Linux Top 3: Slackware 14.1, Pear 8 and Frugalware 1.9
1) Slackware 14.1
The first Linux distribution just keeps on going. The latest iteration is the Slackwar 14.1 release which debuted on November 4th.
Slackware 14.1 includes a relatively recent Linux 3.10.17 kernel (the Linux 3.12 kernel just got released last week). The system also supports machines that use UEFI firmware.
One thing that Slackware 14.1 does not include is the GNOME desktop.
"Slackware 14.1 contains updated versions of both KDE and Xfce, and both of these have been split as much as possible into their component packages rather than larger bundles," Volkerding wrote. "This not only makes it easier to remove software that you don't need, but also makes it easier to maintain on our end."
In addition to the new release, the Slackware community now also includes a new documentation website to help users old and new alike. The site is community driven and available now at : http://docs.slackware.com.
2) Frugalware 1.9
Frugalware Linux also updated this past week. Frugalware is a distro that leverages the Arch Linux "pacman" package management utility.
The Frugalware 1.9 release like Slackware 14.1 includes the Linux kernel 3.10.17. The new release also includes an installer that the Frugalware community had been working on for a year.
"It was redesigned from the bottom up to be more resistant to user errors and to be more stable. It should be stable enough by now for general use," the Frugalware 1.9 release announcement stated. "However, at least one major feature of the old installer is absent from the new one. Network install images will not be generated for this release as this feature has not been reimplemented yet."
3)Pear OS 8
There are a lot of different Linux distribution and some of them over the year have tried to emulate features or themes found outside of Linux. Pear OS is one such distribution and it aims (somewhat successfully) to emulate the look and feel of the Apple Mac OS X operating system
The Pear OS 8 release is now out and even has its own iCloud type implementation called Pear Cloud.
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Linux Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist