Free Video Editing Software For Linux

Here are the best application softwares for Video Editing that run on Linux; Cinelerra, Lives, Blender, Kino, Blender, Avidemux, KDEnlive, Jahshaka and ZS4 Video Editor.

Cinelerra, the first Linux based real-time editing and special effects system is a revolutionary Open Source HD media editing system. Long developed by Heroine Warrior with vital assistance from LMA, Cinelerra gives you real-time 1080p editing and compositing power on a state-of-art Linux video workstation.

Developed for AMD64 OPTERON technology, the LMA CINELERRA system is a powerful and highly productive workstation for adding cost effective hardware and Linux software for Video and film production studios. The LMA CINELERRA system will support SMPTE-292 and SMPTE-259 native 10-bit resolution - the maximum resolution allowed in SMPTE SDI standards on OPTERON. CINELERRA was the first media editing system ported to support the AMD OPTERON 64 bit technology. CINELERRA has a number of effects built into the system including numerous telecine effects, video special effects including compositing, and a complete audio effects system. Cinelerra is featured on the APRO, the first 64 Bit Intellistation ever offered by IBM. More useful fork is here and here.

LiVES began in 2002 as the Linux Video Editing System. Since it now runs on more operating systems, LiVES is a Video Editing System. It is designed to be simple to use, yet powerful. It is small in size, yet it has many advanced features. You can get more info at here.

Blender is a free software 3D animation program. It can be used for modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, rigging, skinning, animating, rendering, particle and other simulating, non-linear editing, compositing, and creating interactive 3D applications.

Blender is available for several operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, IRIX, Solaris, NetBSD, FreeBSD, OpenBSD with unofficial ports for BeOS, SkyOS, MorphOS and Pocket PC. Blender has a robust feature set similar in scope and depth to other high-end 3D software such as Softimage|XSI, Cinema 4D, 3ds Max and Maya.

These features include advanced simulation tools such as rigid body, fluid, and softbody dynamics, modifier based modeling tools, powerful character animation tools, a node based material and compositing system and Python for embedded scripting. More info about Blender can be found at here.

Kino is a non-linear DV editor for GNU/Linux. It features excellent integration with IEEE-1394 for capture, VTR control, and recording back to the camera. It captures video to disk in Raw DV and AVI format, in both type-1 DV and type-2 DV (separate audio stream) encodings. More info at here.

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Jahshaka aims to become a cross-platform, open source, free, video editing, effects, and compositing suite. It is currently in alpha stage, supporting realtime effects rendering, but lacking useful implementations of many features such as the non-linear editing system. It is written using Trolltech's Qt, but its user interface is written using an OpenGL library to create GUIs. Checkout the latest info at here.

Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities. More info at here.

KDEnlive is a non linear video editor for the KDE environment running on Linux. KDEnlive is Free-software. The project was initially started by Jason Wood in 2002, and is now maintained by a small team of developers.

KDEnlive aims to become the most advanced non-linear video editor under GNU/Linux. More info and the latest news can be reached at here.

ZS4 Video Editor
ZS4 Video Editor is video editing and compositing software which aims to provide media experts with a facility to combine a variety of media types (currently photos, videos and audio files) into one (or more) output file(s). More info about this can be get at here.

rPath Linux 2 Beta 1 Has Been Released

The first beta test snapshot toward rPath Linux 2 has been released. rPath Linux is a Linux distribution built with the new Conary distributed software management system.

Conary is designed, based on many years of Linux software packaging and distribution development experience, to automate many of the tasks that have made it difficult to build Linux distributions. rPath's mission is to provide system software that is easily tailored to suit unique application needs.

rPath Linux, built with the Conary distributed software management system, is not only a distribution in its own right, but also a base technology explicitly designed to enable you to create purpose-built operating system images using the rBuilder Online technology.

rPath Linux 2 will be an appliance operating system. In keeping with this focus, the installer ISO images for rPath Linux 2 Beta 1 are intended primarily for testing the installer, and secondarily as a platform for testing appliance development. This is not a general purpose operating system.

Migrating appliances from an rPath Linux 1 base to an rPath Linux 2 Beta base has been only minimally tested so far. Please test migrations, but assume that they may break in ways that make it inconvenient or even impractical to recover the test system. Most of our internal appliance testing so far has been of creating working systems based on rPath Linux 2 Beta, not of migrating.

This new release contains:

  • VMware support integrated into the default kernel; open-vm-tools included in vmware group flavors.
  • The group-appliance superclass is available as to enable porting appliances from rPath Linux 1 to rPath Linux 2. (We recommend doing this in parallel testing branches until rPath Linux 2 is released.)
  • SYSLINUX's EXTLINUX is the default bootloader, though grub continues to be available.
  • Conary 2.0 is included, which provides several optimizations and improvements.
  • Short group flavors (no more need to specify flavor elements that are really irrelevant to your appliance when you cook groups). This is enabled by the move to Conary 2.0
  • Appliance Installer ISO images (fast, lower memory requirements, no package selection available) for 32-bit and 64-bit systems
  • Installable ISO images (slower, larger memory requirements, package selection available) for 32-bit and 64-bit systems
  • Appliance Installer ISO images for 32-bit and 64-bit Xen dom0

First Release Candidate of Frugalware 0.8. is Out

The Developer Team of Frugalware has released First Release Candidate of Frugalware 0.8.

Frugalware Linux is an independently developed general purpose desktop Linux distribution designed for intermediate users. It follows simple Slackware-like design concepts and includes the "pacman" package management utility from Arch Linux.

Whats changed since previous version:

  • Improved Splash: it now presents till the very end of the shutdown process.
  • Fixed the "packages one by one" select method in the installer.
  • The LiveCD now supports copy the disc to RAM if enough memory is available to free up your CD/DVD drive.
  • Package updates: Kernel + security fixes, Xorg 7.3 + security fixes, GNOME 2.20.3 and More than 300 other package updates
  • New packages: etckeeper - keeps your /etc under version control, linuxwacom - support for the Wacom tablets, New Xorg drivers and More than 20 other new package

Download the ISO of this first RC of Frugal at here or here if you prefer to use Torrent.

Finnix 9.10 Has Been Released

Version 91.0 of Finnix has been released for the x86/AMD64, PowerPC, and UML/Xen platforms.

Finnix is a small, self-contained, bootable Linux CD distribution for system administrators, based on Debian testing.

Finnix 91.0 includes a new Linux kernel (2.6.24), automatic 32-bit/64-bit detection on the x86 platform, stackable RAID/LUKS/LVM detection and setup, and several bug fixes.

Automatic 32-bit/64-bit detection (x86)
If you press “enter” at the boot screen of Finnix 91.0 x86, the boot loader will now detect if you have a 64-bit capable CPU, and will load the appropriate kernel. You can still force 32-bit or 64-bit by entering the “finnix” or “finnix64″ boot profiles. Note that this is for the x86 Finnix CD only; PowerPC G5 users will still have to enter the “finnix64″ boot profile manually, as the yaboot boot loader does not have this capability.

While RAID, LUKS (encryption) and LVM detection have been in Finnix for awhile now, they were loaded in a certain order, and some configurations were not detected as a result. With Finnix 91.0, most configurations should be detected. For example, an encrypted LVM set on top of two RAID disks should be set up automatically.

You can download this new release of Finnix at Here.

TuxBliss: Linux Mini Wallpaper Today

Format: PNG
Resolution: 1280x1024
Size: 1.13 MB

Download This WallPaper at Here or Here.

Shift Linux 0.6 Has Been Released

Shift Linux has moved away from it's Morphix base and is now based on Ubuntu. This version incorporates Firefox 3 (GranParadiso), OpenOffice, new themes, and a tested installer. Its also updated to KDE4. This is a transition version as we move away from Morphix and port over its previous versions to Ubuntu.

Neowin Community has released Shift Linux 0.6. There are three versions released at this time: Shift Linux 0.6 Gnome, Shift Linux 0.6 KDE4, and Shift Linux 0.6 Lite (for older computers). Shift Linux Lite will contain two less resource hogging desk managers (XFCE-4 and Fluxbox), but will have a full compliment of packages and utilities. Both versions of Shift Linux 0.6 will be fully installable (tested and verified).

You can download this release at Here.

Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring Beta 1

The first beta, codenamed Ophrys, for Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring (2008.1) is now available. This pre-release should provide a measure of out-of-the-box support for the multimedia keys present on many modern keyboards.

Simple functions such as changing sound volume should work immediately. If you have multimedia keys on your keyboard but they do not seem to do anything in Beta 1.

Perl has been updated to 5.10 since the release of Alpha 2. This is a major change which required the rebuild of several hundred packages. Alpha 2 replaced the teTeX system with TeX Live. Due to several problems and necessary features yet unimplemented in TeX Live, this change has been reverted, and Beta 1 again uses teTeX as the default TeX system.

Version 169.09 of the NVIDIA proprietary driver and version 8.45.2 (Catalyst 8.1) of the ATI proprietary driver are including now. These provide bug fixes and support for the latest cards released by both manufacturers.

KDE 4.0.0 final is available in the Cooker repository along with this pre-release and includes the latest version of Nautilus, the GNOME file and desktop manager. This version is based on the new GVFS VFS system, replacing the old gnome-vfs system. This is a major change which has already resulted in several known problems and regressions.

This pre-release uses the latest available release candidate of kernel version 2.6.24, providing the widest possible hardware compatibility. The latest release candidate of the ALSA sound system has also been included, which should fix many issues with recent sound hardware.

Download This Beta release of Mandriva at Here.

PersonalBrain v4.1.2.8 for Linux

PersonalBrain helps you organize all your Web pages, contacts, documents, emails and files in one place so that you can always find them - just like you think of them.

This saves you time and makes your life easier! With PersonalBrain you can even find related items that you worked on, but forgot existed. PersonalBrain is simple to use.

In fact, you've already been using TheBrain technology to navigate our Web site. Personal Brain gives you the power to create a Brain for your own desktop!

You can get this nice Linux application at Here.

GParted: Gnome Partition Editor

GParted is the Gnome Partition Editor application. Before attempting to use it, here is some basic background information.

A hard disk is usually subdivided into one or more partitions. These partitions are normally not re-sizable (making one larger and the adjacent one smaller) The purpose of GParted is to allow the individual to take a hard disk and change the partition organization therein, while preserving the partition contents.

GParted is an industrial-strength package for creating, destroying, resizing, moving, checking and copying partitions, and the filesystems on them. This is useful for creating space for new operating systems, reorganizing disk usage, copying data residing on hard disks and mirroring one partition with another (disk imaging).

GParted uses GNU libparted to detect and manipulate devices and partitiontables.

Several (optional) "file system" tools provide support for file systems not included in libparted.
These optional packages will be detected at runtime and do not require a rebuild of GParted.

GParted is written in C++ and uses gtkmm for its Graphical User Interface (GUI). The general approach is to keep the Graphical User Interface as simple as possible. Every attempt was made to conform to the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines.

GParted comes under the terms of the General Public License
For Download, look at their homepage. The software is free so I will not post any rs-link or anything else.

More info and download can be found at here.

GoblinX Micro 2.6 Has Been Released

The GoblinX Micro Edition is the smallest version of GoblinX's distribution and contains only Fluxbox as windows manager and GTK/GTK2 based applications. The edition is indicated for those users whose like to do fast tests, know more about Fluxbox and rebuild the Live CD.

The Micro is created mostly to help us to develop better and small applications that can be used for all small windows managers such as Fluxbox, and also prepare the Live CD without all less necessary files we can find. We also intend to use it to test Web2 and/or Ajax applications.

Main upgrades since release candidate rc01 edition:
Added Slax(Tomas) firewall. Added more options to Isolinux menu. Rebuilt Gtkdialog interfaces to not allow resize action. Corrected few errors and bugs. Corrected Kill button in media manager interfaces. Added Ghdcpd and Xrefresh. Upgraded some libraries and packages including Xorg-server. Changed z.Goblix for z.Micro, a different GoblinX module for Micro edition. Changed z.User for z.Muser, a different User settings module for Micro edition. Corrected some Sudo issues. Removed Xorg default resolution. Recompiled Fluxbox against Imlib2.

Download this release of GoblinX Micro 2.6 at Here.

Linux Mint 4.0 Daryna KDE Beta 044

Linux Mint Daryna KDE Community Edition Beta 044 has been released and ready for download now.

Daryna KDE is nearly as minty as the main edition now. The packages are (safely) upto date and the kernel is the Gutsy Gibbon kernel 2.6.22-14.

Mint applications: mintInstall, mintwifi (new), mintUpdate (new), mintAssistant (new), mintUpload.

minted versions of: firefox and Sunbird.

Download This Second Release Candidate at Here or Here by Torrents.

Second Maintenance of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Canonical, the main sponsors of the Ubuntu project announced today the second maintenance release of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, which continues to be supported with maintenance updates and security fixes until June 2009 on desktops and June 2011 on servers.

These include security updates and corrections, with a focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 6.06 LTS.

"This maintenance release is a clear demonstration of our long-term commitment to users and businesses who want to use Ubuntu as a core platform," said Jane Silber, Chief Operating Officer of Canonical UK. "Coming as it does shortly before the next long-term release, Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, it is a clear signal to ISVs, manufacturers, businesses and users that Ubuntu is the Linux platform on which to build a strategy." said the Canonical.

You can download this maintenance update release at here.

FreeBSD 6.3 Is Out

Engineering Team of FreeBSD has released FreeBSD 6.3. This release continues the development of the 6-STABLE branch providing performance and stability improvements, many bug fixes and new features.

Highlights of this Release:

  1. KDE updated to 3.5.8, GNOME updated to 2.20.1, Xorg updated to 7.3
  2. BIND updated to 9.3.4
  3. Sendmail updated to 8.14.2
  4. lagg(4) driver ported from OpenBSD/NetBSD
  5. unionfs file system re-implemented
  6. freebsd-update(8) now supports an upgrade command

More info about this release to alpha, amd64, i386, pc98, powerpc and sparc64 platforms can bee seen on this page.

You can get ISO of this FreeBSD release at here, and here if you want to use torrent.

The Third Alpha of Foresight 2.0

Foresight Linux is a rPath-based Linux distribution for your desktop that features a rolling release schedule that always keeps your desktop up to date, with Conary, the latest GNOME desktop environment and an innovative set of excellent, up to date packages.

Foresight is the first distribution to ship with GNOME 2.20 and be the basis for the GNOME Live Media available at this GNome Torrent Site.

Foresight includes innovative applications that make using your computer easy, including Banshee for music management, F-Spot for photo management, as well as vibrant user and developer community.

The Foresight 2.0 alpha series features a new tar-based installer, that should install in less than 10 minutes, including formatting a 200 GB hard drive. Foresight is also developing new editions including KDE and XFCE in addition to GNOME available for x86 and x86_64 processors. Foresight is proud to be the first distribution to ship with:

  • PackageKit to help users update their system and add and remove software
  • Syslinux, a new bootloader to replace GRUB.
  • GNOME-Do: GNOME Do allows you to quickly search for many items
  • present in your GNOME desktop environment (applications, Evolution contacts, Firefox bookmarks, files, artists and albums in Rhythmbox, Pidgin buddies, etc.) and perform commonly used actions on those items (Run, Open, Email, Chat, Play, etc.).

Users should also find it much easier to use binary video card drivers from Nvidia and ATI than in Foresight 1.x. Transmission is also included as the default Bittorrent application.

Btw, you can download this 3rd alpha release of Foresight Linux at here.

First Alpha Release of openSUSE 11

The development team of openSUSE has announced the release of openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 1. A very early alpha version, Alpha 1, is now available for download and testing.

Whats changed on this first Alpha Release?

The development team said that they have seen 1026 package check-ins since Alpha0 and countless bugs fixed. The main changes against Alpha0 are:

  • Sat Solver integration: Michael Schröder’s “sat solver” library is now the default package solver for libzypp, so make sure you doublecheck the selected packages - there might be suprises ahead.
  • Heavy changes to the appearance of the Qt installation (ported to qt4).
  • KDE 4.0.0, perl 5.10, glibc 2.7, NetworkManager 0.7, CUPS 1.3.5 and Pulseaudio.

As you know, The openSUSE project is a community program sponsored by Novell. Promoting the use of Linux everywhere, this program provides free, easy access to openSUSE, a complete Linux distribution. The openSUSE project has three main goals: make openSUSE the easiest Linux for anyone to obtain and the most widely used Linux distribution; leverage open source collaboration to make openSUSE the world's most usable Linux distribution and desktop environment for new and experienced Linux users; dramatically simplify and open the development and packaging processes to make openSUSE the platform of choice for Linux developers and software vendors.

You can test this first alpha release by downloading it at here.

Whats New in Zenwalk 5.0

The Zenwalk GNU/Linux OS continues to provide bleeding edge system focusing on optimal performance and ease of use. This latest release now features the Linux kernel, includes modern hardware detection based on HAL, and continues it's tradition of showcasing the powerful XFCE 4.4.2 desktop.

Being a major release, Zenwalk 5.0 introduces several new systems. Firstly, version 5.0 is the first Zenwalk release to introduce the Freedesktop HAL system (Hardware Abstraction Layer). In the past Zenwalk had provided its own hardware hotplug system, but HAL has now been deemed mature enough to fit within Zenwalk's stability guidelines while giving unbelievable flexibility to hotplug and hardware detection in general.

One of the first things you will notice is that icons representing any plugged or removable media and devices will appear on the desktop with a name matching the device or media type. You will also notice the LSHW (Hardware Lister) which provides detailed information on the hardware configuration of the machine. LSHW can also report exact memory configuration, firmware version, mainboard configuration, CPU version and speed, cache configuration, bus speed, etc...

To top it all off, all HAL-aware applications, such as Thunar (the XFCE file manager) have been configured to provide new features including custom actions, in example when a camera is wired, and many more.

"Zenwalk and it's community provide the best of GNU/Linux software, beautiful artwork, endless system possibilities and support. In short, you need look no further, Zenwalk 5.0 is here", said the development team.

Download this new release of ZenWalk at Here.

Scientific Linux 5.1 i386 and x86_64 has been released

Scientific Linux 5.1 is finally out. This release has the ability to easily make sites (customized Scientifc Linux distributions). The ability to make sites was missing from SL 5.0. We also managed to add back some of those packages that didn't make it into SL 5.0, as well as a few packages new for this release.

As always we want to thank everyone who has helped with the creation of this release. Thank you to all those who contributed packages, gave us patches, found bugs, tested, and gave us encouragement. We've said it before, and it is still true, the Scientific Linux community is great to work with.

Scientific Linux release 5.1 is based on the rebuilding of RPMS out of SRPMS's from Enterprise 5 Server and Client, including Update 1. It also all errata and bugfixes up until January 16, 2008.

You can download this release at here.

TinyMe test 7 is now available!

TinyMe is a PCLinuxOS-based distribution which is targeted at older computers and people who want a very light and fast desktop environment. It runs Openbox for the window manager, LXPanel for the panel, Nitrogen sets the wallpaper, and iDesk provides the icons.

There is are two control centers in TinyMe, one for managing your desktop and one for configuring your system. TinyMe comes as a small, 200MB ISO, yet provides tools for most all of your everyday wants and needs: Web browsing, E-Mail, Word Processing, Audio Player, Photo Viewer and Digital Camera application, PDF viewer, Text Editor, FTP client, and even Gweled, a game.

Here's update changed since Test 6 release:

  • -Created TinyCC, a Desktop Control Center.
  • -Fixed bug where users could not change resolution in PCLinuxOS Control Center. Added task-x11.
  • -Fixed bug where some users would get a message of "Your session has lasted less than 10 seconds" right after logging in. We are now using Gnome Session Manager to start the TinyMe desktop.
  • -Openbox menu now conforms to PCLinuxOS menu system. Right-click on the desktop to see the Openbox menu.
  • -Updated Openbox to 3.4.5.
  • -Updated SciTE, gThumb, Opera, Galculator, ALSA, Sakura, and ndiswrapper.
  • -Updated Conky, system monitor. Now supports RSS feeds and wireless networking. Audacious information now only shows when Audacious is running.
  • -Updated Gnome files. New features such as search and "recently used" are available.
  • -Switched to Nitrogen for wallpaper setter (and added a few wallpapers).
  • -Simplified desktop system monitor to make it less obtrusive.
  • -More icons on desktop.
  • -Improved logout options. Now has an option to Switch User.
  • -Root and regular users have different GTK themes.
  • -LiveCD should now eject on shutdown.
  • -Added Testdisk.
  • -Added ePDFViewer.
  • -Added Sylpheed e-mail client.
  • -Added gFTP, a small yet robust e-mail client.
  • -Added VIT, Video Installation Tool. VIT will help you get the proper video drivers for your video card.

You can download this new release of TinyMe at Here.

70 Nice OS Wallpapers for your Linux Desktop

70 Nice OS Wallpaper for your Linux Desktop

You can have 70 nice and beautiful wallpaper for your Linux Desktop. All of them come with OpenSource motives and symbols.

Here's one of them, its very nice, isn't it?

You can get all those 70 wallpapers by downloading this RAR files at Here.

First RC of StartCom MultiMedia Edition 5.0.7

A first release candidate of version ML-5.0.7 of the StartCom MultiMedia Edition codenamed "Kessem" has been released. This test release introduces a new low-latency 2.6.23 kernel in addition to many, many updated packages and version upgrades.

What's New?

This OS is now much more compatible and in par with the StartCom AS-5 series (aka RHEL 5) what the basic underlying system and desktop packages concerns. This includes a switch from Xgl to AIGLX for compiz, but Firefox and Thunderbird have been updated to more recent and releases. The desktop is polished and boosts a huge Sound and Video section.

Most audio and video manipulation software has been updated to current versions and others were added. For example this release features Ardour 2, Qsampler (Linux Sampler), Qsynth, VST plug-in support, a new selection of sound fonts and a new low-latency kernel modified with realtime preemption patches to specially support audio production studios. Of course all the other well known programs like VLC, Rosegarden, Muse and the vast selection of midi, synthesizers are still here as well.

Download this First RC of StartCom MultiMedia Edition 5.0.7 at Here.

Inside of K Desktop Environment (KDE) 4

After long wait of release time, the most expected project of 2007, KDE 4, has finally seen the light today! KDE 4 is the next generation of the popular K Desktop Environment, which seeks to fulfill the need for a powerful yet easy-to-use desktop, for both personal and enterprise computing. KDE project's goal for the 4.0 release is to put the foundations in place for future innovations on the FREE desktop.

Today, we will take a closer look at the main features incorporated in the final release of KDE 4. First of all, I should let you know that for these tests, I've used the Kubuntu 7.10 KDE 4.0 Remaster that can be downloaded from Softpedia. Let's see the highlights of KDE 4.0!

Plasma, the brand new desktop shell and panel, is an amazing piece of technology that makes your KDE experience better than ever. Its role is to offer, to the end-users, an efficient and ergonomic access to their desktop. A few Plasma applets or widgets (also known as Plasmoids) were created by various developers and can be found here, if you would like to make your KDE desktop more funky and modern!

The window manager of KDE 4, KWin, comes now with Solid (a sophisticated hardware API) and Phonon (a multimedia framework) and with some amazing desktop effects. In the System Settings window, at Display, you can activate these desktop effects, which are independent from Compiz Fusion. These are brand-new effects that can be found only in KDE 4! However, running them kinda slows down your entire desktop if you have 512 RAM. I've also tested it on a machine with 1 GB of RAM and works better. So, I guess the KDE developers still need to patch this in the 4.1 release.

Some of the old applications, that can still be found in KDE 3.5.x, are gone now and some brand new applications have taken their place. All known KDE applications, such as Konqueror, which is the default file manager and web browser, KGet, KColorPaint, Konsole, Kopete, SuperKaramba, are now greatly improved and I'll bet you will not even recognize some of them! Last but not least, KDE 4 uses a new and very beautiful icon theme, called Oxygen.

As an alternative file manager, Dolphin is included for those of you who have already been using it. Sadly, but Amarok is not included and it can't be installed. Don't know why!? Moreover, I really miss an important (for me) function in Konqueror that cannot be found in any other browser. The "Search & Replace Text" function, that could be activated with the CTRL+R key combination, is now replaced by the "Reload" function! I guess this happens because Konqueror is now powered by WebKit?!

In conclusion, it's not yet perfect, but from our test (until now) KDE 4 runs pretty good and looks amazing. I strongly suggest you download one (Kubuntu is preferred) of the CDs below and install (or just run directly from the Live CD) this final and groundbreaking version of KDE.

Btw, you can get Kubuntu 7.10 with KDE 4 at here, and source for KDE 4 at here.

Source: Kubuntu and KDE sites.

VoltaLinux 2.0 has been released

Voltalinux is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Slackware Linux and the pkgsrc package system from NetBSD. The project offers a pre-built distribution where the user can enjoy the clean design of Slackware Linux with the availability of over 5,000 NetBSD ports ready to be installed.

Now, Voltalinux 2.0 based on 2.6.21 kernel, based on slackware 12.0 and pkgsrc-2007Q3.

The main new feature is the installer !
120 packages ready to be installed (even for slackware 12.0)
As previous release it has no gui and is server oriented, most of packages are for server use: postfix, dovecot, spamassassin, pure-ftpd, mysql, hylafax, quagga, exim, maradns and many more.

You can download its ISO at here.

First Release Candidate of GoblinX Standard 2.6

The GoblinX Standard is the original edition which first ISO was released in the end of October 2004. It includes five Windows Managers: KDE, Fluxbox, Xfce, Enlightenment and WindowMaker.

What's New since release 2.0/2.5:

Upgraded all packages. Upgraded Kernel (, AuFS, Linux live and Squashfs. Rebuilt Magic Center to add new features and to use with different windows managers. Rebuilt GoblinX harddisk installer to make it simple. Added more graphical interfaces. Corrected and upgraded some scripts. Removed Beryl. Compiz and Mesa are included in a separeted module.

This is the first release candidate and you can download it at here.

Parsix Linux 1.0 Test 3 Has Been Released

1.0r0 TEST-3 release (codename 'Ramon') is the third test release of a brand new version of Parsix GNU/Linux and contains several new features, fixes and improvements.
This version is synchronized with Parsix and Debian testing repositories as of January 10, 2008. Several bugs have been solved, replaced rhythmbox with Exaile, re-added iptraf, redesktop and vncviewer, added bug-buddy, AptOnCD, QemuLauncher, QemuCTL and XawTV due to community requests.

Highlights: GNOME 2.20.3, Linux kernel with CK, TuxOnIce, CFS v24, iwlwifi with led support and mactel patches, OpenOffice 2.2.1 and GNU Iceweasel

Parsix GNU/Linux is a GNU/Linux distribution designed for desktop and laptop computers. It can be used as a live CD too. Parsix GNU/Linux is based Debian and derived from KANOTIX. Parsix GNU/Linux contains the most common and needed applications for desktop/laptop users.

You can get this new release at here.

Second Alpha of Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring Released

The second pre-release of Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring, code name “Neottia” is available now. This pre-release brings a near-final snapshot of KDE 4.0 (final 4.0 packages are currently being uploaded to the Cooker repositories), new NVIDIA and ATI drivers, the chance to test the experimental nouveau open source driver for NVIDIA cards, kernel 2.6.24rc7, and more.

More info about this new release can be found at here, here and here for Pulse Audio that be used on new Mandriva 2008.

Btw, you can download this second alpha of Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring at here.

ZenWalk 5.0 RC 1

This release is continuing from previous beta release of ZenWalk 5.0. Main differences between BETA and RC1 are: The theme was changed back to blue/orange, as many users asked to keep the legendary "summer/beach" Zenwalk artwork spirit. Brasero has been integrated into Thunar and the volume manager, so that it is launched in the correct mode (data/audio) when a blank media is inserted. And Most bugs are fixed, course.

For who don't know, Zenwalk Linux (formerly Minislack) is a Slackware-based GNU/Linux operating system with a goal of being slim and fast by using only one application per task and with focus on graphical desktop and multimedia usage.

Zenwalk features the latest Linux technology along with a complete programming environment and libraries to provide an ideal platform for application programmers. Zenwalk's modular approach also provides a simple way to convert Zenwalk Linux into a finely-tuned modern server (e.g. LAMP, messaging, file sharing).

You can download its first release candidate at here.

Third Alpha of Hardy Heron (Ubuntu 8.04)

Ubuntu development team has released the third alpha of Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron", and it is out and ready for testing.

Alpha 3 is the third in a series of milestone CD images that will be released throughout the Hardy development cycle. The Alpha images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of Hardy.

What's new on this release?

X.Org 7.3, with an emphasis on better auto-configuration with a minimal configuration file; Linux kernel 2.6.24 brings in significant enhancements and fixes that have been merged in the last few months into the mainline kernel; PulseAudio enabled by default; PolicyKit integration makes it possible to run administrative applications as a normal user; Firefox 3 Beta 2 brings much better system integration including theming that mirrors the system such as icons and colours as well as having GTK+2 form buttons and open dialog.

With Alpha 3, PolicyKit integration is gaining visibility in the administrative user interfaces. PolicyKit makes it possible to run administrative applications as a normal user, and have them get a particular set of extra privileges for certain operations, which allows fine grained control over user permissions and enhances usability, as well as eliminating the security implications of running the whole application as root.

You can download this thisrd alpha of Hardy Heron's release at here.

Damn Small BSD is Available

Damn Small BSD (DSBSD) is a small (50mb or less) FreeBSD live-CD desktop environment geared toward developers and system administrators, but we also include applications that the average user may find handy.

DSBSD comes with everything you need in a basic desktop environment. We include the fluxbox window manager, firefox, xmms, and many other applications. We also include tools to help you get work done, such as an ssh server, a mini httpd, xvncviewer, and more.

The goal of this project is to be able to run on older hardware with little memory, as well as modern machines, while providing a responsive desktop. DSBSD support both SMP and uniprocessor machines.

You can download this Damn Small BSD at here.

DARKSTAR Linux 2008.1 Has Been Released

DARKSTAR Linux 2008.1 is an linux operating system desktop oriented and based on Slackware Linux, easy to install, configure and use, wich targets the beginners in Linux. It has a lot of easy to use GUI tools, a lot of applications of office, multimedia and games. The operating system is designed to work out of the box.

DARKSTAR Linux 2008.1 is published in DVD ISO format. You can run that DVD as a Live-System, no need to install, or install it on your hard drive.

First of all, the graphical configuration tools that our team designed, Advanced Linux Installation and Configuration Environment (ALICE), as high quality tools for your use.

Main features are:

  • Yet another Linux Installer (YaLI), the graphical installer that makes DARKSTAR Linux installable in just a few quick steps.
  • Disk Manager, the graphical partitioner
  • Setup, the graphical tool for configuration.
  • Network Configurator, the graphical network configuration, can be used to setup PPPoE also.
  • Package Manager, the graphical package manager.
  • Time Configurator, the graphical tool for timezone configuration.
  • Services Configurator, the graphical startup services configurator.
Btw, you can get the ISO at here.

DesktopBSD 1.6 Has Been Released

DesktopBSD, an operating system based on FreeBSD and the FreeSBIE live CD has announced the availability of DesktopBSD 1.6 final. This release is the first stable release of the 1.6 branch and comes with a great number of new features and improvements.

It is based on the second release candidate of FreeBSD's upcoming production release 6.3 and provides the user with an enhanced KDE 3.5.8 desktop environment.

The most notable new features are:

  • FreeBSD 6 as a modern and reliable base system
  • X.Org release 7.3, improving support for modern graphics hardware
  • Live CD/DVD feature for testing the system without installation to a hard-drive
  • Revised installer supporting upgrades from 1.0 and previous 1.6 release candidates
  • Improved package manager usability and performance
  • Many enhancements and bugfixes for the DesktopBSD tools
  • Support for multiple processors and multi-core CPUs
  • Inclusion of the NVIDIA graphics driver for hardware 3D rendering
  • DesktopBSD build servers as an up-to-date source for precompiled packages
You can download it for 32 bit and 64 bit version at here.

PCLinuxOS Mini ME 2008 Released

PCLinuxOS MiniMe 2008 has been released. It is a little MiniMe 2008 (296mb) you can play with and customize the way you want. Comes with kernel, Alsa 1.0.15 and a very basic KDE 3.5.8 desktop. This is a minimal LiveCD that is bootable, plus it can be installed.

Add in your own background, window decoration, localizations, preferred applications and supporting libraries to fully trick out your desktop. In addition you can remaster your own custom version of PCLinuxOS.
By default, the background comes from and Window decoration is Linsta Squared. Have fun!

Btw, you can download this LiveCD at here.

QuickTime For Linux

Quicktime 4 Linux was the first convenient way to read and write uncompressed Quicktime movies on Linux. Today Quicktime 4 Linux is intended mainly for content creation and uncompressed movies. These usually arise during the production phase and not the distribution phase of a movie. It has improvements in colormodel support, bit depth, accuracy, reliability, and codecs, while not stressing economy.

Quicktime 4 Linux is the foundation for many of the features of Cinelerra. It includes several front ends to encoders and decoders which are used by applications directly.

Included in Quicktime for Linux is a front end for the libdv engine. This front end was started when libdv was really crude. Since then, libdv has gotten better but the abstraction layer remains.

A parallel JPEG engine using libjpeg is implemented with a front end. This uses 2 processors for field based JPEG compression and 1 processor for frame based compression. It also supports some common marker operations.


A general colorspace converter implements colorspace conversion with nearest neighbor scaling for the large number of nonstandard colorspaces that Cinelerra uses.

Quicktime 4 Linux reads and writes some AVI files. AVI support has grown over the years, since this is of course the standard on Linux, but is continuously evolving since AVI is not consistent. Currently it reads and writes reasonably compatible AVI files less than or greater than 2GB. The AVI mode supports MJPG, DV, and some compressed codecs.

Be aware of one thing: Quicktime for Linux won't read any of the movies you download from the internet. Quicktime is a wrapper for many different kinds of compression formats. What you knew as "Quicktime 4", "Quicktime 5", "Quicktime 6", are really different distributions of compression formats. The codecs its support are mainly uncompressed.

You can download QuickTime 4 Linux at here.

Movie Studio in a Linux Box

Heroine Virtual Ltd. presents an advanced content creation system for Linux. Cinelerra takes what normally is a boring server - studied in computer science classrooms, hidden in back offices - and turns it into a 50,000 watt flamethrower of multimedia editing.

That's right guys. Unlike most of the Linux solutions out there, Cinelerra requires no emulation of proprietary operating systems, no commercial add-ons, no banner advertisements, no corporate dependencies, no terrorists, just a boring old Linux box.

Cinelerra does primarily 3 main things: capturing, compositing, and editing audio and video with sample level accuracy. It's a seamless integration of audio, video, and still photos rarely experienced on a web server.

If you want to make movies, you just want to defy the establishment, you want the same kind of compositing and editing suite that the big boys use, on the world's most efficient UNIX operating system, it's time for Cinelerra.

Until recently Cinelerra has been confined to hardcore Linux users who didn't mind rolling their own. An offshoot of the main project known as Cinelerra CV has made great improvements in both the stability of this prog and availability through package management in various distros.

I have been trying it out for a couple of months now in both Linux Mint 4.0 and Ubuntu Studio 7.10, using the Cinelerra-Generic package with openGL support. Video newbies who've never used a NLE Editor before will find this program a little daunting, I strongly recommend downloading the well-written manual and browsing it first. The GUI of Cinelerra is unlike anything I've ever seen, used with Compiz it is quite attractive once you get used to it.

It has 4 main windows consisting of a timeline, a viewer for editing clips, resources window and compositor window to display the output as formatted, It will import many types of clips but some (MPEG-2, DVD) require indexing with a 3rd party indexing tool. (I use "Seven-Gnomes" available at the Cinelerra CV site in the Links). I can directly import video clips in MJPEG format from my Canon Powershot S5 Camera and edit them with ease in Cinelerra, I then export the project as RawDV or DVavi and convert them to DVD or MPEG-4 with another program like WinFF, AviDemux or DeVeDe. Cinelerra will export to other formats but in my opinion there aren't as many options as I'd like to render the final project directly. There are a good assortment of transitions and filters to choose from and LADSPA Audio plugins can also be added if needed.

In the event that the program crashes it usually is kind enough to create a backup so you can restart and reload your work. I am hesitant to compare Cinelerra to Adobe or Vegas because it does what I want and does it well so I see no need to peg it as an alternative to anything in Windows. I believe it succeeds on it's own merits.

NOTE: Very helpful if you visit The Cinelerra CV site, all instructions to get packages for different distros can be found there.

trixbox CE 2.4

trixbox (formerly known as Asterisk@Home) is a CentOS-based Linux distribution that enables the home user to quickly set up a VoIP Asterisk PBX. A web GUI makes configuration and operation easy. The CD also includes an xPL (home automation) interface for easy interaction with other devices in the home.

trixbox CE 2.4 was recently released and features some major improvements. trixbox CE 2.4 features CentOS 5.1 as the base operating system and Asterisk 1.4 as the engine. These are two major improvements over prior releases.

Fonality’s Kerry Garrison writes, “One problem with trixbox CE 2.x is the lack of hardware support for current systems, especially newer Dell platforms. The vast majority of this has been solved because trixbox CE 2.4 is now based on top of the latest CentOS 5.1 kernel. This now provides support for a much larger number of motherboards, network cards and components such as hardware raid controllers. CentOS 5.1 also has high resolution timers built into the kernel so the need for hardware timers on the PCIbus should no longer be required, this is promised to make systems running in VMware or XEN sessions work much better.”

If you’re an Asterisk fan, you’re probably wondering if it such a good idea for trixbox CE to jump to Asterisk 1.4 from Asterisk 1.2 because Asterisk 1.4 had some speed & stability problems. It’s one of the reasons why trixbox stuck with 1.2 and probably even why Fonality’s PBXtra has kept 1.2 as its core. At least that’s what I remember Chris Lyman telling me awhile back. Well, according to Kerry, the stability issues seem to have been pretty well solved in current versions of Asterisk 1.4.

Download trixbox ISO at here.

Linux Mint Fluxbox Community Edition

This is the first ever release of a Fluxbox-based Linux Mint Community Edition! What is Linux Mint Fluxbox Community Edition and what do the development team aim to achieve?

Linux Mint Fluxbox CE aims to be lean and fast. It should be able to run on older hardware allowing people with weak to mediocre machines to enjoy the awesomeness of Linux Mint.

Linux Mint Fluxbox CE aims to be easy to use. Wherever possible we provide comprehensive GUI tools catering for both new and veteran users.

Linux Mint Fluxbox CE aims not only to play the part, we aim to look the part. Linux Mint is famous for looking slick and totally awesome, and we aim to please.

The first BETA of Linux Mint 4.0 Daryna Fluxbox Community Edition was released. Maintained in Romania by Shane Joe Lazar, this edition replaces Gnome with Fluxbox to provide a much more lightweight operating system.

The development team's goals meant they had to strike a very delicate balance between a minimalistic and an easy to use setup .

Mint specific applications used in Linux Mint Fluxbox CE include: mintConfig, mintAssistant, mintDesktop, mintInstall, mintUpdate, Envy.

Major applications used for common tasks are: Firefox, Thunderbird, Abiword, Gnumeric, GPaint, Exaile, Mplayer Movie Player, Brasero.

Fluxbox specific tools include: Fbpager, Fluxconf, Fluxkeys, Fluxmenu, iDesk

Support for all types of multimedia codecs, web browser plugins and the like are an obvious addition.

Now, try it by downloading here.

Linux Mint Daryna Debian ALPHA 023

This ALPHA release comes as a non-installable liveCD and gives an idea of how Linux Mint would behave if it was to switch base and adopt Debian as its supporting technology.

It is not intented to be used as your main operating system but to give you a technological preview of how Linux Mint would behave if it was based on Debian Testing.

Debian is a rolling distribution. Compared to Ubuntu, Debian would allow Linux Mint to be faster and to feel snappier and it would ease the process of migrating from one release to another since the Debian base would constantly get updated underneath the Linux Mint desktop.

This experimentation shows us that:

  • It is possible for Linux Mint to easily switch base (if Ubuntu disappeared or went in a different way)
  • A Debian Testing base would make Linux Mint faster.
  • A Debian Testing base would let users transparently go from one release to another by simply applying updates in mintUpdate (release would be like simple snapshots in time)
  • A Debian Testing base would be easier to maintain in the long term for the Linux Mint dev team
  • A Debian Testing base would not always be stable, and this would represent temporary problems for both developers and users.
  • A Debian Testing base would lack the many innovations and improvements developped by the Ubuntu developers, putting more pressure on the Linux Mint team to achieve the same level of polish.
The interesting thing about this experiment will be to see if it still behaves fine in 6 or 12 months time.

In the meantime, you can have a look at it. The ISO acts as a non-installable live CD which you can boot on your computer. You can download it at here.

Release Candidate 7 of KANOTIX 2007

Release Candidate 7 of KANOTIX 2007 has been available today. KANOTIX is a Linux distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux. It usually contains the latest packages and kernels, carefully patched with fixes and drivers for most modern hardware.
Although it can be used as a live CD, it also includes a simple graphical installer for easy hard disk installation. The user-friendly nature of the distribution is further enhanced by a custom-built Control Center and specialist scripts.

New updates and changes of this release are: Kernel 2.6.24 (Ubuntu Kernel with Modifikations and some patches), ACPI and DMA enabled by default (can be disabled with acpi=off and nodma respectively), i586 optimization - not for use with older CPUs!

Memory 192 MB required, 256 MB RAM recommended, Acritox Installer - install program with many new functions from Andreas Loibl, Actual Kanotix Theme from Cathbard, Xorg 7.1.1, Beryl 0.2.0, VDR 1.5.2, ALSA 1.0.14, ndiswrapper 1.50

aufs/ unionfs support (with aufs/unionfs cheat), GParted 0.3.3 with ntfs resize, NTFS-3g used by default, KDE 3.5.5a, Openoffice 2.0.4, Amarok 1.4.8, K3b 0.1.4, Iceweasel, IceDove Mail/News Client, GIMP 2.2.13

Automatic installation of graphic-drivers with nvidia and fglrx options parameters are allowed for the known scripts, example: nvidia=ar or fglrx=v:7-11

If the RC7 is not starting on your PC take the RC6C release its in the same path, the difference is the Kernel!

You can get the ISO of this release at here.

Endian 2.2 Beta 2

The Endian Team has released the second beta of the Endian Firewall Community. As I ever posted here, Endian Firewall Community is an all-in-one Linux security distribution that turns every system into a full featured security appliance. Designed with “usability in mind”, Endian developed a software that is extremely flexible and very easy to install, use and manage. The Community version has been warmly embraced by the
open source community and has so far enjoyed over 200000 downloads with thousands of deployments worldwide.

Changes from 2.2 Beta 1:
- Updated kernel to version (features a lot more drivers, better SATA/SCSI/NIC support, and much more)
- Updated clamav to version 0.92
- Updated openswan to version 2.4.11
- Updated snort to
- 55+ bugfixes and minor feature enhancements

You can get the ISO of this new release of Endian at here.

GoboLinux 014 Has Been Released

GoboLinux, on the first day of this year, has released GoboLinux 014, the new major release of GoboLinux, the Linux distribution featuring a rethinked file system structure. This release is the result of over an year of work.
The Live CD build environment is highly customizable and packages were built using a dynamically-generated sandboxed environment which insulates the source code and its dependencies during compilation. Major upgrades include KDE 3.5.8, Glibc 2.5 and Xorg 7.2, as well as new versions of the GoboLinux management tools.

GoboLinux is a Linux distribution created in 2002 which implements an innovative approach in terms of system administration. It defines a new directory hierarchy which allows the coherent management of the installed base of programs from a system. This is done exclusively through the filesystem layout, without relying on databases or package managers.

The GoboLinux CD serves both as an installation disc and a Live CD, with a complete graphical desktop featuring KDE 3.5.8, 2.2.0 and a host of applications. In fact, due to the modular nature of the GoboLinux filesystem, every program available in the CD can be used directly from the "live" environment -- the work of the installer is to simply copy the user's selection to the destination partition (respecting dependency chains).
Graphical installer

Since version 010, GoboLinux features an installer that works on both text and graphical mode. The feature set of both modes is identical, thanks to the innovative AbsTK (Abstract Toolkit), created by the GoboLinux team especially for this installer: a unified widget toolkit for Python which detects and adapts itself for different environments. It currently supports two backends: ncurses/console and Qt/X11.

GoboLinux features a Udev-based hardware detection system. A large number of devices are detected, loading the appropriate kernel modules.

Video detection is performed separately, by Xorg's own autodetection mechanism. If for any reason video card detection fails while booting the Live CD, you can skip to the default, "vesa", which works for most cards (unaccelerated).

To load the Live CD environment, 32 MB of RAM is the recommended minimum for a text-mode install, 128 MB is the recommended minimum to load the graphic KDE desktop; 256 MB is recommended for a comfortable Live CD experience.

Once the system is installed in the hard disk, memory requirements vary greatly depending on the kind of applications executed, but the values stated above related to the Live CD experience serve as a good guideline.
Video and peripherals

Video cards are supported through the Xorg X11 server, with the fallback "vesa" driver covering the vast majority of current cards. A large number of sound cards are supported through ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) and OSS (Open Sound System). Other peripherals are supported through additional packages (SANE, GPhoto, etc.) available in the GoboLinux repository and recipe store.

GoboLinux is available as an ISO download, you can get it here.

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