Here are some of the significant software updates and upgrades with recent announcements:
- Subversion - upgraded to version 1.4. Adds some significant optimization improvements and other enhancements.
- KDE (K Destop Environment) for Linux - The first development snapshot of KDE 4, codenamed Krash, has been released and packages are available for Kubuntu Edgy already. This version of KDE is supposed to implement their "Plasma" GUI and widgets / tools, which are to demonstrate some wonderful graphics capabilities under Linux, and much more.
- a major new version of GParted LiveCD was released last week. The most exciting thing is how the live-CD is now based on GParted 0.3 (disk partitioner) that just added full support for moving partitions! This FREE partitioning utility makes it possible to move all supported file systems (even NTFS) around as you wish on your disks, even to the beginning of a hard drive. How cool is that?!
- Debian GNU/Linux 4.0, codename "etch" is really coming along. Some of the things that I have been waiting for a long time from Linux are now to be included in the base distribution. Like, a pre-configured scroll wheel on a USB mouse, instant recognition of external USB drives and mounting thereof, and more. I think these things will put Linux distros based on Debian at a level most average home users could handle. And, it is FREE.
- OpenSuse 10.2 is soon moving out of Alpha. This is a distribution I really like for my desktop use, especially because of how easy it connects to my Windows Domain network, and works wonderfully with my ATI and NVidia graphics cards.