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Linux Top 3: Fedora Heisenbug, Sabayon 14.01 Adds Steam and Linux Mint 16 KDE

  • December 23, 2013
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Fedora 20

Red Hat's community Linux project released its' latest release, Fedora 20 codenamed 'Heisenbug' after several weeks of delay.

Fedora 20 includes an improved Network Manager that can help enable a Software Defined Networking (SDN) environment. The Fedora 20 release includes the Linux 3.11.x kernel which support 2the Open vSwitch (OVS) virtual switch. Fedora 20 also includes a new LVM (Logical Volume Manager) thin provisioning capability. LVM is widely used tool in LInux for logical storage management.

The ARM architecture is now a full first class citizen for Fedora.

"We've added significant quantities of build infrastructure for the ARM effort, and a lot of work was done to ensure that the process more or less appears to function in the same way to the packager or developer as it would for our other historical primary architectures," Fedora Project Leader, Robyn Bergeron said.

2) Sabayon 14.01

Sabayon Linux is based on the Gentoo Linux project but has always gone above and beyond Gentoo in terms of user facing, desktop features - and the new 14.01 releaseis no exception.

"Our KDE and GNOME images come with Steam preinstalled and ready to be launched. In addition to this, a new boot and install mode called "Steam Big Picture" (formerly and improperly known as SteamBox mode) is now available letting you turn your computer into a real Linux gaming console, no matter if it is NVIDIA, AMD or Intel GPU-based. "

Sabayon 14.01 also enables users to know easily swap in/out new Linux kernels rapidly.

"However, if you're using Sabayon on your laptop, desktop workstation, switching between kernels or just moving to a new version has become a no-brainer operation through Rigo: just go to the preferences menu, select the kernel menu (LTS and regular kernels are listed in separate menus), pick a kernel and click "Install". Rigo will take care of updating external modules in a reliable and safe way on your behalf. "

3) Linux Mint 16 moves Beyond Cinnamon

While the Cinnamon and MATE desktops are what Linux Mint is best known for, the distro also supports others, albeit a bit later than. The KDE and XFCE version of Linux Mint 16 were released last week.

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

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