Linux Top 3: Foresight, Rocks 6.2, Parsix 7.5
1) Foresight Linux Shuts Down
Foresight Linux is shutting down after not being able to generate enough participation to warrant its continued development.
Developer Michael K Johnson wrote:
The Foresight Linux Council has determined that there has been insufficient volunteer activity to sustain meaningful new development of Foresight Linux. Faced with the need either to update the project's physical infrastructure or cease operations, we find no compelling reason to update the infrastructure.
2) Rocks 6.2
The Rocks cluster distirbution is being updated to version 6.2 codename Sidewinder. Sidewinder is a 64-bit only release and is based upon CentOS 6.6 .
Also included is support for perfSONAR, where cluster builders can decide to install the full GUI (recommended for a standalone perfSONAR host) or just the command tools.Customizing what is installed for perfSONAR gives four attributes that control which elements of perfSONAR are installed on hosts.
3) Parsix 7.5
Parsix is a Live Linux distribution that is based on Debian
Parsix GNU/Linux 7.5 (code name Rinaldo) brings stable GNOME 3.14 desktop environment, a new kernel built using our modernized kernel build system, updated installer, a new version of systemd and an upgraded X.Org Server. This version has been synchronized with Debian Wheezy repositories as of April 26, 2015. Parsix Rinaldo ships with GNOME 3.14 and LibreOffice 4.3.3 productivity suit by default. Highlights: improved desktop performance thanks to X.Org 1.16.4, updated installer system with better UEFI support, GNOME Shell 3.14.4, GRUB 2, GNU Iceweasel (Firefox) 37.0.2, GParted 0.12.1, Empathy 3.12.8, LibreOffice 4.3.3, VirtualBox 4.3.18 and a kernel based on Linux 3.14.41 with TuxOnIce 3.3, BFS and other extra patches. Live DVD has been compressed using SquashFS and XZ.
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Linux Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist