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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 526

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Welcome to this year's 38th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! Technology is always changing and nowhere is that more apparent than in the realm of open source software. Open source projects and operating systems tend to be transparent, where anyone can read along on the mailing lists or observe the back-and-forth on bug trackers. This week we will be talking about software which is currently still in the development phase or on the cutting-edge, but should be making its way into mainstream distributions soon.

In our news section we look at the upcoming release of GNOME 3.10 and one of its more interesting features. Plus, we discuss openSUSE's plans for adopting Btrfs as the distribution's default file system. We also touch upon a new resource for BSD users and talk about a report on Linux kernel development supplied by The Linux Foundation. We also talk about how the city of Munich is planning to use Ubuntu in an effort to protect its users from malware. In this edition of DistroWatch Weekly Jesse Smith takes a bleeding-edge distribution, called ArchBang, for a spin and reports on his first impressions. How does the project perform and is it a good solution for fans of Arch Linux? Read on to find out! We will also go over some tips for making the most out of the command-line, cover distributions released over the past week and look ahead to new developments.

We wish you all a wonderful week and happy reading!




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Manjaro Linux Phasing out i686 (32bit) Support

In a not very surprising move by the Manjaro Linux developers, a blog post was made by Philip, the Lead Developer of the popular distribution based off Arch Linux, On Sept. 23 that reveals that 32-bit support will be phased out. In his announcement, Philip says, “Due to the decreasing popularity of i686 among the developers and the community, we have decided to phase out the support of this architecture. The decision means that v17.0.3 ISO will be the last that allows to install 32 bit Manjaro Linux. September and October will be our deprecation period, during which i686 will be still receiving upgraded packages. Starting from November 2017, packaging will no longer require that from maintainers, effectively making i686 unsupported.” Read more

Korora 26 'Bloat' Fedora-based Linux distro available for download -- now 64-bit only

Fedora is my favorite Linux distribution, but I don't always use it. Sometimes I opt for an operating system that is based on it depending on my needs at the moment. Called "Korora," it adds tweaks, repositories, codecs, and packages that aren't found in the normal Fedora operating system. As a result, Korora deviates from Red Hat's strict FOSS focus -- one of the most endearing things about Fedora. While you can add all of these things to Fedora manually, Korora can save you time by doing the work for you. Read more

BackSlash Linux Olaf

While using BackSlash, I had two serious concerns. The first was with desktop performance. The Plasma-based desktop was not as responsive as I'm used to, in either test environment. Often times disabling effects or file indexing will improve the situation, but the desktop still lagged a bit for me. My other issue was the program crashes I experienced. The Discover software manager crashed on me several times, WPS crashed on start-up the first time on both machines, I lost the settings panel once along with my changes in progress. These problems make me think BackSlash's design may be appealing to newcomers, but I have concerns with the environment's stability. Down the road, once the developers have a chance to iron out some issues and polish the interface, I think BackSlash might do well targeting former macOS users, much the same way Zorin OS tries to appeal to former Windows users. But first, I think the distribution needs to stabilize a bit and squash lingering stability bugs. Read more

BSD: Testing OpenSSH 7.6, 23 Years of FreeDOS

  • Call for testing: OpenSSH 7.6

    OpenSSH 7.6p1 is almost ready for release, so we would appreciate testing on as many platforms and systems as possible. This is a bugfix release.

  • 23 Years of FreeDOS

    This eBook contains the voices of many of the users who contributed their stories, as well as the history of FreeDOS. Many individuals have helped make FreeDOS what it is, but this eBook represents only a few of them. I hope you enjoy this collection of 23 years of everything FreeDOS!