April 28, 2014, 8:38 AM — Linux is an amazing operating system, and it has much to offer any desktop user. But it's also not perfect and it has its share of problems and issues. If you were the King (or Queen) of open source, what would you do to improve Linux? Foss Force asked its readers a similar question recently and shared some of their responses.
According to Foss Force:
I’ve spent a good share of my time asking myself what would have to change in order to make Linux on the desktop a viable choice for the mainstream user. I became curious enough to ask you a question: if you could wave your magic wand and change only one thing about Linux or even the Linuxsphere in general, what would it be? Let’s take a look at what some of you had to say.
I've heard calls before for a unified package management solution, but I can't see it ever happening. I've always regarded software management tools as simply being part of the learning curve when a user switches to Linux. I don't think it's as big of a deal as it used to be though since most distros come with tools that are pretty easy to use, even for new users.
I disliked the suggestion for more Windows compatibility. I think we have plenty of that and at some point Windows users need to shift to Linux applications whenever possible.
Share your ideas for improving Linux in the comments below, I'm very curious to know what you think are the weaknesses of Linux and how they can be improved.
Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 beta release
Jeff Hoogland reports that Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 is now in beta.
According to Thoughts On Technology:
Its been two months since we had our alpha release and since then Ubuntu 14.04 has released as "stable". That means the core for our upcoming Bodhi 3.0.0 release is finally stable enough for me to stamp a "beta" label onto it.
While I a linked a change log above, a picture is worth a thousand words as they say! Below is pictured the new Radiance Enlightenment theme that is nearing completion (Thanks Duma!) which is now the default look for Bodhi 3.0.0. Also shown in the screenshot is ePad text editor (replaces Leafpad) and eepDater system updater.
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Bodhi Linux is a minimalistic distribution that uses the Enlightenment desktop environment. You can get more information about it on the Bodhi Linux site.
Debian 7.5 released
The Debian Administration site reports that Debian 7.5 has been released.
According to Debian Administration:
The Debian project is pleased to announce the fifth update of its stable distribution Debian 7 (codename "wheezy"). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories were already published separately and are referenced where available.
Please note that this update does not constitute a new version of Debian 7 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away old "wheezy" CDs or DVDs but only to update via an up-to-date Debian mirror after an installation, to cause any out of date packages to be updated.
What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.
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