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Linux Distros introduced in 2012

Choice and options are the beauty of Linux, petals just keep on adding to Linux family. Almost every day we have a new distro to try, explore and play with it. 2012 has been a wonderful year to Linux world, out of so many distros released this year following are some promising distros of 2012:

1. SolusOS

Desktop like environments are getting increasingly dominated by mobile-like environments, but not solusOS. SolusOS can be used by beginners and is a fork of GNOME 3 but the look and feel has been kept of our beloved GNOME 2. In words of project team

It works out of the box with great support for all your modern day computing needs including word processing, audio/video playback and editing, file sharing, and more,

If you want to taste the new solusOS then you can watch this video and if it really intrigues you, go have at it here.

2. Linux Lite

Linux Lite is an Ubuntu-based linux distribution and is mainly targeted at new comers, a very good beginners distro. It was launched in October, the current version is 1.0.2. It is offering five years of support and comes with xfce 4.8.
Its code name is “Amethyst” and can be downloaded from sourceforge.

3. Cinnarch

Cinnarch cant go unmentioned, project team says it is a distro that aims to provide

“a modern, elegant and powerful operating system based on one of the best Linux distributions out there, arch Linux, and featuring the popular Cinnamon desktop environment,”

It was first released in May but then it was officially declared beta in late November. Do give it a try- link.

4. Bedrock Linux

Bedrock Linux was created to make the most out of the best features of best Linux distros. Team says,

most of the (often seemingly mutually exclusive) benefits of various other Linux distributions available simultaneously and transparently,

To be precise,

“Bedrock Linux uniquely manipulates the filesytem and PATH to allow software from various other Linux distributions to coexist as though they were all from the same single, cohesive Linux distribution,”

“With Bedrock Linux, for example, one could have an RSS feed reader from Arch Linux’s AUR open a webpage in a Web browser from Ubuntu’s repos while both of them are running in an X11 server from Fedora.”

The motto of Bedrock Linux is to bundle all the best features from different distributions into one single Linux distro. A video will help in better understanding of the product. Download it here.

5. Qubes

Qubes OS is a security-oriented linux distribution which was first launched in September. It is based on Fedora desktop. It is powered by X Window System can run most linux applications. Release 2 is under ‘construction’, it is supposed to support Windows AppVMs. Current vertsion can be downloaded from here.

These were few worth mentioning Linux Distros of 2012 according to us, yes we do have our comment section open.

Arch Linux Cannot Open Firefox and other applications

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A little bummer for Arch linux lovers, those who have updated their systems lately might face a temporary issue. This problem is restraining users from invoking some applications including firefox and chromium. Issuing a command to run “few” applications will welcome you with following error:

libpng14.so.14: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

See what Arch Linux has got to say about this:

Recent releases of libpng and libtiff have required a rebuild of all packages that depend on them; these have just been moved from [testing] to the main repos. As usual, remember to fully update your system and check your unofficial packages (especially the cairo-* packages from AUR) for required rebuilds.

To get through this, you need to rebuild some packages, run following command to see which ones need the updating:

pacman -Qm

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