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Linux Top 3: Quirky, Steam and Arch Update for 2014

  • January 6, 2014
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Quirky 6.1

Quirky is the brainchild of Puppy Linux founder Barry Kauler and has now been updated to version 6.1

"In a nutshell, Quirky6 is intended to be as small as possible (hence compiled from source in T2), very fast, very simple, optimised to run on Flash memory media, and very quirky," Kauler wrote in the Quirky 6.1 release notes.

Quirky is technically a fork of Puppy Linux, though Kauler notes that is now substantially different. With the Quirky 6.1 release package removal has been improved as has system snapshot capabilities for system recovery.

Quirky 6.1 also aims to make it easier for user to upgrade to it and to future versions of Quirky.

2) Ye Olde SteamOSe

There has been a lot of interest and excitement both inside and outside of the Linux community about Valve Software's SteamOS initiative. SteamOS while open and freely downloadable today does have some stringent hardware requirements in order to run properly.

That's where the 'Ye Old SteamOSe' effort comes into play. The Ye Olde SteamOSeis essentially a SteamOS installer that enables the gaming operating system to run on a wider variety of hardware platforms.

The latest Ye Olde SteamOSe is now at its Beta 2 release stage.

According to the project's Github page, "Ye Olde SteamOSe should behave exactly like the real SteamOS, except it works on more systems."

3) Arch 2014.01.05

Arch Linux is a rolling Linux distribution, meaning that it never really has 'new' releases as it's always being updated.

From time to time, Arch Linux does update its install media giving new users an easy entry point to the Arch Linux world. The new Arch 2014.01.05 milestone includes the LInux 3.12.6 kernel as well as a rollup of all recent Arch updates.

 

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

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