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Sunday February 1st 2015

Red Hat 7, Civ V for Linux, and Fedora 21 Delayed





Red HatThe big news while I was offline was the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 yesterday. Another topic grabbing lots of headlines is the release of Sid Meier’s Civilization V on Steam for Linux. Fedora 21 may be delayed and Linux 3.15 was released. And finally today, www.makeuseof.com takes a look at Gnome Flashback, another GNOME 2 clone.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 was released Tuesday to a lively reception and the news was picked up by just about every news outlet I monitor. Dan Courcy posted a short summary of the announcement including new and improved features of Red Hat 7. These are:

* Linux containers as a key application packaging and delivery technology
* Active Directory / Identity Management (IdM) integration
* additional file system choices
* a new and improved installation experience
* managing Linux servers with OpenLMI
* enhancements to both NFS and GFS2
* optimized network management, bandwidth, and security
* the use of KVM Virtualization technology
* running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 as a guest OS
* and new features that enable you to bolster your network defenses

Another big headline grabber was the release of Sid Meier’s Civilization V for Linux on Steam. This news too was picked up by many outlets including LinuxGames.com, which while short includes relevant links. Unlike the Witcher reception, early comments from users are quite positive for Civ V.

Of the tons of posts at Phoronix.com while I was offline, the most notable is Michael Larabel’s coverage of possible delays of Fedora 21. He said Stephen Gallagher posted of a release blocker and suggested modifying the schedule now rather than have a slip at the end of the cycle. Larabel reminds us that it’ll be nearly a year since Fedora 20 was released by the time 21 was suppose to arrive. Some say 20 is already feeling dated and are begging developers not to delay 21.

Danny Stieben writes, "Gnome Flashback is another alternative desktop shell for the Gnome 3 backbone. However, this one looks virtually identical to Gnome 2, which can satisfy a lot of people’s hopes and dreams. In fact, it used to be part of Gnome 3 as the “Gnome fallback” option." He says while only officially available for Ubuntu, it is virtually identical to GNOME 2. Stieben says, "Gnome Flashback is good if you like the newer Gnome applications but just hate the desktop."

In other news recently:

* Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be Available on Linux-Based SteamOS
* Is Canonical Considering a MATE Remix of Ubuntu Linux?
* China’s Anti-Windows 8 Tirade
* SUSE Achieves Record-Setting Benchmark (pr)
* A first look at LXQt
* How to dual-boot Linux Mint 17 and Windows 8 on a PC with UEFI firmware
* Linux 3.15 has been released on Sun, 8 Jun
* A Conversation With Linus Torvalds
* Linux Mint 17 KDE RC Available with KDE 4.13.0
* Debian Project News – June 9th, 2014
* Introducing GoboLinux 015
* Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 371
* Ten Screenshots That Show Linux Is the Most Beautiful
* Adobe updates Flash, fixes several vulnerabilities
* KDE 4.13.2 Released
* Why the release of RHEL 7 is important to Fedora
* Salix 14.1 Xfce review – Like a rock
* Manjaro Linux – My Current Distribution

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