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[News] A Look at Ubuntu Ultimate Edition 2.0, Mint 6 RC, SystemRescueCD 1.1.1

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Ultimate Edition 2.0, a Revamped Ubuntu 8.10

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| TheeMahn, the man behind the Ultimate Edition, a popular Linux distribution 
| based on Ubuntu, announced a couple of days ago the 2.0 release of his open 
| source operating system. Being built off Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) by hand, 
| Ultimate Edition 2.0 is the most awaited and the most complete GNU/Linux 
| operating system to date.     


First Release Candidate of Linux Mint 6 Is Out

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| Clement Lefebvre and the Linux Mint community proudly announced last night, 
| on the official Linux Mint Blog, the first release candidate of Linux Mint 6 
| (dubbed Felicia), which will be followed by a second one in about two weeks. 
| However, if everything goes well with the testing of this first development 
| release, they will prepare a stable version of Linux Mint 6, instead of a 
| second RC. And, as promised, the x64 edition will be released shortly after 
| the launch of the x86 edition.      


SystemRescueCD 1.1.1 Introduces Support for Ralink Wireless USB Adaptors

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| A new version of the SystemRescueCD is out and it brings important updates 
| for various packages, new network drivers, the most awaited rt73 firmware for 
| Wireless USB adaptors powered by the Ralink chipset, and a handful of bug 
| fixes.   
| A day after the release of SystemRescueCD 1.1.1 on November 10th, the 
| development team also announced the first beta of the upcoming 1.1.2 release, 
| which adds a new filesystem backup tool called FSArchiver.  



Windows 7 Unmasked

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| But after the stage props came down, and after the projectors finally went
| cold, attendees were left with a pre-beta copy of something that looked less
| like a new OS than the repackaging of an old one. At least that was my
| impression after I started exploring the Windows 7 M3 (Milestone 3) bits that
| came on my shiny new 160GB Western Digital USB hard disk (one of the better
| tchotchkes I've received at a conference). As I reported on my Enterprise
| Desktop blog, the more I dug into Windows 7, the more I saw an OS that looked
| and felt like a slightly tweaked version of Windows Vista.
| [...]
| Just what was so new about Microsoft's next Windows, apart from a rejuggled
| UI? Windows 7 appeared to suck memory like Vista, to consume CPU like Vista,
| and to have the same consumer focus. How would this product be received by
| enterprise customers, the vast majority of whom had soundly rejected its
| predecessor? After all, if Vista wasn't good enough for big business, then
| surely a Vista-derived encore would meet with a similarly chilly reception.
| [...]
| Otherwise, Windows 7 operates much like Vista. There are subtle visual tweaks
| here and there, but nothing on the level of the dramatic XP-to-Vista
| transition. Ironically, Vista users may be more annoyed by the UI changes
| than users coming from XP. Because the Windows 7 and Vista Aero experiences
| are so similar, seasoned users of Vista will be more likely to look in the
| wrong places for common functions. By contrast, XP users won't be burdened
| with now-outdated Aero navigation skills.

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