Linux Top 3: SparkyLinux 4.5, Mageia 5.1 and Peppermint 7
1) SparkyLinux 4.5
SparkyLinux is (yet another) Debian based Linux distribution. The SparkyLinux 4.5 update codenamed "Tyche' was released on December 3, providing users with multiple desktop choice other than GNOME. SparkLinux 4.5 ships with KDE, LXDE, LXQt, MATE and Xfce.
Changes between 4.4 and 4.5:
- Linux kernel 4.8.7 as default (4.8.12-sparky available in Sparky ‘unstable’ repo)
- Firefox 45.5.0 ESR (Firefox 50.0.2 available in repos)
- Icedove 45.4 (Thunderbird 45.5.1 available in repos)
- LibreOffice 5.2.3-rc1
- libc6 2.24, systemd 232-6, python 2.7.12 + 3.5.2, gcc 5.4.1 + 6.2.0
- added 2 new desktops to be installed via the MinimalGUI/CLI and APTus: CDE (Common Desktop Environment), DDE (Deepin Desktop Environment); Pantheon desktop has been removed from the configuration
2) Peppermint 7
The Peppermint OS Linux platform is an effort to integrate the cloud SaaS world with the desktop in a seamless hybrid approach. Peppermint had its 1.0 release back in 2010, and the technology has been steadily updated ever since. Peppermint Linux was updated on November 29 with a respin number 7-2016-1201, providing users with updated media including the last open-source packages.
- All updates to date (including the 4.4.0-51 kernel)
- Fixed multimedia keyboard function keys
- Fixed browsing for smb network printers
- Fix for Google Chrome keyring prompt
- Added hplip for HP Printer support out of the box
- Added pulseaudio-module-bluetooth for bluetooth headsets
3) Mageia 5.1
The Mageia Linux distro was first formed in September 2010 as a fork of French Linux distribution Mandriva. On June 19, 2015, Mageia 5 was out and there have been lot of incremental open-source package updates since then. As such, Mageia Linux 5.1 is now out, not a a new distribution, but rather as an incremental media update for those that want all the update in a single ISO.
This release – like Mageia 4.1 was in its time – is a respin of the Mageia 5 installation and Live ISO images, based on the Mageia 5 repository and incorporating all updates to allow for an up to date installation without the need to install almost a year and a half worth of updates. It is therefore recommended for new installations and upgrades from Mageia 4.
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at LinuxPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist