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Distribution Release: GParted Live 0.18.0-2

Curtis Gedak has announced the release of GParted Live 0.18.0-2, the latest stable version of the popular Debian-based live CD designed for disk management and data rescue tasks: "The GParted team is proud to announce another stable release of GParted Live. This live image fixes a bug with....

Development Release: Oracle Linux 7.0 Beta 1

Oracle has announced that the initial beta build of Oracle Linux 7.0, a distribution built from source code for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 and enhanced with an "unbreakable" Linux kernel, is ready for testing: "We are pleased to announce the availability of the first beta build for....

Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

An anonymous reader writes "Recently my boss has asked me about the advantages of Linux as a desktop operating system and if it would be a good idea to install it instead of upgrading to Windows 7 or 8. About ten boxes here are still running Windows XP and would be too old to upgrade to any newer version of Windows. He knows that i am using Linux at work on quite outdated hardware (would have gotten a new PC but never requested new hardware — Linux Mint x64 runs quite well on it) and i always managed to get my stuff done with it. I explained to him that there are no licensing issues with Linux, there is no anti-virus software to deal with and that Linux is generally a bit more efficient on old hardware than operating systems from Microsoft. The boss seems interested." But that's not quite the end; read on for this reader's question. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Distribution Release: Zorin OS 8 "Lite"

The "Lite" edition of Zorin OS 8, an i386-only variant of the beginners-friendly distribution that features the LXDE desktop, has been released: "The Zorin OS team is pleased to release Zorin OS 8 Lite and Business. Zorin OS 8 Lite is the latest evolution of the Zorin OS....

Distribution Release: VortexBox 2.3

Andrew Gillis has announced the release of VortexBox 2.3, the latest version of the project's Fedora-based distribution that turns an unused computer into an easy-to-use music server or jukebox: "It has been over a year since our last full release of VortexBox. There have been small incremental updates....

Distribution Release: Ultimate Edition 3.9

Version 3.9 of Ultimate Edition, an Ubuntu-based distribution and live DVD featuring KDE 4.10.5 as the default desktop environment, is ready for download: "Ultimate Edition 3.9. Time has never been on my side, this is no exception. I am dumping Ultimate Edition 3.9 to the public. I am....

A Conversation with Ubuntu's Jono Bacon (Video)

You've probably heard Jono Bacon speak at a Linux or Open Source conference. Or maybe you've heard one of his podcasts or read something he's written in his job as Ubuntu's community manager or even, perhaps, read The Art of Community, which is Jono's well-regarded book about building online communities. Jono also wrote and performed the heavy metal version of Richard M. Stallman's infamous composition, The Free Software Song. An excerpt from the Jono version kicks off our interview, and the complete piece (about two minutes long) closes the video. Please note that this video is a casual talk with Jono Bacon, the person, rather than a talk with the "official" Ubuntu Jono Bacon. So please, pull up a chair, lean back, and join us. (Alternate Video Link) Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Development Release: GoboLinux 015 Beta 2

Lucas C. Villa Real has announced the availability of the second beta release of GoboLinux 015, an unusual distribution which attempts to redefine the entire UNIX file system hierarchy by placing applications into their own separate directories: "I am pleased to announce the second beta snapshot of GoboLinux....

Distribution Release: NexentaStor 4.0

Michael Letschin has announced the release of NexentaStor 4.0, a major new update of the specialist distribution optimised for virtualisation and network-attached storage - based on the Illumos kernel and ZFS file system: "This latest version of NexentaStor delivers significant performance, reliability and functionality improvements to the award-winning....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 553

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:
Reviews: First Impressions of Slacko Puppy 5.7
News: New KDE packages coming to openSUSE, plans for DragonflyBSD's next release, Ubuntu announces the end of their One service, an interview with a Gentoo developer, an interview with Slax's lead developer and reported pop-up ad on....

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