Adobe announced that the Flash player for Linux will only be available for Google Chrome browser on Linux and has announced their plans to abandon future updates of Flash player for Linux. From the blog post:
For Flash Player releases after 11.2, the Flash Player browser plugin for Linux will only be available via the “Pepper” API as part of the Google Chrome browser distribution and will no longer be available as a direct download from Adobe. Adobe will continue to provide security updates to non-Pepper distributions of Flash Player 11.2 on Linux for five years from its release.
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.
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.
Debian Linux version 6.0.2 has been released. This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments to serious problems. The kernel image used by the installer has been updated to incorporate a number of important and security-related fixes together with support for additional hardware.
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.
Linux support the Intel Core i7 (codenamed Nehalem) processors under latest kernel and CentOS 4.7 and 5.2
The new version of the popular Linux distribution offers long-term support, targeted at business users.
Here is an interesting Slackware review and some helpful hints about the newly released Slackware Linux version 12:
I’m big fan of Slackware Linux, I have used it since the 9.0 version, and I am very happy with this distribution, in the beginning was challenging to setup mostly because I was a newbie, today I am installing and reviewing the recently released version 12
On a related note use SlackBook project book to get you started with the Slackware Linux operating system.
Slackware 12 Review
Almost all new Linux wanna be guru (read as users who want to switch to Linux) asks a question:
I want to switch to Linux completely from Windows XP SP2. Which Linux version will be best – Redhat, SuSE, or other? I use my PC for:
Watching DVD / MP3
Iâ€™m also willing to spend a small amount of money if required to purchase Linux version.
Short answer is none. I canâ€™t suggest *distro* name.
Linux is all about choice and freedom. There are different Linux distribution exists with different goals. It is good idea to define your goals and select Linux distribution as per your requirements.
I like Redhat and Debian for server as they are rock solid stable and comes with good binary packaging system. Some will swear up by Knoppix Live CD.
Some people like Suse and other recommends Ubuntu. There are others who like to compile everything from scratch (Gentoo).
- Consider following factors while selecting Linux:
I recommend that you try out at least some different distributions. Go to distrowatch.com and look out What’s Hot and What’s NotMake sure your hardware is compatible with Linux. Download Live CD (list of all Live CD) and see if your hardware is compatible with Linux.Make sure good community support exists for your distro (for example check out Ubuntu community support forum)Get a good Linux book that teaches basis of LinuxLearn how to use search engine to find out solution to the problemsLearn to read man pages effectively and Linux commands to help you navigateContact your nearest Linux user group (LUG) and see what other members recommendsAsk a questions whenever in doubt, join Linux mailing lists and forums. When posting questions to a forum / newsgroup it is good idea to format the question and it’s content in a proper way in order to get a good answer. Make sure you provide all information while posting a question. (See more guideline – how to ask questions the smart way)Finally you can always donate a small amount of money to your favorite distro and/or to any other open source project.
- Your Linux skill level
- Linux as server / network admin workstation
- Running Linux on a new Hardware / Laptop
- Running Linux on an older machine (486/PI/PII/Celeron)
- Multilingual support (Hindi / Japanese language user interface)
- Running Linux on Office PC for email and office work
- Community support
- Commercial support
Surely, there are dozens of other reasons to select specific distro, so please do share your views and suggestions 😀
Update: Download latest OpenSuse Linux version 10.3.
I know most of us tired of answering questions about the Microsoft-Novell deal.. but OpenSuse Linux 10.2 is here….
openSUSE is a community project, sponsored by Novell, to develop and maintain SUSE Linux components (such as YaST).
Some of the Good application included:
* AppArmor: gives certain applications rights based on how they run and interact with the environment.
* YaST: a system management application
* Xen: virtualization software
* The KDE and GNOME desktop environments and many more
It’s available for download on http://download.openSUSE.org in x86, x86-64, and ppc versions – via ftp from our mirrors and bittorrent.
Read more at OpenSuse mailing list…