GNOME, openSUSE, and Fedora Releases

by Ostatic Staff - Sep. 26, 2015

I've been a bit under the weather this week and missed covering a few exciting developments. Douglas DeMaio announced openSUSE 42.1 Beta and Fedora 23 got a beta as well. Elsewhere, GNOME 3.18 was released and reviews and screenshots have been published. Finally, Jack Germain said LibreOffice 5.0 is "the office suite champ" and the Free Software Foundation announced a new license.

Douglas DeMaio announced the release of openSUSE Leap Beta that features core technology from enterprise system SUSE Linux. This test image brings long-term support Linux 4.1, KDE 5.13, and new artwork. A release candidate is due October 15 with the Final scheduled for November 4. A minor update release will probably arrive about a year later.

Fedora 23 Beta was announced earlier in the week as planned. It features newly released GNOME 3.18, LibreOffice 5.0, and new Cinnamon spin. This is the last public test before Final scheduled for release for October 27. UnixMan SK posted a Fedora 22 to 23 upgrade guide for the really brave and posted lots of screenshots of GNOME 3.18 on Fedora 23.

Some of the new features of GNOME 3.18 include:

* Google Drive integration in Files
* Firmware updates through Software
* Automatic screen brightness
* Touchpad gestures
* Several new applications: Calendar and Characters
* Significant improvements to Files, Boxes and Polari

The Free Software Foundation today announced a new license added to their list of various licenses. The Universal Permissive License is "a lax, non-copyleft license that is compatible with the GNU GPL." The UPL provides "provisions dealing explicitly with the grant of patent licenses" left vague by others.


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