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Linux Top 3: Linux 4.2 rc1, 4MLinux 13 and antiX15

  • July 6, 2015
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1)  Linux 4.2 rc1

The first release candidate for the Linux 4.2 kernel is now available and it's one of the largest that Linus Torvalds has ever seen.

"If you count the size in pure number of lines changed, this really seems to be the biggest rc we've ever had, with over a million lines added (and about a quarter million removed). That beats the previous champion (3.11-rc1) that was huge mainly due to Lustre being
added to the staging tree."

As to why Linux 4.2 is so large, Torvalds points to a single source:

The reason for that huge number of lines is largely a single source:
the bulk of this by far is from the new amd gpu register description
headers. In fact, just those register descriptor headers alone are
about 41% of the entire patch.

2) 4MLinux 13.0

4MLinux which is a very unique Linux desktop focussed distribution is out with version 13.0 providing a new desktop user interface experience.

 Major changes in the core of the system, which now uses GNU Compiler Collection 5.1.0 to compile programs designed for the i686 architecture. Additionally, I am very happy to announce that my long work on improving the 4MLinux Desktop has been finished. 4MLinux users can now  enojoy the result of this work: a unique, highly customized mixture of JWM (Joe's Window Manager), Window Maker and PCManFM

3) antiX15

The Debian Jessie based antix distro is also updating, with a new version that provides a number of updated applications and new capabilities.


    Based on Debian Jessie, but without systemd nor systemd-shim.
    Customised 4.0.5 kernel with fbcondecor splash
    'daves-desktop' organises the desktop-session
    libreoffice 4.3.3
    iceweasel 31.7.0esr
    claws-mail 3.11.1-3
    xmms -for audio
    gnome-mplayer - for playing video
    smtube - play youtube videos without a using a browser
    streamlight-antix - new application to stream videos with very low RAM usage.

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

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