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Linux Top 3: 4MLInux 11.0, Debian Jessie Installer and Fedora 22 Features

  • January 26, 2015
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) 4MLinux 11.0

4MLinux is not your average Linux distribution, in fact it's not really even a 'single' distribution in the usual sense either. There is an allinone edition and until this past week there were media, game, rescue, server and multiboot editions.

As of 4MLinux 11.00 there is now the 4MRescueKit, 4MParted, 4MRecover, 4MPlayer and 4MDoom editions.

According to 4MLinux's own description of itself:

4MLinux is a mini Linux distribution focusing on the following four "M":
- Maintenance (system rescue Live CD),
- Multimedia (e.g. playing video DVDs),
- Miniserver (using the inetd daemon),
- Mystery (meaning a collection of Linux games).

2) Debian Jessie Installer

Debian "Jessie" is due out at some point in 2015 (it's done, when it's done), and one of the key elements included in the final release will be a new installer.

The first release candidate for the Debian Jessie Installer was announcedon January 26. Included in the new Debian Jessie Installer is updated documentation of required minimum disk size.

Also of note, the Debian Jessie Installer will only work with the Linux kernel (Debian can also potentially leverage FreeBSD kernel)

"Disable "Download Debian GNU/kFreeBSD as stable" as this won't be possible in Jessie."

3) Fedora 22 features

The Fedora project is keen on making sure that here are two Fedora releases in 2015. The project has already posted a task listfor the Fedora 22 Workstation, showing a number of tasks in progress and some that have been proposed.

One of the key features is improved visibility for users looking to add new software. Fedora uses the GNOME Software application, which in turn is powered by developers that include data on their apps in the AppData file.

According to the Fedora ticket on the improvements to Software:

"11 percent of Fedora packages shipping desktop files already ship AppData? files, but the consequence is that 89 percent of applications look rubbish in the software center. Users can't learn about applications before installing, and they have to learn about the application using google searches.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at LinuxPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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