Monday, 27 April 2015

April 2015: A great month for Linux!

What can I say. Pigs are flying and monkeys are vivid. (I know, my sense of humour stinks, just trying my best...)

First, Ubuntu 15.04 was released (I prefer the April releases, I always get the feeling that the October ones are rather interim/testing/preview ones, although usable and functional, of course), with the highlight of a MATE desktop official version. It's like Ubuntu going back to its roots. Fast, stable, nice interface but no so over the top as to slow down or require a powerful machine to run well. Kubuntu has never looked and felt better, although I haven't had time to test it more extensively than taking the live DVD for a spin. Ubuntu Gnome has improved a lot and I'm using it at work, only missing more options to tweak it to my heart's content. The included (Gnome) tweak utility is great, but I still wish for more options, like controlling the size of the favourites dock, for example.

Link to Ubuntu Mate 15.04 release announcement

And that's not all! Debian 8!!! Better than ever, but of course still not for beginners. Or maybe for beginners with a lot of spare time and interest in one of the "founding distros" of Linux (the other still active ones being Slackware, Fedora and SuSE IMO.) The highlights of this release for me? Cinnamon and Mate desktops. Live DVDs. Heaven.

Link to Debian 8 "Jessie" release announcement

Happy OS-hacking and keep cheking Distrowatch for all FreeBSD & Linux news!

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