Linux Top 3: Mageia 3, Linux Mint 15 and New Linux Kernels for All
1) Mageia 3
Some forks do better than others. In the case of the Madriva fork known as Mageia, it's doing quite well, this week releasing its third major update in less than three years.
Also of note, Mageia includes Steam for Linuxwhich will enable the Linux distro to be leveraged as a gaming platform.
Mageia was first created in 2010 by former Mandriva employees. The first Mageia release debuted in June of 2011.
2) Linux Mint 15
Linux Mint isn't technically a fork of Ubuntu, though it got its start as being an Ubuntu derivative.
The news Linux Mint release is code named Olivia and expands on the core promise of the Linux distribution, namely an alternative approach to the Ubuntu Unity desktop shell.
"Linux Mint 15 is the most ambitious release since the start of the project," Linux Mint founder Clem Lefebvre wrote . "MATE 1.6 is greatly improved and Cinnamon 1.8 offers a ton of new features, including a screensaver and a unified control center.
One of the other key new improvements in Linux Mint 15 is a new tool called SoftwareSources.
"It replaces software-properties-gtk and is perfectly adapted to managing software sources in Linux Mint," the What's New page for Linux Mint 15 details.
3)Linux Kernel development
This past week has been a particularly active one for Linux kernel development.
Greg Kroah-Hartman release three stable kernels this past week wit the he 3.9.3, 3.4.46, and 3.0.79 stable kernel updates.
Not to be outdone, Linus Torvalds continues to push forward on the bleeding edge of kernel development with the first milestone in the Linux 3.10 release cycle.
"So this is the biggest -rc1 in the last several years (perhaps ever) at least as far as counting commits go, even if not necessarily in actual lines (I didn't check the statistics on that)," Torvalds wrote. "Which was unexpected, because while linux-next was fairly big, it wasn't exceptionally so."
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Linux Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.