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Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 3.3.0

Tomasz Jokiel has announced the release of Porteus Kiosk 3.3.0, a lightweight Gentoo-based distribution designed for web kiosks: "I'm happy to announce Porteus Kiosk 3.3.0 which is now available for download. This is a major kiosk release which brings a number of new features, package upgrades and security....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 599

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: First look at Sabayon 15.02News: Debian works toward reproducible builds, Linux Mint tests its upcoming Debian Edition, new YaST modules coming to openSUSE and the Linux kernel gets a version bumpTips and Tricks: Choosing good passwordsTorrent Corner: ArchBang, Greenie, KaOS, Tails,....

Development Release: Simplicity Linux 15.4 Alpha

David Purse has announced the availability of Simplicity Linux 15.4 beta, a lightweight Puppy-based distribution - now also available in a 64-bit flavour: "Simplicity Linux 15.4 alpha is now available for download. This release cycle marks the start of a new chapter for Simplicity: you can now get....

Xfce 4.12 Released

motang writes: After two years of hard work (and much to the dismay of naysayers who worried the project has been abandoned), the Xfce team has announced the release of Xfce 4.12. Highlights include improvements to the window switcher dialog, intelligent hiding of the panel, new wallpaper settings, better multi-monitor support, improved power settings, additions to the file manager, and a revamped task manager. Here is a quick tour, the full changelog, and the download page. I have been running it since Xubuntu 15.04 beta 1 was released two days ago. It is much improved over 4.10, and the new additions are great." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Development Release: Manjaro Linux 0.9.0 Pre 3

The third pre-release of Manjaro Linux 0.9.0 is now available for testing. This is a major upgrade, featuring a new system installer called Calamares, the brand-new Xfce 4.12, and a separate edition with KDE Plasma Desktop 5.2. From the release announcement "Almost one month passed since our last....

Development Release: Elive 2.5.8 (Beta)

The seemingly endless development of Elive, a Debian-based distribution with a customised Enlightenment desktop, continues with yet another beta release, version 2.5.8: "The Elive team is proud to announce the release of the beta version 2.5.8. This new version includes: kernel - much improved optimizations to be smaller,....

Distribution Release: IPFire 2.17 Core 87

Michael Tremer has announced the release of IPFire 2.17 Core 87, a major new update of the project's specialist distribution for firewalls, featuring an updated kernel and GRUB 2 bootloader: "This is the official release announcement for IPFire 2.17 - Core Update 87, a new major version of....

Development Release: Xubuntu 15.04 Beta 1

The Ubuntu family of distribution is one step closer to version 15.04 as the first beta builds of Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE and now also Xubuntu get ready for testing: "The Xubuntu team is pleased to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 15.04 Beta....

Distribution Release: Quirky 7.0

Barry Kauler has announced the release of Quirky 7.0, a minimalist, experimental desktop Linux distribution originally forked from Puppy Linux - now also available for the x86_64 architecture: "I created Puppy Linux back in 2003, but there was never a toolchain for compiling Puppy completely from source. Instead,....

The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

An anonymous reader writes: It's been over a year since Valve announced its Linux-based SteamOS, the biggest push yet from a huge company to bring mainstream gaming to Linux. In this article, Ars Technica takes a look at how their efforts are panning out. Game developers say making Linux ports has gotten dramatically easier: "There are great games shipping for Linux from development teams with no Linux expertise. They hit the 'export to Linux' button in the Unity editor and shipped it and it worked out alright. We didn't get flying cars, but the future is turning out OK so far." Hardware drivers are still a problem, getting in the way of potential performance gains due to Linux's overall smaller resource footprint than Windows. And while the platform is growing, it's doing so slowly. Major publishers are still hesitant to devote time to Linux, and Valve is taking their time building for it. Their Steam Machine hardware is still in development, and some of their key features are being adopted by other gaming giants, like Microsoft. Still, Valve is sticking with it, and that's huge. It gives developers faith that they can work on supporting Linux without fear that the industry will re-fragment before their game is done. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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