Linux Mint Debian 2 release candidate available

In today's open source roundup: Download the release candidate of Linux Mint Debian 2. Plus: The best Android Wear apps so far, and BioShock Infinite released for Linux

Linux Mint Debian 2 release candidate

Linux Mint Debian 2 has an official release candidate available for download. Linux Mint Debian 2 RC offers the Cinnamon or MATE desktop environments.

The Linux Mint blog has full details about the Linux Mint Debian 2 release candidate:

LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) is a very exciting distribution, targeted at experienced users, which provides the same environment as Linux Mint but uses Debian as its package base, instead of Ubuntu.

LMDE is less mainstream than Linux Mint, it has a much smaller user base, it is not compatible with PPAs, and it lacks a few features. That makes it a bit harder to use and harder to find help for, so it is not recommended for novice users.

LMDE is however slightly faster than Linux Mint and it runs newer packages. Life on the LMDE side can be exciting. There are no point releases in LMDE 2, except for bug fixes and security fixes base packages stay the same, but Mint and desktop components are updated continuously. When ready, newly developed features get directly into LMDE 2, whereas they are staged for inclusion on the next upcoming Linux Mint 17.x point release.

Consequently, Linux Mint users only run new features when a new point release comes out and they opt-in to upgrade to it. LMDE 2 users don’t have that choice, but they also don’t have to wait for new packages to mature and they usually get to run them first. It’s more risky, but more exciting.

More at Linux Mint Blog

You can use these torrent links to download Linux Mint Debian 2 RC:

Linux Mint Debian 2 RC 32-bit

Linux Mint Debian 2 RC 64-bit

Be sure to read the list of known problems with Linux Mint Debian 2 RC. If you hit any snags you can also check the Linux Mint forum for feedback and assistance.

Best Android Wear apps

Android Wear watches are proving to be increasingly popular with many users. Amazon even has a list of the best selling smartwatches on its site. But how do you know which apps are worth trying on your Android Wear smartwatch? Tom's Guide has a list of the best Android Wear apps to date.

David Murphy reports for Tom's Guide:

Android Wear smartwatches do a good job of delivering notifications and other alerts to your wrist, but the fun really starts when you start downloading apps that add even more functionality. Although the selection of Android Wear apps is small for now (just more than 200), there are already some pretty compelling options in the Google Play store. You can order food, control the lights in your home, keep tabs on your fitness and more — right from your watch.

Before you get going, you'll need to download the full apps to your Android phone. The best part is that most of these options are free. You'll need to make sure you've set up an account in each service before you open the apps on the smartwatch. Here are the best Android Wear apps so far.

  • Wear Aware
  • At Work
  • Advanced Wear Visualizer
  • Slumber
  • Hue Control
  • Calculator for Android Wear
  • List
  • Flopsy
  • InstaWeather
  • Authenticator Plus
  • Bubble Cloud Launcher
  • Pizza Navigator
  • Duolingo
  • The Guardian
  • Eat24
  • Facer
  • Coffee for Android Wear
  • Tinder
  • Runtastic
  • LookBehind
  • Wear Mini Launcher
  • Wear Audio Recorder
  • More at Tom's Guide

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