Mageia 4.1 Released, LXLE 14.04 Review, and LibreOffice 4.2.5

by Ostatic Staff - Jun. 20, 2014

Today was another bountiful day in Linux news. First up, Mageia 4.1 maintenance release was announced. Non-techie Arindam Sen says LXLE 14.04 is the best LXDE distribution he's tested. Jamie Watson looks at Mint 17 KDE and Xfce release candidates. Marcel Gagne says goodbye to openSUSE and LibreOffice 4.2.5 Hits The Marketplace. All this and more in tonight's Linux news review.

Mageia 4.1, a security and bug fix release, was announced earlier today. Rémi Verschelde says if you've been keeping up with the periodic updates, you're already running 4.1. 'Among the updated packages you will find the Linux kernel (version 3.12.21), various drivers for your hardware, and updated software such as Libreoffice and Firefox. Another notable update is the fix for the well-known "Heartbleed" bug of OpenSSL.'

Arindam Sen, aka Non-techie, said today, " LXLE 14.04 is another beautiful release with lots of tweaks in it to ensure it looks attractive, works beautifully and stays more updated than the parent distro Lubuntu 14.04 LTS." He gives a thorough walk-through spiced up with benchmarks and graphs. So, check out more on "the best LXDE distro" out there.

Jamie Watson took a look at the KDE and Xfce release candidate versions of Linux Mint 17. After his tests he concluded, "I have installed these two RC distributions on my Acer Aspire One 725 (KDE) and Acer Aspire V5 (Xfce). Both are UEFI firmware systems, and both installed with absolutely no problems. All hardware was recognised and drivers were configured with no manual intervention." In other Mint news, compares and contrasts the security of Linux Mint and Ubuntu.

In other Linux news, Goodbye OpenSUSE. Hello Fedora., A Linux distribution for science geeks, and Red Hat Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Buy” from Analysts.

And finally today, LibreOffice 4.2.5, "the fifth minor release of the most feature rich version of the software, ready for enterprise deployments," was released. With help from over 800 contributors, over 150 bugs were squashed. See the full announcement for download links and more.