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Today in Open Source: Too many distros? Linux Mint 15 Xfce released, Open Pandora reviewed

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Here's a brief list of new features:

Xfce 4.10

Whisker Menu


Software Sources

Driver Manager

Software Manager

System Improvements

Artwork Improvements

Upstream Components

You can see a full list of new features at the Linux Mint 15 Xfce What's New page.

System requirements for Linux Mint 15 Xfce:

x86 processor (Linux Mint 64-bit requires a 64-bit processor. Linux Mint 32-bit works on both 32-bit and 64-bit processors).

384 MB RAM (1GB recommended for a comfortable usage).

5 GB of disk space

Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution

DVD drive or USB port

The download links can be found on the Linux Mint 15 Xfce Release Announcement page.

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 15 “Olivia” Xfce.

Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment which aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly. This edition features all the improvements from the latest Linux Mint release on top of an Xfce 4.10 desktop.

More at Linux Mint Blog

Open Pandora Handheld Gaming System

I must admit to being perplexed by the idea of Open Pandora. Given all the cell phones and tablets out there (Android and iOS devices being the most prominent), do we really need an open source based handheld gaming unit? And who would buy it?

I need to be careful here though. I'm not much of a gamer these days, games seem unable to hold my attention for very long. So perhaps I'm just being a curmudgeon? Maybe there are folks out there who crave a different flavor of handheld gaming and I'm just not aware of them?

I can see the virtue of running a lot of emulator games though, that means that there's a huge library of games available for Open Pandora. It seems to support classic PC games, N64, Dreamcast, etc. There's no guarantee that all games will run well, but at least there is the possibility of it happening.

Tom Nardi at the Power Base has a full and very positive review of Open Pandora.

Writing this, I have to admit to myself that, even now, I don’t truly know what to make of the Open Pandora. I can’t decide if it’s a legitimate gaming system, or if it’s a subnotebook computer that has analog and digital gaming controls grafted onto it.

But there is one thing I am very sure of, I love this thing.

More at The Power Base

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