Taking advantage of nan summertime lull, location are caller versions of a slew of distros: Nitrux, Ubuntu DDE, Linux Lite, Manjaro, and siblings Mageia, OpenMandriva and PCLinuxOS.
Nitrux 3.0 is simply a awesome merchandise of nan only distro we've seen that's travel retired of Mexico. We looked astatine merchandise 2.5 precocious past twelvemonth and came distant impressed. It is very dissimilar astir different distros and hides astir of nan accepted packaging devices too. It has its ain extremist UI, based connected KDE technology, but is its ain thing, which deconstructs nan acquainted desktop – for instance, nan model controls are successful nan apical panel.
Its merchandise rhythm is non-traditional arsenic well. The caller awesome type number suggests a large change, but successful truth 2 of its important features appeared successful nan past 2 constituent releases. In type 2.8, it gained a strategy update tool, called nuts. This adds nan important characteristic of updating nan full installed OS, but it doesn't usage nan underlying packaging instrumentality to do so. In type 2.9, it besides gained a caller accelerated reboot tool, called kboot.
The Ubuntu DDE task has been updated aft an interval of much than a twelvemonth pinch a 23.04 release. The task skipped nan 22.10 merchandise cycle, and is conscionable now catching up pinch Ubuntu's interim merchandise from April moreover though Ubuntu 23.10 is now imminent. We looked astatine nan previous merchandise past September, which besides lagged astir six months down its upstream base.
Ubuntu DDE remains 1 of nan brightest and freshest-looking members of nan Ubuntu family
Ubuntu DDE 23.04 puts nan May 2023 merchandise of nan Deepin Desktop Environment, from 1 of nan starring Chinese distributions, connected apical of nan underlying Lunar Lobster OS. DDE is 1 of nan astir colorful and charismatic desktops around, and for our money it looks overmuch prettier than moreover nan much bling-tastic Western desktops specified arsenic Budgie aliases Enlightenment. Although it comes pinch a postulation of its ain apps, and they look good, they are functionally a small weak. Music only handles section files, pinch nary streaming support; Calendar likewise can't connect to a shared diary complete nan network, and truthful on.
Even so, it's modern and pretty, and there's thing incorrect pinch oculus candy, particularly since galore distros look to compete connected really monochrome they tin be. Many group are justifiably skeptical astir moving Chinese distros, but nan operation of a shiny Deepin desktop connected apical of nan well-known ground of Ubuntu should allay specified concerns. The task needs to velocity up its merchandise rhythm if it ever aspires to go an charismatic flavor, though. Lunar reaches its extremity of life successful January.
Ubuntu DDE 23.04's login surface reveals that, contrary to what you mightiness believe, The Reg FOSS table is simply a raccoon
Also based on Ubuntu is Linux Lite 6.6, coming astir half a twelvemonth aft type 6.4 which we looked astatine successful April. Although nan merchandise announcement boldly says:
Even so, amazingly this Xfce-based distro does not see nan latest Xfce 4.18. The attraction successful type 6.6 is localization – this type has been translated into Afrikaans, Arabic, simplified Chinese, Croatian, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, some European and Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, and Ukranian.
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Version 23 of Manjaro, codification named "Uranos," is nan latest update to 1 of nan much celebrated Arch-based derivatives. This merchandise comes pinch GNOME 44, Xfce 4.18, and KDE Plasma 5.27 pinch nan latest KDE Gear 23.08 suite of KDE-based accessory apps. We past looked astatine Manjaro 21.3 successful June 2022 and we weren't arsenic impressed pinch this "easier Arch than Arch" arsenic we were pinch Garuda Linux. One of nan much unique aspects of this distro is that it offers nan prime of LibreOffice aliases FreeOffice from SoftMaker.
Manjaro 23 is simply a comparatively accepted distro, but it does boast an different agency suite
The Mandrake family
Mageia 9 is nan latest type of 1 of nan main offshoots of nan Mandrake/Mandriva family. This merchandise boasts a smaller instal than it has successful years, which is simply a invited change, and comes pinch nan latest kernel 6.4. It has besides updated its packaging tools, and comes pinch RPM type 4.18 which changes nan package database format to SQLite.
Mageia 9 feels almost comfily retro compared to immoderate much whizz-bang alternatives
It installed easy capable successful a VM, though nan installation process asks a batch of questions, particularly compared to the caller Fedora installer. Another facet that strikes america arsenic a spot 20th period is its usage of a abstracted guidelines account.
The rolling-release Rome version of nan different Mandriva descendant, OpenMandriva, has besides been updated. OpenMandriva Rome 23.08 is out, including a preview of nan unfinished KDE Plasma 6.0. This is besides a campaigner for nan adjacent merchandise of nan unchangeable edition, OpenMandriva Lx 5.0. For now, that is still connected type 4.3.
PCLinuxOS's KDE version is somewhat stripped back, which we like, and particularly useful arsenic unrecorded image
There's besides a caller update to what now calls itself "the Boomer Distribution," PCLinuxOS 2023.08. As usual, location are KDE, MATE, and Xfce editions, but only nan KDE version offers some Full and Lite variants. Maintainer Bill "Texstar" Reynolds continues to plow a lonelier furrow pinch PCLinuxOS, which is importantly different nether nan desktop level. It still uses nan accepted sysvinit and nan RPM-based type of APT, APT4RPM, which is nan main characteristic still surviving from Conectiva, nan Brazilian distro vendor which Mandrake acquired to shape Mandriva.
We don't cognize what nan creator differences are betwixt Mageia and OpenMandriva, but they proceed to prosecute very akin goals and we still consciousness that they should effort to settee their differences and cooperate. ®