The rolling-release Arch Linux distribution has just enabled floating point textures for Mesa. This was the hotly-debated feature for Mesa that provides OpenGL floating point textures and render targets, but is disabled by default since its protected by patents in the United States and elsewhere. Arch Linux users when building new versions of Mesa will receive this support irrespective of their physical location.
OpenBSD 4.9 has been released today while many Europeans are out with their first of May celebrations.
Not only is Ubuntu 11.04 out there, but Slackware 13.37 has now been released as well.
ReactOS, the free software operating system that aims to be binary compatible with Microsoft Windows XP and Windows 2003 while being completely written from scratch, has a new release out. ReactOS 0.3.13 has nearly 300 bug-fixes including several prominent changes that have piled up since the previous 0.3.12 release last October. However, this Windows-like operating system is still considered to be in an alpha state.
One of the most commonly mentioned terms at Phoronix is KMS, as in kernel mode-setting, whereby the GPU mode-setting is done in kernel-space rather than user-space with an X.Org DDX driver. The major open-source drivers were quick to adopt KMS support in their DRM drivers since it allows for cool features like a cleaner boot process, faster and more reliable VT switching, more reliable suspend-and-resume, greater security by running the X Server as a normal user, the ability to have a Linux kernel panic message (like a Windows BSOD), and for new technologies like the Wayland Display Server to emerge. However, not all Linux distributions are yet on this KMS bandwagon.
New development releases of Mageia and Mandriva Linux are available this week. On the Mandriva side it's their first beta of Mandriva Linux 2011 and with the Mageia fork they are now up to Alpha 2.
While stable, tagged releases really aren't important to Gentoo users due to its rolling-release model, a Gentoo 11.0 LiveDVD was released today by its developers.
While CentOS 6.0 has yet to be released, the university researchers and scientists working on Scientific Linux have officially released Scientific Linux 6.0. Scientific Linux 6.0 is basically a community, binary build of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0.
Kano, a well known member of the Phoronix community, has just released his Kanotix "Hellfire" 2011-03 German Linux distribution.
For those Mandriva users that haven't dissented to Mageia Linux, the second alpha release of Mandriva 2011 is now available for testing.
The first Alpha release of Mandriva 2011 is now available along with the first alpha release of its newest offspring, Mageia Linux. This is the first-ever ISO release of Mageia Linux since this free software project was formed last year by many Mandriva developers after the uncertain future of Mandriva's parent company.
While Mandriva 2011 final will not be released until this June, a technology preview of this once very promising distribution is now available. While a number of Mandriva developers have parted ways to form Mageia Linux, there are a number of interesting changes for this next major release.
Version 11.0 of Calculate Linux has been released. This release of the Gentoo-based operating system, which we benchmarked last August, brings many improvements to this promising distribution that -- like Sabayon and others -- makes it easier to run Gentoo on desktops and servers.
While Intel is looking to use Wayland on MeeGo Touch for their mobile/embedded purposes, the Nokia side is still focusing upon X for the time being. But rather than using X with KDrive, developing all of their X support out of the mainline trees, or going down any other messy paths, they are working towards using the mainline X.Org Server as found on FreeDesktop.org along with the other X libraries.
A month ago we reported that two versions of Mandriva were coming soon after a number of its developers had left the project to form the Mageia Linux distribution after Mandriva's parent company was facing some financial hardship and its future was questionable during this period. The two versions of Mandriva being worked on were Mandriva 2010.02 and Mandriva 2011, with the former having been released today.
Back in July we reported that Gallium3D and Intel's GEM were ported to Genode OS. Unless you read that article, chances are you never heard of Genode OS. Genode is a unique, niche operating system that is designed for dynamic workloads while being robust and secure. Genode takes a unique approach with frameworks to offer greater security and be a less complex operating system. It's primarily designed for high-security computing, automotive systems, and other devices requiring high security and/or dependability. Now though a LiveCD of this free operating system is available, which includes support for demonstrating its Gallium3D framework implementation.
Mandriva was recently forked into a new distribution called Mageia Linux where several Mandriva developers parted ways with this distribution once known as Mandrake due to the uncertainty of the future direction of Mandriva Linux with its corporate backer having underwent some financial hardship. While there isn't yet a release of Mageia, the Mandriva Cooker Manager has finally been permitted to release details concerning the next two releases of Mandriva Linux.
The developers behind ReactOS, the free software operating system working to re-implement the architecture of Microsoft Windows XP/2003 and attaining binary compatibility with existing Windows software, is now out with a new release. The ReactOS release came about one year ago, but out this afternoon is the brand new ReactOS 0.3.12.
The Mandriva Linux distribution has been forked by a number of Mandriva contributors with the fate of this distribution formerly known as Mandrake being unknown due to financial troubles and layoffs facing Mandriva's parent company. This new forked version of Mandriva is being called Mageia.
Genode OS, a framework created by German developers for building special-purpose operating systems and provides a choice of six different kernels with targeted uses for high-security computing, dependable computing, automotive applications, and mobile devices, has advanced a great deal with its just-released 10.08 version. Genode OS 10.08 brings support for Qt 4.6, a new ATAPI block driver, IS0 9660 file-system support, MadWiFi wireless networking support, and dynamic linking on ARM EABI platforms, but most interesting in this release are the hardware-accelerated graphics improvements. Genode developers have ported Gallium3D and the Graphics Execution Manager to the Genode OS.
Following a period of uncertainty when it looked like Mandriva's parent company could disappear due to financial troubles, Mandriva is now on a better financial footing and as such they have released their long-awaited Mandriva Linux 2010.1 "Spring" release.
The Arch Linux distribution that uses a rolling-release model has provided new installation media that provides an updated snapshot of their core packages along with some improvements to the distributed media itself.
While we don't normally talk much about ReactOS, the free software operating system that was started some twelve years ago to provide binary compatible with Windows NT, there is a new proposal to abandon much of its Win32 subsystem that has built up over the past decade and to create a new Windows subsystem that in large part is derived from Wine code.
The 2010.0 release of Mandriva Linux is now available. This update to Mandriva brings KDE 4.3 (along with GNOME 2.28) along with options for Moblin and OLPC Sugar desktops. Other highlights for Mandriva 2010.0 include the Moovida multimedia center, X.Org 7.5 packages but with X Server 1.6.5 (instead of X Server 1.7), improved boot performance, netbook optimizations, new installer features, package management improvements, Mandriva tool improvements, and more.
In celebration of Gentoo's 10th birthday, the Gentoo engineering team banded together and created the Gentoo 10 LiveDVD of the latest packages for this rolling Linux distribution. Less than a month after releasing Gentoo 10.0, the Gentoo Ten team has released Gentoo 10.1.
The last development release, Release Candidate 2, of Mandriva Linux 2010 is now available. Mandriva Linux 2010 adopts Plymouth and brings other new features like Moblin packaging, Tomoyo security framework integration, improved boot performance, and more. Mandriva Linux 2010 RC2 brings the last bits into place for Moblin support, offers the final versions of KDE 4.3.2 and GNOME 2.28.0, Intel Poulsbo drivers, support for guest accounts, and improved Nepomuk integration.
Filled with bug fixes (particularly with the networking tools and KDE/GNOME) and the golden Linux 2.6.31 kernel, Mandriva 2010 Release Candidate 1 is available. The release of the first RC for Mandriva 2010 was announced on the Mandriva blog and as always there are the free versions in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors along with KDE and GNOME spins. The KDE version of Mandriva 2010 is now shipping with Nepomuk support too.
The developers behind the Slackware distribution have announced the release of version 13.0. With this major update, Slackware now finally has a complete port to 64-bit packages, while still continuing to support x86 too. Besides the x86_64 architectural support, Slackware 13.0 is running with Xfce 4.6.1 and KDE 4.2.4 while under the hood it's packing the Linux 2.6.29 kernel and GCC 4.3.3.
The developers behind Arch Linux have announced the release of Arch Linux 2009.08. This ISO for the rolling Arch Linux distribution contains an updated snapshot of Arch's core, which includes the Linux 2.6.30 kernel and many other key package updates. Additionally, Arch Linux 2009.08 contains a new installer (the AIF installer) and it delivers a better disk editor, support for automated installations, a framework for building third-party installation procedures, NTP support for date/time, enhanced GRUB routines, and usability improvements. Outside of the core package updates and the new Arch installer, other enhancements in the 2009.08 release include using AuFS rather than UnionFS for its live mode, enhanced boot detection, bug fixes, more automatic configuration settings, and much more.
Back in February we were first to share the news that Linpus was going to launch a QuickOS Linux operating system. They did that, but we can now also tell you that next week Linpus Technologies will be launching a new version of their Linpus distribution that is based upon Moblin V2. One of their representatives decided to send us the information early again, and so we have it for you now.
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