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Fedora 9 beta, Knoppix improvements

By   |  March 29, 2008

Another week and another bag-full of Linux releases. Over the past week Damn Small Linux has edged closer to a 4.3 release  with a release candidate, Astaro is showing off its security appliance distro, Knoppix makes big changes in 5.3.1 and Fedora issues a beta release of the forthcoming Fedora 9 release. 

Knoppix 5.3.1 adds KDE 4.0 option
Klaus Knopper has announced the release of version 5.3.1 of the popular Knoppix distribution. Among the changes in this release are a distribution upgrade to Lenny, the Debian testing release; the boot system has been changed from initrd to initramfs; updated wifi drivers and firmware for ipw*; the Compiz 3D window manager 0.7.3; and KDE 3.5.9 with KDE 4.0 as an experimental boot option. For a full list of changes read the changelog and download from here.

Astaro Security Gateway releases 7.2 beta
ASG has released a public beta of its security gateway distribution and is hosting a competition for testing the release. ASG 7.2 beta features an improved instant messaging and peer-to-peer detection engine including Skype blocking, an updated IPS engine and Linux kernel as well bugfixes and other improvements. Read more or download.

Damn Small Linux 4.3RC1
The Damn Small Linux community, makers of the ultra-slim 50MB Linux distribution, have announced the first release candidate for the upcoming 4.3 release. Changes in this release include: updated murgaLua to v0.6.6; updated nano-tiny to v2.0.7; updated and consolidation of mydslBrowser with new mydslBrowser.lua; improved removal of mydsl extensions on traditional hard drive installations; dropped SCSI modules for needed space. Full release notes here and downloads here.

Fedora 9 beta includes Gnome 2.22, KDE 4.02
The community-driven Fedora distribution moved closer to release this past week with the announcement of Fedora 9 beta. Changes in Fedora 9 beta include the recently released Gnome 2.22, KDE 4.0.2 and Firefox 3 Beta 5. Fedora 9 beta also includes support for resizing ext2, ext3 and NTFS partitions during install, support for creating and installing to encrypted filesystems and packageKit, a cross-distribution package management solution with a complete yum backend, designed to unify different distributions’ software management with the latest technologies. Announcement here and downloads here.


One Response to “Fedora 9 beta, Knoppix improvements”

  1. zenarcher
    March 29th, 2008 @ 10:55 pm

    Too bad you didn’t mention Mandriva Spring 2008.1 RC2. It’s a wonderful It’s been excellent, all the way from the first Alpha. I’d recommend anyone wanting to try Linux to give it a try. Even wireless works for me, with a couple of clicks of the mouse. Hardware detection and package choice is excellent.

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