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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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