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Linux Top 3: Red Hat Enterprise Linux and KDE Updates as Puppy Goes Woof

  • October 8, 2013
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.10

Red Hat first introduced Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL) in 2007 and has been updating it ever since. RHEL 5 is now technically in what Red Hat refers to as Production Phase 2 which is a phase in which stability and not new functionality additions are paramount.

RHEL 5.10 was released last week with multiple bug and stability updates. It also included a major new release of the open source MySQL database.

"We elected to help preserve the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 customer base's investment in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and open-source databases by updating from MySQL 5.0x to MySQL 5.5, which was the most stable version available during the development window for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.10," Ron Pacheco, senior manager, platform product management at Red Hat said.

2) Puppy Linux

Puppy Linux is a well known and love small footprint Linux distribution created by Barry Kauler. Kauler announced this past week that he's nearing the end of the road for his involvement after a ten year run.

The plan is for Kauler to put Puppy into a maintenance mode for a period of time.

"Maintenance mode" means that I will continue to work on Woof, but just focused on essential fixes, rather than any new features," Kauler wrote in a blog post."I will likely keep my "hand in", doing some Puppy-related things."

One of those Puppy related ideas, is the creation of a Debian package that could transform an Ubuntu installation into something that is more Puppy-like.

"It would be nice to have one DEB to transform the user interface to a close-to-Puppy experience," Kauler wrote.

3) KDE updates

The KDE open source desktop project has updated its namesake desktop to version 4.11.2. The update is a bug fix and stability release.

"More than 70 recorded bugfixes include improvements to the Window Manager KWin, the file manager Dolphin, the personal information management suite Kontact, and others," the release announcement stated. "There are many stability fixes and the usual additions of translations."

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

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