Fedora 21 released

In today's open source roundup: Fedora 21 available for download. Plus: Ars Technica reviews Linux Mint 17.1, and VLC for Android released

Fedora 21 released

Fedora has long been one of the top Linux distributions, and now you can download Fedora 21 to install on your computer.

fedora 21 released ZDNet

The official Fedora 21 release announcement has highlights:

The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the release of Fedora 21, ready to run on your desktops, servers, and in the cloud. Fedora 21 is a game-changer for the Fedora Project, and we think you're going to be very pleased with the results.

As part of the Fedora.next initiative, Fedora 21 comes in three flavors: Cloud, Server, and Workstation -- whether you're using Linux on your laptop, using Linux on your servers, or spinning up containers or images in the cloud, we have what you need to be successful.

More at Fedora Project

The Fedora 21 release notes page has much more in-depth information:

The Fedora Workstation product provides an easy to use, powerful environment for developers to both work and play. Desktop users can enjoy the familiar GNOME Desktop Environment, with support for devices and applications used every day. Developers will appreciate how Workstation is configured for their needs, and provides useful tools like DevAssistant.

More at Fedora Project

ZDNet's J.A. Watson reports on the GNOME, KDE, MATE, Xfce and LXDE versions of Fedora 21:

Five (and a half) different desktops, on five different laptops. No problems installing on any of them. Different applications and utilities on each one, and to a large degree different focus and purpose for each one. But with excellent repositories and good package management utilities, any one of them could be further configured and customized to fit whatever needs and preferences you might have.

More at ZDNet

Ars Technica reviews Linux 17.1

Reviews of Linux Mint 17.1 continue to trickle in, including one from Ars Technica.

Scott Gilbertson at Ars Technica digs into Linux Mint 17.1:

This marks the first time Linux Mint has not used the newest version of Ubuntu for a release. But if you paid attention to the curious approach of Linux Mint 17.0, you'll know that was the plan all along.

Mint 17.1 is in fact a very good sign for fans of the distro's own tools, like its homegrown Cinnamon desktop. By relying on a consistent LTS release, Mint developers can more or less ignore the base system.

More at Ars Technica

VLC for Android released

VLC for Android has been in beta for a while, but now the final release is available for download in the Play Store.

Michael Crider at Android Police reports on the release of VLC for Android:

Among tech-savvy media fans, Video LAN Client (VLC for short) is easily one of the most popular video and audio players in the world. It's available for every major desktop platform, and for almost two years, it's been in beta for Android. Today the app has officially graduated to a 1.0 build, marking its formal exit from beta and a day of celebration for fans of flexible media playback on mobile devices.

More at Android Police

You can get VLC from the Google Play Store right now. Please note that as I write this roundup, the description hasn't been changed so it's still labeled as a beta. But the release of version 1.0 is acknowledged further down the page.

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