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Linux Top 3: VirtualBox 5, Point Linux 3.0 and OpenSUSE Leap 42.x

  • July 13, 2015
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) VirtualBox 5

While VirtualBox itself is not a Linux technology, it is widely used on Linux and other operating system to virtualize and run Linux. This past week VirtualBox 5.0 was released providing a number of new features and capabilities including:

  • Improved CPU Utilization: Exposes a broader set of CPU instructions to the guest OS, enabling applications to make use of the latest hardware instruction sets for maximum performance.
  • Support of USB 3.0 Devices: Guest operating systems can directly recognize USB 3.0 devices and operate at full 3.0 speeds. The guest OS can be configured to support USB 1.1, 2.0, and 3.0.
  • Bi-Directional Drag and Drop Support for Windows: On all host platforms, Windows, Linux and Oracle Solaris guests now support “drag and drop” of content between the host and the guest. The drag and drop feature transparently allows copying or opening of files, directories, and more.
  • Disk Image Encryption: Data can be encrypted on virtual hard disk images transparently during runtime, using the industry standard AES algorithm with up to 256 bit data encryption keys (DEK). This helps ensure data is secure and encrypted at all times, whether the VM is sitting unused on a developer's machine or server, or actively in use.

2) OpenSUSE Leap 42.x

Details on the evolution of the openSUSE Linux distribution new model have now been revealed. The plan is for OpenSUSE to 'leap' forward with the openSUSEM Leap 42.x update.

OpenSUSE developer Richard Brown wrote:

"We felt that Leap, with reference to motion, i.e. how the distribution moves forward, provides a nice contrast to Tumbleweed. It also represents that we are taking a leap to get there… As far as the version number is concerned we concluded that 42 is a great starting point due to the historical reference in the project. It's quirky and we felt it suits us well. We deliberated other options such as starting at 1.x or some other arbitrary number such as 22 but we preferred 42. Additionally 42 has already gotten some notoriety and thus we might as well stick with it. In the end we all know the number is more or less arbitrary and the important point is that it increases going forward ;)

.x is used to indicate the service pack of SLE from which the sources originate. We expect the first release to be 42.1 because we intend to have the release aligned and sharing code with SLE 12 SP1.

3) Point Linux 3.0

Point Linux is a Debian Jessie based Linux distribution that relies on the MATE desktop environment for user experience. The big new addition in Point Linux 3.0 is the Point Linux Update Notifier which helps users to keep systems up-to-date.

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

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