A Linux switcher doesn't miss Apple or Microsoft

In today's open source roundup: Dan Gillmor leaves Microsoft and Apple behind, and couldn't be happier with his switch to Linux. Plus: Arch Linux moves to Linux Kernel 4.3. And DistroWatch reviews paldo GNU/Linux

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Arch Linux moves to Linux Kernel 4.3

Users of Arch Linux are a very passionate lot, with much love for their preferred distribution. Now they can download the first ISO of Arch Linux for 2016, and they'll find that Arch has moved to Linux Kernel 4.3.

Marius Nestor reports for Softpedia:

On the first day of each month, the Arch Linux developers release a new ISO image of the fully customizable Arch Linux operating system, bringing the latest software updates introduced during the month that has just passed.

Arch Linux 2016.01.01 is the first ISO image for 2016, and it finally ships with a new kernel version. Linux kernel 4.3.3 is now the default for Arch Linux, and it is the latest stable and most advanced kernel version available at the moment of writing this article.

Of course, existing Arch Linux users don't need to download the new ISO image of Arch Linux in order to keep their systems up to date, as Arch is a rolling-release operating system, so you only need to run the pacman -Syu command from time to time.

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DistroWatch reviews paldo GNU/Linux

There are many different distros available for Linux users to choose from, but not all of them get a lot of attention in the media. paldo GNU/Linux is one of those distributions, but DistroWatch has a full review of the latest version of paldo.

Jesse Smith reports for DistroWatch:

While exploring paldo, the impression I got was of a small project that had started as an experiment (perhaps showcasing Upkg) and then never quite achieved critical mass. That is, the project did not seem to attract more developers, packagers or even a large number of users.

The project continues to push out regular releases and its software it up to date, but paldo gives the impression it has not been completed, that the distribution is on auto-pilot. The installer, documentation and small software repository suggest development has not been able to move forward in recent years.

Which is too bad. Upkg, seems like a capable package manager and the distribution's packages are cutting-edge. The rolling release model combined with the multiple tiers of development branches would seem to be a good foundation upon which to build. I think paldo has potential, but may be stuck in a catch-22 situation where more developers are needed to make the distribution a practical solution for most users and paldo needs to attract new users who can become contributors to the project.

As it stands, the project's wiki feels unfinished and the forums are quiet. The paldo distribution continues to work and continues to push out regular software updates, but I think the distribution needs an influx of contributors to round out what the developers have created thus far.

More at DistroWatch

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