Linux Top 3: Fedora 23, OpenSUSE Leap 42.1 and OpenELEC 6.0
1) Fedora 23
For Fedora 23 the Red Hat sponsored community Linux distribution was only a week off its' original schedule, which is a remarkable feat as Fedora often doesn't stick closely to release schedules. Fedora 23 is also the first time in two years that Fedora has managed to release two distribution updates in a single year. In 2014, with confusion and mess surrounding Fedora.next and the Fedora 21 update, only one release debuted.
In most respects, Fedora 23 continues on the path laid out by Fedora 22 and 21 with three product focuses: workstation, server and cloud. Fedora 23 includes a new capability called cloudtoserver that lets users make a cloud image into a server image for an application - which has some interesting uses.
Security is also a core focus in Fedora 23 Among the major changes in Fedora 23 is the removal of SSLv3 and RC4 encryption cipher support. SSLv3 is an old protocol and has been proven to be insecure, while RC4 is now also thought to be insecure as well.
2) OpenSUSE Leap 42.1
As opposed to Fedora which continues to be a feeder distribution into features that land in Red Hat Enterprise Linux, OpenSUSE is now taking a very different approach. OpenSUSE Leap is neither purely community based nor it is entirely enterprise sourced either.
Version 42.1 is the first version of openSUSE Leap that uses source from SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) providing a level of stability that will prove to be unmatched by other Linux distributions. Bonding community development and enterprise reliability provides more cohesion for the project and its contributor’s maintenance updates. openSUSE Leap will benefit from the enterprise maintenance effort and will have some of the same packages and updates as SLE, which is different from previous openSUSE versions that created separate maintenance streams.
Community developers provide an equal level of contribution to Leap and upstream projects to the release, which bridges a gap between matured packages and newer packages found in openSUSE’s other distribution Tumbleweed.
3) OpenELEC 6.0
OpenELEC is a popular media server distribution and with the 6.0 release updates to Kodi 15.2.
" Beginning with Kodi 15.0 most audio encoder, audio decoder, PVR and visualisation addons are no longer pre-bundled into OpenELEC but can be downloaded from the Kodi addon repo if required. PVR backends such as VDR and TVHeadend will install needed dependencies automatically"
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at LinuxPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist