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Download Fedora 16 CD / DVD ISO

Fedora Linux version 16 (code name "Verne") has been released and available for download ( jump to download link ). Fedora Linux is a community-based Linux distribution which is sponsored by Red Hat, Inc. This release is dedicated to Dennis Ritchie, who co-invented Unix and the C language. Fedora is considered as the third most popular cutting edge distro, behind Ubuntu and Mint Linux for desktop and laptop usage.
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Download CentOS 6 CD / DVD ISO

CentOS Linux version 6 has been released. It is a community-supported operating system based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 6. CentOS Linux is considered as the most popular Linux distribution for web servers with almost 30% of all Linux servers using it.
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Download Fedora 15 CD / DVD ISO

Fedora Linux version 15 has been released and available for download ( jump to download link ). Fedora Linux is a community-based Linux distribution which is sponsored by Red Hat, Inc. Fedora is considered as the second most popular cutting edge distro, behind Ubuntu Linux for desktop and laptop usage. The new version comes with several new features such as special focus on desktops, developers, virtualization, security and system administration.

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OpenSolaris UNIX OS Officially Launched

OpenSolaris AKA project Indiana is here. Sun and the OpenSolaris community launched the official first version of the open-source OpenSolaris operating system, which has only been available in pre-release versions for developers until now. New operating system includes:

=> Single CD installation (like many Linux distros)

=> New installer and package manager

=> DTrace, Containers, ZFS and other technologies

Amazon is offering selected developers the ability to run OpenSolaris applications on its EC2 "cloud computing" servers. Participation for now is by invitation only - the service has a beta tag while the company learns how to scale up.

Companies with OpenSolaris packages available for EC2 from Monday include Gigaspaces and Zamanda, with Sun also providing Glassfish and Ruby on Rails packages.

OpenSolaris upgrades are to be released every six months.

Download OpenSolaris

The Live CD makes it simple to boot to a fully functional desktop environment, including Firefox and Thunderbird. Try it without fear -- our instant rollback feature works like a giant undo button, so your system is always protected, and you'll never lose work. And, you can load OpenSolaris 2008.05 easily in a variety of virtualization technologies including the open source VirtualBox hypervisor:

News Roundup

=> KDE 4 Review : Ars Technica reviews KDE 4.0 - KDE 4.0 was officially released last week after extensive development. The long-awaited 4.0 release ushers in a new era for the popular open-source desktop environment and adds many intriguing new features and technologies. Unfortunately, the release comes with almost as many new bugs as it does features, and there is much work to be done before it sparkles like the 3.5.x series.

=> Humor : Intelligent atheist white man seeks sweetie // Help me keep the shell people alive

=> Every aspect of computer users' lives — from their heartbeat to a guilty smile -- could be monitored and immediately analysed under the futuristic system detailed in Microsoft’s patent application.

=> Asus Launches Windows Version of its Eee PC - Hackers no longer have to resort to their own devices to get Windows on Asus's Eee PC.

=> Crispin Cowan, the Linux security expert behind StackGard, the Immunix Linux distro and AppArmor, has joined the Windows security team.

What’s new in KDE version 4?

KDE an easy-to-use desktop environment for UNIX / Linux. KDE 4 is the next major release and it is scheduled for release on December 2007. The new version claims t make KDE faster and more memory efficient by leveraging the greater speed and efficiency of Qt 4.x and increased efficiency in the KDE libraries themselves. There is a nice review published by Korneliusz Jarzebsk:

KDE 4 is coming. It’s starting to look and behave mature enough to use it on a normal desktop. This article is a little introduction to what you might be expecting from the brand new KDE due later this year. It’s been a whole month when I’ve investigated the new environment called KDE 4. Honestly I wanted to wait till “Beta 3″, which should have appeared on 5th October. But as you all can see it has never happened. On the IRC channel #kde4-devel I was informed that the “Beta 3″ should have been tagged yesterday but unfortunately it didn’t turn out to be true. Not waiting any longer I made my mind and I have updated the SVN and have run the cmake.

What’s new in KDE version 4?
(KDE 4 Desktop)

=> KDE 4 Preview. Also don't forget to check KDE4 wikipedia page. It has more information and screen shots.

Project Indiana is a new project to create an OpenSolaris binary distribution. This distribution will focus on providing a single CD install with the basic core operating system and desktop environment, with the opportunity of installing additional software off network repositories just like Ubuntu Linux.

This is a new project from Sun. The main aim is make OpenSolaris an easy to use UNIX:

The distribution will showcase much of the work continuing in the OpenSolaris community and the best of breed open source software available within other open source communities. Moverover, the distribution will include work that closes the familiarity gap with existing GNU/Linux users eg. install and packaging.

Project Indiana will be a leading edge distribution with an expected adoption of OpenSolaris enthusiasts and developers on single user systems and basic server setups. It will also encourage new users coming to the platform for the first time.

According to Ian Murdock’s Weblog:

Like Linux, OpenSolaris is a kernel. Except that it’s more than a kernel. Or, rather, more than a kernel but not quite a complete operating system. Are you confused yet?

Ian is 100% right and suggests ways to improve OpenSolaris. In short Sun's new project trying to turn OpenSolaris into a practical distributions, you can download OpenSolaris just like Ubuntu and use it like a pro. Now the million dollar question ~ Can OpenSolaris make Sun shine again?

Read more: Sun's Project Indiana: turning OpenSolaris into a practical platform