Parsix' Nice GNOME, OpenMandriva 3 Sluggish, Firefox 49

by Ostatic Staff - Sep. 21, 2016

Mozilla announced the release of Firefox 49 today saying it "expands multiprocess support and delivers new features." Elsewhere in Linux news, Jesse Smith reviewed OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 and was a bit disappointed but Jack Germain said Parsix does GNOME right. Michael Larabel demonstrated some of the new features of GNOME 3.22 and Fedora posted of their Code of Conduct.

Mozilla's Nick Nguyen today announced the release of Firefox 49 saying, "We’ve worked hard to release a new version of Firefox that delivers the best possible experience across desktop and Android." He said last month they began the roll out of the multiprocess support with users without add-ons and this release they're expanding it to include some with "compatible add-ons." All users will get the new code in 2017. This release also features improvements to Reader mode including customizing options and a new option to read site text aloud. For mobile users a new offline mode that may allow users to browse with spotty or no connection. Desktop downloads are available at

Jesse Smith said OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 Plasma had issues and ran sluggishly. It took a long time to boot he said and it added two whole minutes to the time when logging into Plasma. It performed poorly his whole test. Sounds like he needed to add his localhost IP to the hosts file. Plasma also had visual issues and he didn't like the overcrowded menus. He found the package manager overcrowded as well with its 32 and 64 bit applications listed together. He added, "I also ran into packages which, when downloaded, failed to pass their signature verification step." Then the Update applet didn't work and neither did the printer set-up. Smith said he normally likes OpenMandriva, but "this time around though the distribution performed too slowly to be practical for me to use and introduced too many bugs for me to consider version 3.0 beginner friendly." Such as shame as others said they had good luck with it.

Jack Germain quite enjoyed his foray into Parsix 8.10r0 GNOME. He said, "This latest release impresses me. It is a smart solution to the quest for a stable, reliable and productive Linux distro." Not usually a GNOME user, Germain said the minor tweaks to GNOME by Parsix made a big difference in usability and enjoyment. He then concluded, "The Parsix project's goal is to provide a ready-to-use and easy-to-install Debian operating system with the latest stable release of the GNOME desktop environment. The Parsix distro meets that goal and even goes beyond it." Parsix always was highly polished and beautiful. I gave it several positive reviews over the years.

In other news:

* A Look At The Exciting Features/Improvements Of GNOME 3.22

* Start-up sells a stamp-sized Linux server for $5

* What is the Fedora Code of Conduct?