Linux Potpourri: KDE 4.11 Beta, Debian 7.1, & Pisi Linux Beta

by Ostatic Staff - Jun. 18, 2013

There's rarely a dull moment in Open Source World and if you look away for just a second you'll miss something. Here are several interesting tidbits I found in my feeds I wished to share. KDE released 4.11 beta at the end of last week and it did indeed ship with Wayland support. Debian released an update to 7.0 Saturday and Pisi Linux (1.0) has made its first public appearance.

KDE 4.11 Beta with Wayland

Last Thursday the KDE team announced KDE Software Compilation 4.11 Beta1. The announcement featured highlights such as:

* Qt Quick is continuing to make its way into the Plasma Workspaces

* Nepomuk semantic engine received massive performance optimizations

* Kontact got a faster indexer, Nepomuk improvements, and a new theme editor for email headers

* KWin got experimental support for Wayland and OpenGL improvements

Some planned work includes bringing the KTeaTime system tray progress indicator back, porting components and add-ons to QML, Vim-mode support in Kate, a Create New Folder option for Dolphin, and improved history retention in Klipper.

The 4.11 todo list is still a bit red, but more green is seeping in. Beta 2 is due June 26 and RC1 is scheduled for July 10. RC2 should appear around July 24 and Final is planned for August 14, 2013. KDE 4.11 has been designated a long term support release and will be maintained for two years.

Debian 7.1 Released

On Saturday, The Debian Project announced an update to their latest release dubbed Debian 7.1. "This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems." Some include:

* updates to the base files

* a fix for misconfigured Alsa-base

* updates to the Debian-history package

* fixed certain LibreOffice build failures

* lots of security fixes

Debian always prefers you update via APT, but new images are available for fresh installs.

Pisi Linux 1.0

Pisi Linux, the predecessor to Pardus Linux, is about to see its first public release in the form of a beta. "Pisi Linux 1.0 Beta will be released this week" according to a June 17 post on the Pisi forum. The same poster also said that a new Turkish language forum for Pisi has been launched as well. Today that beta was released. doesn't include Pisi Linux yet, but Pardus Community Edition 1.0 was released this Spring. "Pardus Community Edition, is a GNU/Linux distribution which is being distributed independent from TÜBİTAK/ULAKBİM."

Download your copy of Pisi 1.0 Beta at "Pisi GNU/Linux is a Linux distribution based on the old Pardus Linux with it's famous PISI package system."