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Linux Top 3: RHEL Clones Update as Linux Mint Gets a new Dash of Cinnamon

  • December 2, 2013
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

Linux Mint 16

This past week marked the final release of Linux Mint 16 codenamed 'Petra'. So far, Linux Mint has been made available in two officials builds, one with the new Cinammon 2.0 desktop and the other with MATE.

"Linux Mint 16 is the result of 6 months of incremental development on top of stable and reliable technologies," Linux Mint founder Clement Lefebvre wrote in his release announcement. "This new release comes with updated software and brings refinements and new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use."

Among the new features is an improved user login screen (MDM) as well as a new user applet that makes user setting more accessible to users from the main desktop interface. Linux Mint 16 also includes new USB formatting and creation tools that let users build bootable USB sticks.

CentOS and Oracle Updates

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 (RHEL) was releasedon November 21st and barely a week later, the clones have already emerged.

CentOS, which is a community built version of RHEL, released CentOS 6.5on December 2nd, providing users with a free (as in Beer) version of Red Hat's flagship Linux release.

Oracle Linux is also based on RHEL and also available without charge, though Oracle does offer it's users the option for paid commercial support. As opposed to CentOS or RHEL itself, Oracle Linux 6.5 is available to users with a choice of two different Linux kernels

"By default, both the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) and the Red Hat Compatible Kernel are installed," the Oracle Linux 6.5 release notes state.

UEK is an updated kernel that takes direct advantage of more recent innovation in the upstream Linux kernel. Among the improvements that UEK 2 support now is the VXLAN protocol for virtual networking.

"The Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) tunneling protocol overlays a virtual network on an existing Layer 3 infrastructure to allow the transfer of Layer 2 Ethernet packets over UDP. This feature is intended for use by a virtual network infrastructure in a virtualized environment. Use cases include virtual machine migration and software-defined networking (SDN).

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

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