The death of Medibuntu: A harbinger of doom for Ubuntu?

Today in Open Source: The death of Medibuntu. Plus: A slideshow of Ubuntu 13.10, and Cinnamon 2.0 released

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The Death of Medibuntu
Lxer is reporting that Medibuntu has died.

The Medibuntu repository has been unmaintained for several months, and has become more and more useless over the years. The project is now considered abandoned, and we recommend to disable the repository if you are using it.

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Medibuntu was an Ubuntu repository that focused on "multimedia, entertainment and distractions." It appears that this is the end for Medibuntu.

So what does it mean for Ubuntu? Not much. Ubuntu already offers enough of what Medibuntu did, so the need for it really doesn't exist any more. It's just a natural progression and reflection of Ubuntu's growth.

If you want more information about Medibuntu's death, see the announcement.

Ubuntu 13.10 Slideshow
I linked to a review of Ubuntu 13.10 at ZDNet yesterday. Today there's a slideshow tour of the new release.

The most new-user friendly of all Linux desktop distributions, Ubuntu has a new, better release: Ubuntu 13.10, Saucy Salamander.

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Image credit: ZDNet

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Cinnamon Desktop 2.0 Released
The Linux Mint developers have announced the release of Cinnamon Desktop 2.0 on Segfault.

On behalf of the team and all the developers who contributed to this build, I am proud to announce the release of Cinnamon 2.0!

This new version will be featured in Linux Mint 16 “Petra” planned for the end of November and will then be backported to LMDE and Linux Mint 13 LTS.

Cinnamon 2.0 represents 5 months of development and 856 commits from 28 developers. It features a lot of bug fixes but also brand new features and many improvements.

Here’s a quick overview of some of the new things in Cinnamon 2.0.

Have a lot of fun with this new release and don’t hesitate to give us some feedback! Enjoy.

Cinnamon 2.0 Features:

Better Edge-Tiling
Edge-Snapping
Sound Effects
Better User Management
Nemo Improvements
Window Manager Improvements
Cinnamon Backend 2.0

Cinnamon Desktop 2.0
Image credit: Segfault

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Hat Tip: Softpedia

Cinnamon 2.0 is looking sweet! I can't wait to actually use it. I suspect that there will be a lot of happy Linux Mint users when they get a chance to check it out.

Edit: Article updated to correct a mistake. Medibuntu was a repository, not a spin. My thanks to readers Helix and Gauvain in the comments below for the correction.

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