New Duke Beta, Debian 6 Update, and Geary Still Coming

by Ostatic Staff - Jul. 21, 2014

Today in Linux news, Geary 0.7.0 was recently released despite the programmers' troubles with the IRS. Debian released an update the 6.0 branch of their old stable Linux distribution. A new Duke Nukem enhanced compilation game has hit beta. "GCC 5.0 is expected next year" and Linus is getting grumpy! And finally today, two new Mint 17 reviews round out the Linux news on this Monday July 21.

Despite being denied 501(c)(3) status, Yorba released version 0.7.0 of Geary email application primarily for the GNOME desktop. Softpedia briefly covered the release saying it got an interface redesign, lot of rewrites, and noticeable speed improvements. They also have a screenshot and a link to the Ubuntu PPA.

Several sites are covering the release of Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Beta. Fans are briefed on the major improvements and this release that was the switch from SDL to SDL2. Developers also included gamepad support as well as some fixes for rendering issues. See's coverage for more and a screenshot.

The Debian project released Debian 6.0.10 last Saturday for those still running the old stable version. This is said to be the final update and users are encouraged to update through the package management system. Some packages and architectures weren't updated for various reasons, so see the full announcement for more.

Arindam Sen and Gary Newell have posted reviews on Mint 17, one Cinnamon and the other Xfce. Sen said, "If you are looking for a professional, trouble free and stable lightweight distro, look no further than Linux Mint 17 XFCE. You will be amazed by its performance and functionality. I give [it] a score of 9.2/10.

Gary Newell reviewed the Cinnamon version of Mint 17 saying it is the ultimate replacement for Windows 7. (He said for Windows 8 refuges, any Linux is preferable.) After another fantastic review, Newell concludes, "Linux Mint 17 is a great choice for the everyday Linux user. It is easy to install, easy to use and has a good selection of applications. The user interface is pleasing and professional. The hardware support is extensive and the stability is incredibly good. I would recommend Linux Mint for all users."

In other news:

* GCC 5.0 Is Expected Next Year

* What is preloading?

* Torvalds releases Linux 3.16-rc6; warns that he may get grumpy if things don’t calm down

* Security biz chases Tails with zero-day flaws alert

* From Windows to Linux, Part 2: Multimedia applications

* The Linux Random Number Generator

* Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 375

* DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 568, 21 July 2014