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Linux Top 3: Peppermint Five, Mageia 4.1 and Debian LTS

  • June 23, 2014
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Peppermint Five

Peppermint Five was officially released on June 23 and is another in the long list of distros that are based on the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

While Linux Mint is known for its Cinnamon desktop, Peppermint uses something that is significantly more lightweight with a default desktop that is based LXDE. This is a distro that has been consistently releasing updates on a decent cadence since at least 2010, when Peppermint 1.0 was first released.

In Peppermint Five the Ice cloud and web management tools has been updated to be faster and more stable. The distro now includes a new control center enabling users to easily manage and customize the desktop as well.

Shane Remington Chief Operating Officer of Peppermint stated:

"With this release we are getting ready for the future. The technology landscape is constantly changing, and we are always responding to meet our user’s needs. We are 100% driven to deliver an OS that is fast, secure, and available everywhere, Peppermint Five is another step in that direction."

2) Mageia 4.1

While Peppermint is focussed on the LXDE desktop, Mageia tends to favor KDE. Mageia is the fork of the distribution formerly known as Mandriva (and before that Mandrake).

On June 20, Mageia 4.1 was released providing an incremental update to Mageia 4 which was released on February 1.

Mageia developer Remi Verschelde wrote:

"If you were not expecting it, you might wonder what this unnanounced 4.1 version is. It is a maintenance release for Mageia 4 which contains all security and bugfix updates that were issued since the release in February 2014. In particular, the Mageia 4 ISO images were affected by an upstream syslinux bug which prevented installation using a burned DVD on some older hardware. Among the updated packages you will find the Linux kernel (version 3.12.21), various drivers for your hardware, and updated software such as Libreoffice and Firefox. Another notable update is the fix for the well-known “Heartbleed” bug of OpenSSL.

3) Debian Squeeze Officially Goes Long Term

Debian 6 (aka 'Squeeze') is not in the Long Term support phase of its life span. The Long Term phase of support will now provide security updates for the distro until February of 2016.

Debian Squeeze was first released back in February of 2011.

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

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