Mageia 5.1 Released, Tumbleweed's Latest, Most Secure

by Ostatic Staff - Dec. 03, 2016

The Mageia project today announced the release of stopgap version 5.1, an updated "respin" of 5.0 and all updates. The Daily Dot posted their picks for the most sure operating systems and the Hectic Geek is "quite pleased" with Fedora 25. Matthew Garrett chimed in on Ubuntu unofficial images and Dedoimedo reviewed Fedora-based Chapeau 24.

While folks are chompin' at the bit for Mageia 6, the project released version 5.1 for the meantime. It includes all the updates committed in the last 18 months for new installations. It includes Linux 4.4.32, KDE, GNOME 3.14.3, and LibreOffice 4.4.7. Version 6.0 is to come "soon."

Matthew Garrett today said that Canonical is not operating in the spirit of "the four freedoms" in their quest to stop "a European cloud provider" from using their unauthorized images. He said Canonical has the right to stop someone from redistributing images as Ubuntu but it should be handled by copyright law. However, that doesn't seem to be in Canonical's IP policy. He's written extensively on this topic before as has Jonathan Riddle, who had to leave the Kubuntu project because of matters relating to it. Garrett summed it up saying, "Canonical's IP policy can be interpreted as meaning that you can't distribute works based on Ubuntu without paying Canonical for the privilege, even if you call it something other than Ubuntu. This remains incompatible with the principles of free software. Ubuntu is not free software."

Kristen Hubby for The Daily Dot today answered, "What's the most secure operating system?" She offered her top three beginning with Linux and a summary before suggesting Mint or Ubuntu. Hmm, not really the most secure Linux choices. She then recommended OpenBSD which was described as "not for the low-skill tech users."  Hubby then rounded out her list with Tails, which I believe is a(nother) Linux distribution. Oh well, check that out.

In other news:

* Chapeau 24 Cancellara - Same same but different

* Fedora 25 Review: Stable but Slow

* openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the Week 2016/48
* Tumbleweed Gets 4.8.10 Kernel, Updates for Virtualbox, VIM
* Installing Tumbleweed, November 2016