple of years. Nevertheless, its development continues and even though the progress is slow, new pre-release versions regularly appear on the project's download servers. Jesse Smith evaluates the recently-released version 151a8 in this week's feature article.

In the news section, openSUSE announces "Evergreen", a special release with three years of security support, while the GNOME project, concerned about the growing online surveillance by governments and their secret agencies, switches its default search engine from Google to DuckDuckGo. Also in this issue, a useful Question and Answers section detailing how to run applications entirely from memory, and an introduction to SmartOS, an OpenIndiana-based operating system for servers. Finally, we are pleased to announce that the August 2013 DistroWatch.com donation goes to the Tor project.

Happy reading!




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