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In today's open source roundup: Are Chromebooks a good option for users who aren't developers? Plus: DistroWatch reviews SuperX 3.0. And Ultimate Edition 4.4 has been released

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DistroWatch reviews SuperX 3.0

SuperX is a KDE-based distribution that puts its emphasis on providing a very responsive system. It provides multimedia support by default, and offers a range of desktop applications. DistroWatch has a full review of SuperX 3.0.

Jesse Smith reports for DistroWatch:

I enjoyed my time with SuperX. The distribution performs quickly, the application menu is easy to navigate and the system installer is very friendly. The operating system ships with two friendly package managers (one for desktop software and one for lower-level package operations) and we have multimedia support out of the box. All of my hardware was handled properly and the KDE desktop is wonderfully flexible.

In the past I have sometimes found KDE could be distracting, showing the user lots of notifications. SuperX seems to have done away with most notifications and the desktop remains pleasantly calm. Actually, I might have preferred it if SuperX had been more aggressive in letting me know when software updates were available, but checking for updates manually is easy as the Software Updates application is present in the Home menu.

I did not find any special features that set SuperX apart from other polished KDE distributions, but I do feel SuperX is indeed very polished. Working with this operating system was a smooth and trouble-free experience. I definitely think people who try this distribution will enjoy it.

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The SuperX site has more information:

SuperX is a computer operating system (OS) based on GNU and the Linux kernel.

SuperX is mostly composed of Free and Open source Software. The English word "free" and two legitimate meaning, one being "free of cost" that is, price and other being "free as in freedom". SuperX is free in the sense of freedom, and price is not a factor regarding the definition of Free Software or Open Source. Further, the commercial editions of SuperX includes components developed by Libresoft or licensed from 3rd party which are not Free and Open source Software, and thus needs licensing fees.

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Ultimate Edition 4.4 released

Ultimate Edition is a distribution that is well suited for maximalists, meaning that you get an enormous range of software included by default. The latest version is 4.4, and it has just been released.

Marius Nestor reports for Softpedia:

Ultimate Edition 4.4 is a major release of the Ubuntu-based operating system, as it was built from the ground up debootstrapped from the upstream Trusty Tahr version of Canonical's mainstream OS.

It was created using TheeMahn's Operating System Builder utility called Tmosb, which is included in the Ultimate Edition 4.4 operating system. Tmosb can be used by anyone who wants to build his/her own version of Ultimate Edition.

New features in Ultimate Edition 4.4 include the latest stable version of the MATE 1.8 desktop environment, all the Ultimate Edition tools, as well as all the packages from the upstream Ubuntu software repositories.

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The Ultimate Edition site has more information and download links:

Is this your first time here? Fantastic and welcome aboard, half the the work is done for you ;) Those that are longtime users of Ultimate Edition can inform you, where you have landed is unlike any other Linux distribution. What is Ultimate Edition 4.4? Ultimate Edition 4.4 was built from the ground up debootstrapped from the Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn tree using Tmosb (TheeMahn’s Operating System Builder). Tmosb was running off the very same server itself, building this very same Operating System. Tmosb is also included in this release, allowing you to do the same. This release is NOT a Long Term Supported (LTS) release, supported until the year 2016. Not to knock it, but I have been running it a few months now without issue. This release is most certainly worthy of the Ultimate Edition title, even though it is NOT a LTS.

You may want to ask again? “What makes this Operating System different then any other Operating System on the entire planet?” Beyond the tools, the entire Mate 1.8 repository was first Repostormed another world changing application I am developing. I can Repostorm anything. Stability is my first goal, eyecandy is a backburning #2 that i have on my itinerary.

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