Firefox 35 released

In today's open source roundup: Firefox 35 is now available. Plus: Linux distros we'll never see, and Peppermint 5 reviews

Firefox 35 released

Firefox 35 has been released by Mozilla, and you can upgrade or download it now. This release is mostly about stability and bug fixes. But it does include the Skype rival Firefox Hello.

Adrian Diaconescu reports for Digital Trends:

Firefox 35 does catch the eye if you dig deep enough in its toolbar, by refining the so far experimental Hello service. First unveiled in rough, beta form back in October, the stripped-to-basics Skype rival is at last ready for primetime.

A lot easier to use than before, as well as locate in the menu bar, it lets Firefox fans and followers of competing web browsers connect by video with no strings attached. That’s right, you can video call through Firefox Hello a Chrome or Opera user, and he or she will be able to answer sans turning off his browser of choice, or installing additional software. All they need to do is click on a link.

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You can get more details in the Firefox 35 release notes:

Check out "What’s New" and "Known Issues" for this version of Firefox below. As always, you’re encouraged to tell us what you think, or file a bug in Bugzilla. If interested, please see the complete list of changes in this release.

We'd also like to extend a special thank you to all of the new Mozillians who contributed to this release of Firefox!

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And here's a YouTube video that will give you a look at Firefox Hello:

Linux distros we will never see

There are lots of Linux distros out there, but there are also some that should never see the light of day. FOSS Force explores the dark world of Linux distros that we should never see.

Larry Cafiero reports for FOSS Force:

A few days ago, I was cleaning my desk in the lab and happened upon a printout of a fake distro called Chuck Norris Linux — more commonly known as CHUX — which casually mentions that “…if Chuck Norris wrote Linux, you couldn’t boot it, it would boot you.”

It reminded me of the yes-it-really-happened Hannah Montana Linux, based on Kubuntu, which to my knowledge is still in existence, at least on Github. Following the logic that if these two can exist, even though one is fake and the other real, I started thinking about other distros based on other cultural icons which would never (thank God) see the light of day. Like…

William Shatner Linux
Bill and Ted's Excellent Linux
Samuel L. Jackson Linux
Kiss Linux
Grumpy Cat GNU/Linux

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Larry mentioned Hannah Montana Linux, and I actually did a full review of it back in 2009:

Sometimes I run into a remastered distro that is so odd…so strange…so disgusting…that I don’t even know where to begin in reviewing it. Hannah Montana Linux is one such remastered distribution. Before I get into this review I have to confess that I had no real idea who this Hannah Montana person was before I wrote this review. I’m 40 and I don’t have cable TV. Nor do I bother to listen to very much in the way of today’s crappy music.

If you aren’t a Hannah Montana fan, don’t download this distribution. Unless you are a masochist and you like the color purple or dark pink or whatever the heck it is…

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