Linux Top 3: Fedora 24, Peppermint 7 and Solus 1.2
1) Fedora 24
Perhaps the biggest release of last week was Fedora 24, the first major milestone release from Red Hat's community Linux platform so far in 2016. On the desktop Fedora 24 including the GNOME 3.20 desktop and now supports the Flatpak application packaging approach. The promise of Flatpack much like Ubuntu's Snappy is a single package that can run across multiple Linux distributions.
2) Peppermint OS 7
Peppermint is a particularly interesting Linux distribution in how it works with web based application. At the core of Peppermint is the Site Specific Browser framework called Ice that let's any website become it's own application.
Team Peppermint are pleased to announce our latest operating system Peppermint 7, it comes in both 32bit and 64bit editions with the latter having full UEFI / GPT / Secureboot support baked in, a new version of Ice (our in house Site Specific Browser framework) is also included with full Firefox web browser support as well as Chromium / Chrome
We have a new look, flatter than previous editions (though not too flat) with a dark gtk theme by default and colorful icon choices, we’ve put together a small collection of images by the brilliant photographer Ray Bilcliff with his kind permission
3) Solus 1.2
Solus is a particularly innovative Linux distribution in that it has a very unique desktop called budgie. Not surprisingly, it's in budgie where the bulk of improvements for Solus 1.2 have landed:
We have continued to improve Budgie over the course of the Solus 1.2 development cycle, with development changes shipping in Solus 1.2. This release features a multitude of bug fixes and some of the following highlighted improvements:
Fix stretching of GTK Switches in CSS themes.
Fixed some untranslatable strings.
Icon and GTK themes are now properly detected using our new ThemeScanner.
Notifications will no longer expand Raven.
Resolved drawing issues for Calendar, Sound, and MPRIS applets.
Some users experienced instances where battery / power indicators would not accurately reflect the amount of batteries on their system, typically due to changes between critical state and charging. These issues should now be resolved.
We now ensure multiple applications abide by the user’s icon theme, such as Atom, Gnome Builder, Gnome Photos, Gnome TODO, Telegram, and more.
While not specifically affecting Solus, Budgie has received multiple GTK 3.20 fixes.
You can now click the desktop while Raven is open and have Raven be dismissed.
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at LinuxPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist