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Linux Top 3: Fedora 21 Delayed, SystemRescueCD and Raspian Update

  • September 15, 2014
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Fedora 21 Delayed

There is saying that used to be commonly attributed to when Debian Linux distributions would be released. That saying is - "it's done, when it's done."

The same is true for Fedora Linux which has had more than its fair share of scheduling delays in recent years for releases. Fedora 21 has now been delayed yet again, pushing the date out by a several weeks from the original schedule.

Oh and don't forget so far there has not yet been a single release of Fedora in 2014. That's right not a single release. The last Fedora major update was Fedora 20 which was releasedin December of 2013.

Fedora 21 is currently set for final release on December 2. However given that there is the US Thanksgiving holiday to deal with at the end of November, time will tell whether or not Fedora 21 slips further into December.

2) SystemRescueCd 4.3.1

While Fedora is a commonly used Linux distribution for general purposes including desktop and server, SystemRescueCD has a narrower purpose.

SystemRescueCD is a purpose-built system to help users recover corrupted or damaged system. This past week SystemRescueCd 4.3.1 was released providing users with updated versions of recovery tools.

The new release includes:

  • Standard kernels: Long-Term-Supported linux-3.10.53 (rescue32 + rescue64)
  • Alternative kernels: updated to stable linux-3.14.17 (altker32 + altker64)
  • Updated GNU Parted to 3.2 and GParted to 0.19.1 (Bug fix release)
  • Updated file systems: e2fsprogs-1.42.12, btrfs-progs-3.14.2, fuse-exfat-1.1.0

3) Raspbian 2014-09-09

Last but not least, the Raspberry Pi focussed Raspbian Linux was update last week to version 2014-09-09. Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton noted in a blog postthat the new release now includes an optimized Gnome Epiphany browser as the default.

Other updates include:

  • Java updated to JDK 8
  • Mathematica updated to version 10
  • Sonic Pi updated to version 2
  • Minecraft Pi pre-installed

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

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