Linux Gets Fresh and Tasty with Sabayon 9 and LinuxMint Box
There are a lot of Linux distributions on the Linux Planet, very few of them have their own branded hardware.
1) LinuxMint box
As the fallout from Ubuntu's Unity interface continues (you either love or you hate it), Linux Mint has become increasingly popular. Linux Mint is a fork Ubuntu, bringing a different user interface (either MATE or Cinnamon) to the Ubuntu base.
While Linux Mint likely still has a smaller user base than Ubuntu on its own, Linux Mint now has its own branded hardware, thanks to OEM vendor CompuLab. The mintBox is available in basic and pro editions and delivers Linux Mint, in a box.
The device has loads of connectivity options including 8 USB ports, Ethernet, Wifi, Bluetooth, HDMI port and a DVI adapter. The difference between the Pro and the basic editions is the include CPU. The Basic has a 1.0 GHz processor supported by 4 GB of RAM while the Pro edition has a 1.65 GHz processor supported by 8 GB of RAM.
"We're passionate about what we do and for our very first Mint device, we wanted something unique, something special and extraordinary," Linux Mint founder Clem Lefebre wrote in a blog post. "The mintBox is Mint in a box. It’s tiny, it’s silent, it’s extremely versatile and it comes packed with connectivity."
2) Sabayon 9
Speaking of spinoffs, much like Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, Sabayon Linux is based on Gentoo. Gentoo is a powerful source based rolling distribution that can sometimes be misconstrued by novices as being difficult to build and install. The general idea behind Sabayon is to take the power of the Gentoo base and provide an easy to use, pre-built distribution.
The latest release of Sabayon debuted this week, including all the shiny new open source bits you'd expect including the Linux 3.4 kernel and LibreOffice 3.5.3. On the desktop, choices include Gnome 3.2.3 and KDE 4.8.3.
One of the more interesting pieces of Gentoo that Sabayon developers have brought into the distribution this time around is Gentoo Hardened. What that provides is a security enhanced of the base system packages making Sabayon, potentially more secure than a non-hardened release.
Another new addition is the Rio application browser.
"In a few words, Rigo is a search-based, modern, modular and scalable application for browsing Sabayon packages," the Sabayon 9 release notes state. "It is composed by RigoDaemon, which is the dbus system service, a Gtk3 UI and a UI-independent library."
3) KDE 4.9 Development Begins
This past week also say the first beta of the KDE 4.9 Linux desktop. The upcoming release is loaded with performance improvement and bugfixes as well an improved Dolphin file manager.
Activities will also get a boost in the 4.9 release.
"Users can now more easily associate files and windows with an Activity, and enjoy a more properly organized workspace," the KDE 4.9 Beta announcement states. "Folderview can now show files related to an Activity, making it easier to organize files into meaningful contexts."