4. SUSE and openSUSE
Though not because of a new release, the SUSE and openSUSE Linux distributions have been the focus of considerable attention lately in the wake of Attachmate's purchase of Novell. Attachmate announced on Wednesday that its new SUSE division will be led by industry veteran Nils Brauckmann, who said he hopes to make "SUSE Linux Enterprise the preeminent Linux distribution across physical, virtual and cloud environments."
In a separate interview with The H, meanwhile, Brauckmann also affirmed the company's commitment to the community openSUSE distribution as well. "I know the special requirements of the community," he told The H. "I know we will be co-developing with the community in what I hope will be a lasting partnership with mutual benefit."
5. Fedora 15
Finally, though it's not due for official release until Tuesday, Fedora 15 -- also known as "Lovelock" -- this week was declared complete. Following the software's final beta release last month, Fedora 15 is perhaps most notable for its inclusion of the new, controversial GNOME 3 desktop rather than Ubuntu's even-more-controversial Unity. Other features we can expect to see are LibreOffice and numerous other packages. A complete feature list and release schedule can both be found on the Fedora site.
Looking to get your business off the Windows treadmill? You'd be wise to give any of these or countless other Linux distributions a try. With no commitment required, there's nothing to lose -- but plenty to gain.