All About Linux on the Desktop en-us acquired ...'s publisher, Ziff-Davis Enterprise, has been acquired by a Californian company -- as yet undisclosed, but rumored to be Foster City-based QuinStreet. Future plans for the site have not yet been announced ... At this point, the future of is uncertain. What we can say Red Hat unveils 10-year support plan Red Hat has extended the life cycle of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 and 6 from seven to 10 years, with RHEL 6 now supported through 2020. Meanwhile, Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman left Red Hat rival SUSE to join the Linux Foundation as a fellow. KDE 4.8 adds adaptive power management, new windowing tricks Version 4.8 of the KDE desktop environment and software bundle was released, featuring improved, adaptive power management and new windowing layouts. KDE 4.8 is also faster and more stable, and offers new features like Qt Quick-based Plasma widgets and the KDE Telepathy IM framework, says the community. Ubuntu 12.10 will bypass menus via predictive search Canonical unveiled a search-oriented Head-Up Display (HUD) interface that will debut in Ubuntu 12.04. Aiming to reduce dependence on menus and eventually replace them with the help of gesture and voice interactions, HUD could find its way into future versions of Ubuntu designed for smartphones and TVs. Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Arch Linux patch Linux kernel exploit Canonical, Red Hat, and Arch Linux have released patches that fix a vulnerability in Linux kernels 2.6.39 and above that enable attackers to gain system root access. The distro patches followed a kernel patch to fix the vulnerability, but proof-of-concept exploit code examples have already been posted. 'Cinnamon' GNOME 3 fork now 'fully stable' with version 1.2 The Linux Mint team announced a "fully stable" version of its "Cinnamon" fork of GNOME 3.x. Available for several major Linux distributions, Cinnamon 1.2 is more customizable than GNOME 3.x, restores much of the GNOME 2.x interface, and adds features such as desktop effects and layout options. Linux gains share on enterprise servers -- and desktops, too Linux jumped to 1.4 percent desktop market share from 0.97 percent in July, according to Net Applications. Meanwhile, a Linux Foundation survey on enterprise Linux says 79.8 percent of organizations are planning to increase their Linux deployments, citing affordability, technical features, and security as Linux advantages. Linux Foundation tips 2012 schedule, sends LinuxCon to San Diego The Linux Foundation posted a calendar of its 2012 conferences. These include the Linux Kernel Summit, which will be held Aug. 26-28 in San Diego, where it will be co-located with the larger LinuxCon North America event and the Linux Plumbers Conference, both held Aug. 29-31. Linux 3.2 goes bigtime on file systems, improves thin provisioning Linus Torvalds announced the release of the Linux 3.2 kernel, featuring file-system enhancements such as support for Ext4 block sizes up to 1MB, and faster Btrfs scrubbing. Linux 3.2 also adds some process scheduler improvements, better thin provisioning support, and new Wi-Fi, graphics, and DSP drivers. CentOS and Oracle release their Red Hat 6.2 clones A week after releasing CentOS 6.1, the CentOS project launched version 6.2 of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) clone, while Oracle released its own RHEL 6.2 variant with Oracle Linux 6.2. Meanwhile, Red Hat unveiled a beta of RHEL 5.8, and announced strong third-quarter earnings. CentOS turns 6.1, still trails Red Hat by a lap CentOS 6.1 has arrived to bring the features of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 to those who can live without a Red Hat subscription. CentOS 6.1 offers non-proprietary improvements found in RHEL 6.1, including virtualization performance optimizations, enhanced development tools, and some YUM package management enhancements. How to replace Ubuntu 11.10's Unity desktop with good ol' GNOME Ubuntu users who dislike the Unity desktop environment have other alternatives besides sticking with "Maverick Meerkat" or jumping ship to another distro. An illustrated DeviceGuru tutorial shows how to load the GNOME Fallback mode on Ubuntu 11.10 and configure it to provide a GNOME 2.x-like experience. Red Hat 6.2 scales up on multicore platforms Red Hat revised its enterprise-focused Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) distribution with claims for greater performance and scalability on multicore platforms. RHEL 6.2 also offers enhancements in resource management, high availability, storage and file system performance, and identity management, says the company. Linux Mint 12 ships as distro's popularity soars The Mint project released the final Linux Mint 12 ("Lisa"), which offers "MGSE" extensions to GNOME 3.2 that let users create a more GNOME 2.3x-like environment. Based on Ubuntu 11.10 and Linux 3.0, Linux Mint 12 features upgrades to Firefox 7.0, LibreOffice 3.4.3 and Thunderbird 7.0.1. OpenSUSE 12.1 ships with GNOME 3.2, SystemD, Snapper, Go tools The OpenSUSE project released OpenSUSE 12.1, featuring Linux 3.1, GNOME 3.2, KDE 4.7, plus support for KDE's "OwnCloud" cloud platform. OpenSUSE 12.1 introduces the SystemD configuration utility and Google's Go programming language, and integrates a Btrfs-based "Snapper" tool for rolling back system updates and configuration changes. Linux Mint 12 RC1 adds GNOME 2.x-like extensions to GNOME 3.2 Linux Mint 12 ("Lisa") RC1 was released, based on Ubuntu 11.10 and Linux 3.0. RC1 offers GNOME 3.2 -- but augments it with "MGSE" extensions designed to let users customize a GNOME 2.3x-like desktop environment -- and Mint also supplies a GNOME 2.x clone called MATE. Fedora 16 released with GNOME 3.2, virtualization enhancements The Fedora Project released Fedora 16 ("Verne"), featuring GNOME 3.2, as well as virtualization and cloud enhancements including Aeolus and OpenStack integration. Fedora 16 upgrades to Linux 3.1, the GRUB2 bootloader, and Firefox 7.0.1, while offering improved system settings, plus enhanced contact and document management apps. Linux 3.1 released with NFC support The Linux 3.1 kernel has been released several weeks late, providing enhancements to performance, virtualization, and power management. Linux 3.1 also includes support for near field communication (NFC), the OpenRISC open source CPU, Nintendo's Wii controller, and 3D acceleration with Nvidia GEForce graphics processor units (GPUs). XBMC-based embedded Linux distro debuts on HTPC mini-PC The OpenELEC project released an embedded Linux OS designed to run XBMC Media Center home theater PC (HTPC) software on x86 PCs. OpenELEC 1.0 offers a footprint of 80-130 MB, boots in less than 10 seconds, and is now available pre-installed on the Xtreamer Ultra mini-PC. Puppy Linux 5.2 (Wary) optimized for older PCs The Puppy Linux project announced version 5.2 of the legacy-PC friendly "Wary" version of its small-footprint Linux distribution. Puppy Linux 5.2 ("Wary") features an upgrade path to Xorg 7.6, an updated PuppyPhone VoIP app, and a new PupCamera app for automatically detecting cameras, says the project. Sabayon 7 tries on GNOME 3.2 plus experimental 'Fusion Kernel' The Gentoo-based Sabayon 7.0 is now available, equipped with both an "ultra-optimized" version of the Linux 3.0 kernel and an experimental "Fusion Kernel." Sabayon 7.0 offers a choice of GNOME 3.2, KDE 4.7, and Xfce 4.8 desktop environments, plus LibreOffice and native support for Btrfs. Final Ubuntu 11.10 spiffs up Unity, adds ARM server support Ubuntu 11.10 ("Oneiric Ocelot") was released, featuring makeovers for its Unity desktop and Ubuntu Software Center, a switch to Thunderbird email, and a new Deja Dup backup tool. On the server side, Ubuntu 11.10 adds ARM support, as well as a new "Juju" cloud management framework. Fedora, OpenSuse betas embrace GNOME 3.2 Betas from the the OpenSUSE and Fedora Linux distro projects have been released with GNOME 3.2 desktops. The Fedora 16 ("Verne") beta also adds support for the GRUB2 bootloader and cloud enhancements, while the OpenSUSE 12.1 ("Asparagus") beta moves to Systemd, and adds Btrfs file-system support. Will Windows 8 block Linux installs? Windows 8's Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) boot protocol could lead to eight-second boot times, but it could also be used to keep users from loading Linux on a Windows 8 PC, warns a Red Hat developer. Meanwhile, Casio signed a Linux-related patent agreement with Microsoft. Lightweight Bodhi 1.2 distro offers Enlightenment for the Linux masses Lightweight Ubuntu derivative Bodhi Linux was released in a version 1.2 that moves up to Linux 3.0. Bodhi Linux 1.2 advances to the latest Enlightenment 17 window manager and version 0.4 of the Midori web browser, and features improved documentation, updated profiles, and new desktop themes.