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The following are major announcements for Major Linux Disributions. These are by far just a small sample of the total numbers made on a daily or monthly basis. I consider these distribution as a good cross section of what is out there. Here is a rating of the current most popular Linux distributions for the month of October 2009:

1 Ubuntu 2127>
2 Fedora 1613>
3 Mint 1322>
4 openSUSE 1256>
5 Mandriva 924<
6 Debian 894<
7 Puppy 810>

Mint 7

posted Oct 31, 2009, 7:57 PM by Clay Abrams

Clement Lefebvre has announced the release of Linux Mint 7: "The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 7 'Gloria'. The 7th release of Linux Mint comes with numerous bug fixes and a lot of improvements. In particular the menu system, the application manager and the upload manager now provide new features such as 'Suggestions', 'Featured applications', 'SCP and SFTP support'. The underlying base of the operating system was also strengthened with a new adjustment mechanism which makes Linux Mint more robust and less vulnerable to Ubuntu package upgrades, and the introduction of virtual and meta packages which simplify upgrade paths and the installation of multiple desktop environments." Here is the full release announcement and features overview for a detailed list of new features and screenshot. Download (MD5) either the standard of the "Universal" edition (with extensive language support, but without proprietary drivers or media codecs): LinuxMint-7.iso (697MB, torrent), LinuxMint-7-Universal.iso (1,375MB, torrent).

CentOS 5.4

posted Oct 31, 2009, 7:46 PM by Clay Abrams   [ updated Oct 31, 2009, 7:50 PM ]

Karanbir Singh has announced the release of CentOS 5.4, a free, enterprise-class distribution built from source code for Red Hat Enterprise Linux: "We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of CentOS 5.4 for i386 and x86_64 architectures. CentOS 5.4 is based on the upstream release EL 5.4.0, and includes packages from all variants including server and client. All upstream repositories have been combined into one, to make it easier for end users to work with. And the option to further enable external repositories at install time is now available in the installer. For the first time, we are also releasing the i386 CentOS 5.4 live CD at the same time as the main distro." See the release announcement and release notes for further information. Download (mirrors, SHA1): CentOS-5.4-i386-bin-DVD.iso (3,815MB, torrent), CentOS-5.4-x86_64-bin-DVD.iso (4,405MB, torrent).

Open Suse 11.2

posted Oct 31, 2009, 7:42 PM by Clay Abrams

Joe Brockmeier has announced the availability of the second and final release candidate for openSUSE 11.2: "This is it folks! We're almost there for openSUSE 11.2. Time to grab the final 11.2 release candidate and shake out any remaining bugs to get the lizard ready for release. This release includes an updated kernel, Samba, Firefox, and more. Release Candidate 2 includes a few new packages, and several of the 'most annoying bugs' in RC1 have been fixed. New packages include: Linux kernel, SeaMonkey 2.0, Firefox 3.5.4, Samba 3.4.2, X.Org Server 1.6.5." Read the rest of the release announcement for more information and known issues. Download (mirror list): openSUSE-KDE4-LiveCD-Build0339-i686.iso (678MB, MD5, torrent), openSUSE-GNOME-LiveCD-Build0339-i686.iso (696MB, MD5, torrent), openSUSE-KDE4-LiveCD-Build0339-x86_64.iso (689MB, MD5, torrent), openSUSE-GNOME-LiveCD-Build0339-x86_64.iso (694MB, MD5, torrent).

Ubuntu 9.10

posted Oct 31, 2009, 7:41 PM by Clay Abrams

Canonical has announced the release of Ubuntu 9.10, the latest version of the project's flagship operating system for desktops, laptops and servers: "Ubuntu 9.10 brings changes small and large that all have a common purpose - to make Ubuntu the most user-friendly operating system available. Ubuntu 9.10 features a redesigned, faster boot and login experience, a revamped audio framework, and improved 3G broadband connectivity, all of which contribute to a first-class user experience. Furthermore, the innovative '100 Paper Cuts' initiative organised with the Ubuntu Community allowed users to nominate minor annoyances that impacted their enjoyment of the platform. So far over 50 fixes have been committed, removing minor irritants such as inconsistent naming or poorly organised application choices." See the press release, release notes and feature overview for more information. Download (MD5): ubuntu-9.10-desktop-i386.iso (690MB, torrent), ubuntu-9.10-desktop-amd64.iso (691MB, torrent).

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