Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Best Time of the Year for Desktop Linux

best time of year for desktop linux

Screenshot of Upcoming Releases on Distrowatch, 27-10-2008

Last quarter of this year seems to be the best time for Linux Desktop (though not Year of Linux Desktop) with grand releases such as Mandriva 2009, and upcoming releases such as PCLinuxOS 2009, Mepis 8 (both have already released betas, finals may be anytime soon), DreamLinux 3.5, Ubuntu 8.10, Fedora 10 and OpenSuSe 11.1.

Most of these releases are going to make a big leap to Linux Kernel 2.6.27.x and Xorg 1.5.x, and apps such as OpenOffice 3.0.x, Firefox 3.x.x, and many things.

I have tested betas of DreamLinux 3.5, PCLinuxOS 2009 and Mepis 8. While PCLinuxOS is making a steady move as before, Mepis is making drastic moves forward. But the best thing is none are moving to KDE 4.x.x. That means both are standing tall as the leading desktop oriented distros. Fedora, OpenSuSe and Mandriva have plunged into KDE4 with some obvious tradeoff in usability and features.


Linboy said...

Tried Fedora 10, OpenSuse 11.1 beta and Ubuntu 8.10. Of these all only Fedora10 seems to a well-put-together distro. But as before, it is still more of a test-bed for Red Hat. So the bottomline of the story is - I am waiting for the final releases of Mepis 8 and PCLinuxOS 2009, eagerly.

manmath sahu said...

You can try the latest beta releases of both Mepis 8 and PCLinuxOS 2009. Even though in Beta, they are quite stable and usable. As for their final releases, I can't comment anything, but it might take at least a month or more.

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