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Linux Top 3: Linux for Workgroups, Sabayon and Luna

  • August 12, 2013
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Linux 3.11

You can't accuse Linux creator Linus Torvalds of not being nostalgic, even when it comes to rival operating system releases.

This past week Torvalds released the fifth release candidate for Linux 3.11, which has been known somewhat sarcastically as Linux for Workgroups. The Windows 3.11 Release 20 years ago was known at Windows for Workgroups, so that's the connection there. Windows 3.11 was released on August 11, 1993.

"Sadly, the numerology doesn't quite work out, and while releasing the final 3.11 today would be a lovely coincidence (Windows 3.11 was released twenty years ago today), it is not to be,"Torvalds wrote. "Instead, we have 3.11-rc5."

The 3.11 Linux kernel itself is continuing to progress. Torvalds noted that in the rc5 update there are, "...misc media fixes, arch updates, some small filesystem updates etc."

"Nothing really stands out," Torvalds wrote.

2) Sabayon 13.08

The Sabayon Linux distribution is also moving ahead. This week the open source project launched its Sabayon 13.08 release, which is part of the project's regular monthly rolling release update cycle.

The Sabayon 13.08 release includes the new Linux 3.10.4 kernel and switches to SystemD ad the default init system.

"The reworked Sabayon Linux kernel release process made possible to follow the weekly stable release schedule madness and newer kernels enter the sabayon-limbo (unstable) repository with no more than 36 hours delay average," Sabayon developer Fabio Erculiani wrote. "This is a great thing for users that can benefit from usptream bug fixes (and regressions...) without too much delay. Long Term Stable kernels like 3.4 (and in future 3.10) will continue to be updated as well."

3) Elementary OS Luna

There is no shortage of Ubuntu-based distribution out today and you can now add Elementary OS 0.2 Luna to that list.

The basic idea behind Luna is to provide a minimalist distribution using a customer desktop shell known as Pantheon.

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

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