Open Source

Distro Delights, New Release Mania, Forking KDE, Windows in a Bottle

Linux provides user options for a variety of desktop environments, making it a richer computing platform compared to macOS and Microsoft Windows. This feature is introduced with the releases and updates of this month’s distributions.

Check out a new option for integrating Windows games and business software into whatever form of Linux you’re using. Spin the Bottle gives a new ending game. Also find out what’s new with Red Hat, Fedora, and the growing version of KDE.

Distro versions to try

If you are looking for a really cool Linux computing platform with a lot of extras and a twist on the traditional desktop design, check out Modicia OS Ultimate.

Italy-based Modicia Web Design and Development has released its latest update – Modicia OS 22.

You probably won’t stumble upon this hiding gem if you’ve been hopping on or browsing the traditional ports of Linux operating systems; But it is definitely a discovery worth seeking out. It is one of the easiest Linux offerings I have used.

Modicia Ultimate installs without a hassle and has no learning curve to get started. It is a great platform for personal use and small businesses as well. Bring it here.

The popular CentOS alternative, AlmaLinux, is now available on Oracle Cloud. On May 5, the AlmaLinux OS Foundation announced its availability on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Marketplace, and AlmaLinux’s continued cloud penetration.

With this addition to the Oracle Cloud Marketplace, organizations can now add AlmaLinux to their virtual cloud network with the simple click of a button for both x86_64 and Aarch64.

“Oracle Cloud combines the flexibility and utility of a public cloud with the precise control, security, and predictability of on-premises infrastructure. Tens of thousands of developers who build with Oracle now have easy access to an open-source, owned, community-managed, and free AlmaLinux distribution,” said Jack Apopole, AlmaLinux Community Manager. forever, and they can get up and running right away.

Have you got a Nupara?

If you’re a typical point-and-click Linux user looking for a new Fedora-based experience with gaming, content creation, and easy streaming all in one place, check out the new Linux distro called Nobara Project. It is a modified version of Fedora Linux with handy fixes included.

This is not a copy of Fedora Linux. It is its own Linux distribution based on Fedora.

Nobara eliminates Fedora’s usual hassle of making things work other than the basic browser and office documents that come with the operating system, according to developer Thomas Crider’s website. This includes some missing basics from Fedora in regards to gaming with Wine dependencies, obs-studio, gstreamer third-party codec packs, Nvidia drivers, and small package fixes.

Speaking of Fedora Linux, the community-supported Fedora Project owned by Red Hat launched on May 7 Fedora Linux 36. The virtual desktop is a GNOME environment. Other desktop environments include KDE, Xfce, LXDE, MATE, and Cinnamon.

The Fedora project also distributes custom shapes of Fedora called Fedora spins. They are designed with specific combinations of software packages, providing alternative desktop environments or targeting specific interests such as gaming, security, design, scientific computing, and robotics.

Unofficial Ubuntu distributions

April and May brought a variety of new Ubuntu releases. Following the release of Jammy Jellyfish on April 21, the next release of Canonical’s long-term (five years) support for Ubuntu 22.04, two great alternative flavors were released during the first week of May.

Ubuntu Unity is a modified version of Ubuntu that features the home-used virtual desktop environment, Unity7, which Canonical abandoned after seven years in 2017 in favor of GNOME.

Ubuntu 22.04 was first released by the Ubuntu Unity community in May 2020, hitting download servers early this month. Although the reintegrated Linux distro is based on Ubuntu underbelly, it is not affiliated with the Ubuntu developer, Canonical.

The second pure Ubuntu alternative that was also released this month is the latest version of Ubuntu Cinnamon also known as Cinnabuntu. This version is not officially supported by Canonical and it is also called version 22.04. Its developer is the Debian and Ubuntu software distributor who leads the Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix project, Joshua Peisach, who deals with ItzSwirtz online.

Full disclosure: Ubuntu Cinnamon has been the main driver of my Linux OS for the past few years, displacing both Cinnamon’s desktop competitors Linux Mint and Feren OS. Desktop environments operate on a whole chain of user preferences. In my case, the combination of Ubuntu and Cinnamon offers usability options and stability unmatched elsewhere.

KDE Fork acquires service

This month, the latest KDE Plasma alternative desktop version was also made available, focusing on the strengths of older KDE 3.5 before the developer moved to KDE Plasma.

Trinity Desktop Environment is a fork of KDE 3.5 and a continuation of feature updates and bug fixes by a small development team.

TDE is a complete software desktop environment designed for computer users who prefer the traditional desktop model. R14.0.12 is the twelfth maintenance release in the R14.0 series and it builds on and improves upon previous maintenance releases.

The list of TDE compatibility for compatible Linux distributions is growing. Easily find directions and installation packages for Debian, Devuan, Slackware, Raspbian, Arch, RedHat/CentOs, Fedora, Mageia, OpenSUSE, PCLinuxOS, and Ubuntu.

Linux game play without bottles

As far as Linux OS is, it generally lacks native support for playing games without third-party solutions for running Windows games like CrossOver, PlayonLinux, Lutris, and Wine.

Now, players can add another solution to this list by installing Bottles, a free open source graphical application for managing Wine prefixes in a new way.

Although Bottles are similar to PlayonLinux, Lutrix, and Winetricks, they offer some improvements that you may find better options. Use it to run all windows executables like .bat and . exe and . msi. The bottles icon automatically detects all installed apps – so you don’t have to manually configure the app list.

Bottles is free and open source software that uses environments to help manage and run Windows applications on Linux.

You are not restricted to a limited choice of ported games. You can use this new solution to run other Windows-based office and productivity programs as well.

Bottles brings together new environments and a set of ready-to-use settings, libraries, and dependencies. The environments ensure multimedia applications support 3D modeling, video editing and drawing software as well as office and productivity software.

It will also install Arial, Times, Courier, and Wine mono fonts, replacing the .NET Framework.

RHEL 9 . released

On May 10 at the Red Hat Summit, Red Hat announced the launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9, one of the industry’s leading enterprise Linux platforms.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 is a hybrid cloud innovation platform. It enables its partners to create and deploy any application across physical, virtual, private and public clouds, and edge environments.

As the first production release built from CentOS Stream, RHEL 9 relies on direct input from partners, as well as independent customers and users. It forms the foundational backbone of the company’s open hybrid cloud portfolio to run critical production workloads spanning the full spectrum of cloud environments.

Red Hat now offers certification for edge systems on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. With this certification, partners such as Dell Technologies, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lenovo, and OnLogic provide certified technology and expertise to support advanced workloads running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

RHEL 9 is available through major cloud markets.

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