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In today's open source roundup: Linux might be the best solution for those worried about privacy issues in Windows 10. Plus: DistroWatch reviews Neptune 4.4. And the Debian Project finally dumps CDs

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DistroWatch reviews Neptune 4.4

Neptune is a Debian-based Linux distribution that offers KDE as its desktop environment. Neptune is geared toward providing a comfortable desktop distro for all users. DistroWatch has a full review of Neptune 4.4.

Jesse Smith reports for DistroWatch:

Neptune is available in just one edition for the 64-bit x86 architecture. The ISO file we download is 1.8GB in size. When we boot from Neptune's live media a menu appears and asks if we would like to explore Neptune's live desktop environment using English or German as our preferred language. Neptune then boots to the KDE desktop. The desktop environment is presented in a traditional manner, with the application menu, task switcher and system tray placed at the bottom of the screen.

I tried running Neptune in two test environments. When running in a VirtualBox virtual machine, I found Neptune performed well. The distribution booted quickly, ran smoothly and integrated nicely into the virtual environment. When running on a physical desktop machine the distribution again proved up to the challenge. All of my hardware was properly detected, my audio volume was set to a medium level, networking was enabled automatically and my display was set to my monitor's maximum resolution.

Neptune is a distribution which does not offer many surprises or exciting new features. What the distribution does offer is a solid, useful and easy to use desktop operating system. Neptune ships with a lot of great software, the distribution is easy to install and most of the software included works as intended. I found Neptune offered good performance, it detected all of my hardware and there was enough software included by default that I rarely had to install anything.

More at DistroWatch

The Debian Project finally dumps CDs

The Debian Project has long offered CDs for users that want to install Debian on their computers. But Debian has finally decided to discontinue the long-time practice of offering such CDs to all users.

Marius Nestor reports for Softpedia:

...we report today that the unanimous decision was to no longer generate CD sets, which were distributed in the form of ISO images, for upcoming releases of the Debian GNU/Linux operating system, starting with the anticipated Debian GNU/Linux 9.0 (Stretch) release. This applies for all of Debian GNU/Linux's supported hardware architectures.

Debian was one of the last open-source projects to offer installation ISO images of the Linux kernel-based operating system on up to eight CDs for each supported architecture. The CD-1 ISO images with various desktop environments, including KDE, Xfce, and LXDE, will also disappear.

Future maintenance releases of the currently supported Debian GNU/Linux operating systems, which includes the Wheezy and Jessie branches, will continue to receive CD sets and Live CD ISO images, despite the fact that the Debian Project thinks that nobody is using them anymore, which we have to admit that it is quite true, as people don't have the time and patience to download so many ISO images.

More at Softpedia

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