Minty Update, Manjaro Review, and Other Distro Tidbits

by Ostatic Staff - Jan. 08, 2015

Today's cornucopia of Linux news includes the release of Mint 17.1 KDE. Jamie Watson is back with a review of Manjaro Linux 0.8.11 and Bruce Byfield looks at "coming attractions for 2015." Debian got some iron from Marvell and Ryan Lerch announced Fedora 19 end of support.

Linux Mint 17.1 KDE was announced today for those wishing a fresh install, but alas, 17.0 upgraders will still have to wait yet another few days for KDE 4.14. Other goodies include an updated Updated Manager, improved software manager, and new artwork themes. 17.1 will receive security updates until 2019 and will remain easy to upgrade through 2016.

Jamie Watson decided to try something a bit different and selected Manjaro Linux 0.8.11. Manjaro is based on Arch designed to be easier to use. His first surprise was the UEFI support out-of-the-box with Manjaro of which Watson said, "Whoa! I just about fell out of my chair!" He tested various versions and said the KDE desktop was "colorful and pleasing" whereas the Xfce was "bland." Watson continues in more detail and concluded:

If you have been looking for a reasonably easy entry into the Arch Linux family of distributions, I can certainly recommend Manjaro based on my experience so far. But beyond that, if you are just looking for a good Linux distribution that installs easily and works well, I can recommend Manjaro for that as well.

In a handful of tidbits today is the announcement by the Debian project that they've been the recipient of new Marvell hardware for ARM builds. Ryan Lerch has announced the official end-of-life for Fedora 19 and is reporting on a proposed "disable remote root login" in Fedora 22. And finally today, Rob Zwetsloot published his SUSECon 14 report.

In other news:

* Bruce Byfield: Coming Attractions for 2015

* Jack Wallen: Will 2015 be the year of the Microsoft/Linux love fest?

* Blog Safari: Linuxy Hopes and Dreams for an Inferno-Free 2015

* Behind The Scenes At TDF: Executive Director

* How to explain open source to the in-laws