Mint 18 Released, No GUI Please, Atomic Host 7.2.5

by Ostatic Staff - Jul. 01, 2016

Today in Linux news, the Red Hat announcements kept on coming including the release of Red Hat Atomic Host 7.2.5. Elsewhere, Mint 18 in Cinnamon and MATE flavors was announced by Clement Lefebvre as promised. Bryan Lunduke just finished up 10 days using only a Linux terminal saying it "was too painful" and Eric Grevstad said using Linux and LibreOffice will change your life.

Red Hat today announced the release of Atomic Host 7.2.5. Atomic technology delivers a container optimized system with "atomic" updating and rollback. This means all updates are or can be delivered as one package. The announcement said this is what's new this release:

* Docker upgraded to 1.10.3 which allows unprivileged systemd-based containers
* Choice of Docker: Red Hat integrated or the latest upstream
* New Atomic Scan with choice of back ends for Deep Container Inspection
* New Admin-unlock creates a writable overlay filesystem over the read-only /usr
* Improved systemd integration both inside and outside containers
* systemd-machined can now track VM and OS containers

Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” Cinnamon and MATE were released today with new features and a new theme in several variations. One major improvement was in the "apt" package management command. It now supports Debian syntax and shows progress output. Some GNOME apps were replaced by Mint X-Apps in order to provide a consistent appearance and experience across Mint desktops using a newer toolkit. These include a media player like Totem, Xed text editor, Xviewer is based on Eye of GNOME, and Xreader PDF reader. The Cinnamon version features April's 3.0 release with its many improvements. The MATE version 1.14 also sports new features and improvements. KDE and upgrade paths to follow. See the announcements for download mirror links.

Bryan Lunduke began an experiment June 15 in which he would spend the next 30 days using just a Linux terminal. "Everything—word processing, email, instant messaging, music, etc.—all in a Linux shell." He chose tmux as the terminal emulator, alpine for email, finch for IM, ELinks for browsing, and WordGrinder for word processing. By the sixth day, he was "miserable" saying this experiment was a terrible idea. By day 10, he'd given up saying the experience had been "torture." This isn't 1987 he exclaimed. Lunduke said he'll be posting a list of all the software he used in the coming days, but for now he's off to enjoy some GUI goodness at YouTube.

In other news:

* Turns Sixteen

* What makes up the Fedora kernel?

* Giving Linux and LibreOffice a Try for Your Home Office