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Linux Top 3: Sabayon Linux Embraces Docker, Q4OS Updates and PC-BSD 10.2

  • August 24, 2015
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Sabayon Docker Images

The Docker container format makes it easier than ever to run application images on a Linux host, but what if you the application you want to run is an operating system? That's what Sabayon Linux is now enabling with Docker based images for its upcoming releases. Sabayon is a desktop-friendly version of Gentoo Linux.

According to Sabayon developers:

These are forked directly from a Gentoo stage3 docker image. The result is a very clean chroot that is even closer to Gentoo. Our docker pulls in the stage3, adds Sabayon overlay, installs Entropy to a point where it can run. Then it checks the Portage database to list what packages are installed and replaces them with the packages from Entropy. (Ain’t that cool?). Now we can keep our minimal chroot current and easy make changes whenever we want. The docker base image is then being “squashed” so we can feed it as an image to our Molecule™ script that will build our iso images for us.

2) Q4OS 1.2.8

Remember KDE 3? While KDE 3 has long since been replaced by the KDE project proper, there is a fork of KDE 3 known as Trinity which continues to thrive. One of the many distros that supports Trinity is Q4OS which was updated last week to version 1.2.8.

This Q4OS release delivers redesigned 'Setup' utility, the native Q4OS tool, that enables smooth and user friendly installation of external applications. It has been improved to be able to solve dependencies of packages in deeper complexity and automatically install extra useful software without the need of additional user intervention. An integrated message-box now displays installation messages much clearer.

3) PC-BSD 10.2

No it's not Linux, because it doesn't use a Linux kernel, but beyond that PC-BSD 10.2 will have many other elements that are very familiar to Linux users. The new PC-BSD 10.2 releaseis based on the upstream FreeBSD 10.2 server release.

PC-BSD 10.2 Notable Changes:

  • FreeBSD 10.2-RELEASE base system
  • Many bugfixes and enhancements to installer to dual-boot setups
  • New CD-sized network installation media, with Wifi Configuration via GUI
  • Switched to “iocage” for jail management backend
  • Disk Manager GUI now available via installer GUI
  • Bug-fixes and improvements to Life-Preserver replications
  • Improved localization options for login manager
  • Options to Enable / Disable SSHD or IPv6 at installation
  • New “Plugins” system for AppCafe, allowing download of pre-built jail environments
  • Improvements to look-n-feel of AppCafe for package management
  • Improved fonts and better support for 4K monitor setups
  • Enterprise package repo, which only has security updates, allowing users to run a server / desktop or jail with fairly consistent package versions.
  • Firefox 40.0_1,1
  • Chromium 44.0.2403.130
  • Thunderbird 38.1.0
  • Lumina 0.8.6
  • GNOME 3.16.2

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

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