Linux Top 3: Linux Mint 17.1 Goes GA, Fedora 21 Goes RC, Devuan Forks Debian
1) Linux Mint 17.1 Released
Linux Mint has emerged in recent years to become one of the most popular Linux distributions, thanks in no small part to its focus on creating the best possible desktop experience for users.
Linux Mint provides multiple Linux desktops, though it's two most popular (and primary) are the GNOME derivatives Cinnamon and MATE. The Cinnamon flavor of Linux Mint 17.1 includes Cinnamon 2.4 which is intended to provide a smooth more responsive experience overall for users.
"All Cinnamon components were reviewed and their source code was checked with static analysis tools," the Cinnamon 2.4 release notes state. "Although most of them were small, about 30 memory leaks were fixed."
Another nice touch in the Cinnamon 2.4 update is that the desktop font is now (finally) configurable, giving users more customization options.
The new MATE edition of Linux Mint 17.1, now support the Compiz windows managers.
"Among the various window managers available for Linux, Compiz is certainly the most impressive when it comes to desktop effects," The Linux Mint 17.1 MATE release notes state.
Both MATE and Cinnamon versions of Linux Mint 17.1 now also add new privacy and notification settings
2) Fedora 21 RC
At long last Fedora 21 is nearing release. The first Release Candidate (RC1) was released on November 28 and is now available for review. As opposed to the previous 20 Fedora releases, Fedora 21 has multiple target product releases including a base, server, desktop and cloud operating system images.
The final Fedora 21 release is currentlu scheduled to be generally available on December 9.
3) Devuan Forks Debian
After all the mess and controversy surrounding the systemd issue, Debian users have decided to fork the distro.
The new fork is called Devuan and it has a core purpose: Debian without systemd.
The first package of Devuan is devuan-baseconf: a Debian installer with preseed of sysvinit-core and a couple of devuan packages containing a keyring, repository list files and pinnings. Once installed and updated this package avoids the requirement of systemd as PID 1 and adopts systemd-shim when strictly needed.
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at LinuxPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist