Our top story tonight is the release of OpenMandriva Lx 2014 with new features and updates. KDE saw an update release this week as well and Ubuntu 12.10 approaches end-of-life. In other news "Firefox 29 sucks" says one, but another tests it against Konqueror and finds not so much. And Bryan Lunduke is back with more on why "Linux sucks!"
In today's news is a slideshow by PCQuest highlighting their top 5 Linux picks to replace Windows XP, and it includes more than Ubuntu and Mint. Jack Germain says Musix Linux hits all the wrong notes. Later, Bruce Byfield says GNOME designers violated the basic GIGO principal with GNOME 3 and PCWorld has a little look-see at Nvidia's $192 Tegra TK1.
Ubuntu seemed to dominate much of the headlines today. Two new reviews emerged, both rather flattering for Ubuntu. This couldn't come at a better time to draw attention away from Canonical's decision to pull-back from their Ubuntu on Android project. An Aussie has discovered a most embarrassing security issue for Ubuntu while the release schedule for 14.10 is drafted.
"Lightworks for Linux Is Finally Here" says www.maketecheasier.com. The article states that after a 3-year beta cycle, a stable version was released in January. "It is completely free to use (the basic version, at least) and has a lot of features to offer to an amateur as well as a professional editor." Their bottom line is, "If you’re looking for professional grade video editing software for Linux, look no further than Lightworks!" See the full article for all the details.
With Red Hat's public release of version 7 Release Candidate, some folks are putting it through its paces. Phoronix has some benchmarks and preliminary remarks. Also, Jay Lyman looks further into the recent Red Hat CentOS cooperation agreement. In other news, a new beginners Linux course has emerged, Shuttleworth named the next Ubuntu, and a review of Puppy Arcade 11 is highlighted.
In today's Linux news, Paul McNamara is reporting that a band has released " its debut album as a Linux kernel module." InfoWorld.com is saying folks need to think long and hard before replacing XP with Linux. And, as promised, Red Hat 7 RC is ready for public consumption. In addition, reviews for Ubuntu's latest mixed.
Cern, "the European Organization for Nuclear Research" and probably best known for the Large Hadron Collider, has chosen Red Hat for its mission critical systems according to a report on ComputerWorlduk.com. Elsewhere, folks are still all worked up over Heartbleed, but some say its beyond the little guy - so relax. Finally today, Chris Clay at ZDNet.com has deployed CentOS on his desktop. How'd that work out?
Today brings two new reviews. Jesse Smith reviews Linux Mint Debian Edition 201403 in today's Distrowatch Weekly and Jamie Watson posts his latest hands-on. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols says folks don't care about operating systems anymore. Matt Hartley has a few suggestions for those ready to graduate from Ubuntu. All this and more in tonight's Linux news review.
Jesse Smith tested the latest LMDE in this week's Distrowatch Weekly. He found a few bugs but Smith says it "lives up to its description" of having "rough edges." With all its "nasty surprises" Smith suggests folks just stick with the Ubuntu-based version of Mint. But see his full review for all the details.
Well, I've kinda lost a lot of interest in the movie world this past year. I still watch movies occasionally, but couldn't get too excited about the Academy Awards. Nevertheless, since it's a tradition around here to cover some of the winners, here are the big categories.
The myth of no games for Linux has been proven false over the last few years through several articles listing all available. Some told where to get them and others how to install them. That's fine for the casual gamer, but how about an operating system designed for the gaming enthusiast? Would you like to install an operating system that has some tools for everyday use, but also sports lots and lots of games at the ready? Yes, Linux got game - and no where is this more obvious than in Supergamer Supreme.
I've always liked computer games. When I used Windows I liked to play games like Myst and Riven, but when I switched to Linux I had to be contented with first-person shooters. Fortunately, they do have a bit of puzzle intermixed with all the combat, but I still grow weary of gunfight after gunfight. That's why when I heard of Penumbra, I was quite excited. Penumbra Overture is a 3D first-person mystery puzzle game. It's a bit like the Quakes without the gunplay. Or perhaps it could be likened to Myst and Riven, but lots more frightening.
Last fall when the two mega-distros openSUSE and Mandriva both hit the mirrors, it was difficult to decide which I liked better. In an attempt to narrow it down, I ran some light-hearted tests and found Mandriva won out in a side-by-side comparison. But things change rapidly in the Linux world and I wondered how a competition of the newest releases would come out. Mandriva 2008.1 was released this past April and openSUSE 11.0 was released just last week.
While we're all waiting for PCLOS 2008 to be released, we were treated to a kissing cousin yesterday with the release of TinyMe 2008.0. It's a small lightweight distro featuring the LXDE desktop with lots of handy apps. I thought I'd take it for a little test run this evening to see what it might be like.
I was cleaning up my /home partiton when I noticed I had several tiny distros hanging around waiting to be tested. So I thought this might be a good time to write an updated Mini-distro Roundup. The five contestants are CDlinux 0.6.1, Damn Small Linux 4.3r2, Puppy 4.0rc, Slitaz 1.0, and Austrumi 1.6.5.
I was glancing through the top searches for my site and noticed one string I thought I'd try to answer it. That search was openSUSE vs Ubuntu. Now, I've avoided formally comparing Ubuntu to other distros such as openSUSE or Mandriva before because in my book it's like comparing apples to oranges, but for the sake of those searching, I will try.
Hans Reiser, the programmer behind the reiserfs used in many Linux systems, is being charged with the murder of his estranged wife, Nina Reiser. Reiser was interviewed on 20/20 last night and it was quite disturbing. His shifty eyes, monotone voice, and shallow cheeks gave all appearances of guilt. His answers didn't help his case either.