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Linux Top 3: Alienware, KDE and Ubuntu 13.04

  • April 8, 2013
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

Some weeks are busier than others for Linux desktop fans.

1) Alienware Dell

Gaming on Linux isn't just a dream anymore. This past week, Dell officially launched a gaming PC with Linux as its core operating system.

The Alienware X51with Ubuntu Linux is being initially offered in four different configurations. The entry level configuration is an Intel Core i3-3220 3.3 GHz Dual-Core system with 6 GB of RAM and a 1 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 645.

The top-end system is loaded with Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad Core and 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz (2 DIMMS) with a 1.5GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 660.

From a gaming perspective, Dell is highlighting Steam of Linux as a key capability.

"With over 25 gaming titles available and more being added, users can access Steam For Linux to play online games, including your favorite titles like Team Fortress 2 and Serious Sam 3," Dell's Alienware Ubuntu product page states.

2) KDE Updates

While GNOME has undergone another major milestone recently, with the GNOME 3.8 release, KDE this past week pushed forward on stabilization.

The KDE 4.10.2 update is the second stability update for the KDE 4.10 platform first released in February.

With KDE 4.10.2, developers have focussed on fixing bugs, lots and lots of bugs.

"The over 100 recorded bugfixes include improvements to the Personal Information Management suite Kontact, the Window Manager KWin, and others," the KDE 4.10.2 release announcement states. "KDE's Development Platform has received a number of updates that affect multiple applications.

3) Ubuntu 13.04 Beta

The road to release for Ubuntu 13.04 is accelerating. Code named the Roaring Ringtail Ubuntu 13.04 had its final beta release last week.

"Codenamed "Raring Ringtail", 13.04 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution," Ubuntu developer Steve Langasek wrote in a mailing list message. " The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs."

One new feature that is already in the open source community that is not landing in Ubuntu 13.04 is GNOME 3.8. Instead Ubuntu 13.04 is set to ship with the older GNOME 3.6 release.

Ubuntu 13.04 is currently scheduled to be released on April 25, 2013.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network,  the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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