Linux Mint 12 LXDE RC is out and available for download

Linux Mint 12 LXDE RC

No more waiting fellas! Linux Mint team has just announced that Linux Mint 12 LXDE RC has been released and is available for download.

Linux Mint 12 LXDE RC
Linux Mint 12 LXDE RC

New features of Linux Mint 12 LXDE RC

LXDE– Linux Mint 12 uses LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) as the default desktop environment.

Hybrid ISO images– This is considered to be the first release which uses Hybrid ISO images. With the help of it you can install Linux Mint easily using the “dd command” and there is no need to use tools like “Startup Disk Creator” or “UNetbootin” to install Linux Mint using a USB device. The main advantage of it is that your USB device will work same as a liveCD (in fact faster than it). Thing to note is that using this method will delete all the files from the USB drive.

DuckDuckGo – DuckDuckGo is the default search engine in Linux Mint 12 LXDE RC. DuckDuckGo is a great search engine which is getting more popular day by day, recently it achieved the success in getting 1 million direct searches in 1 day.

Upstream components – The upstream components which Linux Mint 12 LXDE RC is featuring are: Linux 3.0, LXDE 0.5.0 and Linux 3.0.

System requirements

To be able to install Linux Mint 12 LXDE RC your system must meet the requirements given below:

  • x86 processor
  • at least 256 MB RAM
  • Free disk space of 3 GB or more
  • Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB port

Download

You can download Linux Mint 12 LXDE RC from the links given below.

Download torrent file
Direct download

Bugs and issues

Some issues have been detected in this new release which will be solved in the next stable release. Refer this link for the list of all detected bugs and issues.

First beta of gnome 3.4 released

gnome 3.4

Gnome is making another step forward. The news just came that first beta of Gnome 3.4 is out and is approaching the release time. This release is meant for testing and hacking purposes. Being a beta it can be built and used but should be avoided for hardcore purposes. Gnome uses its own nomenclature to signal development status. Interested folks can have a look at their brief schedule here. This release is first beta to the final release. We have second release scheduled on March 7th followed by candidate release on March 21st.

Final release of Gnome 3.4 will hit the web on March 28th.

If you wish to use Gnome 3.3.90, compile it using jhbuild and moduleset files.

Links

What is new in first beta of gnome 3.4?
core apps

Where can I get the code?
core apps

Apache 2.4 released: nginx you listening??

apache 2.4

Apache 2.4 released! After six years this one is the major release. First release 2.4.1 is out for download, this is not just another patch to deploy. Apache or httpd is the most popular and widely used web server. 400 million websites are breathing over Apache web server. Have a look at what they have to say about new features in Apache 2.4:

New features include Loadable MPMs, major improvements to OSCP support, mod_lua, Dynamic Reverse Proxy configuration, Improved Authentication/Authorization, FastCGI Proxy, New Expression Parser, and a Small Object Caching API.

Apache HTTP server, the new version, has a plump for cloud this time. The prime area of improvement is performance. The 2.4.x is using less resources and concurrency is better than previous version. All users ever wanted was a faster web browser, this one can rule them all.

Other areas of improvement would be flexibility in configuration and a stronger security check (read authentication and authorisation). The new-features-list is here.

There is a news all over that Apache 2.4 is “direct aim at nginx”. It came out due to the sudden popularity of ngnix for its scalability and performance. Many of them switched permanently to nginx. This new release is an attempt to win them back as this one is incredibly fast..challenging nginx in the face. More on it, later.

Lets hear it from you, what do you think:

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An overview of upcoming Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin)

ubuntu 12.04 lts (precise pangolin)

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) is going to be the next long term support release after Ubuntu 10.04. Its final release is scheduled on April 26th.

ubuntu 12.04 lts (precise pangolin)

What’s new in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS?

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) is going to be the next LTS (Long Term Support) release after the version 10.04. The previous LTS releases were supported for 3 years for the desktop version and 5 years for the server version but Ubuntu 12.04 will be supported for 5 years on both desktop and server version.

Feature Freeze on February 16th

On February 16th of this month Ubuntu development team hit Feature Freeze. Feature Freeze is a point where the developers stop introducing new features, packages, APIs. From this point they start concentrating on fixing bugs in the development release to solidify the included features and making the development release more stable and secure.

ubuntu LTS cycle

At the Ubuntu Developer Summit in November 2011 Canonical announced that the default download for Ubuntu 12.04 will be 64-bit (32-bit version will also be available as a user choice though).

Note: The Ubuntu 12.04 ISO image size is 750 MB, that means it cannot be burned on a CD (which can carry only 700 MB) hence you will have to go for either a DVD or USB drive.

New features and updates in Ubuntu 12.04

1. Much faster start up time for Ubuntu Software Center
2. Refinements in Unity
3. Replacement of Banshee with Rhythmbox
4. Tomboy note-taking application will be removed
5. Mono framework will also be removed
6. HUD feature

The main feature of Ubuntu 12.04 will be the HUD (Head-Up Display). By this HUD feature application menu items can be accessed right from your keyboard, without the need for using the mouse (hotkey searching).

Adding to the HUD feature Shuttleworth said:

HUD will ultimately replace menus in Unity applications but for Ubuntu 12.04 at least the menus will remain.

7. MyUnity

MyUnity is an independent configurator for Unity, a small system utility for Ubuntu, that can handle the customization of the Unity Launcher, Dash and Panel. Canonical accepted the MyUnity project in their default software repositories and it will be available to all users starting with the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin).

myunity2 launcher

myunity2 dash

Features of MyUnity 2.0.0

  • Ability to resize the Unity Launcher;
  • Ability to show devices on the Unity Launcher;
  • Ability to adjust the transparency of the Unity Launcher;
  • Ability to change behavior of the Unity Launcher;
  • Ability to change behavior of the Unity Launcher;
  • Ability to change the display method of the Unity Launcher;
  • Ability to change the Backlight settings of the Unity Launcher;
  • Ability to change the Unity Dash blur;
  • Ability to change the size of the Unity Dash;
  • Ability to adjust the transparency of the Unity Panel;
  • Ability to show “Home” icon on the desktop;
  • Ability to show “Networking” icon on the desktop;
  • Ability to show “Devices” icon on the desktop;
  • Ability to show “Trash” icon on the desktop;
  • Ability to change the system font;
  • Ability to change the document font;
  • Ability to change the Monospace font;
  • Ability to change font’s antialiasing settings;
  • Ability to change font’s hinting settings;
  • Ability to reset all settings to default;
  • Added translations for French, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, and Deutsch languages.

Future releases

Mark Shuttleworth announced on 31 October 2011 that by Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu will support smartphones, tablets, TVs and smart screens. Yay!

Update

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) released! (This section of the article was updated on April 26, 2012)

VLC 2.0 twoflower released

Open source media player, one of the greatest, VLC has reached version 2.0. This one is a major upgrade for vlc. According to just-in-report several hundred bugs are removed from previous versions.

What freaks me out is itself being an open-source project, no downloads for linux are being provided on official website. A link to its source is given, fair enough, but the link is returning 404 error (in India). And then we complain why people are still stuck on non-linux operating systems. There you go!

See whats new in all new vlc 2.0 Twoflower on official page.

Edit: Looks like they made a typo, you can build it yourself from source.