OpenSUSE 11.3 Milestone 1

A few days ago, the OpenSUSE team released the first milestone of OpenSUSE 11.3. One of the biggest changes in this new version of SUSE is the inclusion of the LXDE desktop environment. LXDE is supposed to be fast, lightweight desktop environment. I’ve not heard of LXDE previously, but I have to admit that the screenshots I’ve seen make me very curious about it.┬áMilestone 1 also includes the first RC of KDE 4.4 and the brand new 2.29.5 version of Gnome.

This new release also includes the latest beta versions of OpenOffice and VirtualBox, along with the newest stable release (3.6) of Firefox. If you are a fan of OpenSUSE, or you’re interested in trying out beta software and operating systems, I would definitely recommend you give it a shot. It looks like SUSE is making great strides forward in their development.

KDE 4.2 Released

The latest version of the K Desktop Environment (KDE) for Linux has been released. Early reports seem to indicate that this version (version 4.2.0) is a huge improvement over the earlier versions of KDE 4.x.

I am still waiting for Linux Mint to release KDE 4.2 in their repositories; but once they do, I will be installing it and checking it out. I am also planning on booting into my Mandriva installation later today to see if KDE 4.2 is available there, yet.

If you’re using a Linux distribution with KDE 4.2 installed, please share your experiences with the new desktop environment.

Gnome vs. KDE – The Differences Between Desktops

Over the next few weeks or months, I intend to review some of the more popular Linux distributions. In order to do so, though, I feel I need to begin by offering a little bit of background into some of the more integral parts of Linux. Throughout my reviews, I will most likely make some reference to some of these items and the way a distribution behaves with a default installation. However, things like the desktop environment (which is what I’m going to focus on in this post) are almost always completely interchangeable between distributions, and should only be considered pros and cons of a distribution when discussing the default behavior of that distro.