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Linux Top 3: Fedora 19, SLES 11 SP3 and MintBox 2

  • July 8, 2013
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

This past week has been busy one on the Linux Planet with a major new community Linux release (Fedora 19), a milestone update for a major enterprise distro (SLES 11 SP3) and new hardware for Linux Mint.

1) Fedora 19

Unlike its predecessor, Fedora 19 hit general availability with little to no delay on the official schedule. Unlike Fedora 18 however which has a big ticket revamp of Anaconda, Fedora 19 has no such similar big ticket headlining new feature.

Instead Fedora 19 has a whole bunch of really interesting features that range from 3D printing features to new Checkpoint/Restore capabilities to improved security capabilities with firewalld Lockdown and firewalld Rich Language.

Fedora 19 also includes the latest packages for developers, including PHP 5.5 which was just released as well as a tech preview of Java 8. Node.js also lands in Fedora 19.

"By providing Node.js in Fedora, we increase our portfolio of software development tools," Fedora's feature wiki states. "By catering to Node.js developers, we have an opportunity to bring in new developer talent to Fedora."

In fact, Fedora 19 has taken multiple steps to be focussed on the developer experience overall. Back in May when the first Beta for Fedora 19 came out Fedora Project Leader, Robyn Bergeron saidthat Fedora as a project wants to make sure that it is attracting developers and that the applications inside Fedora have the latest stacks to build

"It's also very important we reach a good developer audience; we want to make sure people are using Fedora and we're giving them new features to take advantage of," Bergeron said.

2) SUSE Linux Enterprise SP3

SUSE is now out with its third major update to the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 platform. SLES 11 was first release back in 2009 and the last major update was the Service Pack 2 update in February of 2012

The SP3 update is mostly about hardware enablement and support for the latest server technologies. Among those technologies is support for running SLES SP3 on UEFI Secure Boot enabled hardware.

"With the release of SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 Service Pack 3, we are delivering scalability and security enhancements to our customers," said Michael Miller, Vice President of Alliances and Marketing, SUSE in a statement. "These enhancements will help them maximize resource utilization and improve business agility when they are facing economic and competitive pressures."

3) MintBox 2

Linux as an operating system can run on any number of different hardware platforms. Every so often, a computer manufacturer comes along and builds a specific machine for a given distro. That's what happened with the first MintBox that debuted back in 2012.

The new MintBox 2 is built on top of an Intel i5 processor instead of the previous generation AMD processors. MintBox 2 will also include the latest Linux Mint Olivia 15 release.

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

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