OpenMandriva & Cylon Reviews, and Netflix Official

by Ostatic Staff - Oct. 10, 2014

In today's Linux news are reviews of Cylon Linux and OpenMandriva's latest. Folks are all abuzz about a Netflix announcement from Canonical and more drones are discovered running Linux. In addition, we have several software stories to share with names like Marble, Epiphany, and Scribus.

Jack M. Germain recently reviewed Cylon Linux describing it as a "distro preconfigured with lots of tweaks -- kind of a Unity-less Ubuntu with bling." It ships with GNOME 3 and, according to Germain, lots of "glamour." It also includes so much software that Germain says one will probably rarely need the package manager. However,for something with "glamour" Germain spends quite a bit of time talking about why he doesn't like the desktop customizations and says the lack of virtual desktop access is "a deal breaker." He concludes, "If you fancy the solid Ubuntu infrastructure but want something a lot different in user experience, give Cylon Linux a try."

The Hectic Geek reviewed OpenMandriva Lx 2014.1 KDE today curious if its performance had improved since the last release. It shipped with Linux 3.15.10, KDE 4.13.3, and Xorg 1.15.1. He found performance improved ever so slightly in some areas, but was puzzled by excessive disk read/writes. He found 2014.1 to be "pretty stable" but needed a bit more tweaking. In the end Geek concluded, "All in all, it is an improved release."

Two bits of Ubuntu news caught my eye this evening, the first being this piece from Softpedia stating that the US Navy is using Ubuntu to run and control their unmanned water craft drones. They posted a video and said, "It seems that the Office of Naval Research is populated with a bunch of Linux geeks that managed to convince their superiors that Ubuntu and Linux were the way to go." The other has lots of tongues wagging. Canonical today announced that Netflix support on Ubuntu (and thus other distributions as well) is official.

In other news:

* Epiphany Web Review

* What's Happening above Your Head?

* Make a Birthday Card for Mom in Linux With Scribus

* Marble is not just a rock, it’s software, too

* NVIDIA Presents Its Driver Plans To Support Mir/Wayland