Point Linux 3.2 - Simply stable & productive : Review

Point Linux is a Debian based, desktop oriented GNU/Linux distribution that offers traditional user experience with MATE desktop environment. It is based on stable branch of Debian. Even though MATE is primary desktop environment offered by Point Linux, it also offers an Xfce variation.

Point Linux is nothing much more than Debian combined with MATE. However, being a desktop oriented operating system, it comes with some extra optimizations and tweaks to improve productivity. This includes default sudo user, extended hardware support and localization of applications during installation.

Latest issue of distrowatch weekly(24/07/2016) has published a review of Point Linux 3.2, latest stable release of Point Linux. This review observes that Point Linux is much professional comparing to many other distributions, is extremely stable, simple and easy to customize.

I do not want to make Point Linux into something that it is not. It is Debian with MATE (or Xfce) and not much more. The full featured desktop includes Firefox, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, Pidgin, Remmina, Brasero, VLC, Transmission, non-free multimedia codecs and hardware drivers. The desktop with core components ships with free multimedia codecs and drivers only. The beauty of Linux, and Debian, is that I can usually make it into anything I want to. Debian can have a few more difficulties than Ubuntu when attempting to add software and find things, but that is because the developers at Debian maintain stability is the most important feature. All of this means that I could have done whatever I wanted to Point Linux to make it into a distro that matches my liking a little more, but then it would no longer be Point Linux at its core. I have a tendency to change a distro so much that it may as well be my own, and I think many Linux users probably do the same. With that being said, I aim to review Point Linux, not some monstrosity Franken-Linux that is of my own creation.
Continue reading this review in distrowatch weekly.

Slackware 14.2 continues it's heroic journey - Review

Slackware is one of the oldest, long running GNU/Linux distribution. Recently released Slackware 14.2 places another golden feather on the crown of Slackware. Similar to it's predecessors, Slackware 14.2 also maintains saga of providing stable, consistent and conservative GNU/Linux distribution - A review published by distrowatch Weekly observes.

However, Slackware is not a good choice for newbies as it has outdated packages in official repositories, there is no automatic dependency resolution and lack of configuration tools. But, it is a good choice for people who prefer to keep same system for years and like to stick with slackware policy of not fixing anything if it is not broken - distrowatch review continues.

Source : Distrowatch Weekly
Slackware is the oldest surviving Linux distribution and has been maintained since its birth by Patrick Volkerding. Slackware has a well deserved reputation for being stable, consistent and conservative. Slackware is released when it is ready, rather than on a set schedule, and fans of the distribution praise its no-frills and no-fuss design. Slackware adheres to a "keep it simple" philosophy similar to Arch Linux, in that the operating system does not do a lot of hand holding or automatic configuration. The user is expected to know what they are doing and the operating system generally stays out of the way. The latest release of Slackware, version 14.2, mostly offers software updates and accompanying hardware support. A few new features offer improved plug-n-play support for removable devices and this release of Slackware ships with the PulseAudio software. PulseAudio has been commonly found in the audio stack of most Linux distributions for several years, but that is a signature of Slackware: adding new features when they are needed, not when they become available. In this case PulseAudio was required as a dependency for another package.
Read complete review of Slackware 14.2 published in distrowatch weekly.

Solus project withdraws release schedule of Solus 1.2.1

Brining an end to uncertainties, Solus project has officially informed that they are withdrawing release plan for Solus 1.2.1 which was expected to release last week. This was following the decision of project to switch to a rolling release model. The decision of Solus to switch to a rolling release model also invalidates plan for all future releases.


An official announcement published by Solus project regarding change of plans also highlight following points:
  • There is no longer a concept of separate major releases. You will always run on the current “distribution version”.
  • Support, therefore, does not end for the current, and only, series. Note however you are still expected to update your system. We’ll introduce some changes to make this simper to manage, of course.
  • There is no longer a concept of “1.3”, “2.0”, etc. Future ISOs will follow the internal versioning system
  • Future ISOs will land both features and package refreshes. Whilst you can always configure your installed Solus to match that of the ISO, through package selection, installer features are only ever available in reinstalls (This is the only time you ever see the installer)
  • The internal versioning system at present is based on the concept of major releases, so it will therefore be dropped. For example, the 1.2 release is internally referred to as: 1.201629.7.0. At minimum, we’ll drop the major version, and use this scheme in future ISO updates.
Continue reading original blog post in Solus blog.

Ubuntu based budgie-remix 16.04.1 released

The budgie remix team has announced availability of budgie-remix 16.04.1, latest stable release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS based GNU/Linux distribution featuring budgie desktop environment. The budgie-remix is an unofficial flavor of Ubuntu. However, in near future this project is planning to be an official community flavor of Ubuntu.

In addition to all updates from Ubuntu, budgie-remix also ships latest stable versions of budgie-desktop as soon as it is available. This is somewhat different from tradition of Ubuntu. Ubuntu never ship a major software update for any release. At the same time, budgie remix let it's users to have latest budgie desktop as soon as one is available from upstream project.
Credit : budgie-remix team.
Looking at the biweekly newsletters of budgie-remix, we can see that following are changes made in budgie-remix after previous release, budgie-remix 16.04.
  • budgie desktop 10.2.6 - Latest stable release of budgie desktop
  • Updated plymouth theme which is looking much better now.
  • budgie-welcome - A Welcome App for budgie-remix that will introduce budgie-remix to new users and provide easy options to perform different tasks.
  • Updated Moka and Faba themes.
  • Fix for encryption and locale bug present in installer.
  • A new set of beautiful wall papers.
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Manjaro 16.08 Preview 1 is available now

The Manjaro team has announced availability of Manjaro 16.08 Preview 1, first development image prior to release of next stable Manjaro release. This release will be known by the code name Ellada.

Manjaro 16.08 Preview 1 comes with all updated packages till date, more improvements and bug fixes.
Our KDE edition gained Plasma 5.7, Framework 5.24 and Apps 16.04. We struggled much with QT 5.7, which changed the handling of GTK theming, however this we were able to solve more or less. Our Manjaro Settings Manager gained some apperance fixes for low resolutions and updated translations. Within Pamac we fixed some smaller issues, updated drivers, kernels and regular packages.

Another notable highlight of Manjaro 16.08 development release is introduction of Clamares installer v2.3 which comes with support for end-to-end lucks encryption and other fixes.
  • A long standing and hard to debug issue with occasional unwanted resize operations being executed got fixed
  • A partitioning module configuration option for showing partition labels in the manual partitioning interface got added
  • support for NVME devices in fstab got improved
  • mke2fs and e2fsck handling, which fixes a multitude of random (but not very frequent) install failures got much improved
  • A type to search support in the keyboard module got implemented
  • A partitioning module configuration option for selecting the default filesystem type got added
  • Countless other bug fixes
For further details and discussions on this release, see release announcement published in Manjaro blog and forum.

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Elive 2.7.1 beta released

The Elive team has announced availability of Elive 2.7.1 beta for testing. Elive is a Debian based, live CD distribution that comes with well customized enlightenment window manager.

Being a development release, Elive team takes a disclaimer that, beta releases are less optimized as it will include development flags and debugging options. So it is not meant for end users who prefer to have stable, beautiful operating system.


Following are some notable highlights of Elive 2.7.1 beta release.
  • Audacity (audio wave editor) included by default
  • Timezone detection improved
  • Detector of systems improved and updated to detect last windows installed systems
  • Linux Kernel updated with a lot of new patches for new hardware, bugfixes and improvements
  • Google Voice search on internet using your microphone
A release announcement on availability of Elive 2.7.1 is available on projects portal.

Download Elive 2.7.1 beta
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KaOS 2016.07 is available with updated packages

The KaOS team has announced availability of KaOS 2016.07, latest stable build of independently evolved, rolling GNU/Linux distribution that offers a straight forward KDE experience out of the box.

Being a rolling distribution, KaOS has no need to provide ISO in regular basis. However, the policy of KaOS project is to deliver a new stable ISO, when package updates exceeds certain limit. This will help new users to not deal with time consuming update process. Following the same policy, KaOS delivers a new ISO, as almost 80-90% of packages have got updates and almost all packages are rebuilt against GCC 5.

The Plasma Desktop includes Frameworks 5.24.0, Plasma 5.7.2, KDE. Changes in Plasma 5.7 include improved workflows, the return of the agenda view in the calendar, the Volume Control applet gained the ability to control volume on a per-application basis & allows you to move application output between devices using drag & drop, new System Tray & Task Manager, plus huge steps towards a Wayland-based windowing system

With the move to the Linux kernel 4.6, it is now possible to fully automate the Early Microcode update. This new kernel has all needed ucode build-in, thanks to commits like these. For users, this means no need to install any ucode package, no need to adjust bootloaders or have an extra initrd just for Microcode loading. Many modern CPUs require loading microcode before everything else, as the update causes system instability otherwise.
For more information on this release of KaOS, checkout release announcement and release notes published by project.

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The Only Office productivity suite gets a new release
07/24/2016 01:57 AM

The Only Office solution has announced availability of a new release of Only Office productivity suite. Only Office is a free and open source, cloud based productivity suite. Only Office includes all kind of applications expected from an office productivity suite including word processor, spread sheet, calender app, project manager ..etc. Ascensio System SIA has updated its open source

Ubuntu MATE 16.04.1 released
07/23/2016 11:06 PM

Following the common release announcement for all Ubuntu 16.04.1 flavors, Ubuntu MATE team has announced release of Ubuntu MATE 16.04.1, first most maintenance release in 16.04 LTS series of Ubuntu based GNU/Linux distributions featuring MATE Desktop. Ubuntu MATE 16.04.1, being first maintenance release in 16.04 LTS series, provides fixes for several bugs reported in base release and also, it

Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.1 released
07/23/2016 10:41 PM

The Ubuntu GNOME team has announced release of Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.1, first point release in Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.x LTS series. Ubuntu GNOME is an official community distribution based on Ubuntu and it features vanilla GNOME desktop. Ubuntu 16.04.1 comes with all updated packages since after availability of base release Ubuntu 16.04. Also, it fixes all problems which were reported in base release

Lubuntu 16.04.1 LTS released
07/23/2016 02:08 PM

Mr Simon Quigley of Lubuntu community has announced release of Lubuntu 16.04.1, first point release of Lubuntu 16.04 released earlier this year. Lubuntu is an Ubuntu based GNU/Linux distribution that comes with LXDE and is capable to revive old computers and computers with less hardware resources. Lubuntu 16.04.1 brings all updated packages since release of Lubuntu 16.04, and people who install

Ubuntu 16.04.1 is available now
07/21/2016 08:54 PM

Ubuntu 16.04.1, first point release in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS series is available now for download. This release fixes several bugs reported in previously released Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and is considered as actual stable LTS release. In addition to bug fixes, Ubuntu 16.04.1 also includes updates packages since after release of first distribution in 16.04 series and people who install this image right now

Fedora 22 reached end of life
07/21/2016 08:33 PM

Keeping the tradition of Fedora releases, Fedora 22 has reached it's end of life by 19th July of 2016. That means, Fedora 22 will be no more maintained and users won't receive any updates for this distribution. Normal life time of a Fedora distribution is almost 13 months. It is not a well defined period, sometimes it may be slightly less or sometimes it may be slightly more. As per convention,

Ubuntu OEM Pack distributions 16.04 released
07/21/2016 08:21 PM

The UALinux community has launched Ubuntu OEM Pack 16.04, latest stable Ubuntu based GNU/Linux distributions featuring 6 different flavors with Unity, Flashback, Cinnamon, MATE, GNOME 3 and GNOME 3 classic desktop environments. All these flavors are available for both 32 bit and 64 bit architectures. In addition to all features and benefits of Ubuntu 16.04, OEM pack distributions includes

OpenSUSE Leap 42.2 Alpha3 released
07/21/2016 12:34 AM

Mr Ludwigg Nuzzel of OpenSUSE project announced availability of OpenSUSE Leap 42.2 alpha 3, new development release of upcoming stable OpenSUSE Leap 42.2. Next scheduled development release is beta 1 and it is expected to be available in 5 weeks. The merge of the SLE12SP2 core components is basically done now. ince SLE enters release candidate phase now we won't see many pdates coming from

OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 RC1 released
07/21/2016 12:03 AM

Mr Kate Lebedeff of OpenMandriva community announced availability of OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 RC1, latest development release community driven GNU/Linux distribution which was initially forked from Mandriva Linux. OpenMandriva is a cutting edge distribution in which all packages are compiled against LLVM/Clang to provide a more optimized system. Following are some highlights of OpenMandriva Lx

Linux Lite 3.0 - Excellent user friendly, lightweight OS : Review
07/19/2016 09:01 PM

Latest issue of distrowatch weekly(18-07-2016) features a review of Linux Lite 3.0, recently released Ubuntu LTS based GNU/Linux distribution. This review remarks that Linux Lite 3.0 is a perfect choice for users who seek a lightweight user friendly operating system. Linux Lite, being an Ubuntu LTS based is capable of providing a powerful base with support for a wide range of hardware pieces.

Tanglu 4 Dasyatis kuhlii Beta is available now
07/19/2016 08:50 PM

Mr Matthias Klupp has announced availability of Tanglu 4 beta, latest development release of Debian based desktop operating system that tries to offer best experience to the users. Tanglu 4 which is known by the code name Dasyatis Kulii comes in GNOME, KDE and Core flavors. This beta release contains many changes - most notably, imports from Debian are frozen now and we ship with our final

Korora 24 released
07/19/2016 08:36 PM

One month after release of Fedora 24, Korora project announced release of Korora 24, latest stable release of Fedora based GNU/Linux distribution that is will known for combining Fedora with customized user interfaces to provide a better user experience. Korora 24 will be known by the code name Sheldon. In addition to all changes and improvements in Fedora 24, following are some notable

elementary OS 0.4 Loki beta 2 released
07/17/2016 11:24 AM

The elementary team has announced availability of elementary OS 0.4 beta 2, second development release of upcoming stable elementary OS v0.4. It is almost one month after release of previous development release, and within this short span of time, elementary developers has fixed over 70 bugs which makes this release more stable. The elementary OS is an Ubuntu LTS based GNU/Linux distribution

The Only Office productivity suite gets a new release

The Only Office solution has announced availability of a new release of Only Office productivity suite. Only Office is a free and open source, cloud based productivity suite. Only Office includes all kind of applications expected from an office productivity suite including word processor, spread sheet, calender app, project manager ..etc.

Ascensio System SIA has updated its open source full-fledged office and productivity suite that comes with web-based documents editors allowing to co-edit text, spreadsheets and presentations in real time integrated with Mail, Projects, Calendar, CRM, and corporate social network (blogs, forums, news, wiki, etc.).

The ONLYOFFICE new version offers the updated version of document editors (Document Server) with:
  • two co-editing modes: fast real-time co-editing like in Google Docs and strict when the changes appear after saving,
  • commenting and integrated chat,
  • reviewing and tracking changes,
  • version history,
  • text art,
  • named ranges,
  • adding, removing and modifying the available styles.
Moreover, the ONLYOFFICE developers have updated the set of productivity tools (Community Server) adding:
  • mail and calendar integration,
  • address book,
  • mail auto-reply,
  • granting the review access rights to the document.
The source code of this project is available on GitHub, delivered under AGPLv3 license. For more information on latest release, see release announcement published in Only Office website.

Ubuntu MATE 16.04.1 released

Following the common release announcement for all Ubuntu 16.04.1 flavors, Ubuntu MATE team has announced release of Ubuntu MATE 16.04.1, first most maintenance release in 16.04 LTS series of Ubuntu based GNU/Linux distributions featuring MATE Desktop.

Ubuntu MATE 16.04.1, being first maintenance release in 16.04 LTS series, provides fixes for several bugs reported in base release and also, it includes latest updated packages to reduce system update efforts for new users.


Following are some notable highlights/bug fixes in Ubuntu MATE 16.04.1.
  • Ubuntu MATE Welcome fixes.
    • Fix Raspberry Pi partition resizer.
    • Remove obsolete linux-firmware-nonfree from the install options.
    • Correct some strings so translations are exposed.
  • Ubuntu MATE Artwork fixes.
    • Fix Calendar styling.
    • Fix progress bars so they are one colour.
    • Make GTK2 and GTK3 scrollbars consistent.
  • Ubuntu MATE Settings fixes.
    • Fix switching keyboard layouts using Alt + Shift.
  • Ubiquity fixes.
    • Now prompts to join available WiFi networks during the install.
  • Fixed shutdown/restart of the live session in Virtualbox and VMWare guests.
A release announcement is available in project's blog.

Download Ubuntu MATE 16.04.1

Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.1 released

The Ubuntu GNOME team has announced release of Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.1, first point release in Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.x LTS series. Ubuntu GNOME is an official community distribution based on Ubuntu and it features vanilla GNOME desktop.

Ubuntu 16.04.1 comes with all updated packages since after availability of base release Ubuntu 16.04. Also, it fixes all problems which were reported in base release and this is considered as first stable release in 16.04 LTS family.

As per tradition of Ubuntu LTS distributions, Ubuntu will provide option to migrate from previous LTS release only after release of first point release in latest LTS series. This is to ensure that major bugs are not introduced to LTS users. So, by this convention, Ubuntu GNOME 14.04.x LTS will get provision to migrate to 16.04.x series.

The Ubuntu GNOME team is proud to announce the release of Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.1 LTS. This update is recommended for all users. 

As usual, this point release includes many updates, and updated installation media has been provided so that fewer updates will need to be downloaded after installation.  These include security updates and corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 LTS.

Users of Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS will soon be offered an automatic upgrade to 16.04.1 via Update Manager.
For further details, see release announcement and release notes shared by Ubuntu GNOME team.

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Lubuntu 16.04.1 LTS released

Mr Simon Quigley of Lubuntu community has announced release of Lubuntu 16.04.1, first point release of Lubuntu 16.04 released earlier this year. Lubuntu is an Ubuntu based GNU/Linux distribution that comes with LXDE and is capable to revive old computers and computers with less hardware resources.

Lubuntu 16.04.1 brings all updated packages since release of Lubuntu 16.04, and people who install these images don't have to download all these update packages. Also, this release fixes several bugs reported in base release and provide a more stable platform.

Thanks to all the hard work from our contributors, we are pleased to announce that Lubuntu 16.04.1 LTS has been released! This release provides updates to the Lubuntu 16.04 LTS to reduce the update time post-download and an upgrade path for users running Lubuntu 14.04 LTS.
For more information on Lubuntu 16.04.1, see release announcement and release notes published by Lubuntu team.

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