Fedora 21 Goes Alpha, Qubes Hits Version 2 and OpenElec 4.2
1) Fedora 21 Alpha
2014 has been a strange year for Fedora and one in which the Red Hat community distribution has yet to release a single milestone update. No that's not a typo.
After Fedora 20's general availability in November of 2013, there wasn't even an alpha update, that is until last week on September 23. Fedora is in the process of re-imaging and re-inventing itself and it's a time intensive endeavor.
The first step toward the new Fedora is the Fedora 21 release which is now at its alpha release stage. The release announcement for Fedora 21 notes that:
"As part of the Fedora.next initiative, Fedora 21 will boast three products: cloud, server, and workstation. Note that for the Alpha release, the network installers act as generic, 'universal' installers, offering the entire set of Fedora package groups by default, rather than only the groups associated with the Product they are meant to represent."
General availability for Fedora 21 is currently set for December
2) Qubes 2
There is no shortage of security focussed Linux distributions and you can count Qubes OS on that list.
Qubes OS is a bit different in that it's not just about being a privacy OS, like Tails for example and it's not about being a Swiss-army knife of security tools like Kali Linux either. Qubes uses the Xen hypervisor to enable a secure desktop through an intricate setup of isolated domains.
The Qubes project explains:
"If you really want to call it a distribution, then it's more of a "Xen distribution" than a Linux one. But Qubes is much more than just Xen packaging. It has its own VM management infrastructure, with support for template VMs, centralized VM updating, etc. It also has a very unique GUI virtualization infrastructure."
3) OpenElec 4.2
OpenElec is a popular XBMC media server Linux distribution that can run on multiple platforms, including the small Raspberry Pi.
The project explains in its release notes that:
"Since OpenELEC 4.0 we have reworked many parts of the underlying OS. This release is the result of 6 months of development and testing and will be the basis for the upcoming OpenELEC-5.0 release series which is planned to release with Kodi-14 later this year."
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at LinuxPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist